nRadio – Personalized Radio That Plays Sounds from Around the World

Listening to the radio is not what it used to be, thanks to super speedy devices and the power of the internet. Everything has gone digital, including radio. There are lots of apps out there that offer a wide variety of music to choose from, but nRadio offers the best in unique options and features that make listening a whole lot easier.

Boasting over 20,000 stations that source from over 49 countries, it is easy to see why you could never get bored with this app. Even if you are steadfast in listening to a certain genre, nRadio can open up your auditory acumen by introducing you to something different.

To start, download the app and start searching for stations. There is a Search window near the top of the Settings screen, and as you type, it lists options that match. Straight from this list, you can select a station and start playing by tapping the play icon, located to the right of the title. If you want, you can take lists and build tables based on different category types, such as by country.

Once you have figured out your top selections, you can add them to your Favorites, which looks like a dial on the main screen. To add a station to Favorites, simply swipe from right to left. Users should be careful not to load too many stations to their Favorites, as this will flood it and make it extremely difficult to find the stations you really want.

What is really cool is that you can select your top four selections and add them your 3-D Shortcuts, which appears as a dial on the main screen. This mean instant access!

Many folks like to search for stations by country and then add this entire list to their Favorites, which can easily deteriorate their listening experience.

Other features that I thought were really cool and set this app apart from other radio streaming apps include:

  • Alarm Clock – set up a soothing station and let the app know when you want to be awaken
  • Snooze – set it to any number of minutes you want, from 1 to 99
  • Optional decreasing snooze
  • Ad free

The variety of the stations is mind boggling and I just could not get enough of the variety. What I do wish is that it was easier to organize searches and find specifically what you were to looking for, if you have something in particular.

For me, that is a small price to pay for the enormous volume of variety you get from nRadio. I was able to discover so many different genres of music that I never would have come across from my local selection.

ACTIVEx – Intense Exercise Regimens Powered by an Active Community

Getting the exercise you need doesn’t have to be a chore anymore! If you are like me and you need the support of other fellow exercisers, but can’t get to a gym or prefer exercising in the comfort of your own home, then ACTIVEx Tabata and Spin Training is the app for you.

Developed by the folks at Active Network, LLC., this app has taken the online network of fitness buffs by storm. It connects people who want to improve their health and boost their fitness easily through an app – sort of like social media for fitness.

The app itself is a free download and comes chock full of features that anyone from first timers who need to start slow to experts looking to find challenging twists to their current routines.

How can it be so effective? ACTIVEx leverages the power of group support to keep people moving. Imagine, if you are part of an exercise group that performs exercises and workouts on a regular basis, while logged in and connected, you would be less likely to skimp out of a workout – simply for the fact that your fellow group members would be hounding you.

The app provides a variety of workouts, all at different difficulty levels. Examples include:

  • Tabata-based interval workouts
  • SPIN workouts
  • 30-day Challenges
  • Customized group trainings
  • Multi week plans
  • Musically powered with Spotify

What I personally found most useful was being able to create my very own training plan. Speaking of training plans, if you are currently training to run a 5K or 10K, ACTIVEx has plans for that, too.

The app does a highly effective job of providing positive feedback. As you set and reach goals, the app offers congratulations and encouragement to move forward.

What is really cool was the in-app coaching you get as you work through each exercise. There is encouragement and guidance on how to perform the exercise and keep from getting injured.

Some key things to remember to get full benefit of the in-app coach is to ensure that you have Notifications turned ON, make sure that the switch on your phone for ring/silent is ON (i.e., you should not see red), turn the volume on your phone up, and make sure “Do Not Disturb” is OFF.

The interface is really easy to use, which makes all the difference, because who wants to be fumbling with an app while you are trying to workout?

The screens are clear and easy to read. I especially liked that you could see how long a workout will be and how far into it you are. It helps with managing time and keeping you going.

The only thing I would change in the app is the rate at which training plans are added or modified. Currently, the app adds new ones once a month. For folks who are fit, more frequent changes may keep them on their toes.

Bar that, ACTIVEx is a fantastic tool for anyone who needs the encouragement of a group to stick to an exercise regimen. If that person is you, you need to download this app today.

Clip&Go – Movie Making in the Moment

It’s so easy to grab your phone and start capturing those magical moments whenever you want. The real work comes when you’re ready to send the final result. Movie making is not an easy task, and let’s face it, how many of us rush home after being out, taking hours of video, to assemble and edit our masterpieces?

If you are like me, you know all too well that the time for that just does not exist. Enter Clip&Go. Clip&Go is your handy dandy app that lets you make even more magic with your movies.

The app is available for just $1.99 and you can download it on your device of choice: iPhone, iPod, or iPad. For such a small price, you get a boatload of functionality that lets you spruce up your clips in the moment and send it off. No more waiting or postponing!

Clip&Go

With a sleek interface and options that are easy to find, users can quickly upload video clips and perform all sorts of functions:

  • ARRANGE: move your clips around in any order you wish, to create the finish product you want
  • EDIT: easily trim and crop video frames so you can take out what you don’t want and zoom in on what’s important
  • MUSIC: the app allows you to easily add background music, so your video offers something on a couple of levels. Select from your collections of audio pieces from your iTunes library or use the app’s built in tracks

When you are done editing and finalizing your video and are ready to ship it, there are several options that allow you to make it pretty:

  • FORMATS: you can choose from different formatting options on how you want your video to look. It can be square, portrait, or landscape. I really like this option because it let me focus in on my subject and filter out extraneous subjects.
  • EXPORT: if you are not quite ready to send – like your recipient is on the other side of the world and you don’t want to wake them – you can save the video to your device and send later.
  • VIEW: you can view it instantaneously – no waiting until you get home and edit

I have to return to the interface once more because it was the one thing that really stuck out for me, making the usage of this app monumentally easy. I really liked how the app structured the video clips in a sleek timeline design, so you could easily order and move your clips around to get maximum effect.

When navigating around the app, the gestures required are quite natural. With other apps I find myself tapping when swiping is required, or swiping when a double tap is required. This app was designed to fit how anyone would assume a gesture should be made to perform the function intended.

Finally, I really liked that I did not have to hunt for setting. Many apps force you to do this, but not Clip&Go. These controls are easily accessible so you can change settings on the fly.

I would only change one thing in the app and that is to possibly make it less cluttered by toning down the colors a bit in the app controls. There seems to be a lot of color and busyness on the screen, which is a good thing because all the controls are right there, but maybe making the color scheme more monotone or just choose two or three colors may create calmer screen.

Clip&Go is a must download if you are a video junkie and love to send out creative clips. Don’t waste another minute of waiting to edit videos, do it in the moment!

Moonlight – The Ultimate Camping Toolkit

Camping is fun, but it’s not easy. What’s worse is planning for it. Now, you don’t have to cringe the next time someone says, “Let’s go camping!”

Download Moonlight – Camping and see why. This app is the first one I have ever seen that caters to campers everywhere. It takes the concept of packing list and makes it better with organizational tools and suggestions to help you plan and prep for your excursion into the outdoors.

Lots of things are needed when plan on living with nature. You have to replace your bed, your kitchen, and your entertainment sources with whatever you can pack and take with you. Moonlight helps you makes lists and ensure that you have everything you’ll need to make it possible and comfortable.

An easy and free download, the app is laid out perfectly so you can easily find and use what you need.

Moonlight

I was highly impressed with its features:

  • TRIP DETAILS – allows you enter and share information about the camping trip, like reservations, dates, location, so all parties involved are in the know
  • MEAL PLANS – this one blew me away. You can go to this screen and figure out the menu for every day. The app even has recipes in the Premium version, so you can easily make your grocery shopping list, and then use the recipes during the trip.
  • ACTIVITY PLANNER – I’m not sure how you would not know what to do on a camping trip, but if you like things a bit organized, so there are no surprises, this feature allows you to map out activities for the entire trip or just for a few items here and there.
  • CHECKLISTS – build, manage and use the lists so you don’t leave anything behind. Because the app allows you to collaborate fellow members of your camping party, you can get instantaneous feedback. Lists can also be exported to fellow campers, so everyone can share in the shopping.
  • WEATHER – get forecasts so you can pack for inclement weather or plan hikes accordingly.
  • OFFLINE MODE – if you have everything built up and ready to go, you can access your lists, menus, recipes, etc. you’ve downloaded into your Trip even if you don’t have internet access – the app stores it on the device.

What really blew me away was that the app even had entertainment available in the Premium version. I found stories to read by the campfire and games to play. If all your campers have the app downloaded, there are interactive games that can engage the entire party!

Are you worried about who will do what during the trip? Have no fear, because the app allows you to assign duties to everyone. Once you get everyone hooked into the trip you have set up, they can see what they have been assigned, and there is no way that anyone can say, “I didn’t know I had to do that!”

I really couldn’t find anything I did not like about this app. It is absolutely amazing. It even gave me ideas that I never would have considered on a camping trip. What would be cool is the ability to send a checklist directly to a printer.

With feature-rich functionality, Moonlight is a definite download for camping experts to first timers. It can guide you where you need help and let you run loose when you know exactly what you are doing. Try out the free version and then upgrade to the premium when you are ready.

Audials – Locally Choose Global Sounds

With over 80,000 stations playing more than 120 musical genres, Audials Radio offers lovers of music an endless choice of sources from which to play sounds that you love. These stations are not just in the U.S.; no, they come from all over the world. Audials acts like a musical hub, allowing users to search through their treasure trove to select stations they find interesting. Sure, there are lots of other apps out there that stream live music, but they don’t offer something that Audials does.

With Audials Radio, you can record something you really like and listen to it later. Who lets you do that?

Sometimes the stream may play your favorite song, or just something you stumble across that you can’t listen to entirely. The recording function allows you save it so you can listen to it later. What is really neat is that you are not required to create an account within the app to record music or shows.

Audials app

Not only does it have music, but it also offers streaming sources that play videos as well, so you can record shows.

Its strongest point, and something I really liked, is the ability to quickly search for and find what you want. It allows you to hop from station to station within genres or based on artists you love listening to. It beats using any search function, which most of the time, can eat up a lot of data and time.

The next strongest point is the fact that the app is commercial free. Imagine that. I have never seen a free app that does not interrupt the smooth transmission of music with annoying disruptions.

Navigating around the app is just as easy as listening to what it plays. The displays are crisp, clean, and colorful in just the right amounts. I loved the font that is used because it made it so much more easy to read and find the stations you wanted to, without jumbling or cramming things up.

If you are not in the mood for global sounds, there are plenty of local options to choose from. This means within the U.S. or within your metro area. The choice is yours!

The sounds that come from the app rival any that you would get from a quality speaker system. The app is powered to a degree that supports smooth streaming, without buffering – another annoyance I hate.

Another nice feature that I know I will be making great use of is the timer. You can find an amazingly peaceful and mesmerizing station that calms your mind and puts you to sleep. I would definitely set that up on timer to put me into a peaceful sleep – every night.

The only downside is the inability to move the recordings from your phone over to another device so you can listen from there; however, in all fairness, the ability to record is something that overshadows this one small shortcoming.

Download Audials Radio soon, because you don’t want to waste any more time listening to the same old stuff over and over again. Broaden your auditory horizons with Audials and you’ll discover sounds you never knew existed!

Match the Three Stooges – A Brilliant and Fun Game

There are a lot of fun games on the market. Some of them can be very complicated and hard to play while others are a lot simpler and easier. Games have come a long way from simple things like the game of snake or point and click, and while other were playing snake some were watching the three stooges. Games that have become a lot more popular are match three games, a game that combines the old gem of the three stooges and the new game of match three is called Match the Three Stooges.

Match the Three Stooges has a wonderful user interface with a very colorful design. There are 5 worlds that you can play through, the scenes, pictures, and music change every 5 levels in the game so the colors and design are always changing. There is a total of 100 levels which means there are 20 different pictures and songs to look forward to as you play through the game.  There are even boss levels where the music changes and transports you to new levels and new worlds.

Match the Three Stooges

The game has been designed by a former Call of Duty designer known as Brian Douglas, he puts a spin on the classic pictures from the original stooge movies. The classic Three Stooges Volume soundtrack has been changed and renewed by Murv Douglas, who has been in the bands Powerman 5000, Lords of Acid and Diamonds n Scratch. These new twists are shown throughout the game as you match the stooges and earn more points to win the game.

It is very easy to play the game, you start up the game and begin to play on the first level and the first world. The objective of the game is very simple, to match three of the same stooge, once done the match will disappear and more will fall to take the tiles places. Once done you will earn points and when you earn a certain amount of points you will complete the level and move on to the next one!

This game is great to play and provides fun for the whole family while taking up a lot of time. There are a couple of small things that would make the game better if fixed, the game is still of a high caliber but as with all apps there are a few flaws. With this game you have to have an internet connection to play the game, which can be a little difficult if you are on the go and don’t have network coverage. Another thing is that there are only 100 levels, and if you play a lot you may not have any more to play. The developers will respond to any suggestions which means they really care about where their app goes.

Match the Three Stooges is a brilliant and fun game for anyone of all ages to play. It’s simple and combines the classic stooge music (sung by the stooges themselves!) with the modern match three games available on phone and tablets anywhere. This game is a must have for all fans with the option of competing against your friends and bragging about your high score. Now this game is free to download and play with the option of purchasing somethings in app. I recommend this to everyone who like to play games!

Whataplace Helps You Find Where You Want to Go

Traveling can be a big hassle, you are away from home with no sense of direction and it seems like the only places you’ve been eating lately are fast food restaurants. When you can’t find anything else or need help finding you way back Whataplace app is for you. Whataplace was made with the traveler in mind, especially those who go to countries where they can’t speak the language. Of course the app can also be used by the home based traveler who is trying to be a traveler in their own city.

The Whataplace app is an app that can help you find where you want to go wherever you are. The app is very simple to use with a nice clean design that makes all the features easy to find. This app allows you to search, share, and save your favorite places, even places not marked on the map. The main feature of this app is the save feature because there are so many things that you can do with it. For example, the app saves the coordinates of where you are at any time and place. This is useful because you can go back into the app and label this location if you would like to so that you remember where it is. The app can also do this without an internet connection, if you are somewhere without service but need to remember where you parked your car you can still easily save the location and come back to it.

Whataplace

You can also search for locations of many different types that are close to you! The app collects data from Google Places and puts it into hundreds of categories that you have at your fingertips. You can use the categories or you can use the search bar and type in whatever you would like to find. This app can also show you the website, phone number, closing and opening times of what you select, if available. You can also see user ratings in the app to determine where you would like to go.

There are many good features of this app including the ability to share your location or a location with your friends or family. There are many ways to send the information to your friends and family from email, text, or many types of social media. Now there is one slight problem with this app that I have found, sometimes the app shows locations that are a little too far away when there are closer options. The developer has commented on this and is saying that he is working on making this better so soon this won’t be a problem anymore!

Whataplace app is an excellent app that can help you get where you are going or find where you were. There are many great features of this app including saving, sharing, and searching for locations with fairly high accuracy. Overall this is a very sound and high quality app that is useful when you are somewhere new. Personally, I do recommend this app because it puts all of the information we look for in one place and being able to save the coordinates of where my car is parked or some other important place is a feature I have not seen in any other apps. This app is great to have all the time!

Present Yourself with Professionalism using UVUEME

Digital signatures are a nice touch to any message. They add a level of professionalism and importance.

UVUEME recognizes the need for signatures on messages sent from mobile devices. By installing the app, you get guarantee that every message is signed off with a signature with all important details.

Are you a business owner who wants to spread the word about your website and expand its reach? Add on the link to every message you send. Do you want to offer a variety of mediums that allows customers, current and potential, multiple ways to get in contact with you? Add on your email address and phone number after your full name.

UVUEME provides spaces for name, email, phone number, and additional details. It’s an efficient way to get all pertinent personal information across without thinking about it.

For a small business owner, that power is invaluable. Even when you’re not directly appealing to clients, your name is getting out there. Every little bit of exposure counts. Once you’ve got UVUEME set up, that exposure is automatic.

Uvueme iPhone app

Not only does UVUEME ensure that every message sent from your mobile device has a signature, it allows quite a bit of customization. Choose from a variety of fonts and additional formatting options to bring more impact to your content.

A subscription costs $1.99, but with that comes the ability to upload your own images.

You can pack an extra punch by including a picture of yourself or your business’s logo in your very own custom signature, making you differentiate your presence and help you stand out and be found.

UVUEME is a great app for anyone who is contact with a lot of people, needs to get information across quickly, and wants to appear professional.

It is unfortunate that you have to pay to upload your own images. The free templates aren’t all that bad, but I wouldn’t say they go a long way in appearing professional. It all depends on what type of client or partner you are communicating with of course. The kiwi template, which is default, is cute. The zombie one is less so, though that might appeal to some audiences.

UVUEME presents all the information I want people who I work with to know. It seems like a small job, but making sure that those I text or email have all my contact information takes a load off my shoulders. It’s definitely a worthy app to install. I also believe the purchase was justified, as it helps spread my website and logo.

Goaz – Do More Than Just Navigate

Everyone has their favorite GPS app. It can be the one that comes preinstalled on your device or one that you found after months of trial and error.

GPS apps are essential on every device, but they are simple. They do one thing, and that’s it.

Goaz is a more intuitive GPS that provides guidance and lets you do something with it. The app allows you to create and save routes into folders, and even share them with others.

Create a folder of the “Best Places to Visit in Chicago” and share it with friends and family.

Make a route for a long road trip and send it to all the drivers beforehand so they know what the best path is and where the caravan plans to stop. You can even choose to share your location.

Goaz

You can type in any location using a name, address, or even coordinates. Then, choose that as your starting point. Other locations can become stops along the way or the final destination.

If it’s a route you’re planning on taking more than once, save it in a folder or add it to your favorites.

Friends and family don’t even need to have the app to open routes or bookmarks. The information can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. Goaz works well with other navigation apps such as:

  • Apple Maps
  • Google Maps
  • TomTom
  • Waze
  • Gaia GPS
  • Garmin
  • And more!

Once a map is made, Goaz opens the route in your favorite navigational system.

The app is easy to use and has a clean look. It works around the globe, and makes planning any trip simpler.

The ability to save locations in folders and send them isn’t just for driving around. Trips can be planned using this app, so everyone knows what the plan is and how to navigate a foreign city.

Although I like that the app lets me choose which navigational tool I want to use, I do almost wish it did its own navigating. It’d be nice to have it all in one.

In the end though, Goaz is an invaluable app. No other GPS tool allows such customization and utility.