Category Archives: iPhone Apps

Top 10 Medical Apps for the iPhone

By William Bonin

Whether you’re a real-life Marcus Welby, an aspiring Doogie Howser, or a contented Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, the iPhone has a wealth of medical and health apps that are just right for you. Read the rest of this entry

iPhone Wine and Dine

by Olivia Gray and William Bonin, Jr.

Whether you fancy yourself a gourmet or a gourmand or just a glutton, these selections are sure to slake your appetite for food and drinks iPhone apps.

AG Wine

A sommelier for your iPhone! The AG Wine iPhone app guides you to wine choices based on your preferences—by style, region, grape, or food pairing. Using an “educational approach,” AG Wine doesn’t offer bottles review but instead teaches the fundamentals required to help you make informed wine choices by including detailed region, appellation and grape variety profiles for Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Italy, Spain and the USA. New countries and regions are added regularly. It also includes other helpful resources that outline the countries and regions where certain grapes achieve their best results, and where you can find the best values. All content is stored locally, so an internet connection is not required. Read the rest of this entry

Save Gas Money With These Apps

With fuel prices near an all-time high, summer drivers can benefit from apps that scout out cheap gasoline. 

By Torrey Kim


Android, Blackberry
Free for two weeks, then $7 per year, GasBot
Star Rating: 5 out of 5

My local radio station used to announce where to find the cheapest gas every week, and I lived for those newscasts—but the radio station discontinued running the feature and I was left driving around (wasting gas) searching for cheap fuel. Enter the GasBot app, which targets your GPS location and shows you which gas stations offer the best prices on gasoline. You can filter the results based on what type of gas you’re seeking, which can be helpful if your car only runs on premium or diesel. Read the rest of this entry

Clean Up Your Act With These Apps

Clorox myStain

Yes, there is some product placement going on, but this is a useful app nonetheless. Got a kid-generated stain like berries or vomit? Look it up on myStain to find both on-the-go and at-home stain-lifting solutions. Step-by-step instructions are practical, detailed, and involve common household items besides Clorox products — such as salt or a wire brush.

I had several epiphanies while testing this app: Who knew, for example, that rubbing a coffee stain with bar soap can actually make it set? My only complaint is that there are some … ahem … common kid-generated stains that Clorox doesn’t account for. Maybe it was just too gross for them to go there.


Runs on: Android, iPhone. 

Chore Pad

We first heard about this one from Moms With Apps — one of our favorite sites. Chore Pad is great for families, or any other household where more than one person is responsible for cleaning up.

Start by adding everyone in the house as a user. Next create a “Chore Chest.” You can set chores so they come up automatically every time they need someone to do them, and you  can even assign each chore with a 1-10 “value” so that folks get more points for the most time-consuming or most loathsome chores. And you can easily add or delete chores, and switch chores from one family member to another as your household changes.

The feature that makes this app a big hit with users: its motivational tools. You collect stars and trophies as complete your chores. It motivates kids (and their parents) to pitch in.


Runs on: iPhone, iPad.

Wine & Dine With These Tasty Apps

Sure, we’ve all heard of Urban Spoon and 8,500+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes, but what are the very best (and possibly lesser known) food & drink apps out there?

Not content to swallow whole the dubious word of some some techie, we went to professional mixologist and amateur foodie Olivia Gray. Olivia is something of a local celebrity for her cocktails, which she serves up at Revolution in Durham, North Carolina. (Her salt & pepper martini is to die for.)

Here’s a sneak peek at 2 of Olivia’s top 10 picks for best food and drink apps. Read her full list in the next issue of Guide to Phone Apps, on newsstands later this month. Read the rest of this entry

5 iPhone Apps That Will Keep Your Kids Content

Eliminate the ‘I’m Bored’ Blues

By Torrey Kim

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a young child like the words “We have to watch your sister practice volleyball today.” Kids often feel like they’re being dragged along for the ride when you or your other children have appointments or errands, but the following five iPhone apps can help your child pass the time and kill the doldrums during your outings.


Price: $1.99; IDEO

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

I downloaded the “lite” version of this clever app for free and by the end of the day, my son was so enamored that I bought the $1.99 version. It was worth it—he plays it every time he can get his hands on my phone. Kids will use your iPhone’s microphone to blow up balloons, and then they’ll shake the phone to turn the inflated balloon into animal shapes. Touch the animal and it will do some tricks for you—my favorite is the lion, which roars, causing the screen to shake. Read the rest of this entry

Sanity Saver: Grocery IQ

Master the madness. Photo by lyzadanger. Edit by Diliff. Wikimedia Commons

This app lets you keep a running list of everything you need and access it from wherever you happen to be. Simply type, scan the barcode, or even say what you need as you think of it or as you plan menus. I went through my refrigerator before a shopping trip, for example, and simply scanned bar codes for items where the levels were low. I ordered my phone around as I read cookbooks, and all the ingredients I needed appeared on my list.

Grocery IQ puts the items into a grouped list that corresponds to how most grocery stores organize their aisles. As you check items off, they are removed from the list but appear in a ‘history’ that you can refer to later. The other items stay on the list for your next trip to another store.

The only complaint I have with Grocery IQ has more to do with my phone’s voice recognition capability than with the app. When I told the app to put “cereal” on the list, it came up as “serial” and I had to re-type. The spoken command “almond milk” stumped the system initially, but now that it’s been on the list the option comes up quickly when I begin to type the item.

This app listens better than anyone in my family — hands down.

Runs On: iPhone, iPad, Android

Free,, Inc.

Ace Gaming Apps With These 7 Strategies

Our expert tips will have you whacking aliens and rescuing princesses in record time

By John McMahon

Gaming apps have become incredibly popular for the iPhone. In fact, more games have been published for the iPhone than Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 combined! Some of the most popular genres are strategy, role-playing, and tower defense, all of which I have significant weak spots for myself. The problem is that strategy games usually require so much… well, strategizing. The genre is well-known for copious amounts of skills, upgrades, and abilities. Don’t let your games outsmart you; read the 7 tips below to save yourself sore thumbs and hair loss. Read the rest of this entry

Building A Playable Angry Birds Game Cake

Building A Playable Angry Birds Game Cake-
This enterprising father recently built an Angry Birds cake for his son’s sixth birthday. He shows all of the steps he took to creating a masterpiece. And best of all, it’s a playable Angry Birds cake! Anyone who is an Angry Birds game fanatic would love to have one of these. I know I would.

Check out this great video that has already gone viral!!! Enjoy!

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Show Your Love with the New Love Shake App

LOVE SHAKE, is a fun way to show your love for someone. The concept is simple. You take an image or load an existing one, resize and position it inside the heart’s hole, select a sweet message, shake the phone and you’ll have an image you can save and/or share with your friends.

Here’s a link to check out this new iPhone app:

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