Category: Best Apps

Spare a tree by carving your Valentine’s initials virtually

Oh, Valentine’s Day. The holiday that either elicits heart flutters of anticipation or dread around trying to find something romantic to do. (Yes honey! These red and pink peanut MnMs are for you!) If you’d like to explore something different this year, the Treemail iPhone app, recently released by Country Living, is a cute way to send someone a virtual carved tree and tell your sweetie how you really feel. Akin to carving your letters like they did in the olden days before arbor conservation was au courant, the very cute Treemail app gives you all the tools necessary...

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PhotoCopier – Making your lame iPhone snapshots look like works of art

I am so reliant on my iPhone for snapshots lately, that I’m becoming slowly addicted to all the great photo filter apps out there that make up for the quality of the photos. No doubt that’s partly why Hipstamatic and now Instagram are so popular–not because we’re great photographers, but because really, we’re kind of meh. Browsing through the Apple app store the other day, I discovered the staff recommended Photo Copier which offers about the most comprehensive filter options I’ve seen. And art fans in particular are going to love it. This really fun app for iPad and...

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An app that makes running errands almost enjoyable. I said almost

**Please see our editors’ note below You know the drill: school drop off, supermarket, dry cleaner, bank, drugstore, repeat. Yes, it’s tedious, but at least now you can get a little credit for it. Literally. Checkpoints is a free app that gives you redeemable points for just doing the stuff you usually do anyway. And I like it. Checkpoints is sort of like Four Square meets a CVS extra-bucks card. It determines which businesses are near you at any given time, and then you start racking up the points. You can earn 2 points just for pressing the “check...

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Scrapbooking goes mobile

I was once at a scrapbooking party where each of us had the simple (or not so simple) task of creating a page for my friend’s baby book. There were piles of paper, letters, shapes, designs, and it took me a long time to figure out what to pick and choose. It kind of felt like when I go to Michael’s and get overwhelmed by the limitless craft choices and end up leaving with a box of crayons. Scrapbooking sounds good in theory, but I just never found my groove with it. Luckily, I came across a couple iPhone...

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Chore charts 2.0

Adding a fourth kid into the mix has meant I’ve really needed to streamline as much as I can around my house. But fortunately, that hasn’t necessarily meant a bunch of new gadget purchases. Just my handy smart phone that I already own, and making use of some of the awesome apps out there–like this new kids chore chart that I discovered. The iRewardChart is a super smart kids chore chart app that allows you to customize everything from tasks to number of stars earned, to the actual rewards. You simply enter your kiddo’s name and picture, choose from...

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Dads Dig This – SplashID

Here’s the lastest installment of Dads Dig This from Kevin Burke, a dad, marketer, social media fan, and founder of MomsWhoBlog.com. I prefer to move through life as unencumbered as possible. That means being efficient, tossing paper, and going digital. Granted, I’m certainly not always successful, but I aspire to it. And one way I’ve made life decidedly easier is moving trivial data from my head right to my computer with SplashID. As a busy dad, I don’t have the time and energy memorize different member names, passwords, credit card numbers, registration codes, and PINs, so I let this...

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Instagram for insta-photo sharing goodness

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you may be seeing some friends posting and sharing their photos through a service called Instagram and wondering what exactly it is. And why their photos look so awesome. Instagram is a free iPhone app that is essentially a social network for photos, allowing you to not only to take photos and share them, but also edit and apply beautiful effects and filters to them that can make even that fuzzy candid of your toddler fishing his boot out of the toilet look pretty darn beautiful. Instagram is similar to Hipstamatic, only there...

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Attention travelers: Word Lens app es muy bueno

It’s not often that I come across an iPhone app that makes me stop and marvel. Of the hundreds I’ve had the opportunity of reviewing, I can count a handful that I continue to be amazed by. I just found one more to add to the list. It’s called Word Lens and it’s awesome. Word Lens is a translator app, but the kicker is that you simply point your iPhone camera at any word you want translated and it magically changes before your eyes on the screen. Watch the video and be amazed.I can’t figure out how this works,...

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Make those midnight new year calls with Skype. On your cell phone. In full video.

For so many of us, it’s a tradition to pick up the phone at midnight on New Year’s–okay, maybe 12:03 after we’ve done our kissing a those with us in person and made fun of Snooki–and wish our loved ones a happy New Year. Obviously Skype has revolutionized what it means to make a phone call, and now it’s finally brought an update to the mobile app that’s going to come in so handy tonight. The¬†Skype mobile app version 3.0 will enable video calls over WiFi and 3G, and if you’ve got an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod...

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Never question a woman’s Intuition

Nary a day goes by when I don’t think about how great it would be to have a personal assistant. And personal chef, chauffeur, and trainer for that matter. The iPhone, as many of you may know, is my trusted sidekick, and although I can’t ask it to pick up my dry cleaning, the right app can remind me that I need to do so. And I’ve found that very thing. Intuition, a free (free!) iPhone app for busy parents, is a great organizational tool to keep all of life’s tasks in check. It has a simple and easy-to-use...

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