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App recommendations of the month:

- iSeekSugar

- Pushgrams

- iTechTrace

- iFlipTipsPro

- iPartyGramsPro

- ScribbleGrams

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Beware - Alert - Ad supported - Free Apps Can Be Spyware 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 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 protection rules."



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App & Developer Achievement Levels 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. 

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Editor's Choice

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 details.


Sleep Cycle - Smart Alarm Clock 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 phase.


Instapaper 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 access.

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 solved.


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 - 449Kbps):
Your connection can support Web browsing, email, text messaging and other basic tasks.

Music Grade (450Kbps - 749Kbps):
Your connection is good enough for audio streaming or downloads and basic web browsing.

SD Video Grade (750Kbps - 1149 Kbps):
Your connection can support standard definition rich media content.

HD Video Grade (1150Kbps and Greater):
Your connection is strong enough to support high definition rich media content.


Google Voice 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.


MyFitnessPal 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 Features:
- 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 Design
- 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'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!


Pictagram'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 emailed quickly.
- 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 else. 


Chegg     in to save with Chegg by quickly searching and renting your textbooks.  Take your eTextbooks on-the-go with our iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Reader.  Rent :

- Easily search for textbooks by title, author, ISBN or by scanning the book's bar-code
- Instantly compare Chegg's rental price to retail and in-store prices
- Rent physical textbooks on-the-go from your iPhone or iPad



Qik 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. 


ooVoo 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 display 

- Log in with Facebook and instantly connect to your friends
- 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., 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 EULA-end user license agreement and TOY-terms of use and were 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.


Tango 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. 


Skype 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 


iMakeupMirror 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 best!" 


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 device.  



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 credits.

            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 a keeper.


SnapChat video chat app




It is official teens are tired of Facebook or rather succumbing to Facebook fatigue are leaving in droves.  

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.


MobileVOIP MobileVOIP you can make cheap voip calls from your mobile phone. Make calls to any country you desire at the cheapest rates. MobileVOIP is currently supported on iPhones, Android phones BlackBerry, Windows Phones and Symbian phones. Simply download the free MobileVOIP app from your APP market and register with one of the supported Voip brands.





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App Review - Keynote



Publisher: Apple

Devices: Optimized for iPhone 3GS and up, 3rd generation iPod Touch and up, and iPad

Price: $9.99


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 Keynote.

4 out of 5 stars 

iSeekSugar - Sugar Baby-Daddy Dating App for iPhone and iPad Approved

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Push Marketing  

Just Enough


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 audible alert

- 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: - Timing - just-in-time

2 - Relevance

3 - Context

4 - Content

5 - Color

6 - Drift

7 - Compliance

8 - Organization

9 - Tech

10 - Trends 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. 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 more.




"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 are:

- 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 approval.


Independent Review - by J.H

This is a pre-release test review.  

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 stars!


iSleepTrack & iSleepTrackPro     features of iSleepTrack (free) and iSleepTrackPro ($0.99) are:


The Snooze 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 or child. 

The Snap 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 "Zzz's."


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 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 email.  


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.


Forget Paper

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. iFlipTips is a simple to use, notecard builder with text, audio, video and pics.

3) iFlipSlides is an easy to use slide show presentation builder.

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 Subfolders. 


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 from.

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 entertainment.


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."


SmartPhone-Tablet CrimeStoppers - Top-10 ChecklistTips     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. 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     announces 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 repercussions.  

Here are some of the comments from users/reviewers:

- "iTechTrace was used to help me recover my missing iPhone left in a taxi cab.  "iTechTrace is a must-have app for every iPhone/iPad owner."

- "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."


Wikipanion    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 entry.


Career Success Planning in Today's Social-Media Driven Economy   Checklist - Skills, Tech and Networking

By Thomas Cross & Daniel Pearson

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 life-long journey.


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. - Privacy, disclosure and legal discovery - Realize everything you do is public

6 - Texting & Career Development

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 Hunting  


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. are some of the highlights: 

- Find and connect with more than 200 million members worldwide.

- 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 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.


Starbucks   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 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.


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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 Tablet Security


Facebook Messenger, chat, voice (coming soon), push notifications. Works on WiFi, 3G & 4G  


Review by Darren G.

Facebook Messenger - Still Unchallenged


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 of features.


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.


Notability powerfully 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 app. 



Trello 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 furnishing. 


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Rotary Dialer

In addition to normal real phone calls, Rotary Dialer now supports dialing with Skype. That means iPod Touch and iPad users can use Rotary Dialer too.

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