Top 10 Apps for Making Finding Love Fun

Do you have a Valentine this year? Are you making plans with friends for a night out instead of a romantic date night because you just had your heart broken?
Finding love in today’s fast-paced world can sometimes be difficult. Meeting new people should be a fun experience, not a stressful one. Here are the top 10 apps that make finding love fun for those who keep looking for love in all the wrong places.

  1. Tinder – This app offers users one of the simplest interfaces in the dating world. Simply swipe left if you are not interested in the match and swipe right if you are interested. If there is a mutual interest, you will be notified and can then begin communicating with your matches.
  2. OkCupid – Every one of us has unique interests that make us who we are. This app provides users with the ability to tell potential suitors who you are through things you are passionate about. Best of all, this service is free to browse matches!
  3. Plenty of Fish – Looking to start up a conversation with like-minded singles? Plenty of Fish may be just what you’re looking for.
  4. Zoosk – This is one of the original dating apps so if staying power is in your search criteria, this should be at the top of your list. Also, with Facebook integration, this is one of the easiest apps to get started with.
  5. Match – Know exactly what you’re looking for? In addition to providing daily matches based on a personality quiz, Match allows you to browse profiles based on search criteria such as shared interests.
  6. Happn – Ever wonder if you passed Mr. or Ms. Right during your daily grind? Happn has developed a proximity-based dating app meant to provide users with matches based on who they have crossed paths with on a given day.
  7. Bumble – Fellas, do you find it difficult to start up conversations with women? Ladies, are you tired of being bombarded with DMs all day? Bumble has developed a dating service where the ladies make the first move.
  8. Coffee Meets Bagel Dating App – Tired of swiping through hundreds of potential matches per day? This app offers users a more intimate experience by showing only 1 match per day.
  9. Tastebuds – This iOS® operating system only app measures compatibility through taste in music. If music is a big part of your life and you want to find someone with similar taste in music, Tastebuds is the app for you.
  10. eHarmony – This one’s not for casual dating. This app offers one of the most extensive personality tests available in online dating. The result is a dating app that focuses on long-term

Are you done with the dating app you’re currently using? Try out one of the others. Don’t give up. If your phone is acting up or your battery is just not lasting, you need to get that taken care of. Don’t let these technical difficulties get in the way of your dating life. If you find Mr. or Ms. Right, you want to be able to get those dating matches (DMs) and other notifications without interruption – find your local Experimac store here.

Top 10 Apps to Help You Tap into the Game

Alright football fans, Game Day (February 4, 2018) is fast approaching! By now, we hope you know who you’re rooting for.

But, are you prepared for Game Day otherwise? If not, no need to worry, here are the top 10 apps to help you tap into the game and all the pre-game hype:

  1. Super Bowl LII (52) Minneapolis Fan Mobile Pass – This is the ultimate companion app for those attending the big game. It provides users with information on all the events in the City of Minneapolis leading up to the game.
  2. Clippit – Sharing highlights from the game just became a snap! Clippit offers the user the ability to record up to 30 seconds of live game footage and share with family and friends in a matter of seconds.
  3. Ibotta – Snacks during a game party are a necessity. This app offers special promotions on groceries for the big game. It also offers a rewards system that allows you to earn points for even more discounts.
  4. TheScore – There is too much at stake to risk missing a crucial game-changing play while on a bathroom break. Keep up with all the key plays in real time with TheScore.
  5. Fox Sports Go – It is always good to have a backup in case the cable goes out during the game. Fox Sports Go will be streaming the game live this year and having the app handy may prove to be a lifesaver.
  6. NFL Emojis – Let’s face it, Emojis are becoming more popular than letters. Trash talk in style this year with some NFL Emojis!
  7. Super Bowl Quiz – Instant entertainment for a whole party! Pre-game fun or if there is a lull in the action, you’ll be glad you downloaded this app.
  8. Madden NFL Football – Did your team not make it to the big game? Not to worry, this app lets you play out your own season and get your team the championship they deserve!
  9. Bleacher Report – This is a great tool to have leading up to and on Game Day. It offers up to the minute news on all your favorite players and teams leading into Super Sunday!
  10. Pinterest – Making sure your Game Day spread is worthy of the action on the field is very important. Check out Pinterest for some great recipe ideas and party prep checklists for Super Sunday.

Few things are more American than football and Super Sunday! Get your inner circle up to speed and ready for Game Day with these apps. Having trouble installing or using these apps on your iPhone® device or iPad® tablet? Does your device have a cracked screen? Don’t wait, head over to your local Experimac shop today and get your tech gear ready for Game Day.

Taxes on the Go: The Best Tax Preparation Apps

Tax season is officially underway! With Tax Day, Tuesday, April 18th, quickly approaching, it is important to start making plans on how you are going to file your taxes. Luckily for Apple® device fans, there are several iPhone® device and iPad® tablet apps that will make your tax preparation much easier this year. Take a look at our list of the top iPhone device and iPad tablet tax preparation apps.

  1. TaxSlayer

TaxSlayer is a fantastic app for filing taxes. It includes features like taking pictures of your W-2 and driver’s license, saving you time this tax season. TaxSlayer has two modes, one of which asks you guiding questions to help you make the most of your tax return, as well as a more independent mode for those who know exactly what to put. It’s best and worst quality is the same: simplicity. While it is simple to use, it is really only designed to process income, unemployment and healthcare. However, TaxSlayer is the perfect pick for simpler tax returns.

  1. TaxACT Express

TaxACT Express is a tax preparation and filing app that allows you to file your federal and state taxes for free. Like its competition, this app allows you to prepare, print, and e-file your tax return for next to nothing. While it covers basic options encapsulating everything from your wage income to your education credits, its status as a “free” service limits it to just the basics. So, though filing through TaxACT is indeed free, the app likely won’t work for you if you need to file more complicated information – such as freelance work, for example. For those with simple tax needs, however, TaxACT provides a decent set of utilities at no cost, along with an easy-to-use interface and guaranteed accuracy.

  1. TurboTax Tax Preparation

Intuit’s TurboTax is the most popular tax software around, and for good reason. Like all versions, the iPad tablet TurboTax app is user-friendly, looks wonderful, and will guide you through the entire process of filing your federal and state returns, step by step. It’s simple to use, but thorough. TurboTax for iPad tablets allows you to scan your W-2 and proceeds to fill most stuff out for you. It’s added features like Touch ID – a convenient security measure, and SmartLook – a live on-screen video help option, help it stand out from the competition. TurboTax is tried and true, which is why it has the most positive reviews of any tax app out there. The people have spoken.

  1. IRS2Go

Despite being the official app of the organization that handles your taxes, IRS2Go, doesn’t have a ton to offer. You can check the status of your tax return after you’ve filed it and it provides tax tips should you happen to need any friendly advice. While the filing status tends to be more accurate than other apps with the same function, the most useful part of the app is the free tax preparation locator. For those who qualify, IRS programs like Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly, can be a real savior, and the app helps you find them close by. You’ll also get access to the IRS Twitter feed, just in case that’s a thing you feel like you’ve been missing in your life. This app is also available on the iPhone device.

  1. Ask a CPA

This free app gives some basic tips about taxes in a number of categories, but it’s better if you have a specific question. You can ask any question for free, and if all goes well, you’ll get an answer. If you want a more reliable (and possibly more detailed) answer, there’s another app called My Pocket CPA, which also lets you ask a question, but charges a fee (starting from $10) per answer. We recommend My Pocket CPA if you have a more serious question, as it has a more detailed interface for asking questions. With Ask a CPA, you’re mostly limited to a text box.

  1. Quick Tax Reference

If there’s any source to trust when it comes to financial information, it’s Bloomberg. The company has put together a digital tax reference sheet with its Quick Tax Reference app. The app provides access to all of the information that you’ll need to have on hand when filing your taxes. Information like tax rates and information on trickier topics like capital gains and estate taxes will make sure you aren’t giving up too much of your hard-earned cash, while easy access to the corporate and individual tax schedules will make sure you don’t miss your deadline. This is a universal app on iOS, so it works with the iPad tablets and iPhone devices.

  1. MyBlock – H&R Block Tax Preparation

After a few years of splitting apps up in a confusing format, H&R Block seems to have successfully consolidated its mobile offerings. The iPad tablet now gets a fully featured tax filing app with H&R Block Tax Preparation. It allows users to prepare taxes right from their iPad tablet, or switch between tablet and browser. The app offers a review process to make sure there are no issues with your filing and promises 100% coverage and full audit support should the numbers come into question. The latest update introduces the super convenient W-2 photo capture function, which enables you to snap a photo of your W-2 and let the app do the work of importing all the info. You shouldn’t have anything to worry about. H&R Block guarantees accuracy and a maximum refund, which is really all you can ask for from a tax app.

  1. Mint – Budget, Bills, Finance

Starting with one place to manage all of your finances with ease will make your life easier and next tax season less stressful. This free money manager and financial tracker from Intuit, the makers of Turbo Tax®, does it all. Mint allows you to keep your bank account, credit cards, bills and investments in one, easy-to-use place so you always know where you’re at. You’ll be able to track what you’re spending, figure out where you can save money, and stay on top of paying your bills like a pro. Keeping track of your credit score for free is also a cinch in Mint. Mint may very well make next year’s taxes a lot less daunting for the average American.

If your iPad tablet or iPhone device could use a once-over before you download one of these great tax preparation apps, stop by Experimac. Our techs can run a full diagnostic check and let you know if something needs to be repaired. We’ll help you make sure you’re ready to do your taxes!