Geek of the Week (178)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 13:34

Geek of the Week: Google PhotoScan

This app came out a couple weeks ago. Simply put, it's a way to back-up your old photographs. Not your old digital selfies...the old pictures of Grandma as a baby, or your family's 1975 Christmas card. The app is way faster than putting the photographs on a flat-bed scanner, and more permanent than storing them in a shoebox.

When you open the app, it provides a frame. Center the photograph in the frame. Then four dots appear on the screen. Aim the camera at each dot until the progress bar is complete. Once you've connected the dots, the phone is done scanning, and you have a digital, glare-free version of your old photograph.

This video helps to explain a little better

The pictures don't come out as crystal clear as they might if you made a reproduction from a negative, but they're still pretty good.

Download Google's PhotoScan for free from GooglePlay and the AppStore...and if you have Google Photos, store them, upload them to the cloud, and they'll automatically be organized.

Earlier this week, Apple Watch wearers were issued a challenge by Apple to complete a walking, running, or rolling 5k on Thanksgiving Day. If you complete the challenge, you get a medal in the Activity app.

Keep in mind, you don't HAVE to be an Apple Watch wearer to complete a 5k tomorrow...you just won't get a picture showing up on the screen on your wrist...you will, however, feel better about all the food you'll be packing away later in the evening.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 13:13

Geek of the Week: Amazon App

Amazon has updated their app to add some pretty awesome new features!  

1) Snap n' Search Camera:  Take a picture of something and search for it on the Amazon website.  For instance, if you're at a friend's house and see a great pair of boots, snap a pic, find it on Amazon and order it right from your phone.

2) Barcode Scanner:  If you're an avid Amazon shopper, you no doubt have numerous boxes piling up on your front porch.  Which one is the box you really need to hide from the kids?  Just use the barcode scanner to tell what's inside each box, without having to open it.

Amazon's Black Friday sale is going on all month, though the best deals will be on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

If the Amazon app didn't come, pre-loaded on your phone, you can download it for free on iTunes or GooglePlay

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 13:57

Geek of the Week: Relax

With the election behind us and, depending on how you voted, the stress of the results ahead of you, here's an app that was voted the Top Mind and Body App of 2014 by doctors. Relax Stress and Anxiety Relief.

It leads you through deep breathing exercises and guided meditation. It has soothing music, pictures and animations to help you shed the stresses of the world and spend a few moments relaxing.

The Lite versions are free on both iTunes and GooglePlay

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:44

Geek of the Week: Fraction Calculator Plus

Here's an app that is intended for carpenters, engineers, designers, handymen, and cooks...but...it wouldn't be a bad app for some students too. Quickly add fractions so you can stop using your tape measure as a slide rule. The keypad is set up like a fraction. A set of numbers 0-9 on the left as whole numbers, a second keypad of numbers in the top right for the numerator and a third keypad in the bottom right of the screen for your denominator.

Click in the fraction and add, subtract, multiply, or divide with a second fraction and your answer is spit out in both fraction (in its simplest form) and decimal form!

The app is free for IOS and Android

It'll cost you 99-cents in the AppStore, and $2.99 on GooglePlay for the version with no ads or in-app purchases.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 13:34

Geek of the Week: Streaming the World Series

If you want to stream the World Series, you have two options: Look for someone streaming their TV on Facebook Live or Periscope...OR...use Fox Sports Go. The official Fox Sports app allows you to watch the game on your mobile devices, but there's a catch. Its no good for cable cutters. Why? You have to have a cable subscription.

*This is also the app to use if you want to stream Cavs games from Fox Sports Ohio.

Fox Sports Go is free on Google Play and iTunes

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:20

Geek of the Week: Daylio

If you feel like you're in a funk, here's an app you might find useful. Daylio is a mood tracking app. Every day, select the mood that best describes you (from “rad” to “awful”), and take notes about the activities you did that day, like biking, work, out with friends, or cleaning. Then, at the end of the month, you can look back and see how your moods tracked. Is there a pattern? What was your average mood for the month? Do certain activities lead to certain moods? Are there days of the week when you're more productive or more stressful?

You're also able to keep a daily diary, set reminders and events on the calendar and back it all up on your Google Drive.

Daylio is free for Android and coming soon to iOS.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:41

Geek of the Week: SickWeather

There are crowdsourced apps that track the weather, traffic and the news...now here's one that tracks and maps the cold and flu season. SickWeather scans social media and user accounts to determine what illnesses are showing high numbers in your neighborhood. The map shows areas in town where people are sick, a home-screen widget for Android users shows a sick-o-meter with color coded warning signs, Apple Watch users can also install a companion hand washing timer app. Sign up to receive alerts when the Flu, Norovirus, Pink Eye, and 20 other illnesses are in your neighborhood.

Its free on GooglePlay and iTunes, or check the map from your desktop at SickWeather.com

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 05:43

Geek of the Week: Sit With Us

This is a new social networking app for students who don't want to eat alone in the cafeteria. It was created by a 16 year old girl who was bullied and forced to eat alone every day. She made the app for students to make friends, feel included, and create a warm, welcoming community at school.

Sign-in to the app, type in the name of your school and it gives the user a list of students who are willing to have a new face join their group at the lunch table. There is also an option for students to be designated “school ambassadors” and host open lunch events from time to time where anyone can join the group.

Just like other social apps, students can add their friends, favorite lunch groups, and message each other.

Sit With Us is free on iTunes

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:41

Geek of the Week: CallBlock

If you're sick of getting robo-calls, this is the app for you! You already have the AdBlocker extension on your web browser to filter out pop-ups and video pre-rolls...now get the same thing for your phone to weed out telemarketers, bill collectors, fund raisers, scams and … political campaign calls!

The app is backed by the world's biggest directory of over two million telemarketer's phone numbers and automatically blocks the call when they try to reach you.

And you can customize which calls are blocked, for instance, if you prefer to let scammers and pollsters through and never get another call from another charity again, you can do that, if you want to get calls from everyone but telemarketer's, you can do that too.

The app costs $4 in the AppStore.

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