Geek of the Week (178)

Use this app once in a while to de-stress yourself. It is ultimately, a meditation app for people who don't want to meditate. Trace your finger, slowly around your phone screen, listen to the soft soothing music and watch the bubbles and colors change like a lava lamp. The app's principals are based on Tai Chi inspired relaxation techniques.

$1.99 in iTunes

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 05:37

Geek of the Week: New Products from Microsoft

Microsoft announced their new line of Windows 10 devices, yesterday...all intended to interact with each other:

3 Lumia smartphones (priced between $139 and $549) are set to hit shelves in December.  The Continuum "Display Dock" can connect your Lumia smartphone to a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor...so you can use it like a little computer when you're on the go.  

Microsoft Band 2 (cost: $249, available 10/30), has a curved display and a barometric sensor for extreme athletes to measure changes in altitude.

Surface Pro 4, the next in the line of Microsoft tablets.

And their first-ever laptop, the Surface Book (starting at $1,499 and available Oct. 26).

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 05:15

Geek of the Week: Karma Wifi Hotspot

Pay-as-you-go Internet is finally here!

Introducing the Karma wifi hotspot. The battery powered device delivers 4G/LTE wifi (powered by the Sprint's nationwide network) to up to 8 devices, and is about the size of a coaster...but don't ever set your drink on it!

The unit itself costs $149 and data is about $14/GB.

Buy 10Gigs of data and use it all tomorrow, or use it a little at a time over the next two years. It never expires. There are no contracts, no extra fees and you do not have to sign-up for Sprint.

This is perfect for anyone who owns a boat or RV, goes hunting or camping, travels for work or with the family...and wants to stay connected without burning through your cellphone data plan.

Go to YourKarma.com for more information.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:15

Geek of the Week: Fall Foliage Map

We're into the “Leaf-Peeping” season and this map shows where, in the country, the fall foliage is at its peak. If you're planning a weekend road trip, take a look at this helpful map from SmokyMountains.com.  And if you're planning a vacation to Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, this website is your one-stop site for information and cabin rentals.

Click here for the map

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 13:47

Geek of the Week: PupPod

This is a learning toy for your dog that is connected, via wifi, to a treat dispenser.

If your dog completes a given task with the toy, it gets a treat. *the task might be “roll the toy across the room”, it might be “roll the toy across the room in 15 seconds”, it might be “shake the toy for 5 seconds”. The dog has to figure out the task and complete it.

You can set the tasks and variables from an app on your phone...you can also track the dog's progress and treat consumption through PupCloud. The toy also has a built-in HD camera so you can stream video of your dog's playtime to any device. And you can do it all...from work!

This is a perfect trick to get your pet to exercise while nobody's home! The company launched a kickstarter campaign this week and expects roll out products early next year.  PupPod.com

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 12:21

Geek of the Week: Companion

The personal security guard app. If you have ever felt uneasy traveling alone? Maybe it's walking home at night from a restaurant, walking through a rough neighborhood on the way to school, or you may just be unsure of yourself and your navigating ability. Just before you leave, add your destination to the Companion app, then add friends from your contacts list (the friends don't need to have the app). Your friends can track you on their phone to make sure you get where you're going. If you get nervous or are in danger, use the app to alert your friends with the handy “I Feel Nervous” button or automatically call for help with the “Call Police – 911” button. If you set it up to, the app will check your status from time to time (“Are you OK?”). If you don't click the “YES” button within a few seconds, the app automatically alerts your friends.

The app is free for iPhone and Android

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:36

Geek of the Week: StillTasty.com

This web site tells you if the food in your pantry, or the expired food in your fridge, or the stuff in the back of your freezer is still good!

Food past the expiration date may not be bad. Sometimes manufacturers use those dates for quality control and inventory control at the grocery store. Use this web site when you're in doubt.

The site will also tell you if the food can go into the freezer...and for how long. Handy kitchen tips, storage suggestions, even a Q&A section.

If you can eat it, it's listed on StillTasty.com.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 05:10

Geek of the Week: MileIQ

If you drive your personal vehicle for work and have to turn in mileage reports, this app is a must-have. MileIQ tracks and records your drives and logs them, calculating the distance and value. When you're looking at the report and notice that the app logged your drive to lunch or to the ballgame, swipe left to classify it as “personal”. The app automatically creates a mileage log that's compliant with the IRS (calculating at 57.5 cents per mile), you can add tolls or parking expenses, then export the data as a spreadsheet or PDF.

THE DOWN SIDE: The app uses your phone's GPS to calculate your trips, which uses more battery life...but the company says GPS use is minimal and won't be the constant drain that a navigation app would be. Also, you only get 40 free drives per month...you can upgrade to $6 per month for unlimited drives (the company notes, an 11 mile drive earns you $6.16 worth of deductions, which covers the cost of the app).

MileIQ is free for Android and iOS devices.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:20

Geek of the Week: Video Show

This is one of the highest rated, free video editing apps available on the market. Shoot video right from the app or use video shot from your phone's native camera; trim or crop the clips the the length you want, zoom in or out, adjust the color; select from several transition effects like dissolves and wipes; add graphics to your video (like a newscast), using pictures from your library or taken fresh with the camera. There is also a large library of themed overlay graphics, animations and stickers you can add to give your video some pizazz! The app can upload videos directly to YouTube, social media or email. The app is fun for kids to play with, it's also a great tool for students to add a video component to their class projects.

VideoShow is free for Android and Android devices.

Watch the video below.  Made this morning, with VideoShow!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 06:36

Geek of the Week: Periscope

This is twitter's live video streaming app. Send or watch live videos from users all over the world. Its as simple as downloading the free app, signing in with your twitter account...and you're off and running. The app uses your phone's camera and microphone to capture what is happening around you and share it online...in real time. Viewers also have the ability to comment and “like” your live stream. When you start recording, a link will pop up in your twitter feed and your friends (*who also have periscope) will receive an alert that you are broadcasting. When you end your Persicope, a link to “re-watch” the video is posted to your twitter feed. To watch live or archived streams, you must have the app on your phone. So far, there IS a way to emulate the Android app on your PC, but it's complicated, so for all intents and purposes, get the app on your phone. It's free on iTunes and GooglePlay.

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