Introducing crowd sourced weather forecasts! The Sunshine app does for weather what Waze does for traffic. Users update the conditions in their immediate surroundings...the database collects that information and combines it with that from weather stations and regional forecasts to compile what they call a hyper accurate forecast.
Think about how that would have effected your commute over the last two days of Lake Effect Snow.
Free, only available for iPhones
Tasting Room, is the fastest growing wine club in the country. It really is like Netflix...but for wine. The site recommends wines, based on your previous preferences, and sends you a case of new, different wines (or the same ones you like) on a regular basis.
Sign-up at TastingRoom.com. The cost to join is just under $10.
They mail you a six-bottle sampler for you to drink and rate. Based on those answers, Tasting Room starts to build your taste profile.
After that, they send a 12-bottle case of wine (cost @ $12/bottle) as often as you want...and like Netflix, the more you rate, the more complex your taste profile becomes.
Each bottle comes with a satisfaction guarantee. If you don't like it, they'll send you a new bottle or give you a credit toward your next purchase.
Cancel at any time.
Prepare to make texting and driving a thing of the past! This device clips on to a standard steering wheel and senses when there are two hands on the wheel or just one. It also can tell when there are two hands very close together, like if both hands are at the top of the wheel so you can steer and text at the same time.
If the Smart Wheel senses just one hand on the wheel, it lights up and buzzes until both hands are steering.
But it doesn't stop there.
The sensor also records all of the data it collects and relays it to the companion app on Mom and Dad's phone. (same goes if the device it removed or otherwise tampered with).
The inventor (20-year-old T.J. Evarts) is currently showing off the Smart Wheel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Featured on ABC's Shark Tank, this invention is expected to hit the market later this year and retail for about $200.
As friends gather for New Year's Eve, here's a fun party game that's a combination of Balderdash and Trivial Pursuit and Words with Friends!
Each play has the app on their phone (someone is the host and the players join the host's game).
The app provides a trivia question and each player supplies their own answer. All of the answers are displayed, including the correct one, and players try to guess which is the right answer.
*Obviously, you don't have to be in the same room...but its much more fun that way.
If you're an avid online shopper, this app is a must-have! Slice automatically knows when you purchase something online, then keeps track of the shipping information and tracking number, it alerts you when the package has arrived. The app also give you a heads up if the product has been recalled or if there is a price drop.
A new web browser extension may help keep the magic alive a little longer for some young web surfers, by blocking content with “untruths” about St. Nick. The questionable content is covered up with an image of the man, himself watching you. *Note: it takes a moment or two for the extension to scan the contents of the page and kick into action. Most likely, though, it will work faster than your child can read.
The extension is free for Chrome and Firefox.
Its the holiday shopping season. And here's an app that will help you keep track of all the gifts you have bought or plan to buy.
It keeps track of the people you plan to buy for, the gifts they want, and what you're buying. The app also has a countdown til Christmas, so you know how much shopping time you have. It even keeps track of your budget.
Free in iTunes
Whether you're trying to map out your Black Friday camping spot, trying to kill time while the turkey cooks, or just curious about Black Friday deals, this is the web site and app for you!
A complete listing of store sale ads, access to coupons and you can even create a wish list from the things you find in the ads to streamline your Friday shopping.
This app for Android phones puts a row of quick launch icons on your lock screen or notification bar, so you can go directly to the apps you use most.
The cool part is, depending on where you are and what time of day it is, the icons may change based on the apps you use most.
You might see Maps available when you leave work, but Facebook may be on the screen while you're at work.
This app is the brain child of a 15-year-old girl named Trisha who was taken with the story of another girl who had been cyberbullied so badly, she committed suicide. Trisha says “the adolescent brain is like a car with no breaks.” Her app pumps the brakes for teens before they post anything negative.
ReThink is a keyboard app that analyzes texts, emails and social media posts, then alerts the user if it detects any negative comments. Forcing you to ReThink before posting.
Trisha says, through her research, she discovered that, when given the opportunity, 93% of the time, teens will change their minds and not post.
Here's a way to take your Halloween costume to the next level!
Digital Dudz by MorphSuits: T-Shirts, costumes and masks with a built-in pocket to hold your cellphone...and a companion app that shows a moving image on the screen.
For instance: A cyclops mask and the phone makes it look like the cyclops' eye is moving. Most of the shirts and masks show a face with a moving eye...but there are also shirts that show what looks like a beating heart, pulsing intestines, or a pile of squirming maggots.
*Parents, don't worry, there are also kids shirts available with moving cartoon eyes.
The app is free and the shirts, costumes and masks range from $12 to $60.
The company even has a line of Christmas apparel with animated yule logs and Santas!
For more go to MorphSuits.com/Digital-Dudz
Well, here we are, October 21st 2015. The date, in the future, that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future II.
Matt Singer from ScreenCrush.com breaks down every one of the movie's predictions about the future to see where reality stacks up against fiction.
Check it out! HERE.
Use this app once in a while to de-stress yourself. It is ultimately, a meditation app for people who don't want to meditate. Trace your finger, slowly around your phone screen, listen to the soft soothing music and watch the bubbles and colors change like a lava lamp. The app's principals are based on Tai Chi inspired relaxation techniques.
Microsoft announced their new line of Windows 10 devices, yesterday...all intended to interact with each other:
3 Lumia smartphones (priced between $139 and $549) are set to hit shelves in December. The Continuum "Display Dock" can connect your Lumia smartphone to a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor...so you can use it like a little computer when you're on the go.
Microsoft Band 2 (cost: $249, available 10/30), has a curved display and a barometric sensor for extreme athletes to measure changes in altitude.
Surface Pro 4, the next in the line of Microsoft tablets.
And their first-ever laptop, the Surface Book (starting at $1,499 and available Oct. 26).