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You have probably heard about the homeless guy in New York City who wrote is own app? Leo Grand was approached by Patrick McConlogue (an app programmer) with two choices: Take $100 or an learn how to code. Grand chose to learn a job skill. The two met for an our a day for sixteen weeks using a couple of used textbooks and a refurbished Chromebook.

 

This is Leo Grand's app: Trees for Cars. Its a carpooling / ride sharing app. Simply sign in to the app and network with people who need or are offering rides. What sets this app apart from the crowd, other than getting tons of press because it was written by a homeless man, when you share a ride the app calculates the amount of CO2 you are saving and turns it into a competition between members...who can save the most CO2?

 

Available in iTunes and Google Play for $0.99

 

 

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Red Panic Button

With many people, especially children and young adults getting their first smart phone this Christmas, here's some piece of mind. Red Panic Button can send emergency emails, texts and social media posts.

Pre-program an emergency contact in the app's settings. If the phone's owner is ever in an accident, in trouble or just plain lost, press the icon on your screen and it will get send your alert to your emergency contact.

Free for Android with in-app add-ons to purchase

Full version available for iPhones and iPads: $2.99



*The paid version includes emergency calling, unlimited panic contacts and of course, no ads.

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Swiss Army Knife / App Box Pro

This app is an all-in-one of useful tools. Instead of downloading separate apps for a flashlight, a timer, stop watch, calculator and bubble level, this app has them all.

Swiss Army Knife: Free for Android Includes: A flashlight, unit converter, timer, stop watch, compass, bubble level, calculator, magnifying glass, mirror and ruler.

App Box Pro: $0.99 on itunes Includes a few more goodies in addition to those mentioned above: Battery Life, loan calculator, a secure wallet, tip calculator and an alarm clock.

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Just in time for Hanukkah! Free app available on iTunes. Select from 2-8 players with three different game modes: Traditional, Vegas and Turbo! (really just speed settings).

To spin the dreidel, just swipe your finger across your iPhone's screen. The app keeps track of who's turn it is, each player's gelt (coins) and makes sure there is no cheating.

This app is a great way to bring old world tradition to the next generations...plus, its fun at parties!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/super-dreidel/id336392073?mt=8

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