This week, Google released their answer to Apple's FaceTime: Duo. A 1-to-1 video calling app that works on both Android and iOS devices. It uses the contacts list in your phone, so you don't have to sync or create accounts; The calls are encrypted on both ends for security; It automatically adjusts the video quality to compensate for changing signal strength without dropping the call, and it switches between 4G and WiFi during the call.
And here's the coolest part: it has a feature called “knock knock” which lets you answer the call before you actually answer. It lets you see the image from the caller's camera before you answer the call so you can see what kind of mood they're in.
Here are a few free time-wasters to help iPhone users get through the day:
Super Stickman Golf. This is a golf game combines the power and club choice of regular golf, with the angles, bunkers and bank-shots of mini-golf.
Mindvision. Perfect for parents who feel like they've always got several balls in the air at once. The game starts with a simple game, then adds a second...so you're playing two games at once. After you master that, it adds a third game to the screen, then a fourth, a fifth and a sixth. See how long you can keep all 6 games going at the same time!
Crying Jordan Meme Generator. We've all seen the crying Michael Jordan memes that circulate after any upsetting defeat in sports, politics or life. This app lets you apply that face to any picture on your camera roll or any picture you download.
The Olympic start today in Rio...the play-in games and preliminary events, anyhow. Catch every minute of practically every event on-air, online, and on-the-go!
TV: NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, Telemundo, and NBC Sports
Roku: There is also an NBC Sports channel for Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and XBOX, but to use it, you need a cable subscription.
The Apps have live streaming video and on-demand events available.
Online: NBC.com will stream content live
And new this year: Virtual Reality! If you have a VR device, you can watch events in virtual reality the next day. We're a ways away from LIVE VR, but timeliness isn't the top priority when watching virtual reality, is it?
This app is handy for both first-time grillers and veterans. It can calculate your cook time based on the cut of meat, size, thickness, and how done you want it, it also includes a timer to tell you when to flip and when to take your steaks off the grill. The app has instructions for preparing over 100 different foods, recommended internal temperature guides and resting times. It allows for multiple simultaneous timers, so if everyone is having steaks but there's one person who insists on having a chicken breast...you can time them all. AND---it syncs with your apple watch, so you don't need to keep checking your phone.
The app is only available on iTunes and it isn't free: $2.
This is a new app that filters your pictures to look like they were painted by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Salvadore Dali, and other artists and styles. Snap a pic, choose the famous work of art you wish to emulate and voila! Your photograph is transformed...suitable for posting, sharing, or framing.
The app is free in the AppStore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.