October 2013 – Get Inspired

October 15th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Magazine Covers

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Barry Bilderback ’84 – The Spirit of Ghana

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Alumni News & Events, Cover Story
THE SPIRIT OF AKWAABA

Dr. Bilderback performs with drummer Quadir Muntaqim

Dr. Bilderback performs with drummer Quadir Muntaqim

In conjunction with the Harriet Tubman centennial, Barry T. Bilderback, Ph.D. ’84, held a special performance of music on September 23 in the CCC Lounge.  Barry is assistant professor at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and has spent a great deal of time studying music native to Ghana. During an interview with The Citizen, Bilderback said “Harriet Tubman’s heritage comes from Ghana. We wanted to do this in the context of her life.” He was joined by master drummer Quadir Muntaqim of Auburn who played the conga drum as well as the more traditional and native to Ghana, kpanlogo drum.

Dr. Bilderback explained the music and dance of Ghana is very much ingrained in the culture, interwoven with celebrations of life, culture and religion.  The music is exemplified by poly-rhythms, call and response and oral traditions, and what he referred to as the repetition of the cycle, the interaction between the drummer, the rhythms, the dancers, drums, players and their audience, to create a connection between all involved through music and dance.  Muntaqim agreed that for him music is very much an expression of who he is and his feelings.  “When I play the drums,” Muntaqim said. “I play my feelings and I enjoy playing my feelings.”

This music that came from Ghana was preserved by slaves and evolved into numerous forms of music from spirituals to Gospel to blues and jazz, all of which Bilderback said share some common roots. “The music was a way of communicating,” Muntaqim said. “If you could understand the music you could understand the conversation. Drumming is a language you could use to reach long distances, just like the telephone.”

Norman Lee, Director of Student Affairs with Pauline Copes-Johnson, great grand niece of Harriett Tubman. Photos taken at Cayuga CC function and on visits to Ghana.

Tubman’s great-grandniece, Pauline Copes-Johnson, was also on hand and shared her impressions of Ghana, a place she said she has been fortunate enough to visit and a place where Tubman is well respected.  “The people of Ghana know Harriet Tubman,” Copes-Johnson said. “It was a wonderful occasion to be able to go there and a wonderful learning experience.”

Editor’s Note:  To read more about Dr. Bilderback, check out “In Case You Missed It!” in this issue of Get Inspired.

In Case You Missed It!

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in In Case You Missed It

Editor’s Note:  Barry Bilderback was originally run in the fall/winter 2009 edition of The Spartan.  You can read more about Dr. Bilderback in this issue of Get Inspired in our cover story.

Norman Lee, Director of Student Affairs with Pauline Copes-Johnson granddaughter of Harriett Tubman.  Photos taken at Cayuga CC function and on visits to Ghana.

Barry and Ann-Marie visiting Hawaii

Barry T. Bilderback, Ph.D ’84 resides in Moscow, Idaho where he is an assistant professor of music history and ethnomusicology at the University of Idaho/Lionel Hampton School of Music.  Barry graduated from CCC in 1984 and met his wife, Ann-Marie in 1989 while she was attending CCC.  Barry went on to receive his B.A. degree in applied music from SUNY Oswego (1991—Magna Cum Laude) and his M.A. in music history from the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts (1994).  Having earned his Ph.D. in music history from the University Of Oregon School Of Music (2001) he also received the School of Music’s GTF Excellence in Teaching Award in the academic area.

Prior to his Lionel Hampton School of Music appointment, Dr. Bilderback taught at Linfield College and the University of Oregon. He is also a past president of the College Music Society/Pacific Northwest Chapter (2003-2005). With a dissertation and focus of study on N.A. Rimskii-Korsakov and 19th century Russian nationalism, Dr. Bilderback was awarded the Council of International Education and Exchange travel grant and scholarship whereby he studied and conducted research in St. Petersburg, Russia.  While giving numerous conference papers for the College Music Society, Society of Ethnomusicology, and the American Musicological Society, he has also presented his research at the University of London (Goldsmith College) for the Rimskii-Korsakov International Festival and Conference.  Dr. Bilderback has also received an honorary membership to the American Slavic Society.

On the home front, Barry is currently in collaboration with fellow “Auburnian professors and scholars,” John Lamphere, Jim Viccaro, and Donald Schramm, to write an expose on the music tradition of Auburn Prison.   The project is titled “Copper John’s Band” The History and Role of Music Inside the Auburn Correctional Facility”.  He presented their initial research for the College Music Society/Pacific Northwest Chapter in April 2009

Barry with Professor Komala Amoaku, from the Ewe ethnic group in Ghana summer 2009

Barry with Professor Komala Amoaku, from
the Ewe ethnic group in Ghana summer 2009

Dr. Bilderback’s overseas teaching includes a study abroad course in Vienna, Salzburg and Prague during the 2006 Mozart Festival. Having recently returned from Ghana, Africa, where he conducted a study abroad course in Ghanaian drumming and dance.  Dr. Bilderback is researching contemporary Ghanaian institutions and the way(s) traditional music is taught. In his study, he is collaborating with renowned master drummer Prof. Komla Amoaku (Founder and Director of the Institute for Ghanaian Music-an organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional culture), Prof. Kofi Anyidoho (University of Ghana), and Nii “Chief” Tettey Tetteh (Founder and Director of the Kusun Cultural Centre). Prof. Komla Amoaku is from the Ewe ethnic group and is a world renowned ethnomusicologist. Dr. Bilderback has presented his research on the Ghanaian aslatua tradition of the Ga people for the 2008 International Conference of “Music, Health, and Happiness,” held at the Royal College of Music, Manchester, UK.  He has also received a Key Grant and The Innovation/Integration Teaching Grant for his current project titled “Project Nungua: Environmental and Cultural Awarness in Ghana.” Through the grant funding he returned to Ghana in summer 2009 to continue research on “The Institutionalization of Traditional Music in Ghana.” The primary focus is on fieldwork conducted with the Ga and Ewe ethnic groups.

In October 2009 Dr. Bilderback will present a paper at the National Conference for the College Music Society titled, “They Do Not Play What is not Written Down:  Contextualing Oral Tradition in African-American Musical Studies”.

Through the University of Idaho, Dr. Bilderback received a Key Grant and Seed Grant to return to Ghana in the summer of 2010 to continue research, transcriptions, and interviews with Prof. Komla Amoaku and Hunor Gatukpe Dogah (Chief/High Priest of the Kpeve Village in the Southern Volta Region.) He has also received a USAC visiting professorship to teach at the University of Ghana.

In his spare time, Barry is a freelance society-style jazz pianist.  He also continues his work on the violin and the flute while fine-tuning his kpanlogo and djembe drumming skills under the direction of Ghanaian master drummer Nii Ardey Allotey, and Guinean master drummer Alseny Yansane, as well as continuing his work on the Auburn Prison Project.

October 2013 Update:  Barry recently performed at CCC with The Spirit of Akwaaba:  Ghana’s Music, Dance & Culture, a discussion and drumming program, which explores the culture of Ghana.  To read more, see our cover story in this issue.

This is how to visit Gettysburg

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Alumni News & Events

     -Lori Cochran, ‘05

This year marked the 150th Anniversary of one of the most pivotal battles in the Civil War. Visiting the town of Gettysburg and immersing yourself in the way things were back in 1863, is a great way to view the historic events in a more personal way and John Lamphere, ACC/CCC Alumni Board member and Cayuga instructor of history and criminal justice, is armed with the knowledge that lets us all do that each time we travel to Gettysburg on this trip.

The Alumni provided two weekends giving almost 100 people the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery, gain insight to a soldier’s life, and explore the historic village of Gettysburg. It’s an amazing and humbling opportunity to spend time in a place where so many fought and gave of their lives for the future of our nation.

Both weekends offered beautiful weather. The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is where we watch a great 20 minute film, “A New Birth of Freedom”, shortly following we see the 360° Cyclorama painting, by French artist, Paul Philippoteaux. The painting depicts Pickett’s Charge, the Confederate attack on Union forces at Gettysburg, this being the climax of the battle. No matter how many times you see this painting, or attend this trip for that matter, it’s always a moving experience.

Thanks to John, the gals in the Alumni Office and my fellow trip mates…two more successful trip to Gettysburg.

NYC Overnight Trip

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Alumni News & Events

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New Board Member

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Alumni News & Events

The ACC/CCC Alumni Association would like to welcome new board member Felicia Franceschelli ’11.  During her time at CCC, Felicia served as president of Phi theta Kappa, secretary of the Chemistry Club, SGO Senate Representative, and was recipient of several local scholarships.  Following graduation from CCC, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Empire State College.  Franceschelli is currently a legal assistant with Boyle & Anderson, P.C.  She also serves on the board of directors for Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc., Cayuga County Bar Association and Fleming Fire Department #1.  She is secretary for both the Bar Association as well as the Fire Department, and is on the finance committee for Cayuga County Counseling Service.

Transfer Awards

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Alumni News & Events

CCC GRADUATES RECEIVE AWARDS

Five of Cayuga Community College’s newest alumni have earned merit awards as transfer students.  Jessica E. Duryee ’13 and Heather Heins’13 of Baldwinsville, Hope Ashby ’13 of Elbridge, Tia Segretto ’13 of Memphis, and David Merrow ’13 of Central Square will each be transferring to SUNY Oswego with their awards.

Fall Orientation

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in College News & Events

The staff of the “Orientation Express” greeted new students at both the Auburn and Fulton campuses this past August.  Fall Orientation was held to help students get acquainted with all the resources that are made available to them at Cayuga.  Freshmen gain information on how to access and use the college web portal, “myCayuga”, get help with financial aid, and were encouraged to get involved with campus clubs and activities.

Norman Lee, Director of Student Activities, urged students to make the most of their time at Cayuga. Freshman and their family were treated to lunch and refreshments, courtesy of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association.

Tutor Club Craft Fair

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in College News & Events

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Library Research Award

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in College News & Events

CCC student Steven Hoyt, received the 2012-13 Cayuga Community College Library Research Award for his paper, “‘Bartleby’: A Story of the Struggle of the Working Class,” based on Herman Melville’s classic story “Bartleby, the Scrivener.”  He submitted the paper for an assignment in his English 102 Freshman Writing II course and then decided to enter the paper for award consideration.

As the winner of the 10th annual Library Research Award, Hoyt received a prize of $200. His name will be engraved on a permanent plaque in the College’s Norman F. Bourke Memorial Library. “The quality and variety of the research was quite impressive,” Faculty Member Greg Sevik, Ph.D. said.

“I was very excited and proud that my work was recognized,” Steven said. “As a non-traditional student it is gratifying to win an award that is only given to one student every year.”

London Program

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in College News & Events

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The Cayuga Community College London Program

January 1-14, 2014

This year’s program includes:

Art and Design

Comparative Social Issues in London

Comparative World Religions

Health Care in Great Britain

International Business: The British Experience

Media: The British Experience

Public Safety in Great Britain

Selected Topics in International Theatre: The London Theatre

For more information regarding the program, please contact
Linda D’Amato x2229 or Emily Cameron x2227 or visit
http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/academics/travel_study/london.php

Cayuga Students Participate in National Competition

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in College News & Events

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJodi Rogers of Red Creek and Kevin Franceschelli of Auburn, members of the Cayuga Community College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business club, advanced to the finals at the National Future Business Leaders PBL Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this past July.  Both placed in the top 15 nationally in their respective competition category, word processing and public speaking.

Business Instructor and club advisor Amy Valente said she was proud of the success her students achieved. “It was a huge accomplishment for two of our students to be in the finals,” she said.

The students were part of a five-member team from Cayuga who qualified at states to compete at the national competition. The other team members included James Molina (public speaking), Max Appleby (Community Service, Sales Presentation, and Hospitality and Tourism), and Natalie Krone (Community Service).

The FBLA-PBL National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and career development; chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter management and growth.

Campus Station Nominated

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in College News & Events

Cayuga CC college radio station WDWN has been nominated for Most Creative Programming for the 2nd year in a row by the 2013 CMJ College Radio Awards!  CMJ is the largest college radio organization in North America, and The CMJ Music Marathon is the largest gathering of college radio stations and independent record labels in the U.S.   The awards will announced at the CMJ Music Marathon in this month in New York City.

“Congratulations to Jeff Szczesniak ’01 (Instructional Assistant, Telecommunications, pt.), Joe Mungo (Student Program Director) and the rest of the WDWN DJ’s and staff for their dedication to great music!”  Steve Keeler, Humanities and Communications Division Chair.

SBE Certification

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in College News & Events

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After completing its triennial review, the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has issued recertification of the Telecommunications curriculum. This means that all graduates of the program will receive the designation as Certified Broadcast Technologists by the SBE.

Cayuga Community College continues to be the only college in New York State whose graduates receive SBE certification. The College has participated in the certification program since 1990.

Tubman Symposium

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Foundation News & Events

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Cayuga Community College will host “Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground,” a two-day symposium and community dialogue marking the centennial of the death of Harriet Tubman in 1913. The November 8 and 9 event is co-sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Boosters Club, the Seward House Museum, and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

The symposium will celebrate the life and work of the heroic African American woman who escaped slavery and conducted other slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. The program will include leading historians presenting new research and insights about Harriet Tubman, a humanitarian and advocate for women’s rights throughout the 50 years she lived in Auburn, New York.

The CCC Foundation is pleased to present a stage performance of “A Change Gon’ Come,” which will kick off the symposium on Thursday, November 8.

My Cayuga Lawn Signs

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in College News & Events

Attention ACC/CCC Proud Alumni and Friends!

Here’s your chance to show your “my Cayuga” pride.  The college is providing lawn signs to be displayed by alumni and friends.  Here’s where you can get your free sign, while supplies last.  Window decals are also available.

Auburn Campus

Alumni yard signs: Alumni Office, M238
Friends of the college signs:  Switchboard Operator

Fulton Campus

Alumni yard signs:  The Welcome Desk or F106
Friends of the college signs:  F268 (Administrative suites)

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CCC’s Tutor Club Raises $2,000 for the Eldred Scholarship

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Foundation News & Events

(L-R) CCC students Patrick DeSantis and Francesca Considine; Ellisa Eldred; CCC Foundation Executive Director Jeff Hoffman; the 2013 Eldred Scholarship recipient Cassie Beaulieu; and CCC student Alex Tabone.

(L-R) CCC students Patrick DeSantis and Francesca Considine; Ellisa Eldred;
CCC Foundation Executive Director Jeff Hoffman; the 2013 Eldred Scholarship recipient Cassie Beaulieu; and CCC student Alex Tabone.

The CCC Tutor Club presented a $2,000 check to the Cayuga Community College Foundation for the Weston Eldred Memorial Scholarship Fund. When Wes graduated from CCC in 2009, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest recognition given to students by the State University of New York. “Wes was passionate about his studies, renewable energy, environmental science, and helping his fellow students through CCC’s Tutor Club,” said his mother, Ellisa Eldred. “I was excited to hear that the 2013 recipient, Cassie Beaulieu ’13, was such a perfect match.” Like Wes, she was active in the Tutor Club and was a chemistry major. Cassie will be attending SUNY-ESF in the fall.

The Weston Eldred Memorial Scholarship is administered through the Foundation, which provides nearly $300,000 in grants and awards annually to students. This scholarship is awarded to a returning, full-time student at CCC’s Auburn Campus who is studying the sciences, with strong preference given to a student demonstrating a passion for the study of chemistry. The recipient must be an active member of the College’s Tutor Club.

Tubman – Change Gon Come

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Nostalgia Photos – Sports 1956-1970

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What the Heck is an “App”?

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Lifestyle

Recently I spoke at an event and used the word “app” in my remarks.  Afterward, someone approached me and said,  “I enjoyed your talk … but, can you please explain, what is an ‘app’?”

Talk about a reality check!  It was like getting a bucket of cold water in my face.  It was a perfect reminder of a lesson I know to be true and often preach, but in this case didn’t live up to.  That lesson is:  we sometimes throw about the latest tech words that we assume others will know, because we spend much time online and dealing with technology and the words are common to us.  But the general population may still consider words such as “app” to be unintelligible lingo.

In January 2011, the American Dialect Society named “app” the word of the year for 2010.  That action alone says a lot.  Being named word of year signifies that a term is trendy and growing in popularity.  However, just because the use of a word is growing, we shouldn’t assume that everyone knows it — yet.  That’s because being named word of the year also implies that the word is newly prominent.  If the word were utterly commonplace like “dog” or “cat” it wouldn’t have been singled out.  Therefore, we should recognize that not everyone will know the word “app” at this point.

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So I am going to try to explain what an app is.  The word app is a noun, and it’s short for “application.”  Application in this case refers to a software application — in other words, a software program.

But an app is not just any old software program — it’s a special type of software program.  An app typically refers to software used on a smartphone or mobile device such as the Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or iPad, as in “mobile app” or “iphone app.”  But the  phrase “Web app” or “online app” is also used in a business setting as an abbreviation for “Web application” or “online application” — meaning software that you access and use while online, via a browser, instead of software residing on your computer (such as Microsoft Word).

We could get more esoteric, as this definition does, preferring to think of an app (at least in the sense of an app used on a mobile device) as being a “shortened” or narrow software application, that perhaps does just one function or that provides a small bit of entertainment.  While that definition holds some appeal when referring to mobile devices, it doesn’t really address the word “app” when used in the sense of an online software service.

For small-business purposes, we don’t need to get complicated.  For most of us, it’s sufficient to think an app as being a software program that you use online or on mobile devices.

Now that we’ve got that figured out, the next question you’re probably asking is “why should I care about apps?”  Two good reasons:

(1) Web apps or online apps can be a faster, cheaper, more efficient way of deploying software in your business.  Rather than buying a software license, having to install it on your servers or local computers, keeping up with updates — all of which can be expensive and take time — you can simply go online and sign up for an account.  In a few minutes you are using the software.  And typically you pay a monthly fee, meaning that you don’t have to pay license fee up front.   For more on what you can do with Web applications, read:  How Small Businesses Use Web Apps – and What to Look For.

(2) Mobile apps extend the reach and productivity of your business.  Once you equip your mobile device and/or your employees’ mobile devices with apps, then you and they can perform all sorts of business functions while out of the office traveling, on sales calls, making service calls, etc.  Check out: 10 Ways to Use Mobile Devices to Run Your Business.

So the next time someone bandies about the term “app” you’ll be in the know.  More importantly, perhaps you’ll be in a position to say, “Oh sure, we use all sorts of apps to run our business better.”

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The Best Educational Apps for Kids

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Lifestyle

ss_greeneggsham3Your child’s education doesn’t have to stop after school. These games made for your iPhone and iPad will keep your youngster’s mind active outside the classroom.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

This ebook highlights words as the narrator reads, and your young reader will love interacting with objects featured on each page — touching them brings up their associated words. (ages 2-8, $3.99; iPad and iPhone)

The Magic School Bus: Oceans by Scholastic

Ms. Frizzle and her students embark on an aquatic journey in this interactive storybook, which features science facts, pictures, games, and videos. (ages 4 and up, $8; lighter free version also available; iPad only)

Fish School HD

Colorful fish teach your preschooler his letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in an under-the-sea world. (ages 3 to 5, $2.99; iPad)

ABCmouse.com Visit the Zoo Interactive Environment Series

Perfect for future veterinarians and biologists, this app lets your child explore the habitats of various animals. Kids absorb new facts and take quizzes along the way. (ages 2 to 6, free; iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch)

Scout’s ABC Garden by LeapFrog

An interactive green dog (he calls your child by name and mentions her favorite food, color, etc.) guides your child through a series of letter and number activities. (ages 2 to 4, $1.99; iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)

Balloony Word

Play with your kids by giving this hangman-like game a try: They’ll learn new vocabulary and practice spelling skills while trying to keep a gorilla afloat with a handful of balloons. (ages 6 to 10, $1.99; iPad and iPhone)

Stack the States

As your child learns state shapes, capitals, and abbreviations, she’ll build a stack of cartoonish states to reach the finish line and pass to the next level, eventually creating a full map of the United States. (ages 8 to 12, $0.99; iPad and iPhone)

Math Easy HD

Ten math-based puzzles, including connect-the-dots and counting games, help your child bridge the gap between basic counting and beginning arithmetic. (ages 4 to 6, $1.99; iPad)

School Zone Time, Money & Fractions On-Track

Fun sound effects and animated characters will keep your child entertained, but there’s a bigger payoff: She’ll soon know how to read a clock with hands, understand coins, and figure out that one-third is less than one-half. (ages 6 to 7, $4.99; iPad only)

The Electric Company Wordball! by PBS

It may look like he’s watching music videos, but your child is really learning to spell tricky words, including those with silent letters, blends, and hard and soft Cs. (ages 6 to 8, free; iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch)

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Best Apps 2013: This Year’s Hottest Apps

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Lifestyle

Want to know the best iPhone apps to download in 2013? What about the free Android apps to get you through the next twelve months? T3 has got your app life covered…

To help you in the quest to load up your smartphone with the best time-killers and apps to make the most of the year ahead, we’ve handpicked apps across the platforms that warrant your immediate attention.

So whether you’re an Apple iPhone 5user, a Google Android lover, a BlackBerry fiend, or a Windows Phone newbie,  switch on your Wi-Fi or 3G to download our selection of this month’s hottest apps.

Remember you can check out the latest iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 apps rated and all in one place in the T3 App Chart.

Calendars 5

Another calendar app makes its way to the App Store, this time though it’s been designed to compliment the translucency of iOS7. The natural language input is particularly useful – just type ‘meet with Sarah at lunch tomorrow’ and it’ll add as an event at the right time.

iOS | Download

BT Sport

Taking the reigns from ESPN for this season, BT Sport has gone all out to provide the best coverage it can. Free if you’re a BT broadband subscriber, this app lets you watch the BT Sport channels on the move – ensuring you won’t miss a kick.

Price: Free (with subscription) | iOS & Android | Download (iOS) | Download (Android)

Reeder 2

Taking more design cues from Apple’s iOS7, Reeder 2 lets you stay up-to-date with all the goings on in the world and you can also share to read it later services like Pocket and Evernote.

iOS | Download

Active Notifications

Mimicking one of the Moto X’s headline features, Active Notifications displays an icon on your devices display when a new email or text message comes through. You can also act on the notifications, swiping up to quickly reply and down to unlock, making the process pretty seamless. Sadly though, currently the app is only available for phones running Jelly Bean 4.3 – so basically just the Nexus 4 and 7 then.

Free | Android 4.3 | Download

Rise

With it soft glows, spreading colours and gesture based interface, Rise is about as soothing as you’re going get with an app intent on waking you up from a peaceful sleep. If you’re not a fan of waking up to a harsh beep, Rise lets you set some of your tunes instead and you can use it as a bedside clock thanks to the night-mode.

Free | iOS |  Download

VSCO Cam

Targeting the filter loving, snap sharing market, VSCO Cam is more feature packed than rival Instagram. With a myriad of filters and presets, control over white balance and exposure along with the ability to import and export at full resolution, this app definitely looks to be a winner. While the app is free, to access all the filters and presets you will have to cough up some cash through in-app purchase.

Free | iOS| Download

Any.Do

This swish, well designed and simple to use task managing app packs in useful features that could see it become your planning app of choice. Cloud syncing, text prediction and sharing capabilities really single it out from a crowded genre.

Free | Android and iOS| Download

Hottest app of the month: Hipstamatic Oggl

When Facebook bought Instagram for a billion dollars it did two things: signified just how big a business photo sharing is, and created the opening for a rival. People dislike Facebook, in spite, or perhaps because, of their addiction to it, and Hipstamatic, the original retro filter app, is happy to exploit that backlash. “We went back to the drawing board and rethought how to take photos,” says Hipstamatic Ceo Lucas Buck of new app Oggl. “We made it more social, though we never wanted to build a network.” Canny, then, that you can share pics with other social hubs – and yes, Instagram, too. After some basic image preset – food has its own setting, of course – you’re into the familiar game of mixing lenses and films. If you want to share, and desire more than the basic set of options, you’ll have to subscribe at £1.99 a quarter or £6.99 for the year. “We’ve gone for subscription because I never wanted to put ads next to people’s photos,” explains Buck. “our community is smart enough to recognise that if the product is free, they’re probably the product.”

Price: Free | Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch iOS 6.0+ | Download Hipstamatic Oggl iOS app

Hard Rock Calling Festival 2013

Maps, line-ups, your own customizable schedule, and a crowd-sourced photo album – this is how festival companion apps should be done.

Price: Free | Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch iOS 5..0+ | Download Hard Rock Calling Festival 2013 iOS app

Skitch

Amend a PDF or add a Skitch stamp to give a report the seal of approval or disapproval. It’s more organizational fun from the folk behind Evernote.

Price: Free | Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch iOS 5.0+ | Download Skitch iOS app

Weebly

Make your own mobile or HTML 5 website that can work across browsers, with site traffic stats to track your online dominance.

Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.2+ | Download Weebly Android app

Fixya

Do you find it difficult to describe practical problems textually? Just record it and Fixya’s community of MacGyvers will sort you out.

Price: Free | Android 2.3.3+ | Download Fixya Android app

GoComics

Twenty years worth of scribbles, from Peanuts to Garfield, plus political doodles from Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical cartoonists.

Price: Free | Android 2.2+ | Download GoComics Android app

Vyclone

Get your friends to help you film an event from every possible angle. This app will the stitch it all together into a nifty, three-minute video…

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 8 | Download Vyclone Windows Phone app

TouchMountain

Like Nokia City Lens but for nature’s climbers rather than social ones. View info on every peak, with distances displayed via the magic of augmented reality.

Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download TouchMountain Windows Phone app

Skooday

Share, stream and discover music with Ex.fm support., It’s okay, Dad, this is, we are assured, all music that you can legally listen to on the web.

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 10.0.0+ | Download Skooday BlackBerry 10 app

Dead Space

One of the best games to jump from console to mobile, this eerie, sci–fi shooter arrives on BB10 with ace graphics and haunting soundtrack.

Platform: BlackBerry PlayBook 1.0.0+ | Download Dead Space BlackBerry 10 app

Hottest app of the month: Score! World Goals

Formerly known as Score! Classic Goals, the mobile equivalent of Phoenix from the Flames has received a major update which now allows you to recreate an additional 200 classic goals from domestic as well as international games. Graphics and sound effects have been given a polish and a new turn-based multiplayer mode means you can find out who really has a photographic memory of the most iconic strikes.

Price: Free | Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch iOS 5.0+ | Download Score! World Goals iOS app

CamMe

Whether you a love a selfie or need to do a hands-free snap, the gesture based app lets you take pictures simply by waving your hand in front of the camera sensor so all that is left to do is clear the background of any incriminating objects.

Price: Free | Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch | Download CamMe iOS app

Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes

The Dark Knight swoops onto Apple devices with a host of his Lego-built DC pals with real voiceover used for the first time on an iOS Lego platform.

Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch iOS 5.1+ | Download Lego Batman: DC SuperHeroes iOS app

iMini

The legendary 1971 Minimoog synth, used by Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre, has been faithfully recreated for iPad, complete with authentic sound.

Platform: iPad iOS 5.1+ | Download iMini iPad app 

BC Tent Finder

Provides happy campers with tools and info, including real-time weather updates, a handy compass and a torch to help you find the toilet block.

Price: Free | Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch iOS 5.0+ | Download BC Tent finder iOS app

Waze

Become part of a 40 million-strong road news network. Report hazards, traffic jams or particularly cheap petrol stations if you’re feeling kind.

Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.2+ | Download Waze Android app

Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT

Aside from the great push-to-talk feature, Voxer supports voice, text, picture and location messages on Android and iOS without prejudice.

Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.2 | Download Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT Android app

ThereIsNoPauseButton

Imagine the most frustrating parts of Super Mario World, now speed it up a bit and take away all the controls except jump. Yup, that…

Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download ThereIsNoPauseButton Windows Phone app

Burton

Piste pal still offers snow forecasts, but now adds speed and movement tracking via GPS, while AR shows where mates are on the slopes.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 8 | Download Burton Windows Phone 8 app

Keek

A BB take on Vine, capture a short video – no more than 36 seconds – and share it with your Keek mates or on more populated social networks.

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 10.0 | Download Keek BlackBerry 10 app

Moves

If you don’t fancy investing in a dedicated fitness tracking device, this GPS-enabled monitoring app can record walking, cycling and running data and visualize the information in a Storyline picking out key locations that you frequently visit. All without having to sign in or remember another set of login details.

Price: Free | Platform: iOS 6.0 iPhone and iPad | Download Moves iOS app

SportStream

The second screen app finds the best opinion, updates and news from social media spots like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram plus offers match-tracking features like visual stats and a graphic timeline picking out key incidents for MLS and Premier League games.

Price: Free | Platform: iOS 5.0+ iPad | Download SportStream iPad app

The Car Park Finder

With data from over 10,000 car parks in the UK, find the perfect place to pull up with information on the nearest parking sites and how much it will cost for your long or short stay. There’s also live updates from car park managers and if you can’t remember if you were on level 3 or 4 it will even point you in the right direction to reunite you with your vehicle.

Price: Free | Platforms: iOS 5.0+ iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android | Download The Car Park Finder iOS app

THX Tune-up

Offering a fine array of tutorials to help optimise your home cinema, you’ll be able to take care of every aspect of your setup with custom video test patterns and the ability to assign speakers correctly as well as configuring your TV to your lighting and balancing your surround sound.

Price: £1.49 | Platform: iOS 5.0+ iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch | Download THX Tune-up iOS app

T3 Player

Inspired by the minimalist design of Dieter Rams rather than by, er, us this iPod-esque music player is a beautiful thing offering the ability to easily browse music through the custom UI and also boasts Airplay support with optimization for the 4-inch Retina display-toting iPhone 5.

Platform: iOS 5.0+ iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch | Download T3 Player iOS app

Pocket Stables

If the National has given you a taste for the horse racing action this latest time-killer from mobile RPG-kings Kairosoft let’s you manage your own ranch, training derby-winning nags by keeping them well fed and improving stamina and speed. Before you know it, the virtual bucks will be rolling in.

Platform: Android 1.6+ | Download Pocket Stables Android app

CloseToYou Pro

Locate yourself via GPS, then bring up a list of everything around you. Select shops, restaurants or services and receive contact details and directions. It also supports Augmented Reality which means you can raise your smartphone in the air and see all the data laid out in front of your eyes.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download CloseToYou Pro Windows Phone app

The Marathon Runner

Whether your 26.2 mile challenge is fast approaching or still months away, plan your sprints, hill attacks and rest days, and increase your strength and endurance ahead of the big day to get in peak running condition

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download The Marathon Runner Windows Phone app

Lions Official

Marking the 125th anniversary of the British & Irish Lions, this app is the official place to find out about Warren Gatland’s squad and the tour to Hong Kong and Australia with player interviews, the ability to pick your starting 15 and even win the chance to meet the team and interview World Cup winner Will Greenwood.

Price: Free | Platforms: Windows, Windows Phone 8, Android and iOS | Download Lions Official Windows Phone app

PicMix

Tart up your photos with frames and photo filters before sharing with Facebook, Twitter and the like, Pic Mix has now been upgraded and debugged for BB10 which means you can make the most of that decent Z10 rear-facing camera.

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 10 | Download PicMix BlackBerry app

iTunes Sync

Helping you trick iTunes into treating your BB handset like an iPod, all you need to do is simply connect the BB10 handset to your PC/= or Mac, open up the app and port your Apple tracks across. Bingo.

strong>Platform: BlackBerry 10 | Download iTunes Sync BlackBerry app

App of the month: Real Racing 3

The Real Racing series has long been an unofficial graphical poster-boy for Apple’s growing mobile gaming assault. Yet when publisher EA demoed the third installment at last year’s iPhone 5 keynote alongside Tim Cook, as part of its focus on multiplayer, the circle was complete. “We’ve improved and refined it since,” lead producer Kynan Woodman tells T3. “The game content is now so large it wouldn’t fit on the previous generations of consoles.”

Real Racing 3 packs in 46 licensed vehicles, more than 900 events, nine real-world tracks and, for the first time, is free-to-play, with cars and tracks available to purchase if you want access early. While the graphics are admiration worthy, it’s the new Time Shift Multiplayer, letting you compete visually against your mates’ best times like ghost races in Super Mario Kart, that caught our eye.

“Cloud technologies have helped us create cross-platform multiplayer when it was designed originally to back-up photos,” says Woodman. “Some of the biggest innovations in games have come using hardware in ways that weren’t anticipated.”

Price: Free | Platforms: iOS and Android | Download Real Racing 3 Android app | Download Real Racing iOS app 

Artfinder

Find a masterpiece to hang up in the home by searching for prints and originals depending on how much you are willing to spend plus there’s an ‘Art of the Day’ feature to notify you when another stunning piece of artwork is up for grabs.

Price: Free | Platform: Platform: iOS 5.0+: iPad, iPhone, Touch | Download Artfinder iOS app

Hundreds

Uber-simple, very addictive. Grow circles by tapping them; get totals up to 100 and you win, but if circles touch sides while growing… argggh!

strong>Platform: iOS 5.0+: iPad, iPhone, Touch | Download Hundreds iOS app

Evernote Food

Never forget a great meal. Note it down, adding pictures, captions and Foursquare-powered location data, then share with fellow foodies.

Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.2+ | Download Evernote Food Android app

Simple Money

Enter your in/out-goings using the built-in calculator. Generates reports for days, weeks and months so you can see where it all went wrong.

Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.1+| Download Simple Money Android app

Running Trax

If the playlists are starting to get stale, get 40 up tempo tracks from the Ministry of Sound updated weekly to pound the pavement to with fitness tips and boost tracks also in the mix to keep you running.

Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.2+ | Download Running Trax Android app

Vector

The slick endless runner takes you up to the rooftops testing your parkour-style skills to evade ‘Big Brother’ from returning you to a life where you do as you’re told.

Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.2+ | Download Vector Android app

Metal Slug X

Metal Slug 2 gets ported and revamped with a new Mission mode to replay missions and multiplayer over Bluetooth which should strike a chord with fans of the run and gun Neo Geo classic.

 Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.2+ | Download Metal Slug X Android app

Reggie

Quiet at the back! School registers can now be taken electronically. Teachers simply log into their profile to access timetables and students.

Price: Free | Platform: Android 2.2+ | Download Reggie Android app

Unify

Use your phone as a remote control for your Windows PC. Includes swipe gesture controls, full virtual keyboard, touchpad and media buttonery.

Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+| Download Unify Windows Phone app

Weave

A huge database of interesting websites and blogs, customization options and a fantastic live tile make this the best news reader on WP.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download Weave Windows Phone app

Speed Cameras

A regularly updated international database of cameras and speed limits that warns you when you’re approaching a carefully laid trap…

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download Speed Cameras Windows Phone app

Extreme

Register to the community and view top skateboarding/BMX sites, or geotag your own. Be sure to upload videos and pics of your escapades.

Price: Free | Platform: Blackberry 6.0.0+ | Download Extreme BlackBerry app

Comics Creator

Upload doodles and build your own comic strip with help from a huge library of backgrounds, characters and dialogue bubbles. Just Dandy.

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 1.0.6+ | Download Comics Creator BlackBerry app

PASSNFLY

Ideal for frequent flyers, the automated check-in app works with over 200 major airlines, can generate mobile or printed mobile boarding passes and will even try to pick out a window seat automatically on each flight if you prefer being out of elbow-clipping distance from the hostess trolley.

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 10 | Download PASSNFLY BlackBerry app

App of the month: Middle Manager of Justice

Free-to-buy, not-so-free-to-play games have made an iTunes mint for Clash of Clans et al. Now Double Fine, the studio of games industry legend Tim Schafer, is getting in on the act. Known for his work on such cult classics as Day of the Tentacle, Psychonauts and the Monkey Island series, not to mention doing PR wonders for Kickstarter as a viable funding model, Schafer and friends here bring that trademark humor to an iOS take on the task-management sim.

As a Leisure Suit Larry-esque sad sack you must hire, train and manage your team of budget crime fighters, would-be Watchmen called Captain Premium and the like, fending off comic-book villains to keep your map free of crime and team levelled up. In turn, you must collect – or, somewhat inevitably when the going gets tough, purchase –coins and “Superium” for upgrades aplenty.

Part Theme Hospital, part XCOM, it’s a fun, beautifully drawn, occasionally frantic adventure. Though we’ll ask one more time: when will we get a touchscreen Day of the Tentacle? Now Disney owns Lucasarts, surely this has to happen?

Price: Free | Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad | Download Middle Manager of Justice iPhone app

101 Great Goals.com

Excellent footie video site turns into excellent footie video app, with all the Premier League goals up for viewing straight after the games.

Price: Free | Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad | Download 101 Great Goals.com iPhone app

Amplitube Jimi Hendrix

Plug in your guitar and emulate the rock icon’s full studio and gig rig, with pedals and amps aplenty. Pricey but ace, it’s well worth the “experience”.

Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad | Download Amplitube Jimi Hendrix iPhone app

The Walking Dead: Assault

Off the back of the award-winning gaming serial comes this unrelated but effective shooter that redraws Cannon Fodder with zombies.

Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad | Download The Walking Dead: Assault iPhone app

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

Gameloft’s not-at-all-inspired by- Call-of-Duty shooter is now a heavyweight in its own right, with a full movie-studio soundtrack.

Platform: Android | Download Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour Android app

Nook

The app that would be Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s ebook alternative hits UK Android, letting you access its million-plus books and papers.

Price: Free | Platform: Android | Download Nook Android app

Hip Hotels

Official app of the Hip Hotels Guide, this is more experimental than functional, lavishly illustrated as it is by photographer Herbet Ypma.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download Hip Hotels Windows Phone 7 app

Handyscan

Scanner app for recording receipts, documents or damning, first-hand evidence of your office rival’s disloyalty. Transferable via email or the cloud.

Platform: Windows Phone 7+ | Download Handyscan Windows Phone 7 app

British Airways Inspiration

For travelers looking to find a destination which is not just ‘somewhere hot’ enter your desired date for travelling and the type of holiday you’d like to go on and the app will come up with suggestions and the cheapest fares to get you in that departure lounge.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows 8 | Download British Airways Inspiration Windows 8 app

Stick Cricket Super Sixes

The classic Flash browser game of slogging takes to the BB tablet, its simple interface making the touchscreen control jump with ease.

Price: Free | Platform: Playbook 1.0.8+ | Download Stick Cricket Super Sixes BlackBerry app

Smart Data

Expense recorder for MasterCard users that lets you snap receipts on the go with your camera and upload them for easy digital collation.

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 4.5.0+ | Download Smart Data BlackBerry app

Zeebox

Part EPG, part social network, part consumerist portal, this lets you find, share and buy what you watch. It was T3’s App of the Year on iOS .

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 6.0.0+ | Download Zeebox BlackBerry app

App of the month: Dragon’s Dream

If, as Bill Bailey once urged Simon Pegg in Spaced, you “defend the fantasy genre with terminal intensity”, you’ll probably be familiar with Roger Dean. He’s the old-school artist responsible for the multicolored landscapes that adorn the albums of Yes and Asia, not to mention the iconic games of Amiga stalwart Psygnosis.

Well, he’s made an iOS game, and you know what? It’s exactly like Whale Trail, except it replaces the cutesie Moby Dick with – you guessed it – a dragon, and the former’s hand-holding energy bar with frustrating instant death on any impact. Yet this is less a game and more interactive art. As Dean himself attests, “I’ve always wanted to produce something that would allow people to explore the worlds I created and experience a different way into the paintings.” So it is, in fact, a guided tour of his greatest hits, with high-score bells on. Viewed as such, it’s really rather good. The soundtrack is suitably trippy, the illustrated worlds lush and it dishes out so many wallpapers as level prizes that you could print them off and start a head shop.

Price: £2.99 | Download Dragon’s Dream iPhone app

Groove Coaster Zero

Tap your screen to the rhythm of plinky-plonky space-age techno as the notes come up. Think Guitar Hero but with more sci-fi, less cock rock.

Price: Free | Platform: iOS | Download Groove Caster Zero iPhone app

Nitrome Touchy

Play such classic games as Super Snotput on your PC, laptop or tablet’s internet browser, whilst using your iDevice as a separate controller.

Price: Free | Platform: iOS | Download Nitrome Touchy iPhone app

Shove Pro

You are Lars Speedwagon, stuntman and professional shover. Escape your enemies by flinging people into their path. Check out the trailer, it’s genius.

Platform: iOS | Download Shove Pro iPhone app

Taptitude

Grab yourself 70 free minigames, including faintly familiar titles like Nom-Man and Shape Ninja. New games added every Tuesday, too.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download Taptitude Windows Phone app

FolderSync

Sync your android device with a wide range of cloud storage services, including Dropbox and Skydrive. Includes a great file manager, too.

Platform: Android | Download FolderSync Android app

Foodspotting

Going one step further than recommending restaurants, this app wants to know where you’re going, so that its users can recommend dishes.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5+ | Download Foodspotting Windows Phone 7.5 app

Google Play Music

A dedicated cloud storage for 20,000 songs and a newly launched google music store, with more than 13 million tracks available to download. you can store music you already own, not just tracks downloaded from google, and it’s streamable across all of your android devices, even your desktop computer.

Price: Free | Platform: Android | Download Google Play Music Android app

M8

Finally, a free satnav app for BlackBerry. it’s not comprehensive, but has turn-by-turn navigation, speed cam alerts and live updates.

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 6.0+| Download M8 BlackBerry app

Google Maps

Downloaded over 10 million times in just 24 hours as iPhone owners finally decided to press the ‘Update’ button for iOS 6, Google Maps is back bringing vector mapping that uses less data, turn-by-turn voice navigation, and has thankfully reinstated landmarks like Paddington tube station while deleting any signs Woolworths still existing on the high street.

Platform: iOS | Price: Free | Download Google Maps iPhone app

YouTube Capture

Not content with reviving its map app, Google has now added its own video recording app to the App Store ranks letting you shoot and edit footage, add music from your collection and will of course play nice with YouTube when you need to upload your efforts.

Platform: iOS | Price: Free | Download YouTube Capture iPhone app

Twitterrific 5

One of the best third party alternatives to the official Twitter app, Twitterrific has been revamped with cleaner interface that unifies all of your micro blogging activity into one timeline. New gestures, voiceover support and handy shortcuts will make tweeting activity much more satisfying experience on your Apple smartphone

Platform: iOS | Download Twitterrific 5 iPhone app

Sonos

Taking your PC out of the streaming proceedings, the updated Sonos app now allows owners of the premium (but pricey) speakers to play tracks and podcasts straight from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad in an Apple AirPlay kind of way.

Platform: iOS | Price: Free | Download Sonos iPhone and iPad app

Gif Camera

Put to the test at T3’s Christmas lunch, create your own animated gifs by simply recording the action on your smartphone camera then you’ll be able to adjust the duration and frame speed for further comic effect. You can save your best efforts to your Gallery and most importantly share them on Facebook and Twitter.

Platform: Android | Price: Free | Download Gif Camera Android app

Articles

Think Google, but for Wikipedia. You can pull up Wiki-entries based on your geographic location, search terms or shake your phone for a random page.

Price: £1.99 | Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch | Download Articles iPhone app

Bastion

The iPad version of Supergiant’s bewitching XBLA adventure hit looks absolutely stunning, and does total justice to the hand-painted world.

Platform: iPad 2/New iPad | Download Bastion iPad app

Quark DesignPad

Create business cards, posters and more on your iPad using a wide range of templates, then share them instantly with friends and colleagues.

Price: Free | Platform: iPad | Download Quark DesignPad iPad app

SkyDrive

Microsoft’s answer to iCloud gets an app in time for Windows 8. Upload, download, share and manage all your folders from your Android device.

Price: Free | Platform: Android | Download SkyDrive Android app

RadioPlayer

The iPlayer of audio, the internet radio app has had a revamp since its launch in 2011 with a slick new interface, a station scroller feature and access 300 UK radio stations including your favourite ones from the Beeb. An Android version thankfully is on the way.

Price: Free | Platform: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch | Download RadioPlayer iPhone app

Popcorn Player

This pop-up video playback app supports multiple formats, can play in multiple windows and you can even resize it with a pinch.

Price: Free | Platform: Android | Download Popcorn Player Android app

5-A-Side Finder

Find a 5-a-side pitch anywhere in the UK. Track one down by geographic location or availability, grab contact details and get your game on.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5 | Download 5-A-Side Finder Windows Phone app

Crackle

Full-length movies and TV shows streamed to your WP7 device. Adds twenty films a month. They’re rarely new or noteworthy, but they’re free.

Price: Free | Platform: Windows Phone 7.5 | Download Crackle Windows Phone 7 app

Sooner or Later

A to-do list for procrastinators. Split your tasks into “sooner” and “later” categories, as well as schedule weekly tasks like “no food in, order pizza”.

Platform: Windows Phone 7.5 | Download Sooner or Later Windows Phone 7 app

Molome

Another pretender to Instagram’s throne, this image app lets you adjust your pics with 14 filters before sharing across social networks.

Price: Free | Platform: BlackBerry 5.0+ | Download Molome BlackBerry app

Angry Birds Seasons

The T3 office is in a festive mood, with our Christmas Gift Guide due out next month. Prepare with 200 new seasonal Angry Birds levels.

Price: Free | Platform: PlayBook 1.0+ | Download Angry Birds Seasons PlayBook app

Stick Tennis

If you’ve played Stick Cricket, expect to lock yourself away in a cupboard again with the tennis version. There’s six different modes of fluid racket action that is guaranteed to induce Mcenroe-style outbursts. But in a good way.

Price: Free | Platform: PlayBook 1.0+ | Download Stick Cricket PlayBook app

Stay.com

Avoid costly overseas roaming charges with offline maps and points of interest for 120 cities worldwide. Add your own gems as you find them.

Platform: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch | Price: Free | Download Stay.com app

Paddy Power

Don’t trust big Raymundo? Find out the real-time odds for the game you are watching on the TV by aiming the phone camera directly at the screen and increase your chances of big payout.

Platform: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch | Price: Free | Download Paddy Power app

WhoSampled

Follow the threads of your music and discover the artists that have sampled or remixed your favourite tunes. A guaranteed trove of love/hate tracks.

Platform: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch | Price: £1.99 | Download WhoSampled app

Barchick Drinking Holes

Barchick specialises in bars with character, so whether you want something specific or just something nearby, you won’t end up in ’Spoons.

Platform: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch | Price: Free | Download Barchick Drinking Holes app

AutoRap

Speak into your phone and this turns your prose into hip-hop gold. Alternatively, rap along to your favourite tunes and it’ll fix your flow.

Platform: Android | Price: Free | Download AutoRap app

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Apps Every Boomer Should Know: A Roundup

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Lifestyle

shutterstock_71076277Boomers are lovin their smartphones.  Take a look around a local coffee shop at mid-day and you’ll see throngs of Boomers reading and punching away on them.

Check out all of the tables and sometimes you see two or three Boomers together, all on their individual smartphones—doing what we chastise our kids for doing—not talking to each other.

“I love my smartphone, my 60 year-old sister-in-law says.  “I use it while waiting in doctors’ offices for my appointments, I can catch up on my email, play games, I’m never alone,” she exclaims.

My sister-in-law is a big smartphone gamer; and sometimes I have to remind her to get her eye off the smartphone and back into our conversation.

Being the first one to have something new, or being “in the know” is a badge of honor for Boomers.  So it’s only natural to find them showing off their latest downloaded app to their friends.

“Check this out,” I hear one middle-age-man say to his buddy.  “This app is great.  I can keep all my data in it and I can access it wherever I am,” he explains about Dropbox.

“Really,” his friend adds.  “Show me how it works.”

And for the next half-hour these two guys are engrossed in operating a new app.

According to Dr. Ken Dychtwald, author of Age Wave,   Boomers make excellent product advocates.

Here’s why:

  • On average, most baby boomers are asked for product or service recommendations about 90   times per year.
  • Nearly 90 percent of boomers who were asked to give advice gave it to their fellow boomers.
  • Practically all boomers consider their family and friends to be their most trusted sources of information

Add that to the recent findings of eMarketer that 86% of Boomers own mobile phones and that the Internet will be accessed via mobile browsers or installed apps by nearly 25% of this demographic—it’s easy to understand what the chatter is all about.

So here are 8 free apps that my Boomer friends have told me “I just had to download” and the implication if I didn’t download them—I would be out of it, so uncool.  And Boomers still do not want to be uncool.

  • Dropbox—this is a recommendation from my business friends who travel between office and home, or between their northern homesteads and their snowbird houses in the south and west.  Dropbox lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. You load it on your computer and your smartphone then you never email yourself a file again.  It’s easy to use and easy to set up.
  • Flixster– Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about movies.  You can find the theaters, get show times, and watch trailers (what many Boomers once called previews).  It’s fast, visual and easy to use.
  • Words with Friends—this app is a takeoff of Scrabble.  This is a personal favorite of my sister-in-law, who plays it at every opportunity with friends and strangers.   It’s mostly played on smartphones and iPads.  Very good to keep your mind engaged.
  • Whitepages—Stop paying for directory assistance calls from your phone.  Use this free, easy to use app from your smartphone.  Find, people, businesses and reverse phone lookups from those unknown numbers that show up on your phone.
  • Zite—this is probably one of the coolest sites I’ve seen in a long time.  Users select categories of magazines that interest them.   Then as you read articles on certain subjects, Zite sends you more articles on those subjects.  You have options to email the articles to others or save them later to read on your iPad.  This app is so incredible you have to try it yourself to grasp the full experience.
  • The Weather Channel—More than 200 meteorologists provide interactive and beautiful hour by hour weather imagery.  Great for planning outdoor activities, car washes or snow shoveling.
  • WebMD—first aid information, symptom checkers, drugs and treatments, information on various conditions and local health listings.  There are also many videos on treatments and common conditions like bad backs, fevers, diabetes signs.  An excellent app for Boomers and Seniors.
  • Flashlight—So easy and so helpful.  With a single touch your phone turns into a valuable flashlight that can be used to find your keys or read a menu.  Great app.

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10 Best Smartphone Apps For Seniors

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Lifestyle

phoneSmartphone applications have become increasingly prominent aspects of most people’s daily lives, and their usage is often associated with younger people. According to the Pew Research Center, over one fourth of people over age 50 own smartphones, which means they are likely to also use smartphone applications. There are so many applications for seniors to choose from.

NPR
National Public Radio’s free NPR News application is sure to be a hit with seniors. This media software offers users access to hourly updates as well as the ability to hear stories in any order. You can also download stories for offline reading.

Facebook
Just because you retire, that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the connectivity offered by social media applications such as Facebook. With this free smartphone application, seniors are able to remain connected with their children, grandchildren and friends.

Find My Phone
Install the Find My iPhone application onto your iPhone, and you do not need to worry about misplacing your iPhone again. This application helps you locate your lost phone by displaying its location on another device (on a map), by playing a sound, displaying a message or remotely locking the device.

GasBuddy
Many people, young and old, are keen to save money wherever possible. GasBuddy helps its users find the cheapest gas in the immediate area. Users can also search by zip code to find cheap gas nearby.

MedWatcher
This app features easy-to-read descriptions of medical uses and known side effects of many medications. The application is a must for many senior citizens. MedWatcher also offers news and safety alerts for medical devices, vaccines and prescription medication.

Magnifying Glass with Light
As we age, small print and dim lighting may present their challenges. However, this application magnifies and brightens text on anything from menu boards to instructions on medicine bottles. It can be very useful to seniors losing their eyesight.

WebMD
Are you wondering what that bump on your hand is? Are you confused about hot flashes? You can check out the WebMD application, which features a step-by-step symptom checker as well as a database of drugs, supplements and vitamins, and other helpful tidbits. Users of this application are also able to find nearby medical professionals and treat their own injuries with basic first aid.

Words with Friends
For those who enjoy playing board games, try downloading this free word game that is highly reminiscent of Scrabble. The iPhone version of Words with Friends can be played with random opponents. Letter boards in the game can also be posted to social media sites such as Facebook.

The Weather Channel
For many senior citizens, monitoring the weather is an engrossing hobby. Will it rain tomorrow? What’s the forecast for the next four days? Is it raining in another city? Is there a severe weather warning in effect? You can find the answer to these weather-related questions and more on The Weather Channel’s free iPhone application. It’s useful if you want to know the forecast quickly.

CNN
CNN’s free iPhone application is a staple for news buffs. News stories are updated throughout the day, certain shows are available live and users are able to participate in online discussions using this application.

The Bottom Line
Personal mobile devices with smartphone capabilities are certainly not just for young people. With so many applications offering everything from entertainment to healthcare organizers, older users of smartphones stand to benefit from smartphone applications just as much as young people do.

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