Author: Robyn

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I am an experienced marketing professional and published novelist. I'm also an avid movie fan and Apple enthusiast. To read my novel, follow this link. Shattered [Kindle Edition]

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Event Planner for iPad doesn’t let you miss details or deadlines for your event. In my adult life, I have noticed that it is a tradition to give a newly engaged woman a wedding planner as a gift. This seems like an odd tradition to me since most women have had their wedding planned since they were young girls. I didn’t realize until my friends started getting engaged and planning their big days how many details were involved and just how important the timing was for every one of those details. The venue, the caterer, the reception site, the DJ,…

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Songza helps users find the right music for the right time. Have you ever had a moment in your car when you wish you had the right ‘soundtrack’ to sing along to? Or, have you spent endless hours tailoring the perfect workout playlist? If you have, give Songza a try. Songza is a free app that helps users find the ideal music for every situation. It has customized playlists set up and after the user selects the ‘mood’, Songza selects the music. The library is organized by activity, genre, decade and mood. Songza provides thousands of original playlists that are…

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What’s the Movie combines movie trivia and the word game. A few months ago I reviewed a game called “4 Pics 1 Word.” This game is a simple word game that gives the player 4 pictures that have something in common and a bunch of jumbled letters from which the player forms a word. I recently found a new game that has the same playing function, but a different topic. “What’s the Movie” gives the player 4 images that describe different aspect of a movie. The goal of the game is to spell out the title of the movie that…

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Tempo brings the ‘smart’ to the calendar app. Last month, I wrote a review on Event Book, an appointment management app for iOS. Since that time, I have been using it exclusively on my iPhones (I have one for work and one for personal use). As I mentioned in that review, Event Book has an elegant layout and works seamlessly with iOS Calendar. I have been very happy with Event Book and didn’t plan on switching programs until I found Tempo. Tempo bills itself as a ‘smart calendar’ for iPhone. It was developed by SRI, the company behind Siri’s development.…

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This week in tech news – iTunes turns 10, a cup of coffee costs more than half a million dollars, Microsoft in the midst of a re-branding and WWDC Tickets Sell Out. Happy Birthday iTunes! Ten years ago today, Apple changed the face of the music store. As a way of celebrating, “A Decade of iTunes” is featured in the iTunes Store. This feature includes a timeline with milestones in it like this: Apple launches the iTunes Music Store with 200,000 songs at 99 cents each. In the sidebar, the top selling songs for that time period are listed. How much for…

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Om Finder keeps your chi aligned where ever you are. Every once in a while I find apps that are great for travelers. And, I don’t mean in the sense that they help you get to your destination. I mean that these apps helps you keep your life as normal as possible despite your physical location. In my professional life, I’ve had a small taste of how travel can disrupt your normal daily schedule and it’s great to know that they apps are being developed to help with this problem. Om Finder is an app for iOS designed to help…

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Bookworm Heroes for iOS brings fighting to the word game. As a fan of word games and the original Bookworm, I didn’t hesitate to download Bookworm Heroes. Thinking it would be similar to the original game, I was surprised to find and entirely different concept. Bookwork Heroes takes the original word game and adds an element of combat. You start by choosing to play a random combatant or a friend from Facebook. I chose to play a random user. The game play looks similar to a fighting game, but includes a letter board. It’s a pretty exciting revamp to an…

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Discover new music with Twitter #music. Last week, Twitter released Twitter #music to enhance its users’ social sharing experience. The main purpose of this app is to allow Twitter users to discover new music based off of what is shared by other Twitter users. Twitter bills Twitter #music as a “music discovery app” and even though you can listen to full tracks of music by connecting through Spotify or Rdio, the primary method of ‘discovery’ is iTunes previews. I’ll admit, even though I consider myself social media savvy, Twitter #music for iOS confused me a little. I understand its purpose…

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WebMD the Magazine gives you healthy bits of information each month for free. I’ve been using WebMD.com for years to assist with at-home medical issues. Sometimes it just helps to know what a condition might be based on the symptoms. I’d never use it in place of a doctor’s diagnosis and would not suggest that anyone else do that either, but it’s nice to utilize for piece of mind. Over the past few years, WebMD has expanded its services to include mobile devices. WebMD the app and Medscape by WebMD are wonderful apps that I added to my collection as…

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Trailerpop is the world’s first game-driven movie discovery platform. As my bio states, I am a movie fan. It is one of the things that I identify myself as when I meet new people. I grew up watching obscure titles such as “The Reivers” and playing movie trivia games over dinner that always ended with, “Who was the Cinematographer on Close Encounters of the Third Kind?” (answer: Vilmos Zsigmond). Those ‘toughies’ came from my dad, who wanted to stump my brother and I. It wasn’t until I was 11 that I learned exactly how to play his version of the…

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Splash Colors FX brings simple photo enhancement to your Mac. Since the inclusion of digital cameras in mobile phones in the 1990s, everyone can become a photographer. Family events are easily captured as mobile phones are always within reach. As smart phones have evolved so have photo editing apps. Apps like Instagram make it easy for users to manipulate photographs and share them with loved ones. Now Splash Colors FX makes brings user-friendly photo editing to the Mac. Splash Colors FX has an easy drag-and-drop function that allows users to pull photos directly from the hard drive or applications like…

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NotesTab simplifies and adds functionality to note-taking. Note taking on your personal computer can be a tedious task at times. Apple does provide the app, Notes, within it’s arsenal, but it’s not always the most easily accessible on your computer. This is where NotesTab can come in handy. NotesTab by Fiplab is a menu bar utility that allows users to make quick, easily accessible notes while doing other tasks on the computer. It doesn’t require you to start up another application simply to make a quick note like Notes does. Like most menu bar utilities, NotesTab can start up with…

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Arro takes the guess work out of purchasing products. Are you the type of person that has trouble making purchasing decisions? Do you pick up an item, walk through the store with it and then set it down next to the register because you ultimately decided not to buy it? If you answered, “yes,” to either of those questions, Arro may be a good choice for you to download to your iOS device. Arro is a personal shopping assistant that not only compares prices for you from different retailers, but it also looks at reviews and tells you ‘yes’ or…

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Poems by Heart provides assistance to students learning poetry works. One of the most aggravating lessons I had to learn when I was in grade school was memorization of poetry. While I understand its purpose, it was difficult for me especially since it usually involved reciting the work in front of the class. I know that I am not the only person who was plagued by this debilitating lesson. And, now there is an app that is built specifically to assist students learning works of poetry. Poetry by Heart from Penguin Classics is a brain-training tool designed to help students…

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This week in Tech News – Facebook Home enters the mobile scene and National Association of Broadcasting (NAB) conference began. Facebook Home The rumors of Facebook Home being a Facebook mobile phone were grossly exaggerated. Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Home is actually an app that replaces the Android interface with its own homescreen and lock screen. It is focused on the cover feed so that it has live updating and you can see the Facebook feed as it updates right on your homescreen. While this is a nice feature for some, it is a horrible disappointment to those who…

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Home Maintenance by Bright Nest brings DIY to your iOS device. Spring cleaning is upon us. This is the time of year where people take the opportunity to check smoke detectors’ batteries, clean out closets of out-of-season clothes and dust ceiling fan blades. The tricky thing for many people is figuring out how to get started. Home Maintenance by Bright Nest takes the guess work out of house work. Home Maintenance by Bright Nest helps you organize home tasks with easy-to-follow instructions, schedule maintenance and design creative spaces in your home. When you start the app for the first time,…

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Pixa is the file management solution for designers. Good file management is the key to success with any project-driven profession. I’ve been involved in print, video, graphic and even photo management throughout my professional life and one certainty I’ve seen with each is that poor element organization costs time, money and sometimes clients. With the amount of files that one works with in those professions, it can be difficult to find a file management solution that makes sense and doesn’t end up costing you more time. Pixa is that solution. Pixa is a file management app for Mac designed to…

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Watermark FX creates watermarks for your photographic and graphic pieces. Protecting your original photographic works online can be tricky. If it is properly tagged, there is a good possibility that someone will find it through a Google Image search. If it can be found, it can be used. If you value your work as your own, you will not want it used without being given proper credit. This is where watermarks come in handy. There are some design programs that will allow you to include a watermark on an object when you print, but not necessarily when you export a…

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Colapic 2 keeps memories alive with photo-stitching. While I was at a family gathering yesterday, my grandmother showed me a photo album which featured her wedding photos, anniversary photos and other special memorabilia. At this same gathering, my brother set-up a digital picture frame for her that he had pre-loaded with photos from family members. It occurred to me that physical photo albums, like the one my grandmother has, are becoming a lost art. There are still some scrapbooking hobbyists in the world, but many people are moving towards digital preservation of their memories. There are many applications that assist…

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This week in tech news – Roadrunner Supercomputer being shutdown, Apple denied trademark and potential iPhone launching in June. Roadrunner Supercomputer to be Shutdown The world’s supercomputer, Roadrunner, is set to be shutdown and dismantled. Originally created in 2008, it was the first computer to break the petaflop barrier (a quadrillion computations per second). While it is still one of the world’s top supercomputers, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan currently clocks in at 17.59 petaflops, out clocking Roadrunner by over 16 petaflops. Roadrunner’s primary functions included weapons monitoring, mapping the HIV genetic tree and simulating the Big Bang. Prior…

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SignNow offers electronic signatures for a price. As society becomes more and more electronic, developers continue to find ways for apps to help us all adapt with the use of our mobile devices. They are no longer phones, PDAs or tablets – our mobile devices are tools for communication and productivity. One aspect of ‘going electronic’ that some don’t consider is the ability to write – or more specifically, sign one’s name. Guess what? There’s an app for that. SignNow gives users the option to collect signatures on important documents from iOS enabled devices. Users can upload PDFs, Word Documents,…

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Event Book makes appointments and events elegant. I’ve always enjoyed keeping a calendar book. It has taken me a while to switch my appointment habits to be completely electronic. For the longest time, I would forget things because I wasn’t physically writing them down. Eventually, setting an appointment electronically became ingrained in my head like writing something out on paper. I’ve tried out different calendar programs on my iPhone, but ultimately come back to the iOS native Calendar app…until now. Event Book is a appointment management app for iOS that was developed by an 18-year old. The app reads appointments…

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Igniter sheds light on your personality, but leaves you wanting more. What makes an effective leader? A good listener? Someone who shows compassion? Or even an analytical thinker? Some organizations subscribe to the theory of Values Based Leadership, or an idea that by identifying and accepting your core beliefs and behaviors, that you will be a more effective leader. There are numerous studies available online to support these theorists. And now, there is even an app for iOS devices that helps users to harness their values with the purpose of becoming stronger leaders. Luck Companies Igniter is designed with the…

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Photolettering brings new life to old photos. As a graphic artist, I appreciate the flexibility that some apps offer in ease of photo modification. One of the things that frequently additions to photos are captions or even scrapbook-type lettering over the top of an existing photograph. Photolettering for iOS allows users to complete this function quickly and easily. Photolettering takes an existing picture in your Photo app or a brand new picture from your iPhone camera and adds lettering to it. The app adds a picture of your choosing to the screen and then prompts you to add lettering over…

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Bai Board creates a free, interactive white board for sharing ideas. In my line of work, I do a lot of creative brainstorming with colleagues. Many times, these colleagues are not located in the same building, or even city, as I am. Usually, we simply have a conference call or exchange emails. But, it would be great to be more interactive. This is where Bai Board HD comes into play. Bai Board HD create interactive white boards that can be drawn on, written on or even used to annotate on PDFs. The best part is that it’s free and available…

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This week in Tech News – Facebook adds weather, Apple starts two-step verification – with a bug and acquires an indoor GPS developer. Apple’s Two-step Verification Flaw One day after Apple rolled out its two-step verification security measure for Apple ID’s, a major flaw was discovered. All users who had not switched to the new process were immediately vulnerable to a bug that allowed anyone with you email address and date of birth to reset your Apple ID password. Apple took quick steps to fix the problem and suspended password resets from iForgot. The bug has thankfully been fixed by…

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PDFNut for Mac creates an easy-to-use library for your PDFs. One of the features that I enjoy the most about my iPad is the ability to review PDFs through iBook. If you’ve ever used iBooks for this purpose, you will understand what I’m talking about. The interface is like books on a shelf. It’s easy to scroll through the PDFs on the screen and review the choices before you. Aside from simply scrolling through thumbnails in a Finder window, I have not had that same experience on my MacBook Pro. In my line of work, I look through PDFs on…

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Moves transforms your iPhone into a pedometer. Daily exercise is as important to a human’s well-being as is breathing. Exercise keeps our blood pumping, air flowing and maintains our vessel of life. Something you may not realize is that you are exercising without realizing it. Walking has been proven to help with weight loss, lower cholesterol, increases bone strength and improves circulation. Depending on what your normal daily routine is you may already be walking more than 3,000 steps per day, which is the equivalent of 1.42 miles. A good goal to strive for is 10,000 steps per day. The…

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Discover the infographics all around you with Sitegeist. One of my favorite new means of marketing is the use of infographics. Being a visual learner, it helps me to see the data as an image rather than just text sometimes. While modern infographics have become increasingly more popular over the past 5 years, the practice of presenting data in graphic form dates back to images drawn on caves by early man. Infographics allow us to easily see the trends and patterns of data systems. As I mentioned, this practice has become more and more popular as a means of spreading…

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Create a home inventory to protect your belongings. Disaster can strike when you least expect it. That’s why you can never be too careful or too prepared when it comes to protecting your home and personal belongings. Homeowners insurance is a must for anyone who purchases a home. If properly covered, your property can be replaced should disaster strike your home. One fatal flaw many homeowners make is underinsuring their belongings. After all, it can be difficult to estimate the value of a quilt your Grandmother made 20 years ago. This is where creating a home inventory can be helpful.…

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