Geek of the Week (194)

Friday, 30 June 2017 13:09

Geek of the Week: Garfield GO

Pokemon Go may have been last Summer's obsession (and with recent updates, is still going strong), but this Summer's must-have augmented reality app is going to be Garfield GO! This treasure hunting game isn't full of characters you don't know or terminology that only the kids understand...everyone knows Garfield, right? In the game, Odie has scattered pieces of Garfield's puzzle all over town and you need to find them and put the puzzles back together. The best part is, you can win actual prizes! Gift cards to places like Amazon or Domino's Pizza, Garfield merchandise and more!

The app is free in GooglePlay and iTunes.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12:04

Geek of the Week: Cleveland Browns app

On Thursday the 29th, tickets to the Orange and Brown scrimmage will be made available to the general public. Its free, but you need a ticket...and you get those tickets through the official Cleveland Browns app.

The app is a one-stop-shop for all things Browns. Get the latest news and information about the team, check out their roster, schedule and standings, buy tickets, watch game highlights, shop for official fan gear and more!

To sign up for tickets to free training camp activities, tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen...that brings out a menu...tickets are in the bottom third of that list.

The Official Cleveland Browns App is free for Android and iPhone.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:56

Geek of the Week: Duomov

With Summer events and activities getting into full swing, here's an app that lets you get one video, shot from two different points of view. You and a friend each open the Duomov app together, then start shooting your video. When you stop, the app automatically syncs them into one, split-screen video to save on your camera roll or share online!

Possible uses: One person's view riding a roller coaster, the other person's view from the ground; One view from stage left of the concert, one view from stage right; Take closeup shots of BOTH your kids in the school band; you might even be able to put your phones next to each other and create VR videos*

Duomov is free for iphone only at this point.

 

*unconfirmed use, but a cool idea to try out.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 13:26

Geek of the Week: Dramsclub

In celebration of National Bourbon Day (June 14th) we bring you the ultimate app for bourbon, whiskey, and Scotch lovers. This app gives ratings and reviews for thousands of whiskeys and bourbons from around the world. Create your own wish list, a “been there / had that” or “own it, haven't opened it” list for your personal collection, you're even able to contribute your own reviews and ratings.

It's free for iPhone and Android.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 12:04

Geek of the Week: WatchESPN

If you cut the cable, but still want to watch the Cavs in the finals, your options are limited. You can go to The Q, go to a bar or a friend's house...or...stream it on the WatchESPN app!

*A cable subscription is required, but you may be covered if you have internet-only, basic cable through a provider.

**The live streamed games are a few seconds behind, so don't live-tweet the games or your friends will beat you to the punch, every time.

WatchESPN is free for iPhone, Android, Roku, Chromecast and AppleTV

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 13:28

Geek of the Week: Tentrr

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.

Monday, 15 May 2017 12:52

Geek of the Week: Computer Glasses

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.

https://shopfelixgray.com

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 13:48

Geek of the Week: My3

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).

The app is free for both android and iphone, or go to my3app.org

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 09:49

Geek of the Week: Acorns

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)!

The app is free to download in iTunes or Google Play, but the service is $1 a month, until your account reaches $5,000, then it is 0.25% annually.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:42

Geek of the Week: Follow - Drive Together

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.

The app is free for Android and iPhone.

**probably best to let the co-pilot to handle this, instead of the driver.

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