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.
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