Adobe Photoshop Express
Digital photo editing has mostly been a chore best suited for desktop and laptop computers, but Adobe proved that it could be done on a mobile phone with Photoshop Express. This photo-editing application for the iPhone (and other iOS devices) is quite powerful. In just a few touches of the screen, you can crop, rotate, adjust color and add artistic effects. It can even handle noise reduction, getting rid of those annoying pixel spots that show up on iPhone photos.
Ness Dining Guide
If you're tired of reading unreliable recommendations from other dining apps like Yelp or Foursquare, try the Ness Dining Guide. This app recommends restaurants, cafes and bars it thinks you'll like, based on your prior experiences and data from a number of social networks. Then, Ness shows you a percentage-based score for how much it thinks you'll like the place. It even scours the social networks, looking for chatter on Twitter and Facebook check-ins to determine when a restaurant or bar is reaching peak popularity. The next time you spend an evening in Kansas City, you might want to check Ness first.
"Food-focused people should download Ness and explore its recommendations, especially when dining out in a large city that has a plethora of neighborhoods and eating options," Ms. Duffy says.
Draw Something Free
"Angry Birds" may have received more attention, but Draw Something Free is the hottest gaming app around today. Draw Something Free pits both iOS and Android users in simple gesture-based drawing competitions. Pick a word from a list of three, draw it on your screen with your finger using a variety of colors and brushes, and then send it to your friend to guess what you've drawn. You win coins if your friend guesses correctly.
"It's very simple, and like Words With Friends, the addiction lies in the robust social aspect," Ms. Duffy says.
"What was the name of that movie?" "What other movies was he in?" "What else happened in that episode?" Take it from the local entertainment reporter -- the IMDb app leaves you wondering about movies and TV a lot less. IMDb never fails when it comes to looking up anything that has to do with TV, film or Hollywood in general. If you want to know what movies Harrison Ford was in, look it up. If you need to know who wrote "Looper," look it up.
The IMDb app also lets you know when a show or movie is airing on TV next. It even lets you look up movies that are playing at your local theater and purchase tickets. With an IMDb account (which is also free), the app provides even more features, like the ability to create a watchlist of movies you want to see.
Much like IMDb with movies, Shazam leaves you wondering about music a lot less. If you hear a song and don't know what it is (or you just can't remember who sings that one-hit wonder), simply launch Shazam and hold it as close as you can to the speakers. Within a few seconds, the app will tell you the title, artist and sometimes even find the album art as well. Shazam will find most radio-play songs (no matter how old or new they are), but it occasionally gets stumped by obscure b-sides.
The website Mint.com helps you keep detailed account of your finances through your bank and credit card accounts by tracking all the money you earn and spend. Ms. Woroch also recommends downloading the Mint.com iPhone app, which merely extends the experience so you can keep an eye on your spending while on the go. Just enter a few data points in the iPhone as you're shopping, and you'll be able to see your spending patterns as an easy-to-read chart.
With the RunKeeper app, one of the most popular apps among outdoor runners, you can tap into the phone's GPS technology to map where you've run, jogged or walked. RunKeeper figures out more statistics for you, like your pace, total distance covered, and so on. All of that data is synced to RunKeeper.com, where you can view a history of all your activities. The app also has a coaching feature if you need some encouragement while you're working out.
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