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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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PDF Expert

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Printer Pro

Print documents, photos, web pages, and email attachments on ANY wi-fi or USB printer.

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Calendars 5

Smart Calendar and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync.

iTunes.

 

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PDF Converter

Save documents, web pages, photos to PDF

iTunes.

 

Frametastic

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.

You can get it here from the .

Tweetbot 3 for Twitter (iPhone & iPod touch)

Tweetbot 3.0 – My Favorite iPhone Twitter Client Gets Better

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Twitter makes a decent app for free. So the question is why would anyone pay for a Twitter app then? The answer is simple, more features. Tweetbot has been my default Twitter client on iPhone, iPad and Mac for quite a while now. I’ve always like their interface better than other Twitter clients and this new 3.0 version has gotten even better. Tweetbot 3.0 has a complete new makeover to look good on iOS 7. However, the beauty isn’t just skin deep. Tweetbot 3.0 offers:

  • Native Push Notifications
  • Mute filters that allow you to block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute has tags and keywords.
  • The big one for me is the ability to sync timeline position, direct message reads, etc. via iCloud
  • Customizable Navigation
  • Support for services: Bit.ly, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, Doplr, and more.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI’s, attach photos/videos, manage your lists,  and more.

I like the redesign and the app seems faster overall.

The Bottom Line

If you’re a casual Twitter user then you can certainly get by with the Twitter app from Twitter. However, if you’re a power user and do a lot on Twitter, then you definitely want to check out Tweetbot 3.0 for iPhone. It offers the best Twitter integration, but without locking you into Twitter only services for link shortening, image sharing, etc.

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See a demo here:

PicPlayPost

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More and more people are joining and posting pics to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. every day. Instagram in particular shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. A couple of weeks ago I reviewed a free app called Pic Stitch that allows you to combine multiple photos into one image (frames) so that it’s nicely formatted to post to Instagram’s 1:1 square ratio format. Well yesterday my good friend Kandice Lynn turned me onto another App that blew me away. It’s called PicPlayPost. What makes this one different from all the others I’ve seen is that it can incorporate not only stills, but also videos. Imagine everything that you can do with your favorite photo collaging/combining App and then throw video and songs into the mix! This is very timely seeing that the last major update to the Instagram app now lets you upload videos that you didn’t capture with instagram.

How does PicPlayPost work?

You start off by selecting your ratio and then the frame layout you want. You can more easily customize any layout you pick simply by dragging the size of the frames. Once you grant the app access to your photos you can then choose your photos or videos for each frame. Yes you can use multiple videos! I was also happy to see volume control for each video AND the ability to add a song (soundtrack) from your music library on your device. Of course you trim longer videos to just the area of play that you want. The app limits the videos to 30 seconds and of course the Instagram limit is 15 seconds. You get nice indicators to choose your exact in/out points as well as a total time indicator to keep it to your desired length.

Once you’ve assembled your desired stills and videos you can then share your video/still image to Instagram (if it’s a video it will export it to the camera roll first then open the Instagram app for you to use it), Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email and Viddy as well as saving it directly to your device to use in other apps.

PicPlayPost is a Universal App and therefore will work natively on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The App works GREAT, has built-in video tutorials to get you started and I couldn’t be happier with it!

Download PicPlayPost here from the App Store

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Here are a couple of sample videos giving a behind the scenes look to my recent photo shoots:

 

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