Geek of the Week (218)

For those of you with a father-in-law who gives directions using old, no longer existing landmarks, this is just the ticket! The Street View feature in Google Maps has been around so long that they have several years worth of data, and now you can see what your neighborhood used to look like! The actual website is google.com/maps. Once you search the desired address, on the bottom right of the screen, there is a little yellow man. Click and drag him to the map. That loads the “Street View”...a view of the address as seen from a car's point of view. A gray box appears in the upper left that shows your address...in that box is a red circle that says “NEW!”. Click on it and be transported back in time!

 

Pottsy and his kids, forever imortalized on Google Street View in 2011

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:36

Geek of the Week: Soundscape Recorder

For Earth Day, scientist Bryan Pijanowski wants to record the sounds of the world.  Download the app free from iTunes or Google Play and record three minutes of your surroundings.  The sound files will be sent to the Global Soundscape Database and accumulated over the years, allowing scientists to analyze changes in our sonic environment.  The app also allows you to hear sounds recorded by others around the world.

For more information, go to GlobalSoundscapes.org

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:19

Geek of the Week: Safer Ohio

"See Something...Send Something".  That's the motto of this app that lets you take pictures of suspicious behavior or incidents and send them directly to the Ohio Office of Homeland Security.  It also allows you to request help from the Highway Patrol if you are involved in a non-injury accident or if your car breaks down on the highway.  The app uses your phone's GPS to send a trooper to your exact location.  There is even a button to speeddial 9-1-1.  Free on Google Play and in the App Store.

 

Monday, 07 April 2014 13:33

Geek of the Week: SkinneePix

This handy-dandy app allows you to edit your selfies to make you appear 5, 10, even 15 pounds skinnier!  Just a couple clicks to a new you! Its simple, quick and easy. Share your slimmer self through email, text or social media in full color, black and white or sepia.

$.99 in the AppStore

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 05:54

Geek of the Week: MLB.com At Bat

The official app of Major League Baseball.  Get up to the second stats and scores, headlines and information, watch highlight videos and see instant replays with an explanation. The base model is free in GooglePlay and iTunes ...but there are subscription features. (if you already subscribe to mlb.tv, this app and all of its features is free)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 06:48

Geek of the Week: Office for iPad

Microsoft Office makes its iPad debut on Thursday, March 27th.  Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will be a part of Office for iPad.  The app will be free in the AppStore but requires an Office 365 subscription.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:23

Geek of the Week: Beat the Boss

My kids found this app and have been playing it relentlessly for the past week. Beat the Boss (as well as Beat the Boss 2 and Beat the Boss 3) is just that, a game where the tables are turned and you get to torture your boss. The app starts with your cartoon boss berating you...then you take out your aggression. You can throw him around the office or choose a weapon to inflict damage. The weapons range from office supplies like pencils or thumbtacks to water guns and boxing gloves on a spring to grenades, swords and artillery.

Free on both iTunes and GooglePlay

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:30

Geek of the Week: DUI kNOw

The best way to not get a DUI is to not drink and drive. But, sometimes you don't have one or you're not sure if you are safe to drive. That's where this app comes in. It uses a similar field sobriety test to those used by police. It calculates your ability to count backwards from 15 in a set amount of time. If you can do it, you're good to go. If you pause, take too long, skip numbers or give up, the app says you are not safe to get behind the wheel. Obviously, this app is not idiot proof and should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Free on Google Play

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 06:17

Geek of the Week: IRS2Go

The official app of the Internal Revenue Service!

Get help with your tax return preparation

Find the closest IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance location

Request tax account or tax return transcripts

and the coolest part: track the status of your tax refund!

 

Free on iTunes and Google Play 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 06:45

Geek of the Week: Diet Bet

DietBetter.com and the companion app Diet Bet (iTunes) let you bet on yourself to lose weight!  The games are a $25 buy-in.  Your options are:  "Lose 4% in 4 Weeks" or "Lose 10% in 6 Months".  At the end of the game, the pot is split between those who hit their goal weight.  To keep it fair and for verification, you submit a full-body selfie and a picture of your weight on the scale...before and after.  *The pictures are submitted to a referee only and are not published.

 

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