8) Use TripCase to Bring Order to your Travel Chaos

For years, I’ve longed for a way to make a timeline/itinerary for trips with complicated, multi-city flights. Who knew that I’d finally find it on my phone. Try it. You can forward itineraries to your account and TripCase automatically sorts out the flights, dates, times, and destinations. You can add events manually, too, and share your itinerary with friends (like your wife or co-workers from your org). Learn more at…


Or find it in the Apple AppStore.

5) iPhone App Helps Make Travelers Smarter —

I also just downloaded the Smart Traveler App from the US State Department. The great thing is — you could actually download it no matter WHERE you’re from in the world. Get the latest advisories, cautions and warnings from any country in the world. Search the App Store for it or learn more at




It’s free. Well, actually, your tax dollars at work. :-)

8) What do you Use to Play Music on your iPhone? —

In our ongoing quest to find the best apps for an iPhone, I’m curious: Surely we don’t all use iTunes to play the music we use at special events — banquets, prayer rallies, etc. iTunes seems so lame to me. (Am I just not giving it enough time to grow on me?) Isn’t there a better app for playing, importing, and searching for songs, mp3’s, movies, etc., on our devices? If you have a favorite, please use the comment link below. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.


5) Use Your Laptop to Dial Your iPhone (and a lot more) —

Suppose you have a picture on your laptop that you want to attach to a text message. How do you normally send that picture across? Need help? Try…




Not only will it let you insert a number, from your laptop to your iPhone, but it’ll also let you insert text for a text message, send a picture, and even grab your laptop’s clipboard and magically move it to the clipboard on your iPhone. This one’s handy.

6) Robby Recommends: 50 Best iPhone Apps 2012 —

Robby’s been at it again. He’s found a great list of the best iPhone apps for 2012. See it at…




(Note: This last link will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)


The list presents some of the most creative ways to use your iPhone — tune your musical instrument, find out where your friends are, even find a perfect match for you (some nice guy in the neighborhood?) — and much much more. (Thanks Robby!)

7) How do you Remember Random Stuff? Springpad? …Evernote? —

Or maybe you just write it all down. The trouble is — how do we store all those random bits of information we learn — and how do we find that info, once we need it again, after years have passed. You know the type… the random facts about the unreached people group in Mali, the quote from the sermon last year, the list of prayer requests for Tunisia, your favorite hotel in Paris, the to-do list to help stage a prayer meeting for Libya — where do we store all this info?


First, evaluate Evernote. Maybe Evernote is a better option.




It promises better security, more platform options, and an offline application for your PC and/or iPhone.


But I’ll be honest: I *want* to like Springpad. See it at…




I don’t know if it’s just . . . a more attractive interface, or what. Maybe it’s because their iPhone app just seems cooler. :-) Trouble is – for now, for our purposes, it seems severely limited because it doesn’t offer the option of securing a page for one person or group at a time. Note that if you use https: for log-in and for the first (secure sockets) setting, it now “sticks” in my browser… meaning that the site is finally (apparently) secure sockets. However, the chatter indicates that they hope to start offering some kind of security feature by the end of January. So let’s keep my eye on it. They have a nice iPhone app. But — until they get secure, is this an option we should snub?

9) Online Reviews of iPhone Apps —

Do you have a favorite review site for iPhone apps? Robby, a great friend of Brigada (one of the best, in fact!), shared this online site in a recent email:




(That URL will “wrap.” If you have trouble reassembling it in your browser’s URL box, just find this item on Brigada’s site on the web, using the link below, you can click on it there.)


Note that in several of these review-type sites, the comments *after* the main article are a treasure trove in and of themselves. For example, in the above review, there are several helpful apps mentioned (among several not-so-helpful comments). Like usual, “eat the corn, leave the cob.”


Maybe you have a different favorite reviewer. “The 50 best iPhone apps of 2011” or “10 Apps You Dare Not Live Without.” If so, please use the “Comment” box below to pass along your favorite. Thanks, in advance, for sharing! (And thank *you*, Robby!)

4) What’s your Favorite iPhone Prayer Request App? —

I’m still tempted just to use Evernote. In this way, I have the same set of prayer requests on my iPhone, my laptop, and the web itself. By using appropriate and relevant tags, I can easily sort prayer requests by category (Church, Mission, Family, work, etc.) or status (Answered, Current, Daily, etc.). But I’m less certain about how to feature a particular set of prayer requests each day of the week or month. For example, our organization prays for a set of countries each day of the month, so that, by the time we get to the 30th or 31st, we have prayed through the whole world. On the next day, the first of the next month, we start the process all over. (By the way, in this manner, I’m happy to tell you that nobody on our team is shocked any more when someone mentions Tuvalu, Mauritius, or Vanuatu.) So, having not found an easy way to do that in Evernote (without some workarounds), I’m intrigued by using a custom app. The one on which I’ve settled for now is simply called, “Pray!” and is available in the App Store. I like it that it can be date-driven or tag-driven. Title, details, “prayer areas” (tags), and reminder (dates, which can reoccur) and — bam — your request is ready to roll. Simple, fast, convenient, and effective. With the size of our organization, for my own purposes, I really didn’t have the luxury of patching into some global network of prayer requests from countries, churches, and organizations on a broad level. I’ve got more than I can manage just with family, church and org. But maybe your life is different. Which app has become your favorite and why? Please click into a comment box at the web version of this item — and thanks in advance for giving your opinion.

8) Just for Fun: The Most Ridiculously Effective Fun iPhone App —

So I have to ask, in your opinion, what’s the most ridiculously effective iPhone app you’ve seen. Is it some scan-and-send solution? Perhaps something related to a map or location? For me, I tell you… the one that I keep coming back to … the one that seems utterly impossibly beyond a shadow of a doubt weirdly amazing, has got to be [drum roll] SoundHound. First, realize — it’s totally free. Second, keep in mind, you can *sing* to it. Third, it just *works*. So what does SoundHound do? Suppose you’re driving along in the Land Rover and some radio station suddenly plays this gorgeous rendition of a song you used to hum when you were a kid. You can’t remember the words or title though. You want to tell your spouse when you get home… but … how do you describe it? Even if it *were* on YouTube, how do you know what search terms to use?


Enter SoundHound. You just hold the iPhone up to the radio speaker, click the big button, and in 20 seconds, it’s collected enough sampling to go to work. (Granted, it relies on a connection to the SoundHound hub — so you have to be within cell range. But even if you’re not, it’ll at least log a history of your search, so when you get back to town, it’ll still dutifully go to work.) So what does it *do*? It takes the music you played and studies the chord construction, analyzes the words or melody, then somehow magically searches through all the music that has ever been written or recorded! In about 15 seconds, suddenly, all the famous “Name that Tune” experts are obsolete. I’ve used it dozens of times and — only once have I stumped it. (It was on an NPR program. The jazz pianist was covering something so unique, I don’t even think it had a name.) In every case but that one time, it has come back with the name. “Pass it on.” “There’s Something about the name.” “Yellow Submarine.” You see, it really doesn’t matter. It knows all.


So please — Match that. What’s *your* favorite amazing iPhone ability. Just click in the “Comment” box of the online version of this item. Thanks in advance for your response.

3) Best iPhone Outliner —

What’s your best or favorite outline program no the iPhone so far? I’m loving Carbonfin Outline. In the first place, their iPhone app just works. Quick, elegant, yet plenty talented. It’s got most all the right stuff — endless indenting, numbering, attaching a note to each outline entry, and more. What’s more, hit a button and your iPhone outline is now synced to a free web-based outliner (free if you’ve purchased the iPhone app, that is) — that actually works! You can import and export to several formats, including the new and popular OPML — which will let you transfer the program into lots of other outline languages. We’re also *loving* the online Checkvist.com outliner which is all but free and lets you go a step farther by attaching tags, dates, goal-owners and more — but, alas, there’s no iPhone app, per se, although Checkvist’s outliners look great when viewed using a mobile device. It was *fantastic* for doing our annual goal-setting, especially because it’s real-time unlimited multi-user. And with two-way OPML importing and exporting, you can at least take the Checkvist outline with you using Carbonfin Outliner. Check them out as a duo. It won’t set you back much — and the payout is huge.

5) Great (iPhone) Connector-app for Evernote: FastEver —

We reviewed, earlier, Evernote. Sorry if we gushed, but it’s a great app. Now, if you can believe it, you can make it even better by using “FastEver,” an app also available in the appstore. FastEver is perfect for the times that you’re trying to make an Evernote entry on the fly. If you’re trying to save crucial seconds, making an Evernote entry in an instant, FastEver will take the information for you, then update Evernote later, when you have more time. So, to send an item to Evernote, now you really don’t even need connectivity at all.

7) What’s Your Favorite (iPhone) Free Music App —

If you have a connection to the internet, Pandora is awesome. And now, via the iPhone app, even if you *don’t* have Wi-Fi, you can still enjoy great music from Pandora, just using the iPhone app alone. It’s quite remarkable, actually. Who knew a cell phone band could carry so much fidelity!? So what’s *your* favorite music app and why?

5) Best iPhone Bible app —

True Confessions here: The Bible application that I was using on my old Windows phone was simply horrible. It took forever to get to the scripture reference, and when I finally clicked through all the steps to get there, the buggy software took much of the joy out of reading through the Lord’s teachings, I’m sorry to say. Enter the iPhone and all that changed. For my own tastes, I settled on Olive Tree Bible Reader (in the App Store). The initial “base version” (with King James version) is absolutely free… but if you’re hankering for other translations (like NIV), as well as commentaries, Bible dictionaries, word studies, devotionals, etc., they’re all available — but it’ll set you back just a bit (not as much as you think). Once you get the translation you like, the experience is amazing… with a clean and clear reading experience, simple library functions to get to your other helps, a super-fast “Go to” function, and a search function to beat the band. Plus you can track bookmarks, highlights, ribbons, tags, and notes — and the notes sync across the Internet by automatically sailing into your Evernote vault (see Evernote immediately above). Honest — I don’t see how it could be any slicker, but maybe someone here will find a way. After all, personal Bible study software is inherently, well, personal. And we’ll no doubt have our Logos lovers nearby. Let’s hear it: What’s your favorite Bible app and why?

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