10 of my must have apps for the iPhone

Apps are what make iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches worth owning. With my iPod Touch I had quite a few, and I’ve been able to add some others that only make sense to have on the iPhone. Here’s my list of apps that I can’t do without:

1. Twitter for iPhone – When this app was first brought to my attention I was skeptical. I use Tweetdeck on my Macbook and I did use it in my iPod Touch, however there was a glitch that prevented horizontal typing, which is my preference. After looking at a few apps I decided on Twitter. I like it because it actually works for me, for starters. It’s simple and I’ve gotten used to the one column, compared to the many on Tweetdeck.

2. Foursquare – Putting a smart phone in my hands means I’ll check-in everywhere. I have no clue why I’m such a fan of Foursquare, and I’m sure many others feel the same. I guess it boils down to it being a fun app. It’s fun to compete with others for mayorships. It’s also fun to get deals at participating retailers from time to time too.

3. TTC Mobile – A simple app that takes the arrival times listed on TTC.ca and allows transit-dependent people like myself to quickly find out when the next bus is coming. I use this one often and now I can check wherever I am.

4. Tim Hortons – I haven’t had to use the locator yet, but if I’m ever in a need when I’m jonesin’ for a Timmies coffee, then I’ll know what app to bust out.

5. Facebook – Even though it’s not the best app, in terms of design, it’d be a lie to say it wasn’t a must to keep Facebook on the list.

6. The Edge – Each morning I like to listen to the Dean Blundell Show, but having the window pop up on my computer screen at work is distracting, especially when I have many others on the go. This app is perfect because now I can listen to the radio from my iPhone 4 without clogging up my workspace.

7. Yelp – The monocle feature makes this app worth downloading on its own. You can turn¬† in all directions and see where restaurants are, click through, and read/write reviews. So far it’s been a bit more effective in higher density areas like downtown.

8. Maple Leafs – Here I can find the latest on my favourite hockey team, along with other hockey scores.

9. Rogers My Account – From what I’ve been able to see with this app, it looks pretty sleek and it’s definitely something I’ll keep coming back to to check my data usage (though with my 6GB plan I likely won’t come near it.)

10. TD – I hopped on this app as soon as it came out because I really like the chance to find out my account balance and pay bills with the click of a button, should I need to.

I’ll always be picking up newer, fancier apps as they’re released so be sure to watch out for my future recommendations. Also games are something I can also make a list for..

What are some of your favourite apps out there? Paid/Free – doesn’t matter.

My love/hate relationship with Roll Up The Rim at Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons Roll Up The Rim

Okay if you know me you know it’s mostly a love relationship.

My coffee intake is a well-known addiction,and this time of the year is like Coffee Christmas (or something – I’m coining it either way).¬† I don’t want to give the impression I’m drinking 5-10 cups a day; it’s a max of three and I try to make the 2nd and 3rd cup, a medium.

Slightly off topic, but even temptations to go into McDonald’s and get a free coffee from them for two weeks won’t sway me. I have this freak brand loyalty to Tim Hortons and I have yet to be persuaded to go elsewhere for my day-to-day fix. Starbucks is great for the occasional fancy beverage, and while at Chapters-Indigo looking through books, but otherwise I like the cost/taste of Tims.

My hate for this month-long treasure hunt comes out when I impulsively tally my score. I blame my competitive nature, but it gets on my nerve sometimes and is actually quite gross to know how much I’ve drank (and how much $$$ I’ve spent). When it comes to prizing, there just isn’t enough coffee winning cups out there (yes I know that’s their plan). I’m actually equally disappointed to win a donut as I am to lose completely.

When the promotion is up at the end of the month I’ll post an update of how I did. It’ll either be a happy or depressed post, nothing in the middle. Until then, here’s a funny clip from The Rick Mercer Report back in 2008 talking about what prizes lie under what rim:

And for those of you having trouble actually rolling up the rim to win. Here’s an instructional video:

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