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Handpick Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TANTALIZING SUGGESTIONS
Handpick will make you hungry, as well as inspire you to cook something new.
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TickleMeThink Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CREATIVE REASONINGS
In need of a creative nudge in the right direction? TickleMeThink does a sterling job of motivating and inspiring.
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iPhotography Assignment Generator Review

By Angela LaFollette on March 4th, 2013
A camera app packed with assignments and ideas to help iPhoneographers capture amazing pictures.
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TED App 2.0 Update Brings Better Video, Translations, and Subtitles

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on February 11th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The TED app updated to 2.0 recently, and it added some great new features, like subtitles, translations, and better video tech for easier watching. TED continues to inspire us all with its amazing talks and innovative ideas. Check it out now!

• Subtitles: Over 90 languages available directly from our new video player, or over AirPlay
• Translations: Browse a curated TED catalog in your preferred language
• Speed: New talks and downloads get to your device quicker than ever
• Improved videos: Faster buffering and more profiles for different connection speeds

Everest Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOTIVATIONAL
Be inspired to achieve more in life, courtesy of this motivational, goal-focused app.
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Make Your Wedding Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CREATIVE IDEAS
Offering some attractive craft based projects, Make Your Wedding is an interesting read for those planning a wedding in the future.
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PhotoLawn: Inspiration And Education For Photographers

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 6th, 2012

It's fantastic that DSLR cameras are much more affordable nowadays, ensuring that amateur photography fans are able to pick such a camera up. The problem is that there is still a ton to learn about using them effectively. It's a huge leap up from a compact camera and can get intimidating.

Fortunately, there's a new app out that aims to make things easier and aid users in learning how to use a DSLR correctly. That app is PhotoLawn.

PhotoLawn teaches things a little differently from other educational tools. Focusing on the visual aspect of photography, the app presents photos from Flickr, while displaying the shutter speed, exposure, ISO and more, all in an easy to understand manner.

Everything is laid out as part of an animated grid of thumbnail photos from the popular photo sharing site, making it simple to see what's going on and adapt accordingly. Even better, it doubles up as a great way to browse Flickr and be inspired.

PhotoLawn is free to download with further features such as favorites, mapping and social options, unlockable with a $1.99 in-app purchase.

Timeless Wisdom Courtesy Of An Ordinary App: Ordinary Words ~ Extraordinary Power

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 15th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

In life, everyone needs a moment of clarity and calm in their day, no matter how brief it may be. An Ordinary App: Ordinary Words ~ Extraordinary Power has recently been released in order to facilitate that.

For $2.99, users are given a fresh insight every day through the app. It's simple philosophy but offers some great inspirational quotes that are worth paying attention to. As an added bonus, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the insight comes bundled with a link to an article or exercise that sets out to enhance a particular area of the user's life.

On Saturdays, An Ordinary App: Ordinary Words ~ Extraordinary Power goes one step further by including a link to a short inspirational video that uses song, entertainment or commentary to help the user take in the moment of wisdom.

With a quote for each day of the year, plus 148 unique articles and 52 videos, it's a satisfying inspirational package that will hopefully give its users some wise words across the rest of the year.

Motivational Help From GroHabit

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 16th, 2011

Gaining the motivation to make a positive change in life, start working out or simply work towards escaping the vicious circle of debt isn't as easy as it should be. It's all too easy to lose sight of such goals or simply feel as if it's a neverending issue. So how about an app that costs only $1.99 and could help provide the much needed motivation? That's exactly what GroHabit hopes to do.

A personal development app, GroHabit is all about cultivating new habits that will positively improve a person's life. Recently updated, GroHabit introduces two new features in this mission. An interactive logging system uncovers the strengths and weaknesses of each user while Skill Bars allow the user to see their progress in five habit-building skills. A new skill has also been added known as Adapting, focusing on users who are hindered by external events or situations beyond their control.

While willpower is required alongside GroHabit, it helps users decide what behavior will help them reach their goal and how long it will take. A flexible days off system means that users are allowed to vary their schedules as needed but it's easy to track how things are going with a mini-calendar function.

An inspirational picture and quotes section also allows users to always check out motivational bits and pieces to remind them of why they're so determined to complete their goal. Plus GroHabit backs this up with daily messages offering helpful tips and motivational messages.

Why not give it a shot today and see how life can improve?

Get Motivated For The Future With 2016

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 18th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

I'm a bit of a drifter in life without any set plans. I look at a friend of mine who has everything planned out in her future and kind of envy her. It must be nice to be so driven and focused on doing everything just right. While clearly we're both just different people in how we approach life, an app like 2016 could well keep us both happy.

It's an app focused on helping its users imagine how they'd like their life to be in 2016. It's a self help tool, really, to inspire people to achieve these aims. 2016 goes through some standard questions to assess just how the user wants to be in 5 years time. They cover the likes of what kind of property they want to own, what kind of career they want to have, what their relationship status is plus more. In all there are 80 questions about various spheres of the user's life which should hopefully encompass everything possible.

Users can then record a video letter to themselves in five years time to see how things are going. It's a pretty cool idea backed up by cloud saving functionality. Of course the only way to know if it works is check back in 5 years. I'm certainly keen to give such things a shot.

2016 is available now and it's free with a $2.99 full-featured version available via an in-app purchase. A small price to pay surely for the potential future benefits.

Be Inspired by TED

Posted by Kyle Flanigan on May 9th, 2011

TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) is a twice-yearly free conference that focuses on spreading ideas. “We’re building ... a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired leaders,” writes TED, “and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”

Now, TED is available on the iPad App Store. The applications supports videos of TEDTalks (18 minute speeches from those with ideas) in high or low resolution, online or offline; as well as a ‘tag’ search facility to make it easy to find specific ideas. Speakers include Al Gore to Jane Goodall to Sir Ken Robinson. And everything’s free - from the download to the watching.

The iPad presents a thrilling new platform for delivering a TED experience,” said June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media. “We rethought the user experience to take advantage of the portability, the touchscreen and the focused media time people have when they travel or settle in for an evening. We think TED fans will particularly love the “Inspire me” button, which creates a custom playlist to fill the exact amount of time they have free.” Available now, with or without subtitles.

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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