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Over the past week, many tributes to Steve Jobs have appeared online, in newspapers, magazines, radio and television.  He was a creative genius and a visionary and we want to honour his contribution to boomer life by sharing our favourite iPhone and iPad apps.

Epicurious  We have been loyal supporters of Epicurious.com for years, but now instead of printing out the recipes or cooking from our laptop, we use the Epi for iPad app, launched in 2010.  Epicurious is free and features recipes from Bon Appetit, Self and Gourmet magazines and Random House cookbooks.  Note: these recipes are in Imperial measure. iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad compatible.

Facebook for iPad Wish you could stay in touch with family and friends from the comfort of your sofa? Now you can – Facebook has just landed on the iPad!

Google Earth This free app has all the features of the desktop version of Google Earth. Google Earth lets you see the world in 3D and search for places, cities and businesses around the world. iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad compatible.

It’s Done Are you concerned about whether your mother is taking her medication? This app keeps track of everyday tasks as they are completed. It’s Done will email you to notify you when a task is done, so you can care for loved ones from a distance.  It’s Done is a low fee-based app compatible with iPhones and iPads.

Navfree  Don’t have GPS in your car?  Take your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone along in the car and take advantage of Navfree, a free navigation tool.  Receive monthly map updates too!  iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad compatible.

Shazam   Ever loved a song on the radio and missed its name? With Shazam activated while the song plays, you’ll always know the name and the artist. This is a free app – compatible with iPod Touch and iPhone.

Skype  Wish you could make free Skype-to-Skype video calls on your iPhone/iPad2 from wherever you connect to the Internet? Now you can  – in the airport, from your sofa or the backyard, easy! iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad compatible.

TED  Do you enjoy listening to dynamic public speakers? TED, a free app, let’s you be there for some of the most compelling talks from around the world. Watch Steve Job’s “How to live before you die” lecture at Stanford in 2005, and much more! Ask questions! Start debates! iPhone and iPad compatible.   Photo courtesy of Wil Paredes               

World Time Ever missed an overseas webinar or called a friend in the middle of their night because you didn’t calculate the time correctly? World time is a useful app, which shows the current time around the world in all time zones. This is a low fee-based app. iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad compatible.

Words with Friends Love word games?  Words with Friends was voted the #1 favourite app in 2009 by Wired magazine. Similar to Scrabble, this free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Photo courtesy of Chris Messina

Zinio  We used to buy magazines in print and paid a small fortune because we were buying overseas issues air shipped to New ZealandThen we discovered Zinio, a one-stop shop for our favourite magazines in digital formSubscription rates are very reasonable and the iPad app is free.  Saving forests, one issue at a time! iPhone and iPad compatible.

What are your favourite apps?  How does your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad enhance your boomer life?  Let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Your Boomer Life Partners

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Disclosure: Products, services and websites mentioned in this Boomer Life Today blog post were not solicited or paid for by companies in New Zealand or abroad.

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