College Apps Guide - Must-Have Apps to Surviving
& Succeeding in College & Career
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Beware - Alert - Ad supported -
Free Apps Can Be Spyware
Before you whine about
paying for an app, click on image for article about spyware in
ad-supported apps There are many "free apps" but
disguised as really ad-ware or advertiser supported apps. However,
some of the ads may also contain spyware. Some Apps that call
themselves "free" are actually little more than
thinly-disguised data thieves. Downloading one gives the
app complete access to your phone, which a fraudster can use to steal
your credit card and bank account info.
Free App Fraud
According to CNN Money,
"U.K. regulators have launched an investigation into makers of
apps and games over concerns that they are targeting children with
"free" products that end up costing their parents a
fortune. Click on image for story.
The Office of Fair Trading said it was concerned
that some apps and games may be "misleading, commercially
aggressive or otherwise unfair," which would breach consumer
App & Developer Achievement Levels
This Forum offers to both users and developers
opportunity to recognize and promote iApps. That is, users can
write reviews and recognize their favorites. Developers can
also apply to recognize their company through an increasingly
"due diligence" process in order to demonstrate product,
business and customer satisfaction.
to email for more details.
There are hundreds of
thousands of iPhone. We cannot review or evaluate all of
them. However, if you have a fav, send us why it's important
and we will give it a look.
Legend - Read First
Below are short
company-provided descriptions of the apps and the image links to
their iTunes account even though the apps may be supported on other
smartphone platforms. As you may know, there is a company link
on the iTunes page which would explain other features and
Sleep Cycle - Smart Alarm Clock
Sleep Cycle monitors your
movement during sleep using the extremely sensitive accelerometer in
your iPhone. Sleep Cycle then finds the optimal time to wake
you up during a 30 minute window that ends at your set alarm
time. Since you move differently in bed during the different
phases, Sleep Cycle can use the accelerometer in your iPhone to
monitor your movement and determine which sleep phase you are
in. Sleep Cycle wakes you when you are in your lightest sleep
Save web pages for later
offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod
touch's screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top
blogs, newspapers, and magazines. Great for long articles and blog
posts that you find during the day and would like to read, but don't
have the time when you find them. Save with Instapaper, then read later when you're commuting, in a
meeting, or waiting in line.
According to an
investigation by Kristen Dahlgren on NBC's "TODAY" show, cyberloafing - or web surfing -
"account[s] for more than half [an individual's] time at
work." That's why you might find use in an app where you can
browse for articles and blogs or send yourself long emails, and then
save them to view later offline! Use that time that is typically spent
skimming through articles, and be more productive by storing them to
your device to read at more appropriate and uneventful times in your
day - especially instances where you have no wireless internet
Instapaper saves up to 500
reads (and an endless amount on their website), isolating the text
content so that users can view articles without all the superfluous
design elements associated with sites and their pages. To make it
even more accessible for your smart devices, the app allows you to
add more spaces for separation in between lines, modify margins, font
sizes and styles for personalized readability. You don't need to
fiddle with annoying glares outside or worry about straining your
eyes in bed while reading because there are different settings adjustable
for better screen viewing according to the time of the day.
Maneuvering is easy with tilt scrolling and flip-page navigation,
along with a rotation lock so you can keep your device handy while
traveling without it interrupting viewing. Look things up with quick
access to dictionaries and Wikipedia searches. Organize articles into
folders. And share nearly anything you read through Twitter,
Facebook, Evernote and more!
Despite critical acclaim -
Instapaper has recently been subject to some slight criticisms. Some
users have complained of app failure and errors with some of their
icons affecting functionality of the app. But having a solid
reputation in the past, there's no doubt these kinks aren't being
addressed now, and will soon be smoothed out.
Despite their recent user issues, Instapaper can
serve quite a convenient purpose whether you've saved a copy of
quick-fix solutions for you common car trouble while stuck in the
middle of nowhere, or find yourself catching up on current events
while waiting for an appointment. If you're hesitant about investing
in the app with its' issues at the moment, however, you may consider
purchasing the app later on when these few items have been completely
iSlick helps you save and gives
you ideas at the same time! It shows you the most recent deals in
electronics, clothing, gifts, HDTVs, blu-ray
movies, games, groceries, home essentials and many more. You
can vote for deals and see what other people liked. You can follow
friends and get followers that share your deal taste. You will
discover new things and get your shopping inspiration from slick
shoppers with similar interests.
Cisco Global Internet Speed Test
Users can submit their test
location enabling the global user community to learn the places with
the fastest speeds and compare cellular and Wi-Fi speeds with iPhone,
and Android users around the world.
User Speed Classifications
Web Grade (150Kbps -
Your connection can support Web browsing, email, text messaging and
other basic tasks.
Music Grade (450Kbps -
Your connection is good enough for audio streaming or downloads and
basic web browsing.
SD Video Grade (750Kbps -
Your connection can support standard definition rich media content.
HD Video Grade (1150Kbps
Your connection is strong enough to support high definition rich
Google Voice gives you one
number for all your phones -- a phone number that is tied to you, not
to a device or a location. Use Google Voice to simplify the way you
use phones, make using voicemail as easy as email, customize your
callers' experience, and more.
Google Voice isn't a phone
service, but it lets you manage all of your phones. Google Voice
works with mobile phones, desk phones, work phones, and VoIP lines.
There's nothing to download, upload, or install, and you don't have
to make or take calls using a computer.
Lose weight with
MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest to use calorie counter. With
the largest food database of any calorie counter (over 2 million
foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we'll help you
take those extra pounds off! There is no faster or easier diet
tracking app than MyFitnessPal.
iPartyGramPro - Party Invitation App
- Unlimited party app for iPhone/iPad
- Organize and invite guests via Contact Lists
- Post Party Pics to Facebook, Twitter and Email
- Use Invitation Designs included or create your own Invitation
- Secure Party VIPs can post pics
- Secure Party Guests can only view
- New Party Tips & Ideas on website
- Pro Version has an integrated calendar with more than 180 unique
icons to describe the event.
Independent Review by J.H
Have you ever been missing
out on something for a long time, something your friends may have had
for months, and then, all of the sudden, you finally find it for
yourself. You're thrilled! You wonder how you could have been without
this for so long. This is exactly how I felt after discovering
iPartyGramPro. Are you the socialite type who's always entertaining
other people? Do you like to have smaller, more intimate gatherings?
Do you find planning a party stressful or hectic because of
organizational problems? If any of this is true of you, then there is
no doubt iPartyGramPro will be invaluable to you.
This app is the easiest way
to get parties planned in today's cyber world. To get started, all
you have to do is click on Plan Parties. From here, another simple
click on a + sign allows you to add parties Yes it's that simple -
which is the name of the game with this professional little app.
iPartyGramPro is definitely one of the easiest to use apps out there.
With its intuitive design, anybody can figure out how to use all it's
features within minutes of downloading.
Once you have added a
party, you can easily add all of the following: Party name, host
name, date & time, where the party is to be held, notes and
email/contact #. I personally made use of notes, because it is the
perfect way to give you guests some simple directions or options such
as "bring your own drinks," what type of entertainment is
going to be available, and proper dress
attire, such as semi-formal or casual. I put this app to use last
night for a small gathering and my guest really liked seeing the
extra notes, as it didn't leave them guessing about what kind of food
to bring or what they should wear.
I really loved the option
of adding photos, as I'm an avid photographer. Once you're done
setting up your invitation, you're able to view your parties and
invite guests. This is very easy to do by simply adding friends from
your contacts list. You can designate someone as a VIP which allows
them to add pics to the party. As is typical of Techtionary.com's
apps, integrated tools and features round out the entire experience. iPartyGramPro acts as a cool, feature packed
sketchbook and all around great notepad which adds a nice touch to
the app's total package. There is of course, a built in calendar for
keeping track of your parties.
I wouldn't mind to see
buttons for the "View Parties & Invite Guests" and
"Plan Parties" text controls on the opening screen. I also
in favor of a different icon for the app (just don't care for the
college girl on the dance floor look) in general, plus a different
background for the main screen in general just because I think this
would increase appeal to everyone, besides just catering to one
single audience stereotype. I just think it would make it a bit more
versatile and it would be more marketable, since all types of people
are party planners. This of course, just my opinion. Otherwise, this
program gets five stars from me and its one I'll definitely be using
for a long time to come. Sometimes you have buyer's remorse after you
download another cookie-cutter app. iPartyGramPro is just too
versatile and feature packed not to have around on your iDevice.
You'll find yourself using it all the time. This app fills a niche
that's been cracked for a long time, and does so with style. I love
It's very exciting to
provide 'one-touch' user feature access," he added. Pictagrams
has numerous business and personal applications. Here are the Top-10
users for Pictagrams:
- "Shop and Share" is where you can shop, get feedback,
post ideas for your friends to see and have more fun shopping.
- Party time shots for Facebook walls and Tweets to your peeps.
- FashionPics - post your "posing" to your friends.
- ClubPics - at a club, want to share the experience on Twitter or
Facebook, pictagram-it with one-touch.
- Biz-Pics - in a meeting need to get a pic of the preso posted or
- Site-Shots - at a construction site, need to get the 'change order'
approved or resolved quickly, pictagram-it off to the architect.
- CrimeShots - at an accident, crime scene, need a closeup of the
crash, pictagram-it off to the insurance company.
- NewsShots - get your breaking news shot on Twitter before anyone
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Capture life moments
wherever they happen using your mobile phone. Videos are
instantly uploaded to the web for sharing or safe-keeping. Share
videos privately with family and friends, automatically post to
social networks, or broadcast to blogs and video sites. Stay
connected even when you are on the go with 2-way live video chats.
Use ooVoo to easily find
and video call with all your Facebook Friends. ooVoo
keeps you connected with your friends and family with the best HD
quality video calls. Invite up to 12 different people to join
you on FREE group video calls! View 4 friends on 1 screen - now for
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
- Free 12-way group video chats with 4-WAY
- Log in with Facebook and instantly connect to
- Easily video call your Twitter followers
- Unlimited FREE monthly video calling to iPhones, iPads, smartphones
and tablets, Desktop and Laptop PCs and Mac Computers
- Never miss an ooVoo call - now with push notifications for incoming
video calls and text chat messages
Ucom Apps of the Week - oovoo - better than Skype certainly more
interesting Video chat for with up to 12 friends anytime
Tired of your excessive phone
bill? Looking for a way to save, yet still stay connected.
While we all want to save, it seems no one is willing to give up
being connected. Well, you no longer have to sacrifice one for
the other with ooVoo. With this app, you'll be able reach all
your contacts. You can quickly invite friends from Facebook,
Twitter, your address book, or people you know on ooVoo. This
program features a standard keypad for traditional dialing as
well. It contains a History tab for reviewing all of your
calls. Perhaps best of all is the Instant Message option.
Texting can be expensive these days, yet everyone seems to be
addicted. This is where ooVoo can really compete with a
traditional phone. With the ability to IM all your friends,
you'll be to stay in contact with all your friends with a few
clicks. With a robust amount of options under the settings tab,
you'll have complete control over ooVoo.
Overall, we found this
program to be very useful, though it seems to have a rather standard
feature set. One of our favorite apps for my Android devices is
called textPlus. Unlike textPlus, ooVoo doesn't have a way for
a user to earn credits except by purchase. We like the option
to complete offers/download apps to earn credits or minutes. We
also noticed a little bit of voice quality issue with ooVoo. While
being very minor, it was still enough to interfere with call quality.
Overall, we like this app, and would
recommend it to people. While we do wish it had an extra feature or
two to make it stand out, it will definitely stay on my home
screen. If you're looking for a great little call and IM tool,
then ooVoo is probably for you. We also asked for a copy of the
declined. We thought this odd especially in light of all the
issues regarding FB and other social media privacy issue. As a
result, we give it one thumb up.
In fact, it's no longer
accurate to call Tango a "video chat service" as we once
did - it's now a social platform. The company has been slowly inching
in this direction with the launch of video messaging and, more
recently, text messaging. Today, it goes even further with the debut
of photo-sharing features and its first in-app game, which Tango
users can play together in real-time.
Talk to anyone else on
Skype, anywhere in the world, for free with a Skype-to-Skype call.
Catch up with your backpacking brother in Asia, check in with your
boss away in the US - call any Skype contact for free
With the iCompactMirror,
the always "in hand" iPhone eliminates handbag clutter and
can be used anywhere you go! iCompactMirror,
available on the new iPhone 4 brings the portability of a makeup
mirror to your phone. Evaluators echo the same sentiment, "this
cool app makes touch up easy," Lauren. "I'm always on the
go and iCompactMirror puts a mirror in my hand anytime." Erin -
triathlete. "At night, in bars, in the restroom, on the plane .
. ., I can touch up my face anywhere," Leslie. "The iCompactMirror
lighting options makes checking makeup easy so I can always look my
Talkatone turns your
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android into a true Internet phone. It
uses any data connection, WiFi or 3G/4G. You'll be able to have
high-quality phone calls even when cell phone reception is spotty and
won't use up any of your minutes. Download Talkatone if you haven't
yet and we'll show you the full power of your iOS or Android
Text, Talk + Share for free with
textPlus from your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or iPad mini. Save
up to $1100 a year on phone plans. Works on WiFi, 3G & 4G
I'm always on the lookout
for cool apps. It looks like I've found one with
textPlus. TextPlus is a very popular app on the android
platform, but has been released for iDevices more recently. It host tons of goodies for the phone and text happy
person in you. It doesn't require the other caller to have
textPlus, one of the major improvements over many programs.
This means you can call to any land line or cell phone. It runs
on credits, that can either be bought for a nominal
fee, or you can use TapJoy to complete certain offers for more
TapJoy is program in which you choose an offer to complete to earn an
"x" amount of minutes. The whole concept allows you
to pick an offer that suits you. For example, one such offer
could be to sign up for a trial set of two magazines for free that
will gain you 200 credits. Each credit is worth 1 minute.
You also now have the option to watch videos for more minutes, which
is convenient for those who don't want to be signing up for and
canceling subscriptions and what not.
All in all, I like this app. It has an intuitive design that
leaves it feeling very polished. TextPlus stores your conversations
across platforms and syncs all your account together, so you never
have to fear about losing the minutes you have stocked up on.
That is very important for a program like this that attempts to go
cross platform. It has all the features needed for a phone and
texting device, plus a way to accrue credits without breaking the
bank. While I do wish some of the offers were more app driven,
as they are on the Android platform, it's still a good system.
Also, one more caveat - I wish the voice quality was consistent all
the time, but with VOIP, we all know that's a tall order.
Besides that, I give this app 4 out of 5 stars! It's definitely
Realtime video chat app
It is official teens are tired of Facebook or
rather succumbing to Facebook fatigue are leaving
In its annual 10-K report last month Facebook
revealed that its younger users are increasingly turning away from
the multi-billion dollar business.
Snapchat is one of the more interesting reviews
we've done. You know the old saying, "A picture is worth a
thousand words," right? Well, that's definitely true, and
this cool little app capitalizes on that in a major way. The
first thing that you'll see is the front facing camera when you open
this light app. You then have the option to switch to rear
camera and take a picture. Once you take a picture, all you have to
do is add a caption and possible even draw on it. That's right,
simple drawing can be done, too. This adds a little bit of
customization to your pictures. You can then send the picture to
anyone in your contacts.
A very simple little app, yet great at what it
does. We would really like to see some more bells and whistles,
perhaps, but we can't put our finger on what they would be.
Maybe Facebook sharing? Maybe some more drawing options would be nice
as well. Also, it would be nice to see a menu screen upon start
up, rather than the camera coming up immediately. While we're
sure this is done to save you a few screen taps, the simple camera
button would seem to suffice.
All in all, we like this app and the polished look
it has to it. We would just like Snapchat to add a little more
functionality for this to be app to be a more functional; however it
is certainly gaining a lot of teen fans. That said, we're sure it is and will continue to suffice
for many people just as it is. We give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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App Review - Keynote
Devices: Optimized for iPhone 3GS and up, 3rd generation
iPod Touch and up, and iPad
The interface and aesthetic design of this presentation
slideshow creator are sleek, easy on the eyes and simplistic in an
artistic manner. There's no clutter which makes it easy to manage
your presentations and playing around with the options menus are no
trouble at all. Navigating around your projects and slides is easy
with the touch screen and movement is always smooth.
For those of you who aren't familiar with any of Apple's
presentation software, the app comes with a nifty little tutorial
slideshow that offers a crash course in using the software. The information
is given in an informative and concise manner which will be very
helpful for those new to the app. Most of what you want to do can be
done by simply pressing down on the object you wish to change which
brings up a menu with various options. Finger movements are also used
to resize and position blocks of text and images in a way that is
intuitive and easy to remember. This helps to free up space in the
tool bar and makes the prospect of using Keynote less daunting. There
are tons of options available but they aren't thrown in your face as
soon as you boot it up which we appreciate. In addition, as of
version 1.7.2., it is now compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint.
There are numerous aids you can throw into your
presentations, including 3D charts and graphs to add a little more
flavor to your slides. Using them takes a little practice to get used
to but once mastered they, along with some nice animations, can be
quite helpful in getting the point across and can bring some nice
flair to your slides. Your progress is constantly updated and shared
across iCloud to keep all of your devices on the same page. This is a
great way to safeguard your work in case the worst should happen and
you lose your device the day before a presentation is due.
Keynote is an innovative and unique way of creating
presentations. However, there were a few times when we yearned for
the traditional comfort of a mouse and keyboard. We understand though
that the purpose of the app is to make presentations on the go. It
has a nice selection of slide types and background images but I would
have liked a better range of images and at $9.99, the price is a bit
steep for many to consider when most of us are still happy to use
PowerPoint on our PCs. But it's a nice app, one that could be useful
for a lot of people. Despite a few flaws, we still highly recommend
of 5 stars
iSeekSugar - Sugar Baby-Daddy Dating App for iPhone
and iPad Approved
Top-10 Issues and Impacts
This is a two-minute read on
the business issues, impacts and benefits of push notifications.
Apple defines push notifications in three ways
- Sounds: Plays an
- Alerts/Banners: Displays
an alert or banner on the screen
- Badges: Displays an
image or number on the application icon
This article is not about the
technology but about how to use it. Here is a summary of the Top-10:
1 - Timing - just-in-time
2 - Relevance
3 - Context
4 - Content
5 - Color
6 - Drift
7 - Compliance
8 - Organization
9 - Tech
10 - Trends
The 10 Dumbest Risks People
Take With Their Smartphones
There are many "free
apps" but disguised as really ad-ware or advertiser supported
apps. However, some of the ads may also contain spyware which
as you will read below can attack your mobile device.
Click on the ABCNews icon for the complete list.
#7 - #Downloading
"free" apps that aren't actually
free. Some Apps that call themselves "free" are
actually little more than thinly-disguised data thieves. Downloading one gives the app complete access to
your phone, which a fraudster can use to steal your credit card and
bank account info. Such apps also can turn your phone into a launch
pad from which scammers can attack other peoples' phones with SMS
texts and Smishing scams." Bottom-line - don't
dismiss paying for an app other you may end up paying even
"Must Have App"
Review by CampusTechGuide
Better than FindMyPhone -- Trace Missing or Stolen iPhone, iPad or iTouch as
well as send Alarm Messages to Finders or Robbers - click
on image for website.
Key features of iTechTrace
- Create custom or contact
messages in the event of theft suggest as "I will give you a
no-questions asked reward for the return of my iPhone."
- Play a siren and warning
message sound until the owner changes the status to Safe Mode.
- Provide a map and location
based on GPS - certainly helpful to allow law enforcement to get close
enough to possibly hear the siren or alarm the stolen device, if the
device is turned on and only if the device location services feature
is also turned on.
- Take a picture of the
stolen device which may (or may not) show the thief.
- Send an email to the owner
with a map of the location and pic of
the holder (i.e. thief) and other useful in providing documentation
for law enforcement or insurance.
iTechTrace was submitted to Appstore for review and now awaiting
Independent Review - by J.H
This is a pre-release test
We're constantly on the
lookout for the latest and greatest must-have app.
Looks like we've found it in iTechTrace, one of the best tracking
apps for your iDevice out there. With its simple streamlined
design, this app doesn't hog system resources on your phone or
tablet, yet it's still simply powerful in what it does. One of
the biggest trends we are seeing these days is theft of all Apple
devices. Deemed Apple-Picking or iTheft this new trend is hitting
all of the major cities around the world, and leaves no the place
untouched by this easy hockable device which can be shipped to
anywhere as fast as it is stolen.
Crime notwithstanding, it's
simple enough to just simply lose your iDevice. Leaving it at the
mall, on the counter of the latest placed you used it to purchase
your items, or somewhere else - this happens time and time
again. Simply losing your device doesn't seem like much of an
option, considering these devices have value into the many of hundreds
of dollars. Why not take action?
This is where iTechTrace
comes into play. Designed from the ground up to keep your
device secure, this app allows you to track down your phone or tablet
in an instant, utilizing its GPS and Wifi capabilities. It also
has extra features for deterring theft, such as the option to message
the thief or person who found your phone with a message, such as
"Please call me at (xxx) xxx-xxxx" or "Be a good
Samaritan and please return my phone for a reward." These
messages are pushed to your device repeatedly so that they will be
noticed as well as a picture and email of the location.
We really like this app. So take it from us, this is one app you want
to have on your home screen. Take a bite out of
crime - it is a "must-have" app for every iDevice.
We give iTechTrace 5 out of 5
Key features of iSleepTrack
(free) and iSleepTrackPro ($0.99) are:
feature is designed to let you get your "power nap" or
"cat nap" anytime; you can select your snooze time and a
wakeup vibration or tone/tune or your own voice or that of a friend
feature is a new feature not found in any sleep app we have found so
far. Snap is really a "snap out of it" feature that you put
in your shirt pocket and when no motion or limited motions are
detected, it gives you a vibration or tune/tone. Designed to help you
overcome falling asleep in class or on the job, it should not be used
while driving (we don't need any lawsuits).
Sleep mode feature offers you a scheduling tool You can
select your sleep time and a wakeup vibration or tone/tune or your
own voice or that of a friend or child.
Only in iSleepTrackPro - Sleep/Dream Journal
Diary. You can write notes, take pics, post
thoughts to Linkedin, email, Facebook, and Twitter.
Independent Review - by S.J
Everyone needs sleep. But who needs their reset
time more than a college student? With demanding schedules, intense
classes, and mind boggling quizzes sleep is an absolute priority for
the student on the go. Great news! iSleepTrackPro
is now available for anyone in need of their beauty rest. This
innovative app is sure to make sleeping troubles a thing of the past
with its cutting edge features. Sure, there are plenty of sleep apps
out their (all touting to be the best), but few if none that will do
what this app is completely capable of. The key to this app is not
only its ability to help you sleep, but also its ability to help you
avoid it when need be.
Let's face it; there are times when you're just not going to get
enough sleep, with or without an app to help you manage your sleep.
For these times, you still need to be able to function. And not just
function, but do so without snoozing or drifting off every 15
minutes. Time to implement iSleepTrack Pro. This functional little
app has a very unique feature called "Snap" designed to
snap you out of sleep, as it were. When this application detects no
motion through your iDevice's accelerometer, you'll be given a gentle
nudge to wake up, in the form of light sound of your choice and/or a
vibration alarm. How much more convenient than being elbowed by your
peer sitting next to you! Totally less embarrassing. No more drooling
on your sleeve, being frowned on by your professor, or losing brownie
points with your boss at work. This application truly pioneers this
technology, giving you peace of mind as you go throughout a more
somnolent than usual day. With settings to detect no motion, minimum
motion, or single motions you're given versatile options.
Really that's just one feature of this all-in-one sleep program. You
can easily change your background to something that suits you from
several different choices. Also included is a Snooze function,
designed for the quick nap or after waking up after a short night of
sleep when you just need that extra 10 minutes of shut-eye. Everyone
knows that science has proven the efficacy of naps. Very beneficial
to human health, having a timer to guide your cat nap will allow you
to wake up well rested and not in drowsy state of mind.
Remember that this is a sleep app. That so, there is much more to
sleeping than naps. That's right; you'll need a full night (or day
for you night shift workers). The problem is, not everyone is of the
same physical and mental makeup. While one person might consider 6
hours a full night of sleep, the next needs a good 8 or 9 hours to
feel rested. Also, everyone has a different schedule. Well,
iSleepTrackPro has a solution. It has the basic functionality to set
the time you want to sleep to. But you also get to choose your alarm
in the form of music and/or vibration. On top of that, you get a nice
sleep aid, music/sound to go to sleep to. Science has proven this to
be very beneficial and it is recommended by top professionals in the
field of sleep medicine. Also displayed is the weather forecast with
the high and low temperatures and the outlook for the day plus a neat
looking digital clock look alike. If you happen to wake up earlier
than intended, all you have to do is simply click on the bright
yellow "Awake" button.
Do yourself a favor and don't put a price on a better night's sleep.
Upgrade to iSleepTrackPro for extra features. The professional
version includes a "Sleep Dream Journal/Diary" that's
extremely useful. You can take down notes in so many different forms.
Draw a picture, record your voice, or type it out. You have several
different ways to express yourself. So, you're always having those
crazy dreams that you can't remember later in the day? Record them in
your diary and you'll be able to see patterns, tell your peers about
them, or just have fun with it. In addition to the diary/journal,
you'll be able to keep track of events in your sleep via an
integrated "Schedule." So useful for remembering things
that happened during your rest, events that you'll need to be on time
for in the morning, or just for combating plain old forgetfulness -
this is sure to be a well-used feature. Need to remember to go to bed
early one night? Big exam the next day? No problem.
Consider this. Taking notes about your sleep patterns, where you get
the best sleep, and how long you sleep will yield fruitful results to
the person in need of a better night's sleep. It will allow you to
keep track of patterns and record your progress. In addition, if you
see a health professional in the area of sleep such as a
pulmonologist or neurologist the data you record could be invaluable.
It's like a mini sleep study!
This application is truly feature packed, bleeding edge, and useful
in so many ways. So many apps downloaded are quickly deleted soon
after due to lack of features or failure to function properly. You
won't be getting rid of this quickly. You'll soon have better groomed
sleep schedule and thank yourself for it. We tested this app, and liked
it compared to other sleep apps due to its simplicity to use and
extra "Snap" feature. You'll find that this will quickly
become one of your most used apps. We give iSleepTrackPro 5 out 5
Scribblegrams is a
scribblepad, doodlepad, drawing, sketchpad, art gallery, postit
notes, scratchpad and personal notecards for iPhone and iPad.
ScribbleGrams users can change backgrounds, add their own pics/snaps
and notes to their post pads at any time. Users have their own
MyGallery to see their picture posts.
Users can draw their own backgrounds or use more than 75 different
kinds of backgrounds which are included. Users can add/take photos or
personal drawings from the iPhone or iPad Gallery. Users can change
backgrounds, pics and notes to their post pads at any time. Users
have their own MyGallery to see their picture posts.
ScribbleGrams can be posted and shared on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and via email.
Independent Review - by J.H
Tired of the same old boring note apps? I
think we all are. Great news! When it comes to exciting
apps TECHtionary.com has the market cornered and one of their coolest
apps to date is ScribbleGrams. With ScribbleGrams, you'll be
taking the most creative notes ever. ScribbleGrams is a sketchbook, a notepad, and general
ideapad all in one. With colorful backgrounds, the ability to
draw, type, and paint-this little app is packed full of great
features and best of all - it's completely advertisement free.
And with every note you take, you'll have the option to share
anything you want via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or
Have you ever wondered why you have to have a
separate app for everything? So many apps out there are
designed to do just one thing, but this is not the case with
ScribbleGrams. It is a truly multifaceted program that's sure
to entertain and keep you productive at the same time.
ScribbleGrams is must have for any student, employer/employee, or
housewife with its ability to keep you organized for the whole
day. It's fantastic for reminders, yet they'll never be plain
again. You'll be able to show off your creativity to all your
friends and they'll be in the loop with what's going on in your
life. Users can add pictures and take photos to share simply by
selecting the Gallery button. You'll never need another note
taking app, ever! What's more, you'll be more in control and on
top of your life than ever when using this app. You'll will never want to go without ScribbleGrams
ever again. ScribbleGrams is sure to be one of your most used
apps. Give it a download and you won't regret it. I
give it two thumbs up and I'm sure you'll love it, too.
iFlipTipsPro - Flip/Flash Card & Art App
1) iFlipCards lets you make Q&A flipcards,
capture audio, video, text and take/use pics and answer with pics,
video, text and audio.
is a simple to use, notecard builder with text, audio, video and
3) iFlipSlides is an easy to use slide show
4) iFlipCal organizes study, meetings and
other events into a calendar including reminders.
5) iFlippads are unique multicolored post
notes with multimedia image editor for making sharable dooglegrams.
All three features iFlipTips, iFlipSlides and iFlippads can be
shared/posted to Twitter, Linkedin Facebook or email. Capture
information and file it fast with unlimited Library Folders and
Independent Review - J.H.
"If you're looking for
the ultimate study-aid app, you've found it. Chocked full of
features, iFlipTipsPro has the tools every active student needs to
make each day a success. I saw a rating of 5 stars that stated 'Very
helpful for school work and studying! If you are looking for a study
friend, this is the way to go!,' After this,
I knew I had to try it. iFlipTipsPro is
truly the all in one app, saving you the hassle of switching between
all those single functioning programs out there.
This handy tool includes everything you need to make the most
advanced flash cards you could ever dream of. With the ability to add
text, audio, video, and images - iFlipTipsPro truly has it all. While
the main focus is on creating highly interactive flash cards, there
is so much more this program does. With a simple to use interface,
you're sure to be using all of iFlipTipPro's features within minutes
of downloading the program. This app comes with a built in calendar
with event planning for extra convenience. This is a great feature to
have for busy students on the run, especially with all the
appointments and deadlines of today's modern world. It allows you to
add a note to each date, plus, you're able to mark each calendar
event with a unique icon - such as deadline, paper, exam, class,
study, club and over sixty more to choose
Great for students, yet
versatile enough to be used by anyone - from businessmen to
housewives. Everyone can find uses for this unique program. One of
the key features that makes this app so great
is the ability to share all of the content created across a wide
variety of mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or email.
IflipTipsPro includes a wonderful notepad with many options for
backgrounds. It also has a full featured sketchpad which comes in
handy in a variety of situations or for when you just need some
IflipTipsPro is my new go
to app when I need to remember something important or for my own
personal self-education needs. Its great at what it does and I
give it 5 stars for all around performance. I'm
positive that if you give it a try, you'll feel the same way."
CrimeStoppers - Top-10 ChecklistTips
With more than two million
iPhones, iPads, iTouch and other Apple devices stolen or lost
annually, there is a critical need to provide an alert, tracking, trace and recovery app. and in particular iPhone and iPad theft is,
according to many sources, the #1 cause of crime in the U.S. and
probably in the world. These easily stolen and
"hockable" expensive devices are major targets for
personal, gang and even organized crime. If you own such a device,
you should know you are a target for criminals and some will kill you
for it. In addition, there also reports of identity
theft as these devices are easily and rapidly shipped overseas
where there is no track of theft.
iTechTrace app for Apple iPhone and iPad now available on
iTunes. With more than two million iPhones, iPads, iTouch and
other Apple devices stolen or lost annually, there is a critical need
to provide an alert, tracking, trace and recovery
app. You can send a message to the robber that the
iPhone/iPad/iTouch has been stolen. A siren alarm can be generated to
get them to drop it, run away or bring it back for a reward.
You can create your own message with a "good Samaritan"
message or reward to entice them to bring it back without any
Here are some of the comments
- "iTechTrace was used
to help me recover my missing iPhone left in a taxi cab. "iTechTrace is a must-have app for every
- "My iPhone was
pickpocketed on dance floor. By the time I turned around there were
too many people to figure out who took it. Had I had the app, I
would have at least had a chance to get it back."
- "My iPhone was inside
my jacket and the thief stole the jacket and got my iPhone and a lot
of cash. iTechTrace is very critical
personal security system because I might have gotten my iPhone and
jacket back too."
Accessing Wikipedia has never
been faster and easier than with Wikipanion, designed for easy,
search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your
browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking that not
only bookmarks individual entries, but individual sections within an
Career Success Planning in
Today's Social-Media Driven Economy
Top-10 Checklist - Skills,
Tech and Networking
By Thomas Cross & Daniel
Here are ten quick tips to
help you in your career pursuits and some ideas, tips and thoughts to
engage and protect you as well as maximize your efforts in this
1 - Qualifications, not
resumes - skills needed like project management, technical skills,
communications, and collaboration
2 - Get Connected - Linkedin,
FB, Twitter, Instagram which one for which use.
3 - Communications - onsite
and online - elevator - cold calls - blogging
4 - Manage your social media
reputation - WIDD (When In Doubt Delete)
Click on image for all ten.
5 - Privacy, disclosure and
legal discovery - Realize everything you do is public
6 - Texting & Career
7 - Gossip - Buzz - Spin -
Hype - traveling faster than the speed of light
8 - Virtual Office (VO) -
Moving ideas, not people
9 - Tech
10 - Always looking for the next job - it may be
your own job
Linkedin Webinars for Job
Linkedin for Job Hunting
We find that college students don't get Linkedin
but once you start your job/career hunt, you better get on Linkedin
otherwise other students will get the job. Seriously, Linkedin
has been around since 2002, longer than FB and for business networking
it is "the" social media to be in. While Linkedin
isn't really a resume builder, you can build your reputation,
business contacts/connections and involvement in professional groups.
Here are some of the
- Find and connect with more than 200 million
- Stay up-to-date with people in your network.
- Sync your calendar to get LinkedIn profile
information about the people you're meeting with.*
- Edit your profile from within the app.**
- View and save recommended jobs.**
- Read the latest industry news.
- Keep up-to-date with your groups.
- Share content with your network.
- Follow and learn more about companies.
Evernote Peek is a learning
app designed for the iPad 2 Smart Cover. No Smart Cover? No problem!
The new Virtual Cover lets any iPad get in on the fun. Studying with
an iPad has never been more natural. Simply peek under the cover to
prepare for a quiz, practice a language or strengthen your memory.
With Starbucks for iPhone, you
can manage your Starbucks Card balance, reload your card, track your
Stars in the My Starbucks Rewards program and send an eGift to a
friend. Easy-to-navigate store locator points you to the
closest store and lets you search by amenities. You can also explore
our whole bean coffees, find nutrition information and build your own
perfect drink. And if you feel like being social, you can share your
location or favorite drinks through Facebook and Twitter.
Find My Friends App Review
Chasing down your buddies
is no longer a scavenger hunt with free app, Find My
Friends. Operated on a version of iTunes, equal to or greater
than (iOS 5), the app includes a detection feature to accommodate
users during their party search. Send a request to locate a
particular person, which they will accept. This approval initiates a
spot discovery of their whereabouts so you can find their generic
location. Even allocate your whereabouts to others for a transitory
period of time, letting them know your position, or wait for them to
send you a request for approval.
For those using iOS 6,
there is a monitoring tool that can be of assistance. Allow the
system to send you messages when certain people arrive at an
anticipated destination. For instance, if you're expecting your
friend back at the hotel by 2 for lunch, it will let you know when
they've arrived in the area - even if you haven't quite yet! The
system will also contact people with your location - which comes in
handy when you aren't familiar with your surroundings, but your
native friends are!
Whether you're split up
within your clique, vacationing in an unknown locale, or get lost on
your way to a new hot-spot, joining friends - Find My Friends helps
track your group down.
Here are some tips on how
to get the best use out of this app! It is sometimes misconstrued as
a trailing or stalking tool, when it is not meant to be used for
following people. Renewal of the page itself when viewing someone's
movement will not exactly proceed the way some conceive it to. The
app is meant to pin-point a broad location, not to track the person
during travel. It should not be solely relied upon, but rather
utilized as another tool for knowing where your friends are. It's a
great app that aides you in finding inclusive locations of friends.
No doubt there will be many categories of favorite
apps. We also want to print your review, not just ours.
So ramp up you writing skills and tell us what your fav app should be
everybody else's fav app.
Apple for Business
Apple is quietly but seriously making strong moves into the
enterprise business space. Click on the banner and take a look at
what they are doing. As a result we will really ramp up our
efforts at tackling or taking Apple business applications.
Microsoft for Business Communications
Microsoft has released one of the most
comprehensive solutions for business and mobile solutions.
Click on the image below for more details via TelecomReseller.
Top-10 Crimestoppers Tips for Smartphone and
Text, chat, voice (coming soon), push
notifications. Works on WiFi, 3G & 4G
Review by Darren G.
Facebook Messenger - Still
Facebook Messenger has been
a fantastic choice for instant messaging since its release in 2011.
This messenger has undergone great changes over the years, yet always
maintains a similar style and functionality. The latest developments
bring a large amount of new features, most notably VoIP.
The calling interface is
simplistic and easy to use and brings all the functionality of
Facebook's desktop version to your Android enabled device. Free voice
calling via VoIP, at first only available to Canada, but now to the
US as well, is a feature that cannot be overlooked. Facebook have
launched a campaign to make data rates cheaper for their app, if not
free, in certain regions. Although no plans have been announced for
these deals in the US or Canada, many other countries have been
listed as eligible for the promotion. It should only prove to be a
matter of time before an agreement is reached with major mobile
providers. If you are a resident of Canada or the US simply update
your Facebook Messenger for iOS up to version 2.4 and you have free
calling, using only your data.
Free calling is provided
through the standalone messenger and both you and those who you wish
to call need to have the app installed. Existing versions of Facebook
Messenger require no update and the free call feature is simply an
added icon. It is also easier than ever to initiate a conversation
with your contacts; group conversation is located through a simple to
access slide menu on the left. As with all prior versions of this
handy app, the minimalistic design and ease of use is unbeatable. The
only complaint commonly voiced by users is the lack of the ability to
appear offline. This is definitely a feature that has needed to be
addressed for quite some time, let's hope it receives attention soon.
A free messenger titled
Nimbuzz has been drawing the attention of the media due to an influx
of popularity. Nimbuzz also provides VoIP from your smartphone,
seeking to compete with Facebook's latest offering. Other notable
features include the ability to appear invisible, enhanced
file-sharing and chat rooms amongst its many other offerings. This
messenger may be functional and the recent hype may be warranted, to
an extent. 150 million subscribers and 100% annual growth rate is a
feat to be admired and is certainly worthy of attention. But is
Facebook threatened? I don't think so! The social networking giant
encompasses a user-base of just over 1 billion. To compete with this
huge and ever growing number of users, a growth rate of 100% would
have to be held for years! Let us hope that Facebook protects its interests
well by continuing to provide innovative new features, spurred by
this new competition. With Nimbuzz and Whatsapp gaining popularity we
can be fairly certain to see great new additions to Facebook's range
Integrated SMSing allows
you to message your friends that are not on Facebook directly from
you're the app. Your address book is now accessible and contacts can
be added from their cell numbers. Incoming message alerts, otherwise
termed push notifications is another great feature that assists
greatly in the scheduling of your time. Completely customisable, these alerts can even be used to
silence the sounds from another conversation. Location services have
been overhauled and one can now hide your current location from
display by setting the feature to private, adding some much needed
privacy to this often intrusive feature. This is simply achieved by
means of an intuitive menu item and can be toggled quickly at will.
There are many instant
messengers available for iOS, however few can compare to the
practicality of Facebook Messenger. With the integration of many new
features and the popularity of Facebook as a social medium, this app
is guaranteed a long and successful future.
integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and
organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to
capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect
place on iPad.
Notability encourages productivity to be beautiful. Use our gorgeous
retina ink to capture information, while liberating yourself from
piles of paper and books by keeping this data in Notability.
goCall is a service that gives
you low cost data calls over 3G or Wi-Fi via the goCall smart phone
Write your ideas down on
Trello cards and arrange them in lists on your boards. Add details to
your cards such as:
- checklists to keep track of to-dos
- comments to update your co-workers
- photos and videos
- who's working on that card
With the Trello app in your pocket, you can make to-do lists waiting
in line at the grocery store, assign tasks to your co-worker while
you're on the train home, or upload a photo of that paisley couch you
saw the store that's just perfect for the house you're
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