As Noodle & I wait for baby…
Since I first got my iPhone/best friend, I’ve managed to track down a bunch of new apps to add to my original list of must-haves.
Here’s a couple of the highlights:
Kicksend & Batch – Both options enable you to send multiple photos at once to friends. There’s also a Facebook Camera app that allows you to do the same thing via your account, instead of having to post just one pic to your wall from your phone at a time.
How to Cook Everything – The basic recipe library from healthy eating guru Mark Bittman is available for free; it also includes tips on essential cooking techniques.
The Eatery – Take a photo of your plate & find out info about its nutritional content.
Savored – Will only work in major cities; however, let’s say you’re in the East Village looking for a table for two. This app will search available nearby restaurants from its stock of places willing to offer you a 25-40% discount for filling a table. If something looks good, you can just click to book a reservation at your selected time. A test run revealed that the options within its database are decent.
Next Bus – Love how this pinpoints my location to let me know the nearest transportation options & estimated time of bus arrival.
Best Parking – Mobile version of a great site to find the cheapest parking garages near your chosen address. Really useful for travel to places like NYC where there can be huge price variations within a few blocks.
National Parks – This comprehensive guide from National Geographic is worth downloading just to gaze at all the spectacular photos.
Yahoo Time Traveler – Will create suggested itineraries for you based on the time you have available in your chosen location.
Find My Car – Does require you to set your car’s location as you leave your vehicle – however, if you remember to do so, this app will guide you to the right place once you’re ready to go home.
Music & Entertainment:
Songkick – Scans your music library to create a personalized list of upcoming concerts in your area that feature your favorite artists.
Ringtone Maker – Create your own cell phone ring using your music library.
Slacker Radio – One of the best options for streaming radio; personal preference features rival Pandora’s.
PBS – Makes a ton of its content available on your mobile device.
Postino & Cards – Two ways to send physical postcards from your travels, which get mailed to the recipient of your choice the old-fashioned way (for a small fee) after you select which image you’d like to feature from your photo library. (You can also send electronically.)
Dragon Dictation – Works better than Siri to translate your voice commands into text, and then sends what you dictated via a variety of options, including text, Facebook, etc.
Sugar Sync – Get wireless access to all of your personal computer files. Brilliant way to access that document you forgot to email yourself or save on iCloud.
Cloud Magic – Great way to search through emails to find attachments, or through all your Tweets to find a link from months ago.
Best Baby Monitor – We’re going to give this $5 app a try instead of buying a $180 baby monitor. You need two iDevices – one to leave in the baby’s room, and the one that will remain with you. Friends have said it’s not totally reliable, but can work in a pinch. Still, seems worth a go to be able to get video feed of your kid on your phone from across your wireless network.