Fresh Pantry (iTunes) and Food Expiration Track (android). These apps helps you manage expiration dates on products you buy, so you know what you have, how long you've had it, and when to hoe it out of the fridge or cabinets. Simply take a picture of the product, enter the expiration date on the packaging and the app takes it from there. You can see what you have in stock and receive notifications when they are nearing expiration. The apps can also be used to keep track of medication, coupons and cosmetics. Fresh Pantry is $0.99 in iTunes, and Food Expiration Track is free on GooglePlay.
For Earth Day, here's an app that helps you decide which products you buy, based on how green the company's manufacturing process is. GoodGuide is a free app in the iTunes AppStore. Simply scan the bar code of a product and it will show you a 0-10 rating based on the product's health, environmental, and social impacts. It also offers greener or healthier alternatives. Browse products by category, search for products by name or identify them with the built-in UPC scanner.
If you're anxious about getting your refund check, you can now track the status online. If it has been more than three days since filing online (or 3 weeks if you mailed your return), go to IRS.gov/Refunds and follow the instructions. You'll need some information handy: Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer ID number, the form you filed, and the exact amount you are expecting.
Another option is to call 800-829-1954.
When you go on vacation, one thing you might not think about is your phone's data plan. If you aren't near your home or office WiFi, you'll quickly go over your data limit and your battery life won't be what you're used to. So, we search for available, free WiFi. This app scans for all WiFi signals in your area. It tells you which hotspots are public, which are free, and which hotspots have the strongest signal so you can stream that movie without interruption.
With Summer Blockbuster season just around the corner, here's your chance to see them all for one low, monthly fee! For $30 a month, MoviePass will give you access to one 2D movie, every 24 hours! Once you're a member, you'll receive a MoviePass member card in the mail. When you arrive at the theater (93% of theaters in the country accept MoviePass), check-in on the app. That activates your membership card for 30 minutes. Its an anti-theft protection. You still have to wait in line for a ticket, but simply swipe your card and you're in! The app shows theaters close by, as well as what's playing, and is free for all phones. Go to MoviePass.com to sign up and get the first two weeks for free.
A global network of bathrooms for rent. When there aren't enough public facilities nearby, use the app to locate a private, pay-per-use restroom. Residences and businesses can open their bathrooms to the public, for a fee. The app shows a map of available potties in the area, click on one you like, it tells you the name of the business and the price (no address until you pay)...you can even read user reviews. Pay from the app, then rate your experience after. Free on iTunes
Remember that picture of the weasel riding on the back of a flying woodpecker that made the rounds a couple weeks ago? Well, now its an app! Weasel Woodpecker is a game where you first act as the weasel and try to jump onto the back of a passing woodpecker. Then you maneuver the woodpecker over and around obstacles, like you did in FlappyBird. Finally, you're the weasel again, needing to dismount and stick the landing on target. Total time waster, but fun. Weasel Woodpecker available for free, only on Google Play.
This was the hottest app discussed at SXSW last week. Its a live streaming app that works with twitter. Open the app, it loads the camera...hit “stream” and it tweets a direct link to your stream. Stream live video to other users. It only runs in real-time so no pausing or rewinding...and no reruns. If you miss it...its gone. However, streamers can keep the video and re-stream any time they like. Its only available for iphone, however there is an unofficial “watcher app” available on Google Play.
Just what the world has been waiting for: personalized emojis!
A yellow face around two eyes and a smile may be fine for some...but not for you! This app lets you create a cartoon version of yourself to incorporate into hundreds of emoji options. Happy, sad, “hey what's up”, thumbs down, LOL...they're all there at the tips of your fingers.
And they're integrated into your keyboard, so you can use them in texts or social media. If you're already a Bitstrips user, just log-in to your account. Your avatar and collection of emojis are ready to use!
This addictive game has the simple graphics of Flappy Bird, combined with the slingshot trajectory of Angry Birds. The goal is to get your sheep to hop from one pillar to the next. Use your finger to control the speed and angle of travel. Very simple, very addictive, very free in iTunes and Google Play.
Or play online here.
Have you ever finished a book and wanted your next read to be similar? Maybe you read a detective novel, set in 1920s Detroit, and you really got into that era and the language and imagery. It takes a long time to walk into a book store (or Amazon) and read the jackets of every book in the mystery section until you find one that looks good.
Instead, go to WhatShouldIReadNext.com, type in the name of the last book you read (or the author, or the ISBN number) and VOILA! Two or three suggestions for similar books appear. In many cases, there is also a link to purchase the book.
This handy app for actors helps you memorize your lines and get off book faster! Record the scenes as you rehearse (It takes a few minutes to split out the parts into character lines in the built-in editor), then play back. You can listen to everything togehter and speak along with the recording or mute your character's lines once you become more familiar. There's even a button for a line prompt if you forget. You can also share lines with friends and other app users (ie: he records his lines at his house, you record your lines at your house, then share and they blend together)
This is a good time waster. Go to TheNostalgiaMachine.com, pick a year...any year...and it will give you a list of the hottest songs of the year, according to Billboard magazine, and the accompanying youtube clips.
If you want, you can convert the results into a playlist and treat your co-workers to an afternoon of hits from 1977.