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Chantelle Joy Duxbury

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iPhone Buff, Blogger, Movie Nerd, Geek Extraordinaire. Check out my personal site for more information about me, and my many ongoing projects.

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Fitday Mobile Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on January 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROOM TO GROW
A diet and fitness app that I have continued to use since it first launched. It's not perfect but offers a very wide range of nutrional info, custom menu/items, and overall - it gets the job done.
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RunKeeper Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on January 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: TOP FIT PICK
RunKeeper is one of my favorite apps - I always suggest it to anyone thinking of tracking not only their running and jogging, but all sort of gym activities. Simple, easy to use and socially integrated, it's one of the best apps for starting or keeping a
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Amopic Review

By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on January 16th, 2012
A full-service photo editing app, without any instructions and limited screen size.
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Fooducate yourself about your groceries.

Posted by Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 20th, 2011
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad

Introducing a new nutritional app that you'll want to have with you every time you pop out to go buy some groceries. Fooducate offers UPC spanning and a database of over 200,000 items (and growing) to not only give you a full nutritional rundown of the items you've bought, or plan to purchase, but healthier alternatives too.

Fooducate plans to help educate the public by making learning and understanding nutritional information about the food products you buy easier and more interactive. Instead of having to read the nutritional data and ingredients for every single item you wish to purchase, you can simply can the UPC into Fooducate and get an overall health score for that particular item.

Fooducate takes all the nutritional information available about each product and provides you with an overall score. It will also give you any particular warnings and important information about the products themselves, in additional to the Food Points value for dieters.

You can use Fooducate every single time you shop to make healthier choices, without having to scour the labels and nutritional facts of each product. This app offers several Healthy suggestions for each item you choose, giving you alternatives to help you make better food choices.

It's worthy to note that Fooducate is not affiliated with any brand, product, label or food manufacturer. So the suggestions you're getting are not meant as marketing or advertisements in any way. The Fooducate people are simply trying to promote healthier lifestyles by giving you an easy way to know exactly what you're buying and eating. Please do keep in mind that this app is still for information purposes only and that they can not be held responsible for out of date or missing information when it comes to products listings, and nutritional information.

Fooducate can be used on any iPhone, and iPad 2, and iPod touches (with cameras). It is available for free from the iTunes App Store, have a quick look at the video below to see how it works:

Best Of... 30 cities, nationwide.

Posted by Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 20th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Village Voice publishing recently launched an app to help you find the Best Of... anything, in one of thirty major cities in the US. If you're looking for the best pizza, best art gallery, best spa, best ice cream, best music venue. All in, there are more than 10,000 listings for in the Best Of, like having the yearly rundown for each city published right in your pocket.

Unlike other apps that offer users opinions, and the possibility of ballot-stuffing scoring, each and every entry in the Best Of app is selected from the writers and editors from the publications from which these entries were taken. You're getting the top opinions as researched by Houston Press, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Miami New Times, and many other cities weekly publications. You're going to receive expert opinions based on years of experience and familiarity with these locations.

Search for the Best Of near you, the app offers a location based searched based on your location. You'll be able to find what's been recommended as The Best Of nearest you, as you never know what might be just around the corner! Perhaps you're only steps from the Best Cupcakes in Denver, or the best Sushi in Chicago. You're also going to be delighted to find quite a few unique and surprising lists too within each city, like Best Hangouts for Lefties or Best Winter Golfing.

Facebook check-in is integrated so that you can share your findings with your friends, and have your say about where you've been or would like to go. Earn badges for your check-ins, and take pride in your travels from city to city. Perhaps you'll want to try the Best Coffee in every city you visit? Especially if you travel a lot, for business or pleasure.

The app is completely free, while it is ad supported. You should check the iTunes description page before downloading as there are only 30 major cities included at this time, however Village Voice boasts of not only adding to each list, but adding additional cities in the future as well.

Futuregram Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 19th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: EASY REMINDERS
Single function, bare-bones reminder system. Cool concept, but lacking in features and robustness. Hoping for more in future versions.
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Submerged Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 15th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WOBBLY FUN
Submerged should almost be considered a game, it's so fun. Take wacky, distorted photos that look as if your camera was deep underwater.
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Favorite Four - Getting your Taxes Done

Posted by Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 13th, 2011

The only two things which are certain are death and taxes. Well, we've covered the former extensively, so here come the taxes. Especially since this week (in the US, anyway) is the deadline for filing yours! So I present to you our favorite apps for helping you out in the otherwise treacherous waters of Income Tax Filing.

TurboTax SnapTax

Quite possibly the simplest, easiest and hassle-free way to file your taxes. I have rarely seen an app get such uniformly positive reviews on the App Store. You know you're living in the future when you can take a photo of your W2 and practically everything is taken care of for you. There's no need to manually enter your income information, just answer a few basic questions and you can file right from within the app. While the app is free, you will need to pay $19.99 to process and file, which personally seems like a bargain considering the minimal effort involved.

A great choice for most, but not everyone, read the caveats included on the iTunes descriptions page to make sure this is right for you, if not, you could also check out the TurboTax iPad app which offers more options.

H&R Block Tax Central

If you're looking for something more along the lines of a general guide to tax preparation than I suggest the H&R Block app. It offers a great sort of FAQ and guide to filling out your forms. It also includes a checklist to make sure you have all of your required paperwork, or estimate what your return might be. It's geared towards getting you into H&R Block, so you'll also be able to search for nearby offices. While acting more as an overall guide, it's still very useful and handy information to have around, especially since most of the information is available offline.

IRS Regulations (Title 26 Code of Federal Regulations - Internal Revenue)

A serious title for a seriously hefty app. While I realize that most people won't need a copy of this hefty tome, I'm certain that those who do would very much appreciate the work put into this app, and making the entire Code (all 39.4 MB of it) available on their iPhone or iPad with full search integration. It also offers highlighting, bookmarking and sharing via email of any section of the code. While there are several similar apps available, this one really seems to offer the best user interactivity. Most importantly, it's the most recently updated for this tax season.

MyTaxRefund

Perhaps you've not procrastinated your way through April, and actually got your filing done already. If you've E-Filed than you simply have to get MyTaxRefund to track your refund. It'll update for the status of your return, alert you if for any reason it was rejected, and best of all it will estimate the time that your return will be back to you. It's simple, it's free, but it works.

I didn't want to include two apps from the same developer, but I simply couldn't overlook this. TurboTax is doing a phenomenal job in taking on the app world for tax season.

Phrase Phrenzy Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 13th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FILL IN THE BLANKS
This iPad game app offers a hangman-style phrase fill-in-the-blank game with the familiar aesthetic of fridge magnets. Fun for quote and pop culture junkies.
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Draw-N-Show Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 13th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: JUST FOR FUN
This fun drawing app automatically saves a time-lapse photo of you drawing your picture to share with friends. Simple but fun.
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Pixel Life Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 12th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: JUST PICS
A no-frills, easy to use app that offers what most of us love best about Facebook: the photos. Interact, comment and view your own and your friends' galleries with this app.
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HalfCamera Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 12th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOOD IDEA
Seam together double-photos with this new Camera app, offering standard photo effects and Twitter & Facebook sharing. This is a great idea, but a poor UI holds this one back a bit.
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Sleep+ Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 12th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: OK SLEEP AID
Melodies to help you relax and sleep, a simple but useful app for those prone to insomnia.
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Affirmations Inspired by Nature Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 11th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: JUST OK
An app that focuses on providing soothing calm music while offering messages inspiration and motivation, based on the natural elements of the world.
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Memorable Meals Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 11th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FOODIE FUN
Start logging and sharing your favorite meals with Memorable Meals, add notes, take a photo and tag them to search later, or share with friends.
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