The most talked about app in the past week is Google's Arts & Culture App. Why? Because it compares your selfie to a famous painting...and the results are usually pretty fun.
(see picture of Pottsy → )
But the app is so much more than that!
---Take virtual tours of the world's greatest museums, and immerse yourself in the experience with a VR headset
---Browse famous works of art, and save your favorites
---Find museums or cultural events near you
---Learn something new every day – news and articles about the art world, museums, exhibits or cultural phenomena
Many of us have resolved – or at least wished – to lose weight in the new year. Fooducate shows you how to eat right, helping you lose weight. Its like having a nutritionist in your pocket.
The app tracks what you eat and how much you exercise, and helps you see the quality of the calories you eat (not just quantity), by assigning a “grade” to the food you eat. Scan the barcode on the package and Fooducate shows you information that may be hidden within the ingredient label like some of the more dangerous preservatives or dyes, aspartame, and added sugar vs natural sugars. The premium version of the app lets you track your food based on a specific diet (like low-carb, paleo, etc), it even shows you the healthiest food for your pets!
With the After Christmas Sales in full swing, its good to know which deal is the best deal. That's where ShopSavvy comes in handy. Not only does it tell you what products are on sale (for what price) and where, it also has a list of reviews from people who have also purchased those items, and you can earn cash-back from participating stores. You're even able look up sales (or upcoming sales) on that product right from the store – just scan the barcode and ShopSavvy will tell you everything you need to know.
Another great post-holiday feature: If you got a gift for Christmas that doesn't fit...but didn't get a gift receipt, scan the barcode and the app tells you what stores sell that item, so you'll know where you can return it.
Greg interviews Johann Hari, bestselling author of the book Chasing the Scream, in the third episode of a three-part series. They explore the strategies belonging to other countries that have had success with helping addicts overcome their addictions, including Sweden, Portugal and Britain. In Britain, for example, the government drew on lessons learned from dealing with a large alcoholism problem during the Industrial Revolution which displaced many citizens through job loss. This led people to feel deprived and their lives became unbearable, a common theme among drug users.
This app puts live highway traffic camera feeds from around the world in the palm of your hand, ready at a glance. Traffic map apps can only tell you so much. Want to get a look at an accident? Want to see how bad the snow is on 271 or whether you should take the Shoreway? This app has the information that you need. Its free for Android and iPhone, but there are ads and in-app purchases (free version only allows you to have 6 saved cameras).
With the holiday shopping season also comes the holiday shipping season. Download the free official app of the US Postal Service to help you keep track of what's going and coming.
Track a package, calculate postage, purchase stamps and send shipping labels directly to your printer. You can also look up zipcodes, schedule a pick-up, or hold your mail when you're out of town, and the Post Office's “Informed Delivery” service is fully integrated in the app.