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New Smartphone / iPhone Apps for the Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, I wanted to take some time and review the top 5 “Holiday Apps” this year. These apps are all for the iPhone, but I am sure with a little searching you can find similar apps for your smartphone.

This list is in no order of importance:

1. A Story a Day Advent Calendar
This app is great for those who love the traditional advent calendars around this time of year. With this app, each day brings a new holiday story by authors like Charles Dickens. Just like your traditional advent calendar, you must open each day (with a click) to view the fun inside. In addition to the calendar function, there is also great Christmas music playing while the app is running. The app knows the current date so all future days are blocked to prevent peeking.
This app carries a price tag of $1.99.

2. Festive Holiday Baking

Festive Holiday Baking App

Festive Holiday Baking App

Need a quick recipe for your holiday party? This is the app for you. With a few dozen recipes that can all be made with 8 ingredients or less, this app can help take the hassle out of your holiday baking. Some recipes include “Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies” and “Pistachio and Cherry Mexican Wedding Cakes”. All recipes also include pictures and step by step instructions.
You can download this app for $.99

3. Mobile Menorah
This simple little app is perfect for someone celebrating Hanukkah “On The Go”. The app has candles for each of Hanukkah’s nights, and you can light each candle. The app knows what day it is and will add a candle to the Menorah when necessary. After you light a candle, it will be lit when you come back the next day.
Get it now for only $.99

4. Holiday Bells

Holiday Bells

Holiday Bells

Love the idea of holiday caroling but can’t carry a tune? The HolidayBells app may help. This musical app lets you play sleigh bells by shaking your smartphone and create melodies by tapping hand bells that are pre-tuned to specific notes. Holiday Bells uses real recorded bell sounds, not synthesized, so the bells sound realistic.

Pick this app up for $.99

5. Christmas With Weezer
This app comes loaded with 9 of your favorite Christmas songs performed by the band Weezer. Unfortunately, to hear them it is not as easy as clicking an MP3. This is a game app that is set up similar to Guitar Hero. The music is playing while you tap to the beat of bright-colored presents that are flying out of a cartoon moon and across a snow-covered town. Players help recreate the alternative band’s versions of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”, “First Noel”, “Hark The Herald Angel Sings”, “O Holy Night”, “Silent Night”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, and Additional Weezer Tracks like: “Pork And Beans”, “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”. The app comes from the makers of the popular “Tap Tap Revenge” games.
Price is a little steep at $4.99

And finally, a completely unrelated app that I stumbled across recently… For you textaholics out there. Have you ever been texting or emailing while walking down the street and had an unfortunate encounter with another person, a tree, a wall, a step, etc, etc… This app is simple, but great. It puts to use the video camera feature of your iPhone and displays a small video window in your texting screen. So as long as you have your phone pointed in the right direction, you can always see what is coming!! Get it now – It is FREE for a limited time from the iTunes store – click here

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