FRIDAY (7/30): Prisma
An app I want to tell you about today is called Prisma. This is a new app for your photo library. You can keep your pictures as photos. Perhaps, you have a more artistic think in mind. This app can turn your pictures into something that looks like a professional artist painted it instead. It has different styles that you can try out. Think of it as a Snapchat filter with an artsy style to it. 30 styles. Prisma is a free app on iTunes and on Android.
THURSDAY (7/29): Microsoft Pix
This may end up as one of the best picture taking apps in the App Store. It’s definitely one of the easiest picture apps. This one is brand new. It just came out yesterday. When you shoot a shot with Pix, it will actually shoot a mini burst, like a short video. The app combines the best of the pictures and edits 3 of them together into the best possible shot. You can even keep the short video section. It also lets you shoot video. Be the first on your block, Microsoft Fix is a free app on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (7/28): Where To Go
This is a great app for you when you travel, especially if you’re in an area where you don’t know where anything is. The app uses your GPS to tell you what’s near you. It tells you where to go. Spin the wheel. It’ll show you restaurants. It even breaks down the kind of food that you might want. More than 500 presets in 12 different categories, like grocery stores, and transportation, health and medical and education. Where To Go is a free app for now on iTunes
TUESDAY (7/26): Hopper
This is a travel app that does more than just give advice. It can actually help to save you money on your travel. This app watches over the costs of flights that you’re interested in and it will let you know when the prices are just the right time to buy. It will tell you the second you should make your reservations and bust out the credit card. It also shows you when the prices are about to rise. Hopper is rated one of the most life changing apps of the year. It’s a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (7/25): Go Go Maps
Let’s face it. You gotta catch ‘em all on your Pokémon Go. And you might just need some help doing that. This app can help you with some things. It’s a complete map that shows you where the Pokestops and Gyms are in your area. It uses information from other Pokémon players to help you guide your way. You can then add to it. Go Go Maps. It’s a free app on iTunes
FRIDAY (7/22): 1Blocker
You might not want pop up ads getting in the way of your looking through websites. 1Blocker is one of the top ad blocking apps on the market. It comes with 38 thousand blockers to start and you can make changes as you wish. You can even let some websites show you their ads, if you’re feeling magnanimous. You just flip a switch and you’re surfing ad-free. And faster because you don’t have to wait for the ads. 1Blocker is a free app on iTunes. It has in app purchases.
THURSDAY (7/21): Swiftmoji
People love their emoji and this one will fill your screen with them. It’s an emoji predictor to find just the right little emoticon for the thoughts or words that you’re putting out there. You type in something, a word… a phrase… Swiftmoji starts digging through all those emojis to find the right one to punctuate what you want to say. Swiftmoji is a brand new app, it just came out yesterday and it’s free on iTunes and Android.
WEDNESDAY (7/20): Like That Decor
You see something at the furniture store and you don’t like the super high price tag for it. This app lets you do some comparison shopping at online sites and competing stores. Take a picture of what you want. Like That Décor searches through thousands of different store catalogs to find exactly what you’re looking for, everything from Pottery Barn and Ethan Allen to Ashley or Crate and Barrel.
TUESDAY (7/19): Poke Radar
This might be the app that saves you and your family from the endless hunt for Pokémon Go. It’s the second most popular app in the App Store right now. It’s an assistant that helps you find all the different Pokémon that you’re missing from your Pokédex. It takes a village so you get help from other Pokémon Go players to help you locate them. Need a Pikachu? It’s there. You can also contribute to the cause by uploading where you find the hard to find. Poké Radar. It’s a free app on iTunes.
MONDAY (7/18): Darby
You might have seen some of your friends using Facebook Live to show video of what they’re doing now. Same thing for Periscope or even the ill-fated Meerkat. Remember that one? Darby takes it to a more specialized focus. This app is one that lets you follow How To makers as they stream their specialties. It could be crafters, or party planners, gardeners, beauty experts. This is a brand new app. Ask questions of the experts. It’s Darby. A free DIY app on iTune
FRIDAY (7/15) Scanner & Translator
These apps are amazing. You take any document or page. Put your camera on it. It automatically translates that sign or instruction into a foreign language. This one is able to translate into 90 different language. Once you get the translation, you can have the app read it to you. It recognizes 70 different languages as well, so you can see what that sign says in another lingo. Scanner and Translator is a free app for now on iTunes
THURSDAY (7/14): Freedom
Sometimes, you just need some help pulling your face away from your smartphone, especially if you can’t put down the Pokémon Go on your own. Freedom blocks some apps, websites and email for a period of time. It won’t block your phone calls or your texts. Freedom is a free app, but you do have to register with the website. It’s on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (7/7): Hyper
People love to see the most viral of the videos that are loaded up on the net every day. This app can keep you company while you look through some of the hottest videos of the day. The apps makers go through what’s hot and you can see all sorts of viral videos. 10 new and different ones every day. Hyper is a free app on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (7/6): Packpoint Packing
You might be traveling on a summer vacation soon. One of the most important things you need to do properly is pack for where you’re traveling. And to make the suitcase as light as possible. You don’t want to go over weight if you’re flying out. This app can also make sure you don’t forget anything. It helps you find just the right clothes for where you’re going, too. And what kinds of events you have planned. Packpoint packing is a free app on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (7/5): Mobile Passport
This app can help you get past all the people that DON’T have the app when you come back from out of the country. It lets you put in your passport and customs declaration before everybody else because you submit it from your phone or tablet. You can skip the regular lines and go straight to the Customs to just show your passport and you’re good to go. It works at DFW and a dozen other international airports. Mobile Passport is a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (7/1): Shryne
This is an app that’s a shrine to you and your social media world. If you don’t trust Facebook or Twitter or Instagram to keep a running record of all your fabulous witticisms and commentaries, this will do it for you. Shryne is a social media digital archive. It will save everything you post or say on social media and text messages. It merges everything into one place. And it’s searchable, so if you want to see something pithy about your favorite team, it’s right there. It can also group your social history into categories. No one can archive you better than you. Shryne. S-H-R-Y-N-E. It’s a free app on iTunes. It has in app purchases.
THURSDAY (6/30): Scanner Pro
Everyone should have a scanner on their smartphone. It can make your business life a bit easier. You don’t have to go back to the office and have someone scan your important papers for you. You can just do it yourself. Make copies of all the important documents in your wallet, for example. And checks, bank statements and even recipes. It uses your camera as the scanner and you don’t have to be connected to the ‘net either. Scanner Pro is a free app for now on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (6/29): iNeed
Most people have seen those apps that let you scan an item at a big box store and then comparison shop with online stores like Amazon. This app kinda does the reverse. It’s an app that lets you find something you might need at an actual store, where you go in and pay a cashier for your item and leave the store. You put in what you’re looking for, the app shows you what stores have it that are nearby to you. iNeed is a free app on iTunes, Android, and the Amazon Store.
TUESDAY (6/28): Hand Block Ad Blocker
It’s one of the realities of life. Or it’s just a pain in the backside. When the ads start popping up all over that Internet page you’re trying to look at. I know, I know. Those websites make their money by showing you ads, but you don’t have to see them. This app takes those ads and wads them up to put ‘em in the trash. It also lets you put some websites on the good list, and let them show you their ads, so you can make them happy. This app works with your Safari browser and can actually speed up your surfing times. Hand Block Ad Blocker is a free app for now, or it could be 99 cents if the free version isn’t free any longer.
MONDAY (6/27): Dango
An app I want to tell you about today is called Dango. Emojis are the new hieroglyphics. When people talk, they’re using more emojis and fewer words. But sometimes, you can’t seem to find the right emoji to convey what you’re trying to say. Dango is a new app that reads what you type and provides suggestions for the perfect emoji out of the thousands out there. It runs through an AI to understand what you’re saying. It also searches through GIFs, if you want to say it with a quick video. Dango is a free app on Android. iTunes is coming soon.
FRIDAY (6/24): NEXAR: MOUNT YOUR IPHONE ON YOUR DASH
An app I want to tell you about today is called Nexar. This is a new app that you start when you mount your iPhone on your dash. It says it’s the first smart dashcam app. It will record anything dangerous that it sees through your front windshield. Any kind of hazardous driving, like hard braking.. or car wrecks. It also looks at dangerous intersections and warns you of them. It records all different kinds of events and then saves them offsite from your phone. The app is a kind of car profiler that watches the other guys just as you would. Nexar is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (6/23): Voice Translator Pro and Bigger Dictionary
You can now speak even more foreign languages thanks to this app. Speak into your phone and the words are translated into any of a bunch of different languages. Normally, Voice Translator Pro and Bigger Dictionary runs $2 on iTunes. But it’s free for now.
WEDNESDAY (6/22): Like That Décor Furniture
This is another app from the ‘Like That’ family. The app lets you use your smartphone to take a photo of something that you see. Then, it goes on a hunt to find that particular piece of furniture from a few thousand different stores, everything from Ashley to Crate & Barrel to Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. If it’s out there, the app will find it. It says that it has a database filled with 25 million different furniture pieces. It will also give you some ideas for your next restoring project. It’s a free app on iTunes, Android and on your PC.
TUESDAY (6/21): Front & Back Life Selfies 2
Anyone can take selfies, where’s the challenge in that? This app lets you use both cameras at once. You can take your selfie as well as the place where you’re taking it. Imagine you’re at the top of Reunion Tower and you know that you have to show off that you’re there. You get a shot of you AND the view from the tower at the same time. You choose how to divide the final picture — half and half, diagonal, box in a box — and apply the filters. Now, you have your front and back life selfie shot. This is a free app for now on iTunes.
MONDAY (6/20): Whodini
This is a messaging app that you can use to see how fast your friends respond to what you say. You use Whodini to send a message to someone. That person has 45 seconds to open the message and see that it’s from you. Otherwise, you become a ‘Sender Unknown.’ If that person makes it in time, it’s just like normal, and then you can tell if they made it in time. Whodini is a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (6/17): On Second Thought
This is an app that can save your bacon so many times. It can be one of the most embarrassing things, you hit send on that text and you’ve sent it to the wrong person. Or you’ve sent it out of anger and you regret it immediately. Your bacon is saved here. On Second thought lets you undo a text before it actually leaves your phone on its way to full-on apology mode. You can set the delay for up to 60 seconds to catch your breath and make sure it’s going to the right place. On Second Thought is a free app on Android, coming soon to iTunes.
THURSDAY (6/16): Not Recipes
Some of the greatest chefs in the world don’t use a cookbook. They create magical dishes by feel. A pinch here, a dash there. It’s more spontaneous. You can practically just take stuff that’s left behind in your fridge and get some inspiration from others. You can search for ideas, share some links and videos. It’s also a social media app for that inspiration. Not Recipes by Food 52. It’s a free app on iTunes
WEDNESDAY (6/15): Like That Garden
How many of you have just incredible gardens, and you have not a clue what kinds of plants and flowers you have IN that garden? This app won’t make you a plant expert on taking care of them. But it will let you be able to identify the plants in your garden. That knowledge can also help you figure out how to take care of the plants in your garden.
TUESDAY (6/14): Dashlane
With all the talk about hacked accounts and stolen passwords, maybe a password manager is just what you need. Dashlane is one of the tops around for keeping your passwords secure in one location. You don’t have to remember different passwords for every single account that you have. This allows you to keep your passwords in one place. You can generate unique and different passwords for each account. It also has a secure notes feature where you can put in codes that you need. Dashlane can generate strong passwords for 150 different apps and it’ll let you know if someone tries to get in. There’s also a digital wallet feature for your secure credit cards. Dashlane is a free app on all the devices, and it has in app purchases.
MONDAY (6/13): BitCam
This is a real throwback type app for taking pictures. You can appreciate what people went through in the 90’s when they tried to take photos. The pictures come out in black and white and kinda pixelated. Remember, this is a retro app for fun. Bit Cam is a free app on iTunes. There’s an in-app purchase if you want old school color pictures.
FRIDAY (6/10): My Places Nearby
This is an app that can show you different places of interest that are around you. If you’re traveling and you want to find a nearby coffee shop, click the icon. Hit the Arts button and you can see what’s close in arts and entertainment. You get the drift. It also has a button called Specials that shows you places that have coupons and discounts right then. My Places Nearby is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (6/9): One Touch Dial
This is one of the most popular dialer apps around. It can redesign the phone part of your phone. It has a quick search function to help you find numbers fast. One tap of a photo and you can call, or text, or Facebook, or Facetime, or Tweet or Skype or anything else to that contact. It also lets set speed dial contacts to achieve that. One Touch Dial is a free app for now on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (6/8): KeyWi
Admit it, that keyboard on the iPhone is kind of a pain. It’s so easy to make typos on those small keys. This app lets you connect the keyboard on your PC to the iPhone or iPad. You can use your regular sized keyboard to type your notes or messages or tweets on your phone or tablet. You connect them together through a highly secure website. There’s no copying what you type. KeyWi is a free app for now on iTunes, prices change of course. It also has in-app purchases.
TUESDAY (6/7): Rhapsody VR
This is a new app that lets you use your Google Cardboard or other virtual reality device. This one takes you to the front row at concerts. It’s a new app and there are only a few concerts that you can watch, but more will be added. Rhapsody is a streaming music service. They’re planning to add another video each month. You get to watch the act on stage and look around to see the rest of the audience as well. Rhapsody VR is a free app now on iTunes and Android
MONDAY (6/6): Scholly
As parents start the hunt for financial aid for their kids to go to college, there’s a clearing house where you can find them. This app is supposed to make your decisions about scholarships a lot easier because it targets you. The app helps you enter whatever essays or applications you need to get the awards. Get a jumpstart on those people that don’t. Scholly is a free app. The Scholly account costs 3 bucks. It’s on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (6/3): Mighty Text
This is an app that lets you use your home or work PC to text from your phone. IF you want to send messages, and you don’t have your phone handy, this app lets you send them and receive them when you pair it to your personal computer. They also sync up with your phone, so you don’t miss anything. It also lets you sync up the pictures or videos you take, so you don’t have to fill up the camera roll and take up precious space on your phone. Mighty Text is a free app on Android
THURSDAY (6/2): Applock Face/Voice Recognition
You don’t have to worry about passwords or drawing figures on your phone in order to unlock it from its idle state. This app lets you lock or unlock certain apps or the whole phone with just your face or the sound of your voice. It’s able to make sure that no one is able to open up your phone if you don’t want them to. You can pick individual apps for tighter security Applock Face/Voice Recognition is a free app on Android.
WEDNESDAY (6/1): Tunity
This app is a must if you go to a crowded bar or restaurant, and they have the sound muted so other customers aren’t bothered. What if you’re there by yourself and you want to see what’s on the TV news? Tunity. It lets you hear the sound of any TV that is on mute. You don’t intrude on others and you can hear what’s going on. It’s also great at the gym, if they have the TV’s muted and you want to listen to what’s on the screen when you’re on the elliptical. Tunity. It works. It’s free on iTunes and Android.