Category Archives: Web Apps

The Best Budget Planner

Easy Envelope Budget Aid (EEBA) is a mobile application for iPhone and Android  to keep you on budget and manage your money.  It is a very useful and free finance app for anyone who is looking to keep track of where their cash is going whether it be groceries, loans, transportation, or other expenses.  Throughout the month Easy Envelope Budget Aid tracks your spend, takes money our of your envelopes, and ensures that you never overspend again.

EEBA is easy to use and you can balance and enter transactions from anywhere, with or without cell signal or WiFi.  You can also share budget envelopes with your household so that you are all on the right track.  The budget application supports monthly, semi-monthly, weekly and bi-weekly budgeting. Plus annual and irregular expenses.

View your budget and expense reports on the web by syncing your mobile device and even upgrade to a plus or premium plan to have EEBA sync to your bank account and track your spending automatically!  Your checking, savings, cash and credit card spend can be monitored in a safe and secure environment once you start taking advantage of EEBA.

The Best Transit and Driving Directions

When you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place, or a big city with overwhelming public transportation, there are many websites and applications you can turn to for directions and online maps. But which directions and mapping service provides the best route? Google Maps, MapQuest, HopStop, Bing Maps…which is the best trip planner?

Google Maps is the industry standard, and probably most people’s go-to application for directions. In many ways Google Maps has earned this reputation, delivering accurate and simple driving and walking directions. If you have a smart phone such as an iPhone or Android, Google Maps serves as a GPS navigation system, and really becomes a life saver at times. MapQuest is a thing of the past.

However, for subway directions I always turn to HopStop. HopStop is reliable in always accounting for service changes and planned work for the subway, bus and train system. I have had most of my experience with HopStop in New York City, but I am told that it is as consistent for many other cities as well. Many times HopStop and Google Maps provide the same subway route, but I rather stick with the more reliable and thorough service.

Words With Friends Tips

Similar to the board game Scrabble, the Words With Friends application by Zynga has become one of the top ranking games in the app store.  Want to develop the best strategy to beat your friends at Words With Friends?  There are many tips you should use while playing this highly addictive word building game in order to score the highest points.

To score the highest amount of points in Words with Friends, you should not focus on creating the longest possible word using the tiles in your rack.  You need to aim for the bonus squares, such as double and triple word, or double and triple letter.  Especially when you have a high value tile, such as letters Q, J, or Z, you need to focus on placing these tiles on the bonus squares.  Even if you play a word by guessing an arrangement that might look like a word, by placing the high value tiles on the bonus squares and building from there, you are one step closer to beating your opponent.  You should not be reluctant to try obscure words that are not commonly used in your vocabulary, and even a two or three letter word when placed correctly can score high points.  If your move is not an acceptable word then just recall the tiles and try again.  I do wish, however, that Words with Friends had a feature to look up the definition of these obscure words.

Placing your tiles parallel to words instead of perpendicular is also a good strategy to use.  This way, you get more points by playing two words at a time instead of only one word.

Words with Friends is also a great way to keep in touch with friends using in-game chat messaging.  If you don’t have someone to play with, connect with Facebook to find friends, or have the application match you up with a random opponent.

Basically, you don’t need to memorize the dictionary to reach a high score and beat your opponent in Words with Friends.  You also don’t need to reference Words with Friends cheat websites like Lexical Word Finder, Words with Friends Cheat, or Scrabble Finder.  Instead, you should use that time to train yourself into a strategic word building master!

Manage Your Social Networks with HootSuite

If you have several different Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and FourSquare accounts, HootSuite is a necessary tool.  You can also connect to your WordPress, MySpace, Ping.fm and Mixi accounts using HootSuite.  I originally started using HootSuite as a web application to manage all my social networks, and have since installed the application on all my mobile devices including iPhone and Android.  With HootSuite I am able to constantly update and monitor all of my social streams, both at work and on the go.  I can monitor keywords, Twitter searches and trending topics all within the same easy-to-use dashboard.

My life has been made so much easier thanks to HootSuite, as it allows me to organize all my accounts into specified tabs where I can update my profiles, statuses, schedule posts in advance, and send messages across multiple platforms simultaneously.  Another bonus to HootSuite, which really sets it apart from all other social media managers, is the app’s analytics.  I can measure the performance of all my tweets and posts by tracking my shortened URLs (ow.ly).  I also think owls are really cute, so that’s a plus.

Fruit Ninja Critical

Fruit Ninja might take the (Bakery Story) cake for most addictive game in the app store.  There is something very satisfying about slicing a juicy piece of fruit with a virtual blade and watching it splatter against various backgrounds.  With just the swipe of a finger you become a Fruit Ninja warrior, dodging bombs and slashing fruit combos for extra points that bring you one step closer to beating your high score.  I dream that one day I will be half the ninja that wise ninja Sensei is.

The Zen mode removes the sizzling bombs from the game, so players can cut their fruit without care.  An Arcade mode is also available where the gamer has sixty seconds to collect their points, and super bananas are thrown onto the screen that grant slicers special bonuses.  I rotate between classic and arcade mode, and slice all the rare fruits and pomegranates that appear on my iPhone to get the most critical hits, combo blitzes and achievements that my finger will allow.  I only wish that Halfbrick would let us start with more than three lives!

Unlocking special blades and backgrounds with Fruit Ninja Achievements makes all that lost time cutting fruit worth it.  The game has sharp graphics on the iPhone and Android, and is enhanced even more for iPad users.  Fruit Ninja Kinect is available for Xbox and Fruit Ninja Frenzy is available for Facebook.  Multiplayer gameplay gets crazy as you try to avoid your opponent’s fruit, and very competitive too I might add.  It’s a good thing Fruit Ninja does not require a real samurai sword!

FarmVille – How to Harvest Your Crops on Time!

FarmVille Review: I won’t be embarrassed… I won’t be embarrassed… OK, I’m embarrassed. I’ve been playing FarmVille and I am currently the proud “owner” of 12 growing plots of land. I have cash in the bank and I can’t wait to harvest my little wheat swaths for more sweet sweet dough. I am fascinated by how they grow and how little I must do until its harvest time.. Little, that is until, like many of you, I’m devastated in the morning when my little plots of land are gray and withered… Why must these poor little farms loose their lives due to my inability to return and uproot them with my harvest tool at set intervals through the day and night??? And why no reminders or alarms!? Damn FarmVille! Don’t you know I can’t be held responsible for such a schedule?

OK, so that wasn’t much of a review – but perhaps you can sense my intense interest in growing my little FarmVille home.

The game is simple. You buy a couple seeds and they do what seeds do – they sit and grow, unless you ignore them and they live full lives and then – well, then they die before you can profit. If they don’t die, you can sell them to buy more “impressive” seeds. These more impressive seeds are something to be very proud of evidently. I imagine the culmination of the game is to have a farm full of the most “expensive” plants and decorations. I can’t wait! Suck that Jenny M@@an (told you I would amount to something…) Now, humbly, I will just wish my crops would stop dieing during happy hour… Play on friends, and if you do, become my “neighbor” so you can harvest my crops while I’m catching some shut-eye tonight.

~If you care – I originally wrote this about FishVille – but the same applies (minus some crop death sadness). Is it interesting I only had to change 24 words..?

UPDATE:
Amazing! Someone has come to solve my problem about knowing when to revisit the Farm so that you can harvest your crops! The Farm Clock Alarm is everything I’d been hoping for. It counts down the seconds until you need to return so that you never miss a harvest again! About time someone thought of this (Separate review to come).
Finding some useful info online to help you through your FarmVille experience.
Checkout the Unofficial FarmVille Guide for good strategy
You might also want to check out the handy FarmVille updates available at Farm Addicts

FishVille – Feed your Fish Before they Die

I won’t be embarrassed… I won’t be embarrassed… OK, I’m embarrassed. I’ve been playing Fishville and I am currently the proud “owner” of 30 growing fish. I have cash in the bank and I can’t wait to harvest my little food troughs for more sweet sweet dough. I am fascinated by how they grow and how much they need to eat! And I, like many of you, am devastated in the morning when my little mouths are laying belly up in the soupy froth atop my virtual fish tank. Why must these poor souls loose their lives due to my inability to return and virtually feed them at set intervals through the day and night??? And why no reminders or alarms!? Damn FishVille! Don’t you know I can’t be held responsible for such a schedule?

OK, so that wasn’t much of a review – but perhaps you can sense my intense interest in growing my little FishVille home.

The game is simple. You buy a couple fish and they do what fish do – they eat and swim, unless you starve them to death – well, then – they die. If they don’t die, you can sell them to buy more “impressive” fish. These more impressive fish are something to be very proud of evidently. I imagine the culmination of the game is to have a tank full of the most “expensive” fish and decorations. I can’t wait! Suck that Jenny M@@an (told you I would amount to something…) Now, humbly, I will just wish my fish would stop dieing during happy hour… Play on friends, and if you do, become my “neighbor” so you can feed my fish while I’m catching some shut-eye tonight.

–UPDATE–
Ah! My friends I’ve figured out how to save the fishes! Check out the Fish Clock Alarm – and never miss another feeding. “Save the Fishes!”