Apps we Like - July

submitted by bernierjohn on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 09:03

Apps we Like - July:

In this version, we highlight a few apps that have existed for a while, but nonetheless, are worth calling out because of thier continuing popularity, and increasing adoption as best-in-class.


A free app, Evernote is one of my favorites.  Evernote’s goal is to help you stay organized, and it allows you to quickly and efficiently save your ideas by taking notes, capturing photos, creating to-do lists, recording voice reminders, and best of all this content is completely searchable from wherever you are. I like the fact that I can leave audio notes for myself, and add snaphots to notes.  This comes in especially handy when you are looking to replace those handwritten reminder/post-it notes that tend to get lost in the shuffle.

You may also want to try:  Dropbox or Google Drive

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Are you a tweet-a-holic?  Do you religiously follow your lists, or need to know what’s trending right now or get the latest news on when the Droid Bionic will receive the ICS update, then TweetDeck is for you.  With it’s ability to set up scrollable views of your different interests/lists/searches, TweetDeck bills itself as “your social browser for Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz”.  It’s a convenient tool, with a well-designed interface to allow you to sort and read all the latest happenings in your social world. 

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You may also like Twitterific or the Twitter app


While the list of QR/Bar Code scanners is long, we like RedLaser.   RedLaser allows you to scan or search for items to make sure you have all the information you need, including product details, ratings and price comparison.  RedLaser allows you to buy instantly, right from your phone and have items shipped to your home or pick up in-store from select local retailers.  You can even scan food to see including product ratings and critical allergen information.

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You may also like:  QR Code scanner, BarCode Scanner

*note: RedLaser is a partner app that uses BBYOpen Data.


Billing itself as a Computational Knowledge Engine, the Wolfram|Alpha application serves most of the analytical data behind the Apple Siri Assistant tool.  The Wolfram|Alpha app uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you.  Quite simply, if you want to know something related to mathematics, science, or the like, WolframAlpha is a great resource.

IOS: Android:

*note: Wolfram|Alpha is a partner app that uses BBYOpen Data.


Pulse bills itself as an app that makes reading news fun and engaging.

The premise is that Pulse knows you collect your news from various different sources, and consuming it all can be difficult, and the experience inconsistent.  Pulse takes your favorite websites and "transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic". Conveniently, this app also allows you to save articles to Evernote. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter and email is also as easy as two taps.

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