Erica Martena Murphy
It used to take an eye for design and an artsy flair to make your home look its best, but now all it takes is a Smartphone with Zumobi’s Dwell app. Users can view real design projects, get reviews and feedback on various decorating products, watch videos and slideshows providing design ideas, and see a design events calendar complete with local listings. Dwell lets you see the best in modern home design while staying up-to-date with the latest trends. Want to share ideas with your friends? Dwell lets you do that too by providing access to Facebook and Twitter directly through the app. With Dwell, even the most mediocre designer can become a Ty Pennington.
apple.com/webapps | free
Did Someone Say Shopping?
Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. But with Ecatcher, Inc.’s TGI Black Friday app, this holiday will be a lot more organized and a lot less stressful. The app’s automatic downloading feature lets you plan your holiday shopping in advance by previewing ads through DealCatcher. Create a list on TGI Black Friday so you can check items off after purchasing and move on to the next door-buster. If you don’t have a list already prepared, search through over 10,000 black Friday deals and compare prices to find the best bargain. This app even lets you shop online and still receive the same in-store deals, so you can stay home and finish the leftover turkey.
itunes.apple.com/us/app/tgi-black-Friday | FREE
If you’re the type of shopper who needs reading glasses to decipher a nutrition label, than take out your iPhone and let Fooducate do the reading for you. This unique app lets you scan a product and see its highlights, both good and bad. You can view the amount of calories per serving, total fat content, sugar, and additives and preservatives. Fooducate then analyzes the information found in each product's nutrition panel and ingredient list, and rates each product on an A-D scale. If a product rates poorly, Fooducate will make suggestions for a healthier alternative. Simplifying this tricky information helps you make better choices. Just pick up a product from the shelf, scan it, and let Fooducate do the rest.
apple.com/webapps | FREE