Geek of the Week (175)

This week is the annual Apple Developer's conference in San Francisco. On Monday, the company announced it's “next big thing”: Apple Music. Their new music streaming service aimed at competing with the likes of Spotify, Pandora...and dare I say, 1073thewave.net.

The new music streaming service launches at the end of the month and will integrate iTunes (both on-demand and purchased/cloud stored music), Apple's own “Beats1” Internet radio station, and a social aspect like MySpace for bands to keep an info page with their latest information, songs and tour dates.

Cost $9.99 a month or $14.99 for a family of (up to) 6. It will be found on all Apple devices, and later this year, will be available on Android and PCs as well.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:00

Geek of the Week: zTAILORS

This is a new service, set up by George Zimmer (who used to be the face of Men's Warehouse...“I guarantee it”). It is, a network independent tailors who make house-calls. Through the web site, you book a measuring and a fitting, the tailor comes to you, and you get your clothes back in about a week...there's a $25 charge for 48 hour turn around. The company started last year in Southern California and plans to launch nationwide this summer.

https://www.ztailors.com/

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:24

Geek of the Week: Geocaching

052715With the summer months upon us and more people heading outside, here's a fun app to take with you the next time you go camping, to the park or for a walk around the neighborhood. Geocaching is, essentially, GPS Hide-n-Seek. For years, people have been hiding little boxes or jars all over the world, in the hopes that people will find them. Inside the container is usually a notepad to collect the names of everyone who has found it, as well as trinkets that hard-core Geocachers trade (take-a-penny / leave-a-penny style). This app shows a map of your location, and all of the available caches in the area. Using your phone's GPS, the built-in compass, and a clue, you search for the hidden container. If your kids grumble when you ask them to join you on a hike, bring this app along and turn your hike into a treasure hunt! They'll love it! Free in Google Play and on iTunes.

052015We all know that fresh, warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts are the best. Sure, yesterday's original glazed are still good and you can put them in the microwave, but fresh from bakery can't be beat! Now here's your chance to never have less-than-fresh doughnuts again! Krispy Kreme introduces the Hot Light app. Find the store nearest you and get push notifications when stores have fresh pastries coming off the line right now. It also works like a rewards program and you get a free doughnut just for signing up. Free in the App Store and GooglePlay.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 12:58

Geek of the Week: Oregon Trail

051315The Internet Archive, has added nearly 2,500 MS-DOS based games, among them, the classic classroom staple, Oregon Trail. The site also boasts thousands of arcade and home console games, all playable through your web browser. Archive.org is a non-profit library, attempting to preserve digital media for future generations. Its collection includes everything from books and newspapers to old time radio programs, TV shows and even archived web sites.

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 13:52

Geek of the Week: Yokee

050615For the Karaoke lover in all of us, this app is a karaoke all-in-one. It plays the song, provides the lyrics, records your performance, lets you add reverb to your voice and share your recording with the world over social media! Free on iTunes and GooglePlay.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 05:30

Geek of the Week: Expiration Date Trackers

042915Fresh Pantry (iTunes) and Food Expiration Track (android).  These apps helps you manage expiration dates on products you buy, so you know what you have, how long you've had it, and when to hoe it out of the fridge or cabinets.  Simply take a picture of the product, enter the expiration date on the packaging and the app takes it from there. You can see what you have in stock and receive notifications when they are nearing expiration. The apps can also be used to keep track of medication, coupons and cosmetics.  Fresh Pantry is $0.99 in iTunes, and Food Expiration Track is free on GooglePlay.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 12:37

Geek of the Week: GoodGuide

For Earth Day, here's an app that helps you decide which products you buy, based on how green the company's manufacturing process is. GoodGuide is a free app in the iTunes AppStore. Simply scan the bar code of a product and it will show you a 0-10 rating based on the product's health, environmental, and social impacts. It also offers greener or healthier alternatives.  Browse products by category, search for products by name or identify them with the built-in UPC scanner.

If you're anxious about getting your refund check, you can now track the status online. If it has been more than three days since filing online (or 3 weeks if you mailed your return), go to IRS.gov/Refunds and follow the instructions. You'll need some information handy: Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer ID number, the form you filed, and the exact amount you are expecting.

Another option is to call 800-829-1954.

Intuit also offers apps that can do it for you, available for both iPhone and Android devices.

Friday, 03 April 2015 13:21

Geek of the Week: WiFi Finder

When you go on vacation, one thing you might not think about is your phone's data plan. If you aren't near your home or office WiFi, you'll quickly go over your data limit and your battery life won't be what you're used to. So, we search for available, free WiFi. This app scans for all WiFi signals in your area. It tells you which hotspots are public, which are free, and which hotspots have the strongest signal so you can stream that movie without interruption.

WiFi Finder is free for Android and iOS.

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