THURSDAY (10/20): Feelca Daylight
An app I want to tell you about today is called Feelca Daylight. It’s a blast from the past. It takes you back to the days of taking pictures with an old fashioned camera. Would you like 24 exposures or a full 36? This is the full experience. You take 24 or 36 pictures before you get to see them. The app also lets you put captions underneath the photos as well. Feelca is a free app for now on iTunes
WEDNESDAY (10/19): Know Your Stuff
One thing a lot of people forget to do is take a real inventory of all their belongings in their home. It’s vital for your homeowners or renters’ insurance. This home inventory can help you if you have some kind of loss. Know Your Stuff is that home inventory list. You can record all your big ticket and smaller items, with photos and video to prove what you’ve lost in that disaster. Do it now, while everything is quiet. Know Your Stuff is a free app on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (10/18): Sphere
You can have all your social media apps in one place and you don’t have to have 20 different apps on the phone. Sphere collects them all together in one place: everything from Instagram and Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Sphere is a free app on iTunes
MONDAY (10/17): Ringtone
This is just what it sounds like. It’s an app to let you make your own ringtones. You can use your own music and go from there. Or the app lets you record up to 40 seconds from the microphone to create the ringtone. There’s no limit to the amount of ringtones or text message tones you can make. Ringtone. It’s spelled R-N-G-T-N. And it’s free for now on iTunes.
FRIDAY (10/14): Tribe
This is a group type messaging app. But it takes Facetiming to another level. You can send 15 second messages to one or a bunch of your contacts. Tribe also lets you have your messages be closed captioned so you can keep the sound down and see what your friends or family are saying in their video messages. It even has a way to book an Uber so you can go to your friends. Tribe, it’s a free app on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (10/13): NHL
The Stars open the regular season tonight against Anaheim. So it’s the best time to get the NHL app. It lets you personalize the app to your favorite team, be it the Stars or any other team in the NHL. It’s your scoreboard and video highlights. You can watch games on your tablet or smartphone and listen to radio broadcasts as well. NHL, the official app for pro hockey is free on iTunes and Android. It has in-app purchases.
WEDNESDAY (10/12): Kaboom
Thanks to messaging programs like Snapchat and Cyber Dust, all the rage is messages and pictures that disintegrate once the receiver sees the message or picture. Kaboom is an app that gives you a little more control over how long you want anyone to see what it is you’re sending. You can send pictures, texts, selfies whatever you want. And you can set their expiration, where they disappear, even if the person you sent it to hasn’t bothered to look at them. It works through any other service. You set the timer or how many views something can have, then KABOOM, it’s gone for good. Kaboom is a free app on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (10/11): NBA
It’s almost time for the Mavs to start their season. The Cavs will be fighting to repeat their NBA championship. You can’t discount the Golden State Warriors. This is the official app for the NBA. It lets you watch games all season when you pay for the NBA League Pass. It’s also a clearinghouse for news, scores and stats from every other game. The app provides the highlights and recaps. NBA is a free app on all the platforms. It has in app purchases
FRIDAY (10/7): Rainy Mood
There’s nothing like a rainy night to help you with your sleep. There’s something hypnotic when those raindrops and soft thunder is outside and you’re all tucked in comfy on the inside. You don’t have to wait til the next good storm to get a good sleep. This is one of the most popular sound generator apps around. It has different sounds to lull you to sleep and keep you there. It will randomize so you don’t hear the same sound twice in a row. Rainy Mood. 3 bucks on iTunes and Android
Bonus. There’s also a website. RainyMood.com
THURSDAY (10/6): Paint Mee
This is an artsy app to do something with your photos besides the boring filters on Instagram. This app lets you take your favorite photo and have it paint you. It’s a different experience every single time you use it. Here’s the fun part. It doesn’t just turn your picture into a painting. You get to watch the app actually DO the painting. It’s fascinating and it looks like you had an artist with a canvas doing your selfie. PaintMee is a free app for now on iTunes. It has an in-app purchase
WEDNESDAY (10/5): MLB.com At Bat
A lot of people around the Metroplex are steamed that Major League Baseball put the Rangers home Division Series games during the business day. This app can help you follow the game, even if you had to sell your tickets. The app lets you see video replays of all the big plays. It has picture in picture available when there’s more than one game on at a time. There’s all kinds of streaming available. MLB.com At Bat for the playoffs. Maybe you’ll keep it next season. It’s a free app on iTunes and Android with in-app purchases
TUESDAY (10/4): Videolicious
ANYone can shoot a video of themselves just yackin’ about nothing in particular. Just look at some of the Facebook Live videos you see streaming from your friends. Videolicious lets you take your videos to a next level by letting you add interviews or music or pictures and edit them together into your presentation. It turns you into almost a TV news journalists by putting together your own video stories. Videolicious is a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (10/3): bSafe
This is a safety app that gives you a sense of security. First of all, you can set up your network, that allows the app to let your emergency contacts know if there’s something wrong. It has a section that allows your network to walk with you on your way home through your GPS. There’s a timer mode. If you don’t check in at a certain time, the alarm is triggered. It even has a fake call feature that makes the phone ring if you need to get out of an awkward situation. bSafe is a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (9/30): Keeply
An app I want to tell you about today is called Keeply. This is a vault for everything you want to keep private, like passwords or your special pictures or credit cards. It keeps your stuff in a lockbox that only your fingerprint can open. It also doesn’t let your stuff anywhere near the cloud. There’s also a way to confuse anyone who might think they know your pin. Keeply is a free app on iTunes. It has in-app purchase to upgrade to the pro version.
THURSDAY (9/29): 250 Apps in 1 – Appbundle 2
Oh sure, anyone can download an app and have one app that does one thing. This is one app that gives you 250 different things that you can do. It has a bunch of utility apps, like a flashlight and tip calculator and alarm clock, even a BMI calculator. It has game apps, all sorts of camera apps and filters. There’s a candle light, fingerprint scanner, a guitar tuner, stroke light, and facial recognition. 250 different apps in 1. App Bundle 2 is a free app on iTunes. It has in-app purchases.
WEDNESDAY (9/28): Ruler
You might need to measure something for some reason. You don’t have a ruler handy, let alone carry a tape measure with you. This is a virtual tape measure. You put your phone down at one end of a place, put your finger there, then you drag it along the edge of the object. Right now Ruler is a free app on iTunes
TUESDAY (9/27): Sit With Us
One of the toughest things that can happen to a child in school is lunchtime, and you don’t have anyone to sit with at lunchtime. This is an app for kids to meet friends, especially if they’re not in the popular crowd or maybe they’re new to the school. Sit With Us has ambassadors at schools all over the country. Sit With Us is a free social networking app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (9/26): Re-Think
This is an app that Shark Tank featured on Friday. Basically, it lets you check yourself before you wreck yourself. This app is supposed to help in the height against cyber-bullying. It watches what you’re saying and uses algorithms to try to stop you from saying something mean to someone else. Re-Think might prevent you from making a mistake you can’t take that. It’s a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (9/23): Musically
This is one of the hottest apps in the App Stores, and if you haven’t heard of it, your kids definitely have. This is a music video making app that can turn you into a video star. Or at least a star in your friends’ eyes. You just pick the songs that you want to sing along to. You can lip sync to your favorite artists. When you’re ready to edit, that’s where the magic continues. You can add all kinds of filters to your music video, and then share away. Musical.ly is a free app on iTunes and Android. It has in-app purchases
THURSDAY (9/22): Family Locator
This is just what it sounds like. It’s a way to make sure that you and the rest of the family stay together and in contact. You can set up certain circles that only your family can be part of. You can let your parents or kids know where you are at all times. It also has a messaging system just for your family or the people you include in your circle. Have all the circles you want and put whomever you want into them. Family Locator is a free app on iTunes. There is a subscription model to it.
WEDNESDAY (9/21): Jib Jab
You’ve seen the funny Jib Jab videos. They always show up at Christmas time when your friends make themselves Dancing Elves. Or when they get political and right songs about the candidates. Now you can make yourself a GIF with a Jib Jab animation. Then you show them off to your friends on social media. More than a thousand GIFs are there at your fingertips. Jib Jab is a free app on iTunes and Android, but you do have to spend $3 for a membership.
TUESDAY (9/20): Google Trips
This is one a lot of people have been waiting for. Google goes beyond Google Maps for this app. It helps to arrange your trip into one location, so you don’t have to go fumbling around for details. The app pulls together your reservations that you’ve put into your GMAIL account. It organizes what you want to do into different dates with activities. The app puts all your reservations together. It also works the plans you make for every day of your vacation. The app also lets you know if you’re pretty close to some attractions you might have thought of. Google Trips is brand new on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (9/19): AfterCam
This is a camera app that won’t let you miss out on something important that you anticipate. It also doesn’t force you to hang onto a long video, when you can hand pick the element that you really want to save. Get rid of the unimportant parts of the video and pull out the still pictures of what you want to save. Or just save the highlights of the video and not have to sit through all the balls and strikes. Just the good parts. AfterCam is $2 on iTunes.
FRIDAY (9/16): 1 Second Every Day
This app lets you share your life in snippets. 1 Second at a time. You shoot a video of some aspect of your life, but it’s only 1 second worth. Talk about a perspective. What’s the most important second of your day. The app lets you collect those seconds, so after a year, you have a little over 6 minutes of a video. A stitch in time. The app maker has done it for 5 years. 1 Second Every Day is 5 bucks on iTunes. Free with in app purchases on Android
THURSDAY (9/15): Action Movie FX
This one lets you add big time movie special effects to your movies. This is an app of the year for Apple. What’s new with the app now is: Star Wars. You can add all kinds of different Star Wars effects to what you shoot. A lightsaber fight, Vader’s Revenge. Some special effects from The Force Awakens, including BB-8. Action Movie FX is a free app on iTunes. It has in-app purchases.