These March Madness Apps Are Straight-Up Slam Dunks!

March is finally here, and basketball season is really heating up as March Madness has now gone underway! Fans across the nation are filling up brackets left and right and hoping that their favorite team will be the big winner at the end of the tournament.

With all the different games going on nearly every day, it can be difficult to keep up with all the action. Well, if you have a smart phone (and really, who DOESN’T have a smart phone, right?), there are some super awesome apps out there to help you keep up with all the action! Check out these great apps for March Madness and see why they’re the slam-dunks of apps!

March Madness Live – If you only happen to download one app for March Madness and are having difficulty choosing which one to download, THIS is the one to choose. The March Madness Live app provides you with scores and all sorts of basketball news, bracket creators to form your own brackets, and a slew of alerts that will notify you of close games with 5 minutes or less on the clock, potential upsets, and games that go into overtime. The app also features a live chat so you can talk to other basketball fans, and additionally, you can post your bracket onto Facebook and Twitter. You can also do this all for free on the iPhone and iPod Touch (and soon for the Android as well). For $3.99, you can also have access to live streaming of the games during the tournament.

PocketBracket March Basketball – If you’re all about the brackets, then this app is definitely for you! You have the ability to create an unlimited amount of brackets, and you can even create private pools with your friends to see who out of your group is the best at picking teams. The PocketBracket March Basketball app also provides game scores, which are updated throughout each day’s games, and it can be all yours on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the Android only for $0.99!

Office Pool Picker 2012 – Want to pick who you think will play whom but just don’t want to go through the whole process? Well, there’s an app for that! With Office Pool Picker 2012, you can now pick the games using your personal preferences! You’ll have to answer seemingly random questions such as “Do you prefer Captain American or The Hulk?” The app will then fill your bracket up for you depending on your answers. This lighthearted, zany app is available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad for only $0.99.

March Madness Mania – When it comes to sports of any kind, it can be fun to hear what the experts have to say about the situation. Now you can tap in and get an instant analysis from NCAA legends like Dick Vitale, Andy Katz, Fran Fraschilla, and more! You can also read tweets from the coaches themselves about the games, and you can also read the latest news about the games as it happens. And this app isn’t solely text – it also provides a selection a video replays and highlights in case you happen to miss a game! The March Madness Mania can be yours on the iPhone or iPod Touch for only $0.99.

ESPN Bracket Bound 2012 – This app has a lot of different features! You can get insight from some of the best college basketball analysts in the industry, and you can also view video highlights. You can even have bracket challenges against your friends and compare your brackets against the brackets of ESPN celebrities! The best thing? The ESPN Bracket Bound 2012 app is all yours – for free!

So what are you waiting for? Go download these awesome apps now and keep up with March Madness today! And be on the lookout for the release of the Bodacious Case, coming soon this year! Check out more information on our Facebook page and our Twitter page.

Stay Ahead of the Weather With These 5 Unique and Effective Weather Apps!

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means – storms! The Midwest is known for having lots of crazy weather patterns that seem to pop out of nowhere (remember the record-breaking floods from last year?).

Sometimes, though, you may not be in a place in which you can access the news. You may even be stuck in traffic and see ominous black clouds looming in your direction, and you need to know what’s going on right away.

That’s where we come in the picture! We at Bodacious Cases proudly present five helpful apps that will warn you of potentially dangerous weather and help you plan ahead!

The Weather Channel (official app)

A longtime favorite and probably the most used weather app, The Weather Channel’s Official App is an overall solid app that houses a great selection of features. Users can access full weather forecasts and radar maps, and even video information about the weather from The Weather Channel. Best of all, this very credible and easy-to-use app is free in the App Store.

Outside

Want some color and fun with your weather? Then this is the app for you! Outside is a visually stimulating app that colorfully displays the current weather right away. This app also uses a “swipe” interface for viewing forecasts, and it can also notify you of certain weather conditions (for example, when it’s nice enough outside to wear a t-shirt). This app can be all yours for only $2.99 in the App Store.

Weather Doodle

Turn checking the weather into an imaginative, artistic experience with this app! Powered by WeatherBug, Weather Doodle is an app that shows the weather in a beautiful way with its animated art. You can view your weather conditions and forecasts in gorgeous animation. The app features several themes that can be downloaded from within the app itself. It can be purchased for only $0.99 in the App Store.

Storm Sim Free

Have you ever wished for a mean thunderstorm to pop up in the atmosphere over you, even if meteorologists insist that the week will consist of lots and lots of sunshine? Well, now you can make your own storm happen! Create your own perfect storm with Storm Sim Free! If you’re in the mood for heavy thunder with little rain, let it rip! If you only want to hear heavy rain against a window with only the occasional roll of thunder, be our guest. If you simply want to hear white-noise rain so you can sleep more peacefully, then your wish is granted. You can create your own storm with this app for free!

RadarScope

If you’re a storm-chaser at heart or simply a weather fanatic, then this is the app that will tickle your fancy! RadarScope lets you “chase” the storms without risking your life! It allows you to view the NEXRAD Level 3 radar data, along with Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, and Flash Food Warning issued by the National Weather Service. You can view the latest reflectivity, velocity, and more in all of the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico! This means you can see how the weather is for family members and friends who live in different areas of the United States. This fun app costs $9.99 in App Store, but it’s well worth the money!

Oh, and along with the weather, keep your eyes out on the horizon for the release of our Bodacious Case, coming soon in the spring! Check out our Facebook page and Twitter page for more information!

Celebrate The Emerald Isle With These Five Great Apps!

 

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and already people are rushing to the stores to purchase green and gold beads, leprechaun hats, St. Patrick’s Day 2012 t-shirts, and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” pins in preparation for the big day. After all, you’ve gotta be ready to look your best for all the St. Patty’s Day parades, and you totally have to avoid getting pinched!

Luckily for all of us, there are some apps out there now that can help you get your Irish on and have an even better St. Patrick’s Day! Just in time for the famous Irish holiday, we’re presenting you with five great apps that can make your day even more fun!

Guinness Pub Finder (free) – Time to get your drink on! This app takes information from a database of more than 20,000 pubs located in the United States to help you find one near you that serves this Irish beer. You can even invite your friends to the party at the pub of your choice by one simple tap of the button! Additionally, you can check out lots of information, images, and videos for Guinness, too. Please be sure to drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive!

Are you not old enough to drink? Well, just have an iBeer! This app, which only costs $0.99, contains all sorts of beers to digitally brew and drink. And here’s the cool part: the beer you choose to “drink” disappears when you tip the iPhone back, and you can even make it foamier when you shake your iPhone!

Irish Slang Dictionary ($.99) – What’s better than drinking beer on St. Patty’s Day? Well, not much. But speaking in Irish slang while you drink (or simply throughout the day) comes pretty close! With this app, you can learn to speak the slang AND you will understand what you just yelled at your friend across the table. You can even search for slang words and mark your favorites so you can use them later!

Angry Birds Seasons ($.99) – If you’re an Angry Birds fan, then this app is for you! There is now another season added to the Angry Birds’ “Seasons” app, and it’s St. Patrick’s Day-themed! Check it out – see your favorite Angry Birds wearing leprechaun hats, and so much more!

A St. Patrick’s Day Quizzle – If you are a trivia fan (you know who you are, person watching Jeopardy!), then this could be your favorite app of all. A St. Patrick’s Day Quizzle is an app that has over 300 trivia questions dealing with St. Patrick’s Day! Oh, and did we mention? It’s free! Hooray for free knowledge!

OpenTable (free) – One of the biggest challenges anyone can face on any holiday is securing a reservation at his or her favorite restaurant for the night. Challenge accepted! The popular (and reliable!) OpenTable app can help you locate restaurants near you and secure a reservation for you and your party. Oh, and don’t forget to use the Yelp! app to rate your service and share your experiences online to your friends and family!

Be sure to download at least one of these fun apps on your smart phone for St. Patrick’s Day, and you’ll be well on your way to an excellent time celebrating with your friends and family! In the meantime, why not stop by our Facebook page and Twitter page and check us out? And keep your eyes peeled for Bodacious Cases to be coming out later this spring! Erin Go Bragh!

Stay Connected With a Soldier Overseas With Your iPhone!

 

Nearly everyone in the United States knows someone who is a soldier, be it a parent, sibling, spouse, child, cousin, or best friend. And several of those soldiers have served overseas one time or another. Some of them may STILL be overseas.

Military families wish for one thing and one thing only for Christmas, for their birthday, for other special occasions, or in their prayers every night. They don’t want a cool new car or the latest gadget – they just want to see their soldier safe and happy and, most importantly, HOME. It’s hard enough to go without seeing our soldiers face-to-face, but luckily, we live in the age of technology. We are not limited to simply writing letters; we can call them and talk to them just about anytime we’d like. What’s more is we now have the ability to video chat with them overseas.

That’s right. Video chat. That means that YOU get to see YOUR SOLDIER on your phone or computer! You can hear their voice AND see them, and while it’s not nearly as good as hugging them and seeing them in real life, you get to actually see that they’re all right, see them smile, wave goodbye to them when you finally must hang up.

So how can you video chat with your soldier? Well, if you have an iPhone, you can easily use Skype! Both you and the soldier need access to the Internet to do this, but it’s very easy to use. You can connect with practically any platform, which makes it possible to video chat with virtually anyone in spite of location. Yes, that includes locations that are half a globe away!

Skype is also awesome because it works with both front- and rear-facing cameras, and the video calls are free aside from the cost of the Internet access.

And of course, there are other options out there if you want to video chat with your favorite soldier. Facetime is another great and easy option to use. The only downfall is that it only works with other iOS and Mac users and will only work over Wi-Fi.

Additionally, Fring is a good alternative to Skype, and it, too, is free. Like Skype, Fring offers video calling over Wi-Fi and 3G. The video quality that’s provided is adaptive in that it will shift upward or downward depending on what your connection can handle, and it will also allow you to use voice-only and texting. As of yet, though, Fring is currently restricted to other Fring clients.

Still, like I’ve said before, no matter how great technology is, there’s nothing more bodacious than seeing your soldier come home, especially if it’s in the form of a surprise.

Be sure to use your iPhone to keep up communications with your overseas soldier, and be sure also to swing over to check our Facebook fan page or Twitter page to gear up for the release of our Bodacious Cases!

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions with These 8 Amazing Apps!

The new year has finally come, and resolutions have been made while clinks of wine glasses and noisemakers sounded at midnight on Sunday. Unfortunately, more than 75% of resolutions will fall by the wayside throughout the year, and many resolutions don’t live past January.

Fortunately, there are many new apps out there that can help us all keep our resolutions throughout the whole year. Check out these 8 bodacious apps and find the one that suits your needs!

Resolve to Lose Weight (and Keep it Off) – One of the most common New Year’s resolutions made is losing weight and getting fit. But if you’re lacking in a plan, a journal, and motivation, sad to say, but your ship will sink in no time. Luckily, there are apps out there that can help you get and stay in shape easily! Nike Training Club is a FREE app that offers easy-to-learn exercise routines, which are detailed step-by-step based on your own weight loss goal. You can even receive tips from celebrity trainers!

Lose It! is another excellent app that will soon be your bff. This app logs the food you eat and the exercise activities you do, making it easy to see which foods affect your caloric budget the most and which physical activities help in decreasing your caloric intake. And before you say that you’ll forget to log in, Lose It! will remind you when to log in your activities and meals. It will also allow you to share your progress on your favorite social media networks!

Resolve to Eat More Healthily – Who DOESN’T want to eat more healthily? But then again, in our busy society, who has the TIME to eat more healthily? And with the persuasive nature of advertising saying that such-and-such is healthy or this food will help you reduce your cholesterol and so on, how on earth can we know which foods are ACTUALLY good for us? Well, as they say, there’s an app for that! Fooducate is an awesome app that gives you the letter grade for a product, the calories per serving, any warnings, and alternatives to a product before you buy it in the grocery store!! All you have to do is scan the barcode of an item and voila! Results! This app makes eating healthily easier AND more fun! You may never visit your local McDonald’s ever again!

Resolve to Learn Something New – If you want to learn a new language this year, then here’s a great app for you! Learn a language with Michel Thomas will help you learn a new language and stay committed to learning it. It also helps you learn the natural way, not simply through repetition and memorization. Currently, you can learn French, German, Italian, and Spanish on this app, and while it’s free to download, you must pay per lesson. Learn the fun way, and soon enough you’ll be impressing your significant other when you order dinner in Italian at the hottest Italian restaurant in the city!

Resolve to Kick the Habit – Quitting a bad habit is a common New Year’s resolution, and the app Quitter can help you do just that! It helps you quit any addiction through motivation by showing you how far you’ve gone and how much money you’ve saved by not indulging in your addiction. And this doesn’t just apply to drinking and smoking – this app can help you break ANY addiction, including eating candy, watching too much t.v., and anything else you want to give up! You can also keep track of how long you’ve gone without your addiction (and how much money you’ve saved) by entering the date you stopped and how much you would’ve spent on it. Finally, an app that helps you to SEE the benefits of quitting!

Resolve to Manage Your Money – Christmas is notoriously a time that breaks the budget, and for some people, that’s a huge no-no. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to keep track of your finances… until now. Mint is a safe, secure app that will help you manage your money. It asks you to add you financial information, including your credit card information and bank accounts, and it will automatically push information from these accounts and track your spending! And get this – it also takes into account how much money is left in your account and can create a budget for you AND it can remind you to pay your bills on time! This app is a must-have for financial betterment!

 

Resolve to Help Others – Many times, we want to reach out and help others, but it can prove to be difficult to find. Catalista helps you find great non-profits near you that you can volunteer your time to. It finds non-profits based on what you like to do, your location, and your availability. And better yet, you can share opportunities to help the non-profits on Facebook and through email!

 

Resolve to Get Organized – Who doesn’t want to get organized? The app Evernote can help you get organized quickly and efficiently! It manages notes, ideas, pictures, and recordings, and it also instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or PC. You can “favorite” certain notes, and the text within your notes is searchable!

So what are YOUR New Year’s resolutions? Which apps do you plan to use? Tell us on our Facebook fan page or on our Twitter page! Have a bodacious new year, and stay strong in keeping your resolutions!

Which Apps Will YOU Use This New Year’s Eve?

Believe it or not, the New Year is approaching quickly, and 2011 will be gone before you know it! Many friends and relatives will get together and celebrate 2012’s arrival at the stroke of midnight, and pictures will be taken, couples will kiss, and the champagne will be a-flowin’ at this magical transition in time.

Even though they’re (supposedly) notorious for keeping us out of the here and now, our iPhones can help us capture the moments we long to preserve – a picture of our loved ones and friends cheering at 2012’s arrival, a video of people singing “Auld Lang Syne,” and pictures of fireworks and other means of celebration. And with all the apps out there now, there are so many choices for us to help capture those perfect moments of celebration!

Connecting with one another and staying connected is super-important, especially during the holidays. Fortunately, there are tons of great apps out there that can help you stay connected with your friends and family! If you’re one of the millions of Facebook users, then the Facebook app (which is free, by the way!) is definitely for you! You can upload any pictures you take throughout the night and early morning, update your status, and be the first to wish all your friends and family a happy new year!

Speaking of wishing your family a happy new year, why not just call them? Everyone LOVES hearing from their siblings, parents, grandchildren, and others! And don’t just stop at calling them – use an app to have a video conversation with them, too! Skype is easy to use, and you can see the person you’ve called while you talk to them on your iPhone. Facetime, which is specifically for iPhone, is probably the easiest way to make video calls, though. If you happen to not have an iPhone, Tango is also a great way to make video calls across all phone platforms. We guarantee this videochat will make your family’s night!

Weather can be capricious in our nation and can change from balmy and sunny to tumultuous and cold in a matter of minutes. For example, while the weather is currently projected to be partly cloudy and 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the Metro St. Louis area, anything can change still (Remember last year? We were in the mid 70’s… and had some deadly tornadoes!)! For only 99 cents, you can download Weather+, one of the best weather apps out there. Not only does it tell you the weather for your location, listing the temperature, time, humidity, precipitation, and your 5-day forecast, but it also has some awesome imagery and design! You can also create and save customized weather pages for different locations you visit on a regular basis – now THAT’s bodacious!

Picture-taking is totally a MUST on New Year’s Eve, so why not download the free photo app Flickr? You can instantly upload your images from your phone onto the site, and you can also see shots from other friends who use the site! You can also use the 2011 App of the Year, Instagram, to give your photos an extra something to them before you upload them.

And what New Year’s Eve party is complete without watching the Times Square ball drop? No party, that’s what! Download the Official Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball app, and watch the ball drop wherever you might be! This is especially handy for those who don’t have cable or a television nearby.

New Year’s Eve is a fun night of celebration, but it can also turn tragic quickly. If you do drink, DO NOT DRIVE! Stay at a friend’s house or let a friend drive you home. Better yet, if you live in the city, you can use the app Taxi Magic to help you nab a cab home!

So which apps will YOU be using this year at New Year’s Eve? Tell us on our Facebook fan page or on our Twitter account! We hope you have a happy and BODACIOUS new year!

Apple Names Instagram App of the Year!

The iPhone has a lot of super cool apps, that’s for sure. In fact, it’s really weird (and pointless!) for anyone using an iPhone as their means of communication to NOT have any apps! And while we all know and love Angry Birds, Words with Friends, and all those other fun apps, there’s one awesome app that has been crowned the best of 2011.

Just a few days ago, Apple has named Instagram as its “definitive” app of the year! Apple even claims that Instagram, a FREE app that allows you to take pictures on your iPhone, transform them into works of art, and share them with your friends on social media, makes it “nearly impossible to take a bad shot!”

Let me tell you, we totally believe that Instagram is THAT GOOD! In fact, the app currently has eleven, count ‘em, ELEVEN different custom filters that you can use to give your photos your own personal touch.

Instagram was introduced in Apple’s App Store on October 6, 2010, and by June 2011, the 8-month-old app had 5 million users. Currently, the 14-month-old app boasts a hearty 14 million+ users who post about 400 million photos!

For those of you who live in the dark ages and don’t have an iPhone yet (you know who you are!), you might be currently asking yourself, “So what? What’s the big deal?” Maybe those of you who DO have an iPhone are asking, “Why is this app the best? Angry Birds is the best!”

Think about it. People these days are glued to their phones. In fact, I bet if you take a look around you, you’ll see people texting on their phone, taking pictures with it, or POSSIBLY talking with someone on the phone (I know – it seems so archaic anymore, doesn’t it?). The cell phone, especially the iPhone, is ubiquitous and goes with us wherever we go! And well, is there another app out there that can let you take pictures of whatever you want, doll them all up, and INSTANTLY share your photos with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr? Nope!

If you’re still not inspired by this app, why not check out Instagram’s top 15 users? Trust us, if you check these users’ photos out, you’re going to want to download this app, and you may never want to use a bulky camera ever again

And guess what? You’ll soon be able to enjoy using Instagram on your own iPhone, which will soon be protected by a totally BODACIOUS iPhone case! We at Bodacious Cases are gearing up for our national launch of our super awesome cases in mid-January, and we couldn’t be more excited! We will be offering the iPhone 4 case, and then we plan on issuing other smart phone cases and cases for the iPad, Motorola Droid, iPod Touch, and much more!

Find out more info about us! Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of our excellent, admirable, attractive, BODACIOUS Cases!