Episode 10: Potluck

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Join us for our potluck episode of APPvice.  Christopher and Jennifer chatted about a few of their favorite apps that that currently stand out above the rest.

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Jennifer’s app picks:

JeFit  by Jefit Inc. (bodybuilding/fitness) – Pro iPhone version $4.99, Free iPhone version, Pro Android version $4.99, Free Android version

Contact Remover Plus by HolyHog Software LLC. – Android $2.99

 

Christopher’s app picks:

Omnifocus by The Omni Group (productivity) – iPhone version $19.99, iPad version $19.99, Mac version $39.99

Mr. Reader by Oliver Fürniß – iPad version $3.99

 

 

Episode 9: Music

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There are a lot of different ways to listen to tunes… from old school radio, to satellite, on the computer, and now on our devices.  On today’s APPvice, hosts Jennifer Ruggiero and Christopher Rizzo chat with special guest Brad Chasenore from Techwebcast about some of our favorite music apps.  Give it a listen! Continue Reading

Episode 8: Cooking

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Holiday season is nearly upon us!  Ready to bring some tech into the kitchen and prepare for creating some tasty holiday meals & treats?  Well, be sure to listen to this delicious episode 8 of APPvice where special guest Vincent Brown, and hosts Jennifer Ruggiero and Christopher Rizzo talk about apps used while cooking.

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Yelp

Yelp App by Yelp – Jennifer Ruggiero

I started Yelping in April of 2008, and am still happily yelping today.  Yelp.com is a review site founded in 2004 that has over 30 million ratings for restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, spas, automotive centers, gyms, entertainment, and even more.  Practically every business category is listed.  The nice thing is, people that rate these businesses are just like you and me.

With the Yelp app (available on iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and Palm devices), users can search for area businesses, call businesses, receiving driving directions, read & post reviews, check-in, view area deals, add bookmarks, follow friends, view & add pictures, and socialize with other Yelpers.  Yelp accounts are free for users and business owners.  It provides a fantastic way for businesses to connect with customers.

I have used the Yelp app on several Android and iOS devices and they all work wonderfully!  Both the Yelp iPad and Android apps have a unique feature called “Monocle” that I haven’t seen in the iPhone app yet (at the time of this review). When tapping “Monocle,” the  device compass and camera launch.  Your display will show whatever your camera sees with a layer of all the area businesses (choose from restaurants, bars, or everything) and where they are in relation to where you are located.  If you make a 360 degree turn, you will see all of the yelp listings surrounding you.  I see this really coming in handy while in town where businesses are walking distance.  For demonstration purposes, I took both iPad and Android screenshots of the monocle feature within my home (see bottom of post for images).

The benefit I admire most about this app is the ability to read local reviews that are pretty honest, imo.  So when you are visiting a new area and don’t know where the best sushi restaurant is, simply do a search for sushi nearby and see where the locals dine.

Yelp is available for free on your AndroidiPadiPhoneBlackberryWindows Phone, or Palm device.

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Bing

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Bing by Microsoft Corporation – Jennifer Ruggiero

When it comes to apps, two of the components that stand out to me are its beauty and usability.  When you can mix “beauty & usability” with “search,” you get “Bing” by Microsoft Corporation.

I recently installed Bing on my devices (iPad, Android tablet, iPhone, Galaxy S III), and am absolutely loving this app.  In short, Bing is a search engine/browser by Microsoft Corporation.  It has a beautiful & intuitive user-interface.  The look and functionality of Bing differs across the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

Upon launching Bing, you will first notice the unique background image/wallpaper, which changes daily.  This wallpaper is interactive, and if you tap it, you will see some tidbits of knowledge pop up about the wallpaper image.  In the iPad version of the Bing app, you are able to swipe to the right and see past Bing wallpaper images and tap on them for their Easter Egg popups.

Across the top, all versions of the app contain a search bar with a microphone inside or next to it.  By tapping the microphone, you are able to conduct a voice search, in which the results were pretty accurate across all my devices in testing.

Each app provides search categories that you may tap on… images, videos, maps, local, deals (not on the iPad version), movies, news, shopping, directions, travel, and weather.  The iPad app also offers trends, finance, and history to the category listing.  When you tap on a category, say… “deals” for example, it will display all the local deals in your area.  If you tap on “movies,” you will see a list of films playing in your area (upon other accessible functionality with which you may interact).  I will not go into detail on all of the categories, but encourage you to try them for yourself!

A unique item of Bing on the iPhone is the ability to scan and search within the app.  In the search bar, you will see a camera icon.  Tap this camera icon to launch this functionality.  You can search text, a barcode, or an image.  I tried it on a book I had nearby, and it worked perfectly.

All apps allow you to share your search results via email, sms, facebook, or via a plethora of apps on your Android device.  All versions also allow you to bookmark your favorites as well.

Bing by Microsoft Corporation is available for free and you can find it in the Apple App Store for iPad and iPhone and in Google Play.

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Day One (Journal/Diary)

Day One – Christopher Rizzo

Day One is a journal or diary application for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It syncs beautifully between devices. It is a universal application for the iOS devices and it cost $1.99 for the iPad/iPhone. The Mac version is a little more expensive at $9.99 but worth every penny. It offers password protection on both iOS and OSX platforms,  Day One uses iCloud or Dropbox to syncs notes/entries between devices. In my opinion this is the best journal application in the app store.

Christopher’s Day One Video Review

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Features:

• iCloud or Dropbox sync to iPhone and iPad app
• Quick Entry via the Menu Bar
• Password Protection
• Calendar View
• Reminders System
• Export
• Inspirational Messages to encourage writing
• Lion Full-screen
• Search
• System Hot-key Shortcut
• Starred Entries List
• Command Line Interface

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Download Day One:
Day One (Journal/Diary) - Bloom Built, LLC

Developers Website

Episode 3: Notes

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This week on APPvice we discuss some of our favorite note taking applications on iOS and Android. We talk about how we use these applications and few work arounds for sharing notes from iOS only applications to our Android devices. Continue Reading

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