For those of you with a father-in-law who gives directions using old, no longer existing landmarks, this is just the ticket! The Street View feature in Google Maps has been around so long that they have several years worth of data, and now you can see what your neighborhood used to look like! The actual website is google.com/maps. Once you search the desired address, on the bottom right of the screen, there is a little yellow man. Click and drag him to the map. That loads the “Street View”...a view of the address as seen from a car's point of view. A gray box appears in the upper left that shows your address...in that box is a red circle that says “NEW!”. Click on it and be transported back in time!
Pottsy and his kids, forever imortalized on Google Street View in 2011
For Earth Day, scientist Bryan Pijanowski wants to record the sounds of the world. Download the app free from iTunes or Google Play and record three minutes of your surroundings. The sound files will be sent to the Global Soundscape Database and accumulated over the years, allowing scientists to analyze changes in our sonic environment. The app also allows you to hear sounds recorded by others around the world.
For more information, go to GlobalSoundscapes.org
"See Something...Send Something". That's the motto of this app that lets you take pictures of suspicious behavior or incidents and send them directly to the Ohio Office of Homeland Security. It also allows you to request help from the Highway Patrol if you are involved in a non-injury accident or if your car breaks down on the highway. The app uses your phone's GPS to send a trooper to your exact location. There is even a button to speeddial 9-1-1. Free on Google Play and in the App Store.
This handy-dandy app allows you to edit your selfies to make you appear 5, 10, even 15 pounds skinnier! Just a couple clicks to a new you! Its simple, quick and easy. Share your slimmer self through email, text or social media in full color, black and white or sepia.
The official app of Major League Baseball. Get up to the second stats and scores, headlines and information, watch highlight videos and see instant replays with an explanation. The base model is free in GooglePlay and iTunes ...but there are subscription features. (if you already subscribe to mlb.tv, this app and all of its features is free)
Microsoft Office makes its iPad debut on Thursday, March 27th. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will be a part of Office for iPad. The app will be free in the AppStore but requires an Office 365 subscription.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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