Take This Summer by Storm With These Three Amazing Apps!

 

What does summertime mean to you?

To most people, summer means being swimsuit ready, enjoying some fantastic parties with friends and family, and taking as many photos as possible on a fun road trip or vacation. We use apps to have fun and stay organized in our lives, so why not get your smart phone ready to help improve your summer this year?

These three amazing apps will help you to be ready to take this summer by storm!

Improve Your Health and Lose Weight with Calorie Counter Pro – Whether you’re getting swimsuit ready or just wanting to stay in shape this summer, there are a couple of apps available that can help you accomplish your goals! Calorie Counter Pro has been the best diet app since 2008! It’s a user-friendly food database that contains 430,000 foods and their respective calories. Not sure if a food fits into your diet? No problem! Just scan the bar code with your phone to find out. How easy is that!?

Oh, and before you go downloading another app for exercising, consider this – Calorie Counter Pro contains 500 different exercises AND will calculate the calories you lose during each exercise based off your weight! If you are trying to lose weight this summer, you can set goals for yourself using this app and keep track of the goals you meet. While this app does cost $3.99, it will really help you keep track of your health and fitness goals this summer. Now THAT’S money worth spent!

Have The Best Parties with myParties Lite – Who doesn’t love a good party? There is no better time to plan one of your own than this summer! The only downfall to having a big bash is the tedious, tiring planning. Keeping track of what you have done or need to do can get confusing fast. This is where myParties Lite comes in! The best part? It’s FREE!!

This app has many features that will keep you organized during the planning process. You can keep track of whom you have invited and if they have RSVP’d or not. myParty Lite is great for keeping track of your budget. The app lets you input what you think supplies will cost and what it actually costs. It will also tell you if you have gone over your budget. Oh, and you can totally input your menu for the big event and assign your guests to a table. With this app there is absolutely no reason for you NOT to throw a party this summer!

Capture and Share Your Summer Adventures with Camera+ – Summertime is all about vacations, road trips, and exhilarating adventures – why not have an app that will help you capture and relive those moments when Old Man Winter arrives?

The number one app for photography and video right now is Camera+, an app that gives you the ability to set your exposure and your focus separately. You won’t have to be worried about taking blurry pictures ever again because Camera+ contains a stabilizer to keep your photos from becoming blurry. Additionally, it features a grid that will help you avoid taking any crooked pictures!

If you’re going out on summer adventures, you’ll want to be able to share them with your friends and family (and maybe show off a little, too). With Camera+ you can upload and share your images on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. Jazz up your pictures with effects and borders to be the envy of all your friends!

The summer comes and goes faster than it should, so make sure you download these three apps to help you enjoy every last second of this summer! Oh, and you’ll want to keep your eyes open for the exciting release of the Bodacious Cases cell phone case this summer! You can check us out on our Facebook page and Twitter!

The Eight Essential Apps To Take With You On a Road Trip!

Summer vacation is just about here, and while that means hanging out with friends and family, barbecuing, and working in the yard to some, two words quickly surface in the minds of others – ROAD TRIP!

While it’s important to pack all that you’ll need with you on the road and to prepare yourself and your car for a road trip, you should also prepare your phone for the trip ahead. That means updating it, installing emergency contacts, charging it (and bringing your charger with you), and, of course, installing some awesome apps to help you along the way!

Here are 8 essential apps that you should keep in mind to download for your next road trip, wherever you go!

Spotify (free for Apple and Android) – Don’t have time to burn lots of discs or figure out the perfect playlist on your iPod? No problem! Just download Spotify, and you can search for songs as you go, make your own playlist beforehand, or even grab songs from other members’ playlists on the app. With Spotify at your fingertips, you can feel free to play Motown tunes when you visit Detroit, “Sweet Home Chicago” when you gaze in awe at the city of Chicago, or “Lights” by Journey when you swing by San Francisco.

While the app itself is free to download, you need to pay a monthly fee of $9.99 to listen to tunes at will. But that’s a small price to pay to save money on discs or stop pirating music, right? Right!

Karaoke Anywhere (free for Apple products) – Tired of listening to the music artists sing their songs? Got an Apple product? Then download Karaoke Anywhere, the world’s first and only fully-featured karaoke application with a streaming library of over 14,000 songs! Now you can sing your own renditions of your favorite songs with your friends while on your journey!

GasBuddy (free for Apple products and Android) – These days, road trips can be quite a pricey expenditure. In fact, it would probably cost between $300 and $600 to drive from Chicago to LA on Route 66. With GasBuddy, you can find the cheapest gas in the area around you. So don’t worry about trying to figure out if the gas station you’ve just found has the lowest prices in the area. Just use GasBuddy!

License Plate Travel Game ($0.99 for Apple products, free on Android) – Road trips are indeed fun, but sometimes if you’re traveling through a boring area for several hours at a time, it can get a little monotonous to see the same flat lands over and over and over… and over… (yawn!). That’s why there’s the License Plate Travel Game! This app lets you play continuously throughout your entire trip because it logs all of your finds and keeps a tally of all the plates you see. You get one point for plates that you’ve already found and two for new plates. This is a great app to have with you if you’re traveling on Interstates for a long time!

Air Horn (free for Apple products) – Speaking of boring, sometimes your travel companions may find themselves taking a snooze on the road. And while it’s okay to sleep on the trip a bit, you might get annoyed that they’re missing all the fun or that they’re not doing their share of driving. Air Horn is the perfect solution to wake up your travel buddies, especially if they’re heavy sleepers! Just shake your iPhone, and watch your friends come back to their senses! This app is also great to use at any sporting events you may attend on your trip.

Yelp (free for Apple products and Android) – When you travel to new locations, you know nothing about your new surroundings. How on earth can you know which restaurants are good or which hotel is best for you? That’s where Yelp comes in! You can read reviews and see the ratings that other consumers have left about all sorts of businesses in new locations and see for yourself what’s good and what’s not!

The Weather Channel App – (free for Apple products and Android) – Do the clouds look dark and ominous ahead of you? Can’t tune into the radio to hear if there are any thunderstorm or tornado warnings? Never fear! Just use The Weather Channel app! You can type in any location to see the current weather, the 10-day forecast, and much more! You can check the radar to see if those looming clouds hold rain or threaten severe weather.

iExit Interstate Exit Guide ($1.99 on Apple products, free on Android) – It’s inevitable. There will come a time or two on your road trip that you will wonder when the next gas station, rest area, hotel without bedbugs, or Steak ‘n’ Shake will show up. Instead of having to guess and keep traveling further and further on the road tired, hungry, and nearly out of gas, use iExit Interstate Exit Guide! It will show you what awaits you at the next exit and the ones afterward! This app is super handy to have on the road!

Be safe on the road, and remember – DO NOT text and drive! In fact, avoid using your apps while you’re behind the wheel. That’s what traveling friends are for! And while your friends are using all these fun apps for you on the road, nudge him or her and tell ‘em to check us out on Facebook and Twitter! We will be releasing our Bodacious Case very soon, so get caught up on all the details, stat! Happy trails!

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!