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Summer is finally in full swing, and every year some of us in the IT field are able to get away for vacation. When you do, make sure you are armed with my top 5 Free App picks for summer!

#1 - Stuck on Earth - Free Travel Guide

Jeremiah's Rating: HOT!

Available on ITunes Here

The Scoop From iTunes: 

"This is a beautiful, well-crafted iPad app that isn’t like anything else I’ve seen on the iPad yet. It’s for people who want to explore the earth, or who want to photograph it." - Robert Scoble

Video preview at: http://www.StuckOnEarthApp.com

➤ Discover millions of amazing places to visit - the best of the best. 
➤ A smart algorithm chooses the best locations and photos based on a combination of crowdsourcing and curation. 
➤ A wonderful map interface that allows you to zoom into any level in any country to find the best places to visit. 
➤ No ideas for future trips or places to photograph? Try our countless Top 50 Lists to get inspired! 
➤ Create trips for the future: "Florida in 2013" or "Wine escapade in France, le sigh!" 
➤ All saved trips are available offline, since I know when you are on the road, connectivity can be tough. 
➤ A customized experienced based on your personality type - Photographer, Explorer, or Daydreamer. 
➤ Professional voice actress, Karen Hutton, serves as your personal travel guide. 

➤ A thriving community where you can submit your own geo-located photos. 
➤ Have an idea for a Top 50 List? Let our editors know in the Stuck On Earth community in Flickr! 

Even if you don't travel, you still want to find interesting places to see and experience within a short drive of your home. Or maybe there are hidden gems right in your very town that you've never discovered. Because our algorithm is a cool mix of crowdsourcing plus human-curated lists, you'll see some really good results. 

All in One: 
So, this is it, Stuck on Earth. You don't need to use multiple apps, webpages, and other resources to plan your trip. All the countries, cities, and rural areas of the world are in here -- all in one place. Add photos to your trip, and they'll be available offline. Everything you need is right here in this app.

#2: Hipmunk - Hotel & Flight Search

Jeremiah's rating: HOT

Available From iTunes Here

The Scoop From iTunes:

Hipmunk takes the agony out of flight & hotel search. With Hipmunk you'll see all the relevant flights on a timeline, helping you visualize the right choice. Unlike every other app out there, Hipmunk doesn't just show you the cheapest flight first — the app instead sorts by "agony," which incorporates important factors like how long you'll be traveling and how many stops you'll make. Hotel results are shown on a map so that you can see exactly where you'll be staying. You can also turn on heatmaps that will show you the best areas to stay based on unique interests like food, landmarks, nightlife and more.

Hipmunk also makes booking easy. When you've found the right flight or hotel, you can either book it from your mobile device, email it to someone else, or finish booking on your desktop computer.

#3: Shazam - Sample any music and Shazam will try and match you to the song in iTunes or Amazon! SWEET!

Jeremiah's Rating: HOT

Available on iTunes Here

The Scoop From iTunes:

 Shazam on iPad/iPhone offers unlimited tagging and innovative features, including:

• Display, save and manage your Tag Lists on a large screen
• Preview music and replay a track at any time
• Read track and album reviews, artist biographies and discographies and view song lyrics
• Discover what songs Shazamers around the world are identifying with the live Tag Stream feature
• Browse Shazam’s Tag Chart for the hottest tracks in your country
• Share Tags with friends on Facebook and Twitter
• Get music recommendations to discover similar tracks and add tracks to your own Tag List
• Unlimited Shazaming – don’t miss a music moment Shazam as often as you like

#4: LunchBox - LunchBox is Pinterest for FOOD!

Jeremiah's Rating: Smoking!

Available From iTunes Here 

The Scoop From iTunes: 

Lunchbox is Pinterest for food.

We'll help you discover new food around the corner, the best coffee in town, or the trendiest bar in the city.

Lunchbox helps you...

• Search for anything your heart desires!
• View beautiful photos taken by real customers.
• Read useful tips, reviews, and ratings shared by Foursquare and Yelp users.
• See how many people have been to a place before.
• Get directions, call, or visit the website for any place.
• Check In and add Photos on Foursquare.

Lunchbox is FREE and does NOT require Facebook or your Email.

#5: Pandora Radio - It's Not Summer Without Music!

Jeremiah's Rating: HOT!

Available on iTunes Here

The Scoop From iTunes:

Pandora Radio is free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a custom "station" that plays similar music.

Already a Pandora listener? Even easier. Just log in. Pandora on iPhone is fully integrated with Pandora on the web. Enjoy all your existing stations - and create new ones right from youriPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

You can also subscribe to Pandora One for $3.99 per month. 
Pandora One gives you:
• No Ads everywhere you listen to Pandora
Plus the following features on the web:
• Higher Quality Audio
• Desktop Application
• Custom Skins
• Fewer Interruptions

I hope my TOP 5 Free iPhone and iPad Apps makes a splash this summer for you and your family. Technology is meant to augment our social connections and help bring us closer to those around us. If you are lucky enough to vacation this summer, enjoy yourself, and leave everything work back at the office. This even applies to one-man shops. Find a backup for your customers, and go have a fun week with your family, they need you more than your customers do.

Until next time!