We're into the “Leaf-Peeping” season and this map shows where, in the country, the fall foliage is at its peak. If you're planning a weekend road trip, take a look at this helpful map from SmokyMountains.com. And if you're planning a vacation to Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, this website is your one-stop site for information and cabin rentals.
This is a learning toy for your dog that is connected, via wifi, to a treat dispenser.
If your dog completes a given task with the toy, it gets a treat. *the task might be “roll the toy across the room”, it might be “roll the toy across the room in 15 seconds”, it might be “shake the toy for 5 seconds”. The dog has to figure out the task and complete it.
You can set the tasks and variables from an app on your phone...you can also track the dog's progress and treat consumption through PupCloud. The toy also has a built-in HD camera so you can stream video of your dog's playtime to any device. And you can do it all...from work!
This is a perfect trick to get your pet to exercise while nobody's home! The company launched a kickstarter campaign this week and expects roll out products early next year. PupPod.com
The personal security guard app. If you have ever felt uneasy traveling alone? Maybe it's walking home at night from a restaurant, walking through a rough neighborhood on the way to school, or you may just be unsure of yourself and your navigating ability. Just before you leave, add your destination to the Companion app, then add friends from your contacts list (the friends don't need to have the app). Your friends can track you on their phone to make sure you get where you're going. If you get nervous or are in danger, use the app to alert your friends with the handy “I Feel Nervous” button or automatically call for help with the “Call Police – 911” button. If you set it up to, the app will check your status from time to time (“Are you OK?”). If you don't click the “YES” button within a few seconds, the app automatically alerts your friends.
This web site tells you if the food in your pantry, or the expired food in your fridge, or the stuff in the back of your freezer is still good!
Food past the expiration date may not be bad. Sometimes manufacturers use those dates for quality control and inventory control at the grocery store. Use this web site when you're in doubt.
The site will also tell you if the food can go into the freezer...and for how long. Handy kitchen tips, storage suggestions, even a Q&A section.
If you can eat it, it's listed on StillTasty.com.
If you drive your personal vehicle for work and have to turn in mileage reports, this app is a must-have. MileIQ tracks and records your drives and logs them, calculating the distance and value. When you're looking at the report and notice that the app logged your drive to lunch or to the ballgame, swipe left to classify it as “personal”. The app automatically creates a mileage log that's compliant with the IRS (calculating at 57.5 cents per mile), you can add tolls or parking expenses, then export the data as a spreadsheet or PDF.
THE DOWN SIDE: The app uses your phone's GPS to calculate your trips, which uses more battery life...but the company says GPS use is minimal and won't be the constant drain that a navigation app would be. Also, you only get 40 free drives per month...you can upgrade to $6 per month for unlimited drives (the company notes, an 11 mile drive earns you $6.16 worth of deductions, which covers the cost of the app).
This is one of the highest rated, free video editing apps available on the market. Shoot video right from the app or use video shot from your phone's native camera; trim or crop the clips the the length you want, zoom in or out, adjust the color; select from several transition effects like dissolves and wipes; add graphics to your video (like a newscast), using pictures from your library or taken fresh with the camera. There is also a large library of themed overlay graphics, animations and stickers you can add to give your video some pizazz! The app can upload videos directly to YouTube, social media or email. The app is fun for kids to play with, it's also a great tool for students to add a video component to their class projects.
Watch the video below. Made this morning, with VideoShow!
This is twitter's live video streaming app. Send or watch live videos from users all over the world. Its as simple as downloading the free app, signing in with your twitter account...and you're off and running. The app uses your phone's camera and microphone to capture what is happening around you and share it online...in real time. Viewers also have the ability to comment and “like” your live stream. When you start recording, a link will pop up in your twitter feed and your friends (*who also have periscope) will receive an alert that you are broadcasting. When you end your Persicope, a link to “re-watch” the video is posted to your twitter feed. To watch live or archived streams, you must have the app on your phone. So far, there IS a way to emulate the Android app on your PC, but it's complicated, so for all intents and purposes, get the app on your phone. It's free on iTunes and GooglePlay.
The new Windows operating system releases today...and its free! If you reserved your copy through the icon in your system tray, it will download automatically and prompt you for an install when its ready. If not, make sure your system has run all of the latest updates, then click on the Windows 10 app in the system tray.
What you get with Windows 10:
-Microsoft Edge...their new Internet browser to replace Internet Explorer. Its a more interactive browser, giving you the ability to make notes, add events to your calendar and more!
-Cortana...Windows' version of Apple's Siri. A voice commanded assistant on your desktop
-The Start Menu (and button) return! Blending the old with the new, clicking the Start button brings up a menu that looks similar to the Start Menu we all knew and loved from yesteryear, but programs and apps are displayed as the Tiles you saw in Windows 8.
-Better multi-tasking functionality
-Xbox One integration
To learn more or find out if you're eligible for the free download, click here.
Yummly is a recipe website with companion apps that is the Kayak, Pintrest & Netflix of recipe sites! We've seen the commercials for the travel deal web site that scans all other travel deal web sites to give you the best prices...Yummly pulls recipes from the top recipe sites and blogs like AllRecipes, Epicurious, Food52, Chow, Serious Eats and more. You can filter selections based allergies, or diets, or cooking time.
Like Pintrest, each recipe has an orange “yum” button you can click to add the recipe to your own, personal collection. And like Netflix, Yummly can even recommend recipes based on the recipes in your collection.
But wait, there's more! Yummly can sync with your health app and does the calorie-counting for you!
Today, in honor of its 20th birthday, Amazon is holding a “Prime Day” celebration sale. The sale is available to Amazon Prime members and the deals are said to be “bigger than Black Friday”! Look for deals on electronics, books, select clothing and jewelery and Amazon Elements Baby Wipes.
Some of the notable deals include $15 off Fire TV Stick, $30 off Kindle, Smart LED TVs and Chromebook laptops for under $200, 50-inch 4K TV for $1000, and DVDs up to 75% off.
Not a Prime member? Click here for Amazon's 30-day Free Trial. (they say you can cancel any time!)
Not to be outdone, Walmart announced that it's also having a sale. The company says their price drops will be “atomic”.
Similar to the “Who Unfollowed Me” apps for Twitter and Instagram, this is an app for iOS and Android that tracks when you are unfriended on Facebook...and by whom. The service has been around for a little more than 5 years as a web browser extension, but the app just launched a week or so ago.
*Note: It doesn't start keeping track of your account until you set up the app.
Tetris for a new generation. Only this time, you aren't trying to create a solid block, to make lines of the puzzle disappear. Now you want to build the tallest structure you can build...before the whole thing comes crashing down. The taller the stack of blocks gets, the less stable it becomes. It begins to wobble and sway, and then eventually topple. Part Tetris, part Jenga...Stack Heroes: free on iTunes
June is National Internet Safety Month. There are many free virus scanners available for your PC including Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, AVG AntiVirus, and Avast. As a supplemental product, I recommend MalwareBytes Free. This product scrubs away some cookies and app data that might be overlooked by your normal virus scanner.
Street Project Progress Reports. This week, the City of Cleveland released a web site to help you keep track of road repair and resurfacing projects in your neighborhood. RoadRX tells you where the street crews are now, what they are doing, how long they'll be there, and where they're going next. The app is free and online at ClevelandGIS.org/apps/RoadRX/
Gmail releases Undo Send. Have you ever sent an email, then moments later, realized you spelled someone's name wrong, or that you sent it to your mom instead of your boyfriend...or worse yet...your comments about the boss's new policy went not to your colleague, but to the entire company? Well now...there's a “take backsies” safety net!
Google has been testing an “Undo Send” feature for several years and finally released it to all Gmail users this week! Undo Send delays sending the email for 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds after you press “send”. To activate, go to the General Tab in Settings.
This is a cold and flu tracking app from Johnson & Johnson. It combines user reported data, information from local doctors' offices, mentions on social media, and google searches to determine when the flu, a cold or even allergy season is about to hit your neighborhood. The app also offers health tips and ads from appropriate over-the-counter medicines. The company says their ultimate goal is to provide information on more contageous ailments, once their user-base has expanded.
Free on iTunes and coming soon to google.