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Paula DuPont

Paula DuPont is a New Orleans-based ukulele player, writer, and geek. She has six cats, but only one has a Twitter account.

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Terraria for PC has long been a favorite of mine, but the kick in the pants is that I don’t actually own a PC. You can imagine my excitement, then, when Terraria for iOS was finally launched and I got a chance to play it. I’ll let you know how well Terraria transfers from PC to mobile and whether it stands up against the original. (more…)

I’m pretty tied to my current recipe app, but it isn’t much to look at and doesn’t allow for a lot in the way of customization. I put a ton of effort into finding tasty and healthy options for my family, and I’d like my cookbook app to reflect all of that work. Cook is an enticing little app that let’s me create a cookbook just for me, with my own colors, images, and even a title all my own, just like a real cookbook. I wanted to give Cook a try and see if it could replace the other apps I’m using in the kitchen. (more…)

With so much focus on getting kids educated in math and technology early, it can be hard for more humanities-focused parents to know where to start. Those of us with degrees in Art History, French, and French Art History may not be the best equipped to get the younger generation ready for all that tough science-y stuff ahead.

I know I need some help, and The Human Body is just the thing. It’s a great way to learn all about the body, and while it’s definitely for the little ones, I managed to learn a thing or two, as well. (more…)

I’m always looking for a better weather app — something that gives me the best information in the most attractive interface. Weathertron is one of the slickest weather apps I’ve seen, creating personalized weather infographics every day.

While looks are always nice, what really matters in a weather app is quality of information and whether you can find what you need when you need it. I’ll take a look at Weathertron and find out if it’s more than just a pretty face. (more…)

I’ve followed the fitness tips on Fitsugar.com for a long time now, so when they released their own app, I was eager to give FIT FIX a spin. I tried out some of the workouts and other features, such as workout planning and scheduling, to see whether it would make a good addition to my fitness regime. I’ll let you know what I found out and tell you how FIT FIX stands up. (more…)

So often, it’s the flashy graphics and prime soundtrack that pull me into games, but at the end of the day, it takes more than that to really connect with any app, game or not. If it’s all flash and no substance, it won’t sit long on my home screen. There’s little flash in Ending, but what it’s missing in the looks department, it more than makes up for in solid gameplay. I’ll take a look at why Ending is such a great game and why you should give it a shot. (more…)

I’m a fan of getting things done apps, and I have more than one on my iPad. That’s not just because I like them so much, though. One app never seems to have all of the features I want, and I want to create the best task management solution, piecemeal. I’m trying out Todoist, because it seems to have some features I’ve been looking for but haven’t been able to pin down. Will it be all I need in a single app? We’ll see after the jump. (more…)

I feel dumb. A constant diet of internet memes and cat videos has done nothing to expand my mind over the last couple of years, and my time in school, when my brain was really active, is seeming further and further in the past. I’m worried if I don’t give my brain a workout, it’s not going to be good for anything anymore.

Lumosity wants to fix that, with lots of exercises and metrics to show me what’s happening with my cognitive skills. Can my brain make a comeback or has the damage gone too far? (more…)

I have expenses. A lot of them. I need to keep track of them in a way that makes sense. I’ve tried the wallet full of receipts, but that hasn’t worked out for me. I need more than good intentions and lots of tiny slips of paper to stay on a budget.

Income.io has a place I can stick all those receipts and finally get on track. With profiles for everyone in my family and categories for just about anything, it seems to have everything I need to track expenses and watch where my money goes. (more…)

I can hardly wait for the release of iOS 7, but it’s true that I’ve been seeking out apps that embrace flatter design for a while. While I’m certainly excited for all of the iOS default apps and the rest of the environment to catch up, my iPad is already chock full of apps that are moving on from skeuomorphism. I’m going to run through some of my favorites that are already good to go for iOS 7. (more…)

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