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Balloonimals (Best App for Virtual Toys)

Balloonimals (Best App for Virtual Toys)

February 25, 2010
Balloonimals gives kids a whimsical set of animated balloon animals to play with, buying harried parents some downtime, no clown required.

Aardvark Mobile (Best App for Quick Advice)

Aardvark Mobile (Best App for Quick Advice)

February 11, 2010
Aardvark fields questions on any subject, routing them to real, live people (including you) who have volunteered to offer answers on topics near and dear.

CardStar (Best App for Speedy Checkouts)

CardStar (Best App for Speedy Checkouts)

January 21, 2010
CardStar eases bursting wallets and overloaded keychains by relieving them of all those cards you haul around for memberships, discounts, frequent flyer clubs, grocery stores, and more. Stow your card numbers in CardStar, and the app displays scannable barcodes for each one.

Gas Cubby (Best App for Car Maintenance)

Gas Cubby (Best App for Car Maintenance)

January 4, 2010 | Comments: 2
Gas Cubby garages all of your car’s details in a single convenient place to track expenses, maintenance schedule, and gas mileage.

Spelling Soup (Best App for Learning To Spell)

Spelling Soup (Best App for Learning To Spell)

December 7, 2009
Spelling Soup adds a warming spoonful of adorability to flash-card learning. Illustrated with picture-book-quality drawings and narrated by two chirpy English girls, the game asks kids to spell words by unscrambling a soup of letters.

Seafood Watch (Best App for Sustainable Seafood)

Seafood Watch (Best App for Sustainable Seafood)

December 2, 2009 | Comments: 1
This handy reference for environmentally minded diners waves you away from overfished seafood, recommending ocean-friendly fish to enjoy in your region.

Bank of Mom (Best App for Managing Kids' Money)

Bank of Mom (Best App for Managing Kids' Money)

November 11, 2009 | Comments: 15
Bank of Mom lets you shift your kids’ allowance from a cash operation to a line of credit, teaching simple financial concepts along the way. Create an account for each child, and make cash deposits for chores or allowance. You can also bank activities like sleepovers, or time for TV or video games.

Locavore and GoodGuide (Best Apps for Shopping Green)

Locavore and GoodGuide (Best Apps for Shopping Green)

October 28, 2009
Locavore helps you find local produce and plan menus around food that's in season in your area. The app lists the closest farmers markets, along with opening times and locations. You can also check the current harvest in your area, or figure out just where those February tomatoes are coming from. GoodGuide earns an honorable mention for its sprawling review of consumer products' impact on the environment and society.

wikiHow (Best App for All-Purpose Advice)

wikiHow (Best App for All-Purpose Advice)

October 16, 2009 | Comments: 1
Bitten by a rattlesnake? Stumped by a wallpapering project? Flummoxed by a mustard stain? Don’t panic: WikiHow has the advice you need to get out of your jam.

Slide-a-ma-jig (Best App for Mix n Match Books)

Slide-a-ma-jig (Best App for Mix n Match Books)

September 30, 2009 | Comments: 8
Remember your childhood mix-n-match books? Each page had a character sliced into strips, and you flipped the strips to combine them into zany new creations. Slide-a-ma-jig reinvigorates that childhood magic with whimsical and wonderfully drawn figures, combined with a symphony of cartoon sound effects.

RedLaser (Best App for Comparison Shopping)

RedLaser (Best App for Comparison Shopping)

September 23, 2009 | Comments: 3
RedLaser arms your iPhone camera with a barcode scanner, offering you instant price comparisons on just about any product you put in its crosshairs. Save Benjis earns an honorable mention for a similar service that lets you search by product name.

Shopper

Shopper

July 7, 2009 | Comments: 5
Tuck Shopper into your cart to make trips to the supermarket (or any store) more efficient. Shopper replaces hastily scribbled shopping lists with an organized, uncomplicated system for building and checking off items to buy.

ABC Animals

ABC Animals

July 6, 2009 | Comments: 1
The App Store has a huge number of flash-card games to help kids learn the alphabet, but ABC Animals stands out from the menagerie with its lively cartoon illustrations and a clever device to help kids practice writing letters.

Mint.com

Mint.com

July 6, 2009 | Comments: 2
Carry a complete snapshot of your financial picture with this companion to Mint.com, a free online dashboard for monitoring your money. Like the site, the app shows all your balances, activity, and investments at a glance, plus a review of how you're faring against the month's budget.

Wheels on the Bus

Wheels on the Bus

July 6, 2009
This inspired children's game combines the interactive elements of a popup storybook with a singalong of the tried-and-true "Wheels on the Bus" song.

Shape Builder

Shape Builder

July 2, 2009 | Comments: 1
This drag-and-drop puzzle is perfect for kids ages three to six. Drag one of the colorful pieces into position, and it snaps into place.

Amazon Mobile

Amazon Mobile

July 2, 2009
You whip out your iPhone, snap a picture, and your phone produces an Amazon.com link for the toaster. That amazing magic trick is part of Amazon Mobile, an otherwise workaday app for shopping at Amazon.

I See Ewe

I See Ewe

July 1, 2009 | Comments: 4
Introduce your toddler to words for animals, shapes, objects, and colors with two matching games.

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

June 29, 2009 | Comments: 2
Savor 25,000 recipes in a gorgeous wrapper, with online access to epicurious.com's collection from Bon App├ętit, Gourmet, and other magazines.

ColorSnap

ColorSnap

June 24, 2009
Painting the living room? This handy palette-builder lets you find inspiration in a photo, or match the curtains by snapping a picture. ColorSnap is a product of Sherwin-Williams, and it's aimed at selling you the paint manufacturer's products. But even if you go with another brand, the app is great for quick palette suggestions, and you can always use the provided color recipes to mix your palette with a competitor's blend.

Zillow

Zillow

June 24, 2009
Whether you're looking for a new home or just being a nosy neighbor, Zillow is the best way to find out what a house is worth, what's on the market, and what's recently sold.
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