Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 8: Valentine 2011, VoiceMan, Deadbeat

Feb 8, 2011
Tech

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day? If you aren’t, you probably should be, as it’s generally considered a big deal for people in a relationship to do something nice for each other on Feb. 14. And if you’re not in a relationship, but you’d like to be, Valentine’s Day offers a topical conversation-starter. Especially if you […]

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day? If you aren’t, you probably should be, as it’s generally considered a big deal for people in a relationship to do something nice for each other on Feb. 14. And if you’re not in a relationship, but you’d like to be, Valentine’s Day offers a topical conversation-starter. Especially if you bring flowers. Anyway, our top Fresh App for the day, Valentine 2011, can help with both of those situations. Read about it, and more, on today’s list.

Valentine 2011 (iPhone) $0.99

Get prepared for this the upcoming holiday, and all the nice things you plan to do for your significant other, with Valentine 2011. The app is pretty ambitious — it even boasts to compose love poetry for you (although I don’t know if I’d trust it to do so), and has a lot of handy, useful information to help your romantic evening go smoothly.

Beyond some dubious automated poetry, you can access romantic recipes to make for dinner, as well as gift suggestions to help reduce stress leading up to Valentine’s Day. The app even packs a feature that lets you order flowers from within it. If you’re looking for a hand making sure you’ve got your February bases covered, this would be the app that can help you out.

VoiceMan – Real Time Voice Usage Manager (iPhone) $1.99

Tracking your phone usage isn’t exactly difficult on the iPhone (AT&T Mobile has a pretty great tracking function for AT&T customers), but it’s still pretty easy to use too many minutes or text messages, or suck up too much data, especially in an emergency situation. VoiceMan takes the forgetting part out of the equation by tracking your usage and sending push notifications your way when you get close to your caps.

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But VoiceMan doesn’t just let you know when you’re about to get charged extra by the phone company. It also compiles statistics about your minutes usage over time, breaking it up by day, week and month so you can keep track of your habits and make changes to your plan (or your usage) accordingly. The app also works with all carriers, meaning it won’t require a new version or additional setup for owners of the new Verizon iPhone.

Deadbeat (iPhone, iPad)$0.99

You know the friend in your group. The freeloader; the mooch; the deadbeat. It’s hard to catch the habitual non-payer when you go out with your friends, but not if you have Deadbeat — it lets you keep track of who pays what, when, so that nobody in your group gets away scott-free (or always stuck footing the bill).

Deadbeat isn’t for equally dividing a bill, but rather figures out which person grabs a round or the tickets for everyone. Once they pay, you input the information of what they paid and when. Next time out, the app tracks who owes this time around, and assigns them the bill. Keep the app updated and you’ll always know who’s turn it is to pay and what they owe the group — and never suffer a freeloader again.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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