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Who needs a schmancy fashion mag, when you can download the FREE Forever 21 app from the iTunes Store (available for both iPhone & iPad). Clearly 1 million fashionistas have seen the light!
Fashion lovers can swipe their way through beautiful glossy editorial photos in the “lookbook” section curated by the company’s top stylists. These looks (and more, of course!) can be purchased online via the app’s interface or in store (via the store locator function). The super social user can go the extra mile and enter the barcode of their favorite F21 tog and share it out with friends on their favorite social network.
The app also pulls in content from the Forever 21 blog, which includes some great Instagram snaps, interviews with fashion bloggers, runway news (for big budgets too!) and fashion trends.
Deals and customer exclusives are offered via push messages. Every time a unique message is deployed, a 500% increase in traffic is seen on the Forever 21 shopping experience.
Rated 4.5 stars in the App Store, the Forever 21 app boasts over 2000+ reviews from fans calling the app their “favorite fashion app” and an “easy shopping experience.”
The app itself is free, the clothes are not (but we can dream, right?).
Sure you may be able to find your dentist’s phone number 87 different ways using your smart phone or tablet, but can you find a the best gas prices nearby and then plot the most efficient way to get there?? Probably not unless you have downloaded the FREE YP – Local Search & Gas Prices App. In case you didn’t realize, YP is the modernized name for Yellow Pages. Thank you rebranding.
This app brings the Yellow Pages into the the modern world. In addition to finding the best gas prices, you can search for local businesses, restaurants, bars, theaters, etc. The app itself organizes over 18 million local business profiles neatly in an easy to access way.
The app furthers the opportunity for savings beyond just gas prices, it also provides information on local deals. Users can find the deals they like, save them within the app and be reminded about the deal’s expiration. How many times have we all let an awesome Groupon deal for chocolate underwear filled with bees slip away, just because we have ADD and forgot! This will never happen with the YP app – and since these deals are local they are WAY more relevant.
In 24 hours I will be laid out and down for the count. Many Americans will join me, tryptophan-stuffed and glassy-eyed, deciding whether to brave Black Friday or ride it out on the couch. If you choose the couch, I have an app for that.
You’re patiently working your way through the holiday season, but family and friends have gathered, food has been devoured, and the children are running amok. It feels like millions of photos have been taken – of the food, the family and the pets, so now what? Enter the holiday savior ColorStrokes HD for iPad and iPad mini. While your Uncle Bob is comatose on the couch, open the app, snap a pic of him, then start editing. The entire rainbow is available for you to draw, shade and doodle on your photo. Add colors, effects like sepia or soft light, and adjust the size of your brushstrokes. When your uncle comes to, you can show him your one-of-a-kind, original Thanksgiving masterpiece that features his glistening drool and turkey wattle.
The app is so easy to use that the fun should be shared. Pass the iPad to the kids and let them edit the photo of Granny bent over and half way in the oven. You can take photos through the app, upload existing photos, or login to Facebook and use that photo of your dog that everyone is sick of looking at, but you refuse to backdown that Tuxford is most certainly cuter than Boo, and just because Boo is better trained to take a photo, that doesn’t mean he’s actually more photogenic…..but I digress. After you’ve perfected your photo, send it as a postcard, upload it to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr…or click print for an old fashioned kind of holiday memory.
ColorStrokes HD rings in at $1.99, but we all know funny photos and laughs with family and friends are priceless. Happy coloring.
Anyone who’s shopped at the Apple Store knows how wonderfully convenient it is for the customers and staff that the sales people can process your credit card right there in the middle of the store with a device attached to their iPhones. No lines, no hassle. Select what you want and even the receipt is emailed to you. No paper. No mess. Imagine that same convenience extended beyond the boundaries of a brick and mortar store and unlimited by type of phone.
Pay Anywhere gives you that flexibility and more. The card reader is smaller than the Apple Store’s and sleeker than Square’s and available for iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Getting started is a cinch. The folks at Pay Anywhere will set up your merchant account for you for free. You just pay 2.69% per swipe, a notch lower than the going rate at Square. Now you’re ready to accept credit cards right at the tables in your restaurant, or out front right next to cars at your carwash, or in the middle of a vacant lot at the local flea market. Literally anywhere. App features include commitment-free pay-as-you-go pricing; GPS; compatibility with cash drawers and thermal printers; text- and photo-based inventory; detailed receipt emails; built-in reporting of sales trends with “Heat Maps”; and a free merchant portal for detailed account activity – all directly within the app itself. No need to log into a remote Web site to get important sales data. It’s a feature-rich sales app that truly takes credit card processing on-the-go to a whole new, well, place, literally any place.
The irony does not escape me. I’m sitting on my couch, petting my pomeranian and watching the Olympics while yelling at Bob Costas. Cradled between my dog and a bowl of homemade chicken salad sit various Apple products. I use the iPhone for tweeting my disgust for Bob, the MacBook for reading the occasional email and an iPad for downloading apps and playing games.
This seems like an average day for most Americans. But it’s ironic because I’m playing with the ‘My Life as a Refugee’ app from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – the UN Refugee Agency, all while snuggled under my plush blanket from Brookstone with air conditioner well below 68 degrees. It’s a rough life in the first world.
But let’s get serious, because life and death decisions do happen in this world, and the plight of refugees is not funny.
Coinciding with the UNHCR’s launch of the ‘1 is Too Many’ campaign, ‘My Life as a Refugee’ takes an innovative approach to bring awareness to the awful situations refugees endure. In order to understand the issues refugees contend with, three unique stories were designed based on actual experiences. For players to empathize with the life of a refugee, they have to become one. Players begin the game by selecting a character: Merita – pregnant and in the center of a civil war; Paulo – 15 years old and forced to become a child solider; and Amika – a young mother speaking out for women’s rights. By virtually living these roles, the player is faced with making the same decisions that these individuals encounter in war-torn, poverty-stricken countries. READ MORE»
Ever make one of those “flip the corners of the pages of your notebook” movies? With a sprinting stick-man, or a swimming stick-woman who gets eaten by a shark? Me too! And I used to play with LEGOs – all the time. Man, the kids today have it made! If you’re into movie-making, DC super heroes and LEGOs, get ready for the perfect storm of awesomeness…
LEGO Super Heroes Movie Maker is a free app (free! what a deal!) that gives you most of the tools you’ll need to make super-cute, super-cool, super-creative stop-motion movies on your iPhone. Check out this two minute video for a best case scenario look at what you can do. I say “best case scenario” because once you fool around with the app a bit, you’ll realize there’s no way the kid in the video made that little Batman vs. the Joker montage. At the very least, he’d need a tripod, the hands of a surgeon and unprecedented juvenile patience. Lacking super hero LEGO actors and a LEGO backdrop, I tested the app by making a short film of my pen moving across a sheet of paper. I positioned the pen, snapped a photo, repositioned the pen, snapped another, and repeated six times. Worked perfectly, and it was easy to add titles and cool music. Without a tripod though, you won’t be able to keep your frame perfectly straight (the sole advantage of the “flip the corners” method). A minor quibble, but important to point out.
Spielberg started with super 8. It’s not hard to imagine the blockbuster directors of tomorrow starting with the LEGO Super Heroes Movie Maker. Enjoy!
Google’s Project Glass still seems light years away, and while there are many other augmented reality mobile apps out there, most fall short on the promise of a helpful heads-up display experience. Vito Technology’s Star Walk for iPad is a refreshing exception in this field. After playing with it for about a week, it is now my new favorite star-gazing app as well as the new go-to app when I want to show off what the iPad is capable of.
The Star Walk app is full of cool features, yet easy to navigate. It launches with a comprehensive ‘Sky Live’ screen which shows the sunrise and sunset times, phases of the Moon, and visibility and elevation angles of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. You can change the current date to the previous or next day with the arrow buttons, and as you cycle through the days, you can see the Moon phases and the information for the other objects featured on the screen change as well. Once you close this view, the app takes you right to the beautiful live sky view synchronized to your location and time of day. READ MORE»