Geek of the Week (208)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:35

Geek of the Week: Pulse Point

Tied in with 911, this app helps first responders in cardiac emergency situations.  After the dispatchers sends an ambulance to the scene, an alert is sent to app users who are in the immediate area.  The hope is that someone 50 feet away could perform CPR and potentially save a life in the time it takes an ambulance to arrive.  *The alerts are only sent for victims in a public place like a park or a mall.  After downloading the app, select Cleveland EMS and Westshore Fire Departments in the settings.  Pulse Point currently works in the cities of Cleveland, Westlake, Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park and North Ridgeville.  Free in GooglePlay and iTunes

 

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:16

Geek of the Week: Facebook Paper

Facebook Paper for iOS. If Facebook and Flipboard and Pintrest had a baby...this would be it. It changes the way you view your newsfeed on your phone. Photos are more prominent and scrolling is side-to-side (like in your gallery) instead of up and down. You can also organize your interests into tiles and flip through news stories. Free for iPhones only...no iPad or Android versions yet.

Monday, 27 January 2014 12:33

Level Money

With less and less of us carrying cash around, this is the digital equivalent of opening your wallet.

 

It automatically detects your income and fixed expenses, then calculates your available spending money for the day, the week or the month. Just link your bank accounts and credit cards to the app and it does the rest.

 

Every time you make a purchase, the app updates and deducts that amount from your available spending total.

 

The display is very simple, it looks kind of like a fishbowl being emptied of water.  Every time you spend money, the water level in the fishbowl drops.  When the bowl is empty...so is your wallet.  *fishbowl image is an analogy, actual image is a circle with color filled-in

 

Free on both Android and iPhone

Monday, 20 January 2014 11:19

Food Gawker App

Here's the mobile companion of the popular foodie website FoodGawker.com! Full of “food porn” (tastefully taken pictures of food and drink that make you want to eat right now), this app has photos and recipes for food and drinks, searchable by keyword...or you can browse randomly.

 

This app is for serious foodies or foodie wannabes. If you're looking for simple, 20 minute, one-pan, one-spoon recipes to make between soccer and band practice, keep walking bub.

Pictures, recipes, food blogs and restaurant reviews you can save, email or share on a number of social media sites.

 

FREE - iTunes

Monday, 13 January 2014 11:37

FLIR One iPhone case

One of the coolest things to come out of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show is the FLIR One iPhone case! FLIR is a brand name for thermal imaging cameras. This case will fit an iPhone 5 or 5s, has a FLIR camera built in as well as a battery pack that extends your battery life by about 50% (or 2 hours of continuous use). The FLIR One iPhone case is expected to be available later this year and should retail for around $350.

 

 

Uses: Checking for drafts or poorly insulated areas of your house, locating your friends in a dark campground or hunting for bigfoot.

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 06:54

Alarm Clock that Actually Wakes you Up

Wake N Shake is an alarm clock for your iPhone.  To turn it off, you have to violently shake the phone.  There is no snooze button because...well, try falling back asleep after that workout!  

 

$1.99 on iTunes

Friday, 20 December 2013 12:02

Geek of the Week: Santa Tracker

This app show's Santa's path of travel, his current location, current speed AND what he's doing...he might be delivering presents, he might be out for supplies if you look at the app before Christmas eve...he might be sleeping on the 26th.

 

 

GooglePlay – “Santa Tracker Free”

iTunes – “Santa Tracker Christmas Free”

 

Both offer paid upgrades

Monday, 16 December 2013 13:53

Trees for Cars

You have probably heard about the homeless guy in New York City who wrote is own app? Leo Grand was approached by Patrick McConlogue (an app programmer) with two choices: Take $100 or an learn how to code. Grand chose to learn a job skill. The two met for an our a day for sixteen weeks using a couple of used textbooks and a refurbished Chromebook.

 

This is Leo Grand's app: Trees for Cars. Its a carpooling / ride sharing app. Simply sign in to the app and network with people who need or are offering rides. What sets this app apart from the crowd, other than getting tons of press because it was written by a homeless man, when you share a ride the app calculates the amount of CO2 you are saving and turns it into a competition between members...who can save the most CO2?

 

Available in iTunes and Google Play for $0.99

 

 
Monday, 09 December 2013 19:07

Red Panic Button

Red Panic Button

With many people, especially children and young adults getting their first smart phone this Christmas, here's some piece of mind. Red Panic Button can send emergency emails, texts and social media posts.

Pre-program an emergency contact in the app's settings. If the phone's owner is ever in an accident, in trouble or just plain lost, press the icon on your screen and it will get send your alert to your emergency contact.

Free for Android with in-app add-ons to purchase

Full version available for iPhones and iPads: $2.99



*The paid version includes emergency calling, unlimited panic contacts and of course, no ads.

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 07:45

Swiss Army Apps

Swiss Army Knife / App Box Pro

This app is an all-in-one of useful tools. Instead of downloading separate apps for a flashlight, a timer, stop watch, calculator and bubble level, this app has them all.

Swiss Army Knife: Free for Android Includes: A flashlight, unit converter, timer, stop watch, compass, bubble level, calculator, magnifying glass, mirror and ruler.

App Box Pro: $0.99 on itunes Includes a few more goodies in addition to those mentioned above: Battery Life, loan calculator, a secure wallet, tip calculator and an alarm clock.

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