25 apps for christmas–rockband 3

i caught the bug a little late (stood in line at midnight for the guitar hero 3 for xbox release) but was waiting for wireless guitars since it’s one of the main reasons i love xbox 360.  when rockband released it was another pre order for me and i’ve played most of the guitar hero…

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25 apps of christmas–netflix

no list of the most important applications of the year would be complete without this – the netflix silverlight player (for computers).  i can access netflix on my windows phone 7, windows devices, macbook as well as the xbox in the family room.  in my opinion, the list of what you can’t access netflix from…

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25 apps for christmas – fitbit

last january i picked up a fitbit from the 1st microsoft store in scottsdale, arizona and any list of apps wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this (and it’s hardware + device software + web application) since it’s something i’ve used pretty regularly. 1) start with or without the hardware.  you can sign up at fitbit.com…

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25 apps for christmas amazon mp3 download (with free christmas music!)

amazon’s mp3 store has a nifty little application that reminds me of when i first started downloading music.  they are also offering 25 free christmas songs (http://amzn.to/guPRiO) which is an added bonus. pc version of the application – either opens windows media player or itunes (depending upon what is installed) mac version of the mp3…

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25 apps for christmas–songsmith and ribbon hero

my daughter used to make up songs all the time (she still sings a lot but now it’s usually something she’s heard before) and that’s when i first discovered songsmith from microsoft research.  this is a program that can create a musical soundtrack to whatever you sing.  it’s very fun and there’s a trial available…

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25 apps for christmas–remote access

i use a lot of different computers (desktops, laptops, tablets, touchscreens, netbooks, etc.) and access to data is always the most important thing (it doesn’t matter if i have the program – most of the time i need access to my data in that program), the application(s) are not far behind (i like posting to…

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25 apps for christmas–eye fi

i’ve been using an eye-fi sd card in a digital camera for over a year now (so why is this on a list of the 25 apps for christmas?) – i actually switched to a newer digital camera and still love the fact that the pictures wirelessly transmit to the eye-fi service and down to…

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25 apps for christmas–media players

remember real player?  winamp?  codec’s like xvid and divx?  there are addins like adobe flash and quicktime to work with certain video formats on webpages.  occasionally i’ve had to go find a video codec or install one of these programs based upon content that i’ve got, but the most recent applications that i use to…

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25 apps for christmas–windows live mesh 2011

ever since live mesh was shown to employees in 2008 by ray ozzie i have been a huge fan.  this christmas there is a released version for both windows and the mac os.  i’ll add some screen shots shortly, but this is one application i’ve become especially found of using because it’s not just an…

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25 apps for christmas–shazam

imagine you are in your car, at a restaurant or a store and a song comes on that you really like but you don’t know the artist or song title (you make an educated guess with what sounds like the chorus, but certain songs/artists might use this as the title/might be hard to understand what…

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