Geek of the Week (178)

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:52

Geek of the Week: Streaming Sticks

Google's Chromecast, Roku's Streaming Stick, Amazon Fire TV Stick. Little, 3 inch dongles that plug into an HDMI port on your TV and stream digital content without cables or wires or another box on a shelf. Each one, under $50. But which one is for you?

Chromecast $35: Stream content from your PC or mobile device to your TV. There's no remote, so you control the screen from your PC, laptop, tablet or phone. It supports Netflix, Hulu, HBO-Go, Pandora, YouTube, and, of course, Google Play, as well as some others. It also is capable of sharing your screen, so its great in a business for making presentations. Any device on the same wifi network as the Chromecast can access it.

Roku Streaming Stick $49.99: Unlike Chromecast, the Streaming Stick does not require a PC or mobile device to operate. It is a stand alone unit and comes with a remote. Stream from Netflix, Hulu, HBO-Go, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, and many more Roku streaming apps and channels you already enjoy on your Roku Box.

Amazon Fire TV Stick $39 (but sold out on Amazon until January 15) : Similar to the Roku and Chromecast, it streams from several of your favorite online services lik Netflix and Hulu, and, for Amazon Prime members, the Prime Video and Prime Music libraries are at your fingertips. The only real difference between the Roku and the Fire is HBO-Go...Fire TV Stick doesn't support HBO yet, but it is supposedly in the works.

Monday, 24 November 2014 11:49

Geek of the Week: Thanksgiving Apps

Geek of the Week: Total Wine & More Food Pairing

If you're not sure what wine to serve with dinner, Thursday...or what wine to bring...this app will pair the perfect wine to whatever is on the menu. Select the food category (like poultry, pork, shelfish), adjust the food prep style or spices, narrow the options by price...all in the palm of your hand!

 

Free for iPhone  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geek of the Week: Hand Turkey

Keep the kids entertained this weekend with Hand Turkey. Free for iPads. The child places their hand on the iPad screen and the app converts it into a turkey for them to decorate. Once the turkey is finished it can be used to play games within the app or teach pre-schoolers to name their fingers.

 

Free for iPads

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:46

Geek of the Week: MemeGenerator.net

Just yesterday, Dan Deely asked me “how do you make a Meme?” After walking him through what I assumed to be the "traditional method" (using the Paint program in Windows), I set out in search of a better way.

And here it is: MemeGenerator.net. Choose from hundreds of pre-produced memes, create your own captions for already created graphics like Willy Wonka, the Dos Equis guy or the success-fist kid, OR upload your own graphic and add your own text.

You'll be the darling of your facebook friends with MemeGenerator.net!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:48

Geek of the Week: Calm.com

Sometimes you just need to “chillax”. That's where this web site and app come in handy. Calm.com is a bank of soothing images and relaxing music to help you relax. You can set a timer for up to 20 minutes of quiet meditation time or choose “guided calm” for spoken meditation instructions. The app is free on iTunes and Google Play...or on your computer at Calm.com

 

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:57

Geek of the Week: KeyRing

Instead of carrying around a keyring with one key and fifty rewards cards, get the KeyRing app and store all of your shopper loyalty cards on your phone!  Select the store from a list of thousands of retailers, scan the barcode on the back of your card (you also have the option to also take a picture of the front and back of the card).

At the register, open the app, select the card you want to use and let the cashier scan the barcode from your phone's screen. Quick, simple and no fumbling as you search for the right card. The app also shows available coupons per store that can also be scanned at the register.

Free for iTunes and GooglePlay

 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:00

Geek of the Week: Photomath

Like the app Leonard and Sheldon created on CBS's Big Bang Theory, life is imitating art. Photomath is every student's dream and every teacher's nightmare. It is a camera based calculator. Take a picture of your equation of math problem...and Photmath gives you the answer! Not only does it solve the problem in real-time...it also helps the user by walking you through the problem, step-by-step if necessary.

 

Free in iTunes and the Windows Store...the app's website says an Android version will be available in early 2015.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:42

Geek of the Week: CanIStream.It

In the world of streaming video, there used to be just two players: YouTube and Netflix. Now there is iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudoo, Hulu and the list goes on. CanIStream.It is a one-stop-shop search engine for streaming movies and TV shows. A quick search can tell you if the movie is available to stream, where it is available to stream, and if it is available for digital purchase or rental.

The site also offers click-through links and the ability to filter your search by service, and the site can email you when movies become available on a given platform.

This is not only a web site, but the apps are available for free on iTunes and Google Play

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:55

Geek of the Week: Zero Lives

The next in a long line of puzzle games with a minimalistic approach...like Dots. On the screen there are a number of hearts, your goal is to collect them by moving from Point A to Point B to Point C in a straight line. Do you remember the brain teaser teachers used to put on the chalk board that had 9 dots and your goal was to connect them all with a single line? Its the same sort of idea...

This game releases TOMORROW (10/16/14)!

Look for it on iTunes and Google Play

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 18:09

Geek of the Week: Gwynnie Bee

This service is, essentially, Netflix for clothes. Browse their web site, find tops, dresses, sweaters, dresses, skirts or blazers that you like, add them to your “closet”. When the clothes become available, you get it in the mail. Wear it, send it back in the addressed, postage paid bag included in the delivery box. Keep it as long as you like. Wash it...or don't. All clothes returned are laundered and dry-cleaned. If you love it, you can purchase it for up to 50% off the retail price. Shipping is free. Subscriptions start at $35 a month for one garment at a time.

go to GwynnieBee.com

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:20

Geek of the Week: Post-it Plus

I haven't quite decided if this app is useful or useless.  You know how your desk or fridge are covered in Post-its?  This app lets you digitize these reminders and notes using your phone's camera, then sort, store and organize them right on your phone.  

 

This app is extremely useful if you're in an industry that uses Post-its in a collaborative environment to prepare for presentations.  Digitizing the notes allows you to share them with other services like DropBox or GoogleDrive, so the whole group is kept up to date and remains a part of the process.

On the other hand, if your sticky notes are reminders and motivational thoughts of the day...do you really need two copies?

Decide for yourself.  Post-it Plus is free on iTunes and works with iOS8.

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