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iPhone Life Blogger's Choice Awards: Best Apps of 2014

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We know you've come to rely on the bloggers at iPhoneLife.com for helpful reviews of all the best offerings in the App Store. With over 1 million apps for your iPhone and over 475,000 apps for your iPad, deciding which apps to download can be overwhelming. That's why we asked all of our bloggers to vote for their favorite apps released or updated in 2014. Here are their top two apps in each of six categories!



Discover the Hottest Twitter Trends, Mentions, and Photos in Your Area Through Zoom Social

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For an entrepreneur, data from social media sites can be a gold mine as they can present unlimited opportunities if the information tapped is handled efficiently and effectively. But this data can most often be overwhelming especially to the untrained eye. Whether you want to know what’s hot and what’s not for business or simply out of sheer curiosity, the new free app named Zoom Social can deliver these straight to your hands in a neat little package, ready to be devoured as needed.



Run a Bar or Restaurant? Jon Taffer to the Rescue with BarHQ!

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I have a good job. I get to review apps and accessories, often before they hit the market. But today that good job is a great job, as I had the opportunity to interview Jon Taffer, host of two of my favorite shows, Spike TV's Bar Rescue and Hungry Investors. Unlike most "reality" TV shows, Taffer's programs are truly real (although condensed for practical purposes) examples of bars and restaurants that need help, and get it, from one of the industry's most renown experts. Jon walked me through how the unscripted shows are produced, without his meeting any of the players in advance. The one thing we don't see is his crew of more than fifty working in parallel to rebuild each bar from the inside out, in less than five days. But this interview wasn't just about his TV shows.



LiveJournal Asks Are You Stan Lee's Biggest Fan?

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If you're a fan of comics and/or superhero movies, you owe a lot to Stan Lee. Lee is the creative genius behind most of the Marvel superheroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. All of which have contributed greatly to Hollywood's bottom line lately, and the U.S. Economy for that matter. Marvel may be owned by Disney now, but the nonagenarian (I had to look up what a 91-year-old is called!) isn't slowing down. He just held his annual Stan Lee's Comikaze (put on with Elvira) and I had a front row seat. Still full of energy and enthusiasm, Mr. Lee launched his new blog site and a contest, in partnership with LiveJournal. 



IGNIGHT, LLC LAUNCHES NEW NIGHTLIFE COORDINATION AND SOCIAL NETWORKING APPLICATION

IGNIGHT, LLC LAUNCHES NEW NIGHTLIFE COORDINATION AND SOCIAL NETWORKING APPLICATION

CHICAGO, Illinois, November 4, 2014 – Today, IgNight, LLC released the IgNight mobile application for iOS (Android availability is expected in the coming days), which will be available in the Apple App Store in the next 24 hours. Its mission is to facilitate the coordination of, and connect, venue-goers that have similar nightlife interests but no social relationship or effective communication medium.


Phone-to-Phone Chatting App NearZone Uses Bluetooth to Keep Subway Commuters Connected

Phone-to-Phone Chatting App NearZone Uses Bluetooth to Keep Subway Commuters Connected

In large metropolitan sprawls like New York City and Tokyo, the mass transit system is the true lifeline of the city.

Until recently, connecting with individuals across subways platforms and stations meant making a physical phone call. Now commuters are able to stay in contact more quickly and effortlessly by using apps like NearZone and DisasterTALK, a phone-to-phone service that works even when there’s no Internet signal.

NearZone utilizes the base transmitters and receivers in phones to ping messages across an anonymous and private network, connecting iPhone users through a fast and reliable service. Bluetooth technology allows for such contact even outside of a Wi-Fi network.


Phone-to-Phone Chatting App NearZone Uses Bluetooth to Keep Subway Commuters Connected

Phone-to-Phone Chatting App NearZone Uses Bluetooth to Keep Subway Commuters Connected

In large metropolitan sprawls like New York City and Tokyo, the mass transit system is the true lifeline of the city.

Until recently, connecting with individuals across subways platforms and stations meant making a physical phone call. Now commuters are able to stay in contact more quickly and effortlessly by using apps like NearZone and DisasterTALK, a phone-to-phone service that works even when there’s no Internet signal.

NearZone utilizes the base transmitters and receivers in phones to ping messages across an anonymous and private network, connecting iPhone users through a fast and reliable service. Bluetooth technology allows for such contact even outside of a Wi-Fi network.


Linkedin Releases SlideShare for iOS 8

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In its mission to expand on an already substantial collection of mobile products, Linkedin launched a SlideShare app (Free) for iOS 8. The new app leans heavily on personalization and content that is relevant to you.

Personalization starts with a tailored feed. The feed algorithm picks up on your particular tastes, what your contacts like, and the popularity of presentations within your network.



Staance Launches New iPhone App

Staance Launches New iPhone App

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Staance, a premier new platform for instant reaction on any issue, trend or news event, has launched its iPhone app, the company announced Thursday.

Starting today, Staance users can influence the world around them from their iPhone. Users can now add their voice to the conversation with a simple swipe or touch of a button, agreeing or disagreeing with concise statements and instantly seeing how their voice stacks up against the world’s.
Millions of users have already engaged with Staance.com, but now app users can influence others in a way never seen before. A growing list of influencers — media, celebrities, pro athletes and more — are already using the platform to gauge global reaction and engage their networks.


Imagemess is The messenger app that transforms your words into images!

Imagemess is The messenger app that transforms your words into images!

"I created Imagemess because I needed a way to send thoughts to my friends as I have them in my mind, alive, fun and charged with emotions. So I built the app that transforms the plain text message into a series of meaningful iconic images, an image message. For example, if you type laugh in your message, Laurel and Hardy will portray the laughter." - Andrei Birlan

• Imagemess magically transforms your words into images while you type.
• An image message is a series of images portraying your thoughts.
• Send an amazing image message in seconds. It's that easy.
• The app uses a carefully build search engine for maximum accuracy for your words.
• Make it as personal as you want, by choosing other images that go with your mood, or add your own images.


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