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Around Me

Have you ever been in an unfamiliar location and wanted to know what businesses were around you? Maybe a gas station, ATM, or restaurant? Well this week’s App of the Week will take care of that for you. Around Me is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Around Me is a simple and convenient app to use. Once downloaded, Around Me uses your current location and finds what you are looking for and the distance from where you are. You can create a general search or use one of their helpful tabs such as banks/ATM, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, parking, supermarkets, restaurants, and much more. Once you have a picked your destination, Around Me displays an easy route for you to take.

Whether you are traveling or just in an unfamiliar location, Around Me has you covered.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aroundme/id290051590?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tweakersoft.aroundme&hl=en

Mint

Mint  

 

Now that the holiday season is over you might be looking back at how much you spent. For some people that might have enforced a new goal of monitoring and budgeting your money better. If that’s the case, then this week’s App of the Week is for you. Mint is a money managing app that is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Mint pulls all your personal finance accounts into one place, so you can manage our money from anywhere. View all your accounts from your banks, credit cards, loan, and retirement accounts. By viewing all your accounts in one spot you can keep track of spending a look into where you could be saving. Mint is easy to function. Create an account and add all necessary financial information. Mint will then categorize your transactions, present you with graphs based on your spending, and create a budget.

Keeping track of your personal finances can get complicated and confusing when monitoring multiple different accounts. Mint allows you to make an easy transition into monitoring your cash flow and save where necessary. Best of all Mint is safe and secure. Download Mint and you might be surprised at what you learn about your spending.  

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mint.com-personal-finance/id300238550?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mint  

Camera Awesome

Camera Awesome  

 

These days’ smartphones are capable of doing anything from emailing, pictures, videos, web browsing, text messaging, phone calls, and a lot more. Smartphones also give you the capability to enhance the features you already have, which leads us to our App of the Week. Camera Awesome is a photo editing and enhancing app that is available for free through iTunes and for $2.99 through the Google Play Store.

Camera Awesome has plenty of features to help enhance the quality of your photos and add some extra creativity. Camera Awesome offers professional effects including: different picture sizes and landscapes, presets, textures, and frames which help you “awesomize” your photos. Also included is a panorama mode, image stabilization, timers, and 100+ artistic effects, crop, rotate, and insta-edit.

With all the opportunities for improvements smartphones are capable of, this is another to add to the list. If you want to add your own spin on your pictures or just improve the quality, Camera Awesome is the app you have been looking for.  

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camera-awesome/id420744028?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smugmug.android.cameraawesome

Tech Tip of the Week

With the crazy Illinois weather, sometimes we never know if we need heavy coats or shorts and flip flops! Trying to keep up with mother nature in Illinois can be a full time job, and it’s nice to have your mobile devices sync’d up with a good weather app, or radar app, or have the device configured to allow local warnings to be pushed to your device. I’ve heard people say that being prepared is half the victory. We can all be prepared and ready for inclement weather changes on the fly with keeping our technology updated and within earshot. Just to name a few would be the weather channel, radarnow, accuweather, and weather underground. Many more are available with different features and layouts for varying opinions! Enjoy the heatwave this weekend, who knows what we may run into next week!

Kindle & Nook

KindleNook

Did anyone get a new e-reader over the holidays? Maybe any variations of the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook? Chances are if you just purchased one or have had yours for a while, there are still a few things you might not know. Which leads us into this week’s App(s) of the Week! Not only is your reading library available on your e-reader, but you can also gain access through your tablets and smartphones, making your library even more portable. The Kindle app is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store and the Nook app is also free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Both the Kindle and Nook app work very similarly to each other. Your complete reading library is available on the app, whether it is your books, magazines, newspapers, etc. Both apps also offer the convenience of being able to sync your reading material across devices, so you can pick up where you left off on any devices the app is downloaded on. You can also customize the settings of both apps to get the appropriate text size, brightness, background color, and landscape view.

Whether you have a Nook or a Kindle, these apps will help you utilize your reading libraries and love your devices even more!  

 

Kindle App:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kindle-read-books-ebooks-magazines/id302584613?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

Nook App:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nook/id373582546?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bn.ereader&hl=en

Tech Tip of the Week

Happy New Year! With the new year comes new reasons to integrate technology into your daily routine. A great example would be the new law regarding cell phones while driving. While we are no law experts or officers (thank you to those who serve), we do understand that one of the safest ways to avoid trouble is to purchase a Bluetooth hands-free kit and pair it with your phone. Many newer automobiles also come equipped with Bluetooth so that you can pair your phone with the car and use the built in stereo as speaker phone. We always encourage everyone to utilize their devices to improve quality of life, and not hinder it!

Habit List & Habit Streak Pro

Habit List Habit Streak

Ringing in the New Year usually means you have set a new resolution for the upcoming year and have goals you would like to achieve. This week’s App of the Week we hope helps you keep those New Year’s resolutions and brings all the positive changes you want for 2014.

Habit List is an app designed to help you create good habits and break unhealthy ones. Habit list is available for $2.99 in iTunes. Create daily to do lists that help you keep up with your goals, set reminders and then importance of the goal. Each day you are given a completion percentage. Habit List even lets you set reminders to get in the habit of utilizing the app.

For Android users we have found the equivalent of Habit List. Habit Streak Pro is available for $2.99 in the Google Play Store. Habit Streak Pro helps you achieve your daily goals, building up streaks of habit and ingraining those habits into your life. Habit Streak Pro also has a widget feature to add to your home screen that will help remind you about your habits.

Each app comes with its own distinct features that will help you achieve your New Years goals and make 2014 the successful year you are hoping for. Good luck!  

 

Habit List: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/habit-list-create-good-habits/id525102168?mt=8

Habit Streak Pro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.amimetic.habitspro&hl=en

Tech Tip of the Week

Need some techy fun for your New Year’s Eve? Try out one of the many apps for your device geared toward New Year’s Eve fun! Both Apple and Android have their share of New Year’s Eve apps, such as countdowns, alcohol-free toasting apps, and taxi finders. Remember your technology can help keep you safe as well as help you be the life of the party this New Year’s Eve! Also, be on the lookout for New Year’s Resolution apps for your devices as well. So much new technology, and only 365 days of 2014 to enjoy it!!

Sonic Dash

sonic dash

Just in case you received a new gadget over the holidays, we are providing an addicting new game to add to it. Go on an endless run with Sonic the world’s fastest hedgehog in Sonic Dash, available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Sonic takes you on an endless run where you dash, jump, and spin across the varying terrains of the game. This fast paced game throws more challenges your way by having to dodge different obstacles while taking the endless run. Sonic Dash offers multiple characters including Tails, Shadow, and Knuckles. Challenge and invite your friends to play with you and compare high scores. Once you have mastered the game, it’s hard to quit. Enjoy.  

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonic-dash/id582654048?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonicdash&hl=en

Google Santa Tracker

Google

Santa Tracker is an app that was launched by Google to supply people with Christmas spirit and to monitor Santa’s route on Christmas Eve. Santa Tracker is filled with games and activities for kids (and adults). Among the activities you can send a customized message to any recipient from Santa Claus. Check out the countdown to Christmas that is down to the exact second and see new daily activities that will be released in the days to come leading up to Christmas. Then, on Christmas Eve, check out the Santa tracker which will monitor the route Santa is taking and teach everyone a little about the locations he will be at along the way. Follow the link below to get started!  

 

http://www.google.com/santatracker/

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