It's almost time to start your spring cleaning. This website and its companion app is full of tips and tricks for organizing, repairing, and refreshing your home. Advice for everything from the living room to the garage, from the furnace to the fridge. Decorating ideas, pest fighting remedies & lifehacks. Hire a pro or do it yourself, spend lots or spend nothing, do it green or don't, grow it yourself or cook it yourself...Its all here and its all free. Well...mostly free. There is an optional account sign-in that customizes your experience, and it's powered by Angie's List so you may be redirected to the subscription site if you want to find professionals in the area to do the work for you.
This is a simple app that brings the excitement and fun of trophies and achievements and bonus points, normally found in game apps...to the world of crossword puzzles.
Like traditional crossword puzzles, there are clues to 3 across and 5 down...but they give you the letters. 10 of them. So if you're stumped, you can eliminate words you THINK might be the answer because, for instance, there's no “J” in the available letters.
As you play, you earn tokens and points, that can be cashed in for hints in the game. For 400 points, you can eliminate the bogus letter choices and be left only with those found in the answer; for 300 points you can ask the app to give you the first letter of the answer.
A word of warning, however: The game isn't native to America, so some words may use the European spelling (colour, aeroplane) or measurements (liter, kilogram, etc)
Here's a great couple's game for Valentine's Day. Its a two-player game that works best on iPads. Two players work as a team, using their fingers to follow or trace shapes on the screen. You bump into each other, slide through or around each other, graze each other's hands, it is quite ...suggestive... and is perfect for the romance that goes along with the 14th.
Zero email app takes the Tinder approach to your inbox. You can view your inbox as normal, or you can view just new messages and swipe-up to delete.
Swipe left to bring out an options menu to move the message to a folder, mark it as spam, or “snooze” a message. The snooze feature will re-deliver the message to you the next day (or tomorrow night or in a week, whichever you choose). So, if your team emailed you the file for tomorrow's presentation...rather than rifling through your messages during a meeting...it appears fresh and new at the top of your inbox.
The app is made to be fast. Everything loads quickly, attachments are displayed almost immediately without having to wait for them to download or go into a preview mode.
Or, download it for free in the app store (sorry, no Android version yet)
Introducing crowd sourced weather forecasts! The Sunshine app does for weather what Waze does for traffic. Users update the conditions in their immediate surroundings...the database collects that information and combines it with that from weather stations and regional forecasts to compile what they call a hyper accurate forecast.
Think about how that would have effected your commute over the last two days of Lake Effect Snow.
Free, only available for iPhones
Tasting Room, is the fastest growing wine club in the country. It really is like Netflix...but for wine. The site recommends wines, based on your previous preferences, and sends you a case of new, different wines (or the same ones you like) on a regular basis.
Sign-up at TastingRoom.com. The cost to join is just under $10.
They mail you a six-bottle sampler for you to drink and rate. Based on those answers, Tasting Room starts to build your taste profile.
After that, they send a 12-bottle case of wine (cost @ $12/bottle) as often as you want...and like Netflix, the more you rate, the more complex your taste profile becomes.
Each bottle comes with a satisfaction guarantee. If you don't like it, they'll send you a new bottle or give you a credit toward your next purchase.
Cancel at any time.
Prepare to make texting and driving a thing of the past! This device clips on to a standard steering wheel and senses when there are two hands on the wheel or just one. It also can tell when there are two hands very close together, like if both hands are at the top of the wheel so you can steer and text at the same time.
If the Smart Wheel senses just one hand on the wheel, it lights up and buzzes until both hands are steering.
But it doesn't stop there.
The sensor also records all of the data it collects and relays it to the companion app on Mom and Dad's phone. (same goes if the device it removed or otherwise tampered with).
The inventor (20-year-old T.J. Evarts) is currently showing off the Smart Wheel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Featured on ABC's Shark Tank, this invention is expected to hit the market later this year and retail for about $200.
As friends gather for New Year's Eve, here's a fun party game that's a combination of Balderdash and Trivial Pursuit and Words with Friends!
Each play has the app on their phone (someone is the host and the players join the host's game).
The app provides a trivia question and each player supplies their own answer. All of the answers are displayed, including the correct one, and players try to guess which is the right answer.
*Obviously, you don't have to be in the same room...but its much more fun that way.
If you're an avid online shopper, this app is a must-have! Slice automatically knows when you purchase something online, then keeps track of the shipping information and tracking number, it alerts you when the package has arrived. The app also give you a heads up if the product has been recalled or if there is a price drop.
A new web browser extension may help keep the magic alive a little longer for some young web surfers, by blocking content with “untruths” about St. Nick. The questionable content is covered up with an image of the man, himself watching you. *Note: it takes a moment or two for the extension to scan the contents of the page and kick into action. Most likely, though, it will work faster than your child can read.
The extension is free for Chrome and Firefox.
Its the holiday shopping season. And here's an app that will help you keep track of all the gifts you have bought or plan to buy.
It keeps track of the people you plan to buy for, the gifts they want, and what you're buying. The app also has a countdown til Christmas, so you know how much shopping time you have. It even keeps track of your budget.
Free in iTunes
Whether you're trying to map out your Black Friday camping spot, trying to kill time while the turkey cooks, or just curious about Black Friday deals, this is the web site and app for you!
A complete listing of store sale ads, access to coupons and you can even create a wish list from the things you find in the ads to streamline your Friday shopping.
This app for Android phones puts a row of quick launch icons on your lock screen or notification bar, so you can go directly to the apps you use most.
The cool part is, depending on where you are and what time of day it is, the icons may change based on the apps you use most.
You might see Maps available when you leave work, but Facebook may be on the screen while you're at work.