Geek of the Week (194)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:52

Geek of the Week: Fun Golf GPS 3D

Who needs a caddy when you have this little baby? 3D Maps of over 32,000 golf courses, scoring, club recommendation, and GPS location services tell you exactly where you are on the course and what your shot looks like.

 

Normally $19.99 in iTunes. Apple made it their free app of the week. Move quick! Offer ends tomorrow (Thursday, 5/29)

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:53

Geek of the Week: ColdTurkey

This Windows application blocks a computer from social media, addicting websites, games and even programs. It is a perfect solution for businesses and schools worried that their company computers are being used for non work/school related activity.

You can also schedule the blocking. Maybe open it up during lunch hour or after school?

An administration password is required to configure and disable the program, so users can't shut it down, even from the task manager.  

 

Cost: $10 (½ of that is donated to charity).

GetColdTurkey.com

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 05:51

Geek of the Week: The Package

A puzzle game that, like a Rube Goldberg Machine, requires the user to employ a series of conveyor belts, ramps, fans, and springed boxing gloves to move a box through increasingly difficult and dangerous mailrooms.  Very reminiscent of the old video game The Incredible Machine.

 

$0.99 in the App Store

This app, from SportsFusion.com, gives you all the headlines about the draft, including picks, at your fingertips.  Long-press on a headline to read the full story; set push notifications for prominent stories; customize your newsfeed with filters (ie "Cleveland Browns"); available videos from YouTube; plus full Facebook and Twitter integration.

Free on GooglePlay

For those of you with a father-in-law who gives directions using old, no longer existing landmarks, this is just the ticket! The Street View feature in Google Maps has been around so long that they have several years worth of data, and now you can see what your neighborhood used to look like! The actual website is google.com/maps. Once you search the desired address, on the bottom right of the screen, there is a little yellow man. Click and drag him to the map. That loads the “Street View”...a view of the address as seen from a car's point of view. A gray box appears in the upper left that shows your address...in that box is a red circle that says “NEW!”. Click on it and be transported back in time!

 

Pottsy and his kids, forever imortalized on Google Street View in 2011

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:36

Geek of the Week: Soundscape Recorder

For Earth Day, scientist Bryan Pijanowski wants to record the sounds of the world.  Download the app free from iTunes or Google Play and record three minutes of your surroundings.  The sound files will be sent to the Global Soundscape Database and accumulated over the years, allowing scientists to analyze changes in our sonic environment.  The app also allows you to hear sounds recorded by others around the world.

For more information, go to GlobalSoundscapes.org

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:19

Geek of the Week: Safer Ohio

"See Something...Send Something".  That's the motto of this app that lets you take pictures of suspicious behavior or incidents and send them directly to the Ohio Office of Homeland Security.  It also allows you to request help from the Highway Patrol if you are involved in a non-injury accident or if your car breaks down on the highway.  The app uses your phone's GPS to send a trooper to your exact location.  There is even a button to speeddial 9-1-1.  Free on Google Play and in the App Store.

 

Monday, 07 April 2014 13:33

Geek of the Week: SkinneePix

This handy-dandy app allows you to edit your selfies to make you appear 5, 10, even 15 pounds skinnier!  Just a couple clicks to a new you! Its simple, quick and easy. Share your slimmer self through email, text or social media in full color, black and white or sepia.

$.99 in the AppStore

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 05:54

Geek of the Week: MLB.com At Bat

The official app of Major League Baseball.  Get up to the second stats and scores, headlines and information, watch highlight videos and see instant replays with an explanation. The base model is free in GooglePlay and iTunes ...but there are subscription features. (if you already subscribe to mlb.tv, this app and all of its features is free)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 06:48

Geek of the Week: Office for iPad

Microsoft Office makes its iPad debut on Thursday, March 27th.  Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will be a part of Office for iPad.  The app will be free in the AppStore but requires an Office 365 subscription.

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