Wednesday, January 15, 2014


 There were also two winners – one live and the other online.
PasswordBox was the live winner while Ballerz won the online votes.

I attended again the Mobile Apps Showdown at CES 2014 on January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As in previous years I also took part in judging the best of the best mobile apps. 

According to the CES recent report, by the end of 2013, about 50 billion mobile apps will have been downloaded.  So it is indeed exciting to know some of the finalists. For lack of space, I decided to list only some that were offered for free.

PasswordBox is the only mobile app that allows you to 1-tap login instantly to your favourite websites and apps without having to type in, or even memorize, your passwords; collaborate, for personal and business purposes, with secure account sharing; create secure notes while keeping track of credit cards and other sensitive personal data in your digital wallet; and empower your ability to assign your digital estate to someone you trust should something ever happen to you.


Developer’s Description: Ballerz mobile game integrates social networking with friends and is compatible with Apple, but soon to be available on all platforms. Through social networking portals, Ballerz makes playing a pick-up game with friends as easy as scheduling an event. No more calling or driving around searching for friends that are already playing a game. With Ballerz you can simply upload your game information via social networking sites and notify all your friends. Ballerz also finds games playing in your area via the gps technology. When you are finished playing, our complex algorithm allows you to be rated, rate other players, and post results through social networking in order to improve your rankings and become the best player in your city!   


Developer’s Description: True3Daudio – Music Player

Gabrieli – Canzoni e Sonate (Venice, 1608) Imagine a new music experience – as real as being there yourself!

In 1608 the famous Giovanni Gabrieli composed a beautiful concert for the unique acoustics in the Saint Marcus church in Venice, and it has been a favorite of many music lovers ever since.

Its first public appearance was posthumous in 1615. However only now you can enjoy this concert, with a truly remarkable authentic reproduction in 3D spatial sound – based on the True3Daudio technology in the Intelligent Headset by GN Store Nord.

Together with Newcastle University, International Centre of Music Studies, they present this first-of- its-kind app.

In this first release, you can move your avatar on the floor plan of the church, and next release will use your actual movements, so if you close your eyes you can almost..
Smart Document Scanner

Developer’s Description: Smart Document Scanner is the app that will help you manage your documents, enabling you to scan, scan to PDF, sync, OCR, file and enhance the final scanning result of notes, receipts, invoices, prescriptions, meeting minutes, whiteboards and much more.

Developer’s Description: The app is changing the way people browse, try and buy eyewear.

With 3Dfit technology, the app allows users to virtually try on thousands of brand-name frames, each sized to scale on a 3D model of their face. Shoppers can compare frames with side-by-side images, select favorites, and share with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.


Developer’s Description: Cliiiimb is an innovative combination of wearable technology and a compelling iPhone app that brings real-time King of the Mountain data to Strava users when they need it most: during their segment, not after. Users can run or ride against a virtual training partner or a previous personal best from segment leader boards. The app tracks your progress while the hardware gives you real- time audio and visual feedback on your position and progress. 


Developer’s Description: Zubie makes driving safer, easier and less expensive. The Zubie app uses data collected from the Zubie Key (free with service), which is a hardware device that plugs into the OBD port of your car and monitors your driving and your cars health.


Developer’s Description: One tap is all it takes! Perfect365 is a unique face enhancement app that lets users easily apply a natural touchup or a trendy makeover to their photos with a single tap. Using advanced facial detection and photo editing technology, users can create studio quality images to post online or send to friends in seconds. There’s never been an easier or more entertaining way to get perfect portraits. It’s time to get your selfies on! 


Developer’s Description: Maluuba is a personal assistant app that provides exact results for everyday queries. It is a do- engine that allows users to speak naturally to their mobile phone to get stuff done. Whether it’s looking up movies playing at nearby theatres, or figuring out where you are going to stop for dinner, Maluuba will be there providing fast, precise results.

NQ Mobile Security

Developer’s Description: More than 383 million users around the world trust NQ Mobile Security to protect them from malware, spyware, phishing, viruses, hacking, eavesdropping, and other threats. NQ Mobile Security’s cloud-based database is the world’s largest catalog of mobile threats, with intelligence on over two billion risk-assessed and rated URLs and 1,400,000 mobile applications, and is responsible for first detecting and resolving over 75 percent of all new mobile threats.

NQ Mobile’s technology leverages its proprietary mobile threat database, which is the largest in the world, a powerful “cloud+client” architecture, and state-of-the-art virus detection software to provide users with the strongest mobile security on the market. 


Developer’s Description: A Remote Control for your Home.
Your relationship with your home is a close one. Iris gets you closer with simple wireless home control and monitoring.

Iris is your one-stop solution for creating the smart home of your dreams. With the DIY expertise you expect from Lowe’s, Iris lets you set up a reliable and easy to operate system customized to your home.

TiVo’s App for iOS

Developer’s Description: TiVo’s App for iOS provides an advanced, second-screen companion tool, enabling you to browse & discover content, stream live & recorded shows & even download programming for on-the-go viewing.

Doubling as a TiVo remote, the app manages recordings and allows you to browse the channel guide, information on actors, themed Collections of movies and TV shows including Academy Award winning films, new Fall TV programming, Shark Week, etc. all without interrupting what you’re watching on the TV. Your mobile device is now a remote, dashboard, discovery device & screen all in one, allowing true content control from anywhere. 


Developer’s Description: A Common Sense Media Research study from November 13 recently showed that 38% of children under 2 are using tablets and smartphones (compared to 11% 2 years ago) this number going up to 72% for under 8.
Babiis is the first social network for babies & young children (1-5).

A new iOS App revolutionizing the way toddlers are going to play, learn and interact with their families through all their mobile devices.
After a 2 year development, they came up with an amazing product that proposes a large panel of social network features into a baby-friendly user interface, allowing everyone to receive video- messages from their children and send some back, wherever they are, and whenever they want.

Babiis is also a social gaming and learning platform, allowing baby to learn new words, read stories, play some games like never before thanks to his family’s involvement in his digital/online experience 


Developer’s Description: CrowdFlik is the revolutionary mobile video app that makes capturing, creating and sharing mobile video better than ever. CrowdFlik is free and easy to use. Anyone can use the CrowdFlik app when they are capturing video on their smart phone. Just open the app and start filming.

CrowdFlik’s proprietary technology combines and synchronizes all video captured via the CrowdFlik app. CrowdFlik organizes the captured video based on event – using time and location – and gives users the unprecedented ability to easily create custom edits of any event using the proprietary and intuitive CrowdFlik ‘CreteFLIK’ function. Users can easily create multiple custom Fliks of any length and share, view or save them. CrowdFlik gives users the ability to share and post their edits to their Facebook page, twitter, and other social media sites. 


Developer’s Description: Sign documents and get signatures quickly and easily from iPad or iPhone. A must-have app that will save you time and eliminate the need to print, fax or mail documents and forms for signature.

Safe, secure and legally binding, DocuSign empowers you to sign documents and get signatures from anyone, anywhere, whether they happen to be standing right next to you or are halfway around the globe.


Developer’s Description: Cerego is the best way to learn faster and remember longer. Discover hundreds of courses, build your own, and easily improve memory performance as you learn, all 100% free.

Cerego is built on a powerful adaptive learning engine that has been trained by over 1.3 million learners and over 3.7 million hours of study time. Research in neuroscience, learning theory, and cognitive science are built into the platform, and every course is personalized to you so you learn at your optimal pace.

I advise you to try all of them.  They are all FREE.  I guarantee you will be a better-informed person I promise you!

Check out their websites.  These are all amazing if not magical products!

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