If you're stuck for a last minute Valentine's Day idea, give the gift of poetry. Thousands of poems from Shakespeare to Seuss are available at your fingertips in this free app. Categorized by theme or author, and searchable by key words or phrases...you'll impress him, or make her swoon with your words of love. (also good for toasts, quips, inspirational messages, and email signature lines)
With Valentines Day on the horizon, the infamous Hindu love manual has been updated for the 21st century. It includes hundreds of “ideas” with hand drawn illustrations and descriptions. Each one, rated by levels of intimacy, complexity and strength. See them all, search by name, or browse by category; you can even keep track of your progress and “star” your favorites. Get started now, so you're ready next Wednesday.
Last week, Google updated the Chrome Browser to include a feature that can help make your late night or at-work web surfing less terrifying.
Have you ever visited a website that, at first, seems pleasant enough...but all of a sudden, a video starts playing automatically and you can't figure out where the video is to turn it off? That's a thing of the past with this new Chrome Browser update.
When a video auto-plays, right click on the tab at the top of the browser and select “mute site”. Next time you visit, the video will play, but it won't make noise unless you physically un-mute it.
** To see if you have the most recent version of Chrome, go into settings (the three verticle dots on the right), then click the three horizontal lines to the top left of the screen. At the bottom of that menu is “about google”. Click there to update if necessary.
For the time being, you can right click on the tab and select “mute tab” to hush the video...but the browser won't remember this the next time you're online.
If you're a fan of going to the movies but not a fan of the cost of tickets...this is for you! Think of it like Netflix for the movie theater! For about $10 a month, you get to see any movie you want, whenever you want, wherever you want, as often as you want! Unlimited movies, valid at any theater*.
There are a couple catches to be aware of.
--There is another, similar subscription service, offered by Cinemark Cinemas. Its called Movie Club, and for $9 a month, you get to see ONE movie a month AND get 20% OFF at the concession stand. If you don't see a movie this month, it rolls to the next month, and this app does allow for advanced, online ticket sales.
*double check with your local theater to make sure they'll accept MoviePass and Cinemark Movie Club
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