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
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!
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.
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.
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.
A few years ago, it was a popular thing to print a picture that made up of thousands of little pictures. Well it's time for that to be ushered into the 21st century. With Image2Emoji.com, you can upload your own image and the website will convert it to a picture made with hundreds of little emoji.
Then share it on social media!
(below is a picture of Pottsy made of pigs, chocolate chip cookies and smiley faces)
This app is a must-have for anyone graduating high school or college and entering the work force...and it's recommended for everyone who speaks to other people during the course of their day. The app teaches you to stop over-using words like “like”, “so”, “totally”, “literally”, “ya know” and “whatever”.
Through a series of questions, you speak your answers into the phone and the app analyzes how quickly you are able to answer, how articulate you are, and how often you...like...uhm...say certain...like...buzzwords that really, really irritate co-workers, or worse yet, people who are interviewing you for...like...a job. Er'whatever, ya know what I mean?
LikeSo is only available for iPhones and is $0.99 on iTunes
If you've ever taken your Roku box or streaming stick with you anywhere like college or a hotel, hoping to tap into their free wifi and stream a movie, you know the problem. To access their wifi, you need a web browser...and Roku doesn't have a web browser. Until now...kinda.
A recent operating system update (7.0) now offers “Hotel and Dorm Connect”, a feature that skirts the web browser issue. All you need is a Roku and a smartphone.
Plug in the Roku to the TV as you normally would. In settings, search for the wifi network you wish to use. You'll get an error message that says “no internet” Don't panic. A window should pop up with an option to select “I am at a hotel or college dorm”. Select that option then follow the on-screen instructions!
Essentially, this feature allows you to select the Roku as the wifi network you wish to join from your PHONE. Once you are connected to the Roku, open a web browser on your phone, enter the credentials and you'll be up and streaming on your hotel TV in no time at all!
**this isn't limited to only hotels or dorms, it works on portable hotspots, convention centers, airports...anywhere wifi access is web-authenticated.
By the way...if you're a Time Warner customer, the company has been testing using a Roku in place of cable boxes in a couple markets. Stay tuned.
Once you open a bottle of wine, it's only good for about a day. The Kuvee Smart Bottle allows you to keep an open bottle of wine fresh for about a month! Insert their specially packaged, bottle into the Kuvee Smart Bottle and the screen tells you the type of wine you're drinking, gives you a little story and history of the vineyard, and tells you how many glasses are left in the bottle. (you can even order more wine...right from the bottle!). Want to switch, pop out one bottle, insert another one! The specialized system prevents oxygen from coming in contact with the wine in the bottle, so it stays fresher longer. Pre-order now at Kuvee.com.
Cost is $200 and it comes with a $100 voucher for wine! Smart Bottles ship in early 2017.
Check out their demonstration video HERE.
Need a hair cut NOW, need your nails done NOW, need a massage NOW? Here's the app for you! It's called ManeStreem and its free for iPhone and Android. Schedule a beauty appointment almost instantly. The same way that Orbitz or Priceline finds open hotel rooms, ManeStreem finds canceled or available appointments that you can swoop in and claim within the hour. Prices for services vary because the stylists set their own rates. You can even pay and tip right from the app. It works great if you're on the road and a beauty emergency pops up.
This year's NCAA tournament will be streamed live. Get every game, plus analysis, on demand video, social media content, and more. Look for the free apps on GooglePlay, AppleTV, GooglePlay, Chromecast, Amazon Appstore, Roku Channels, Windows Store, CBSSports.com, BleacherReport.com, and of course, NCAA.com/MarchMadness.
This an iPad weather app from the folks at Weather Underground. If you are a geek about the weather...this is for you. It gathers data from the 37,000 personal weather stations linked to Weather Underground, to provide hyper-local weather condition information at your finger tips. Graphs, charts, and maps that show current conditions, trends, past data...national, regional, local, right down to your neighborhood. If you geek out over the weather...head to iTunes now and download WunderStation for free.
Don't have an iPad? You can also go to WeatherUnderground.com.
This is, essentially, Yelp...but for human beings instead of restaurant. Rate people based on their professional, personal or dating behaviors. The purpose is to help manage your online reputation. Those Spring Break '02 pictures of you aren't going to disappear and potential employers could get the wrong idea about you...but with good reviews on Peeple, it might just tip the scales in your favor.
The Internet Movie Database. Ever been watching a movie or TV show and think “where have I seen that actor before?” Go to IMDB.com or the free companion apps and look it up. Search by actor's name, TV Show or Movie title, even song titles register. Get a cast list, see trivia about the actors and crew, see everything they've ever worked on...not to mention the latest entertainment news and previews of coming attractions.