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Any.DO is a free award winning app that helps you organize your life. Any.DO is available through iTunes and the Google Play Store. Create to-do lists, set timers, write notes, and share your calendar with family and friends.

Any.DO allows you to easily manage your schedule by allowing you to sync your calendar to all devices. Any.DO has voice recognition, time and location reminders, ability to repeat tasks without adding it multiple times, customize your folders, and personalize your calendars theme. Multiple folders can be created to keep your life simplified; have a folder for work, personal, and even one to keep track of important events for other family members. Keep your life organized without adding a complicated calendar program to it.

See why so many people have given Any.DO positive reviews and why millions of users are letting Any.DO make their lives a little less hectic.

http://www.any.do/

Pandora

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If you haven’t heard of Pandora, you are missing out! Pandora is a free app and is compatible with most devices. Pandora is an internet radio that offers a wide variety of music from a station of your choosing and lets you rate the music you listen to so the experience is more enjoyable.

Pandora is available on your cell phones, tablets, and PCs. The great thing about Pandora is that it is a web based program, so there is no download necessary on your PC, just simply create a log in and you are on your way to listening to your favorite music. Installation on your phone or tablets is just as easy, just go to the app store provided through your device and search for Pandora; once it is installed you are ready to create your account. Once you have created an account with Pandora you are then given the options to start creating your music stations. All you do is type in an artist that you like, and Pandora creates a radio station that includes that artist and other artist that are similar. If you don’t like a song on your personal radio station, you can give it a “thumbs down” and Pandora will never play that song and try to refrain from songs that are similar to it. There is also an option to “skip” a song that you don’t want to hear, without blocking it from your future playlists. Pandora will allow you to only “skip” 10 songs per hour, due to licensing reasons. You can create up to 100 radio stations through Pandora. Even when creating a playlist through your tablet or computer, that information syncs with your phone so all your stations are always kept up to date. There is a version you can buy and the price is reasonable, the only difference between the free version and the one you can purchase are the ads. The free version has a few ads it plays every few songs, and the paid version does not. I do not enjoy listening to the ads, but they are short and painless. Something to keep in mind with Pandora is that they only play explicit versions of songs, meaning if a song has swear words or adult content, Pandora plays that version so they can display the true intentions the artist had when recording the song. There is a feature to fix that if you would prefer the edited versions.  

 

Pandora is a great music app that is easy to navigate and very user friendly. I have been using to for about two years now and I have not found anything I like quite as much. Pandora really is a great service and I can’t complain, I get to listen to all my favorite music for free!  

 

http://www.pandora.com/

Dropbox

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Dropbox is an amazing app for those of you needing some room to fit your personal documents and photos. It can be found in the Google Play Store and iTunes, Dropbox is free up to 2GB of storage, after that there are very reasonable packages to fit your storage needs.

Dropbox is a storage app that gives you the ability to take personal files with you anywhere without having to email them to yourself or carry around a flash drive. Dropbox does have packages that have more storage than 2GB, but the important thing to remember with this is they do not hold previous files you might have deleted against your storage space. Dropbox is an app that is downloaded to your phone or device but, you do not need to have it installed on your computer, just access the Dropbox website and log in, making Dropbox attainable anywhere you go! Dropbox has great user support that includes an area of frequently asked questions that goes into great detail to help you out, file sharing, links to Dropbox folders(even to non-users), and a security setup for your account when using the app on your phone or other devices to help protect your privacy. It offers piece of mind in its ability to sync photos, videos, and other items from your phone directly to your Dropbox, if something happens to you phone or tablet, you have all the files saved elsewhere.

This app is perfect for students to utilize, there are many times in our academic career where something happens and we need to transfer files from one computer or another. It saves time and reduces frustration knowing you have this app to help back up all your important papers, videos, and pictures. Facet does not recommend Dropbox for most business situations. Most businesses need security and added features beyond what Dropbox has offered. However, those who benefit from using Dropbox have given great reviews and is being used by over 100 million people! Do yourself a favor and get this app, you won’t regret it!  

 

https://www.dropbox.com/

theScore

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With the Super Bowl right around the corner, we thought we would supply you with a sports themed app for this week! TheScore is available through the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store. The app offers an outstanding list that is sure to have your favorite team available to follow along and keep up to date on the latest statistics.

TheScore gives live coverage to the fans of football (NFL, NCAA, and CFL), basketball (NBA and NCAA), hockey, baseball, MMA, soccer, auto racing, golf, tennis, and lacrosse. You can follow any team or player throughout the season to view their performance as well as look at detailed research on a player. There is also a feature called “Player Grouping” which enables you to follow all of your fantasy teams (football, hockey, basketball, and baseball) in one complete app. TheScore offers the following and more: detailed research on players, the ability to follow any team and receive alerts as points are scored in every game; as well as alerts for the end of quarters, and highlights from the event. Don’t worry about forgetting a game or event anymore, TheScore offers you the ability to sync your personal calendar with the team schedule and get reminders and alerts before game time. You are provided with up to the second sports scores, box scores, player stats, league leaders, betting odds, game previews, top stories, schedules, and league standings.

Most people are not able to keep up and watch every game of all their favorite sports teams all the time. TheScore is must have app for every sports enthusiast; keep up to date without having to compromise your time elsewhere. Give this app a shot and you will see what all the other theScores’ users are talking about!!

http://www.thescore.com/  

My Fitness Pal

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My Fitness Pal is a new app leading the way to help individuals reach their weight loss and fitness goals. My Fitness Pal has created a convenient and easy way of tracking your daily food intake and recording your daily exercise. My Fitness Pals 100% FREE membership is available on your any Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices. My Fitness Pal has received great reviews from a variety of people; the website offers testimonials from many happy users as well as being reviewed by the New York Times, Shape magazine, and featured on the Today Show.  

 

My Fitness Pal has created an easy and attainable weight loss plan. It starts with the 100 % free membership, and a sign up that couldn’t be easier. My Fitness Pal has the notion that “the more consistently you track your food intake, the more likely you are to lose weight” therefore, My Fitness Pal has enabled a searchable food database and a personal food database with over two million (and growing) items on it to make counting your calories as easy as possible. When the calories you consume are added to the daily diary it updates how many calories you have left for the day. Your calorie intake is calculated by a variety of ways and My Fitness Pal gives you a daily intake that will help you better meet your goal. Another great feature to this app is the “community” it offers its users. Many people boast that this feature alone helps with their motivation and keeps up their determination. Not all of My Fitness Pal is a calorie counter, another big portion is the fitness tracker. This helps record all of your exercises and get a progress report on where you are and where you will be if you maintain the path you are on. My Fitness Pal also offers more apps that could help get variety to some of its user’s workouts. It offers different apps that can help individuals reach different fitness goals they may have or help finding a fitness program that will work for you.  

 

My Fitness Pal has become an overall success to those who use it and has the potential to help many others. With so many users and so many success stories it’s hard to dispute the fact the My Fitness Pal works, as long as you are honest with yourself and serious about what you are doing. Take a look at all the tutorials and see the difference it has made in the lives of many. It’s hard to turn down such a great offer, so give it a try!

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/    

Out of Milk

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Need some help with your shopping list? Then take a look at Out of Milk. This app is available free through the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store for free. You can access Out of Milk from any device, which includes PC and Macs. Out of Milk allows you to generate a shopping list, keep up with what is in stock in your pantry, and offers a to-do list.

The shopping list is a great helping hand, it enables you to add the items you need, the quantity of what is needed, and how much the item costs; creating a ball park tally of what you are about to spend. This list allows for fool proof shopping for those who might be sharing the shopping duties. An added feature to the shopping list is the ability to share list with other people which would minimize multiple trips to the store and add convenience for everyone. Another bonus to the shopping list is the ability to sort the items you have added to it, you could set the list up according to the layout of the store which would alleviate the trips up and down aisles multiple times. The pantry list allows you to see what you have in your pantry and how much of it, which is great for not purchasing more than what you should or not running out of what you’ll need. Out of Milk also includes a convenient to-do list; you can generate multiple lists for different tasks, such as a list for work and home. The to-do list lets you to set timers for reminders and then has an option to cross of the activity once you have accomplished it.

Out of Milk offers assistance to those shoppers who find themselves disorganized or maybe for those who just need some extra help with tedious activities. Let Out of Milk help you organize your shopping duties and help make the dreaded trip to the store a little less stressful!  

 

https://www.outofmilk.com/default.aspx

Keyring Reward Cards

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The KeyRing Rewards app allows you to hold all your key ring rewards or loyalty program cards in one place, as opposed to carrying them all around on your bulky keychain or taking up space in your wallet. You can find this free app in the Google Play Store or on the iTunes App Store.

Keyring is easy to follow and user friendly. When you first install the app on your phone it goes through a helpful setup that lets you get a firm grasp on the app; what it’s all about, and how to use it. You can add existing cards you may have or sign up for new ones from registered supporters. Through your loyalty programs Keyring allows you to see special offers and coupons that are available. You can easily access your Keyring information through your computer; you can view and edit your cards and information. There is a section on Keyring dedicated to customer service with a store locator, an area for notes, community information, and store information.

Many reviews for this app are exceptionally positive and promote that Keyring offers convenience, accuracy, and being very user friendly. Overall, this app is a helpful tool and will really encourage more consumers to sign up for these loyalty programs and allow them to receive special offers from their favorite retailers. Keyring is a must have!  

 

http://keyringapp.com/

Evernote

Evernote is a free app that is compatible with most devices such as your computer, tablet, and smartphone (Android, iOS, Windows). Evernote is essentially an app that allows you to jot down notes and be able to reach them from any device that you have the app installed to along with an internet connection. It is not just note-taking however, you can upload pictures from one device and save it to Evernote, and then pull it up on another device to save it there as well. Included also is an option to cut links from webpages for saving. Learning Evernote requires a little research and time. We recommend testing it out on a computer first, and finding out what Evernote is capable of and what features benefit you the most.

Evernote has many other features within the app you may explore. One downfall we see with this app is that in order to utilize all of the functions it offers, you have to download more portions of the app. Not all features available are included in one straight download. Another potential area that may not be favorable is the allowance you have for uploads. It is a monthly allowance of 60 MB. However, if you plan to use Evernote to that extent, it may be wise to purchase the premium plan for $5.00 per month.

Evernote has the potential to be very helpful by placing all important notes in one place. We took it for a test drive and so far we can tell that most of us will be using this in the future, it allows us to keep our notes, web pages we don’t want to forget, and saving pictures from our smartphones to our computers. We are big on using smartphones for most things, and this helps us tie our electronics together with data redundancy. Data redundancy allows us to have multiple backups in different places and not lose the files we love! The tutorial was easy and very helpful in understanding the navigation of the site and Evernote. Despite the few disadvantages, we believe that Evernote has the potential to be an asset to all users.

http://evernote.com/  

Cozi Family Organizer

Need help connecting all of your family members to one schedule instead of one of all their own? Need to make everyone aware of an event taking place? Want to make a grocery list you won’t lose or misplace while making sure everyone gets what they need? Something great happen to you and you want to mark the moment and share it with your family members? Then check out this FREE app, The Cozi Family Organizer. Cozi features many helpful items that can help simplify everyday life.

Cozi consists of a Family Calendar; this allows a view of the family calendar to anyone who has the Cozi app installed and is added to the family organizer through the main account. You can view doctor’s appointments, meetings, and any other events your family has going on. We have a very busy household and this calendar is the most used and important aspect of the app for us. It is helpful to us when we are making plans and we can just open up Cozi and know what is going on with everyone else on any particular day. Our family also uses it for things like planning who is picking up whom from basketball practice or assigning chores to a specific person and what time it needs to be done. A grocery list is another aspect of daily life that can sometimes get complicated when multiple people are involved; this creates a list or multiple lists that can help to share the responsibility of shopping. Anyone can see these lists and add to them or delete an item at any time. Cozi also offers a journal, which enables us to share moments with each other that are important to us. You just write a short story about what happened and include a picture if you would like.

The installation of Cozi is very simple; you just download the app to whichever device you would like, Cozi is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and any Android device. All you need to create an account is an email address, and then you start adding the family members you wish to see the family organizer just by adding their emails. The Cozi app is definitely a great tool for a family that is growing or just growing up and needs an extra hand in keeping everything organized. Cozi has really helped my family out in taming our family chaos. I definitely recommend giving Cozi a try! Click the link below to check it out!!  

http://www.cozi.com/

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My husband and I have used Nerds on Call several times and we have always had amazing service. Highly recommended!

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