Author: Terry White

Terry is the co-author of The Best Selling "The iPhone Book" 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit, Inc., Michigan's largest Macintosh Users Group, host of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast and a technology writer - Terry White Tech Blog.
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3 Black Friday Apps You Should Have

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Yes it’s that time of year again. That time of year that we give thanks on Thursday and some are willing to trample others to save a few bucks on Friday. Honestly I try to avoid going out on Black Friday as much as possible. However, I enjoy a good deal as much as the next person. So rather than try to comb through the newspaper on Thanksgiving over rely on emails from businesses I’ve done business with in the past, I love having all the best deals in the palm of my hand. You could probably get by with any of these Black Friday Apps, but I thought I’d share my pick for the 3 best ones based on the amount of deals they have, ease of use and feature set.

 

Black Friday 2013 Ads App

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This App is for iPhone and iPod touch only and doesn’t have an iPad version. It’s also not the prettiest of the bunch. It’s mostly text based, but that keeps the app running fast and lets you easily see exactly what you want with out too many graphics. The 1st screen is a news screen that is constantly updated with any late breaking deals. Once you go to the Stores tab you can drill down on a particular store and see the actual ads for given products or deals. You can also search deals by category instead of going store by store which is nice. Once you find the deals you want you can add them to a shopping list right in the app. You can also enter an email address if you like to be alerted for late breaking deals.

You can get it here iTunes.

 

Black Friday Shopping

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This app is much more visual. You’ll see the actual store ads right off the bat as well as store logos. You can browse by ads, by stores or by deals. There’s a news section and a search feature. Also this is a Universal App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Not really any other bells and whistles. Just a clean UI and fast loading.

You can get it here iTunes.

 

TGI Black Friday

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This is also a Universal App for iPhone, iPod touch and IPad. Like the 1st App TGI Black Friday allows you to browse by featured deals, stores or categories and you can add deals to a list. However, it’s more visually appealing than the 1st one. It has a few nice touches such as store open times (even the ones that will be open Thanksgiving – sheesh). Of the 3 I kinda like this one best. Again you can’t go wrong with any of them as they operate as advertised, but I really like the feel of this one.

You can get it here iTunes

 

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

 

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Apple Store App for iPad is Finally Here

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One of the mysteries of the tech world was why Apple, the inventor of the iPad had not saw fit to make their own Apple Store App a native iPad app. Of course one could argue that the Apple Store website works just fine on the iPad in Safari, but it just always seemed weird that a company that touted how many native iPad apps that were available in the App Store wouldn’t take it upon themselves to make native iPad Apps of all their own apps right out of the gate. Whatever the reason behind this oversight, there is finally an Apple Store App for iPad. Just in time for the holiday shopping season you can now shop the Apple Store from the comforts of your iPad with a nicely designed native iPad App.

What you would expect

There are not huge surprises here. The App is clean with lots of white space. You can shop by category or do a search. I highly recommend that you do use the search feature as I’ve found not all products show up in their respective categories. For example, I was interested in the Mophie Juicepack battery for iPhone 5. Going to the iPhone accessories and the general power accessories didn’t show this item. Had I not known that Apple carried it, i would have moved on and bought it from somewhere else. However, I did a search and it came right up in the app. The check out process was easy. After I added the item to my cart I was able to checkout by simply inputting my Apple ID password and all my information, saved credit card was already there. I got a conformation email that the order had been placed and was being processed.

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There are a few subtle things that are easy to over look. For example, there’s a picture of the item you’re interested in as you would expect. However, if you swipe changes are you can see additional pictures. There’s no indication that there are additional pictures, just swipe. Once you tap on a product you’re probably going to want to know how to go back. You swipe down to reveal the back button and nav bar at the top. You can use the app to find nearby stores and add your favorite store just like with the iPhone version. Of course you can also use it to schedule your Genius Bar appointments and workshops.

Not sure why Apple took so long to make a native iPad version of this App, but I’m glad it’s finally here.

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Frametastic 2.0 with Instagram Video Publishing

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Once Instagram opened the doors to allow videos to be uploaded that weren’t recorded by the Instagram App, then App Developers started making Apps to allow you to composite multiple photos or videos together to share on Instagram as videos. One of the ones I’m really liking now for stills is Frametastic. This App, like many other apps allows you to put two or more photos together. However, unlike all the other picture stitching apps, this one will create an animation that zooms into each frame full size. Then you can save it as a video and share it on Instagram or any other social media site.

The process starts selecting the layout you want and then populating the layout with the photos of your choice. If you want to make a video you will need to do the in-app purchase of $1.99. So while the app is technically free, you will need to pay the $1.99 fee to unlock the video slideshow feature.

Here’s a sample video that I uploaded to Vimeo directly form the App.

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Dead Yourself for Halloween

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It’s not secret that there is a fascination with all things zombies. The Walking Dead is back for another season on AMC and they have updated their Dead Yourself App so that you can turn yourself into a “walker”. The App allows you to take a photo or use an existing photo. From there you can change your eyes, mouth and add other gory items to complete your zombie look. I’m a fan of Walking Dead and this app has been awesome to turn my closest friends into walkers. :-) You can chose between the New Season 4 looks or the Classic Season 3 looks. Once you have your new look complete, you can then share it via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Email and SMS. You can also save it to the Camera Roll. While the App is Free, it will put a Walking Dead watermark on the bottom of the photo. There’s enough of a variety of eyes, mouths, and other accents to make your look really custom.

You can get the Dead Yourself App here from the iTunes

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