FRIDAY (12/19): vokul
It’s another one of those personal assistant apps. But this one is just a little bit different, too. With Vokul, you don’t need to push any buttons at all. You just speak what you want the assistant to do. Play music, call someone in your address book, post something to social media. Email or text. Again, totally hands-free. All you have to do is say: Hey Vokul and then give the command you want. It even can hear you in a noisy room.
THURSDAY (12/18): Robin
Just like Batman’s sidekick. iPhone has Siri. Robin can be yours, if you’re on Android. This is a personal assistant. No shortage of those around. This one is supposed to be for when you’re on the road and you don’t want to be texting or doing anything else. You can speak to Robin to get things done. It’s a new app. You can ask it for directions to places where you want to go. It can help you find the best places to find parking places. It can check out traffic conditions. Read or texts and emails to you. You don’t even have to fiddle with the phone to get Robin’s attention .Wave your hand twice near the top of the phone. It’s Robin for Android.
WEDNESDAY (12/17): SwitchApp
IF you’re in a job that might not be all you thought it would be, you can go looking for the next gig real quietly with this app. Switch is kinda like a Tinder app for job hunting. It connects hiring managers with people. You put up a profile, like your resume. Hiring managers look through. IF they like you, they send a note. You can decide if you want to talk with a swipe to the right. You swipe left, you’re not interested. It’s still new and adding more companies as it goes. SwitchApp is free on iTunes.
TUESDAY (12/16): Crumbles
This isn’t an app for your smartphone or your tablet. It’s a website app. But what it does, it takes words that you type on the screen and then converts them to speech using TV and movie characters. Or you can just have Homer Simpson say it for you. This is a new app, so it’s still learning. It’s just kinda fun to see what it comes up when you make these stars say what you want. You might play with it for hours.
FRIDAY (12/12): Live360
When you want to keep a closer eye on where your kids are, this app can help. It’s a little like Google Plus. You can put your friends and family into circles. That way you can all stay together and stay connected. The app also helps to keep track of when someone in the family is supposed to be home and where they might be. It’s also a private messaging system in those circles. Life 360 also helps when you need to make sure everyone is where they’re supposed to be thanks to the GPS locators in cellphones. LIfe 360 even helps you locate it, if one of your kids loses a cellphone.
THURSDAY (12/11): Cleanup Duplicates
I just got a new iPhone 6 Plus. When I looked at my contacts list, I saw most of the names and numbers had been repeated 4 times because they’d been doubled up and doubled up by moving my contacts list from one phone to the next. You don’t have to go through the tedium of taking them out one at a time. That could take hours if you have a lot of dupes. This app searches through your contacts for the duplicates. It can tell full duplicates or partials and clean them up. It’s Cleanup Duplicates. It’s free on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (12/10): Porch
An app I want to tell you about today is called: Porch. It helps you book a handyman for any job right from your phone. You can select a plumber, painter, or house cleaner, among others.
TUESDAY (12/9): Elevate
An app I want to tell you about today is called Elevate – it was voted i-Phone’s best free app of the year. Elevate acts like a personal trainer for the brain and stands out among other mind game apps. Elevate comes with 25 games.
MONDAY (12/8): Disney Imagicademy
The apps are aimed at families with children aged 3 to 8 and include various subjects like math, science, and language arts. The first five Imagicademy apps arrive on Dec. 11 and cost $4.99 each.
FRIDAY (12/5): Cycloramic
This is another photo app. It lets you take perfect panorama pictures. But how it does it is so unique. It uses the gyroscope in the phone to turn it in a full 360 circle. You don’t have to be the one making the turns and seeing it get all jumbly. All you have to do is put the phone on a flat surface. Hit the button and watch it do its thing. It IS really cool to see. Cycloramic is free for now. It does NOT work with the iPhone 6 Plus.