Posted by Allison Boyer

swirl it wine app

I give a big thumbs up to any tool that makes it easier for me to find new wines to sip. If you’re an oenophile like me, check out Swirl It, a new iPhone app to help you pick out wines at your favorite restaurants and bars.

On the “Our Story” page on Swirl It’s website, its team is referred to as “a bunch of boozers on a mission.” Co-founders Brittany Hawkins and Nic Werner built Swirl It to combat a common problem in the wine world: in order to discover new wines, you typically have to drink a lot of bad bottles. Instead of purchasing a bottle or paying a premium for wine by the glass, the next time you’re out to eat, you can use Swirl It for personal wine recommendations based on availability and your personal tastes.

Posted by Hallie Lickteig

Founded by and for travelers, Triposo delivers up-to-date information, detailed maps and intelligent recommendations for more than 15,000 destinations in 200 countries around the world.

Released in 2011, Triposo uses location, time, weather and users personal preferences to deliver custom, real-time recommendations of places to go and things to see. Whether you are a planner or prefer to go with the flow, Triposo helps you discover the unexpected and experience travel in a new way.

Triposo can be downloaded on your Apple iPad or Android tablet. Learn about the history and culture of specific destination, as well as practical information about the currency and language. The app lets users book a tour, plan sights to see, consider a day trip and find places to stay and eat.

Posted by Andrew Garde Joia

Recently released Thoughtful app lets you encourage your future self!

Behind most of our actions lie the desire to feel better. By thinking positive or helpful thoughts, you can change how you feel – and now there’s an app for that, too. Thoughtful app is a colorful and inspirational tool aimed at anyone who wants to experience more well-being, wealth and love in life.

Posted by Hallie Lickteig


Released just under four weeks ago, Twitter’s Vine app is now the quickest growing social media apps on iOS and Android devices, allowing users to easily create and post six second video clips with the simple touch of a finger.

Fashion makers have long been on the forefront of new technologies as the early adapters and often trendsetters for popular apps and social media. Brands like Target and H&M were among the first companies in 2007 to use Facebook groups and later pages to reach out to their loyal fashion followings, and Twitter and Tumblr have become a mainstay for the fashion elite to blog, post, tweet, what have you, a throng of mid-America style addicts.

Posted by Allison Boyer


The other day, one of my friends talked about the iPad games she was downloading to keep her daughter busy. Personally, I’m a big fan of the app called “get off your iPad and take your toddler to the park,” but that doesn’t mean I think technology should be 100% banned for children. Yes, some iPad games can be okay for kids (in moderation), but even more importantly, there are tons of apps out there that can actually teach kids important life lessons.

Let’s take a look at some of the top iPad apps for teaching kids responsibility!

Posted by Allison Boyer


Just like you probably had to kiss a lot of frogs to find your Prince Charming, you probably have to try on engagement rings (a lot of them) to find the perfect one for you. It’s a big decision to make, since you’ll be wearing this piece of jewelry for the rest of your life. Luckily, there’s an app for that! Are you really surprised?

Live Diamond Try On is a free iPhone app you can download to test out engagement rings without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. With this app, you can search Red Box Diamonds for a diamond with the perfect cut, clarity, color, and carat (size).

Posted by Andrew Garde Joia

Photo by Andrew Kopietz

Want a clean, professional looking website without all of the hassle?  Try Workfolio to show off your accomplishments.

Workfolio is a web application that allows anyone to create a beautiful, distinctive website to highlight their personal brand.

In a difficult economy, Workfolio allows job seekers to go beyond the resume and tell the story of their careers in a rich and engaging way. For people who already have jobs, Workfolio makes it easy for the next new client, new hire, new employer, or new connection to find them (and be impressed when they do).

Posted by Hallie Lickteig


Outbox’s intriguing new service collects your physical mail, then opens, scans, and delivers it via app or browser.

With a fleet of white Prius’ sporting giant, red plastic flags, Outbox’s “unpostman” will visit your home three times a week to collect your letters, bills, magazines and advertisements that had deposited there by official postal workers; they then get delivered to a warehouse where they are opened and photographed, and the resulting digital files are sent electronically to the recipient through the Outbox website or iPad or iPhone apps.

Posted by Allison Boyer


Whether you’re a food blogger or simply someone who enjoys finding recipes online, My Recipe Magic is a new tool worth checking out.

Designed by the ladies from popular blog Six Sisters’ Stuff, My Recipe Magic allows you to find recipes from top food bloggers and organize them so you’re ready to go with the perfect meal plan every time. For food bloggers, this is also a great chance to drive traffic and even make a little money.

Posted by Hallie Lickteig


Created by Layar founder and ex-CEO Raimo Van der Klein, Vinson TV has launched a new service aimed at disrupting the mobile TV industry and making it easier than ever before to bring a quality broadcast experience to devices.

Vinson promises to be the best end-to-end high-performance mobile TV solution, but if its interface is any indication, Vinson may just deliver on its promise with flying colors. The TV app works through a touch-optimized interface that’s packed with features.

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