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2016 APPY AWARDS BEST IN SHOW - HEAL 


Heal
Developer: Heal
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FREE


Heal brings back doctor house calls through two clicks in an app. In short, innovation that brings back the days immortalize by Norman Rockwell.

Heal currently serves Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County, Oakland, Berkeley, and Peninsula to San Jose.  Lucky Californians!

The App works in a similar manner to Uber and Lyft. You can request the right doctor for your needs (i.e. pediatrician, family doctor, internist). All doctors are licensed and backgrounds are checked.  You can either schedule the house call at your convenience or, if your needs are more urgent, a doctor will be at your doorstep within 2hours.

Insurance is accepted (Anthem, Blue Shield, and Cigna) or the patient is charged a fee of $99 (available in LA, soon to be offered in San Francisco and San Diego).

Patients have given Heal high marks for the overall experience and satisfaction with the doctors.

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2016 Appy Awards Finalist In Business Category : WPS Office 


WPS Office
Developer: Kingsoft Office Software
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Free

WPS Office is a mobile office suite supporting both Android and iOS.  Users are able to view, edit, create and share all office documents while working remotely. It is fully compatible with Microsoft Office and integrated with numerous cloud storage platforms. Its features range from fully supported by Spotlight search to rich formatting similar to PC (fonts, colors, image editing etc.) This app takes up less than 25MB of space while still meeting all of one’s document needs. Both the android and iOS version are now integrated with Dropbox. Google named WPS Office as 2015’s  “Best App”, ”Editor’s Choice” and “Top Developer”.

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SAY IT - GET IT 


2016 Appy Awards Finalist in the Productivity and Utilities Category


Hound
Developer: SoundHound, Inc.
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Hound is a voice-activated digital assistant. Its goal is to replace the “touch and tap” interface on which most mobile users currently rely as well as besting the competition when it comes to ease of use, speed, wealth of information and accuracy.

Hound combines speech recognition and language understanding. You speak naturally with no need to learn special keyword phrases.  It understands both context and details. You can follow up to refine your results, or you can say precisely what you want all at once.

The app’s strengths include navigation, local search, and weather tracking, but it can help you find just about anything.

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No Background In Coding? No Problem! 


QuickBase

Developer: QuickBase

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QuickBase is the only low-code rapid application development platform that empowers non-technical business employees to create apps to solve problems close at hand.

This platform is used by small, medium and large enterprises, and enables both experienced and novice developers to work together and quickly deploy and continuously deliver critical applications to improve business efficiency and effectively manage data with no code.

The difference between QuickBase and other application development platforms is its focus on citizen developers: tech-savvy employees in the line of business without any traditional coding skills.  QuickBase believes this is critical to business efficiency as organizations are looking for ways to distribute development capabilities across a broader swath of their workforce, empowering business users closest to the issues at hand. This also frees up IT to act as a strategic resource focused on security, permissions etc. rather than bogging it down in app development backlog.

QuickBase also offers App Exchange, giving users and teams access to over 800 pre-fabricated app templates, along with the ability to upload their own.

The most popular apps, downloaded over 15,000 times, serve businesses in a wide array of industries, including but not limited to business services, retail, manufacturing, finance and insurance, healthcare, technology, government and construction.

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ToonsTV 


ToonsTV
Developer: Rovio Entertainment
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Free


ToonsTV, Rovio’s in-game mobile video channel with more than 5.6 billion views, launched as an Android / iOS app in October 2015 with more than 30 channels of free, on-demand, video entertainment for the whole family.

Since its debut, ToonsTV has earned over 3 million downloads and averages 21 million views every month, earning it the #1 spot on Google Play’s list of Music & Video Apps for families.

Angry Birds Toons, Rovio’s original scripted animated series, is the crown jewel of the app which also includes Piggy Tales, Stella, and syndicated shows like Wallace and Gromit & Shaun the Sheep from Aardman Animation, Om Nom Stories, Qumi-Qumi and National Geographic’s Zooville.  Those who have the app can view new episodes of Angry Birds Toons, Stella and Piggy Tales two days before anyone else.

This app also offers video advertising, which Rovio says achieves high completion rates, offering marketers the opportunity to showcase branded video, clips and exclusives within the app as featured content on the home screen, or as a branded channel.

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Be A Go-Getter...Sleep More! 


Good Mornings
Developer: Apalon
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$1.99

There have been many discussions lately, most notably through HuffPo’s Sleep + Wellness site, about sleep quality and its link to safety and productivity.  Good Mornings'  mission is to give its users the tools to find their personal, optimal sleep patterns and the best way to wake up and greet the day.

The secret to waking up rested and feeling more energetic and alert is to wake up during a period of lightest sleep.  Good Mornings’ smart alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns to find the optimal time to wake you. It creates a 30-minute window before your pre-set wake up time to find you in your lightest sleep phase and activates the alarm at that time. The alarm can be a pleasant tune or your favorite music.

The app detects your sleep phases by using the iPhone’s accelerometer to monitor your movements. Beyond merely waking you up, it sends you a nightly record of your sleep phases with advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep.  The app will also alert you when you suffer from “Sleep Debt”.  

Your personal sleep history and patterns soon become clear, allowing you to be more proactive in improving the way your body naturally recharges itself.

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FEATURED APP 


Lufthansa Apple Watch App

Developer: SapientNitro in Germany

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Free

The goal for the Lufthansa’s Apple Watch app is to create a best practice for the airline industry. Not just a simple boarding pass (which they invented), but an app that becomes the industry standard.

Lufthansa sought to put all aspects of one’s travel within reach to give passengers a stress-free experience through all stages of their journey.  They identified the Apple watch as a seamless, hands-free way to communicate with the flight monitor to provide highly contextual, real time data.

SapientNitro Germany worked with Lufthansa to create this Apple Watch app, making the viewing of all aspects of one’s flight as easy as glancing at your wrist.

The Lufthansa Apple Watch app assists the passenger throughout the different stages of their journey. Whether before traveling, at the airport, in-flight or at the destination, the app always displays up-to-date information based on the current state of the flight.

The app reminds passengers of all aspects of their flight the day prior to their departure and provides continuous updates.  Its countdown feature enables passengers to manage their time to make their flight.

The app was featured in Apple Watch’s launch in Germany.

Since it’s launch in March 2015 the Lufthansa Apple Watch app has been downloaded more than 1,900,000 times.

 

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Shipping 2.0 


Zaldee

Developer: Zaldee, Inc.

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Free

The sharing economy has disrupted many a traditional business model. Zaldee® is the sharing economy’s attempt to break into the multi-billion dollar shipping/courier businesses.

Zaldee® is a ship-on-demand app that matches one’s need to send a package with a traveler’s final destination. As a traveler, you get to monetize this extra baggage. As someone who urgently needs to send a package, sending your package via a traveler can be significantly cheaper than going through shipping companies. Beyond the price differentials, Zaldee can also give you a shipping option when your needs do not correspond with a shipping company’s hours of operation.

As is typical with a sharing economy business model, the onus of vetting is upon those involved in the transaction.  Given today’s focus on security, there is some serious vetting that has to be done when accepting to deliver a package. Zaldee has anticipated this and has many features and mandates that help both sides of the transaction feel secure.

Both traveler and sender have to fill out a personal profile: name, photo, phone, email, and social media accounts. As with Airbnb, both traveler and sender will amass rankings and reviews.  Another layer of safety is the need for the sender and traveler to meet in a public place and that the item being carried cannot be wrapped, allowing the traveler to know what he/she will be carrying.

The process: travelers and senders are connected based upon proximity, delivery timetable, specific info on the package’s recipient, the traveler’s itinerary and user reviews/rankings. The package, inspected and approved by the traveler is delivered to the recipient. The traveler gets paid.

Communication throughout the transaction is facilitated by the app’s chat feature.  While Zaldee provides suggested shipping prices, it is left to the traveler/ sender to set and agree on a price and when payment will be made. These are currently cash-only transactions, or PayPal if both sides have accounts.

To date, there have been 100,000+ downloads of Zaldee, and a 4.5 user rating on iTunes.

 

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Healthcare Always Within Reach 


AskMD
Developer: The Sharecare Team
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FREE

The award-winning AskMD app is more than just a symptom checker.  AskMD provides you with information that’s actually relevant to you by guiding you through a personalized questionnaire that takes into account all your symptoms and other factors, like medications and known conditions, and matching your answers against the latest clinical research.  You can discover what's possibly causing your symptoms, enabling you to have a better doctor's visit.

AskMD’s newest version is optimized for iOS9, with immediate access to AskMD consultations when you enter a symptom in Search.  

Other features include the ability to identify emergency situations and get directions to the closest ER, cataloging health information one might need on a daily basis, contact details for all doctors and specialists, finding a physician or specialist qualified to treat symptoms or condition by area map or list, filtered by insurance, specialty and distance. You can also organize multiple health profiles in the app for family/friends.  These  and other features organize information about symptoms quickly and easily, including a summary of results and relevant details, which can be easily accessed, printed or shared privately from the app.

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Put Some Pizazz In Your Presentation 



PopBoardz

Developer: PopBoardz LLC

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Price: Free

You are in a meeting, frantically looking for a particular slide in a deck to respond to a question or to prove a point. Your audience’s attention begins to wander...
It was this kind of situation that gave birth to PopBoardz, a presentation and project collaboration app. The platform allows you to put PDFs, images, videos, websites (from Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud or your Camera Roll) into 16 tiles for instant access during any conversation about or presentation of ideas.  

Customize your research or make non-linear presentations that allow you to present the perfect example the moment it is needed. Think of it as a complement to your PowerPoint presentations, (i.e. place your favorite presentation in the first tile and all of your research that didn’t make it into that presentation in all of the remaining tiles). When the unexpected but anticipated question comes you can say, “I have that right here.”  It is a dynamic form of presentation that may either compliment or compete with PowerPoint.

Creative people use it daily to gather and organize their project research. Sales people have used PopBoardz to create client specific “boardz”. Teachers have also embraced this app as it allows them to “illustrate” their lesson plans to increase student engagement.

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