TUESDAY (5/31): Sidekix
We know the Metroplex isn’t necessarily a walking friendly area. But when you DO go visit a place where walking is still a thing, you can use this app to help you get around. Sidekix is meant for you to use when you’re on a walkabout. It shows you some recommendations for attractions that are walking distance from where you are. It even has a chat app that’s part of it, you can chat to your friends, even if they’re on a desktop. Sidekix is a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (5/27): Speed Test Net
You might wonder why your surfing speed doesn’t seem to be up to snuff. You can use this app, just like you do the Speed Test Net website to check the speed of your internet service in about 60 seconds. It measures your download speeds, followed by the speed you can upload from another website. It also allows you to test why you might not get the speed that your Internet provider promised you. It’s never what they promised you. Speed Test.net is a free app on iTunes, Android and Windows phone.
THURSDAY (5/26): 1
This is a picture taking app. Just like Snapchat or Instagram, it’s chock full of filters. It claims it has more filters than any other picture taking program. It also lets you put the filters on before you even take the picture, so you can see what it would look like after you click the button. 1, it’s a new free app on iTunes. There are in-app purchases.
WEDNESDAY (5/25): Drink Water
Drink Water Reminder PRO reminds you to drink enough water. The app can also calculate just how much you need and will send you notifications throughout the day to drink up. And best of all….it’s really easy to set up. Drink Water Reminder PRO is free for now on I-Tunes.
TUESDAY (5/24): Remember
This is an app that should help you remember the people that you meet in a every day, week or month. This app uses one method of helping your memory. You input WHERE you met certain people. It uses geotagging alerts to jog your memory to put a face to the place. It also helps by going through email and telephone lookups to see if it can help you remember. Remember is a free app on iTunes
MONDAY (5/23): Felt
This is an app that Shark Tank featured on Friday’s episode. It’s a greeting card that lets you send actual handwritten greeting cards in your own handwriting. The app also lets you send photos with your card. It’s your writing, just on a computer generated greeting card of your choosing. The cards start at 3 dollars and you can send the same card to others. Felt. It’s a free app on iTunes. The cards cost extra.
FRIDAY (5/20): Mi Flight
It’s one of the biggest hassles of the summer this year. For whatever reason, the lines at TSA checkpoints are insanely long. This app can help prepare you for what’s coming if you have to go to the airport in the middle of the busiest time of the day. It’ll give you the approximate wait times at any airport. Obviously, it can’t be perfect all the time. But any estimate could be better than no estimate. It’s sort of a Waze for airport people traffic. Mi Flight is a free app on iTunes. It does have in-app purchases.
THURSDAY (5/19): True Caller
Your phone rings and you’re not sure who it is on the other end. The ONE thing you don’t want to deal with is some kind of spam caller. This app can help. It lets you put a face to your contacts thanks to an integration with social media. You can search any number to see if you can find out whose it is. You can also find out how many other people get bugged by that spammer. True Caller is a free app on iTunes, Android and Windows Phone.
WEDNESDAY (5/18): Place Finder Pro
This is a map app plus. You can use the app to find places of different kinds that are nearest to you. 72 different categories to choose from. Everything from the nearest ATM to a zoo. You pick what you want to find, you get turn by turn directions. This is a great app if you’re in area that you don’t know. Place Finder Pro, is a free app for now on iTunes.
TUESDAY (5/17): Spaces
It’s a brand new app from the minds at Google. Google is getting into the messaging space, like What’s App or Facebook Messenger. This app is supposed to let you make different kinds of spaces where you can exchange ideas and thoughts. It also lets you open up Google Search pages, or YouTube links or Google Photos and not leave the app. Google’s Spaces. It’s brand new. Be the first kid on the block with it. On iTunes, Android and for the PC.
MONDAY (5/16): The Roll
It can be frustrating to scroll through your iPhone to find just that one photo. This app tags your pictures. It also organizes them. You can see the best shots and the events and then put them into albums. The Roll is new and it’s free on iTunes.
FRIDAY (5/13): Universal Search Engine
Most people like to use Google as their main search engine, but you might get different results if you use a different search engine. Now, you don’t have to go switching back and forth. Universal Search Engine lets you search from six different engines at the same time: Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Duck Duck Go, Ask and AOL. One search phrase, six different results. Universal Search Engine is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (5/12): Nintype
I really like Swype type keyboards. They’re great for text messaging where you just swipe across the keyboard to form words, instead of pecking out each individual letter. You can become a very fast iPhone typist with a SwiftKey keyboard like this. Nintype takes it to the next level where you can use both fingers or thumbs and tag team the swipes. The app claims you can type up to 100 words per minute. Not sure if you’ll get that speed. But this might be THE keyboard for you. Nintype is $5 on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (5/11): Microsoft Translator
This is a translator from the company behind Office. All you have to do is speak or type on the keyboard, and all of a sudden, you can speak or read more than 50 different languages. The app also lets you shoot a photo of something written in a foreign language and the app will translate what’s on the picture. Microsoft Translator is a free app on iTunes, Android and Windows Phone
TUESDAY (5/10): Opera VPN
You might have heard of VPN’s, virtual private networks. It’s what you would want to use, if you are surfing at a public place where the WiFi might not be secure. Normally, they cost money. Opera just came out with a new web browser that blocks ads. Now it’s a VPN app that blocks ads plus. It provides safe browsing in strange areas. It also has a built in blocker to stop anyone from tracking you unless you allow it. Opera VPN is a new app on iTunes.
MONDAY (5/9): Rukkus
This is a ticket buying app that has a little something different. It lets you see through virtual reality where your seats are going to be when you’re going to a sports event. You can see what you’re going to see at the stadium or theatre. 360 degree views all around. You just won’t be able to tell if you’ll get that woman that just has to stand up in front of you and scream for every song. Rukkus, it’s a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (5/6): HitList
It’s time to plan summer vacations and everyone’s going to be jockeying to find the cheapest air fares possible. The app tailors your trips, depending on some factors that you share with it. It gives you ideas on locations and when would be the best time to fly. The app goes through millions of different fares for the best trip itinerary. Break it down by happy places, beaches, Europe, mountains, just about anything. It’s a Hitlist and ready for you. Hitlist is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (5/5): Grocery IQ
Sometimes you need some help with an app when you go grocery shopping. Who wants to keep clipping coupons from the Sunday papers? This grocery app goes with you up and down the aisles. You build your grocery list to start. You can use the app to scan barcodes at the stores. It lets you search free coupons and go through some recommendations depending on what you’re shopping for. Grocery IQ is a free app on iTunes and Android
WEDNESDAY (5/4): Giphy Keys
Some people like to use emojis in every message they send. Or in every tweet or Facebook post. Some others prefer to use Gifs to get their message across. This app lets you search for just the right gif when you need it instead of an emoji.
Giphy Keys is a brand new keyboard for your iPhone. It came out yesterday. It has a full search function with the keyboard. It’s easy to post straight into text messages, or Facebook posts or tweets. Giphy Keys is a free app on iTunes.
TUESDAY (5/3): Privates
This is a brand new messaging app where security seems to be the king. It provides secure messages from sender to receiver and back again. The app also won’t let anyone screenshot your conversation. And it also has the self destruct that you see in Snapchat. Privates lets you recall the messages that you sent to someone, if they haven’t read them already. Just in case you drunk text someone at night. Privates is a free app on iTunes
MONDAY (5/2): Selfiemoji
People love their emojis. Some can’t send one single text message without one of those little yellow faces on them. The regular old emoji app is fine, but if you want to put more of yourself into your messages, this one can help. It lets you put your own face into your emojis. Set up your own pictures and their emotions and then use them in your messages. Selfiemoji is a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (4/29): Wakeupper
Not everyone LIKES to get up to a blaring alarm clock every morning. There are people that smash those things and go through them frequently. This is a unique alarm clock for your iPhone. The app doesn’t use an alarm. It shows you different kinds of peaceful type videos to start your day. You can choose from vacation videos, or nature, lifestyle, fashion, sports, or of course, funny cat videos. Wakeupper is a free app for now on iTunes.
THURSDAY (4/28): Paribus
It’s a shopping app that can make sure you get the cheapest price on whatever you shop for. When a store changes a price, and something you bought is all of a sudden cheaper, you get the money back. It has deals with just about all the biggest of the box retailers. You do have to connect Paribus to your email to find out if it finds your stuff cheaper. Paribus is a free app on iTunes and Android. It takes a piece of your refund action, if it finds what you need.
WEDNESDAY (4/27): Secret Calculator Plus
Sometimes, you need a place to hide your stuff in somewhat plain sight. This app looks like just an ordinary calculator on your smartphone. Once you type in your password, you get access to your private albums for your secret pictures or videos. It also has a private Internet browser that leaves no traces of where you go. Plus, it’s also a pretty good calculator. Secret Calcuator Plus is a free app for now on iTunes. If you get it, you might be able to tell if your kids have secrets as well.
TUESDAY (4/26): Word Flow Keyboard
This is a brand new keyboard that you will want to include in your list of keyboard, right next to the emojis. Microsoft just released this one for the iPhone. What makes it special is the arc mode. You can change the keyboard’s configuration into a QWERTY arc that lets you swipe type with just one hand. You can hold the phone with one hand and let your thumb swipe the words you want to say. It also has customizable backgrounds. Word Flow keyboard. One hand typing and you may never go back to the others again.
MONDAY (4/25): Offer Up
This is the app that’s giving Craigslist a run for its money. If you haven’t seen this one before, Offer Up is a marketplace for you to buy and sell whatever you want to. You can put whatever you have on the list in only about 30 seconds, tops. Then, it’s time to go shopping. You can find almost anything you want. Thousands of items that you can buy. Offer Up is a free app on iTunes and Android
FRIDAY (4/22): Camera Unleashed Pro
There’s something about this app that’s different than other camera apps. It comes with its own storage locker for the pictures you take. You don’t fill up your phone with your photos. They go straight to the cloud where you can look at them whenever you wish to. It keeps you from filling your phone and using up hard drive space. Camera Unleashed Pro is 99 cents on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (4/21): Over 40 Magnifying Glass
Let me start by saying this app isn’t just for people over the age of 40. That print can just be actually small and that goes for anyone with great eyesight. That’s why they call it fine print. This app uses the camera to supersize what you’re looking at. It also turns on the flashlight if you wish to brighten it as well. Over 40 Magnifying Glass is a free app for now on iTunes. It has in-app purchases.
WEDNESDAY (4/20): Live Cams
You might never get to travel the world. Your passport might be completely unstamped. But you can at least see what the world has to offer with the magic that are webcams. This app lets you scroll through more than 4 thousand different cams from all over the planet. Watch and see what the rest of the world has to offer. You can actually use your own cameras to add to the list. Live Cams is a free app for now on iTunes
TUESDAY (4/19): Like So
It has to be one of the worst fears around for some people. That’s the fear of getting up in front of people to speak. This is a dress rehearsal app for the time that you have to do just that. What it does is, let’s you make your speech into the app. It’ll help coach you, by helping you to get rid of the clutter and filler words that people will use to help their brains catch up. Words like: Like, or you know or ummm or okay or actually. It’s natural, we all do it. This can help train you to cut them back. Like So is 99 cents on iTunes.
MONDAY (4/18): Xpire
This is an app for anyone who wants to get a handle on their social media accounts. It says it can shrink your digital footprint. This app lets you use Twitter or Facebook or Tumblr, post what you want for a while. Then when you tell it to, those posts disappear, they self-destruct. You can also use the app to look into older posts and kill them too. It also lets you get rid of followers that you don’t want. Xpire is a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (4/15): My Translator.io
How many languages can you speak? 1? Maybe some high school Spanish? Now you speak up to 80 languages with this app. You speak into your phone and it can instantly translate into one of those other languages. You can also edit the translations, if you’re smarter than what’s written on the screen. You can then send the translations through e-mail, or social media. Or you just send the translation through app. My Translator.io is a free app for now on iTunes
THURSDAY (4/14): Free Up Space
We’ve all seen the message coming across our phones. Your hard drive is almost completely full. You need to free up some space. Then what do we do? We can only delete so many apps. This app is an all in one way to clear out some of the clutter on your iPhone. It’s able to make some adjustments to the size of the photos on your phone. It’ll get rid of duplicate shots. It can also compress the photos and videos so they don’t take up so much space. Free Up Space is free for now on iTunes.