Geek of the Week (198)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:23

Geek of the Week: Beat the Boss

My kids found this app and have been playing it relentlessly for the past week. Beat the Boss (as well as Beat the Boss 2 and Beat the Boss 3) is just that, a game where the tables are turned and you get to torture your boss. The app starts with your cartoon boss berating you...then you take out your aggression. You can throw him around the office or choose a weapon to inflict damage. The weapons range from office supplies like pencils or thumbtacks to water guns and boxing gloves on a spring to grenades, swords and artillery.

Free on both iTunes and GooglePlay

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:30

Geek of the Week: DUI kNOw

The best way to not get a DUI is to not drink and drive. But, sometimes you don't have one or you're not sure if you are safe to drive. That's where this app comes in. It uses a similar field sobriety test to those used by police. It calculates your ability to count backwards from 15 in a set amount of time. If you can do it, you're good to go. If you pause, take too long, skip numbers or give up, the app says you are not safe to get behind the wheel. Obviously, this app is not idiot proof and should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Free on Google Play

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 06:17

Geek of the Week: IRS2Go

The official app of the Internal Revenue Service!

Get help with your tax return preparation

Find the closest IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance location

Request tax account or tax return transcripts

and the coolest part: track the status of your tax refund!

 

Free on iTunes and Google Play 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 06:45

Geek of the Week: Diet Bet

DietBetter.com and the companion app Diet Bet (iTunes) let you bet on yourself to lose weight!  The games are a $25 buy-in.  Your options are:  "Lose 4% in 4 Weeks" or "Lose 10% in 6 Months".  At the end of the game, the pot is split between those who hit their goal weight.  To keep it fair and for verification, you submit a full-body selfie and a picture of your weight on the scale...before and after.  *The pictures are submitted to a referee only and are not published.

 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:35

Geek of the Week: Pulse Point

Tied in with 911, this app helps first responders in cardiac emergency situations.  After the dispatchers sends an ambulance to the scene, an alert is sent to app users who are in the immediate area.  The hope is that someone 50 feet away could perform CPR and potentially save a life in the time it takes an ambulance to arrive.  *The alerts are only sent for victims in a public place like a park or a mall.  After downloading the app, select Cleveland EMS and Westshore Fire Departments in the settings.  Pulse Point currently works in the cities of Cleveland, Westlake, Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park and North Ridgeville.  Free in GooglePlay and iTunes

 

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:16

Geek of the Week: Facebook Paper

Facebook Paper for iOS. If Facebook and Flipboard and Pintrest had a baby...this would be it. It changes the way you view your newsfeed on your phone. Photos are more prominent and scrolling is side-to-side (like in your gallery) instead of up and down. You can also organize your interests into tiles and flip through news stories. Free for iPhones only...no iPad or Android versions yet.

Monday, 27 January 2014 12:33

Level Money

With less and less of us carrying cash around, this is the digital equivalent of opening your wallet.

 

It automatically detects your income and fixed expenses, then calculates your available spending money for the day, the week or the month. Just link your bank accounts and credit cards to the app and it does the rest.

 

Every time you make a purchase, the app updates and deducts that amount from your available spending total.

 

The display is very simple, it looks kind of like a fishbowl being emptied of water.  Every time you spend money, the water level in the fishbowl drops.  When the bowl is empty...so is your wallet.  *fishbowl image is an analogy, actual image is a circle with color filled-in

 

Free on both Android and iPhone

Monday, 20 January 2014 11:19

Food Gawker App

Here's the mobile companion of the popular foodie website FoodGawker.com! Full of “food porn” (tastefully taken pictures of food and drink that make you want to eat right now), this app has photos and recipes for food and drinks, searchable by keyword...or you can browse randomly.

 

This app is for serious foodies or foodie wannabes. If you're looking for simple, 20 minute, one-pan, one-spoon recipes to make between soccer and band practice, keep walking bub.

Pictures, recipes, food blogs and restaurant reviews you can save, email or share on a number of social media sites.

 

FREE - iTunes

Monday, 13 January 2014 11:37

FLIR One iPhone case

One of the coolest things to come out of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show is the FLIR One iPhone case! FLIR is a brand name for thermal imaging cameras. This case will fit an iPhone 5 or 5s, has a FLIR camera built in as well as a battery pack that extends your battery life by about 50% (or 2 hours of continuous use). The FLIR One iPhone case is expected to be available later this year and should retail for around $350.

 

 

Uses: Checking for drafts or poorly insulated areas of your house, locating your friends in a dark campground or hunting for bigfoot.

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 06:54

Alarm Clock that Actually Wakes you Up

Wake N Shake is an alarm clock for your iPhone.  To turn it off, you have to violently shake the phone.  There is no snooze button because...well, try falling back asleep after that workout!  

 

$1.99 on iTunes

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