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There’s an App for that … and just about everything!


Whether it’s managing your finances, your fitness regime, your social life or your entertainment, there are some apps that people just can’t live without.

A lover of Instagram, I realized I was behind the times when I started noticing Flipograms on my Facebook newsfeed in recent months. It gave users the ability to create short video stories using images from Gallery photo and Instagram, and even allowed them to add their favorite soundtracks. These were prevalent around the holidays, especially at New Year’s, and allowed people a new way to show a year in their life.

With more than a million apps from which to choose, finding those that fit your daily lifestyle is best. There are apps for travel, for news, for finding the best restaurants or even for helping your youngster with reading and math skills. Basically, there is an app for everything!

I recently asked a group of busy moms to share their favorite go-to apps, and many of them centered on fitness. One of the top choices was My Fitness Pal, which allows them to track their calories and exercise daily, log in meals and reach their weight-loss and fitness goals.

Other top choices included Pinterest, a tool for collecting and “pinning” things you love or creating wish lists of amazing projects, recipes, home decorating ideas, etc.; Keep — an app where you discover the latest trends in fashion, décor, accessories and design; Epicurious – with more than 100,000 recipes from the top food magazines; Red Stamp — a lifestyle app to personalize your photos and texts with more than 1,000 awesome designs; Shake it Photo — an app that allows you to create picture-perfect Polaroid photos; Gate Guru, which gives you airport and flight status; and Luminosity, brain games to improve cognitive ability.

Another friend, a local information technology executive in his late thirties, said the apps he can’t live without include: Cardstar, which keeps track of all your loyalty cards and numbers and stores the barcode to allow for easy use anywhere; Songza (I followed his lead on this one and it’s awesome!), an excellent music app; theScore, a sports score app; Houzz, like Pinterest but for homes; Scanner Pro/Genius Scan, which allows you to use your camera’s phone to scan something, tweak it and e-mail; and Moves, an activity tracker with Foursquare integration.

For the pet lovers among us, the American Red Cross issued a new Red Cross Pet First Aid app that puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

Locally, the Cleveland Museum of Art launched a new ArtLens app for iPhone, which includes more than nine hours of audio-visual content and allows users to easily browse the museum’s world-class collections as well as learn about events and programs taking place at the museum.

For food lovers, the apps are endless. There’s No Wait, is a digital solution for those diners whose least favorite words are “there is an hour wait for a table”! This app allows you to put your names on a list from home and is available now in nine cities. Other trendy apps include Delectable, which is an Instagram-like app that allows wine enthusiasts to share their discoveries and see what top sommeliers are drinking. The app scans a photo of the label and automatically catalogs info about the wine.

Other food apps include ChefSteps, which features videos about everything from sharpening a knife to using liquid nitrogen, and Feedie, a new app that turns food photographer into philanthropy. For every food photograph taken at a participating restaurant and shared with friends online, Feedie donates meals to at-risk children in South Africa.AppHeader

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