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Monday, 20 March 2017 13:00

Geek of the Week: Project Sunroof

Ever wonder if putting solar panels on your roof would be worth it? Just Google it! A couple years ago, Google launched Project Sunroof, a web site that uses images from Google Earth and weather information for your region to determine whether or not you would benefit from solar energy.

The web site shows the cost savings, financing options for installing panels...it even can put you in touch with solar panel providers in your area.

Even if you're not serious about switching, its fun poke around and take a look.

https://www.google.com/get/sunroof

Friday, 17 March 2017 05:32

Superhero Superfood Cookies

(happy accident, we were taking a picture of the baby and got the cookies too!)

Makes about 2 dozen


1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup rolled oats, ground fine in a blender or food processor
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (each) milk, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips
1 cup toasted, chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix to combine. Beat the baking soda, salt, and rolled oats into the butter mixture until evenly incorporated, slowly beat the flour into the mixture and combine. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.

Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Space about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Pat down the tops of the balls just slightly. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until just tinged with brown. Rotate sheet halfway through baking to ensure even browning; be very careful not to over bake. (Cookies should still be soft in the centers.) Let cookies firm up on cookie sheets, 3 to 4 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Two apps this week:

First: When you're out celebrating on Friday, and it's your turn to raise your glass and make a toast, you'll be ready if you have Erin Go Bragh...the Irish Blessings pub app. Open the app, give your phone a little shake and it randomly displays some Celtic words of wisdom.

Erin Go Bragh is free for android and iphone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second: The March Madness tournament starts tomorrow. Make sure you're ready with the official NCAA March Madness Live app. Stream every game, get real-time stats and updates, track your bracket and get notifications for upsets, overtime games, and close games.

*Note: To live stream the games, you have to log-in with your TV provider.

Get NCAA March Madness Live for free in Google Play or the App Store.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 12:56

Geek of the Week: Woman Interrupted

Just in time for International Women's Day, (during Women's History Month), a Brazilian ad agency has come up with an app that uses your phone's microphone to track the number of times a man interrupts a woman during conversation. The creators say the audio isn't recorded, just analyzed - and it works both ways...sort of. If you're a female user, it tells you how many times a male interrupts you, and if you're a male user...it tells you how many times you interrupt a female.

The purpose of the app is to cut back on “Manterrupting”, which has been shown to “stop women from expressing their ideas at work, at home, and in society as a whole.”

The app is free for Android and iPhone users.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:22

Geek of the Week: YouCam Makeup

The department store makeup counter make-over is officially a thing of the past! Now, if you want to try out a new look, see what you'd look like with Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime face paint, or even try a different shade of lipstick...you can do it in Augmented Reality.

This new, free, app allows you to put on virtual lip stick, blush, or eye shadow in real time, with the selfie camera on your phone. Don't like the color, click another one? Just like the Instagram Filters that add a dog's tongue to your face, this app perfectly places the makeup to look like you're really wearing it.

It has a variety of standard cosmetics (that you can purchase from the app), there's a collection of face paint options for costume parties...and if Beyonce wears a stunning face at an awards show, copy it onto your face to see how it looks on you. There's even an option to virtually try-on new glasses frames.

YouCam Makeup is free for iPhone and Android.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:47

Geek of the Week: Paperback Swap

What do you do with a book after you've read it?  It sits on a shelf, maybe you lend it to a friend, then one day, it either ends up in a box in the attic, a box at a garage sale, in the donation bin...or the trash bin.

Now there's a way to share your collection with the rest of the world...while at the same time, reading more and more and more books!

PaperbackSwap.com is a social website of people - just like you - who share their books.

You create a wishlist of books you'd like to read...if another member has it, they send it to you -- and vice versa...if you have a book on someone else's wishlist, you mail it to them.

This is a paid membership site ($20/yr max), but there is a free option (link to membership options here).

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:22

Geek of the Week: Out of Ten

The social network meets “you're not going out dressed like that, are you?” When you get dressed in the morning or before you go on a date, you may think you look good...but there may be something amiss. You ask your husband and he says “you always look beautiful”, you try to text your friends, but they're either too positive or too catty. Now there's an app that will tell you how you look!

Open the app, snap a picture of your outfit, your shoes, or your accessories and within seconds, other users will give you their opinion in a 1-to-10 rating (the app averages all of the scores for your final results)

Feel free to rate other's fashions, you can also save or bookmark someone else's outfit for reference the next time you're shopping.

Free for iOS.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 11:31

Geek of the Week: Politics-free Facebook!

If you're sick and tired of political arguments taking up your Facebook feed, there's a way to clean house without unfriending or unfollowing a single friend. It's an extension for the Chrome web browser called “Remove All Politics From Facebook”. It is a simple on/off switch that allows you choose whether or not to see all of the political talk. *it doesn't NOT work on memes, however.

Its free, but only works when you check Facebook from the Chrome web browser.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:00

Geek of the Week: Plowz and Mowz

If you spent the last two days shoveling your driveway because you don't have a plow-guy...here's some welcome news. Its an app for on-demand snow removal...think of it as Uber for snow plows.

The app is called Plowz and Mowz. Open the app, enter your address and before long, someone comes to plow your driveway. Fee is based on the amount of snow and the size of your driveway and you pay with a credit card through the app. As the name suggests, they also do on-demand mowing in the summer and yard clean-up in the fall.

The app is free for iPhone and Android, or you can use their website: www.plowzandmowz.com

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:46

Geek of the Week: Food Trainer

They say this app will help you eat less and lose weight...after playing the game only four times! Its actually part of a study by the University of Exeter in England. At the start screen, click the food items you want to eat less of...for instance: breads, alcohol & sweets...then play the game. Every time a “good” food, in a green circle appears on your screen, tap your screen; when a “bad” food, in a red circle appears, don't.

Researchers claim that playing the game will train you to resist those types of foods.

**Some information is collected and sent to the researchers, along with the results of your game-play, they also want to know things like age, gender and weight...no names or identifying information is collected.

Food Trainer is free for Android devices.

Give it a shot! You have nothing to lose but the weight, right?

 

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