The Weekend Adviser for Oct. 10-12

Oct 10, 2009
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The Appolicious Weekend Adviser for Oct. 10-12 While the developers of the Nobel Laureates app presumably will have a busy weekend incorporating references to its newest member, the rest of us can focus on what apps we would like to award to our collection.  This week in Appolicious, games and lifestyle correspondent Steven Yaccino suggests the Top 10 apps to help David Letterman […]

The Appolicious Weekend Adviser for Oct. 10-12 
While the developers of the Nobel Laureates app presumably will have a busy weekend incorporating references to its newest member, the rest of us can focus on what apps we would like to award to our collection. 

This week in Appolicious, games and lifestyle correspondent Steven Yaccino suggests the Top 10 apps to help David Letterman get out of the dog house. Regardless of whether your are trying to win back the good graces of your significant other, 99-cent Love Tips, iBeg and 1800Flowers (both free)are helpful apps to massage any delicate situation. 

On a more serious note, the renewed threat of Swine Flu is requiring us all to pay attention to our surroundings. Having recently overcome a bit of a bug herself, Appolicious scribe Kristen Nicole lends her first-hand knowledge to what apps can best help you fend off the flu. While the 99-cent Swine Flu Facts and the free Swine Flu Tracker Map provide extensive information about the most talked about threat, the free WebMD Mobile, like its web counterpart, remains the most comprehensive source for monitoring any symptoms before you make your doctor’s appointment. 

Apps worthy of a pennant 
With the Major League Baseball postseason now fully in play, Appolicious sports ace David Lister details his favorite apps to follow every pitch. With its “Quad View” feature that enables you to view multiple vantage points of each game, Major League at Bat 2009 again hit it out of the park and for just under ten bucks is the ultimate source for fans of all levels.  Stats junkies will appreciate the $2.99 FansGraphs Baseball, which provides comprehensive data on every Major League player. Can’t fit that on the back of a card. 

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More fun and games
Las Vegas is the ultimate haven for games and entertainment. After a recent trip, Kathryn Swartz took enough app insight back from Vegas to explain why you should deal in the $4.99 Vegas Mate for every trip to the Sin City. Swartz also has a few more selections for the casinos, virtual gameplay and getting around town. 

Speaking of being sinful, McDonald’s this week brought back its popular Monopoly contest. If you’re not a big fan of the Golden Arches, but would still like a taste of the game, for less than the cost of a value meal you can download the Monopoly app for $4.99. 

These apps are heavenly 
While many people view the iPhone as a gift from God, there are a handful of apps that also connect you with the word of God. As detailed by Appolicious spirituality correspondent Lou Carlozo, Holy Bible is the best of a number of free apps that bring multiple translations of the Bible to your phone. Scholars will appreciate the $4.99 HebrewBible app, which digs deep into ancient scripture. 

Summary Box
Love Tips: Offers daily romance advice and stores your lady’s dress and shoe size for future reference.
iBeg: Provides funny pre-written messages as cardboard signs soliciting food, money, and other needs. 
1800Flowers: Order flowers for any occasion right from your iPhone with same-day delivery.
Swine Flu Facts: A wealth of flu-specific health information.
Swine Flu Tracker Map: Feature-rich resource for all things related to the swine flu.
Major League Baseball at Bat 2009: Truly the best app developed for watching any sport at any level. 
Vegas Mate: If you could only bring one app to Vegas, go with this. 
Monopoly: Fans of the board game should not pass go, and move directly to download this app.  
Holy Bible: Free app publishes multiple translations of the Good Book. Yet another reason why your iPhone is divine. 
Hebrew Bible: Great for scholars referencing works in ancient scripture. 

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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