Geek of the Week (194)

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 09:46

Geek of the Week: Room

There are times when a video conference is necessary but not everyone has access to a video conferencing suite at work, and not everyone has Facetime or Skype. Whether its for a presentation, for a class or a training session, or even so the boss can be in the weekly staff meetings even while he's on vacation...sometimes you need to video conference. Room puts you together with your friends, family or co-workers for free with no downloads. Simply go to Room.co, click “start video meeting” and you're off and running. The computer uses your web cam and microphone to create the feed, and give you a link to email to 3 friends. All they do is click the link and join the meeting...there's nothing to download or install and they don't have to sign-in or create an account.

Don't have a PC with web cam? No problem, there's also a free app on iTunes and Google Play.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:06

Geek of the Week: Walls & Balls

This is an addictive game for iPhone.

The goal, get the ball in the hole. But...the ball comes in from the side of the screen, it isn't aimed at the hole, and it won't stop. You have to draw lines (or "walls") to make it ricochet into the hole. You get a limited number of available walls on every level...and on some levels, there is a level up the ball needs to hit before going into the hole.

When you're bored at work, give it a try.

Free for iOS devices.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 13:37

Geek of the Week: GotIt!

Just in time for back-to-school, here's an app that helps your student with the homework that seems to be beyond your abilities. It's called GotIt. Students take a picture of their physics, chemistry, or math homework problems and then they're matched up with a tutor (who has a degree in that field) to help them figure out the problem, and understand how they arrived at the answer.

For more information about GotIt! go to their website: gotitapp.co

Its free for iOS and Android.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:50

Geek of the Week: Google Duo

This week, Google released their answer to Apple's FaceTime: Duo. A 1-to-1 video calling app that works on both Android and iOS devices. It uses the contacts list in your phone, so you don't have to sync or create accounts; The calls are encrypted on both ends for security; It automatically adjusts the video quality to compensate for changing signal strength without dropping the call, and it switches between 4G and WiFi during the call.

And here's the coolest part: it has a feature called “knock knock” which lets you answer the call before you actually answer. It lets you see the image from the caller's camera before you answer the call so you can see what kind of mood they're in.

The app is free on GooglePlay and the AppStore.

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:47

Geek of the Week: 3 iPhone Time Wasters

Here are a few free time-wasters to help iPhone users get through the day:

  1. Super Stickman Golf. This is a golf game combines the power and club choice of regular golf, with the angles, bunkers and bank-shots of mini-golf.

  2. Mindvision. Perfect for parents who feel like they've always got several balls in the air at once. The game starts with a simple game, then adds a second...so you're playing two games at once. After you master that, it adds a third game to the screen, then a fourth, a fifth and a sixth. See how long you can keep all 6 games going at the same time!

  3. Crying Jordan Meme Generator. We've all seen the crying Michael Jordan memes that circulate after any upsetting defeat in sports, politics or life. This app lets you apply that face to any picture on your camera roll or any picture you download.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 11:42

Geek of the Week: The Olympics

The Olympic start today in Rio...the play-in games and preliminary events, anyhow. Catch every minute of practically every event on-air, online, and on-the-go!

TV: NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, Telemundo, and NBC Sports

Apps: Download the NBC Sports app for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.

*If you just want schedules and results, you can also download the official apps of the Rio Games for AndroidiPhone or Windows Phone

Roku: There is also an NBC Sports channel for Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and XBOX, but to use it, you need a cable subscription.

The Apps have live streaming video and on-demand events available.

Online: NBC.com will stream content live

And new this year: Virtual Reality! If you have a VR device, you can watch events in virtual reality the next day. We're a ways away from LIVE VR, but timeliness isn't the top priority when watching virtual reality, is it?

Click here to find your event and how to view it.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:45

Geek of the Week: GrillTime

This app is handy for both first-time grillers and veterans. It can calculate your cook time based on the cut of meat, size, thickness, and how done you want it, it also includes a timer to tell you when to flip and when to take your steaks off the grill. The app has instructions for preparing over 100 different foods, recommended internal temperature guides and resting times. It allows for multiple simultaneous timers, so if everyone is having steaks but there's one person who insists on having a chicken breast...you can time them all. AND---it syncs with your apple watch, so you don't need to keep checking your phone.

The app is only available on iTunes and it isn't free: $2.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 13:19

Geek of the Week: Prisma

This is a new app that filters your pictures to look like they were painted by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Salvadore Dali, and other artists and styles. Snap a pic, choose the famous work of art you wish to emulate and voila! Your photograph is transformed...suitable for posting, sharing, or framing.

The app is free in the AppStore.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:45

Geek of the Week: OHGO

This is the official ODOT traffic app! It uses the state department of transportation's network of cameras, sensors and live operators to provide accurate, up to the minute information for your commute. The latest on accidents, construction, delays and closures, previously available only on ohgo.com is now at your fingertips on your mobile device! Customize the app with your commute route, set-up push notifications when there is trouble on your way to or from work, or highlight an area where you'll be traveling.

The free app is available on both Google Play and the iTunes AppStore.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:25

Geek of the Week: Breathe+

When you need a little time to relax, ease stress, and unwind, use this breathing exercise app. Breathe+ instructs you on how long to inhale, hold and exhale, using the screen as a visual cue. Customize your session for anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes...you can even change settings mid-session. This is a great app for meditation or breath training, too.

Free for iOS.

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