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
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.