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.
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!
This app show's Santa's path of travel, his current location, current speed AND what he's doing...he might be delivering presents, he might be out for supplies if you look at the app before Christmas eve...he might be sleeping on the 26th.
Both offer paid upgrades
You have probably heard about the homeless guy in New York City who wrote is own app? Leo Grand was approached by Patrick McConlogue (an app programmer) with two choices: Take $100 or an learn how to code. Grand chose to learn a job skill. The two met for an our a day for sixteen weeks using a couple of used textbooks and a refurbished Chromebook.
This is Leo Grand's app: Trees for Cars. Its a carpooling / ride sharing app. Simply sign in to the app and network with people who need or are offering rides. What sets this app apart from the crowd, other than getting tons of press because it was written by a homeless man, when you share a ride the app calculates the amount of CO2 you are saving and turns it into a competition between members...who can save the most CO2?
Available in iTunes and Google Play for $0.99
Red Panic Button
With many people, especially children and young adults getting their first smart phone this Christmas, here's some piece of mind. Red Panic Button can send emergency emails, texts and social media posts.
Pre-program an emergency contact in the app's settings. If the phone's owner is ever in an accident, in trouble or just plain lost, press the icon on your screen and it will get send your alert to your emergency contact.
Free for Android with in-app add-ons to purchase
Full version available for iPhones and iPads: $2.99
*The paid version includes emergency calling, unlimited panic contacts and of course, no ads.
Swiss Army Knife / App Box Pro
This app is an all-in-one of useful tools. Instead of downloading separate apps for a flashlight, a timer, stop watch, calculator and bubble level, this app has them all.
Swiss Army Knife: Free for Android Includes: A flashlight, unit converter, timer, stop watch, compass, bubble level, calculator, magnifying glass, mirror and ruler.
App Box Pro: $0.99 on itunes Includes a few more goodies in addition to those mentioned above: Battery Life, loan calculator, a secure wallet, tip calculator and an alarm clock.
Just in time for Hanukkah! Free app available on iTunes. Select from 2-8 players with three different game modes: Traditional, Vegas and Turbo! (really just speed settings).
To spin the dreidel, just swipe your finger across your iPhone's screen. The app keeps track of who's turn it is, each player's gelt (coins) and makes sure there is no cheating.
This app is a great way to bring old world tradition to the next generations...plus, its fun at parties!
Fine Cooking's Thanksgiving Menu Maker is not just another FREE recipe app...Its an all-in-one Thanksgiving organizer!
Search from over 75 apps, entrees, sides and desserts.
Once you add an item to your menu, it automatically loads the ingredients onto a shopping list! Take the app with you on your shopping trip or email it to yourself to print out. PLUS...it offers a Thanksgiving planner. Reminders of when to take the turkey out of the freezer, when to put it in the oven, when to bake your pies, when to put the beans on...just set your intended meal time and the app does the rest!
Plus it offers how-to-videos, wine parings and suggestions on what to do with the leftovers.
**Also, consider NFL Mobile...keep track of the game from the table!