Posts Tagged ‘Smartphone apps’

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!

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?

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?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Top iPhone Apps of 2010

On January 26, 2009, Apple first used the phrase, “There’s an app for that.” It quickly took off and has become a part of pop culture. In fact, the phrase is so popular that Apple has acquired the trademark for the phrase.

The best part about the phrase “There’s an app for that”? It’s the truth—there really is an app for almost anything. From finding where your car is parked to directions for how to cook a turkey and even an app called “Fat Booth”—there are more apps in the Apple store than one person could possibly handle. The number of apps is so incredible that it can be hard to decide which ones to buy or use.

We did a little research and found a great article from TechCrunch, detailing the top iPhone apps of 2010. Check out their findings:

Top 5 Paid iPhone Apps

  1. Angry Birds
  2. Doodle Jump
  3. Skee-Ball
  4. Bejewled 2 + Blitz
  5. Fruit Ninja

Top 5 Free iPhone Apps

  1. Facebook
  2. Angry Birds Lite
  3. Words with Friends Free
  4. Skype
  5. Tap Tap Revenge 3

Top 5 Grossing iPhone Apps

  1. At Bat 2010
  2. Angry Birds
  3. Call of Duty: Zombies
  4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
  5. FriendCaller 3 Pro

It’s pretty wild to think that Angry Birds, which costs $0.99, is the second highest-grossing app to At Bat, which costs $15!

If you’re dishing out dough for these apps, then you probably don’t want to lose your iPhone (link: (and your progress on Angry Birds). And we happen to know just the device to help you with that…

What’s your favorite iPhone app? Leave a comment below with your answer!

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