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Personal Productivity Apps

Personal Productivity Apps

If you’ve ever wanted to keep better track of what you do every day with hopes of developing good habits, look no further than your smartphone. I have three personal productivity apps that can show you how you spend your time and where improvements can be made. The Reporter app runs in the background and logs […]

By February 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
My Three Favorite Gas Pricing Apps

My Three Favorite Gas Pricing Apps

If you’re the kind of person who drives and is interested in saving money – and who isn’t – look no further than your smartphone for help. Specifically, one of several apps that will help you find the cheapest gas prices around. Here’s my three favortites: GasBuddy is an old favorite and gives you the […]

By February 3, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Alarm Clock Apps Sure to Wake the Dead

Alarm Clock Apps Sure to Wake the Dead

Waking up can be especially difficult on dark, cold winter mornings, but with the right alarm you won’t have a choice – for better or worse. I have three apps sure to get you out of bed. Alarmy brags of being named the “world’s most annoying alarm app.” It lives up to its name. The loud, obnoxious […]

By January 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Listen to your favortite radio stations anywhere

Listen to your favortite radio stations anywhere

Long gone are the days when you were limited to your favorite FM or AM radio station by physical location. And while some apps are backed by big ad budgets, I have three lesser-known free apps that can help you listen to your favorite radio stations just about anywhere. Simple Radio is a free app that gives […]

By January 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
My top three financial apps for 2016

My top three financial apps for 2016

Whether you’ve overspent during the holidays or want to get finances in order to prep for tax season, our PC Mike Wendland says a number of apps can help. Here are three free ones to do just that. The Goodbudget app sets a budget for spending on specific categories like dining out and groceries. Easy-to-read […]

By January 13, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Declutter Your Tech

Declutter Your Tech

No better time than the beginning of the year than to organize and declutter your tech and set yourself up to be most efficient in 2016. I have three apps that can help do just that. Unroll.me is an app to help you get control of what’s flowing into your email inbox. It starts with an […]

Task Managers and To-Do List Apps for 2016

Task Managers and To-Do List Apps for 2016

The beginning of the year is a great time to get organized and a number of great apps can help you make 2016 your best organized year yet! Any.do wins lots of praise for its ease-of-use and number of smart features, including the ability to simply add tasks with your voice. You can share lists […]

By December 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Apps to make charitable donations

Apps to make charitable donations

Donating to charity before the end of the year can reduce tax burden and help you feel good about help others in need. I’ve found a number of apps make it possible at the touch of a button. Pledgeling is an app that allows you to find and donate to thousands of verified nonprofits, make donations […]

By December 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Santa Tracking Apps for 2015

Santa Tracking Apps for 2015

If you have kids or grandkids anxiously awaiting the arrival Santa Claus, tracking the whereabouts of Big Man in the Red Suit can only add to the excitement and fun. As we head into holiday break for most students at the end of this week,  you may want to consider one of these fun apps […]

By December 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Christmas Gift Buying Apps

Christmas Gift Buying Apps

We’re officially into the holiday shopping season and that means lots of money being spent on lots of gifts – and a need for a way to keep track of it all. Here are three apps can make gift-giving way less stressful. Santa’s Bag is one of the best with its ability to import recipients, set […]

By December 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Apps to help you fall asleep and stay asleep

Apps to help you fall asleep and stay asleep

Everyone knows the value of sleep but it can be especially tough to come by as we head into the holidays and one of the busiest times of year. With the help of some great apps, you can put worries about long, sleepless nights to rest. Sleep Cycle 5.0 wakes you when your body says […]

By November 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Non-biased Political Apps

Non-biased Political Apps

If you’re into politics, you probably already know that keeping track of candidates and issues important to you could be a full-time job. A number of apps can make it much easier, however, and deliver everything from clips of late night talk show appearances to debate analysis right to your smartphone or tablet. Inside 2016 […]

By November 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Black Friday Shopping Apps for 2015

Black Friday Shopping Apps for 2015

Finding the best deals leading up to, on, and beyond Black Friday isn’t hard – as long as you know where to look. A number of apps can make it easy to make sure you find the best bargain. ShopSavvy helps you find great deals before you head to the store – or even while you’re […]

By November 11, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Apps to help with the Thanksgiving Feast

Apps to help with the Thanksgiving Feast

Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time to start planning for the next big day – Thanksgiving. Rather than scrambling at the last minute to prep for your traditional turkey dinner, get help. I don’t mean hiring someone or crowding your kitchen with extra people. Instead, you can simply use a free app. The Epicurious […]

By November 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Apps to find a restaurant and make a reservation

Apps to find a restaurant and make a reservation

From a first date to celebrating a silver wedding anniversary – and every reason between – finding the right restaurant at the right time can be a big, stressful job. Fortunately,  there’s a number of great apps designed to eliminate that pressure. OpenTable is connected with more than 32,000 restaurants around the world, making it […]

By October 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Keeping Track of Your Data Usage

Keeping Track of Your Data Usage

Let’s face it – having to pay overage charges for using more minutes than you get with your smartphone’s data plan can go way beyond irritating. Luckily, there are some apps that can help you quickly and easily keep data use – and costs – in check: DataMan Next is an iPhone and Apple Watch […]

By October 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Apps to Find the Perfect Room Color

Apps to Find the Perfect Room Color

Apps sure can come in handy! For example: It can be a major bummer to paint a room and not be happy with the results – you either are stuck living with a color you don’t like or spend more money and time repainting. A number of apps can help you see what a new color […]

By October 14, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Home Maintenance Apps to Help You Protect Your Biggest Investment

Home Maintenance Apps to Help You Protect Your Biggest Investment

It’s fall, cold weather is on the way and it’s time to do things to get ready for winter like change our furnace filters and other basic maintenance. But there are all kinds of other ways we need to practice regular home upkeep and with the help of some handy apps, we can be reminded […]

Apps That Remind You to Take Your Medicines

Apps That Remind You to Take Your Medicines

From vitamins and dietary supplements to life-saving medications, chances are most of us are regularly taking pills of some sort. Managing them doesn’t have to be a big job, though, thanks to a growing number of apps developed to help. A new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare says the three most popular are: […]

By September 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Finally! Ad-Blocking and Anti-Tracking Apps for Apple Devices

Finally! Ad-Blocking and Anti-Tracking Apps for Apple Devices

In what is a first for users of iPhones and iPads, those annoying Internet ads and tracking activities that invade privacy can now be a thing of the past. It’s all because Apple’s new iOS 9 operating system allows for installation of third-party apps that block ads and tracking – unlike previous versions of iOS. […]

By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →