By Jim Donovan: I think it is safe to say that I am one of the most tech-challenged people in our newsroom. If I had my way there would probably be a rotary phone and a typewriter on my desk. Normally when something goes wrong with my computer I just yell at it or pound on the keyboard (don’t tell our I-T folks about the pounding part.)

So when our old flip top cell phones were replaced with iPhones recently I thought someone was trying to pull a not-so-funny joke on me. But alas, I have adapted pretty well. Two months into using the iPhone I only accidentally disconnect about half my calls, as opposed to 90 percent early on. I have mastered texting and have even downloaded some apps, yes it is practically a miracle. (do you hear the angels singing yet?) Besides the Facebook and Twitter apps, those that I like the most are Dragon Dictation, Around Me, and Starbucks (hey if I don’t have my latte in the morning you don’t want to be around me.)

So what apps are you finding the most helpful in your daily life? I’ve pasted below the top iPhone and iPad apps at the Apple store for the past week. The only one I’ve really heard of is Angry Birds, and
since I’ve got a lot of work to do, I think I’ll avoid that one for now.

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. Where’s My Water? (Disney)
2. Angry Birds (
3. Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick Studios)
4. Angry Birds Seasons (Rovio Mobile Ltd.)
5. Camera+ (tap tap tap)
6. My Secret Folder (Bright Artificial Intelligence Ltd)
7. Cut the Rope (Chillingo Ltd)
8. WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp Inc.)
9. Zombie Highway (Renderpaz)
10. Angry Birds Rio (Rovio Mobile Ltd.)

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Stupidness 3 (Ming Liang Chien)
2. 777 Poker (Dmitry)
3. Mouse Maze Free Game (Top Free Games)
4. Cross Fingers (Mobigame)
5. My Sketch (Miinu)
6. Card Ace: Casino (Self Aware Games)
7. Rubber Knife Throw (NANEV Ltd.)
8. X-Ray Scan + Free (WOOMI Studio)
9. SushiChop (Rogue Rocket Games LLC)
10. Hair Color Booth Free (Bluebear)

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Where’s My Water? (Disney)
2. Pages (Apple)
3. Jaws Revenge (Fuse Powered Inc.)
4. Jelly Defense (Infinite Dreams Inc.)
5. Keynote (Apple)
6. Dark Meadow (Phosphor Games Studio, LLC)
7. 9mm (Gameloft)
8. Numbers (Apple)
9. Weather+ (International Travel Weather Calculator)
10. TuneIn Radio Pro (Synsion Radio Technologies)

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. iBooks (Apple)
2. My Sketch (Miinu)
3. Mouse Maze Free Game (Top Free Games)
4. Netflix (Netflix, Inc.)
5. Traffic Rush (Donut Games)
6. Pandora Radio (Pandora Media, Inc.)
7. Kindle (AMZN Mobile LLC)
8. Google Earth (Google)
9. PES 2012 – Pro Evolution Soccer (Konami Digital Entertainment
10. Tiny Pets (TinyCo, Inc.)

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