Geek of the Week (175)

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 06:19

Geek of the Week: TastingRoom.com

Tasting Room, is the fastest growing wine club in the country. It really is like Netflix...but for wine. The site recommends wines, based on your previous preferences, and sends you a case of new, different wines (or the same ones you like) on a regular basis.

Sign-up at TastingRoom.com. The cost to join is just under $10.

They mail you a six-bottle sampler for you to drink and rate. Based on those answers, Tasting Room starts to build your taste profile.

After that, they send a 12-bottle case of wine (cost @ $12/bottle) as often as you want...and like Netflix, the more you rate, the more complex your taste profile becomes.

Each bottle comes with a satisfaction guarantee. If you don't like it, they'll send you a new bottle or give you a credit toward your next purchase.

Cancel at any time.

TastingRoom.com

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 17:02

Geek of the Week: SmartWheel

Prepare to make texting and driving a thing of the past!  This device clips on to a standard steering wheel and senses when there are two hands on the wheel or just one.  It also can tell when there are two hands very close together, like if both hands are at the top of the wheel so you can steer and text at the same time.

If the Smart Wheel senses just one hand on the wheel, it lights up and buzzes until both hands are steering.

But it doesn't stop there.

The sensor also records all of the data it collects and relays it to the companion app on Mom and Dad's phone.  (same goes if the device it removed or otherwise tampered with).

The inventor (20-year-old T.J. Evarts) is currently showing off the Smart Wheel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Featured on ABC's Shark Tank, this invention is expected to hit the market later this year and retail for about $200.

http://smartwheelusa.com/

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:29

Geek of the Week: Psych! Outwit Your Friends

As friends gather for New Year's Eve, here's a fun party game that's a combination of Balderdash and Trivial Pursuit and Words with Friends!

Each play has the app on their phone (someone is the host and the players join the host's game).

The app provides a trivia question and each player supplies their own answer. All of the answers are displayed, including the correct one, and players try to guess which is the right answer.

*Obviously, you don't have to be in the same room...but its much more fun that way.

This app is endorsed by Ellen DeGeneres and is free on Google Play and iTunes.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 13:41

Geek of the Week: Slice

If you're an avid online shopper, this app is a must-have! Slice automatically knows when you purchase something online, then keeps track of the shipping information and tracking number, it alerts you when the package has arrived. The app also give you a heads up if the product has been recalled or if there is a price drop.

Free on iTunes and GooglePlay

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 12:38

Geek of the Week: Keep Believing in Santa

A new web browser extension may help keep the magic alive a little longer for some young web surfers, by blocking content with “untruths” about St. Nick. The questionable content is covered up with an image of the man, himself watching you. *Note: it takes a moment or two for the extension to scan the contents of the page and kick into action. Most likely, though, it will work faster than your child can read.

The extension is free for Chrome and Firefox.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 13:52

Geek of the Week: Santa's Bag

Its the holiday shopping season. And here's an app that will help you keep track of all the gifts you have bought or plan to buy.

It keeps track of the people you plan to buy for, the gifts they want, and what you're buying. The app also has a countdown til Christmas, so you know how much shopping time you have. It even keeps track of your budget.

Free in iTunes

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 13:25

Geek of the Week: BlackFriday.com

Whether you're trying to map out your Black Friday camping spot, trying to kill time while the turkey cooks, or just curious about Black Friday deals, this is the web site and app for you!

A complete listing of store sale ads, access to coupons and you can even create a wish list from the things you find in the ads to streamline your Friday shopping.

Free for iPhone, Android ...or check it out online at BlackFriday.com

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:34

Geek of the Week: Launchify

This app for Android phones puts a row of quick launch icons on your lock screen or notification bar, so you can go directly to the apps you use most.

The cool part is, depending on where you are and what time of day it is, the icons may change based on the apps you use most.

You might see Maps available when you leave work, but Facebook may be on the screen while you're at work.

Click here for more information.

This app is the brain child of a 15-year-old girl named Trisha who was taken with the story of another girl who had been cyberbullied so badly, she committed suicide. Trisha says “the adolescent brain is like a car with no breaks.” Her app pumps the brakes for teens before they post anything negative.

ReThink is a keyboard app that analyzes texts, emails and social media posts, then alerts the user if it detects any negative comments. Forcing you to ReThink before posting.

Trisha says, through her research, she discovered that, when given the opportunity, 93% of the time, teens will change their minds and not post.

ReThink is free on iTunes and Google Play

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 13:45

Geek of the Week: Digital Dudz

Here's a way to take your Halloween costume to the next level!

Digital Dudz by MorphSuits: T-Shirts, costumes and masks with a built-in pocket to hold your cellphone...and a companion app that shows a moving image on the screen.

For instance: A cyclops mask and the phone makes it look like the cyclops' eye is moving. Most of the shirts and masks show a face with a moving eye...but there are also shirts that show what looks like a beating heart, pulsing intestines, or a pile of squirming maggots.

*Parents, don't worry, there are also kids shirts available with moving cartoon eyes.

The app is free and the shirts, costumes and masks range from $12 to $60.

The company even has a line of Christmas apparel with animated yule logs and Santas!

For more go to MorphSuits.com/Digital-Dudz

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