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The best smartphone apps made for women

March 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Want tips for a workout? There's an application for that. How about a recipe for chicken Cacciatori? There's an app for that. One Ventura County woman is discovering new ways to help women on the go, one app at a time.Eyewitness News went in search of the best apps specifically for women for the iPhone and other smartphones, and there were plenty.

In Newbury Park, Tracey Sebastian, a mother of four, a writer and blogger for iPhone Life Magazine, says her smartphone has made her a lot smarter.

"You can do pretty much anything and everything on in. If not, there's an app for that," said Tracy.

Most of Tracy's favorite apps are free, like Geodelic for the iPhone and the Android. It allows users to find anything within a few blocks of where they're standing, from movie theaters and drug stores to car repair shops and restaurants.

"What's also cool about this app if you're in a great big area with nice big restaurants, you can go right to the restaurant tab, find the restaurant you want, and you can order the food and make your reservation right here," said Tracy.

Dragon Dictation is a free voice-recognition app for the iPhone and iTouch that turns your voice into text or e-mail messages.

It doesn't always get every word right, but it's pretty close.

Want to make grocery shopping easier? For 99 cents, you can download GroceryIQ for the iPhone.

"It saves people time, wondering what they have at home, what they need from the grocery store," said Tracy.

The app will help you organize grocery lists, even shop for coupons.

To add an item to your list, you hit the plus button. You can either type in what you're looking for, or type in the bar code, or better yet, you can just take your product, scan it, and then it pops right up.

"I check off what I need and it goes right back into my current list," said Tracy.

Sit or Squat is a different type of app for the Blackberry and iPhone. It searches for the nearest toilet anywhere in the world.