With the summer road trip season upon us, there's nothing worse than being in a long caravan of cars and either trying to keep up with a speed demon or having to pull over and wait because someone got stuck at a red light.
Introducing Follow: Drive Together. This free app is downloaded by everyone in the group and overlays your position on the map while you drive. If your GPS directions say “take Interstate 79 South”, but the leader stays on 76 East, you'll see it and be able to stay on course. Likewise, if you're the line-leader and someone in the middle of the pack stops for gas, you'll know they'll be able to catch up.
**probably best to let the co-pilot to handle this, instead of the driver.
Whether you're a graphic artist, looking for a photo that matches your color scheme, or you're bored and trying to think of the most fun, least productive way to search the web for images, here's an interesting tool from the folks a 500px.
No typing is necessary, you draw the image you're looking for and the results are instantly displayed.
To be clear. This doesn't work at all. The search engine displays images that slightly resemble the color scheme you used, or generic pictures that might match the stick figure you drew, but that's about as close as it gets. If you're looking for pictures of Spongebob Square Pants to use in your next meme. You've come to the wrong place.
But it IS worth a few minutes of your boredom.
If you're headed to Progressive Field to see a game this summer, download the official app! It's called MLB.com Ballpark, and has everything you need to enjoy a game...except an Indians win. Your tickets load onto the app so the ushers can scan your phone at the gate; it gives you game-day information like the opponent, the giveaways, who is singing the national anthem and throwing out the first pitch; there is an interactive map of the stadium, so if you're in the right field upper deck and you want to know where the Melt stand is, or where the closest beer stand is; You can also participate in in-game stadium contests through the app. Listen to streaming audio, get stats and video highlights, and take it with you if you go to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati or Chicago to see a game...since it's an MLB app, it works at all the stadiums!
If you're trying to diet, count calories, even eat more healthy, but you're sick of looking up and entering information on packaging or trying to calculate the fat content of your deli sandwich...this app is for you.
Take a picture of the food you're about to eat and Bitesnap will recognize it and do all of the calculations for you. If you want to really narrow down the calculations, you can adjust the ingredients once the picture has been recognized (angel hair pasta vs spaghetti, vegetable oil vs peanut oil, etc), but for the most part all you have to do is take a pic and log the meal!
The app shows you how many calories you've consumed throughout the day and where you are in terms of your goal.
Uber has just released a new feature called “Teen Accounts” that allows you to a) let your teen link to your Uber “Family Profile”, b) give you peace of mind when it comes to where they are, and with whom they're riding.
The new feature sends only highly rated drivers to pick up your teens, and it gives parents their contact info plus access to pictures of the driver and their vehicle; It also lets parents see where their children are for up to 20 minutes after their ride ends!
That's the good news. The bad news is the feature hasn't been rolled out nationally yet...It is still being tested in just a couple cities. But if you have a student at Ohio State...you're in luck! Columbus is one of the test markets.
Ever wonder if putting solar panels on your roof would be worth it? Just Google it! A couple years ago, Google launched Project Sunroof, a web site that uses images from Google Earth and weather information for your region to determine whether or not you would benefit from solar energy.
The web site shows the cost savings, financing options for installing panels...it even can put you in touch with solar panel providers in your area.
Even if you're not serious about switching, its fun poke around and take a look.
(happy accident, we were taking a picture of the baby and got the cookies too!)
Makes about 2 dozen
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup rolled oats, ground fine in a blender or food processor
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (each) milk, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips
1 cup toasted, chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix to combine. Beat the baking soda, salt, and rolled oats into the butter mixture until evenly incorporated, slowly beat the flour into the mixture and combine. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.
Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Space about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Pat down the tops of the balls just slightly. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until just tinged with brown. Rotate sheet halfway through baking to ensure even browning; be very careful not to over bake. (Cookies should still be soft in the centers.) Let cookies firm up on cookie sheets, 3 to 4 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Two apps this week:
First: When you're out celebrating on Friday, and it's your turn to raise your glass and make a toast, you'll be ready if you have Erin Go Bragh...the Irish Blessings pub app. Open the app, give your phone a little shake and it randomly displays some Celtic words of wisdom.
Second: The March Madness tournament starts tomorrow. Make sure you're ready with the official NCAA March Madness Live app. Stream every game, get real-time stats and updates, track your bracket and get notifications for upsets, overtime games, and close games.
*Note: To live stream the games, you have to log-in with your TV provider.
Just in time for International Women's Day, (during Women's History Month), a Brazilian ad agency has come up with an app that uses your phone's microphone to track the number of times a man interrupts a woman during conversation. The creators say the audio isn't recorded, just analyzed - and it works both ways...sort of. If you're a female user, it tells you how many times a male interrupts you, and if you're a male user...it tells you how many times you interrupt a female.
The purpose of the app is to cut back on “Manterrupting”, which has been shown to “stop women from expressing their ideas at work, at home, and in society as a whole.”
The department store makeup counter make-over is officially a thing of the past! Now, if you want to try out a new look, see what you'd look like with Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime face paint, or even try a different shade of lipstick...you can do it in Augmented Reality.
This new, free, app allows you to put on virtual lip stick, blush, or eye shadow in real time, with the selfie camera on your phone. Don't like the color, click another one? Just like the Instagram Filters that add a dog's tongue to your face, this app perfectly places the makeup to look like you're really wearing it.
It has a variety of standard cosmetics (that you can purchase from the app), there's a collection of face paint options for costume parties...and if Beyonce wears a stunning face at an awards show, copy it onto your face to see how it looks on you. There's even an option to virtually try-on new glasses frames.
What do you do with a book after you've read it? It sits on a shelf, maybe you lend it to a friend, then one day, it either ends up in a box in the attic, a box at a garage sale, in the donation bin...or the trash bin.
Now there's a way to share your collection with the rest of the world...while at the same time, reading more and more and more books!
PaperbackSwap.com is a social website of people - just like you - who share their books.
You create a wishlist of books you'd like to read...if another member has it, they send it to you -- and vice versa...if you have a book on someone else's wishlist, you mail it to them.
This is a paid membership site ($20/yr max), but there is a free option (link to membership options here).
The social network meets “you're not going out dressed like that, are you?” When you get dressed in the morning or before you go on a date, you may think you look good...but there may be something amiss. You ask your husband and he says “you always look beautiful”, you try to text your friends, but they're either too positive or too catty. Now there's an app that will tell you how you look!
Open the app, snap a picture of your outfit, your shoes, or your accessories and within seconds, other users will give you their opinion in a 1-to-10 rating (the app averages all of the scores for your final results)
Feel free to rate other's fashions, you can also save or bookmark someone else's outfit for reference the next time you're shopping.
If you're sick and tired of political arguments taking up your Facebook feed, there's a way to clean house without unfriending or unfollowing a single friend. It's an extension for the Chrome web browser called “Remove All Politics From Facebook”. It is a simple on/off switch that allows you choose whether or not to see all of the political talk. *it doesn't NOT work on memes, however.
Its free, but only works when you check Facebook from the Chrome web browser.
If you spent the last two days shoveling your driveway because you don't have a plow-guy...here's some welcome news. Its an app for on-demand snow removal...think of it as Uber for snow plows.
The app is called Plowz and Mowz. Open the app, enter your address and before long, someone comes to plow your driveway. Fee is based on the amount of snow and the size of your driveway and you pay with a credit card through the app. As the name suggests, they also do on-demand mowing in the summer and yard clean-up in the fall.