The top 3 non-merchant shopping apps for June 2012 are: RedLaser, Out of Milk Shopping List, and SavingStar Grocery eCoupons.Nielsen
, a company that provides clients the most complete understanding of what consumers watch and buy, has just released "Top 10 Shopping Apps for June 2012 (Smartphones, U.S.)
" Among the top 10 shopping apps, 7 apps are either merchant-specific, marketplace, or group buying apps like Group and LivingSocial. What's interesting to know is the 4 apps that have nothing to do with any specific online store or marketplace. These are the 4 most popular needs met by smartphone apps that helps online consumers the most in June 2012:
1. Have incentives to walk into stores
is the a mobile app that gives you rewards and offers simply for walking into stores. Though it doesn't cover all stores that you'll find in your area, it does cover good percentage of major stores. For example, on August 24, Shopkick offers a promotion of 200-kick walk-ins at Target, Macy's, Toys"R"Us, Old Navy.
2. Find where the best deals are (locally and online)
let you scan can Barcode or QR code to search for items to make sure you have all the information you need, including product details, ratings and price comparison. Whenever you're in a store, simply pull out your smartphone, scan the code, and you'll get a sense of whether you may get a better price elsewhere on most big ticket items.
3. Plan your shopping list
Out of Milk
is one of the most feature-rich and intuitive Shopping List, To-Do List and Pantry List apps available for your phone. Watch this video to learn how it can help you manage your shopping list:
4. Use Coupons at Supermarkets
SavingStar Grocery eCoupons is an app that offers digital grocery coupons redeemable at over 24,000 supermarkets and drugstores nationwide from brands you love.
Computers may have revolutionised the way we shop, but smartphones are taking the changes even further. When it comes to buying goods there really is no end to their talents. These five apps are all designed to help you save money, whether you’re shopping online or out on the high-street.
1. Google Shopper (Android and iPhone)
Goggle Shopper is a great place to start. It allows you to check the price of an item in a variety of different ways. You can scan the barcode or use the camera on your phone to take a picture of the product. You can even search by saying the name of the product if you’re using a device with voice command enabled.
Once the app knows what you’re looking for it will return with the best prices from the web. The app can even be used to locate your nearest local stores, which could help you save money on petrol.
2. RedLaser (Android, iPhone & Windows Phone)
RedLaser is a price comparison app powered by eBay. Just like Google Shopper you can search by barcode, image or voice. The app will then return the prices for thousands of retailers presenting a mixture of online and offline results in an easy to use format.
RedLaser will even return prices for the local stores it lists which is as useful as it is impressive. It really is the perfect app for bargain hunters.
3. Groupon App (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone)
Groupon is the daddy of all deals websites and now you can make the same savings by shopping with your phone. You can keep track of all the new deals from anywhere and redeem the offers straight from your phone.
Just like Facebook Deals, Groupon uses your location to bring you the nearest deals. Let’s just hope there’s an offer on whatever you’re looking for.
4. XE Currency App (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone)
This one’s a bit different, but the XE Currency App is an essential bit of kit for any frequent traveller who wants to save money. It lists the live exchange rates for every currency in the world and updates every single minute. You can even find out the going rate for different precious metals which is pretty cool.
The currency converter is particularly useful for shopping abroad as it will tell you how much the item you’re looking at would cost at home. You can even use one of the 30,000 currency charts to work out whether the current exchange rate is good or bad.
---About The Author
When not shopping online, Vince Polley sources personalised gifts for Find Me A Gift Ltd, the UK online gift store.
The advancement in mobile technology has made the lives of many professionals a lot easier including the designers. The mobiles devices have become critical to them and play a role which is as important as a computer. The mobile technology is evolving rapidly by which designers are able to accomplish their tasks while they are on the move. The designers are able to spend more time on creativity and do not have to waste valuable time in thinking about the unfinished work in the studio.1. Adobe Photoshop Express
The Adobe Photoshop program is a favorite among designers over the years and the good news is that it is now available on mobile phone for instant photo editing. The mobile version is available on IOS
, BlackBerry and Android
as an express program but offers immense opportunities for photo editing. This is definitely not a replacement for the PC version of the software but the phone version does offer a great alternative.2. Sketchbook Mobile
Many magazines have opined that is a "Must Have" app for your iPad. This is an amazing application
from Autodesk and it has the capacity to transform your mobile device into a sketchbook. The intuitive interface, the rich toolset and professional sketching capabilities are some of the plus points of this wonderful application. You can just run your fingers and create anything from a rough sketch to a detailed artwork. There is an option to save the file in any format or import it directly to Photoshop. The application is available on iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch
.3. WordPress Mobile
The WordPress is a favorite tool among web designers and bloggers for many years. It is regarded by
experts as an easy tool to create web pages and for editing them. But now the same functions are
available on Apple, BlackBerry and Android phones. The application is very easy to use and it allows
redesign, creation and editing of the pages. This application is highly useful for those persons who
updates their blogs very regularly or who is covering a particular situation or an event. If you are familiar with the computer based version, then this portable app will be easy for you.4. Palettes
It is a powerful iOS app for iPad and iPhone which lets the user to create palettes on the move. There is also a palette library wherein you can store pre-made models or webpage. You just need tap a color in the palette to get all the possible details like Web Hex values, Gray percentage and CMYK. There is also a pro version available which has good editing programs like Adobe Suite.5. Photogene
This app is available on iPhone and has been very popular with the designers since it’s' launch in 2008. If you are accustomed with the Mac interface then this photo editing app will be a piece of cake for you. You can indulge in quick and easy photo editing with simple tools like cropping and resizing or get into more serious matter like full redesigning of photographs. You can get add-ons by paying extra but they are totally unnecessary.
Indeed the advent of smartphones and tablets has made life easier for the designers. But at the same
time so many designing applications can really confuse a person. So we suggest that you choose those applications which are suitable for you. But since all the above-mentioned apps are free, you can take the easy way out - download all of them.
About the author: Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gadgets. Recently an article on cellphone beat
attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on gizmo watch
I drive about 50 miles a day to work and back, round trip. Since I drive a lot, last year, I bought a Prius using a couple useful websites and steps
. I mentioned how to get the most mileage of your car
in a previous post. Today I'd like to share with you my best way of finding the cheapest gas that goes with your car with a combustion engine.
It's not too hard to find the cheapest gas in your area with Internet at your fingertip. For example, websites like GasBuddy
simply shows you gas prices given a zip code. It's cool, it's convenient, but it could be better. How can it be easier?
Imagine you will be on a route and on the way you'd like to re-fuel your car. Don't you want to know whereabout is the best to make a stop at a gas station? FuelMyRoute
can help. Instead of assuming you know the location around which you'd search for gas, FuelMyRoute helps you look for the cheapest gas price along a specified route with a start point and end point. It'll search for gas stations along your route for you within proximity.
Once searched, you'll easily see the lowest, average, highest gasoline price along with your driving direction. The lowest price is visualized on a map of driving direction as seen above. To give it a try you may go visit FuelMyRoute.com
and see for yourself.
FuelMyRoute was created by Marcus Christie
who thought of this idea in 2008 when he was planning a family vacation to Disney World in Orlando, FL.. Yesterday, I caught Marcus via email and asked him what's on his mind to make his free service even better. Apparently he's working on an Andoid version of the service these days. Here's what he said:
"Currently I'm working on an Android app that will provide the same functionality as the website. I don't have any near term plans for improving the website, except that some of the things that I am planning on doing for the Android app will likely also benefit the website. For example, I'm planning on some performance improvements that will also benefit the website and I'm also looking into increasing the amount and quality of gas price data I have to search over."
---by Charles Gwa
Today, Google introduces Google Play
, a digital entertainment destination. It is more of a rebranding of several existing separated Google services - online books, music, video, android apps - now all under one single umbrella named Google Play. Google Play allows users to watch movies, play music, and read books on different Android devices or in Chrome browsers. The content is streamed from the 'cloud' so you'll always have the access from any place with Internet connection.
This is a great news for movie lovers. Since the Blockbusters around the corner were shut down several months ago, I've changed my ways of looking for movie rentals. Renting from Blockbuster has never been a bargain for me in most cases. There was just too much of a hassle of driving back and forth and I had to remember to return the rentals on time. Same applies to Redbox; I still have to find and drive to a Redbox. But Redbox is a cheaper option, and often time Redbox offers free rentals
. I thought Redbox was going to be my ultimate option of renting cheap movies
for a while. These days, I think I'll start switching to renting from online places like Google Play, or subscribing to Netflix.
At first launch of Google Play, there is a 99 cents section of movie rentals available. When you're there at Google Play
, look for this banner (see left) that will take you to access 99 cents bargain movie rentals.
---by Charles Gwa
and App Deals
are two great apps for discovering free phone apps. Both are free, of course.
Today, the news that Apple has acquired Chomp has been released. The acquisition is said to be around $50 million
. What is Chomp? Chomp is an app that let you discover apps for both iOS and Android platform. It finds you apps that you've never known of. The nice thing about Chomp is it presents apps' screenshots on your phone with almost full screen images so the browsing experience is better. On an iPhone, Chomp's home screen shows you a "Free Apps of the Day" section.App Deals
is also good. App Deals is just one of a series of apps - Appsfire, Apps Deals, Appstream, Apps for Kids - by Appsfire to let you discover and share iPhone and Android apps. I used App Deals before I discovered Chomp. App Deals's home screen emphasizes on the best of now free apps and price drops, and its push notification comes once a day to alert me their new free findings. Also, App Deals was the Winner of the "148apps - 2011 Best App Ever" Award for Best App Bargain
Chomp is expected to work its way into iTune over time as the result of acquisition, while App Deals by Appsfire
If you're looking for other iPhone bargains, please visit our iPhone deal section
---by Charles Gwa