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Jan 201429

Looking at the Jawbone UP

by Shane Roberts

Jan 201423

How to watch the Super Bowl on your Apple device

by Shane Roberts

Super Bowl XLVIII Logo - simply mac - watch super bowl on your Apple device

Are you going to be away from your big screen come Super Bowl Sunday? Fortunately, there are ways to watch the big game on your Apple devices!

If you have a Mac, all you have to do is go to and you’re set! Normally you would have to authenticate a subscription with your cable provider (i.e. Comcast), but it appears that on Super Sunday they will allow free access to everyone (according to CNET).

If you would like to watch the Super Bowl on your iPhone, there are few steps to take. First off you have to be a Verizon Wireless customer. The NFL has exclusive rights with Verizon for mobile phone streaming, so that explains that. If you are a Verizon customer, download the NFL Mobile app and pay $5 for the weekly pass to gain access to streaming of the game.

If you have an iPad and would like to watch the Super Bowl, the FOX Sports GO app is the avenue for you. It appears, with the app, you’ll have to sign in with your credentials from your TV provider to gain access to the live stream.

While the Super Bowl is appointment viewing, no longer do you have to be tethered to your couch to watch it, although that would be the ideal scenario.

CNET has another option, along with the ones above, so head to their article for that option.


Jan 201407

Upgrade Yourself with these Fitness Apps!

by Shane Roberts

New Years resolutions are really hard to keep, especially when the resolution is to lose weight and get fit. There are many apps on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad that can help keep you on track and take it one meal and one work out at a time!

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MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter (FREE)

I’ve been using this app for months and it is great, so it definitely has my endorsement. First and foremost, it is FREE, which is appealing in itself. It’s a very straight forward, simple app. You enter in your weight and a goal of how much weight you’d like to lose in a certain time frame. Once you enter that info it will basically formulate a daily plan to help you reach those goals. It will setup a daily caloric goal, and if you dig deeper there are goals surrounding specific nutritional intake, like fat, carbs, sugar, and more. You can also input your workouts and it will combine the data you entered for the day, for both what you ate and your workouts, and add it to a journal to allow you to track your progress. It also gives you a bit of a hint of what you could weigh in about a month if you keep following your plan. You can either manually enter the food you eat, scan the bar code on the packaging, or do a search for what it is that you are looking for. Very rarely does it not find what I’m looking for, especially at restaurants. Check it out, it’s free and rated very highly on the App Store!

Simply Mac - Fitness App Zumba Dance

Zumba Dance for iOS ($4.99)

Want to get into shape, but you don’t want to do the regular workout routines? Maybe you love to dance? Well, Zumba has become insanely popular over the last couple of years.  There have been Zumba classes around in rec centers for a long time, it has really taken off with the console games for Xbox, PlayStation and Wii. Now you can Zumba on the go with your iPhone or iPad! The app uses the front camera on your iPhone or iPad to track your movement to make sure you are getting everything you should out of the workout. The app can also tie in with your Facebook friends and you can set goals together and Zumba in a group! The app will also sync your progress between your iPhone and iPad so you can keep track of where you’re at no matter your device! The app is $4.99, and there are some add ons for it to add more work out routines and songs. You can get the full game pack, which includes everything for an extra $24.99 and you can get everything the app has to offer.

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Healthy Desserts ($2.99)

For many people, desserts are their weakness when they are on a diet. Here is an app where you can have your cake and eat it too! Healthy Desserts will help you plan out some healthy desserts that can be made up of “natural sweeteners, healthy fats, whole grains and fruits.” All the recipes are marked if they are vegan, raw, gluten free, naturally sweetened or whole grain. If you love sweets, this app will help you enjoy them in a healthy way.

Dec 201311

Apple getting in the holiday spirit with their “12 Days of Gifts” app

by Shane Roberts

12 days of gifts app

An app that has been available for other countries over the years is coming to the US. Apple is making their ’12 Days of Gifts’ app available for US customers  this holiday! Traditionally everyday, spanning a 12 day period, Apple gives something away for free, whether it is an app, song, movie, basically something off the iTunes/iBooks/App Store. It’s available for both iPad and iPhone, and it’s completely free! When you have it, and the gifts begin, the app should notify you each day of the gift! Each gift only will last for one day, so you need to get it as soon as you can! Go get the app, it’s free and it’s going to give you free stuff! Click here for the app.

Nov 201327

Make Thanksgiving dinner and other holiday meals easier with these apps!

by Shane Roberts


The Food Network app (LINK) is an awesome cooking app! This is in the App Store Hall of Fame and works both on the iPhone and iPad. The recipes on this app are from some of the biggest name chefs out, like Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray.

New recipes are always being added, you can search by chef or ingredient, and save your favorite recipes.  You can also add notes, tips, and substitutions on your favorite recipes.

This is as loaded of a food app as you can find! It’s now free and definitely worth checking out! It’s a lot easier than search through a collection of cook books!


How to Cook Everything (LINK) is another great app! It has so many features built into it that make it easy to prepare and cook your meals. It is currently $9.99, but for the iPad it is one of the best options.  Check out the video I did earlier this year when the app was on sale.


When it comes to Thanksgiving and turkey dinners there isn’t a bigger name than Butterball (LINK). The app right now is FREE, but it seems for a limited time only! So go get it anyway, because it is free! With Butterball Cookbook Plus, you’ll get treating turkey shopping guides, prep instructions, as well as what to do with your turkey leftovers.  This app has a ton of cool features, go check it out!

Nov 201314

Entertain your little ones with interactive books on iPad!

by Shane Roberts

Apps like iBooks on the iPad are great for being able to dig into reading, however, sometimes the little ones may get a little bored with the ‘traditional’ book. That’s where interactive story book apps come into play. There is one app developer called Nosy Crow that turns some of the most popular kids stories into interactive books!

The best example I found on the App Store was the Cinderella ($5.99 for both iPad & iPhone) interactive book.

Cinderella Book

As you can see in the image above, you can Read and Play, have the book read to you, or just read it normally like a picture book! When you read and play, you can get really involved with the story. In Cinderella you can help Cinderella clean the kitchen, stack the King’s invitations to the ball, dress up the stepsisters for the party and so much more! The app can also use the front facing camera on your iPad and you’ll show up in the “magic mirrors” throughout the story.

Cinderella 2

Some of the story apps available from Nosy Crow are: The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hoodand some Bizzy Bear Builds stories.

There are many more apps like this on the App Store, but these  stood out to me because of some of the classics!

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