New iPhone or iPad? Five easy and fun things to try.

December 27, 2013

Even out of the box the iPhone and iPad are great fun.  But with over 1 million apps available there is much to explore.  Here are a few ideas for fun things to do with your new device.   All available at the App Store.

1. Stargaze

App Name:  Sky Guide:  View Stars Night and Day

starsSimply open this app and hold it up to the sky. Amazingly, it will display a map of the stars.  One clear night I aimed it at a bright spot in the sky that turned out to be Jupiter.  Pretty cool.  Sky Guide will also identify constellations, stars and satellites.  Price: $1.99



2.  Explore Music

App Name: Pandora

Pandora allows you to create a stream of music customized to your taste.  Enter a musician, song or genre and it will play a selection that matches your pick.   Give a song a “thumbs up” and it will select more of the same.  A “thumbs down” tells Pandora to avoid similar songs or artists.   Price: Free.

3.  Lifelong Learning

tedTED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.  Live TED conferences feature talks by cutting edge thinkers on a vast range of topics including science, the arts and education.  This app features video of the best TED talks.   Never longer than 18 minutes, the talks are crisp, informative and riveting.  Popular talks include Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability, Diana Nyad on never giving up, and Bob Mankoff on the Anatomy of a New Yorker Cartoon.  Price: Free.

4. Listen to the Radio:

App Name: TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio gives you free access to 100,000 live radio stations from all over the world.  Listen to your favorite hometown station, local sports from across the country, or news from just about anywhere.  TuneIn Radio also has over 2 million podcasts, concerts and shows.  Turns your device into a very portable radio.  Price:  Free.

5.  Take Your Pulse

App Name: Instant Heart Rate  (iPhone only)

heart-rateBy pressing your finger to your iPhone’s camera and flash, this amazing app detects is able to fairly accurately detect your heart rate.  Even if you don’t regularly take your pulse, this is worth downloading just to see it in action.   Price:  Free.


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