Geek of the Week (222)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 05:37

Geek of the Week: Apple Pay

After introducing the new iPhone 6, 6Plus and the Apple Watch, this week, Apple announced Apple Pay, a digital wallet, integrated into the new devices that will let you use your phone to pay for purchases online and at the register. Like some credit and debit cards are already doing, the technology uses near-field communications. While pressing your fingerprint to the phone's screen, hold the phone near the credit card keypad at the register and your payment will be accepted. Macys, Walgreens, McDonald's, Subway and Staples are already on board and planning to participate with the service rolls out in October.

Online, Apple Pay will act like PayPal, where you pay for goods by entering your Apple Pay account information, not your credit card number.

The service is free...but the iPhone 6 will set you back $299 (with a two-year carrier contract)

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 05:52

Geek of the Week: Check

Never miss a bill payment again!  From Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks, comes this app that keeps track of your bills and your account balances, and pays your bills for you, automatically and on-time.  Get reminders when bills are due and either pay them immediately with the push of a button or schedule a payment.  You also receive alerts when your balance is low so you don't get hit with overdraft charges.  You can also pay with a credit or debit card, though there is a fee associated...direct account payments are free.  The app works even if your bank doesn't offer its own mobile banking app.

 

Check is free on GooglePlay and in the AppStore.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 13:31

Geek of the Week: Hyperlapse

Yesterday, Instagram announced the release of their new app that allows you to take high-quality, time-lapse video with your phone. It also takes the “bounce” out of your footage, making it look like you shot it with a Steadicam. No Instagram account required, by the way.

So far, Free in the AppStore

An Android version is in development.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:39

Geek of the Week: Ignore No More

This is the perfect app for parents who are fed up with being ignored or having their calls screened when trying to get in touch with their teen.  Once installed on your teen's Android phone, if calls or texts from specific phone numbers are ignored, the phone locks up.  It can't call, text email, IM or check social media until the user enters a code to unlock the device.  The phone can only call Mom or Dad (or any other predetermined care-giver...as well as 911) to check-in and get the unlock code.  So far, its only available for Android ($1.99 per device) but an iOS version is in development.

Manage your homework and assignments from your phone, tablet, PC or on-line. Use it as a standalone organizer or set up a myHomework account to receive alerts on homework, assignments or special class projects. The app also integrates with "Teachers.io", which allows teachers to share information and class announcements, and update schedules and assignments. The app syncs across all platforms so you'll never miss an assignment.

Set up a free account at MyHomeworkApp.com/signup

Free, with ads, on iTunes and Google Play.

$4.99 for the premium, ad-free version.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 07:03

Geek of the Week: TuneIn Radio

Quite simply, this app has the stream from every radio station, every talk show, everywhere. Unlike individual radio station apps where you only get one radio station's stream or iHeartRadio where you only get some radio stations...this has them all. Even stations you didn't realize were there, like HD2 side-channels, police band scanners, podcasts, and public and college campus stations. Search by radio station, format, host, team, or artist to find a the right station for you. If its streaming online, its streaming on TuneIn.

Free on iTunes and Google Play

Also free on your computer:  tunein.com

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:57

Geek of the Week: Query The Game

This is a board game that plays on the auto-complete function of many popular search engines. Sort of like Balderdash, the “dealer” reads aloud the first bit of a search query...the players write how they think Google, Yahoo or Bing will auto-complete the search field, then try to guess which of the submitted answers is correct.

For example: “Do the Kardashins...”.

Will the search engine auto-complete the query with “...give to charity”, “...wear hair extensions”, or “...have college degrees”?

$28 at QueryTheGame.com

or, invent your own and play for free on google, yahoo or bing.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:53

Geek of the Week: ESPN Fantasy Football

With NFL training camp 2014 getting underway next week, ESPN has updated it's Fantasy Football app.  The new version makes it easier (and possible) to create your team or a league right from the app...in the old version, the "grunt work" was done online or on your computer.  The 2.0 version of the app also allows you to invite Facebook friends to join your league, interact through social media, and recieve push notifications and alerts about your team.

ESPN Fantasy Football is free for iOS devices and looks great on iOS 7.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 05:41

Geek of the Week: Wireless Emergency Alerts

Yesterday, cellphones across the county blared out the familiar Emergency Alert System tones, normally heard on your radio or television.  In June, 2012, the National Weather Service, FEMA and the FCC partnered with cellphone carriers to provide Wireless Emergency Alerts, direct to your mobile device.  Now, no matter where you are, you can be notified of an emergency.

The service comes standard on new phones and operting system updates, and has limited customizable features available.

If you're in iPhone user, tap the Settings icon, then the Notifications tab.

Android users, open the Emergency Alerts app and go to the Settings menu.

Alerts issued by the President can not be disabled, but you can decide whether or not to be notified of weather emergencies or Amber alerts.  For iOS users, it is either "on" or "off".  Andoid users can choose whether or not to receive the alerts and whether or not they are accompanied by those jarring alert tones.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:04

Geek of the Week: Doors & Rooms

The latest app addiction!  Figure out how to unlock the door and escape the room.  Clues are spread around the room, use them to find a key, solve a combination lock, navigate mazes and solve passwords.  Free on Google Play and iTunes.

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