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4 Free Apps for Fall

By Bob on August 8, 2013 5:41 AM

Charlotte and I are both Type A types. We love multitasking and we're never without an iPhone, iPad, iPod or some other piece of technology. Yeah, I know. It kinda blows the whole idea that Boomers are Luddite sloths **not applicable to me during football season**.

Sure, we're supposed to STOP and smell the roses, but with all the great gadgets today, who's content to just SMELL when you can look up the name of the rose, Instagram it, text it, Tweet it and post it on your Facebook page, all while talking on the phone and listening to music? 

Back in the day (as our NY-based son, Cole would say) fall meant one thing: going back-to-school and getting organized. Today, our empty-nester schedules aren't kid-centric at all, but we're STILL Type A's and we still like to keep organized. 

Here are 4 FREE apps that keep us that way:


  1. Alarmed wakes you up with songs from your iTunes playlist. Want to make a new friend? Keep snoozing and the songs play louder. Sound sleeper? You're gonna make a lot of friends with this one. 
  1. Catch helps you keep track of stuff by allowing you to jot down prices, record notes, and take photos while shopping.      
  1. Evernote lets you create notebooks for things you want to do, buy or just remember. Notebooks can be filled with photos, websites, audio clips, and more. Tag notes in this app to make them easy to search or share with friends.  30-30-600.jpg
  1. 30/30 is a time management tool. You list upcoming tasks, prioritize them, and assign the amount of time per task - the app's timer notifies you when time is up for each task.       


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