A To-Do List With An Attitude

carrot-screenMaking a to-do list doesn’t necessarily mean that things are going to get done. The universe of GTD (Getting Things Done) is complex indeed. To get things done, we all need a bit of motivation. So, if just like most people you are still a good friend of procrastination, we found the perfect app for you: CARROT. Carrot app doesn’t just make things done fun, she makes getting things done addictive. Yes, it is a she. You can compare her to Siri but with more attitude. Carrot can be the perfect app for you if you are looking for something that really pushes you and forces you to get rid of the sloth in you and turn you into a productivity beast. In few words, Carrot is a To-do list with feelings. She has two distinct personalities:

  1. The happy Carrot takes joy in seeing you succeed, and showers you with praise for completing tasks.
  2. The angry Carrot hates you simply because you exist, and only takes joy in showering you with insults and petty sideswipes. Yes, a little rude.

No one expects to come across a rude, bossy app especially after you pay for it! But that’s Carrot for you. The premise is simple – you complete your tasks and Carrot is happy. You slack off and Carrot starts to get cranky.  At its core, Carrot is a minimal to-do list for iOS with barely any feature. Swipe down to add a new item. Swipe right to remove it when done. Swipe left to access the settings and options. That’s about it. You can’t even edit items you’ve created.  But Carrot  is as much about the personality as it is about the list and that makes her stand apart from the crowd.

Clearing tasks also entitles you to rewards as you climb up the levels. Initial rewards are simpler: like wisdom on how to prioritize tasks and not get overwhelmed with too much to-do. According to developers, there are nearly 300 unique rewards. And there are all different to the situation. For instance, reaching Level 15 could unlock mini-games. What is even more fun with carrot is that you can interact with her even if you have nothing on your list. For instance, in the text entry box you can type “Carrot I’m bored,” and Carrot will add a ridiculous item to your list.

What Sparks Our Fire: a task manager that blends a bit of fun with just the right amount of functionality

We are not going to spill all the beans. Get Carrot on the app store to kick off your productivity. Oh, do come back and tell us how you find this ‘really different’ productivity app.

Translate Any Text Using Your Phone’s Camera

camdictionary-476551-1319696805We’ve all been stuck at least once in our life in a totally unfamiliar language environment. At these times, even our smartest-smart phones are rendered useless, unable to type the word we needed to translate because we did not have the local language characters on our keyboard, leaving us feeling lost. Since we love to share useful apps, we found CamDictionary by IntSig Information Co.,Ltd, a snap translator on the go, and an indispensable travel tool. Believe it or not, your phone’s camera can translate. In few words, CamDictionary is a professional instant translator application for Android and iOS devises. It supports 36 languages that the app can translate on the fly instantly. All you need to do is snap a picture of the text you want to translate and the app will do the rest in real time and you even have the option to hear the pronunciation. Isn’t that magical?

What Sparks Our Fire: an ingenious app that makes our life easy by enabling us to quickly and easily translate languages.

Are you ready to never get lost in translation with CamDictionary? Let us know your thoughts on this app.

You’re One App Away From A Comfortable Retirement

acorns appTo build wealth, and become financially independent, you need to start investing early and there is an app for that. Acorns enables you to start saving early, invest often, and feel secure about your financial future without having to think about it.

So, how does it work? Simply connect a credit card, or debit card and a checking account, and enter some characteristics about yourself. Acorns will automatically recommend a stock portfolio based on information like your age, time horizon, investment goals and the amount of risk you’re comfortable taking. Then each purchase you make with the registered card is rounded up to the nearest dollar, and the difference is invested in low-cost ETFs. For instance, if you spend $10.49 on lunch, that remaining 51 cents is invested. And if you’re worried about the safety of your personal information, don’t be, because Acorns has been awarded TRUSTe’s Privacy Seal for the collection and use of personal information. According to its maker, “what makes Acorns different from any service out there is that it offers a personalized investment portfolio with no account minimums, no commissions, and fractional investing all at your fingertips”.

What Sparks Our Fire: An app that intuitively makes it easy to save and invest.

What do you think of Acorns? Would you use it?

Take a ‘Petfie’

petmatch-app-screensPetMatch is a revolutionary new app that uses Superfish’s patented image recognition technology to help you find adoptable dogs and cats in your area. Simply take a picture of a pet you like, upload it to the app, or use a picture from the PetMatch sample gallery to get started. For instance, if you walk through the park and see an adorable dog that is just the type you always wanted? Take a ‘petfie’.

PetMatch will find you look-a-like pets in your area up for adoption at that exact moment. It can be as accurate as registering details like the shape of an animal’s mouth, the distance between its eyes, coloring and general size and shape. Though, there’s more to the relationship between humans and pets than physical appearance. The app can also help place pets based on personality, character traits and habits.

Superfish is also behind ShopScout, an app that uses the same image recognition algorithm and lets you take pictures of products and find similar ones for sale online (Something worth checking out).

What Sparks Our Fire: An app that takes image recognition a step further.

What is your view on the PetMatch app? Have any of you tried it? Let us know what you think!

Savvy Money Saving

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 3.54.48 PMIt’s often said a penny saved is a penny earned. And if you’re looking to save a few dollars, there’s a quick trick right at your fingertips, ShopSavvy.

ShopSavvy is a mobile app that scans products and finds both online and local stores who carry it. Once you scan the bar code, either at home or in-store, ShopSavvy makes a price comparison on the fly, displays user reviews, and searches for discounts. The app has updated SKUs so you’re sure to find the item in all stores listed. The brilliant app was developed by Rylan Barnes, who won “Google’s Android Developer Challenge”.

ShopSavvy can be downloaded on iOs, Android and Windows phones. There is also a website available for simple searches.

What Sparks Our fire: An app that will save us time and money.

Are you ready to give ShopSavvy a try and live a more frugal lifestyle?