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Healthcare Always Within Reach 

Developer: The Sharecare Team
Google Play

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.


Put Some Pizazz In Your Presentation 


Developer: PopBoardz LLC



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.


Out Of The Mouth Of Babes 

App: Little Hoots
Developer: Sherpa Innovation
Marketing Partner: Bernstein Rein Advertising
Price: Free

What parent would not want to save for posterity the most memorable moments with their child? 

This is especially true of the “little hoots” they utter. These bon mots are unexpected, for the most part funny, and represent a child’s special, fleeting take on the world.

Little Hoots is an app that helps you capture, art direct, share and relish these moments.

The Little Hoot platform lets you enter the quote or conversation. These entries are archived so you can go back to them and add design elements (design packs are available for purchase through iTunes). They can be shared via social media and turned into various keepsakes such as books, coffee mugs, and t-shirts (available at various price points, in the Little Hoots store).

Currently, the data has to be entered manually, but you can use the voice dictation feature on your keyboard. Little Hoots is now working on a 2.0 version which will add an easier and quicker voice dictation feature.



"What's It Like Outside?" Now, You Will Always Know 

My Weather Concierge®

Developer: ROTN Co., LLP


Google Play

Price: App is Free with content upgrade fees

Why rely on basic weather icons when you could select a local meteorologist to provide you with in-depth up–to–the-minute forecasts?

My Weather Concierge® is the next-generation weather app that gives you access to relevant and relatable weather forecasts from local weather forecasters.

There are currently 48 markets where My Weather Concierge® has partnered with forecasters. These forecasters are some of the country’s top meteorologists.  For example, in the New York Area, you could have Joe Cioffi as your Weather Concierge. Joe is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who has spent the last 30 years forecasting for the New York metropolitan area. He currently can be seen on WPIX -TV (New York’s Channel 11) and on Verizon FIOS 1 News for Long Island, New Jersey and the Hudson Valley. Joe has also worked on-air at WNBC-TV and News 12 Long Island.

The app itself is free.  The free content allows users to read an excerpt of any forecaster's report.

If a consumer finds a forecaster they like, they can subscribe to that forecaster for $0.99 per month.  The user then gets regularly updated forecasts (including long range forecast), alerts when a forecast is updated, or new forecast is available.

There is also the opportunity to 'chat' with the forecaster, via a subscriber messaging thread embedded in the forecast screen.

If a consumer would like a custom forecast from their forecaster, there is a one-time charge of $3.99 per custom forecast.  This is a direct in-app dialog (but not a live chat) with the forecaster to answer any consumer question that can be affected by the weather.  Most custom forecast requests are related to travel (flight delays, driving conditions), or attending/hosting an event (Will I need a tent? How should I dress for the weather?).


The Citizen Journalist 

Developer: Newzulu


Google Play


Newzulu is a crowd-sourced media company whose app allows “anybody, anywhere, with a mobile device and a story, to share news, get published and get paid”.

Headquartered in New York, Newzulu is a global news platform through partnerships with international news services and stock photo agencies.

According to Newzulu, their news platform boasts over 100,000 professional and citizen journalists. This community publishes video, photos and articles. Topics range from news, lifestyle, weather, celebrities, sports and entertainment.

Newzulu employs a team of editors to vet these submissions. Vetted submissions are marketed globally through Newzulu Wire or one of its affiliate partners and licensed to newspapers, websites and magazines.  Royalties, minus Newzulu’s fee, are paid to the content creator.

In looking at a week’s worth of stories, it is interesting to see how the world at large prioritizes what is “front page”. It is also interesting to see how the United States is viewed by the outside world, particularly in this election year.


Make The World Your Design Partner 


Developer: Adobe


Google Play

Demo Video

Price: Free

Adobe’s Capture CC turns any photo into a color theme, Look, vector graphic or unique brush that you can use in your creative projects. Best of all, the assets created by Capture CC are, through Adobe CreativeSync, added to your Creative Cloud library to use in other Adobe apps such as Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC or After Effects CC.   

Capture CC now supports Apple Pencil and IPad Pro, so you can start work on any of your devices and seamlessly pick up the project on another.

Launched at Adobe MAX 2015 in October, Capture CC is a powerful app for design professionals and creatives to capture and create digital assets whenever inspiration strikes. Both the iOS, updated in February 2016, and Android version, updated in January 2016, have a 4.5 star rating on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Capture CC puts the entire world at your fingertips, with endless possibilities to make the most of what inspires you.


For All You Armchair Cookbook Publishers 

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Ever dream of publishing your own cookbook?

Cookbook Café, created by food social network and recipe swap and the producers of TECHmunch (food blogger conference), have created what they call the first and only cookbook publishing platform that enables major brands, non-profit organizations and home chefs to create and mass-distribute branded, interactive ebook and app-based cookbooks. These cookbooks can be either iPad apps or web-based ebooks, to be given away or sold for profit or fundraising via the Cookbook Cafe storefront, reaching an audience of over 1.0MM in the BakeSpace community.

 Discoverability, key to successful ebook and app publishing, is one of the app’s strengths via its proprietary contextual search and indexing system. Consumers can find recipes across all the cookbooks offered in the Cookbook Cafe marketplace. Searches can also be conducted on the basis of food categories, cost, and reviews. The ability to message authors directly gives CookBook Café a level of interaction that is a dream of many cooks.

Compared to other do-it-yourself publishing services, Cookbook Cafe is unique as it is free and not limited by technology platform. It functions across different types of devices, including the iPad and any desktop or mobile web browser. If you desire to crowdsource recipes to include content from family members, friends, co-workers and others, it is easy to invite them and easy for them to contribute.

CookBook Café offers a free online cookbook builder, an iPad and web-based storefront to market/sell (priced from $0.99 to $25.99) your cookbook.  A royalty is paid to CookBook Café only if a cookbook is sold for profit. There is never a charge to market any cookbook.

Customers have the ability to quickly access all the recipes in the cookbooks they have downloaded. The cookbooks themselves provide a rich, multimedia experience as many include photos, audio, video and other multimedia. Additionally, recipes can be loaded in long form or “cook mode” when it is time to roll up your sleeves and don your apron.


All You Need To Network 

App: Pushdot
Developer: Nomadic
Agency: CreItive

Pushdot’s goal is to simplify networking by converging all your social sites, web addresses, phone and email in one place to make connecting with others easy and fast, a "Social Network of Social Networks". You can share your data with other Pushdot users and others via email or by sms.  All your contact information can be on Pushdot, and you can tailor the access to your data by selecting any combination by selecting the appropriate icons.

The design is clean and intuitive and really simplifies the sharing of contact information. Nomadic, the app developer sees Pushdot as benefitting businesses as well as consumers as it can function as a more cost-effective version of the business card.

The app is currently available on IOS. The Android version is in the works.

FacebookTwitterEmail Android App 

This week, we profile APPY Award entrant the android app. This is what the team behind the app shared with us.

1. What percentage of your subscribers use the app? Based on your estimates, how much time do they spend on mobile devices vs desktop.

Nearly 50% of all of our subscribers access mobile through our Match apps, and our members spend about 65% of their time accessing Match on their phones (vs. desktop).

2. What's principally new about the new version? 

Our reimagined Match Android app took a huge leap forward.  We made our most valued content the most impactful with larger photos, seamlessly simple navigation and two exciting new ways to discover new people and their personalities.

While we were modernizing our app, we also decided to mobilize it with a completely new experience for Android Wear. Now our members can stay connected to the moments that matter literally everywhere life takes them.

3. What are some of the app's coolest features?

Photos are our greatest currency. And our new features make them even more valuable.  Profile photos are bigger — and so is their impact. Members can now view photos free of distraction in Immersive

Mode. And when they’re ready to refresh their profile, they can add, edit and delete photos and captions from the same handy menu.

Our app also gives members more opportunities to connect including mobile only features, like:

  • Mixer helps members make rapid connections, so they can find what they’re looking for faster.
  • Stream brings the richness of our profiles to the forefront. Now members can get a feel for someone’s personality even before they visit that person’s profile.
  • Push Notifications keep members on top of what’s happening in the moment, so they can react while the sparks are flying.

The Android app is also the only Match mobile platform that comes equipped with our “Reverse Match” and “Mutual Match” features.  These more specialized features help you easily identify potential dates that not only match your search criteria, but find people whose criteria are targeting singles who look an awful lot like you! 

4. How is it different from other popular dating apps?

Match is the world’s largest dating site, and our app reflects that.  We have great site parity and offer significantly more features that help our members easily review matches, get to know others, and most importantly, make a connection.


The Tonight Show: Jimmy Fallon App 

This week, we profile APPY Award entrant The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon App, created by CP+B.

In 2014, CP+B partnered with NBC to launch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon digital experience, website and mobile app.

For the app, the objective was to mirror not only the sprit of Jimmy Fallon’s personality and vision of The Tonight Show, but the relationship he has with his most ardent fans, his FALPAL’s.

Jimmy Fallon is an avid, sophisticated user of social media, and his fans are more than just passive viewers of his show, with their phones at the ready as they watch. This app facilitates a two-way conversation, allowing his fans to both consume and contribute to The Tonight Show.

The app allows a user to view, share and participate thorough various challenges that Jimmy gives during the show and through social media.  There are #hashtag challenges, video contests and more, all of which are culled for Tonight Show content. Users can communicate not only with Jimmy, but also with Tonight Show guests.  In addition to show participation, the app offers “Jimmy’s Arcade”, a collection of retro-inspired games.

Jimmy and his fans are not what you would call sedentary, so this app needs to be kept up to date. CP+B created a content management system to make it easy to maintain the app’s edge.