Geek of the Week (200)

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:45

Geek of the Week: OHGO

This is the official ODOT traffic app! It uses the state department of transportation's network of cameras, sensors and live operators to provide accurate, up to the minute information for your commute. The latest on accidents, construction, delays and closures, previously available only on ohgo.com is now at your fingertips on your mobile device! Customize the app with your commute route, set-up push notifications when there is trouble on your way to or from work, or highlight an area where you'll be traveling.

The free app is available on both Google Play and the iTunes AppStore.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:25

Geek of the Week: Breathe+

When you need a little time to relax, ease stress, and unwind, use this breathing exercise app. Breathe+ instructs you on how long to inhale, hold and exhale, using the screen as a visual cue. Customize your session for anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes...you can even change settings mid-session. This is a great app for meditation or breath training, too.

Free for iOS.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:21

Geek of the Week: Cavs Emoji Keyboard

If you don't have it yet...here's the perfect addition to your Cavs Championship celebration! The Cavs have their own emoji keyboard. Just like adding smiley faces and poops to your texts, now you can add a cartoon of LeBron or Deli. A huge library of faces, logos and gifs to spice up your texts and posts.

Available for FREE on Google Play or iTunes.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 09:32

Geek of the Week: Parallel Space

Ever wish you could keep track of multiple facebook accounts on your phone without having to log-out and log back in? Maybe you have a personal profile and a work profile, maybe you're in charge of the company's account this week, maybe you have a super hero alter ego. Other multiple account monitoring apps don't give you the full app, just the ability to post.

You need Parallel Space. It allows you to run two instances of the same app, with different log-ins simultaneously. And it isn't just for Facebook, ANY app on your phone that requires a log-in can be accessed in Parallel Space. Twitter, Instagram, email, bank apps, even gaming apps, can all live in Parallel Space.

Open the app, select the app you wish to use with multiple accounts, enter the log-in info and BOOM! You have a second app! Even make a shortcut to your home screen for faster access. And you won't get the two confused because the shortcut from Parallel Space has a rainbow border around it.

The app is free on GooglePlay for your Android device.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:39

Geek of the Week: Steppy Pants

 

This is a game for iPhone and iPad users. Sort of like Flappy Bird where you tap the screen to make your bird flap his wings...in this situation, you tap the screen every time you want the character to take a step.

Nobody wants to break their mother's back...so the object of the game is to avoid stepping on cracks (and other obstacles). It is way harder than you think.

Added bonus: the main character looks like he should be in a Dire Straits video.

Free on iTunes give it a try!

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 06:33

Geek of the Week: Karma Go + Roku Stick

I have mentioned both of these products here before, but not together. Last summer, I purchased the Karma Go portable 4G wifi hotspot to take camping. The hotspot is pay-as-you-go, so there's no plan and no contract. Simply load it with data (about $14 per gig) and use as little or as much as you need. The data never expires.

The Karma Go requires web site authentication to use it, so you must have a web browser, you can't just enter a wifi password.  Recently, Roku launched an update for their streaming stick to allow it to talk to wifi hotspots that require this sort of access (click here to read that post).

Last weekend, I moved to a new house and I don't have cable yet. This was a problem for Game 6. My family wanted to watch the Cavs, but we didn't want to go to a bar to do it.

We were able to live stream ESPN through the Karma Go, to the Roku stick and onto our TV...in full, high definition.

The Karma Go costs $119 at YourKarma.com (data not included...get 10Gigs for $100).

*streaming the game at up roughly 1GB of data.

Roku Stick costs $50 in stores or at Roku.com

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 05:44

Geek of the Week: Pl@ntNet

As planting season gets underway, here's a flower identifying app that some are calling Shazam for plants! Take a picture of the plant, answer a question or two about the plant (ie region, leaf shape) and Pl@ntNet searches its database to identify the plant or flower you're admiring in the woods or in your neighbor's garden!

The app was developed in France and has an extensive index of European plantlife, but its spreading --like wild flowers-- to North America!

Download it for free on iTunes and Google Play.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 05:41

Geek of the Week: Boom Music Player

This is the last music player you'll ever need on your iPhone. It handles your playlists and your library, but more important...it converts the audio into 3D Surround Sound.

It only works with locally stored music, and there's a slider to control the intensity of the 3D experience, so you're not looking over your shoulder all the time. It also adjusts its output to account for whether you're wearing over the ear headphones or ear buds.

Its Free in iTunes...but after 5 days, if you want to keep using it, it'll cost you $3.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 13:51

Geek of the Week: Yaardvark.com

This website was created by a student at the University of Akron.

It matches up teens who do lawn work with people who need lawn work done!

As a property owner, you can post jobs needed for free, and look for workers in your area to do them.

As a worker (15yrs and up), you can search for jobs in your area and create a profile outlining your skills and the type of jobs you're willing to do.

**the web site is in the extremely formative stages right now and there aren't many posting for jobs or from workers. But with Summer approaching, things will be heating up.

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:12

Geek of the Week: Talkshow

They call it “texting in public” and it takes long twitter or reddit threads and makes them easier to access and more focused. The host poses a topic and lets followers chime in and it reads like a Q&A session on an actual talk show...but you read it all.

Think of it as an all-text version of Periscope.

The app is available for iPhone only – but its free.

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