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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!

Nov 201311

App Spotlight: iBooks for Mac

by Shane Roberts

Nov 201306

Nike+ Move for iPhone 5s Now Available on App Store

by Shane Roberts

Nike+ Move

One of the newest features in the iPhone 5s is the new M7 coprocessor. This chip is designed to just measure motion data, and take that burden away from the main A7 chip. The first major app to utilize that M7 chip is now on the App Store, and it’s the latest app from Nike.

Nike+ Move (FREE from the App Store) measures your movement all the time.  It will track throughout the day how active you are and when during the day you are active.

Nike+ Move App

Here is the description of the app from the App Store:

Nike+ Move is the simplest way to capture your every move, and motivate you to move more!

Exclusively for use with iPhone 5S, Nike+ Move uses the M7 coprocessor to convert your movement into NikeFuel, the first-ever single, universal unit for measuring all kinds of activities. No matter your age, weight or gender, the same activity earns you the same amount of NikeFuel.

Nike+ Move offers insight into when you move, how you move and where you move – and lets you challenge your friends to see who moves more.

• Win the day by beating your NikeFuel average and watch your goal ring change from Red to Green.
• See when you are most active throughout the day and how you’re doing compared to yesterday.
• Move more often and win as many hours as you can throughout the day.
• See how you moved through the day with a breakdown of running, walking, and other movement.
• See where you’re moving and where you move the most each day.
• Check out how you compare against your Game Center friends or other Nike+ Move users near you.

*Note: iPhone 5S is required to get motivated with Nike+ Move.

Nike+ Move App2


Oct 201331

Great Halloween Games for iOS!

by Shane Roberts

Zombie Run

ZOMBIES, RUN!: $3.99 (iPhone) – Link

Exercising has never been more fun, or creepy! Zombies, Run! is an exercise app that will create an exercise routine around a Zombie survival game! You are running from zombies trying to collect supplies for your base. There are 40 missions available with the app, plus 57 more available for purchase after the fact.  The story unfolds in a series of dynamic radio messages and voice recordings. So if you want to get in shape while having some fun, check out Zombies, Run!

Zombie, Run!

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Plants vs. Zombies 2: FREE (iPhone/iPad)

The sequel to the massive hit plays just like the original, so you veterans out there don’t worry! It just adds onto the fun with power ups and new characters. PvZ2 is what they call a ‘Freemium’ game. That means the game is free (awesome), but you can pay for add on content to enhance the game. Reviews out there say you can play through the game and not pay a dime without a problem.


LIMBO: 99¢ Halloween Sale (iPhone/iPad)

A very simple side scrolling game, ala Mario, where it is all about avoiding obstacles and surviving. The thing about LIMBO though, is that it is a very eerie game to play. It’s all in black-and-white, plus there is not background music, just the noises of the environment and everything around you.  It is a very simple, yet challenging game! It’s a huge hit on the App Store, so it’s worth checking out!


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