Geek of the Week (220)

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:03

Geek of the Week: Eyealert

Students at Rocky River High School have developed an app that can help in an active shooter situation. The app uses crowed sourced information to track the shooter in real time.

The idea: Every student and teacher have the app on their phone. When there is an active shooter situation, they open the app and it tracks their location in real time. If they see the shooter they press on the screen and their name pops up, like a location on a Google Map, and says [for instance] “Dan Deely just saw the shooter here”.

Every time someone presses the screen, it plots a point on the school map. Not only does it show you where the shooter is, it shows where he's been, and gives you an idea where he's going. Letting students and teachers know whether to hunker-in-place, or its okay to run.

They're still testing the app, so it isn't widely available yet.

But in some of their drills, the school says they've had half the student body out of the building BEFORE there was an “active shooter” announcement over the PA system.

 

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 08:59

Geek of the Week - Datefit

A new dating app was released last week – and it was created by a company in Cleveland.

The app is called “DateFit” and it matches up people who are into staying fit and exercising. Similar to the other dating apps, you swipe one direction to like someone, swipe the other way to reject them...but this app lets you “super like” someone.

The creators say that sometimes approaching someone at the gym can be tough...their app makes it easier.

Its free for iPhone and Android

** note ** while there may be 9,000 people currently using the app, the odds are pretty good that not many of them are in Cleveland, so pickings may be pretty slim until this thing catches on. It's only been out a couple weeks.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:06

Geek of the Week: Cedar Point App

Cedar Point opens in a week (05/05/18) and they've made improvements to their app, and one detail alone makes this app invaluable. The Roller Coaster capital's official app has maps of the park, it'll show you the route to take from one ride to another, check wait times, and take advantage of online coupons and specials. But the best feature: is the car locator! Plot your location on the app when you get out of your car, and at the end of the day, it'll lead you right back.

There's also plenty of information about the park and its amenities. You can even store your season pass on the app, so you always have it with you.

The official Cedar Point Mobile App is free for iPhone and Android.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:59

Geek of the Week: Superman Homepage

Wednesday, April 17th is Superman Day in the City of Cleveland, so to celebrate, check out the Superman Homepage (and download the app). The go-to source for all things Superman.

The latest news about upcoming comics, movies, and TV shows; interviews with those in-the-know; and podcasts related to the Man of Steel.

** its actually a pretty good source for information on all DC comic characters

The website is free, and the apps are free for Android and iPhone.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 11:12

Geek of the Week: EyeBleach.me

Sometimes you need a break from social media. The negativity, the political bickering, the surveys...it becomes overwhelming. Take a few minutes away and visit this website: EyeBleach.me.

Its not much more than a slideshow of kitten pictures.

A nice way to “cleanse the palate” from time to time.

...and its free.

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 13:12

Geek of the Week: ESPN+

Next Thursday, ESPN rolls out it's new subscription streaming app, ESPN+. For $4.99 a month, you'll get live sporting events, original shows and on-demand programming. Unfortunately, the “live sporting events” is limited to “not the games you want”. If its actually on ESPN, you won't see it (no Monday Night Football, no NBA, No Sunday Night Baseball; no Around the Horn, or Sports Center either). You DO, however, have access to hundreds of regular season soccer games, tennis matches, rugby and cricket matches, boxing and the PGA.

That said you do get one free MLB and NHL game per day (regular season only) and you'll have access to thousands of live college sports including football and basketball games, but also soccer, track & field, gymnastics and more.

** if you have a cable/dish subscription, you'll still be able to watch the NBA and Pardon the Interruption on the regular ESPN app (for free).

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:29

Geek of the Week: Adobe Scan

Ever need to scan a document but don't have a scanner, so you take a picture and send it? It might work, in a pinch, but it isn't clear, there might be a glare, and you certainly can't edit it. The next time you need to send a receipt, a school permission form, class notes or notes on a white board, a time-card or mileage report...use Adobe Scan. A free app that uses your phone's camera to scan documents and convert them to a pdf. It also has OCR (optical character recognition) which means the app recognizes letters and words and creates an editable document. 

Adobe Scan is free for both iPhone and Android.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:59

Geek of the Week: Photos Companion

We all have far too many pictures on our phones. Those pictures we want to keep, just sit on the phone until we upload them to Facebook, send them to Walgreens to be printed, or email them to ourselves so we can save them on a CD-Rom or Memory Stick from our computer.

NOW, there's an app that lets you wirelessly transfer the pictures on your phone, right to your Windows PC without having to plug-in anything.

It's called “Photos Companion”.

Add this app to your phone and, as long as your phone and your computer are on the same wifi network, you can transfer your entire photo collection with the tap of your screen.

(obviously, it isn't in the blink of an eye, it takes time to transfer 1,000 photos from one place to another, but once you've set the wheels in motion, you can put down your phone and go to the fridge for a drink).

**there are some settings in Windows 10 that need to be taken care of, but the app will walk you through it.

Photos Companion for Windows 10 is free for both Android and iOS devices.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 13:40

Geek of the Week: STOPit

There's a new anti-bullying app that let's students anonymously report bullies. Its called STOPit.

Schools or districts who opt to participate in the program are assigned a local code so administrators don't have to weed through reports from across the country to find ones that apply locally.

Students with the app are able to communicate with faculty and staff totally anonymously to report bullying, or other problems around the school, or to ask for help and advice.

 

STOPit is a free app for iphone and android. Talk to your school district or the principal to recommend implementing it at your kids' school. Lakewood High School rolled it out earlier this month and have already had several tips.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 12:57

Geek of the Week: Disney Street View

Whether you're planning your next Orlando visit, or you think Disney admission prices are outlandishly high, Google Maps is here to help! In the coming days, you'll be able to tour 11 Disney parks via Street View on Google Maps. You can now virtually visit Epcot Center, The Magic Kingdom, California Adventure, Hollywood Studios and more, without leaving your couch or spending a dime!  

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