For the AirBnB types that are looking for a little more “rugged” vacation, here's an (iphone only) app for you! Its called: “Tentrr”. A network of privately owned campsites, located within a short drive of major cities across the country (not in Ohio yet). Use the app to find and book your campsite and know that it will have exactly what you expect. Each site is laid out with the same amenities: a canvas platform tent, queen-sized cot, Adirondack chairs, picnic table, sun shower, fire pit, grill and portable camping toilet. *as you have may have noticed, this is not your typical “cabin in the woods” camping experience.
The site launched last summer with 50 campsites and is expanding this year.
About 33% of Americans spend at least 8 hours a day staring at a screen and nearly half of us are required to do it for our job. We all know that this will lead to eye fatigue, dry eyes, headaches and blurred vision. We're told to take frequent breaks, to blink more often...we're also told to get back to work.
Felix Gray says the blue light in monitors, ipads and cellphones are the reason behind our eye problems and they've created glasses that filter out some of the high-spectrum blue light and glare from these devices.
For now, the glasses are available only in non-prescription, and slight magnification “reading” glasses, with several frames to choose from.
Cost is right around $100 per pair.
With the new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” putting a spotlight on teen suicide, many schools are cautioning parents. The My3 app puts a suicide prevention hotline in your pocket. Not only is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline a click away, so is 911. You also create your own support system – 3 contacts you can turn to any time if you're having suicidal thoughts. Create your own “safety plan”, a list of coping strategies for crisis situations, and a list of resources offering help...tailored to your situation (veterans, LGBTQ, local help, etc).
Make money by saving money...and investing a little at a time. This is both a mini savings account and a micro investing app. It links to your bank account, or accounts (can also link to your credit card). Every purchase you make, the app automatically rounds up to the nearest dollar and puts the extra change in a separate account. That money in that account is then invested (pennies at a time) for you. This is a great app for beginners who are new to the stock market. You pick your risk level, and the stocks are picked for you.
Now, pennies invested return pennies, so you're not going to get rich quick, but you'll be amazed at how much you save just by rounding up your purchases. Spend $44.99, bank 1 penny...spend $2.02, bank 98-cents. This works on every deduction from your account: paying bills, writing checks, buying gas, even using the ATM (service fees aren't always even dollar amounts)!
With the summer road trip season upon us, there's nothing worse than being in a long caravan of cars and either trying to keep up with a speed demon or having to pull over and wait because someone got stuck at a red light.
Introducing Follow: Drive Together. This free app is downloaded by everyone in the group and overlays your position on the map while you drive. If your GPS directions say “take Interstate 79 South”, but the leader stays on 76 East, you'll see it and be able to stay on course. Likewise, if you're the line-leader and someone in the middle of the pack stops for gas, you'll know they'll be able to catch up.
**probably best to let the co-pilot to handle this, instead of the driver.
Whether you're a graphic artist, looking for a photo that matches your color scheme, or you're bored and trying to think of the most fun, least productive way to search the web for images, here's an interesting tool from the folks a 500px.
No typing is necessary, you draw the image you're looking for and the results are instantly displayed.
To be clear. This doesn't work at all. The search engine displays images that slightly resemble the color scheme you used, or generic pictures that might match the stick figure you drew, but that's about as close as it gets. If you're looking for pictures of Spongebob Square Pants to use in your next meme. You've come to the wrong place.
But it IS worth a few minutes of your boredom.
If you're headed to Progressive Field to see a game this summer, download the official app! It's called MLB.com Ballpark, and has everything you need to enjoy a game...except an Indians win. Your tickets load onto the app so the ushers can scan your phone at the gate; it gives you game-day information like the opponent, the giveaways, who is singing the national anthem and throwing out the first pitch; there is an interactive map of the stadium, so if you're in the right field upper deck and you want to know where the Melt stand is, or where the closest beer stand is; You can also participate in in-game stadium contests through the app. Listen to streaming audio, get stats and video highlights, and take it with you if you go to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati or Chicago to see a game...since it's an MLB app, it works at all the stadiums!
If you're trying to diet, count calories, even eat more healthy, but you're sick of looking up and entering information on packaging or trying to calculate the fat content of your deli sandwich...this app is for you.
Take a picture of the food you're about to eat and Bitesnap will recognize it and do all of the calculations for you. If you want to really narrow down the calculations, you can adjust the ingredients once the picture has been recognized (angel hair pasta vs spaghetti, vegetable oil vs peanut oil, etc), but for the most part all you have to do is take a pic and log the meal!
The app shows you how many calories you've consumed throughout the day and where you are in terms of your goal.
Uber has just released a new feature called “Teen Accounts” that allows you to a) let your teen link to your Uber “Family Profile”, b) give you peace of mind when it comes to where they are, and with whom they're riding.
The new feature sends only highly rated drivers to pick up your teens, and it gives parents their contact info plus access to pictures of the driver and their vehicle; It also lets parents see where their children are for up to 20 minutes after their ride ends!
That's the good news. The bad news is the feature hasn't been rolled out nationally yet...It is still being tested in just a couple cities. But if you have a student at Ohio State...you're in luck! Columbus is one of the test markets.
Ever wonder if putting solar panels on your roof would be worth it? Just Google it! A couple years ago, Google launched Project Sunroof, a web site that uses images from Google Earth and weather information for your region to determine whether or not you would benefit from solar energy.
The web site shows the cost savings, financing options for installing panels...it even can put you in touch with solar panel providers in your area.
Even if you're not serious about switching, its fun poke around and take a look.
(happy accident, we were taking a picture of the baby and got the cookies too!)
Makes about 2 dozen
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup rolled oats, ground fine in a blender or food processor
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (each) milk, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips
1 cup toasted, chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix to combine. Beat the baking soda, salt, and rolled oats into the butter mixture until evenly incorporated, slowly beat the flour into the mixture and combine. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.
Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Space about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Pat down the tops of the balls just slightly. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until just tinged with brown. Rotate sheet halfway through baking to ensure even browning; be very careful not to over bake. (Cookies should still be soft in the centers.) Let cookies firm up on cookie sheets, 3 to 4 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Two apps this week:
First: When you're out celebrating on Friday, and it's your turn to raise your glass and make a toast, you'll be ready if you have Erin Go Bragh...the Irish Blessings pub app. Open the app, give your phone a little shake and it randomly displays some Celtic words of wisdom.
Second: The March Madness tournament starts tomorrow. Make sure you're ready with the official NCAA March Madness Live app. Stream every game, get real-time stats and updates, track your bracket and get notifications for upsets, overtime games, and close games.
*Note: To live stream the games, you have to log-in with your TV provider.
Just in time for International Women's Day, (during Women's History Month), a Brazilian ad agency has come up with an app that uses your phone's microphone to track the number of times a man interrupts a woman during conversation. The creators say the audio isn't recorded, just analyzed - and it works both ways...sort of. If you're a female user, it tells you how many times a male interrupts you, and if you're a male user...it tells you how many times you interrupt a female.
The purpose of the app is to cut back on “Manterrupting”, which has been shown to “stop women from expressing their ideas at work, at home, and in society as a whole.”
The department store makeup counter make-over is officially a thing of the past! Now, if you want to try out a new look, see what you'd look like with Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime face paint, or even try a different shade of lipstick...you can do it in Augmented Reality.
This new, free, app allows you to put on virtual lip stick, blush, or eye shadow in real time, with the selfie camera on your phone. Don't like the color, click another one? Just like the Instagram Filters that add a dog's tongue to your face, this app perfectly places the makeup to look like you're really wearing it.
It has a variety of standard cosmetics (that you can purchase from the app), there's a collection of face paint options for costume parties...and if Beyonce wears a stunning face at an awards show, copy it onto your face to see how it looks on you. There's even an option to virtually try-on new glasses frames.