FRIDAY (1/20): Socratic
This is a homework app that might actually help your kids how to think. You can use it for math, science or whatever subject they’re homeworking on. You use the app to take a picture of the homework question that you need help with. It brings up the help almost instantly. It does not just show you the answer without letting you know how you can arrive at that answer. It also can show you YouTube videos to help explain the answers. Socratic is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (1/19): TapeACall Pro
It’s something that a lot of people want to be able to do. Record the telephone calls that you make or the ones that you receive. There are a few of these apps in the App Store. Tape A Call Pro lets you do just that. This version also gives you a year of unlimited recording. There’s no limit how long you record or how many calls you record. It also lets you transfer the calls to other devices or put them into cloud storage. It even lets you share the call on your social media. Again, I would suggest checking the laws where you live to make sure of the legalities of recording phone calls. Tape A Call Pro is $10 on iTunes. It has a renewing subscription and in-app purchases.
WEDNESDAY (1/18): Brushstroke
It’s become a cool way to alter your photos. You turn into something that looks like a work of art. This app takes your photos and converts them, so they appear to be paintings instead. There’s all kinds of painting styles. You can watch them as the app changes your pictures with brushstrokes. You also pick out your canvasses and surfaces. It even lets you sign your work of art. Brushstroke is 3 bucks on iTunes.
TUESDAY (1/17): Duo Book
This is a book reading app. Sometimes, you might want to open a book and actually enjoy the process of reading the words on the screen. What’s different about this is in the name. It’s duo. The app lets you read your book with your eyes, but when you might be a bit weary of reading, you might want to listen to it, like an audio book. This app lets you go back and forth between visual and audio. It saves your place from where you stop and lets you start again at that spot when you’re ready to continue. This is actual audio book, like Audible. Not just some computer voice reciting the words. Duo Book is a free app on iTunes. Android is coming later this year.
MONDAY (1/16): Dramatic Black & White
This is a camera app. There’s something very unique about black and white photos. Photographers love to use it for the artistic feel. Now you can use this app to get that same effect for your artsy pictures. It starts with a black and white photo, then it allows you to add color to give your photo special tints to add more artsy. It also has other presets including infrared. Dramatic Black & White is $2 on iTunes and Android.
Some people just love working on DIY projects. This app comes from Reader’s Digest and the Family Handyman magazine. It gives you options and ideas for whatever DIY project you have on your drawing board. It’s a full on tip machine from different areas around the house. Everything from painting to the bathroom to your living room or remodeling. It’s broken down by random categories or specific tips. Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius is a free app on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (1/12): Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie
This is a social media app your kids might be using now. It’s already in the top 10 of social media in the App Store. Marco Polo lets you record real quick videos that are like Vines. Only a few seconds long. You can put filters on them, send them and have real quick conversations with your friends. Real brief conversations that you can keep going for hours. It also lets you add text or drawings to the video before you send it. Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie is a free app on iTunes and Android.
WEDNESDAY (1/11) Zomato
The app today is Zomato — it’s spelled tomato with a Z. This app is a great way to discover new restaurants in your city. Or if you’re traveling out of town, and want to try some of the local cuisine and stay away from the chain restaurants. It has all kinds of menus and pictures. Zomato also brings local reviews of those places, so you can find out what the people that live there think about a restaurant. It has different search functions to look for a particular type of food. Zomato also lets you book reservations at some restaurants. Zomato is a free app on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (1/10) Charity Miles
Here’s an app that might get you off the couch and into a pair of running shoes. This is an app that tracks how many miles you put on by walking, or running or riding a bike. Beyond that, for every mile you do, your charity gets a little somethin’ somethin’. So far, app users have helped raise $2 million. You can choose from 40 different charities. And get movin’ Charity Miles is a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (1/9) Tunity
Don’t let a silent TV keep you from enjoying your favorite sports events. The app streams audio from just about any TV to your smartphone. That means when the TV is muted at a bar, or a gym or at the airport, you can hear what’s going on on the silent screen. It’s also good for people that have bad hearing. You can listen at a level that’s comfortable for you without breaking the sound barrier for everyone else. Tunity is a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (1/6) On Second Thought
There’s now a cure for early onset texting. This is an app that lets you have a little more control over what you’re texting to someone. You can delay a text from going out to someone. That lets you have a moment to experience, “Say it, forget it. Write it, regret it”. It lets you wait a full minute before something is sent off. The app also has a curfew that prevents you from sending texts if it’s after hours. The app will also recall messages that you’ve sent. On Second Thought is a free app on Android.
THURSDAY (1/5) Argus Calorie Counter Diet, Activity, Step Tracker
It’s a new year and you’ve decided that THIS is the year that you’re going to live up to your resolution to lose weight and exercise. This app might help. It’s kind of an all-in-one fitness tracking app. It has all sorts of different functions to keep you focused on being the best you can be. It has a calorie counter. It has a built in barcode scanner, so you can keep track of what you’re putting inside you any day. There are video workouts. A sleep tracker to wake you up at just the right time from your lightest mode of sleep. That way you’re not logy in the morning. Argus Calorie Counter Diet, Activity, Step Tracker is a free app. The basics are free. That should be enough. Or you can go pro with more features with in app purchases. On iTunes and Android.
WEDNESDAY (1/4) VisuCaller
You know how you can surf the net, when you come up on a phone number, your smartphone can see it and connect to that number. It asks you, “call this number?” VisuCaller uses your smartphone’s camera to actually see telephone numbers on printed pieces of paper. Then it scans those numbers and allows you to dial them straight from the paper. VisuCaller is a free app for now on iTunes.
TUESDAY (1/3) 1 Blocker
This is a one size fits all ad blocker for your internet surfing and privacy. This app lets you have more control of what kinds of ads that you let through. The app says it will also save your battery life and data by up to 50 percent. It tells the Safari browser what you want to block. There’s a pro version that gives you a lot more control. Or you can stick to the free version and block ads all you like. 1Blocker is a free app on iTunes. It does have an in app purchase to the pro version
MONDAY (1/2): Travel Math Trip Calculator
It can be the ultimate question when you are ready to get out of town for a vacation. Is it more economical to fly to where you want to go, or is it cheaper to drive? This app is the way to find out. You decide where you’re going in the app. It will estimate the driving distance, how long it takes to fly there and the closest airport. It also offers up what nonstop flights there are. Then it makes the calculations. Flight cost. Gas cost. Any interesting rest points along the way. It does the math and gives you the score. Travel Math Trip Calculator is a free app on iTunes and Android.