With NFL training camp 2014 getting underway next week, ESPN has updated it's Fantasy Football app. The new version makes it easier (and possible) to create your team or a league right from the app...in the old version, the "grunt work" was done online or on your computer. The 2.0 version of the app also allows you to invite Facebook friends to join your league, interact through social media, and recieve push notifications and alerts about your team.
ESPN Fantasy Football is free for iOS devices and looks great on iOS 7.
Yesterday, cellphones across the county blared out the familiar Emergency Alert System tones, normally heard on your radio or television. In June, 2012, the National Weather Service, FEMA and the FCC partnered with cellphone carriers to provide Wireless Emergency Alerts, direct to your mobile device. Now, no matter where you are, you can be notified of an emergency.
The service comes standard on new phones and operting system updates, and has limited customizable features available.
If you're in iPhone user, tap the Settings icon, then the Notifications tab.
Android users, open the Emergency Alerts app and go to the Settings menu.
Alerts issued by the President can not be disabled, but you can decide whether or not to be notified of weather emergencies or Amber alerts. For iOS users, it is either "on" or "off". Andoid users can choose whether or not to receive the alerts and whether or not they are accompanied by those jarring alert tones.
Whether you're an eBay novice, or just don't have time or skills to deal with online auctions, eBay Valet handles everything for you. Use the app to take pictures of the item you wish to sell, enter a brief description and the eBay Valet pros will take it from there. They'll value your item, list it, answer questions from buyers, handle payment and send you a postage-paid box for shipping. The app is free for iPhone only. The service costs 30% of the total sale price of your item.
In case you didn't know, Rovio Entertainment released a new Angry Birds game last week. This one is set in medieval times and features knights, swords, wizards and pirates. Warning: It is Angry Birds only in the sense that you recognize the characters...the game play is totally different. Its essentially, the birds and pigs in a Dungeons & Dragons game. Gone are the slingshot and trajectory calculations. In this latest installment, we use the birds and their individual talents, skills and health points to defeat the pigs in face-to-face battle. It takes some getting used to, but it is fun.
Free for iPhone, Android and Windows phones
This is a great father's day gift...either to give to or use on Dad!
Open the app and hold it over your hand, the screen of your phone shows an x-ray image of a hand, so it LOOKS like the phones is looking through your skin, right to the bone. You can scroll the image as you scan over your hand. This is not a REAL x-ray, just a picture. The recently released Update 1.2 includes scans of either hand, either foot, a chest or a skull.
Fool your dad or let your dad fool his grand-kids (and then buddies)!
The official app of the food website UrbanSpoon.com. The app helps you locate restaurants in your area and offers reviews from critics, food bloggers and friends. Browse menus, see pictures of their food, and if the restaurant supports OpenTable, you can make reservations. Search based on location, price, cuisine or rating. If you plan to go out of town on vacation this summer, this app is vital.
Who needs a caddy when you have this little baby? 3D Maps of over 32,000 golf courses, scoring, club recommendation, and GPS location services tell you exactly where you are on the course and what your shot looks like.
Normally $19.99 in iTunes. Apple made it their free app of the week. Move quick! Offer ends tomorrow (Thursday, 5/29)
This Windows application blocks a computer from social media, addicting websites, games and even programs. It is a perfect solution for businesses and schools worried that their company computers are being used for non work/school related activity.
You can also schedule the blocking. Maybe open it up during lunch hour or after school?
An administration password is required to configure and disable the program, so users can't shut it down, even from the task manager.
Cost: $10 (½ of that is donated to charity).
A puzzle game that, like a Rube Goldberg Machine, requires the user to employ a series of conveyor belts, ramps, fans, and springed boxing gloves to move a box through increasingly difficult and dangerous mailrooms. Very reminiscent of the old video game The Incredible Machine.
$0.99 in the App Store
This app, from SportsFusion.com, gives you all the headlines about the draft, including picks, at your fingertips. Long-press on a headline to read the full story; set push notifications for prominent stories; customize your newsfeed with filters (ie "Cleveland Browns"); available videos from YouTube; plus full Facebook and Twitter integration.
For those of you with a father-in-law who gives directions using old, no longer existing landmarks, this is just the ticket! The Street View feature in Google Maps has been around so long that they have several years worth of data, and now you can see what your neighborhood used to look like! The actual website is google.com/maps. Once you search the desired address, on the bottom right of the screen, there is a little yellow man. Click and drag him to the map. That loads the “Street View”...a view of the address as seen from a car's point of view. A gray box appears in the upper left that shows your address...in that box is a red circle that says “NEW!”. Click on it and be transported back in time!
Pottsy and his kids, forever imortalized on Google Street View in 2011
For Earth Day, scientist Bryan Pijanowski wants to record the sounds of the world. Download the app free from iTunes or Google Play and record three minutes of your surroundings. The sound files will be sent to the Global Soundscape Database and accumulated over the years, allowing scientists to analyze changes in our sonic environment. The app also allows you to hear sounds recorded by others around the world.
For more information, go to GlobalSoundscapes.org
"See Something...Send Something". That's the motto of this app that lets you take pictures of suspicious behavior or incidents and send them directly to the Ohio Office of Homeland Security. It also allows you to request help from the Highway Patrol if you are involved in a non-injury accident or if your car breaks down on the highway. The app uses your phone's GPS to send a trooper to your exact location. There is even a button to speeddial 9-1-1. Free on Google Play and in the App Store.