Celebrate Our Nation’s Independence with These 4 Patriotic Apps!

 

Perhaps the quintessence of all American holidays, the 4th of July is coming upon us quickly, which means that people everywhere across the nation will be preparing for fun cookouts, spending time with family and friends, and, of course, fireworks.

But what happens if you get stuck in traffic on the highway (July 4th IS one of the most-traveled holidays, after all!)? What happens if the fireworks are a bit delayed? Will you allow your patriotic spirit to dwindle in the sight of those setbacks?

Well, now you don’t have to worry about anything raining on your patriotic parade! If you find yourself in a traffic jam, waiting for fireworks, or (dare we say it?) just plain bored, check out these four awesome patriotic apps you can download today to prepare yourself for such a moment!

America Deluxe ($1.99) – Not the traveling kind? Want to get out but have no time to take a vacation? No problem! Just download America Deluxe! This app will provide you with a virtual tour of the wonders of America, including information and photos on our nation’s cities, parks, history, and beauty. You can also find a selection of traditional patriotic tunes AND a biography of every single United States President! Now how’s THAT for patriotic?

Patriotic Music Box ($0.99) – No need to break out your iPod dock or drag out your old stereo system to play patriotic tunes during your 4th of July celebration! The Patriotic Music Box can provide some awesome songs for you! You can sing along to 12 classic American anthems, including America the Beautiful and Yankee Doodle Dandy, along with several others. This would be a great app to have on hand when you’re watching some beautiful fireworks!

3D Fireworks 2 ($0.99) – Speaking of beautiful fireworks, if you aren’t able to see any that evening (or just don’t want to get bitten by mosquitoes or get neck cramps from staring up at the sky all night), then this is the app for you! 3D Fireworks 2 allows you to create your own fireworks display with fun 3D graphics and full touch-screen control! There’s even an autopilot mode for you to enjoy the show in many different ways. Oh, and you don’t have to worry about putting out fires if you use this app instead of shooting off fireworks yourself!

U.S. States Quizzle (free) – Want to see how much you know about your country? Then download the U.S. States Quizzle and check it out for yourself! You’ll be quizzed on all sorts of facts such as states’ official flowers, ratification dates, slogans, state mottos and more!

So what are you waiting for? Go download some (or all!) of these apps and test or show off your American pride! And make sure you watch our Facebook fan page and Twitter page for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming very soon! You WON’T want to miss it!

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!

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!

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!