Geek of the Week (198)

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 18:09

Geek of the Week: Gwynnie Bee

This service is, essentially, Netflix for clothes. Browse their web site, find tops, dresses, sweaters, dresses, skirts or blazers that you like, add them to your “closet”. When the clothes become available, you get it in the mail. Wear it, send it back in the addressed, postage paid bag included in the delivery box. Keep it as long as you like. Wash it...or don't. All clothes returned are laundered and dry-cleaned. If you love it, you can purchase it for up to 50% off the retail price. Shipping is free. Subscriptions start at $35 a month for one garment at a time.

go to GwynnieBee.com

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:20

Geek of the Week: Post-it Plus

I haven't quite decided if this app is useful or useless.  You know how your desk or fridge are covered in Post-its?  This app lets you digitize these reminders and notes using your phone's camera, then sort, store and organize them right on your phone.  

 

This app is extremely useful if you're in an industry that uses Post-its in a collaborative environment to prepare for presentations.  Digitizing the notes allows you to share them with other services like DropBox or GoogleDrive, so the whole group is kept up to date and remains a part of the process.

On the other hand, if your sticky notes are reminders and motivational thoughts of the day...do you really need two copies?

Decide for yourself.  Post-it Plus is free on iTunes and works with iOS8.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 13:34

Geek of the Week: The NEW Wave Streaming App!

The Wave changed streaming providers to improve our quality and with that comes a new and improved streaming app! (the old one is defunct, uninstall it). Along with improved quality, less commercial interruptions and more music, we added new features including album art, song and artist information, a list of recently played songs, a sleep timer and an alarm feature!

 

 

When searching for the app, it is important that you use WNWV. “The Wave” or “107.3” are helpful but won't get you the immediate results you're hoping for.

 

Free in the App Store and on Google Play

 

OR you can scan the QR code in this post and download the app immediately!  (if you need a good QR code scanner, may I recommend i-nigma also free for Android and iPhone)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 05:34

Geek of the Week: Songs of Innocence

Last week, U2 released their new album "Songs of Innocence" on iTunes, and gave it, for free, to everyone with an iTunes account.  With about a half-billion iTunes accounts out there, not surprisingly, there were one or two people who didn't appreciate the gift and tried to remove it from their library.  They were unsuccessful.  The album or the songs could not be deleted...until now.

Monday, Apple released a removal tool.  

To remove the album from your iTunes library, go to itunes.com/soi-remove.  You will be asked to confirm your decision, then enter your AppleID and password.  That's all there is to it.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 05:37

Geek of the Week: Apple Pay

After introducing the new iPhone 6, 6Plus and the Apple Watch, this week, Apple announced Apple Pay, a digital wallet, integrated into the new devices that will let you use your phone to pay for purchases online and at the register. Like some credit and debit cards are already doing, the technology uses near-field communications. While pressing your fingerprint to the phone's screen, hold the phone near the credit card keypad at the register and your payment will be accepted. Macys, Walgreens, McDonald's, Subway and Staples are already on board and planning to participate with the service rolls out in October.

Online, Apple Pay will act like PayPal, where you pay for goods by entering your Apple Pay account information, not your credit card number.

The service is free...but the iPhone 6 will set you back $299 (with a two-year carrier contract)

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 05:52

Geek of the Week: Check

Never miss a bill payment again!  From Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks, comes this app that keeps track of your bills and your account balances, and pays your bills for you, automatically and on-time.  Get reminders when bills are due and either pay them immediately with the push of a button or schedule a payment.  You also receive alerts when your balance is low so you don't get hit with overdraft charges.  You can also pay with a credit or debit card, though there is a fee associated...direct account payments are free.  The app works even if your bank doesn't offer its own mobile banking app.

 

Check is free on GooglePlay and in the AppStore.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 13:31

Geek of the Week: Hyperlapse

Yesterday, Instagram announced the release of their new app that allows you to take high-quality, time-lapse video with your phone. It also takes the “bounce” out of your footage, making it look like you shot it with a Steadicam. No Instagram account required, by the way.

So far, Free in the AppStore

An Android version is in development.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:39

Geek of the Week: Ignore No More

This is the perfect app for parents who are fed up with being ignored or having their calls screened when trying to get in touch with their teen.  Once installed on your teen's Android phone, if calls or texts from specific phone numbers are ignored, the phone locks up.  It can't call, text email, IM or check social media until the user enters a code to unlock the device.  The phone can only call Mom or Dad (or any other predetermined care-giver...as well as 911) to check-in and get the unlock code.  So far, its only available for Android ($1.99 per device) but an iOS version is in development.

Manage your homework and assignments from your phone, tablet, PC or on-line. Use it as a standalone organizer or set up a myHomework account to receive alerts on homework, assignments or special class projects. The app also integrates with "Teachers.io", which allows teachers to share information and class announcements, and update schedules and assignments. The app syncs across all platforms so you'll never miss an assignment.

Set up a free account at MyHomeworkApp.com/signup

Free, with ads, on iTunes and Google Play.

$4.99 for the premium, ad-free version.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 07:03

Geek of the Week: TuneIn Radio

Quite simply, this app has the stream from every radio station, every talk show, everywhere. Unlike individual radio station apps where you only get one radio station's stream or iHeartRadio where you only get some radio stations...this has them all. Even stations you didn't realize were there, like HD2 side-channels, police band scanners, podcasts, and public and college campus stations. Search by radio station, format, host, team, or artist to find a the right station for you. If its streaming online, its streaming on TuneIn.

Free on iTunes and Google Play

Also free on your computer:  tunein.com

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