If you feel like you're in a funk, here's an app you might find useful. Daylio is a mood tracking app. Every day, select the mood that best describes you (from “rad” to “awful”), and take notes about the activities you did that day, like biking, work, out with friends, or cleaning. Then, at the end of the month, you can look back and see how your moods tracked. Is there a pattern? What was your average mood for the month? Do certain activities lead to certain moods? Are there days of the week when you're more productive or more stressful?
You're also able to keep a daily diary, set reminders and events on the calendar and back it all up on your Google Drive.
There are crowdsourced apps that track the weather, traffic and the news...now here's one that tracks and maps the cold and flu season. SickWeather scans social media and user accounts to determine what illnesses are showing high numbers in your neighborhood. The map shows areas in town where people are sick, a home-screen widget for Android users shows a sick-o-meter with color coded warning signs, Apple Watch users can also install a companion hand washing timer app. Sign up to receive alerts when the Flu, Norovirus, Pink Eye, and 20 other illnesses are in your neighborhood.
This is a new social networking app for students who don't want to eat alone in the cafeteria. It was created by a 16 year old girl who was bullied and forced to eat alone every day. She made the app for students to make friends, feel included, and create a warm, welcoming community at school.
Sign-in to the app, type in the name of your school and it gives the user a list of students who are willing to have a new face join their group at the lunch table. There is also an option for students to be designated “school ambassadors” and host open lunch events from time to time where anyone can join the group.
Just like other social apps, students can add their friends, favorite lunch groups, and message each other.
Sit With Us is free on iTunes
If you're sick of getting robo-calls, this is the app for you! You already have the AdBlocker extension on your web browser to filter out pop-ups and video pre-rolls...now get the same thing for your phone to weed out telemarketers, bill collectors, fund raisers, scams and … political campaign calls!
The app is backed by the world's biggest directory of over two million telemarketer's phone numbers and automatically blocks the call when they try to reach you.
And you can customize which calls are blocked, for instance, if you prefer to let scammers and pollsters through and never get another call from another charity again, you can do that, if you want to get calls from everyone but telemarketer's, you can do that too.
The app costs $4 in the AppStore.
If you're a member of Sam's Club, you know the hell of standing in line with a cart full of groceries waiting for the people in front of you to check through their cart full of groceries.
Well, not any more! The price club recently released the Scan & Go app! As you put items in your cart, you scan them with your smart phone. When you're finished shopping, click the checkout button, pay for your items and go directly to the door. The checker scans the barcode on your screen, your receipt appears on their hand-held device, when they give your cart the OK, it registers on your phone and you're free to walk to your car.
A few things to keep in mind:
First – you have to enter your credit card information into the app. If that makes you nervous, you're welcome to continue standing in line.
Second – Your cart will be a more closely scrutinized as checkers compare the receipt on their device to the contents of your cart.
Finally – This is a new program, so the folks at the door, checking receipts are, more than likely, as new to this app as you are, so be patient.
Oh, by the way – The app only works on orders of $750 or less.
This app turns your phone into a scanner! Take a picture of a document, receipt, notebook, schedule or white-board and convert it into a PDF. Add your signature, make minor edits and mark-ups just like you can with any other PDF, then print, share over email or sync to the cloud. The free app is a must-have for salespeople in the field, contractors, business trips, or even the classroom.
There are times when a video conference is necessary but not everyone has access to a video conferencing suite at work, and not everyone has Facetime or Skype. Whether its for a presentation, for a class or a training session, or even so the boss can be in the weekly staff meetings even while he's on vacation...sometimes you need to video conference. Room puts you together with your friends, family or co-workers for free with no downloads. Simply go to Room.co, click “start video meeting” and you're off and running. The computer uses your web cam and microphone to create the feed, and give you a link to email to 3 friends. All they do is click the link and join the meeting...there's nothing to download or install and they don't have to sign-in or create an account.
This is an addictive game for iPhone.
The goal, get the ball in the hole. But...the ball comes in from the side of the screen, it isn't aimed at the hole, and it won't stop. You have to draw lines (or "walls") to make it ricochet into the hole. You get a limited number of available walls on every level...and on some levels, there is a level up the ball needs to hit before going into the hole.
When you're bored at work, give it a try.
Free for iOS devices.
Just in time for back-to-school, here's an app that helps your student with the homework that seems to be beyond your abilities. It's called GotIt. Students take a picture of their physics, chemistry, or math homework problems and then they're matched up with a tutor (who has a degree in that field) to help them figure out the problem, and understand how they arrived at the answer.
For more information about GotIt! go to their website: gotitapp.co
This week, Google released their answer to Apple's FaceTime: Duo. A 1-to-1 video calling app that works on both Android and iOS devices. It uses the contacts list in your phone, so you don't have to sync or create accounts; The calls are encrypted on both ends for security; It automatically adjusts the video quality to compensate for changing signal strength without dropping the call, and it switches between 4G and WiFi during the call.
And here's the coolest part: it has a feature called “knock knock” which lets you answer the call before you actually answer. It lets you see the image from the caller's camera before you answer the call so you can see what kind of mood they're in.
Here are a few free time-wasters to help iPhone users get through the day:
Super Stickman Golf. This is a golf game combines the power and club choice of regular golf, with the angles, bunkers and bank-shots of mini-golf.
Mindvision. Perfect for parents who feel like they've always got several balls in the air at once. The game starts with a simple game, then adds a second...so you're playing two games at once. After you master that, it adds a third game to the screen, then a fourth, a fifth and a sixth. See how long you can keep all 6 games going at the same time!
Crying Jordan Meme Generator. We've all seen the crying Michael Jordan memes that circulate after any upsetting defeat in sports, politics or life. This app lets you apply that face to any picture on your camera roll or any picture you download.
The Olympic start today in Rio...the play-in games and preliminary events, anyhow. Catch every minute of practically every event on-air, online, and on-the-go!
TV: NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, Telemundo, and NBC Sports
Roku: There is also an NBC Sports channel for Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and XBOX, but to use it, you need a cable subscription.
The Apps have live streaming video and on-demand events available.
Online: NBC.com will stream content live
And new this year: Virtual Reality! If you have a VR device, you can watch events in virtual reality the next day. We're a ways away from LIVE VR, but timeliness isn't the top priority when watching virtual reality, is it?
This app is handy for both first-time grillers and veterans. It can calculate your cook time based on the cut of meat, size, thickness, and how done you want it, it also includes a timer to tell you when to flip and when to take your steaks off the grill. The app has instructions for preparing over 100 different foods, recommended internal temperature guides and resting times. It allows for multiple simultaneous timers, so if everyone is having steaks but there's one person who insists on having a chicken breast...you can time them all. AND---it syncs with your apple watch, so you don't need to keep checking your phone.
The app is only available on iTunes and it isn't free: $2.
This is a new app that filters your pictures to look like they were painted by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Salvadore Dali, and other artists and styles. Snap a pic, choose the famous work of art you wish to emulate and voila! Your photograph is transformed...suitable for posting, sharing, or framing.
The app is free in the AppStore.