Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Day in the Big APPle (in comfort)

To begin my trip to NYC I need the Metro North train schedule- I use Station Stops This is a simple, easy to use app which gives you the Metro North Schedule by to and from stops.   Once I get to the city I have apps that tell me what Subway or bus to take to get where I am going.  Hop Stop (also City Transit or ItransNYC Subway which both show NYC transit maps- I find that City transit gives a little more information. Exit Strategy NYC Subway Map may be the best of this ilk. It shows not only SUbway and Bus maps but also some neighborhood maps. Additionally it shows where the subway exits are so you can figure out which exit gets you closest to your destination. An interesting subwayOne of my favorite apps for NYC which I have had a version of n all my Smartphones is called Cross Walk. Anyone that knows NY knows that it is important to know what the cross streets of an avenue address are or conversly the avenues of a street address - this wonderful app does the figuring for you - really can't be in NYC without it.

When you have to go you have to go- you can either use the starbucks app (we all know that they always have bathrooms) or you can use have 2 P. (This works all over not just NYC).  There is also a multi app called NYC Way which has nightlife, coffee shops, events, hotels, wifi, shopping, art galleries and many more. This is essentail if spending time in NYC.

NYC is a great place to be and there are so many IPhone apps to just make it better. I have just touched upon a few and hope my readers will share their favorites.

Lastly, if you are going to be walking around NYC I have found the most comfortable shoes that let you do good too.  I stumbled upon these shoes at Whole Foods - they are called Toms Shoes. Not only are they comfortable, come in multitudes of designs and colors, for men, women and children. Toms donates a pair of shoes for every pair that are purchased. see story here.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

An Apple A Day

I admit that I am an apple geek and had to get up early on a Saturday to stand in line with about 200 people to get an iPad.(which I am typing on now at starbucks right near the apple store in the stamford mall)
So far it is pretty awesome. I am still getting used to my 2 week old iPhone.
The iPad is fairly seamless and has some very cool features including the map feature that gives you the actual street view with pictures and the iBooks app which may help all those who had issues with the kindle because they needed to "turn the page". The iBook app almost let's you do that.
I have not spent a lot of time playing with iPad apps yet but have several favorite iPhone apps to share.

My absolute Favorite App is "World Card". This allows you to photograph a business card and instantly add it to your contacts. In a similiar manner- "Scan Tell" allows you to photograph a book, CD or DVD and it searches to find wout where you can buy it and for what price.  I have also found that Grocery IQ is great for making a list for the grocery store. You can scan items on your iphone and it then adds them to your market kist which is organizzed by aisle.

Appzilla is a neat little app that holds 50 apps within it- these include a coin toss (my favorite), a fake call mode that you can set to have someone (You pick the name that is shown) call you at a predetermined time. There is also a ruler, level and protractor as well as translator, currency converter and so much more!

I have many favorite games and some favorite apps that are mainly for the NY area but these will have to be in another post. Must go back to checking out all the cool things my IPAD can do.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Today is the first day...

I am in sales and love to shop- in doing so I  find new things that I love and get great joy in sharing them. Many of these will relate to my favorite pasttimes - knitting, almost anything Apple, and bags.

The newest bags that I have found and LOVE are from a company called Mosey Life ( This is a new company with a series of well designed, well priced bags that are made using material from recycled plastic (mostly water bottles). I found mine (I bought the platinum convertible- converts from bag to backpack) at  an great store in Ridgefield, Ct called  Practicallygreen

If you do find yourself in Ridgefield, Ct stop By Nancy O's. She has a store filled with, yarn, patterns, as well as wonerful jewelry, sweaters, bags and ther gifts. She has a great eye and always has new and unique gifts. With end of the year teacher gifts needed soon- stop in and see what you may find.

If all this shopping has made you hungry ou are in luck as immediately next door to Nancy O's is a new Italian restaurant Terra Sole. I have had both lunch and dinner and both were excellent (as was the art work adorning the walls). A must- the Terra Sole Cesar Salad- it is Romaine that has been on the Grill. It is exceptional.