iPad

All of the apps that we have reviewed that have iPad support and are available to use natively on the iPad. If an app is in this index, you won’t have the 2x iPhone app interface.

Google Docs

Google Docs and Sheets are here for iPhone and iPad

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When Google announced the availability of stand alone apps to edit and manage your Google Docs and Sheets some cheered but many screamed! The ones that screamed mostly are users of the Google Drive App. For those of you who are new to this, Google Drive was a single app that allowed you to not only manage the files you stored via the cloud service, but also to edit your Google Docs (word processing) and Sheets (spreadsheets). In other words you had one app that did it all and now Google has divided these tasks into three separate apps. From a shear convenience standpoint I certainly can be tempted to pick up one of those pitchforks and get ready to storm the Google castle, however, since I really wasn’t that big of a Google Docs/Sheets user I’m willing to look at what they did and go from there.

What can you do with Google Docs and Sheets?

With Google Docs or Google Sheets you can create and edit cloud based word processing and spreadsheet documents right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. These documents are sync’d to your Google (GMail) account. This means that they are accessible in any browser on any device. Having the Apps on your iDevices means that you not only have access to these documents while you’re online, but you can also choose to have them on the device for offline editing. One of the biggest attractions to Google Docs and Google Sheets is that you can also share these documents with others and give them access to be able to edit them. This is AWESOME for collaboration. Want to author a document and get feedback. Share with someone and either allow them to leave comments or edit the document. In a work environment this is very handy as it allows people to get input from their peers or clients quickly and easily without the peers or clients having to download any special software. They can just fire up their browser click on a link and see/edit the documents. Even if you don’t want them to edit or comment you can still share a document and make it View Only. My word processing and spreadsheet needs are so basic that I could easily get by with just these two apps/services. Well almost. Just as I was typing that last line I thought about what I need in a word processor besides basic formatting and the first thing that came to mind was spell check. So I mistyped a word on purpose and to my surprise, NOTHING. No red underline, no warning. Just the typo. Oddly enough bringing that document up in my browser on my Mac I got the red underline and the ability to correct it. I can say without a spell checker this app just became a lot less useful.

Next I created a quick sample in Sheets and I ran into more omissions. First off tabbing on my iPad Logitech keyboard didn’t take me to the next cell. That annoys me to no end. After moving past that I created 4 cells and wanted to get the sum of 2 of them. Umm, where is the formula bar? Sure I could MANUALLY create the formula (=Sum(b1:b2)) but I had to type it in manually. Wow! Once again heading to Google Sheets on my desktop Mac there’s a formula button right there on the bar. So unless I’m missing these features in these apps I’m floored that there is no way to do very basic things I would expect to be able to do in dedicated apps.

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The Bottom Line

While these Apps have promise and a nice native feel including offline editing, they lack some of the things I would expect (yes even in a free app). If you’re going to spend most of your time editing existing documents, then these apps will probably be fine. However, you will probably be disappointed if you plan to do a lot of authoring or creating documents from scratch on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Hopefully Google will update these with the missing features that they should have.

You can get Google Docs here iTunes.

You can get Google Sheets here iTunes.

You can get Google Drive here iTunes.

 

 

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9 Must Have Apps for Instagram Users

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I basically use three social networks every single day. I use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sure I use Google+, LinkedIn, etc., but these are the three that I’m on throughout the day. I like Instagram because it allows me to post pictures (and now videos) to my followers there as well as send those same shots to Facebook and Twitter (as well as Foursquare, Flickr and email) simultaneously. The Instagram App is good and gets better all the time, but it’s far from perfect and it’s certainly not the only App I use for my Instagram posts. Actually I use several Apps for posting to Instagram depending on what I’m trying to accomplish. Here are the 9 Must Have Apps for Instagram Users:

Squaready – Instagram Layouter

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Instagram photos are square (1:1 aspect ratio) and many times I want to post a portrait shot that I took with another app or my DSLR. For some odd reason the Instagram App will not simply shrink the portrait image down, instead it insists on cropping it. Square Ready allows you to take any photo and make it square by adding a background color or your choice to it so that you can see the entire photo or the portions you want and then shoot it right over to Instagram for posting.

Get Square Ready here iTunes.

 

Followers+

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Instagram will let you see your followers and the people you follow. However, that’s pretty much it. What about the people that unfollowed you? Who are your most loyal followers vs. your stalkers (you know the ones that never Like your pics. LOL). Followers+ can give you a detailed analysis of all the following, liking, lurking and unfollowing going on on your Instagram account.

Get Followers+ here iTunes.

 

PhotoRepost

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Part of being on a social network is sharing and sometimes you see something that is so good that you want to share (regram) it to your followers. Photo Repost allows you to do this easily and even works with videos. I like it because it also gives the original poster credit.

Get Photo Repost here iTunes.

 

InstaWeather Pro

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Sure you can take a picture of your current conditions and write in the description that it’s cold or hot, but why not let your iPhone do the work? InstaWeater can use your location and superimpose the current weather conditions right over your photo or video. It can even let you brag about how great it is where you are compared to say the people freezing back home. This app gets better with each update and continues to have more and more skins.

Get InstaWeather Pro here iTunes.

 

InstaFood Pro

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InstaFood is by the makers of InstaWeather Pro and InstaPlace below. Like the other two this app allows you to superimpose information about your restaurant right over the top of that great food pic you want to post. If you’re going to take the time to post a pic about what you’re eating, you might as well do it with style.

Get InstaFood Pro here iTunes.

 

InstaPlace

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InstaPlace like InstaWeather Pro InstaPlace let’s you superimpose information about your current location right on your pics before you post them. However, unlike InstaWeather Pro, this app is not weather related. It has general travel themes for the places you visit. After all in the summer when the weather is good pretty much everywhere, no one really cares about posting the temperature or forecasts, so this App let’s you put other cool info on your pics.

Get InstaPlace here iTunes.

 

PicPlayPost

There are several apps on the App Store that let you collage multiple pics together. However, my default choice is PicPlayPost because it not only let’s you do pictures, but you can also fill the frames with video and add music. This App does it all and let’s you create some pretty dramatic clips. Definitely a must have for Instagram Users.

Get PicPlayPost here iTunes.

 

Flipagram

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Flipagram is a great app that allows you to make a simply flip book style video from multiple photos. You can also add music. The flipagram that you create will be automatically timed based on the number of photos you have and the length of the clip (15 seconds max for Instagram).

Get Flipagram here iTunes.

 

InstaQuote Pro

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Although Instagram was originally created to share photos, there are probably more text based photos than there are regular pictures. In other words instead of posting a pic, people like to post quotes. InstaQuote Pro let’s you say what you want on a variety of different backgrounds and fonts as well as the ability put text right on top of a picture. This app is a must have when you just want to simply say something on Instagram whether you have a photo or not.

Get InstaQuote Pro here iTunes.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet

10 Must Have Apps for the New iPad or iPhone User

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Did you get a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for the holidays? Then chances are you’re wondering which Apps you should grab from the App Store first. There are literally over 1 Million Apps in the App Store and you could easily find dozens or hundreds of Apps to install every time you look. However, here are 10 to get you started right away.

 

YouTube

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When the iPhone first came out Apple had a built-in version of YouTube. However, those days are gone now. If you want to watch YouTube videos on your iDevice then the best thing to do is download the YouTube App. You can sign into your account and see your favorites, uploads, subscriptions, etc. It’s way better than the built-in App ever was.

Hey! Be sure to check out my YouTube channel here.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

 

Google Maps

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Your new iDevice has Apple Maps built-in and while Apple Maps has improved since its initial launch, it still pales by comparison of Google Maps. Google Maps will give you turn-by-turn directions and many many many more points of interest.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

 

Navigon USA

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Google Maps is great, but if you’re looking for a full featured gps turn-by-turn navigation App that doesn’t rely on a constant data connection, then you should check out the Navigon line of Apps. Navigon is full featured with downloadable maps so that you don’t have to be constantly connected to the internet while you’re driving, especially through spotty rural areas.

Get it here for iPad and iPhone
iTunes.

 

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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If you’re the least bit into social media then you’re going to want the top three social networking Apps right off the bat. There are many others, but these are the three people are going to want right away.

Get them here:

Facebook iTunes.

Twitter iTunes.

Instagram iTunes.

Although the Twitter App above is FREE, my favorite Twitter App is Tweetbot for iPhone . and here for iPad .

 

PicPlayPost and Flipagram

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Speaking of social, you’re probably going to be posting lots of pics online too from all your holiday activities. PicPlayPost allows you to combine multiple photos/video together and Flipagram allows you to combine multiple photos together in a slideshow.

PickPlayPost iTunes.

Flipagram iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Remote

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that if you got an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that you also have iTunes running on a computer somewhere or an Apple TV. If that’s the case you’re definitely going to want to get Apple Remote. This App allows you to remote control your Apple TV or iTunes on your computer wirelessly via WiFi. This latest update even controls iTunes Radio!

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

 

1Password

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In this world of hacking and identity theft, having and managing good passwords couldn’t be more important. My absolute favorite password manager is 1Password. It can not only manage all your passwords and logons for your various sites, but it can store other sensitive info such as credit card numbers, secure notes, serial numbers and more. It can also help you by generating random, long, secure passwords and then remember them. If you have a Mac or PC you can also get the Mac or PC version and sync the encrypted 1Password file so that your passwords are up to date on all your devices.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

Get the Mac version here:

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Open Table and OneTap Movies

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Dinner and a Movie tonight? This is a common date scenario. Well these two Apps will help you tremendously in this area. Open Table will show you restaurants in your area that have tables available and even let you book your reservation right on the spot. OneTap Movies is still my favorite for being the FASTEST app and simply answering the question what times are the movies playing that I want to see at my local theater?

Open Table iTunes.

OneTap Movies iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxi Magic and Uber

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If you’re traveling and you are in need of being picked up and dropped off, then you’ll definitely want to check out Taxi Magic and Uber. Taxi Magic actually ties into the taxi booking system in several major cities and allows you to schedule a taxi pickup right from the App. If you’re in a area that they’re not setup for direct booking, it will list the taxi companies in the area and let you call them. Uber takes it up a notch by letting you summon a “black car” or “suv” to pick you up and drop you off. Both apps allow you to pay right from the App.

Taxi Magic iTunes.

Uber iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temple Run 2

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OK, it’s fun time. There are more games on the App Store than probably any other category. So you’ll always have your source for entertainment. Temple Run 2 is an addictive game where you control the character running at top speed through a maze of obstacles.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

 

Hey Terry! That was more than 10 apps. Yes, you’re welcome. :-)

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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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