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
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.
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.
JoinHoney.com is a website grabs all the coupons from around the internet and puts them in one, easy to digest, place. No matter what you want to buy, odds are, there's an online coupon for it.
Honey also has browser add-ons that will automatically apply the best available coupons to your purchase when you check out...even on Amazon.
JoinHoney.com and never pay full price again.
** as a promotion for the web site, competitive eater, Matt Stonie, drank two 1½ pound bottles of honey in four minutes. (that's 4,000 calories & 1,000 grams of carbs). Watch the video here.
Know who's sick in your neighborhood, and know what's “going around” with this real-time map of illness. Its crowdsourced outbreak information! The SickWeather app lets you know when there's a chicken pox outbreak near you, or how many people have the flu in your office building, and it'll give you the heads up that pinkeye might be going around school...maybe before the school knows.
And you can add to the information. When you don't feel well, or your kids are sick, make sure to enter it into the app so others know to steer clear.
Or check the map anytime on the web site: sickweather.com.
The latest update to the Amazon app has Augmented Reality functionality built it...so you can see how furniture will look in your living room before you buy it; or how a shirt will look on you. IKEA launched something similar last month.
Like the popular Pokemon go game, the app superimposes an image of the item over the image seen by your phone's camera. Point the lens in the dining room to see how the table will look with your wallpaper, or see how that comforter might look on your bed.
If you don't already have the Amazon app...you can download it for free on all devices.
Election day is next week, and if you're still confused on who's running for what, who are the other candidates in that race, and what the heck is the straight dope on Issue 2?
You're in luck!
Show up to the poll informed. Go to Vote411.org.
Its all there. Polling station information, races, candidates and their platforms, and you can read up on the referendums on the ballot!
Instead of spending time rush-reading through the issues at the polls, take your time to read and understand who and what you'll be voting for.
You can also register to vote on the site, but its a little too late for that today.
Everything you need to know before you vote is available at Vote411.org
Since Dan Deely is in Las Vegas this week, we thought we'd share an app he, no doubt, uses when planning his trips to the strip.
In Las Vegas, they know that the fun isn't just happening “now”, it's happening “next”. The web site and this mobile version app gives you insider information about what's happening around town.
Book tickets to shows, find off-the-beaten-path fun, locate the best meals or drink deals in town, and, since its on your phone, it can tell you the most important information of all: Where's the closest public restroom.