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Appy Holidays!

‘Tis the season to download these top picks 

By Margaret Kavanagh

If you give yourself one gift this year, it should be to put your smartphone to good use. We’re here to help you do that with a sack full of holiday goodies from talented app developers. Some are practical, some are fun, and all are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. So get ready to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and all the way through December. Read the rest of this entry

Top 10 Apps for Gift-Givers

Holiday Shopping Made Simple  

By Sarah Terry

When facing the holiday season (or the perpetually-turning wheel of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other occasions), finding the right gift for the right price can be needlessly time-consuming. Not any more! We’ve found the best free apps that will help you find the best deals and organize your gift-giving.

Although many shopping apps focus on bargain-hunting features, several apps can help you with gift ideas for tough-to-buy-for giftees, while others will keep you from getting lost in your local mall. With so many shopping apps to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find an app (or two) that will fit your shopping and gift-giving needs. Read the rest of this entry

Top 10 Picks: Apps for Tween Girls

My tween days are far, far behind me, and I’ve got a houseful of boys. To learn what apps girls might like best, I went straight to a source. Here are the top 10 best apps for tween girls selected by Olivia Rosen, age 12.

Note: Most of these are iPhone, because that’s what Olivia’s folks have. I’d love to hear recommendations for Android apps that tween girls love!

  1. Celebrity Makeup Looks. I love CelebMakeup because it shows me how to do really fun styles of makeup application like Lady Gaga or Egyptian Queen. (iPhone, Free)
  2. Modiface Makeup. I like the app makeup because I like to put makeup on friends and with this app, I get to without even having any makeup with me.
  3. Sims 3 Ambitions is a virtual world with your own character facing real challenges in a real life. (Android, iPhone $4.99)
  4. Skee-Ball Free is my favorite game at an arcade, Skee Ball! Skee Free is a virtual Skee Ball game. It’s so fun! (iPhone)
  5. Best Hair is an app with a bunch of tutorials for healthy hair and the latest hair styles. (iPhone, Free) Read the rest of this entry

Mom’s Little Helpers: 2 Essential iPhone Apps

By Torrey Kim

As a busy parent, you may occasionally leave the diaper bag on the counter, or the kids’ backpacks in the car during school drop-off—but it’s a pretty sure bet that you’ve usually got your mobile phone on you. That’s why it’s great to know exactly which apps can help you stay productive and organized while juggling kids, jobs, errands, and everything else on your plate. Following are 2 iPhone apps that you’re sure to embrace. Dinner Spinner

Price: FREE; All Recipes, Inc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have been accused of being a “drive through dinner mom,” and I don’t deny that I have lived up to that moniker many times over…but the ease of the Dinner Spinner app has allowed me to find quick and easy recipes to make at home. You’ll click on what type of meal you’re making (dessert, main dish, etc.), the ingredients you have, and how much time you want to spend cooking, and the app will show you the matching recipes. I had some chicken and wanted to make a main dish in 20 minutes or less, and Dinner Spinner actually came up with 20 matching recipes…and I must say, the resulting Romano Chicken was delicious!


Price: FREE; CardStar, Inc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do you ever feel like you’re carrying around a key ring big enough to break into Alcatraz, thanks to all of the reward cards hanging from it? You’ll discover a simple alternative with the CardStar app, which I actually heard about from the cashier at my grocery store, who raved about how cool it was. The app allows you to store your reward card numbers and have cashiers scan your bar codes directly from your iPhone screen. Plus, some of the retailers offer you money-saving deals directly through the application.

Find out more of Torrey’s picks for iPhone apps that busy parents will love. And there are picks for Android parents too! Coming to newsstands in April.

4 Tips & Tricks for iPhone

Do you find that some days the battery life doesn’t seem nearly as good as the day before? You may have left an application running in the background. To make sure an application is not running after you are done with it, press the Home button and then lock your iPhone. All active apps will stop running.

Ever find yourself wanting to use a ‘real’ computer but you don’t have an internet connection? With Internet Tethering, you can use your iPhone as your modem.  You will have to call AT&T or visit their website to enable Internet Tethering on your account so it’s best to set this up sooner rather than later. Be sure to check how many gigabytes of data are included in your broadband package—you might find yourself with an overage charge sooner than you would expect! Read the rest of this entry

Quick Quiz: Find Your Perfect Tablet


Think the iPad 2 is your only option? Think again.

In our next issue, we answer the question “Should You iPad 2.” And, we give you what you need to be a smart tablet and ereader consumer.

You’ve got a lot of great choices out there. Look for us on newsstands April 15th.

If you’re a …. Rough-and-tumble McGyver type

Check Out … Xplore Technologies iX104C4M

If you’re a …. Lightweight

Check Out… NEC LT-W Dual-Screen Tablet

If you’re a …. Road warrior

Check Out… Lenovo LePad

If you’re a …. Kid aged 4-9 Read the rest of this entry

Just For Fun: Androidify

If you loved “Mad Men”-ing yourself, you’ll like the free Androidify app.

Start with that familiar little green droid. Adjust body type by dragging the screen. Then add fun hairstyles and accessories from side-screen selections.

I had a blast Androidifying myself while I waited for my lunch to come today. I plan to make little droids to represent every family member and … then what? Holiday cards? Stickers for my minivan? The possibilities are endless.

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