With new apps being developed by the minute, there are always options to overload your smartphone with new applications. From morning til night, you can practically find an app for anything, but it’ll cost you. If you’re looking for a few good apps to add to your device roster, check out this week in apps for ten FREE apps worth downloading this week.
Sunrise (Price: Free)
Why go several places if you can achieve your goals with one. Sunrise, a new calendar app built by two ex-Foursquare designers, pulls together your appointments from Google Calendar, Facebook Events and Birthdays and weather outlooks. Check out more details on our new favorite app here. (For iPhone)
Any.Do (Price: Free)
Managing your procrastination is now a little easier. This popular reminder app was just updated to support a new feature called Any.Do Moment, a quick and fun overview of your day and the things you have on your list. What I love most about this app is users are greeted with a simple list broken into four sections. (For iPhone, Android)
Find. Eat. Drink. (Price: Free)
As someone always on the prowl for killer foodie mobile apps, F.E.D. has leaped to the top of my current rotation. Recommendations are curated by industry insiders; top-tier chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, baristas, butchers, pitmasters and food purveyors. I also love the printable PDF cheatsheets on the website. (For iPhone)
Eventster (Price: Free)
Eventster bills itself as Pandora for your events.This mobile app helps you discover nightlife, concerts, festivals, sports, theater and more around you. See what’s trending around you, search based on your tastes or find out what your friends are up to. (For iPhone)
Switchcam (Price: Free)
The new web app automatically synchronizes footage of an event from multiple cameras and turns it into one tidy interactive video. It reminds me a bit of other collaborative video apps but with an interesting twist — viewers control the produced feeds. (For iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry, Windows)
Cam Me (Price: Free)
Ready to go hands free? With this camera app you never have to worry about fussing with the timer setting again. Just wave and smile — boom, there it is. (For iPhone)
CineMama (Price: Free)
Interested in a digital keepsake of the baby bump? There’s an app for that! Women can create a time-lapse video of their pregnancy, and get health tips along the way, through a new iPhone app called CineMama available from the March of Dimes. (For iPhone)
Vine (Price: Free)
In the month since Twitter introduced Vine, a mobile service that lets users capture and share short looping videos, it’s taken off about as well as the social networking giant could have hoped. Big brands, news outlets and creative Twitter users have flocked to it. The limitation for producing creative content in six seconds is both the beauty and challenge of Vine. (For iPhone)
Kickstarter (Price: Free)
The crowdfunding platform for creative endeavors has been around for a few years. What is new is its sleek, simple iPhone app. Now users can search, pledge and track those indie art projects while on the go. (For iPhone, iPod Touch)
Hotel Tonight (Price: Free)
The app makes it easy to search for and book hotels, and leverages hotels’ desire to fill up their rooms to help you get huge discounts — as much as 70% off. The catch is you can’t book until noon the day of. HT has been around for a few years, but they update the app all the time, often adding new cities. (For iPhone, Android) via
Now that you’ve found some new apps, which ones will you download first?
Tired of the default Mail app not covering all of your needs? The developers over at Orchestra, Inc. have cooked up the email solution for you. Introducing the Mailbox app for iOS where it treats your atypical email like a to-do list for better productivity.
- To Archive you simply to the right,
- To Delete you long swipe to the right,
- To snooze an email you swipe left,
- To add to lists (or Labels) you long swipe to the left.
For on-the-go divas, it is even tougher to pay attention to personal wellness. With all the traveling, working, and keeping busy, it’s hard to understand how one can always keep it together. We have found some tips from well-balanced celebrities that have shared how they do it. Take these tips that have worked for them and see how you can apply it to your daily self-care! Between working, taking care of the family, and handling personal business it’s easy for women to tire, get sick, and eventually burn out. Burnout takes the form of anxiety, illness, nervous breakdowns, and sometimes even flat out laziness.
There is an app for everything these days. For most tips, there is an app available on smart phones and/or tablets to help any diva meet her self-care goals. Check out some self-care tricks and tips from famous divas on the go, along with supporting apps that’ll help you live your best life well.
1. Tia Mowry: Plan your workouts ahead of time. A fun way to do this would be to set workout “dates” with friends.
The App To Get You There: To track activity, download Nike+ FuelBand. Note: In order for is to work, you must purchase a physical FuelBand, which is available at Nike stores andonline. With the app, users set goals for activity ahead of time and are pushed to meet them.
2. Lisa Ling: Take snacks along for the ride. Before leaving the house, the hotel, or wherever you laid your head down to rest, grab a piece of fruit, fill up a bottle with water, and say no to the sugary treats.
The App To Get You There: To keep track of the food you’re eating on the daily, download Fooducate. It helps users keep track of their grocery list, what they’ve eaten, their water intake, as well as the exercise they did on any given day. (Incorporate this app with tip 1 above.) If you’re in the grocery store and want to know more about a product, you can scan the bar code and get a grade for the product, alternatives, and the ratings of other users.
Fooducate is currently available on iPhones and Androids.
3. Mariska Hargitay: Take time for some TLC. Working too many hours is associated with anxiety and depression. Who wants to deal with that?
The App To Get You There: Use the calendar on your phone and track every minute of your day for a week. At the end of the week, check to see where you can input some “you time.” During this “you time”, put your phone away, or turn it off, if possible.
4. Lisa Price: Fight germs as best you can.
There isn’t an app for this. Wash your hands often. Keep hand sanitizer in your purse. And use tissue when you cough or sneeze so you don’t pass along germs either.
These four tips from four amazing women should guide your in the right direction for living your best life and doing it well. What are your tips for wellness care?
Timbre. – It is the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity. It is also the name of an app, developed by Intrepid Dev, that gives users a list of concerts based on their location. Discover how the Timbre app can help you score those hard to find tickets near you. If you’re an iPhone user who loves live music, I’d say give the Timbre app a download today – discover why below…
How it works: Tap the Timbre icon. With that tap, the app finds your location and compiles a list of events near by. Once you get your list and find an artist of interest, users can click on their name, listen to a snippet of their music and get directed to SeatGeek, where their can purchase to the concert at the selected venue on their selected date. Timbre can search between a 1- and 50-mile radiuses. You can also use the search bar to browse events in other locations. This is a great feature for Divas who travel.
According to a piece on Fast Company, Intrepid Dev CEO Mark Kasdorf says the app development firm is planning to expand the app to do even more. One of these new features will be a map that will show all of the nearby venues.
With the hype surrounding Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, Timbre created a list of category nominees. Using the app, I looked up some of them to see if they had concerts any time soon. Here are events on the east and west coast happening over the month featuring Grammy-nominated artists.
Pink at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 16th, 2013. Buy tickets.
Maroon 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 16th, 2013. Buy tickets.
Alicia Keys and Miguel at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 12th, 2013. Buy tickets.
Are there any other mobile apps you can use to buy concert tickets?
Have you tried Timbre? Still looking for Beyonce tickets? Maybe you should give Timbre a try…
Scrabble is a remarkable game in our eyes. It’s always been and will always be. With the use of smart phones, Scrabble has now been deemed a “cool” word game app downloaded by millions. (Because come on, Words with Friends is just a more colorful way to play Scrabble with friends on your smart phone or tablet.) We’re kinda happy about the growing love for words. The challenge of wanting to use your vocabulary and possible increase it in a game with friends is exciting. Maybe because we like to write and have a strong love for words.
With the fizzle of Words With Friends comes the latest hype around other word games! Allow us to (re)introduce you to some apps that will allow you to flex your vocabulary skills and stunt on social media at the same time.
Sixteen letters. How many words can you find within them? That is the name of this game. Why is it called Ruzzle? That, we can’t tell you. That word isn’t even in the dictionary, but the game is fun and it is a bit addicting. We found ourselves trying our best to get achievements, including Juggernaut: ‘Win against the same opponent 10 times’ and Close Call: ‘Win by a margin of less than 50 points.’ Think you can get some achievements? Challenge a friend or random opponent in Ruzzle. Looking for the next best thing in word game apps – Ruzzle is it!
2. Letter Press
Players use a 5×5 board of letter tiles to make words. It is a two player game where users play back and forth on one board. This one is similar to Ruzzle, but with an added twist. Previous words cannot be played. If player one plays USER, that cannot be used, and neither can USE because that is a part of the word played.
Up for the challenge? Get into it!
3. 7 Little Words
This one is a bit challenging. The task: Use tiles with 2-3 letters to figure out one word based on a clue. There are free daily puzzles and bundles of 50-200 puzzle that cost $0.99–$4.99.
Bonus: This game is available in English, French, and Spanish.
4. What’s the Word?
Users of this game will be shown four photos and asked to guess what they all mean. For example, you may get shown a couple photos of trees on the beach and hands facing outward. The answer is palm. This one is more of a guessing game than one that will push users to use their knowledge bank of words.
5. Times Crosswords
The New York Times has made their daily Crossword Puzzles available on smart phones. Users get clues and must enter them in numbered slots across and down like any other crossword puzzle. Got a thing for crossword puzzles? This is the app for you. The great thing about this one is it stops the time when you click out of it and picks right back up when you log back in. And you can check the puzzle to see if you got the answers right once you’re done.
6. Word Collapse
Players must find words in their correct order. Each puzzle is themed and the letters are chosen based in it. Your task? Find the words and clear the board. If you get a word correct, the tiles used clear and the other tiles ‘collapse’ and build new words. The order of clearing the words is what matters. If you do it out of order, it will be tough to clear a level. With each level, more words are added to the puzzle based on the theme.
Board games are fun. What is even better is that games have been made available for users on the go. Bored on the train to work? Can’t sleep? Download any one of these and play! We’re impressed with app developers and obsessed over word games! Time to get on ___________ (insert any of the above games) and start flexing!
Haven’t figured out where you’re celebrating the Big Game? If you’re not in New Orleans, chances are you’re hosting a Super Bowl party or even better, making plans to go to out to watch the big game. Did you know there are some apps that can make your Super Bowl Sunday easy as pie? From party invites, creating & sharing snack lists and more, we’ve listed some of the top apps you can use to enjoy a smooth Super Bowl Sunday below…
Social Network Apps
These apps help you get the word across; manage meeting times and locations.
Google + (Google Plus)
Are you planning a big party? Want to fill everyone in? Want to do a little more than Facebook event invites? Try Google hangout; for that you will need the Google+ App. I know what you’re thinking! Google+?! Well, let me inform you that it Google + (Google Plus) has outranked Twitter to be the second largest social network after Facebook with 343 million active users. With Google hangout, having group video chats is easy and stress free. Anyone that has an Android phone has a GMail account (it’s necessary for setup, apps, etc.). Getting together and setting things up is fun and easy with Google Hangout, so get that Google+ app installed and running.
Apple App Store (iOS) – Google +
Android Google Play – Google +
If you’re like me; you probably have a Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr, and Foursquare. No matter how great your phone is; multi-tasking can become quiet the chore when updating, checking in and tagging. Make it easier with HootSuite. You can manage different social media profiles and go crazy with the updates.
HootSuite App Download
The Official Team App
Apple App Store (iOS) – San Francisco 49ers App
Android Google Play – San Francisco 49ers App
Android and Apple - Baltimore Ravens App
Wings and Things
We all know that wings, chips and beer are a major part of the festivities. If you want to take a different spin on things and create different party dishes. Try these apps:
Apple App Store - Fooducate App
Guides and Updates
Super Bowl XVLII Guide
Android Google Play= Super Bowl Guide
Apple App Store - Super Bowl Guide
ESPN Score Center
Most sports fanatics already have this on their devices. It helps keep track of your favorite teams. It’s a must have for updates and staying in the loop
Android Google Play= ESPN Score Center
Apple App Store - ESPN Score Center
Don’t want to hear a commentators perspective? SB Nation is the app for you. You get coverage from over 300 blogs from a fans perspective. Stay updated with the latest updates and breaking news in the sports world.
Android Google Play Only= SB Nation App
More and more women are taking on the role of their family’s chief financial officer. We set the budget, pay the bills, make the grocery list and can tell you how much it truly costs to run the family! Women have so many roles, however, that it can become tough and a bit overwhelming to keep track of it all. We have compiled a list of our favorite apps and websites that are easy, convenient, and most helpful to your pockets!
Financial planning can also bring down the anxiety you may feel about your debt-income ratio. According to Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. “Financial planning provides direction and meaning to your financial decisions.” That is, when you have a plan for how to spend your money, and follow through with them, your financial life will be much easier. CFP also refers to financial planning as the process of meeting your life goals through the proper management of your money. Life goals can include buying a home, paying off your student debt, saving for your child’s education, or planning for retirement. We all have similar goals.
Sometimes it is good to seek advice from a professional financial planner such as an accountant or investment adviser but in the mean time, here are some tools to help you keep track of your finances.
Mint allows users to link their accounts- including banking, credit cards, loans, investments, and property. The website also gives each user tips on how to improve their finances based on trends they notice in the person’s spending habits. Downloadable on smart phones and tablets, Mint is also available when users are on the go.
Like Mint, OneBudget also links to users’ accounts and keeps track of their spending. Community interaction is a key trait of this website. Users are able to connect with people who are working toward the same financial goals. The makers of the website believe support is important and wanted to hone in on that by allowing people to share how they budget their money and learn from one another. After all, they say experience is the best teacher. Why not learn from others’ experiences?
This website does not keep track of spending for users but does offer a lot of resources. The 21 Federal entities that compose the Financial Literacy and Education Commission provide the materials that are available via the website and the 1-888-MyMoney hotline.
Last but not least, consider these best practices when approaching financial planning from the CFP:
1. Set measurable goals.
2. Understand the effect your financial decisions have on other financial issues.
3. Re-evaluate your financial plan periodically.
4. Start now, no matter your age – don’t assume financial planning is for when you get older.
5. Start with what you’ve got – don’t assume financial planning is only for the wealthy.
6. Take charge – you are in control of the financial planning engagement.
7. Look at the big picture – financial planning is more than just retirement planning or tax planning.
8. Don’t confuse financial planning with investing.
9. Don’t expect unrealistic returns on investments.
10. Don’t wait until a money crisis to begin financial planning.
The last one may be the most important. It falls under the realm of things you stay ready for so you don’t have to get ready. Take some time out this week to see where your money is going!
Have these websites/apps been helpful to you? Or do you have other financial planning tips that have helped you? Share below…
Now that you’ve survived the hustle and bustle of buying and sifting through presents, spending time with family, and devouring Christmas dinner, it’s time to make plans to ring in the New Year! There are many ways to celebrate, from being with family to hittin’ the Wobble alongside other party-goers to staying in and having a quiet toast at home. No matter your choice for the night, these apps will definitely boost your celebration.
Want to watch what happens live in Times Square without leaving home? Try Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball 2013 App (Free). No matter where you are, you can join the biggest U.S. celebration of New Year’s Eve with this app. Watch the show, countdown to the midnight ball drop, enter photos for possible selection to be shown on screen and learn about the history of the Times Square NYE Celebration.
Create memorable stories using Backspaces (Free). Similar to Storify, Backspaces is a mobile storytelling app that incorporates multiple photos, geo-tags, text and other captions into a short story that can be shared via web link on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.
Curious about NYE festivities across the US or around the world in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Montreal, and Tokyo? Check out the New Year’s Live 2013 Earth Cam ($2.99). Using popular tourist cameras throughout the world, EarthCam live streams footage of crowds cheering and celebrating the coming of 2013. You can take virtual photos in costumes from around the world, and send party favors and special sound effects to help friends and family ring in the New Year.
Send a Happy New Year’s Eve eCard with Appygraph Greeting eCards (Free). Choose from hundreds of designs that can be customized by adding your own photo. Just like sending a text message, share your eCard through iMessage, Facebook, or as an image. Cards can be printed and mailed for $1.99 (US) & $2.99 (International).
Heading out for a night of partying and want to be safe? Try the Circle of 6 App (Free). Circle of 6 lets you program your top six friends or family that can come to your rescue in an instant. They can send you an “emergency” text to help you get out of a sketchy situation or you can send a drop-pin text with your exact location to be picked up. This app can also be used to keep track of friends when you’re out partying in a group and get lost. In urgent situations, Circle of 6 can dial a national rape or domestic violence hotline for you.
Another quick way to get home is Taxi Magic (Free). Use this online taxi booking service to find and pay for a taxi ride home. This app allows map view to help track the arrival of your ride and sends an eReceipt for your records.
Need answers about what the New Year will bring? Consult the New Year’s Oracle 2013 (Free). This app lets you virtually melt a piece of lead, originally shaped as symbols of luck, into a random shape. Use the accompanying list of meanings to help you interpret what you see. Share this app at parties, save the image in your photo stream, or share them on your favorite social networking sites.
Many believe that however you bring in NYE will be a reflection of what’s to come throughout the year. Start by avoiding the NYE hangover, then follow-up with a hearty meal that will ensure good health (rice), wealth (greens & cornbread), progress (ham), and good luck (black-eyed peas). If you happen to find love, online or in-person, be sure to check them out against these five red flags. Between the apps above and the tips linked in these articles, every Diva should have a fun, festive and happy New Year!
What creative way will you be bringing in the New Year?
The day before Instagram announced changes to its terms of service, Flickr’s mobile app was ranked at around 175 in Apple’s overall iTunes app charts. Since that day, the application skyrocketed to #7, only three spots behind Instagram #4.
Were you worried about Instagram’s new terms of agreement? Have you already downloaded the new Flickr app?
With the numerous apps we have available to organize our time, shop, socialize, fashionize, and surf the web, there are a few apps that are perfect for the holiday season and to share with your loved ones. Here are a few entertaining app available for a great holiday season. Sit back relax an enjoy yourself. Do you find yourself inspired by the fireplace channel that makes its annual appearance every holiday season showcasing a beautiful fireplace and holiday music – and that’s it. It’s great! If so, we’re sure that you’ve wondered if there’s an app for that? Guess what? There is!
Fireplace Live HD
Turn your smart phone, tablet, laptop into a beautiful fireplace with the visual and sounds that a fireplace emits. You will feel a cozy, relaxing, and romantic. I have to admit when I first opened the App I was amazed by the sounds of the fire and wood and the visual beauty. Add music from your device (such as iTunes) to add to the ambience. The app features: Looped playback, runs in full screen, AirPlay support, selected fireplace sounds, and access to your music library.
Not into the fireplace, how about snowflakes?
This app is great for children. Just like the Fireplace Live app it features falling snowflakes and Christmas objects with a blue or red background. It great for just having as a screen saver or stress reducer and just add your music. While you are relaxing by the fireplace or watching the falling snowflakes, create your holiday cards with the app OVER.
If you want to create beautiful and creative holiday e-cards, postcards, and holiday cards check out Over. With the Over app you take a photo or use a photo you already have and add typography on it for an overlay effect. Add creative, inspirational, funny captions, quotes, memes, and poems. Quickly publish your creation to social media, email, and send to the built-in photo service to get a 4 x 6 postcard printed and sent anywhere you want. And while you are creating those beautiful holiday cards, sip on your favorite cocktail using the Cocktails app.
The app is based on the cocktails poster by Konstantin Datz, featuring 79 cocktail recipes; you can create cocktails like a pro. Each cocktail a description of the drink, the appropriate cocktail glass, equipment needed and preparation details. The user interface is beautiful and easy to use. One feature I like, explaining the ingredients.