Great improvements for Financial apps this year, most decent banks and brokerages have rolled out mobile deposit allowing you to deposit checks by merely taking pictures of them.
Schwab Mobile – Mobile (camera) deposits, trading, transfers.
Fidelity Investments – Mobile (camera) deposits, billpay, trading (supports trailing stop loss trades), market news, transfers.
(Both Schwab and Fidelity have a $10,000 daily mobile deposit limit, a lot better than J.P. Morgan Chase’s $1,000 limit which makes their mobile deposit app useless).
ING DIRECT – Billpay, transfers, P2P payments.
Andro12C – This is the best HP 12c emulator for Android that I’ve come across. The HP 12c is now 30 years old, and also happens to be my favorite financial calculator. I use it to calculate interest on loans, mortgages, investments, depreciation schedules, etc.
QuickRegister – Record cash transactions then export QIF file into Quicken.
This has been a good year for Bible apps, YouVersion’s Bible app continues to improve and offer more free translations. Also we also saw the introduction of Logos Bible Software, which links your commentaries and books with scripture references.
Logos Bible Software – The best Bible Study app. It can do word studies, translation comparisons, but where it really shines is if you own one of the Logos Base Packages it will synchronize with your library so you have access to any commentary, hymnal, book that you own are licensed to access, and can run a Passage Guide which will pull up every commentary entry related to that passage. Logos did a good job.
Bible (YouVersion) – Best free Bible reading app. It can read to you, most popular Bible translations are free (including NIV, ESV, NLT, NKJV, AMP, NASB, CEV, NET, WEB, NCV, TNIV, HCSB, as well as translations in foreign languages). For publishers that allow it the Bibles can be downloaded for offline use. I’m not interested in the social stuff so I haven’t tried it but it also does social interaction during a service (I guess you can comment and ask questions to other people with the app at the same event) with YouVersion Live, and also has hooks into Facebook, and Twitter.
Kindle (Amazon) – Can’t go wrong with Amazon’s Kindle App. Free classics (G.K. Chesterton, Lewis Carroll, etc.)
Most weather apps could still use some improvements, typically what people want to know is what it’s going to do and when… and most require too many taps to get there. One weather app did it right… but what I’d still like to see is what will today be compared to yesterday so I’d know to prepare for a warmer or colder day.
Aix Weather Widget – Quick weather view of the next 24 hours.
Business Calendar – ($4.99, I got it for free from the Amazon App Store) – Much better than the stock calendar, especially since the month view can show text entries instead of colored blocks.
HandyCalc – The most powerful calculator. Graphic calculater, currency converter, unit of measure conversions, fraction calculations, formula solving.
Google Voice – Transcribes your voicemail, intercepts dialer to make outgoing calls as your Google Voice number, free text messaging.
Gmail – Native Gmail App
Flickr – Finally, a flickr app!
Evernote -Note taking app (syncs with Evernote on your computer).
Amazon MP3 – Stream music from your Amazon library.
Pandora – Calm Eli down with music.
Amazon Store – Scan barcodes to see if Amazon beats the price (they usually do).
Amazon App Store – One fee paid app per day. Some are even good.
Drudge Report – Can’t do wrong with Matt Drudge..
The Wal Stree Journal Mobile – Read stuff that doesn’t make the socialist news.
Call Accounting Lite – Export phone calls logs to CSV (great for tracking how much time you spend on the phone with clients).
Parcels – Track packages from just about any carrier.
Google Maps – Turn by turn GPS Navigation
My Tracks – Track your walks and bike rides using your GPS. Shows you statistics like your average moving speed and elevation change.
Technology Geek Apps
Wifi Analyzer – Find out what W-Fi channels will get the least interference.
APG – PGP encryption for Android
KeePassDroid – Implementation of KeePass for the Android
Tasker ($6.49) – What is there that this app can’t do? I use it mostly for location based actions. Walk into church and my phone goes to silent mode, if I have a meeting scheduled at work phone goes to vibrate during that meeting.
CSipSimple – The best SIP client for the Android. It’s sort of like Skype in that you can make phone calls over the internet but unlike Skype, you’re not locked into any particular provider (like email). It’s pretty useless since I’m the only one who has it.
GrooVe IP – Make VoIP to POTS through Google Voice/Chat for free.
Submission to Authority
Barrack Obama just won the election. You and I know some of the reactions we’ll hear from Christians—and they won’t all be Christian (I know this from the Clinton years). So let me take this as an opportunity to remind you (and myself) that all authority comes from God. This is clearly explained by Paul in Romans 13:1-7 (ESV):
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
We are to submit to governing authorities. Paul says here that all authority is established by God (Even leaders like Pharaoh were brought into that position for God’s purpose—Romans 9:17). John MacArthur says that God has instituted 4 authorities on earth1
- government over citizens
- church over believers
- parents over children
- masters over employees
2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Disobedience to the government is disobedience to an institution established by God, which will result in punishment by the government. The government has the right to inflict judgment on those who do evil.
5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
Not only should we be submissive because of God’s authority to avoid punishment, we should do it because it’s the right thing to do.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Taxes should be paid, even to evil governments. We should pay, respect, and honor those in authority over us.
Paul also says in 1 Timothy that we should pray for our rulers:
1. First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;
So what should your action be when Obama becomes president?
I use an iPhone, Blackberry, Windows, OSX, and Linux so it’s just not practical to purchase the NASB for each and every operating system. The ESV can be downloaded for free with programs like BibleDesktop, e-Sword, GnomeSword, etc. and the ESV has opened up an API for developers to access the ESV directly… resulting in webapps that are usable on mobile phones (the offical ESV Mobile website works great on BB, and iBibleSpace for the iPhone)
With fewer restrictions, an ESV Study Bible coming out later this year, and better covers Crossway Bibles is going to give the Lockman Foundation some serious competition.
Last Sunday Doug Metzger (Minister of Single Adults at Immanuel) mentioned that Sports Illustrated ran an article listing Jesus Christ as the top in their list of top ten comebacks of all time. It’s true. The article is Bouncing Back Big-Time November 12, 2001 issue. Here’s the issue with the article at Amazon.