Kim Komando's best apps of 2012

Kim Komando may have the most widely syndicated radio show and print column related to personal technology. And she's rounded up the best apps of 2012 for mobile devices, assembling them in 10 useful categories:

Apps you didn't know you needed

Apps to save money on calls and texts

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Great photo apps

Apps to help you see better

Look around and get more information

Free app turns your phone into a GPS

Save battery life and data

3 unbelievable apps

Essential apps for your tablet

Best apps to secure your smartphone

It's fun browsing the lists and discovering new apps, such as Vocre, which translates your conversations on-the-fly, Metal Detector Pro, which uses the magnetometer to detect metals, Fring, a popular app for free video chatting for up to four people, Viber, for free phone calling and texting worldwide, and Over 40 Magnifier, which lets you use your device to enlarge text. Some of the apps are more useful than others. I'd say definitely check out the apps for saving money on calls and texts.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.