Monday, October 3, 2016

We've Moved!

Thank you for visiting our blog! We have now moved our blog to our library's website at KHCPL.org. If you would like to continue to follow KHCPL Tech For You please visit us at our new location at http://khcpl.org/tech-for-you.

Better yet, take a moment and check out all our library blogs at http://www.khcpl.org/blogs.

Thank you again for following and I hope you have enjoyed our content.  

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Discogs: Catalog your CD and Vinyl collections from your Device

Do you want to organize your CD and Vinyl music collections?  Are you interested in finding new places to purchase that album you have always wanted.  If that is the case, Discogs is the app for you.  Discogs mission is "to build the biggest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace"

In this app you can keep an inventory of your music collection.  You can either search by title or by the UPC barcode.  If your album isn't there, you can add a title to their ever growing database.

If there are albums on your wish list, Discogs lets you keep track of those titles as well.  They will also send you notices when they find a place where that item is being sold.

There is also a Marketplace on the app for people to buy and sell their collections.

So if you have a sizable music collection, you might want to give Discogs a try


  • Name of App:  Discogs
  • Audience:  Adult and Teen
  • Platform: IOS and Android
  • What the App does and why we recommend it:  The app allows you organize titles in your music collection, keep track of titles you wish to purchase and allows users to buy and sell cds and vinyl.
  • What Platform we used to recommend the app:  Android
  • Cost (at time of review):  Free





Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tunity: Listen to a Muted TV from Your Smart Phone

Have you ever been in a restaurant with a TV playing and something you really want to hear comes on, but you either can't hear the TV from where you are sitting, or it is muted? Well, we've got just the app for you! Tunity will allow you to hear any live TV playing around you through the speakers on your phone or through headphones. Now you don't have to miss whatever the local news station is covering--just tune in on your phone.  The app will request access to your camera on your phone to locate the channel, and this only works on live TV not recordings.  Still now you don't have to miss out on the news you want to hear.

Tunity




  • Name of App: Tunity
  • Audience: Adult and Teen
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: The app will allow you to listen to a muted TV near you.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost (at time of review): Free

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie



If you’re always playing phone tag or being Face Timed at the worst time, the Marco Polo app is just for you! Marco Polo is a video walkie talkie that works on your time. You can start chatting with your friends now and they can respond right away or later when it’s more convenient. All the video chats are saved so there is never a rush to view.


The app is so easy to use even your children can participate. You simply tap a button and start recording. You can set up groups or chat with individuals. This app is a great way for families and friends to stay in touch no matter where they live. You can talk as long as you want and customize your video chats with a wide assortment of filters such as “movie star” or “nighttime”. Marco Polo helps staying in touch fun and personal.
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Name of App:   Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie
 
Audience:  Everyone
 
Platform:  iOS and Android
 
What the app does and why we recommend it:  Allows you to stay in touch with family and friends in a fun and personal way
 
What platform we used to recommend it:  iOS
 
Cost (at time of review):  Free 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rio 2016 Mobile App -- Keep up with the Olympics

The Olympics is in full swing.  If you are like me, you don't have time to keep up with all the different events going on.  Well the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has just the app to help.  The Rio 2016 app lets the user keep track of how their favorite country or athlete is doing.  The user can search by sport, athletes or country.  They also have a nice section of photos and videos.  So if you have the desire to find out the badminton results, give the Rio 2016 app a try

 
Name of App:   Rio 2016 Olympics App
 
Audience:  Everyone
 
Platform:  iOS and Android
 
What the app does and why we recommend it:  The app gives the user results of the Rio 2016 Summer games
 
What platform we used to recommend it:  Android
 
Cost (at time of review):  Free 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Searching for a Way to Block Unwanted Spam and Robo Calls: TrueCaller

If you have a phone, you are no stranger to robo and spam calls. Towards the end of June things were getting so bad that I was having up to three calls a day. It was frustrating because I couldn't always tell the difference between valid, important calls, and the spam because some of them came from my own area code. Day by day it was getting worse. Finally, after three long weeks of this, I began to research my options.

First and foremost, if you are receiving a large number of spam and robo calls I recommend making sure that you are on the Do Not Call registry. There are actually two of these, state and national, I recommend covering your bases and registering for both. To register, or check your registration simply go online to these websites:

Both registries will allow you to register your cell phone numbers now, and don't require you to re-register unless something has changed. For instance, I kept my number, but switched Cell Phone Carriers. This caused me to drop off the list and receive more calls. Once I re-registered, those calls were cut significantly.

Keep in mind that these will not stop all calls. Many of the calls we get these days are from scammers, and since they are already breaking the law, the Do Not Call registries will not stop them. In the past I have tried blocking the scammers using the blocking options on my phone, but since they use so many different numbers it was impossible to block them all. So that's when I started looking for a technical solution--an app.  I researched a number of websites and the one the experts seemed to like best was TrueCaller, so I thought I would give it a try.

TrueCaller is supposed to identify spam when you get an incoming call and uses your contact list to filter out your friends and contacts. In a perfect world this would have been a perfect solution, but unfortunately it wasn't. My first call TrueCaller identified as spam was actually from my doctor's office, and trying to get TrueCaller to accept it as a legitimate contact after someone else has said it was spam was next to impossible. I actually had a couple of Spam calls come through that weren't identified, so I marked them as spam with TrueCaller. Overall, it has faults, and I wish it were easier to switch calls from Spam to legit, especially in the case of my doctor.  I am no expert on how the program works, but it seems to take input from all the users--if one user identifies a call as spam, it is that for all users. Still, with very little options out there for stopping those calls, this is definitely worth a try. Just remember, you may want to accept some of those Spam calls--especially if they have a local area code because they might be a call you are waiting for.

TrueCaller



  • Name of App: TrueCaller
  • Audience: Adult and Teen
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: The app will allow you attempt to identify spam calls, but keep in mind it is not perfect.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost (at time of review): Free

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BRAINSCAPE

While out shopping for school supplies this year, don’t forget to look into getting the best apps to make this school year the best one yet. Brainscape is a must have app for every student. With Brainscape you can find, create and share thousands of smart flashcards covering almost any topic.



Brainscape uses three sources for creating its flashcards—Educational experts, students and you! Top experts in the field lend their expertise to ready-made flash cards in fields such as Foreign Languages, SAT prep, and AP exams. You can also browse for flashcards from over a million subjects created by other students and teachers. Finally you can create and customize your own set of flashcards for any subject you want. You can also share your creations with other students!

Brainscape works by personalizing the timing between different cards. You rate how well you know a subject and the app creates a unique pace that is ideal for each individual user. Brainscape boasts that they offer "flashcards on steroids." With data from over 800 academic studies backing them up, Brainscape is a must have for all students. Click hereto read for yourself.

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  • Name of App: BRAINSCAPE
  • Audience: All ages
  • Platform: iOS
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: This app gives students access to over a million ready-made flash cards and the ability to create their own in order to learn quicker and more efficiently.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost (at time of review): Free 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Charity Miles: Give Back While You Get Fit

Getting fit is becoming a national phenomenon.  Everywhere you turn newspapers, magazines, TV and the internet are telling us all the benefits of getting fit.  Even though we know it is good for us, many lack the motivation to start their fitness journey.   Charity Miles is an app that can help you with that.  For every mile you bike or walk/run Charity Miles makes a donation (10 cents per mile you outdoor bike and 25 cents per mile you walk/run) to the charity of your choice.  There are several charities to choose from including Stand Up to Cancer, The Alzheimer's Association and Autism Speaks.

The app is very easy to use.  You set up a profile, select your charity, start the app and off you go.  The app keeps record of how far you go and will also let you set up "reminders" to let you know when it is time to work out.  This app also allows you to Tweet or put a post on Facebook regarding your progress.  So give your workout a purpose and download Charity Miles.




Name of App:  Charity Miles

Audience:   Adult and Teen

Platform:  iOS and Android

What the App does and why we recommend it:  The app tracks your activity and gives a donation to a charity of your choice giving you extra motivation to work out.

Cost (at time of the review) :  Free 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Goodreads App: An App for Readers on the Go

Sometimes keeping track of your reading can be challenging, especially if you are an avid reader. I see many people come into the library with notebooks where they keep their lists of books that they want to read or have read. There is another option for those of you who would rather keep that information with you wherever you go--after all you never know when you will be popping into the library or a bookstore.

Goodreads.com is a website I use to track all the books I have read. With Goodreads, I can track my reading, keep a list of the books I want to read, and even add shelves to organize books based on genre. I can even rate and review books on the website so I can remember what I thought about the book when I first read it.  Goodreads.com is also a social site, so you can make friends, follow other reader's reviews, follow authors, and just keep adding to your lists of books.

Goodreads.com also has a free app. While the app isn't my favorite place to write reviews (I personally prefer typing reviews on a full keyboard rather than a touch screen), it is a great place to keep track of the books you have read, look up books, and scan books to add to your shelves.  For instance, let's say you are visiting a bookstore while on vacation and see a book you would like to borrow from the library, but are afraid you will forget it when you get back. You can open the Goodreads.com app and scan the book using the scan feature in the app, or just look it up using the search function. You can then just add it to your "To Be Read" shelf and look it up again when you get back to your library.  The app can also help you remember if you have read a book or not. If you add all your read books to Goodreads.com you can search for the book, or search your "Read" bookshelf for the book to see if you rated or reviewed it. 

I use Goodreads.com to keep track of all of my books. The app is a great resource you can take with you on the go.




Goodreads App


  • Name of App: Goodreads
  • Audience: Adult and Teen
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: The app will help you keep track of the books you have read and the ones you want to read, so at a glance you can see if you have read a book you are looking to check out or buy.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost (at time of review): Free

Monday, June 20, 2016

Vroom




It's no secret that the first five years of a child's life are the most meaningful when if comes to brain development. Daily Vroom activities help parents and caregivers nurture their children’s growing minds during these earliest years. Daily Vroomturns everyday moments into brain building moments! Vroom activities differ from other app based learning activities because it takes the focus off the device and places it on the world around them.

Daily Vroom is available in English and Spanish.

Vroom allows you to create a daily, personalized activity for you and your child. Each tip is paired with a science-based Brainy Background explaining how the activity supports your child’s brain development. Whether it’s counting cars at the bus stop, learning about textures at the grocery store, or talking about shapes during snacktime, Daily Vroom offers imaginative ways to make the most of your family’s everyday routines.


Vroom offers activities from more than 16 categories to encourage brain building interactions no matter where you are or what you’re doing, and you can receive age appropriate tips for multiple children. It is also available in English and Spanish



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  • Name of App: Vroom
  • Audience: Children and their caregivers
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: Encourages brain development in everyday, routine activities
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS
  • Cost (at time of review):  Free


Friday, June 10, 2016

Stitcher - Your place for podcasts

Podcasts, audio files available on the internet that can be downloaded to your computer or mobile device, are becoming extremely popular.  According to the website Statista, in 2015 17% of the population had listened to a podcast and from January to March 2016, that figure had jumped to 21%. http://www.statista.com/statistics/270365/audio-podcast-consumption-in-the-us/

If you are an avid podcast listener or would like to try one out, why not try the Stitcher app.  Stitcher allows the user access 40,000+ podcasts and radio shows via their mobile devices.  Topics range from News and Politics, Education, Games and Hobbies, Science and Medicine, Entertainment, Technology and others.  You mark your favorite podcasts for easy access.  Stitcher will also give you suggestions on podcasts you might like to try.


  • Name of App: Stitcher
  • Audience: Adult and Teen
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: This app allows user to listen to podcasts that might be of interest to them
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: Android
  • Cost (at time of review):  Free

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My Library Rewards: Sign Up, Earn Points, and Get Rewarded

Get rewarded for using the library! The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has recently added a new program that will reward you for checking out materials. How does it work? 

  1. Visit any KHCPL location. 
  2. Check out some items and earn points for the items you check out. 
  3. Sign up for My Library Rewards at MyLibraryRewards.com


Once you fill out the registration it will add your points from your recent visit and you are ready to start earning some rewards. Scroll through the many different offers available to you on the website, or download the app to take My Library Rewards with you on the go. With the app you can review your points, scroll through offers, and even redeem your points.  



My Library Rewards

  • Name of App: My Library Rewards
  • Audience: Adult and Teen
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: The app will allow you to track the points you earn by checking out items from the library and will help you redeem those points for discounts at local businesses.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost (at time of review): Free

Friday, May 20, 2016

Brain Quest





Keep your child’s brain active this summer with this fun app from the makers of the popular Brain Quest card game. Brain Quest is a relatively challenging curriculum disguised as a quiz-show-like trivia game. It never feels like homework! Questions are given in a variety of formats such as multiple choice, true or false, fill in the blank, and more. This forces kids to think in different ways and work different parts of their brains. There is a unique app available for each elementary grade.
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With Casey, Jake, and Gizmo by their sides, kids journey through the jungle or set sail for the Wisdom Islands while honing their skills in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. Each app reinforces the skills appropriate for the grade level. You can track scores for up to 3 individuals or combine forces and play the Pass and Play challenge making the app fun for the whole family. 

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  • Name of App:  Brain Quest
  • Audience:         Children
  • Platform:          iOS 
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it:  Allows children to learn in a fun and exciting way that feels like a game not homework
  • What platform we used to recommend the app:  iOS
  • Cost (at time of review):  $2.99 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Verizon IndyCar Series App

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016.  You can keep track of the race and other IndyCar races by downloading the Verizon IndyCar Series app.  Among the things this app lets you keep track of are: real-time leader board with running order, optional on-device alerts when IndyCar races starts and for breaking news, and current track conditions.  You can also select your favorite driver to keep track of them.   Verizon Wireless customers can get some exclusive content which includes live in-car video streaming for select drivers during Indy Car races and live INDYCAR radio broadcast audio streaming during all track activities.

May can be a very busy month.  Let the Verizon IndyCar Series app help you keep track of what's going on at the track.

  • Name of App:  Verizon IndyCar Series App
  • Audience:         Teen and Adult
  • Platform:          iOS and Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it:  App allows user to keep track of IndyCar races during the IndyCar racing season.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app:  Android
  • Cost (at time of review):  Free with enhanced features for Verizon Wireless customers.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Diptic: Turn Your Pictures Into a Collage

Ever wonder how your friends and family make those great collages they share on Facebook and Instagram? One way may be by using Diptic, a photo collage app that you can purchase on your device.  Diptic is easy to use even for the beginner, and offers many different styles of collages. You can even add text. Below are two of their "Fancy" layouts, but you can choose from many different options.


Diptic is easy and fun to use, so start adding your own collages today and share them on your favorite social media platforms!



Diptic

  • Name of App: Diptic
  • Audience: Adult and Teen
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: The app will allow you to create collages for pictures taken on your electronic device.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost (at time of review): Free.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SpinArt Free




With an overwhelming number of apps out there, I was having a hard time deciding what to review this week. So I went to my favorite source-my 8 year old daughter. I asked her what her favorite app on her school Ipad was. Without hesitation she says SpinArt. So we sat down and played!

SpinArt Free takes our favorite messy craft and transforms it into a fun, on-the-go artistic challenge. To use you set your spin speed, select your paint colors, and watch as your masterpiece is created right in front of your eyes.

SpinArt Free is an ad-supported version of SpinArt so many features are reduced and you have ads to deal with, BUT it's FREE!! If you are not satisfies with what the free version offers, the full version is available for $1.99. the full version offers more color choices and backgrounds.

 
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  • Name of App: SpinArt Free
  • Audience: Everyone
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: Takes the fun of painting any where you go with out the mess.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS
  • Cost (at time of review): Free; full version $1.99

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Goodbudget: Budget with a Why

Money Smart Week is April 23 - 30 this year. This is a public awareness campaign started by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help people better manage their finances. 

A lot of financial experts recommend what is called the envelope system of budgeting.  This is essentially placing a certain amount of money in an envelope for a certain item and throughout the month you only use the money in that envelope.  

If you would like to try this, but don't want to mess with actual envelopes you can try the Goodbudget app.  This lets you set up envelopes for your budget on your mobile device.  You get 10 envelopes for free and can set up more for additional purchases.  After you set up your envelopes, you can then track your purchases out of that envelope.  You can sync and share your budget with other members of your household. Goodbudget also has a report feature that shows how your spending is going.  Goodbudget is also accessible on their website https://goodbudget.com/ 

So if you are inspired to better control your finances, you might give Goodbudget a try.

  • Name of App: Goodbudget
  • Audience: Adult
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: This app allows the patron to do the envelop budgeting system on their mobile device.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: Android
  • Cost (at time of review): Free, with additional envelopes available for additional cost.

If you are interested in participating in any of KHCPL's Money Smart Week events, visit the library's website at www.kchpl.org.

Friday, April 1, 2016

SoundHound: Identify Songs and Lyrics with Your Device

Have you ever heard a song that sounds familiar, but you can't remember the name of the song or who sings it? SoundHound will help you track down those elusive tunes. SoundHound can identify and locate the music being played around you. It will even provide you with the lyrics to the song and take you to the song in either the Google Play store or iTunes. Title, artist, lyrics, and a chance to purchase your favorite music--all by letting SoundHound listen in.

When you hear a tune you would like to identify or see the lyrics to, simply open SoundHound, tap the SoundHound icon so that is says it is "Listening" and then let it come up with the list of possible songs.  It will need access to your microphone to work, so don't forget to give it access the first time you use the app.

SoundHound
  • Name of App: SoundHound
  • Audience: Adult and Teen
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: The app helps you identify and locate the music playing nearby.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost (at time of review): Free, if you choose to purchase a song from Google Play or iTunes, you do have to pay for those songs, but this app is currently free.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Monument Valley

I’m not one to typically play games on my devices, but a few weeks ago this game was brought to my attention by my 7 year old who needed help. Within minutes I was hooked.

Monument Valley (
Apple Game of the Year 2014) is a beautiful puzzle game full of optical illusions, palaces, and temples from around the world. Every level is a unique, hand-crafted world that you must explore to help Princess Ida outsmart the Crow People. You manipulate the architecture by twisting, dragging and reshaping the layout to help Ida find her way through.

I love this game because you have to use critical thinking skills. You have to plan your moves ahead. Every action you take effects another part of the architecture, sometimes in a good way, sometimes not!

After the game is completed, two more games are opened up for you for more adventures with Princess Ida—Forgottten Shores and Ida’s Dream. We played on a KindleFire and everything was free with AmazonUnderground including the additional games. However, Apple does not offer a free version.
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Name of App: Monument Valley

Audience: Everyone

Platform: iOS, Android

What the App does and why we recommend it: A fun, beautiful game that requires critical thinking

What platform we used to recommend the app: Android


Cost (at time of review): iOS-$3.99; Android-free with AmazonUnderground or $3.99

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Guides by Lonely Planet

Many people like to travel.  But it can be cumbersome carrying around travel guides to the city of your choice.  Lonely Planet, one of the leading publishers of travel guides, has an app for you. 
Guides by Lonely Planet gives you access to guides for major U.S. cities and cities around the world.

You can find information regarding hotels, restaurants, sites to see, and places to shop. It has a nice bookmark feature so you can save the places that interest you.  They also make suggestions of other things you might like to see.

One of the best features of this app is you can access the maps offline.  Once you have downloaded the guide you want, no Wi-Fi is required. 

So on your next trip, save some time and space in your suit case and try Guides by Lonely Planet

 
Name of App:  Guides by Lonely Planet
 
Audience:  Everyone
 
Platform: IOS, Android
 
What the App does and why we recommend it: It gives the user mobile access to travel guides from cities around the world.
 
What platform we used to recommend the app: Android
 
Cost (at time of review):  Free

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Get the Most Out of Your Photos with PS Express

These days you have many choices when it comes to selecting a photo app. In our last post we highlighted the Relight app.  We thought you might want to look at another photo correcting app option.

With Spring Break and summer approaching it's time to make sure you are ready to take some photos. Many people have cameras on their phones, which makes it so much easier to take pictures wherever you go. But do you ever have trouble getting them to turn out right? Sometimes poor lighting and distance can really turn those picture perfect moments into picture disasters.

PS Express (Photoshop Express) can help you with that. With tons of features this app can take your photos from blah to wow in just a few seconds. Photos too dark? Lighten them. Photos too blurry? Sharpen them. A person popping up in your picture where they shouldn't be? Remove them! (Note: Removing people from photos really only works at a distance. If it is a close up--it would look really odd.)

Notice the difference PS Express can make in the photos below, the photos on the left are the originals and the ones on the right were doctored with PS Express.










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PS Express for Android
  • Name of App: PS Express
  • Audience: All
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: The app helps modify and fix your pictures after they are on your camera roll.
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost (at time of review): Free, there are some in app purchases if you want premium features, but I have done just fine with the basics.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Relight-Better Photos

No matter how good your phone’s camera is, it never quit captures the photo you want. The picture is too dark or it is just a little blurry. With the Relight app you can actually get pictures closer to what you actually see.

Relight uses eight special modes to bring out the best in all your photos.

Enhance - Improve lighting, contrast, and color to give your photos a more  natural to the eye look
Low Light - Improve dim lighting and correct exposure problems
Artistic - Add creative HDR effects to your photos
Clarity - Bring out details and enhance local contrast to make your photos stand out
Sky - Enhance contrast in the sky to create a distinct look
Dramatic - Heighten the emotion of your photos with bold lighting
Overexposure - Improve washed out and overexposed photos
Fog - Reduce fog and haze to bring life to otherwise dull photos

With all the photo enhancing apps out there, what sets this one apart? I like this app best for two reasons. One is its simplicity. After you download the app, you are given a quick, step-by-step tutorial that explains everything. You don’t have to be a photographer or artist to understand or operate the app. Secondly, it actually enhances your pictures without making them appear cartoonish.

Name of App: Relight

Audience: Adult

Platform: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 8.1 or higher

What the app does and why we recommend it: Enhances photos so they appear more like what the eye sees

Platform used to recommend: iPhone

Cost: $1.99

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

An app for Movie Lovers



The 88th Academy Awards will be held February 28, 2016.  If you are as big a movie fan as I am, you might be interested in the following movie related app.

Run Pee

If you go to the movies often, more than likely you have had a moment where you wish you could go to the bathroom.  But who wants to leave in case something important happens.  Run Pee is an app that can help with that.  They have watched movies and determined which scenes aren't that crucial to the plot and designated them "Peetimes".  Each movie may have one to two "peetimes" in it.  The app lets you know the dialog to look for to find the scene.  It also has an alarm that you can set that will cause your phone to buzz alerting you that it's time to go.  In case you want to know what you are missing during the trip to the bathroom, there is a synopsis of the "peetime" scene. 

Another nice feature of the app is that it lets you know of there are any scenes after the credits.  If you are a Marvel movie fan like I am, you know how important that information is.  And if you tend to run late to movies, it gives a synopsis of the first 3 minutes of the movie.

If you like going to the movies, give Run Pee a try.

Name of App: Run Pee

Audience: Teen and Adult

Platform: IOS, Android, Window

What the app does and why we recommend it:  The app tells you times in the movie that it is safe to go to the bathroom.

What platform we used to recommend the app: Android

Cost of app:  Free



Monday, February 1, 2016

Tired of Sorting Through Junk Mail in Your Inbox? We've Found Something to Help!

Are you ever overwhelmed by the deluge of emails flooding your inbox? Most of them are ads and subscriptions that you want to look at, but maybe don’t want to spend hours sorting through. Ever wish there was a way to get them under control in one simple email? Guess what? There’s an app for that!

The app is called Unroll.Me, and I have to say I love it. When you first sign up you have to give the app your email address and your email password. Then it helps you sort through your inbox. It will allow you to easily unsubscribe you from lists you no longer wish to receive emails from, roll up ads and subscriptions you still want to be informed about into one single email (digest mode), and separate out your important email you want don't want rolled up. You have complete control and can revise your settings or change what you roll up at any time by simply accessing the app. Once a day you will get a single email from Unroll.Me with all those multitudes of emails you rolled up in one message. Scroll through and pick out what you want to read or simply delete if there isn’t anything there you want to read. Quick, easy, and accessible. You can also visit the Unroll.Me app anytime you want to see what has been rolled up that day.

  • Name of App: Unroll.Me 
  • Audience: Adult
  • Platform: iOS 
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: The app helps you sort your email so you can easily separate important stuff from adds and subscriptions. 
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS 
  • Cost of App: Free