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Chantelle Joy Duxbury

Senior Writer with the 148Apps Network since August 16, 2010

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

Fitday Mobile Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

RunKeeper Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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 fitness routine or resolution.

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Amopic Review

Amopic Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A full-service photo editing app, without any instructions and limited screen size.

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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:

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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.

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Futuregram Review

Futuregram Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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

Submerged Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Phrase Phrenzy Review

Phrase Phrenzy Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
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

Draw-N-Show Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

Pixel Life Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

HalfCamera Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

Sleep+ Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

Affirmations Inspired by Nature Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

Memorable Meals Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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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Egg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart Living Review

Egg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart Living Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
101 eggs to inspire you in this handy Martha Stewart app. Get ready for Easter by breaking out the food dye and turning those eggs into some fun crafts!

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If you’re a fan of our weekly FREEday posts, or a subscriber to the Price Drops list here on 148apps then you’ll definitely want to read ahead as I rundown the best apps that will help you stay on top of current and limited time free promotions on the App Store.

AppAllStar

The newest app on the Daily Free app scene, AppAllStar focuses mainly on game apps and promises to give a daily list of non-lite, full versions of apps away on promotion for a limited time. I really enjoy the user interface within this app, offering a calendar so you can see upcoming releases as well. It’s a free app, so you’ve got nothing to loose by downloading and trying it out – except maybe some personal information. The iTunes rankings show a bit of discontent about the disclaimer that comes along with this app. Lets just hope they’re using the info about what games get downloaded most often to bring us better options in the future.

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Free App A Day

This is the big-daddy, the most popular Daily Free app site and app. While ad supported, you’ll get a daily recommendation for free apps. I personally find the layout a bit more trying, but the paid version is slightly better. Also in the paid version you’ll find an entire section devoted to non-game apps (for those of us that don’t exclusively use our iOS device for games). Whichever version you get, some of the top-name apps have used FreeAppADay.com to promote their games, so it’s pretty well known you’re going to get quality recommendations and downloads with FAAD.

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Game Channel by OpenFeint

Before Apple decided to built their own in-house Game Center, OpenFeint reined supreme as the best leaderboard/multiplayer in-app addition to make makes more interactive and personal. While it’s still very popular it also launched it’s own Free Daily App service early in the year, and has become one of the most popular in the App Store. What’s more is they also promotes ‘Fire Sale’s so that you’ll find that games that are on sale as well. The app is one of the best designed in this category, easy and fun to use. You’ve got to try this one out.

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App Shopper

For those who might not be as interested in simply downloading whatever is free each day, but want to spend some time comparing their options, I highly suggest App Shopper. Offering a list of what’s on sale, the ability search by category (brilliant – simply my favorite part), compiling a wish list, and many more useful features, this is by far more useful and functional that the others. While it is free, it’s also ad supported with the option to upgrade to the non-ad version for only $0.99 as an in-app purchase. For the slightly more discriminating app-aholics this is a great tool to have in your pocket.

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A huge announcement last week brought the Vimeo iPhone App into the spotlight as it debuted on the App Store. One of the first companies to start reencoding their online videos as HTML for iOS users, Vimeo has gone one step further and created an Official iPhone app.

The new Vimeo Official iPhone offers almost the full functionality of the website, and just a little bit more. Not happy with simply providing a browsing or uploading experience, this app offers more than just being able to upload or watch videos on your iOS device. You can edit your videos, with Vimeo’s in-app editing options. Manage your own videos and of course watch, but also download your favorite videos right to your iPhone to watch offline at any time. You can manage your own personal queue, or other aspects of your Vimeo account.

You will also have the ability to monitor the statistics of your existing or any new videos. Checking the views, ratings and all other important information you’ll want about your Vimeo content. A simple and elegant user interface makes it easier to browse comments, search videos and find exactly what you’re looking for on Vimeo.com

What’s more the Vimeo iPhone app plans to rival iMovie with its video editing functionality, Vimeo is one of the first free professional video apps that offers transitions, titles, music, volume control and other effects to be added to your video before uploading to your Vimeo account, sharing otherwise, or even saving directly on your device.

There is a host of social media integration options within Vimeos app, as well. You can share with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, send via SMS, Email or even upload to WordPress.

Bringing the user experience of Vimeo directly to the iPhone was of utmost importance to the development team at Vimeo, who want to offer the functionality to existing users, as well as ease of use to new ones. They’ve created what is likely to be known as one of the most functional and well designed video apps available for iOS. It works on all post-4.0 devices, but is specifically designed to work best with the iPhone. Read more on the Vimeo Press Page.

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Crowsr Review

Crowsr Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Simple, clean and bare-bones approach to Craiglist Browsing on your iPhone. Offering in-app email and favorites, but not much else.

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Paleolithics Review

Paleolithics Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A fun 99¢ game that offers a fun story line and unique game play, as three characters at the same time. Simple side scrolling adventure starts here!

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Piggie Review

Piggie Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A new personal expense tracking app is the definition of simplicity, while offering feature rich options and backup storage.

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Carmindy Review

Carmindy Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Celebrity make up artist Carmindy offers some useful tips, videos and other info in this new app.

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Before it was even available on the App Store, the new photography/social media app Color was a hot topic, making headlines for reportedly receiving $41 million in investment start-up money from venture capital firms Sequoia and Bain Capita.

The unprecedented sum was given to the minds behind the app, Bill Ngyuen – who is well known for having been the founder of Lala, a music sharing app which he had sold to Apple and was later shut down completely, which lead to his departure from Apple.

Risking that kind of dough on an app that wasn’t even yet available is certainly an interesting move. Especially one that is so unique as Color. It purports to be an all-in-one photo based social media network for the iPhone.

Unfortunately, while the buzz from the announcement of the funds they received may have helped with the push for users to download the app, which is free, the iTunes ratings are abysmal. As of writing this they had nearly 900 ratings, at an average of 2 stars.

So, at this point is is unknown what kind of financial impact this will have on the investors, in addition to how this may effect future investors for new iPhone apps and developers.

See if you agree; download the app below.

[Source: Business Insider]

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iCookbook Review

iCookbook Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
This beautiful and well designed app offers a host of brand-name recipies and unique features other iPad Cooking apps lack.

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Favorite Four: Yoga Apps

Today’s favorite four roundup will focus on our inner calm, and our outer flexibility as I rundown the most popular and my personal favorite Yoga apps for all of your iOS devices. Most apps offer useful information for everyone from a beginner to someone who practises Yoga daily. From within this list you should find a great app to get you into the fantastic (and relaxing) world of Yoga.

Authentic Yoga with Deepack Chopra and Tara Stiles

This is perhaps one of the best and most well known Yoga app available for the iPhone. Garnering more media attention than any other Yoga app I’ve seen, the star power of New Age guru Deepack Chopra and all-star Yoga instructor Tara Stiles launches this app into a category all it’s own. Offering informative videos, detailed instructions, and customizable routines, this app has it all. While rather download-heavy, I’d say don’t stray far from a Wifi connection when using this app.

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All-In Yoga HD

Another powerhouse of an app, and nominated in our very own Best App Ever awards last year. All-In Yoga HD is hands-down the most comprehensive app you’ll find, anywhere, about Yoga. It offers not only 200+ poses, with detailed video and audio instructions, but also a host of ready-made routines, and an entirely personalized option to built your own routines. Being on the iPad it offers something the other apps on this list can’t, huge beautiful, detailed instructions and photos to help you better understand and practise yoga.

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Worth checking out the iPhone version, too. Wouldn’t it be delightful if they released a Universal app?
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YOGAmazing – Yoga Video App

For fans of the YOGAmazing podcast, this is the companion app that goes perfectly alongside (or to replace) the video podcast. While you’ll only have a limited number of archived podcasts to choose from if you subscribe via iTunes, you’ll have up to 50 videos to choose from with exclusive content in this app. His videos usually sell from $3.99-$9.99 on iTunes (or on his website), but for one low price you’ll get the most recent content delivered strait to your iPhone with the Video App.

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Pure Yoga – AmbiScience

While not strictly speaking a Yoga app, this ambient music/noise app *was* designed specifically to be used while practising Yoga. For those familiar with the AmbiScience/Tesla Software products, you’ll immediately realize how the music and Brainwave Enterainment can work together to help you achieve mediation and relaxation during your Yoga workout. These specific developers offer some of the best abient music apps, and focusing specifically on Yoga offering 10 tracks and four Binaural undertones. The perfect accompaniment to your Yoga sessions.

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TiltShift Video Review

TiltShift Video Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Apply TiltShift effect, time-lapse, and color grading to your iPhone videos for a unique miniaturized looking video.

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iEarthquake Review

iEarthquake Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Stay alerted to the most recent information about earthquakes and other major weather alerts, worldwide.

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This one’s for the ladies. If you’re not yet using an iPhone app to help track your daily birth control pills, in additional to a host of other time-saving and record keeping about your cycle, you should check the new myPill Reminder system launched today by developer Hashsoft.

The myPill Reminder app is now a free download, with the option of extended features as a $1.99 in-app purchase, which was previously the full price of the app. The basic app offers pill tracking, and note saving for each day, with a daily notification reminder to help you stay more organized than using your pill packs themselves. Also included in the free version is a monthly schedule, and a full history of pills taken, or missed. Some of the extended features include; custom notification messages, setting for different pill-pack quantities, snooze option for the alerts, and additional theme packs. Once upgraded you’ll also be able to set location based reminders, and send an email or SMS reminder to yourself, or if you’re keeping track for someone else, to anyone.

Testing out the free version is a fantastic way to get used to and try out the system and features to see if it’s right for you. Now available on the iTunes App store.

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Localerts Review

Localerts Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A location based notification and reminder system that really works!

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Week Calendar Review

Week Calendar Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Trying out yet another Calendar app, right?

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