Tech Talk #2

Appe Store

Here is a list that I made of my top used apps ever since I’ve had an iPhone. Some are free and some are paid. I added a short description of each app and the link to iTunes to download and they are in no particular order. Ranging from Social, GPS, Security, Photography, Music, etc. Do you use any of these apps or have an app that you prefer? Post a link in the comments section and who knows maybe it’ll make the next top list that I make. Please like, re-tweet, and share with your friends! ^_^

Mint
If you’re not using Mint to keep track of your finances, you should be. It’ll keep track of all your accounts and provide you with useful statistics and budgeting information to help you manage your money better.

Skype
Imagine being able to use your iPhone to make phone calls! (Har har.) Now that Skype works over 3G and can take advantage of iOS 4’s multitasking capabilities, it’s actually a viable alternative to using your mobile minutes. Even if you don’t want to go so far as to replace your regular phone, it’s still a great tool for making international calls on the cheap and chatting with your Skype contacts on the go.

Twitter
You could drown in Twitter apps on the iPhone, but the official option is free and one of the best. In addition to tweeting and direct-messaging, you can also share photos and videos. Thanks to the iPhone’s GPS, Twitter is location-aware and can provide you with nearby tweets so you can figure out what people are talking about in your area in real time.

Tweetbot (paid)
Tweetbot is a full-featured iPhone Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.

Facebook
The official Facebook app on the iPhone is great for general updates and messages, but it becomes especially useful when all your contacts flood in. If your address book is missing a number, just find your friend in the Facebook app and click the call button. You can also keep track of events, check your news feed, and edit your profile.

MapQuest4Mobile
While the iPhone has a few free turn-by-turn navigation apps (and none of them are even encroaching on the territory of perfect), MapQuest4Mobile feels more like the real deal than any of the others. In my personal experience I found it gave directions too late in quite a few cases, but it’s hard to argue with free. If you want a commanding, computerized female voice barking directions at you (occasionally after you’ve missed your exit), and you don’t want to pay a lot for the privilege, you’ve found your match.

Waze
Free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation
Easy location search
Live traffic updates
Live accident reports
Live updates of speed trap cameras and police locations
Twitter & Facebook integrations

GasBuddy
GasBuddy is the sort of app that can pay for itself after one use. If you’re always on the lookout for cheap gas, GasBuddy will give you options by proximity and price. You can filter by fuel grade, and it can even help you find a diesel gas station.

Find My iPhone
Even if you’re not a MobileMe subscriber, you’ve probably heard a bit about Find My iPhone in the news. It’s already tracked down a few iPhone thieves, but is probably more commonly used when you’ve just misplaced your phone. While you have to shell out $99 a year for a MobileMe account to get any use out of the app, it’s a must if you’re already a MobileMe subscriber.

Dropbox
Would it truly be a Lifehacker Pack without file-syncing app extraordinaire Dropbox? While the iPhone version of Dropbox isn’t quite as useful as Dropbox on your computer, it makes for a nice companion. If you’re
using Dropbox for all sorts of clever things, it’s always nice having access to your sync’d files from your phone. While the Dropbox app can download anything the iPhone (or a third-party app) can display, you can also save key files on your phone as well.

Pandora
Pandora’s always been a favorite on the iPhone, but with multitasking support in iOS 4 it becomes so much more useful. Now that you can listen to your personalized Pandora radio stations in the background, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better, free way to discover new music.

Last.fm
Not as awesome as Pandora, but an online radio streaming site as well.
Access Last.fm charts, recommendations, events and radio* on the go.

TheWeatherChannel
More intuitive than the normal Weather app on the iPhone
The weather application that set the standard now has more tools to keep you informed.
Animated Future Radar
Video Center
Severe Weather Center
Beach Conditions and more

WeatherBug
My Current Location – Automatically updates your weather information based on the closest weather station to you in your neighborhood
Bad Weather Warnings & Alerts – Receive dangerous weather alerts faster from both the National Weather Service and our exclusive WeatherBug Network
Pin-Point Conditions – Drop a pin on the map anywhere in the U.S. and view current conditions from our weather station network
Visual Forecasts – Easy-to-read, at-a-glance displays of essential weather information you need quickly and easily
Live Cams – Scroll through and view live shots from HD cameras in the WeatherBug Network
Pollen Forecast – Tailored to your location, get the latest pollen count, summary forecast information, and a detailed allergen description

WordPress
Good for updating your WordPress blog on the go.
It’s a whole new WordPress for a whole new platform. WordPress for iOS is now optimized to take advantage of the iPhone/iPad’s new user interface, making blogging even easier than ever before.

Camera+ (paid)
Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos.
Everybody has a creative side… Camera+ will help bring that creativity out in you, all with a fun, innovative, and beautiful design.

Calcbot (paid)
Calcbot is a simple, yet intelligent calculator for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad (Universal). Never lose your place in a calculation again with the live as-you-type expression view. Simply swipe the keypad to the left to reveal advanced functions. See your past calculations in the history tape. You can even send old values and expressions back to your calculator or to a friend via email. Calcbot is the smartest, simple calculator you will ever use.

Google Places
Google Places helps you discover nearby places you’ll love. Quickly search for Restaurants, Cafes, Bars and other places, while on the go. Google Places also makes it easy to quickly rate the places you visit. By rating places you’ll get place recommendations based on the places you like and recommendations from your friends.

Tango
Tango is the ONLY video calling app that lets you personalize your video calls using Tango Surprises – fun animations that help you express yourself, entertain your kids, or celebrate any occasion!

TV Guide
This is TV Guide’s official TV listings and entertainment news application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Quickly see what’s on TV, manage your favorite channels and set up reminders for your favorite shows. Plus, get breaking entertainment news and photo galleries from TVGuide.com.

Flixster
Movies by Flixster is the #1 movie app to watch movie trailers, find showtimes, get critics reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and share your movie ratings with your friends.

Justin.tv (paid)
This slick little app lets you watch any of the 2,500 live channels on Justin.tv. You can browse by category, search for a channel, chat with other viewers, or even broadcast your own stream!

Twitchtv
Never miss your favorite live-gaming events with the TwitchTV mobile app! Get the full TwitchTV experience right on your iOS device over both 3G and Wifi.

BestBuy
The Best Buy app provides a fresh new way to shop for the latest and greatest technology. Browse the full Best Buy product catalog, compare product specs, and create your technology wish list.

Bible
Join over 35 million people who read, listen and share God’s Word using the Bible App. Huge selection of 200+ free Bible versions and 200+ plans to help you track your progress. Now the Bible reads to you with audio Bibles! No in-app purchases – everything is free.

CNN
Watch your favorite CNN shows LIVE on your CNN Apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. We’ve added CNN TV live – 24/7 – to all the great features that you love about your app.

CraigsPro (paid)
Craigslist for iPhone features an intuitive interface and myriads of features to browse and post to Craigslist. The New York Times: “iPhone users have a secret weapon, which lets you search Craigslist much more easily than the Web site, and it offers a handful of other great features.

ScoreMobile
ScoreMobile has been re-designed from the ground up to give you the ultimate mobile sports experience. It is the must-have fantasy sports utility. We’ve got a faster, more fluid experience, complete iOS5 support, real-time alerts to keep you in the action and the deepest fantasy sports tools so you can follow along with all of your teams in any league. ScoreMobile provides up-to-the-second sports scores, box scores, player stats, league leaders, betting odds, game previews, recaps, top stories, schedules and league standings. You can receive free Push Alerts including: goals, ends of quarters and key moments in any game to keep you on top of the action; anytime-anywhere. Push Alerts are also fully integrated into the NEW iOS5 Notification Center.

ESPN Scorecenter
ESPN ScoreCenter brings you scores, news, and standings from hundreds of sports leagues around the world. Never miss another goal, pitch, basket, try, touchdown or wicket. Whether you follow the NFL or the Premier League, the Ashes or MLB, MMA or Formula One, ScoreCenter offers the most comprehensive global sports coverage available on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

StubHub
Finding the tickets of your dreams for sporting events, concerts, and theater performances right from your iPhone or iPad Touch is no longer a fantasy. The StubHub app brings the world’s largest fan-to-fan ticket marketplace right to you, making it easier to buy the tickets you want, or sell your extras with features that let you manage your listings and confirm your sales.

Trillian
Trillian for iPhone helps you chat with your IM and Facebook friends while on-the-go. Receive push notifications, send pictures and messages, and optionally synchronize with Trillian for Mac. You can even use Trillian to Trillian messaging to save on SMS costs!

Pintrest
Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. It lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find in your life. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

Ness
Meet Ness, a beautiful new way to discover restaurants you’ll love. Ness learns your unique tastes to make recommendations just for you.

LivingSocial
Want to save 50%-90% at restaurants, spas, gyms, and more? Download our free iPhone / iPad app to access LivingSocial’s daily deals. Each day, we’ll introduce you to a new, cool thing to do in your city — and give you a HUGE discount while we’re at it. Always traveling? With our app, you’ll see every deal we’re running in every city. Call us your United States of Savings.

LinkedIn
Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn for iPhone. Find and connect with more than 150M members worldwide, read the latest industry news, keep up-to-date with your groups, and share content with your network from anywhere.

Cardmunch
The app that turns your business cards into contacts, now with LinkedIn integration. Easily see LinkedIn profile information for your new contacts — and connect with them in a single click.

Instagram
Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.

Google+
Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler.

Flipboard
Named Apple’s iPad App of the year and one of TIME’s Top 50 Innovations, Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Flip through your Facebook newsfeed, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends and much more.

Google Voice
Access your Google Voice account right from your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Send free text messages to US phones and make international calls at very low rates. Access your voicemail messages with transcription. Make calls with your Google Voice number.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia is now officially on the iPhone! This is our official application and we are working hard on making the absolute best Wikipedia app out there.

Netflix
Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.

Redbox
The official Redbox iPhone app lets you browse and reserve movies, games, watch trailers, plus find the nearest Redbox kiosk from wherever you are.

G4
Get all the awesome that is G4TV.com right in your pocket. Gaming news, reviews, previews, trailers, and all the tips, tricks and cheats you need to bring down that boss. If you consider yourself a gamer and a fan of G4, this is one app you shouldn’t, couldn’t and can’t live without.

IGN
Get your entrusted video game and mobile news, reviews & tips. IGN’s app for iPhone gives you fast and easy access to the latest news about your favorite titles and developers. If you play games, we have you covered!

PayPal
Enjoy PayPal on-the-go with the PayPal iPhone app. Whether you want to send a money gift or pay off a loan from a friend—sending money is easy and FREE (when using Bank or Balance as a funding source).

AutoZone
The AutoZone App brings you tools to streamline your shopping experience and get DIY repair info on the go. You can access AutoZone’s free vehicle repair guides anytime on your iPhone. And with AutoZone’s entire catalog in the palm of your hand, you can browse our inventory for the parts and accessories you need. You can also create shopping lists, check availability and pricing, locate an AutoZone store, track your AutoZone Rewards and more – right from your phone.

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