Posts Tagged ‘iPhone apps’

Friday, May 11th, 2012

5 Apps for the Hearing Impaired in Honor of “Better Hearing & Speech Month”

Impaired hearing affects 14.9% of children, according to the Center for Hearing and Speech, and can dramatically impair language development. Only so much can be done medically for those who suffer, but there are ways to treat and cope. And now, there are smartphone apps to help.

In honor of May’s designation as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” we’ve compiled a list of great mobile apps, primarily for iPhone and iPad, to help diagnose and treat the hearing and speech impaired.


A list of five great apps for the hearing and speech-impaired.

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  • Siemens Hearing Test—Do you suspect you may be hearing impaired? This free app tests your ability to recognize words from background noise and compares your accuracy to the average score of normal listeners. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step to treating it. This test can tell you whether or not you should seek further medical attention.
  • Hearing Loss Simulator—Living with someone who is hearing impaired can be a trying experience at times. This app costs $1.99 and can help family and friends better understand that loved one. The app even adjusts the simulation to the degree of their hearing impairment.
  • Speech Trainer 3D—This $7.99 app animates how the tongue, lips and mouth properly move during speech. The 3D demonstration helps the speech impaired practice certain sounds, consonants, and vowels in the English language. A recent update allows you to use iPad and iPhone cameras to film yourself speaking and do a side-by-side comparison to the animation.
  • Eye Contact – Toybox—Previously featured on “60 Minutes” This $2.99 app rewards children for focusing on the human faces displayed on the screen. Maintaining eye contact can be a difficult skill for children to learn and is especially important for hearing impaired individuals.
  • EarTrumpet—Best when used with a headset, the EarTrumpet offers hearing enhancement tools. The $3.99 app was developed by a medical student and applies scientific inquiry and analysis to help the hearing-impaired better understand the world around them. 

These apps demonstrate how modern technology is addressing real human problems. Likewise, the ZOMM Wireless Leash and the myZOMM app could be a great service to a hearing and speech-impaired individual in a moment of panic. The center button can be programmed to call either 911 or a number of the ZOMM owner’s choice when it’s held for a period of time.

How are you observing “Better Hearing & Speech Month”? 

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

5 Productivity-Inducing iPhone Apps

Life is hectic. Sometimes, in all the chaos, it’s hard to actually get anything done. However, like all things in the world, there’s even an app (or several) for the productivity-challenged. Today we rounded up five iPhone apps that are sure to get you back on the productivity train.

A list of our top 5 iPhone apps for increasing productivity.
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1. Clear
Keep yourself organized (and therefore more productive) with this list-keeping app. The simple, intuitive interface makes it easy to put things on a list…and check them off when you’re finished.

2. eWallet
These days, life involves a lot of passwords. Nothing slows you down (and frustrates you) more than not being able to login to your accounts because you can’t remember the password. eWallet uses 256-bit AES encryption to securely store your passwords, account information and card numbers.

3. Bump Pay
After a dinner with friends, who wants to take the time to count out (or actually has) the cash to split the bill? With Bump Pay you can easily transfer money from your PayPal account to a friend’s—with a fist pound.

4. Quick Office
Ever wish you could edit documents during the train ride to work? Maybe you need to have access to Word or Excel documents while away from your desk. That’s what Quick Office allows—create, view and edit Microsoft Office files from your iPhone.

5. myZOMM for iPhone
It’s hard to be productive if you can’t find your keys or don’t remember where you parked your car. Pair your iPhone with a ZOMM Wireless Leash Plus and the myZOMM app to get instant alerts if you walk away from your keys. Tag items, such as a parking spot or business, and get instant directions to that location when you’re ready to return.

 The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.

Feeling more productive yet?

What’s your favorite productivity app?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Smartphones and Restaurants: Taking Your Phone to Dinner [INFOGRAPHIC]

Imagine this: You have a dinner date with friends on a Friday night. You need to decide where you’re going, what time to get there and what to order. How do you decide? Chances are that you’ll use your smartphone to help you make one (or more) of those decisions.

According to research done by Lab42, 20 percent of you will user your smartphone to communicate dinner plans, 19 percent will use your smartphone to find a restaurant and another 20 percent will view a menu on your smartphone.

The infographic below shows these (and many more) facts about how Americans are using their smartphones before, during and after eating dinner out at a restaurant. If you’re planning a dinner date soon, consider trying our Personal Concierge service—they’ll take care of all the details while you play with your smartphone.

Smartphone infographic

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Hot Winter-Related Smartphone Apps

Now that you know how to care for your phone during the cold winter months, you need it to ensure it stays “hot” with the latest weather apps! With the help of Verizon Wireless and Time Techland, we’ve put together a list of some of some of the best weather-related apps for your phone. We all know the winter can be unpredictable, so stay a step ahead of Mother Nature with one (or more) of these apps:

  • Winter Weather Outlooks ($1.99) Worried about inclement weather headed you way? Learn about what patterns are likely in your area with the National Weather Service Winter Weather Outlooks.
  • How Cold Is It? (Free) Rather, how neat is this? This app features a wallpaper function that changes color depending on the outside temperature. If you see deep red it’s going to be h-o-t! Spot an icy white hue on your screen? You know what that means… better bundle up!
  • ShoppeHUB (Free) This handy little app allows you to make secure purchases on cold weather gear, including winter clothing.
  • Winter Wake Up (Free) Genius! Wake you up according to the extra time you will need to defrost your car in the event of overnight snow. Why didn’t we think of that?
  • Powder Alert/WakeMeSki ($2.99) You can tell this app you want to be woken up when a certain ski resort has gotten the perfect amount of fresh powder.
  • Road Trip Weather ($0.99) On the go? Plot the route to your destination while keeping informed on what the weather is going to be like on your trip along the way.
  • Winter Survival Kit (Free) Stuck in a winter storm? This app will be your new best friend! Store important emergency numbers, track where the closest gas station is located and be stocked with survival tips at the press of a button.

Just another reason to love your phone—it can help keep you warm at night.

What are some of your favorite seasonal apps? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Top iPhone Apps of 2011

iPhone apps give us something to do while waiting in line, help us prepare the perfect meal, keep us connected during an emergency and, in general, make our lives a little easier. iPhone users have an average of 48 apps on their phone—but it begs the question: Which ones are the best?

Time compiled a list of what they believe to be the top 50 iPhone apps of 2011. You can see the full list from Time – which includes many of the same top apps from 2010. Here are our favorites in each category:

top apps 2011

The games category features some of the most addicting games we’ve ever seen. Some of them almost seem to do more harm than good by distracting you from… well, life. However, our favorite on Time’s list has to be Fruit Ninja. The easy-to-play game is perfect for a long commute or slow line and chopping fruit is actually pretty fun.

On The Go

The whole point of apps is to have easy access to information while on-the-go, and these apps do just that. Choosing a favorite wasn’t easy, but OpenTable gets our nod. Simply open the app to find restaurants near you, and then make a reservation. Easy as pie!


This broad category features apps that assist you with day-to-day things like list-making and cooking. Our favorite in this category, however, is Mint—a budgeting app that keeps you on your toes about spending. The app will even send you alerts if you go over your budget. It’s like mom in your pocket.

Music and Photography

The iPhone 4S has revolutionized the way we take pictures with our mobile phones. The quality is so good that many people are ditching digital cameras altogether and using only their smartphone. The winner, for us, in this one is easily Instagram. The ingenious smartphone-only social network for your photos offers multiple filters to make even the newest newbie a photo pro.


Movies, magazine and news – what entertains you? The Netflix app is our favorite—allowing streaming of your favorite movies and TV shows right to your phone. An episode of Modern Family makes running 30 minutes on the treadmill much, much more enjoyable.


Like most of you, we love our social networks. Choosing a favorite is no easy task. However, based solely on the iPhone app version, we’re going with Twitter. The new integrations with iOS 5 make photo sharing super simple and notifications keep us up-to-date with everyone’s latest ramblings.

Of course, we do have an honorable mention we’d like to add to the list—the myZOMM iPhone app. When used in conjunction with our brand new Wireless Leash Plus, you’ll never lose your phone, keys or parked car again.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

iPhone Apps: Before, During and After Thanksgiving

Tis the week to give thanks! Are you gathering with family and friends on Thursday to give thanks for all the blessings in your life?

If you’re the host of one of these gatherings, it can be a little stressful. However, today’s technology provides tons of tools out there to help you throw the best Thanksgiving party on the block.

We’ve compiled four apps to help you throw a stellar Thanksgiving gathering:

Getting the Groceries:

  • Grocery iQ With this app you can build shopping lists simply by scanning barcodes! You can also sync with other’s lists—so if people at home think of something to add while you’re out, they can add it to your list.

Preparing the Meal:

  • iFeast: Thanksgiving Cooking a Thanksgiving meal, but not sure you can keep everything straight? This app will help you make sure everything is ready at the same time.

Setting the Mood:

  • FirePlace Use this app to bring the peace and ambiance of a fireplace to any room in the house. Unfortunately you’ll have to imagine the heat part.

After Dinner Entertainment:

  • Fox Sports Mobile Football is an essential part of this fall holiday. However, sometimes you’re not able to watch the game on TV. If that’s the case, grab Fox Sports Mobile to follow Thursday’s games: Lions vs Cowboys and 49ers vs Ravens.

What are you Thanksgiving plans?

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Using Mobile Technology During National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness month! In light of that, and because there have been so many weather-related incidents lately (like an earthquake and Hurricane Irene), we want to offer some tips on using your cell phone to prepare for, and stay updated on, emergency situations.

mobile tech preparedness
Download apps.
Unfortunately, in many emergency situations, cellular networks go down and even smartphone users don’t have access to the Internet. To prepare for a situation like this one, download apps! A few apps to consider would be a First Aid app and an emergency radio app. There are multiple options for each of these available in your phone’s app store.

Follow the appropriate social media accounts.
Social media is a great way to keep up with up-to-the-minute news during an emergency situation. Many times For breaking news, we recommend following Twitter accounts like @CDCemergency and @ReadyDotGov for up to the minute news and tips, as well as news articles about emergency preparedness.

Get a Wireless Leash.
Did you know that with one press of a button, our Wireless Leash can call for emergency assistance? It also provides you with a way to keep track of your cell phone in a hectic situation.

These are some of our best tips on being prepared in every situation. What else would you add to this list?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Play Before Work: Games Most Popular Mobile App Category in US

With games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Words with Friends it doesn’t come to a surprise that games continue to be the most popular app category on smartphones. Odds are if you own a smartphone, you’ve most likely installed one of these games.


The Nielsen Company  released a report at the beginning of July with statistics on the most downloaded apps, who downloads them and how much time those people spend using those apps. Here is what The Nielsen Report Company said about smartphone users:

  • 93% of app downloaders, who’ve downloaded in the past 30 days, are willing to pay for the games they play
  • Only 76% of downloaders are willing to pay for news apps
  • Smartphone users who’ve played mobile games in the past 30 days, carry phones like the iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and Android phones.
  • Blackberry phone holders are more likely to play pre-loaded games, rather than download apps.

So how much time do you think these mobile gamers spend on their phones playing Angry Birds? Nielsen said:

“The average mobile gamer plays about 7.8 hours a month.”

What about the different phones? Do iPhone carriers play more than Android or Blackberry users? Shockingly they do. People with iPhones play around 14.7 hours a month while Android users only play about 9.3 hours a month.

Do your gaming habits fit the report? We are curious to find out if our followers are iPhone users or Android users and how much time they spend playing mobile games.

Here’s our poll: What kind of phone do you carry and do you download games? If you do, how long do you play mobile games on your phone a day? Leave your answers in the comment area below.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Three Sizzling Summer Apps (for iPhone, iPad and Android)

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James

summer apps

Oh, summer. The sun is high in the sky and the mercury is rising. You’re probably tempted to spend countless hours just lounging by the pool, on the front porch or even in a hammock in the back yard. And summer is the perfect time to do that!

While you’re lounging, you could be reading a great book, planning vacation or deciding on where to go for dinner—all from your iPhone or Android.

That’s right, just because its summer doesn’t mean you have to put down your beloved phone. Check our three favorite apps this summer:

Kindle – Free on iPhone, iPad and Android
After downloading the app for free, get your hands on some of the current New York Times Best Sellers, including: Water for Elephants, The Help, Fallen and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

GoodFoodNearYou – Free on iPhone, iPad and Android
Doing your relaxing while on vacation? Peruse this free app to find, as the title suggest, good food near you! Not only will it locate nearby restaurants, but you can also access menus and nutritional facts. Who says convenient food has to be bad for you?

Cheap Gas! – Free on iPhone and iPad
If “summer” and “road trip” are synonymous for you, then this is a must-have app. Find the cheapest gas around with this free app—and even use oh-so-cool augmented reality to see the price of gas simply by pointing your phone at the station.

Whether you’re world-traveling or resting up this summer, make sure you keep yourself (and your phone) safe from danger by using a ZOMM. How? Click to find out more about our Wireless Leash.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Eight Mobile Apps for Business Trips

In today’s ever-changing, always-moving society, it’s rare that someone doesn’t have to travel for work from time to time. For those of you that are on the road more than you’re at your desk, it can be tricky to keep track of everything while working out-of-pocket.

business travel apps

No need to worry, though, because app creators have taken notice. There are numerous apps out there built specifically to make life easier on the mobile businessman or businesswoman.

Top 8 Mobile Apps for Business On The Go:

  1. Card Munch – Overwhelmed by the number of business cards you collect at networking events or trade shows? Using Card Munch you can snap a picture of the card and automatically store the information as a new contact on your iPhone.
  2. Hootsuite – This Twitter app allows you to easily navigate various streams, schedule tweets and Facebook posts, update multiple accounts at once and track statistics. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry users.
  3. Evernote – Simplify note-taking by snapping photos, recording voice notes, typing a reminder or even grabbing a screenshot. Evernote can organize it all for you and make it searchable (even hand-written text in images!).
  4. Tripit – Don’t miss a flight or show up at the wrong hotel anymore. Send confirmation emails to Tripit directly from your inbox and it will organize the information to create an itinerary for you.
  5. Basecamp – Does your company use Basecamp? If so, you can also use it on your phone—No need to install an app. Point your mobile browser to and use the site in a simplified, perfect-for-small-screens, full Bascecamp experience.
  6. Dragon Dictation – This voice recognition app instantly translates your voice into text for anyting from emails and blog posts to texts messages and social networking updates.
  7. My Eyes Only – Secure sensitive business data (passwords, financial info, credit card numbers) on your iPhone or iPad. The encrypted data is protected by a password.
  8. Taxi Magic — Connect directly with local cab dispatch systems. No need to make a phone call—you’re just a few taps away from a taxi ride in all major cities. You can even pay your fare from the app! Available on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

And, of course, while you’re on the go, the last thing you want to do is lose your phone. Let’s be honest, it’s pretty much your brain while on a business trip. So before you head out on your next business adventure, make sure you have a ZOMM Wireless Leash synced to your phone, so you’ll never have to worry about losing that phone again!

What’s your favorite app for business trips?

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