MONDAY (4/24): Vanido
They say the Internet or the apps can teach you anything. Have you ever wanted to learn to sing properly? Vanido is an app that says it can teach you how to sing and improve your ear. This app gives you free singing lessons every day. You get to learn something new to help train your ear. The app starts by testing your vocal range to start. Vanido sends you three new lessons every day. It has everything you need to learn proper singing techniques. This app is a challenge to your commitment. Do you really want to learn? You need to work every day. Vanido is a new free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (4/21): Wingman
This is a brand new dating app, just came out this week. Here’s the thing. The name of the app is Wingman. That means it’s NOT a dating app for you. It’s for you to help set up your friends. This is more like a app to play matchmaker. You have the app. You work it to find dates for her, or him. The single person doesn’t get to create the profile. Their friends do. You put together the profile for your friend. You set things up. You get the turn downs instead of the single friend, but it doesn’t hurt you. So, Cupid, get to work. Wingman is a brand new free app on iTunes. Android is coming soon.
THURSDAY (4/20): Family Link
Google put together this app to help parents have a little bit more control over their kids and what they’re doing with their phones. You’re the parent, you’re supposed to be in charge here. Family Link lets you decide if certain apps are appropriate for Junior. It also lets you watch over how much time your kids are spending in some other apps. It can let you set a time when it’s lights out on their smartphones. Family Link is a parenting app for the 21st century child with a smartphone. It’s a free app on iTunes and Android.
WEDNESDAY (4/19): 5 Miles
This is a buying and selling app, kinda like Craigslist. 5 miles is just what it sounds like. It has a radius for your stuff and for you to buy stuff. 5 miles in any direction. This app has already done a billion in sales with 10 million members. You can search all kinds of ads for whatever you wish to buy. But it’s not just that. You can also use this app to look for people that are providing services like mowing services or cleaning services. They describe it as an online garage sale, all within 5 miles of you. 5 miles is a free app. The transactions are all free as well to buy. It’s on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (4/18): TrueCaller
There’s a real problem for our cellphones now. Spam calls. We used to call them robocalls or solicitors. This app is able to identify and block these kinds of calls before the phone even rings. The app says it has more than 3 billion spam phone numbers and more are added every day thanks to help from users. It also has a supersized caller ID function. You can enter any phone number and look up the name and any contact information for that phone number. TrueCaller is a free app on iTunes, Android and Windows Phone. It has a subscription model and in-app purchases.
MONDAY (4/17): Takl
It can be tough to find people to do the small jobs around the house. Find the right cleaning person. Find the right gardener or lawn mowing service. Find the right handyman. You know, the jobs you don’t want to do. This app is a clearinghouse for them. It brings you together with those professionals. The app makers vet those professionals throughout the Metroplex. The app provides the connection for help that is already pre-priced and ready for work. Takl on demand home services is a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (4/14): Red Cross Tornado
Put this one right next to the Red Cross’s First Aid app on that first page of apps. The Red Cross put together this app to keep you informed of the weather in your area, even if you can’t be by your television or radio. It has audio warnings any time there is bad weather near you. There’s a siren that goes off when you have a tornado warning in any of the locations you want it to watch. It has instructions on what you should do in the event of severe weather. The app teaches you how to put together an emergency kit. You have one of those, don’t you? The Red Cross Tornado app can save lives. It’s a free app on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (4/13): Instamosaic
This is one of our favorite photo apps. You know what a mosaic is. It’s a large artwork that’s made by piecing together smaller items. This app can make a mosaic photo for you out of your other photos. You select a picture that you want to make into a mosaic. It searches through your photo library to find just the right pictures to use. The colors in them will be used together with others to create the mosaic bigger picture. Instamosaic is 3 bucks on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (4/12): First Aid by the American Red Cross
This is one of those important apps that you should keep near or on your first page of apps. This is the official version of a first aid app that can show you how to handle emergencies of all kinds. It has step by step instructions on everything from handling burns to heart attacks or all sorts of health issues. It also has video tutorials as well and animations. First Aid by the Red Cross is a free app on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (4/11): Camcorder – Record VHS Home Movies
The 90s aren’t retro. They’re vintage. Remember the look of 90s videotapes? You can shoot video and have it come out just like it would have in the 80s or the 90s. All you have to do is upload the video into the app and pick out your filters. The app transforms the video with that retro look. It can even have the time and datestamp like the old cameras used to have. The colors are a little washed out, but that gives it that 90s feeling. Lots of pastel looking shades. It’s really a trip to see your videos like this. Camcorder is a free app on iTunes, Android and Amazon systems.
MONDAY (4/10): Relight
It’s one of the worst things that happen to that perfect photo that you take. The lighting is totally wrong. This app can help fix it. It has 8 different ways to help correct the bad lighting in your shots. There are 50 different things you can do to enhance the light, bring out the colors in low light or use some bold lighting. Relight is a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (4/7): Clips
Apple has developed this app for people to do some easy editing on their videos. You can shoot a video and then add some funny effects to your videos. Shoot a live video. Mute the sounds, add some other sounds. Edit the length of the clips, move them around. You can also add animation and captions and emojis. You’re a professional director with this app. Clips is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (4/6): Purely Vegan
This is a specialty recipes app. If you’ve never tried the vegan lifestyle or if you’re interested in finding new vegan recipes. This app provides some simple recipes and everything on it is vegan. It has almost 5 dozen recipes overall. They cover every meal of the day, including snacks.. The app also provides a primer on what the lifestyle is and the nutrition you’ll find in the ingredients. Purely Vegan is a new app and it’s adding more recipes all the time. It’s 2 bucks on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (4/5): Sprinkles
No, this is not an app for cupcakes. It just has the same name as the other place. Microsoft came up with the Sprinkles app for iTunes. It wanted to come up with an app that kinda does what you can do with Snapchat. Only you don’t have to have Snapchat to do it. Sprinkles lets you have some fun with your photos. You take a picture and you can add all kind of silly stickers or captions to the photo. It’s able to tell where you and adjust the stickers to suit the scenery. Then share it online through your Messenger or your social media. There’s all kinds of stickers like animals or hats. You can also use the app to see what celebrity you might look like. Sprinkles is brand new and it’s a free app on iTunes
TUESDAY (4/4): Slo Mo Video
Anyone can shoot video in regular motion. Slow motion is an art form in itself. This app lets you shoot slow motion videos. It’s also a great way to make certain edits to the regular speed videos that you’re shooting as well. You can open existing videos or shoot brand new. It also lets you only shoot certain parts of the video in slow motion. There’s a speed mode setting to make it run in normal time. Slo Mo Video is a free app on iTunes. It does have an in-app purchase.
MONDAY (4/3): Memoji
Ever wonder what you would look like as a human emoji? Now you can. This is a new app that can apply emoji effects to the photos you take of yourself. IF you want to see yourself with the tongue sticking out emoji, use it. The app applies the drawings to your face. It also lets you turn your memojis into GIF’s and then send them in messages to your friends or put on your social media. MEmoji is a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (3/31): Callblock
This is a new app that lets you block telemarketers from calling you. It’s becoming more and more of a problem as these spam callers are ignoring the Do Not Call Lists. At last count, they’re junk dialing 148 million numbers a day. When the phone rings, and it’s a telemarketer or a political call or a robocall, the app will block them if you need to. You have complete control as well, if you want to unblock a number that’s mistaken as a telemarketer. Callblock is a free app, but there is a subscription service to it. It’s on iTunes.
THURSDAY (3/30): MLB.com At Bat
It’s almost time for Opening Day and a long season of Major League Baseball for Rangers fans. This app will help you follow your favorite team all season long. It starts with the rest of Spring Training and runs through the World Series. It has all the game stats, broadcasts and all the news for any of the Major League clubs. You can access all the video highlights that you would want. Live streaming of baseball broadcasts from MLB.com. It also has a searchable archive so you can see your favorite players in the past. MLB.com. It’s a free app on iTunes and Andriod. It has a subscription model that’s an extra charge.
WEDNESDAY (3/29): Vidy
People love to send GIFs. If you don’t know what they are, they’re 2-3 second video clips that you can use to enhance the messages that you send. Or your social media posts. Vidy adds something that you really haven’t seen in your GIFs. Sound. Vidy brings out the GIF, shows you the quote and plays the sound. Vidy is a keyboard app to send them to your friends. It can autocorrect and it allows you to Swipe your messages and GIFs as well. Vidy is a free app. A new keyboard for your iPhone or iPad. It’s on iTunes.
TUESDAY (3/28): Passport Booth Photo
Some people might be traveling out of the country during the summer. Time to get passport updated now while you’re still thinking about it. This app can take away one of the biggest time wasters. You can take care of the business right there in front of a white wall at your house. The app takes your properly sized passport picture or visa picture for free. It sets you in the proper angle for your face and eyes to make the government happy. Then you can take the file and get it printed up at a local photo place, like a CVS. Passport Photo Booth is a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (3/27): Keep or Delete
Clean up your old tweets! This app will help you run through everything you have ever put on Twitter. It actually works like Tinder. You can swipe left to delete something, swipe right to keep it. The app also lets you change your mind if you want to resurrect one of your own tweets that you swiped left. The app lets you import your Twitter archive as well. That way you can go through ALL your tweets, not just the last few thousand. Keep or Delete. Clean up your old tweets is $0.99 on iTunes and Android.