The annual Appy Awards are dedicated to acknowledging creativity and excellence in app design.

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Your Bird Watching Problems, Solved 


Hey bird fan! You know who you are. Gazing at those mesmerizing feathery creatures in Central Park, wondering what they're called, aren't cha?

Let “Merlin” unveil the mystery! Served by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, bird ID is a sheer breeze now. And here is how it works. Tell Merlin when and where you saw the bird, what it looked like, and what it was doing. And, bam! Merlin will show you the most likely species by tapping into… yes you got it… eBird, a database with millions of sightings from birders around the world.

Now, go get yourself a bird to identify and this fabulous app in App Store absolutely free, you lucky bird-enthusiast.

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Final Deadline Extension -- April 25 


Procrastinators, you can now breathe a sigh of relief! The entry deadline has been extended to Friday, April 25. This is the final extension, so make sure to get your entries in.

Good Luck!
Love,
Your Friends at the Appy Awards

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The Travel App Locals Don't Want You To See 


Tasty Travel Tips from TRUFFLE

I love traveling and the planning process leading up to a big trip. Visiting a bookstore (the few that still exist) to purchase travel books for my destination and hunkering down with a cup of coffee to bookmark all of the must-sees is a great weekend activity for me. Unfortunately I’ve been let down by more than a few travel books, not realizing until I'm at my destination that the author and their advice is not to my liking. I had a rather unfortunate Rick Steves' experience in Prague, so much so that whenever my husband and I have a bad travel encounter we jokingly label it as a Rick Steves recommendation.

But I think I've found the solution! Enter TRUFFLE Travel, a FREE digital travel app with a sexy design and amazing recommendations. It includes curated city guides, travel tips, a journal, a currency converter, local weather, and more.

Current guides include: London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Since I’ve been living in NYC for quite a while, I thought I would put this app to the test and see what they recommended for shopping, dining and cocktails. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Places that took me years to discover were all listed, along with some other very interesting looking spots that I will be checking out ASAP.

TRUFFLE Travel gives tourists insights into the hippest restaurants, the chicest shops and hard-to-find hotspots much to the dismay of many locals I’m sure. The next time I have an out of town visitor looking for recommendations I will urge them to download this app.

The app will be adding the following city guides soon: Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, Tokyo, Sydney, Rio

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Thinking of giving up on #selfies?  


CamMe - Revolutionizing the Selfie

Thinking of giving up on #selfies? This app may change your mind! I just discovered CamMe - an amazing and FREE photography app that perfects the art of the selfie. The app is easy to use and really demonstrates how far technology has come!
CamMe
CamMe recognizes hand gestures as cues to snapping the picture (arm length is no longer an issue!). To activate the camera, all you need to do is raise and close your hand. Simple. Your phone can be positioned from 12 inches to 12 feet away, perfect for the singleton selfie or a family photo. The app also includes fun features such as a photo booth film strip and a heart background. Paid features include a Mondrian style photo collage, as well as various photo frames to choose from.


Clearly I’m not the only one obsessed, to-date CamMe has over 2M downloads and nearly 400 pics are snapped every minute with the app. Before you hit the town this weekend, download this app and say cheese.

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Paintlist 


DJ Dutchboy – turns songs into color palettes

Choosing paint colors is no easy task, believe me I know this! I chose a scheme that made my apartment look like a bad Christmas sweater. Enter the paintlist app from Dutch Boy® paints (available for iPhone and android). It takes songs from your playlist and turns them into a color palette.  We all have favorite songs that make us feel amazing, now these can be translated into paint colors!

The Dutch Boy app matches specific attributes from a song to elements from a color’s spectrum to create a custom color palette unique to that song’s style.

My wish for the next release? An option to “paint a masterpiece” in the app using the newly generated color palette.


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Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion 


Alzheimer's & Dimentia Companion AppA sad but short story with a happy ending.

Fifteen years ago, when I was still in high school, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s App
screenshotdisease. I was very close to her growing up and she was (and still is) a major influence in my life. The transition was traumatic for everyone, she went from her being a vibrant woman who could do anything to a small, frail, and confused person who lived in a waking nightmare of vivid hallucinations caused by dementia. My family did what they could to alleviate her worries and anxieties, but it was challenging to say the least. One month before I graduated from college, she passed away due to late-stage related complications. I still miss her and even writing this short paragraph causes me heart-ache.

There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease (yet), but there are now more resources to help. Like the FREE Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion app. I wish I had this fifteen years ago (but smart-phones were just a glimmer in Steve Jobs’ eye then). The app helps families and caregivers with immediate tips and practical advice for all of the behaviors and situations they may encounter dealing with a loved one affected by the disease. The app includes over 500 searchable tips and practical solutions sourced from the Home Instead Senior Care network and the Alzheimer’s and other dementias caregiving community. The app is a companion piece to a new book, “Confidence to Care.”

This is a must-download for those who have loved ones dealing with Alzheimer's & Dementia. 


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You asked for it.... More Time. 


Great news! The Entry Deadline for the Appy Awards has been extended to April and we are moving the awards party to Internet Week in May, which gives you MORE TIME to enter!

Mark your calendars!

April 11 - Extended Entry Deadline
May 21 - Appy Awards Party at IWNY

Good luck!

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The Recommendeuer 


Wine education is no laughing matter. Except when it is.Wine Education

To create awareness for the fine roster of Washington Wine makers, GreenRubin (in partnership with the Washington State Wine Commission) created The Recommendeuer app, featuring Greg Proops from TV’s Whose Line is it Anyway.

The awareness campaign was kicked off by shipping highly designed boxes to wine industry influencers and media. Inside each box? An iPad with a robust app featuring entertaining and informative videos about Washington State wine.

Each app was personalized for its recipient where The Recommendeuer greeted them by name, and dialogues continue today between The Recommendeuer and the iPad recipients on social media.

A mass-market version of the app (iPad/iPhone) is available for aspiring tastemakers.

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7-Eleven 


7-Elevenconfess, I have a 7-Eleven addiction...while I consider myself somewhat of a foodie, living in New York City and all, I can’t help but be drawn in by the donuts, breakfast sammies, anything on the roller grill and of course the classic Slurpee. Sometimes I need to cross to the opposite side of the street just to avoid its gravitational pull.

Then along comes the 7-Eleven iPhone app with a super simple user interface and a ridiculous amount of mouthwatering food images. How can I ever stop thinking about 7-Eleven now?! It is virtually impossible.

The homepage dashboard features fun tidbits of information and a more in-depth look at deals, events, products and store locations are all just a swipe away. When you are near a participating store, you’ll gain access to coupons that can be redeemed there. And when it’s cold out (like NOW!), you’ll see a promotion for hot chocolate instead of a Slurpee. 

Available for DownloadBeyond my 7-Eleven infatuation, this is one app that will drive customers in-store. A delicious marketing win.

 


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Foodler 


FoodlerMove over Seamless, there’s a new kid…errr app... in town named Foodler!

Food Ordering Made Easy

Available for iPhones and iPads, the food ordering and discovery app uses location data to find the best local restaurants andcuisines in 48 states and Canada. The app’s payment process is quick and intuitive, offering users the ability to enter their credit card information via a photo of their credit card rather than manually entering their information line-by-line. 

Foodler’s unique “Best Bets” feature highlights top user-rated restaurants and, for regulars the app will make recommendations on new restaurants.

Our favorite feature? This app REWARDS users with points for every order! For those of us that spend the majority of their disposable income on delivery, this is great news! The points accumulate towards Amazon gift cards, Foodler swag and more!

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