The Browns aren't playing in “the big game”, you've already seen all of the commercials online, you don't really care about the teams playing, but you don't want to miss something good on Sunday!
Enter: Thuuz (pronounced /thooze/)
This app sends you an alert when the action in the game heats up, and keeps you up to date on the score and playmakers!
The app is actually intended for the regular season. When the game you're watching stinks, Thuuz lets you know which games are exciting and which games are not worth your time. Never have to channel surf again, hoping to find the action.
Works for any sport, any season.
This is a quick, simple, free app for your computer that adjusts your screen's color and brightness to the time of day. During daytime hours, the screen is colored to work best in sunlight, at night, the screen is tinted to warmer hues to emulate indoor lighting. The color adjustment is supposedly better on your eyes than staring at a normal monitor...especially at night.
Its free for PCs and Macs
There are similar adjustment apps for mobile devices in the App Store and pla.
The idea behind this social alarm clock is: people waking people.
Nobody likes the sound of an alarm beeping. This app replaces that sound with the soothing sound of your telephone ringing. *Because, let's face it, when you're in a deep sleep and the phone rings, you're not going back to sleep for a while.
Set your alarm for 6am, another Wakie member will call you at 6am. The call is automatically dropped after 60 seconds and your phone number is never visible to the person calling.
As a member, you also have the choice to be the waker, not just the wakee.
The app is free on all platforms.
As we get into 2015 and start work on our resolutions to lose weight, here's an app that can help you find something healthy to eat when you're dining out. Search for a place to eat by location or search for something healthy on the menu. The app allows you to filter the menu by calorie count or Weight Watcher's "Points", filter by your specific diet or dietary needs; by cuisine or type of dish; or use their most popular filter: "Not a salad". The app gives you nutrition information for your meal and also offers customer reviews of the restaurant and the dish itself.
This is a web site, its a phone number (877-U-Be-My-DD), it has apps (free for all devices).
The service has a couple levels of accommodation. There is the Personal Driver service where you schedule an evening with a driver who meets you, then drives your car anywhere you want, as long as you want, then returns you and gives back your keys. In Cleveland that will run you about $17.50 per hour.
They also offer Pick-Up service, which is just that. You realize you're drunk, you call them, two drivers show up. One drives you home in your car, the other follows. This level costs $25 + $3.45 per mile.
The drivers are background checked and insured. If you're thinking about this for New Year's Eve, you're probably better to make an appointment today as wait times for a pick-up tomorrow night will likely be long.
This web site started out as a Secret Santa organizer. It handles the random drawing of names...making sure not to pair up spouses or give you the same name as last year. You are able to set "sign-up by" dates, spending limits and gift exchange dates. The site allows “Santa” to ask anonymous questions about sizes and favorite colors without blowing his cover. Guests can create their own wish lists to make Santa's shopping easier. Post direct links, descriptions and pictures on your wish list.
Elfster.com is up and active year-round, not just at Christmas. Use your wishlist for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding registries or graduation parties. It is fully integrated with social media platforms and has free apps!
Elfster 2.0 is free on iTunes.
Wishes by Elfster is free on Google Play.
Google's Chromecast, Roku's Streaming Stick, Amazon Fire TV Stick. Little, 3 inch dongles that plug into an HDMI port on your TV and stream digital content without cables or wires or another box on a shelf. Each one, under $50. But which one is for you?
Chromecast $35: Stream content from your PC or mobile device to your TV. There's no remote, so you control the screen from your PC, laptop, tablet or phone. It supports Netflix, Hulu, HBO-Go, Pandora, YouTube, and, of course, Google Play, as well as some others. It also is capable of sharing your screen, so its great in a business for making presentations. Any device on the same wifi network as the Chromecast can access it.
Roku Streaming Stick $49.99: Unlike Chromecast, the Streaming Stick does not require a PC or mobile device to operate. It is a stand alone unit and comes with a remote. Stream from Netflix, Hulu, HBO-Go, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, and many more Roku streaming apps and channels you already enjoy on your Roku Box.
Amazon Fire TV Stick $39 (but sold out on Amazon until January 15) : Similar to the Roku and Chromecast, it streams from several of your favorite online services lik Netflix and Hulu, and, for Amazon Prime members, the Prime Video and Prime Music libraries are at your fingertips. The only real difference between the Roku and the Fire is HBO-Go...Fire TV Stick doesn't support HBO yet, but it is supposedly in the works.
Geek of the Week: Total Wine & More Food Pairing
If you're not sure what wine to serve with dinner, Thursday...or what wine to bring...this app will pair the perfect wine to whatever is on the menu. Select the food category (like poultry, pork, shelfish), adjust the food prep style or spices, narrow the options by price...all in the palm of your hand!
Geek of the Week: Hand Turkey
Keep the kids entertained this weekend with Hand Turkey. Free for iPads. The child places their hand on the iPad screen and the app converts it into a turkey for them to decorate. Once the turkey is finished it can be used to play games within the app or teach pre-schoolers to name their fingers.
Free for iPads
Just yesterday, Dan Deely asked me “how do you make a Meme?” After walking him through what I assumed to be the "traditional method" (using the Paint program in Windows), I set out in search of a better way.
And here it is: MemeGenerator.net. Choose from hundreds of pre-produced memes, create your own captions for already created graphics like Willy Wonka, the Dos Equis guy or the success-fist kid, OR upload your own graphic and add your own text.
You'll be the darling of your facebook friends with MemeGenerator.net!
Sometimes you just need to “chillax”. That's where this web site and app come in handy. Calm.com is a bank of soothing images and relaxing music to help you relax. You can set a timer for up to 20 minutes of quiet meditation time or choose “guided calm” for spoken meditation instructions. The app is free on iTunes and Google Play...or on your computer at Calm.com
Instead of carrying around a keyring with one key and fifty rewards cards, get the KeyRing app and store all of your shopper loyalty cards on your phone! Select the store from a list of thousands of retailers, scan the barcode on the back of your card (you also have the option to also take a picture of the front and back of the card).
At the register, open the app, select the card you want to use and let the cashier scan the barcode from your phone's screen. Quick, simple and no fumbling as you search for the right card. The app also shows available coupons per store that can also be scanned at the register.
Like the app Leonard and Sheldon created on CBS's Big Bang Theory, life is imitating art. Photomath is every student's dream and every teacher's nightmare. It is a camera based calculator. Take a picture of your equation of math problem...and Photmath gives you the answer! Not only does it solve the problem in real-time...it also helps the user by walking you through the problem, step-by-step if necessary.
Free in iTunes and the Windows Store...the app's website says an Android version will be available in early 2015.
In the world of streaming video, there used to be just two players: YouTube and Netflix. Now there is iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudoo, Hulu and the list goes on. CanIStream.It is a one-stop-shop search engine for streaming movies and TV shows. A quick search can tell you if the movie is available to stream, where it is available to stream, and if it is available for digital purchase or rental.
The site also offers click-through links and the ability to filter your search by service, and the site can email you when movies become available on a given platform.
The next in a long line of puzzle games with a minimalistic approach...like Dots. On the screen there are a number of hearts, your goal is to collect them by moving from Point A to Point B to Point C in a straight line. Do you remember the brain teaser teachers used to put on the chalk board that had 9 dots and your goal was to connect them all with a single line? Its the same sort of idea...
This game releases TOMORROW (10/16/14)!
Look for it on iTunes and Google Play