Posts Tagged "apps"

Shopkick App Will Change How You Shop!

I finally hit a wall in my #31WriteNow challenge. I figured it would happen eventually. I mean, let’s be real. I sometimes go weeks, even months, without posting! And now I’m trying to publish a post every single day? HA! What was I thinking?! I mean, there are a million thoughts that go through my mind on a daily basis, so how hard should this really be?

Well, have no fear! My iPhone sent me a notification from a new app that I am currently obsessed with, and I’ve decided to talk about that today!


Now, if you haven’t taken a look around my blog in a while, then you probably haven’t seen my “How I Monetize” page. I spend a lot of time on the Internet and might as well use some of that time to make some money. It doesn’t seem like much, at first glance, but it adds up! I’m serious!

So, let me tell you about Shopkick. The app, available for both iPhone and Android, awards you points (known as “kicks”) just for walking in certain stores. Yes, that’s it! Say you were just going to Target to look around. I know I can’t be the only person who does this multiple times per week. And if I am, don’t judge me!

You can get even more “kicks” if you scan bar codes of specific items. And then, even more if you actually make a purchase in-store.

Anyway, those kicks add up and get you gift cards to retailers like Target, Best Buy, Starbucks, Fandango, Macy’s, iTunes, Papa John’s, Old Navy, Sephora, Lowe’s, and more! I’ve used the app on 3 separate days, and I’m already about halfway to getting a Fandango gift card! So, as you can see, kicks add up quickly, if you’re close to a lot of stores.

Intrigued? You should be. Shopkick is a well-designed and highly functional app. Try it, and let me know how you like it!

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Another Backup Option for iPhone Users


I was scrolling through the “Changes” tab of Cydia today and saw a new app, titled DataDeposit.

It claims to backup your iOS app “save data” to Dropbox. Think about if you play Angry Birds and you’re really, really good. But then your iPhone craps out on you or you unknowingly update to the latest firmware. iTunes loads all your apps back on your iPhone, but not your awesome high scores! This is where DataDeposit steps in. (Jailbroken phones only) I’m not a gamer, but there are other apps I wish I could easily save the data from.

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Tweetbot: My Review

As a self-confessed Twitter app addict, I of course, jumped at the opportunity to check out a new offering. This was especially true, given the hype from beta testers as well as the reputation of the devs.

I’m talking about Tweetbot, by Tapbots, if you haven’t heard.

After opening the app & putting in my Twitter login credentials, my first impression was “damn, this is a beautifully designed app!”. It’s clear a lot of thought was put into the the UI design and I appreciate it. Previously, I thought Twitterrific was the prettiest iPhone Twitter app. No more. Tweetbot now wears the crown!

I read the MacStories review before I even downloaded the app, so I knew the little intricacies beforehand. Long read, but extremely helpful!

I’m not going to go into detail, but I will give a list of things I did & did not like about Tweetbot. At the end, I’ll tell you if it’s my HG Twitter app, which earns a spot on the dock.

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WANTED: A Bad Ass Tumblr iPhone App

Can someone please make this happen?

There are a million sweet iPhone apps; and I probably own 90% of them. They’re packed with extremely useful features that I’ve become extremely accustomed to.

It’s gotten to the point that when I open the Tumblr app, I expect to see those same features. But then become instantly disappointed, because they aren’t present in any Tumblr apps. I don’t know if it’s because the API doesn’t allow it, or simply that the really talented app devs just aren’t interested, but I wish that’d happen.

What am I really missing? There are overall Tumblr improvements I’d like to see, which would then, hopefully transfer over to any apps that are developed and/or updated.

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My Solution to Backing Up My iPhone

Back in January, I wrote a post about my experiences with PkgBackup and iBye. (My advice was to give PkgBackup a shot, and not to splurge on iBye just yet).

Some time has passed since then, and there have been updates on both apps, so I thought I’d give another update seeing as how the original post gets quite a bit of traffic and discussion.

Backing up your iPhone is rather easy when you adhere to Apple’s rules. Just connect your device to your computer and iTunes does the rest. If you’re like me, and want to do more with your iDevice, you might choose to jailbreak. That it when it is absolutely imperative that you read up on what it takes to backup your 3rd party apps and modifications. You can backup manually (via SSH), or you can invest in an app to help you with the task.

iBye and PkgBackup now both support Dropbox, and that is why I was most into these two apps. It’s very convenient to have your backups “in the cloud”. But the problem with Dropbox, in my experience, is that data transfer is extremely slow and tends to time out if you have a lot of files to backup.

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