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Amber Osborne and Nick Elsberry in the KIRO Radio Studios (Erynn Rose Photo.)

We’ve got an app-apalooza for you this week on the GeekWire radio show, as we spend the entire time talking about some of our latest, greatest, favorite apps — useful utilities, fun games, and even an email app that can tell you if someone has opened your message.

Joining us for the conversation are Amber Osborne, a.k.a. “Miss Destructo,” the chief marketing officer of Meshfire, the Seattle-based social media technology company; and Nick Elsberry, a software engineer and co-founder of 47 Degrees, the Seattle-based mobile app design and development company responsible for apps including Leafly (our GeekWire Awards App of the Year) and GeekWire’s own Android and iPhone apps.

KIRO Radio’s Erynn Rose, who engineers the show each week, also joins us for a second take on Dropbox Carousel, which we recently featured as an App of the Week.

We also give the answer to last week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge. (It was “Goonies 2” for NES.) Congrats to our winner, Sean Jones, who was chosen at random from the correct answers to receive a Poppy 3D for iPhone — winner of Gadget of the Year at the GeekWire Awards.

Listen to the show in the audio player below or via this MP3 file, and continue reading below for links to all of the apps we talked about.


Check: A free app for iPhone and Android that reminds you when bills are due and lets you make payments.

Drippler: A free app for iPhone and Android that keeps you up to date with news, tips and updates about apps for your phone.

9 Cards Home Launcher: Developed by 47 Degrees, this launcher for Android organizes your apps based on usage patterns, and makes recommendations for additional apps.

Venmo: Easy cash transfers for splitting bills and sharing money with friends, for iPhone and Android. (Similar to Square Cash, a recent GeekWire App of the Week.)

Signals: Email tracking app for Gmail, allowing you to see who opened your email messages (and who didn’t).

Feedly: Desktop and mobile RSS reader for keeping up on the news.


Sounders FC: The newly updated app for Seattle’s other favorite football team, free for iPhone.

Emerald City Supporters: The official app of the independent Sounders supporters group, complete with lyrics and songs that members of the EMC sing on match days.

MLB At Bat: The official Major League Baseball app, for iPhone/iPad and Android.


Flick Golf: A fun, simple, addictive golf game for iPhone (99 cents) and Android ($1.99).

7 Little Words: Bite-sized word puzzles for Android and iPhone.

Big Fish Casino: Casino games from Seattle’s Big Fish for iPhone and Android.

Snap Attack: New competitive word-building game for Windows Phone from the team behind the popular Wordament game.

Geocaching: Real-world treasure hunting, powered by GPS, for iPhone and Android.

GeekWire App of the Year Finalists

Lively: Concert audio and video, straight from the board, for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Parallels Access: Mac and Windows on your iPad.

Office for iPad: Microsoft’s flagship productivity apps on Apple’s tablet.

Cloak: Wireless security for Mac, iPhone and iPad.

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