The holidays are always the most stressful time for me. If I could measure my holiday stress with buckets for my tears, there'd be enough water for a full-functioning well. I learned that the best way to curb my anxiety about getting everything done is to get organized and use tools that help increase efficiency. And fortunately, with the world we live in today where smartphones are our saviors, there are a heaping of apps in the iTunes App Store that can aid in getting it together. In this week's Free App Friday, I try to solve your holiday stress issues -- and, well, mine -- with a list of helpful apps.
Many of us already swear by Evernote, the popular app that gives us space in the cloud for remembering all those little scraps of information that might otherwise be lost. Now, the company is expanding its iPhone presence with two new apps aimed at helping you remember food you like and people you’ve just met.
The holidays are here and you know what that means: going crazy trying to remember everyone on your Christmas card list. While Apple has made it easy for iOS users to turn their personal photos into holiday cards with the Cards app, it's still got a slim collection of templates that needs a little more polishing. Here are three free apps that basically offer the same services as the Cards app, though bear in mind that these apps do eventually charge you to send off physical greeting cards to your loved ones.
Safari 5 has given us plenty of reasons to steer clear of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and with the addition of extensions late last year, it's become a mecca for third-party developers looking to get their app to other browsers. However, no matter how much we love the browser for its intrinsic simplicity, we can't help but notice that sometimes it needs a little booster to do things the way we like them done. Here are six Safari extensions that are worth the download to make your internet browsing experience a little simpler.
Donna Summer put it best when she said that love is found on the radio. And sure, in this generation we've got stations like Pandora and Last.FM, but those stations ask us to dictate what it plays. The radio's best feature was just that: the way it could spontaneously change our moods based on the next song the DJ'd decide to play. With that, here are three free apps to help take you back to that time before the iPod was permanently tethered to your car stereo and you kicked the good ol' FM radio to the curb.
Ahh, geez. Can someone please give that kid something to play with? All these kids really want these days is a chance to creatively express themselves, right? Give them what they want: an iPad with musical instruments. On the flip side, those free instrument apps aren't just for kids who needs to keep their hands busy. There are a few that help us adults without idle hands actually put together a little tune, or learn to play an instrument. Here's a look at a few free music apps to either keep the kids busy or keep your mind in tune. See what I did there? (Maybe that pun didn't really work. Can't say I didn't try.)
After testing the service in San Francisco and New York City, Apple rolled out a significant upgrade to its Apple Store app on Tuesday, adding the ability to purchase on your iOS device and pick up at a nearby store -- or grab an item from the shelf and pay for it right on the spot, no human necessary.
When Smurfs’ Village hit the App Store in November 2010, it initially seemed like a fairly innocuous take on the FarmVille formula -- but almost immediately, it shot to the top of the Top Grossing charts and continues to linger in the higher spots to this day. Certainly, the enduring popularity of those cartoon creatures and their colorful adventures explained, in part, the phenomenon. However, it quickly became clear that not only was the scale of the game’s in-app purchases unlike anything we’d seen before, but that parents weren’t always aware of their kids’ buying habits. And worse yet, the kids might not have known what they were doing.
Google's official Gmail iOS app left the App Store as quickly as it arrived. The app had issues with notifications, and Google today released a Twitter statement apologizing for pulling the app, and that the company had "messed up." On top of the redesign to Google Reader, we're left feeling a little more than unsatisfied with Google's latest projects.
Fortunately, there's a thriving world of independent app developers out there that can make good things happen from bad things. Or, just did them right from the start. Here's a look at three free apps that were better than Google's own Gmail for iOS app. And if these free apps seem a little too simple for you, remember that it's not like Google's was any better