MONDAY (10/23): Gif Me Camera
Gifs are still a thing, right? Of course they are. Now, you don’t have to go searching through Gif sites to find just the right thing to add to a message. Make your own and you can star in them. You can use the app to capture them with your camera, you can import from your own video or photos from the camera roll. You can add your own text to spice up your gifs. Gif me Camera is $2 on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (10/19): Red Panic Button
There’s been so much talk about dangerous situations and what happens if you’re in one of them. This app is just what the title says. It’s a red panic button. When you go out and you want a little extra sense of safety, preset a phone number for the phone to call or send an email. Hit that button when you’re in trouble, it sends a message that has your location and address by using the GPS on your phone. It even can work with your Twitter account as well. There’s also an option to send panic messages on audio or video. Red Panic Button is a free app on iTunes and Android. It has an in-app purchase for more emergency features as well.
WEDNESDAY (10/18): Life Hacks
Lots of people love life hacks. They’re different simple things that can make your life easier. This is an app that gives you different life hacks every single day. There are no shortage of tips that you can use in your home or in your life. Some examples include: “when you need to remember to bring something with you, put your car keys on it the night before”. The app breaks it down to general life hacks, travel, money, food and fashion. There’s always something new and interesting. Life Hacks – Everyday Tips and Tricks. It’s a free app for now on iTunes.
TUESDAY (10/17): NBA AR
The Mavs start the regular season tomorrow night. Pro basketball came up with an app that lets you shoot virtual baskets whenever and wherever you feel like it. It’s a bit like Pokémon Go, where you use your camera as a background for the game itself. This is a pop-a-shot game that you can play anywhere. The app will scan where you’re pointing the phone, then put in an NBA level hoop and backboard. You play against the clock. The basket and ball are set against the background you have in your camera. NBA-AR is the official augmented reality app of the NBA. It’s a free app on iTunes.
MONDAY (10/16): Magic Call Pro
Let’s say you’re in an awkward situation. It’s a bad date. Or you really want to get out of a meeting. Maybe it’s the dullest conversation you have ever had. Now, your smartphone can be used for something besides taking selfies. This app will make your phone ring as if it’s an important phone call. It even makes your screen show that it’s an actual phone call coming in. You can customize what the Caller ID screen will look like when you need it to ring. You can schedule your magic call at a certain time. You can even make it look like it’s coming from one of your important contacts. Magic Call Pro is $2 on iTunes.
FRIDAY (10/13): Movies Anywhere
This is a brand new service that will probably end up as THE place to go when you want to buy a movie to stream wherever you are, or wherever you go. This app now combines different movie apps into one account. It lets you store your movies into one account, without the need to remember a bunch of different passwords. All your films go into your vault, whether they’re from Amazon, iTunes, Google or Vudu. Movies Anywhere has deals with 5 different movie studios as well to come out with new movie content. Oh, right now when you get the app, sign up with the service and connect your accounts, you get 5 free movies with it. Movies Anywhere is a free app on iTunes, Amazon and Android.
THURSDAY (10/12): Pocket Tools
Anyone can have an app that does one thing. This app does eight different things in one. It has a flashlight app that has 10 different levels of brightness. There’s a QR reader. You never know when you might come up on a rogue QR code. There’s a contacts reader. Gets rid of duplicates in your address book. It has a mirror. You can learn something with the Proverbs part and you don’t have to strain your eyes to see how much battery life you have left. Pocket Tools is a free app on iTunes. It has an in-app purchase to a pro level.
WEDNESDAY (10/11): Giphy World: AR
This is just a silly fun app that does nothing useful, except use your imagination. This app provides a combination of two of the most favorite things going today. Gifs and Augmented Reality. AR is coming out more and more with the new iOS 11. This app lets you dig into the Gif world and you can incorporate them into your real world with the use of your camera. You can put all kinds of Gifs in your house or your office or wherever you want them. Turn them into stickers that you put in messages. Pick your scenes, fill them up and share them. Giphy World: AR is a free app on iTunes
TUESDAY (10/10): Camera Plus
Sure, you can stick with your old camera app on your phone. It takes fine pictures. And I’m sure your Instagram account loves you for it. This app takes it a little step further. It gives you more control over how your photos come out. You get to control the light exposure, so you don’t have to wait til editing to change that. It has a stabilizer mode that gives you a steady-cam. The timer lets you be part of the picture instead of just the picture taker. It also has a zoom function to zoom in 6 times normal. The app also has a front facing camera flash for just the right lighting. More features with Camera Plus, like Scene Modes and a lot of editing feature. Camera Plus is $3 on iTunes
MONDAY (10/9): Official Dallas Mavericks
This is just what the title says, the official app of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. It has an ability to help you find the best ways to buy Mavs tickets. One thing it also has that other teams don’t is a mobile VR experience. It also has the latest stats, scores, and news from the Mavs. You can also use the app to get your team gear and keep up with all the Mavs on their social media. Official Dallas Mavericks is a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (10/6): NHL
The Stars open the regular season tonight against the brand new team from Las Vegas. So, now’s the time for hockey fans to get the chance to follow the Stars or any other NHL team in the league from the first puck drop to the presentation of Lord Stanley’s Cup. With the subscription to NHL.TV, you can watch every game outside your home market either live or when YOU want to on demand. There are hockey radio broadcasts from all over the league. You can even listen to them in French if you want to. It’s filled with news and scores and videos. The official NHL app is free on iTunes. It has a subscription model that has a monthly or yearly fee.
THURSDAY (10/5): Best Food Feed
People love to eat out and try new restaurants. But who wants to go to a strange place and NOT know what’s good on the menu. This app is a community of like minded foodies. They know what they like at their favorite places and they want to share their knowledge with others. The app lets you find restaurants in more than 30 cities around the country. You’re in a strange city and you don’t know where to find the best kind of your favorite dish? This app has it, and there are photos to see what it is you’ll be ordering. It also narrows the choices down to near where you are, if that’s what you need. Best Food Feed is a free app on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (10/4): MLB At Bat
The baseball playoffs started Tuesday with the first Wild Card game. With this app, you can follow every game through the World Series. Then you can decide if you want to keep it and subscribe again next season. MLB At Bat is the official app of Major League Baseball. It provides live coverage of all the games from Opening Day through the Series. It has streaming video of the games on MLB. TV. You can also listen to streaming radio broadcasts of your favorite baseball teams. The app also provides highlights of all the other games in play with the Live Look-ins. It has all the news, even classic games from the archives. MLB At Bat is a free app on iTunes and Android. It has subscription models as well
TUESDAY (10/3): Burner
This is a special second number for your smartphone. When you don’t want someone to know your real phone number. It lets you privately call, or text or send pictures. You can have one number for your personal dealings. This second one can work for your business, for example. Burner has a subscription model that allows you to get a third line as well. It also lets you swap numbers out up to a dozen times per year. No need to use burner phones. Burner is a free app on iTunes and Android. It also lets you test out a second number for 7 days for free. It has in app purchases and it’s a subscription based service.
FRIDAY (9/29): Filmr
So many people with smartphones are using them to make incredible movies. This is a film editor to let you cut out the mistakes and only leave the goodness of your shoots behind. The makers say it’s easy and it can help anyone make the perfect edits in their videos. It’s pretty user friendly. And the newest version of it lets you have even more fun with your videos. Sometimes, you just need a unicorn in your film. Maybe an appearance by ET could help. It has a full set of video editing tools. Filmr is a free app on iTunes and Android. It has in app purchases.
THURSDAY (9/28): Housecraft
There’s one amazing feature about iOS 11 that’s new. It’s called Augmented Reality. It’s what’s in the Pokemon Go game. You see things in the real world with something else on top of it. This app lets you use the camera to come up with 3D models of anything. That way you can see how well it interacts with the real world. Imagine you want to see what a particular piece of furniture would look like in your house. You can place it, if it doesn’t work there, put it some place else. It’s interior decorating 21st century style. You’ll know if the piece fits and where it fits best. Housecraft is a free app on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (9/27): PlayOn Cloud
You might want to stream some of your favorite shows from Netflix or Hulu or Amazon, but you might be in a place where you can’t do that. Now, you can stockpile what you want on this app. It lets you download your favorite titles onto your device for as long as you need them and for however big the hard drive is on your phone or tablet. It works with a dozen services, like HBO Go, YouTube and the big networks. It even lets you put the shows on your desktop PC or Mac. PlayOn Cloud is a free app on iTunes and Android. It has in-app purchases.
TUESDAY (9/26): Boldbeast Recorder
This app is one that you can use to record the phone calls you make and the phone calls that come into your phone. Boldbeast lets you record with high quality sound on both sides of the call. You can also record memos and meetings, like any other voice memo app. You can save all the recordings you make to your hard drive and then listen to them later. Remember, there are laws regarding recording telephone calls. Please check the laws where you live before you use this app. Boldbeast Recorder is a free app on Android. It does have a pro version that you can buy from the app
MONDAY (9/25): Reelgood
There are a lot of people that have completely cut the cord from the cable companies. These people now have a TV Guide to let them know what’s on and when there are new episodes available. It calls itself the Ultimate Streaming Guide. You can track whatever shows you consider your favorite shows. You can even use the app to start playing your show on the appropriate app channel. It also lets you browse whatever you wish through 250 different streaming services, everything from Netflix to Amazon Prime to Starz and Crunchyroll. It’s kind of like having a Roku on your smartphone. Reelgood is a new free app on iTunes
FRIDAY (9/22): iExit
This is a driving app. There are other apps like Waze or Google Maps that will show you how to get from way place to another. iExit will show you where you can go on the way from one place to another. You’re going to want to make a pitstop on the road if you’re driving a long way on an interstate. How are you supposed to know what’s coming up in front of you? What if you need a certain brand of gasoline? What if the kids will ONLY eat nuggets from Chick Fil-A and nowhere else? This app will show up what’s coming up in the next exits ahead. This is important, especially if you’re in an area that you don’t know. It even comparison shops the gas prices at the next exit. iExit is a free app on iTunes
THURSDAY (9/21): Ikea Place
This is one of the first apps that’s directly geared toward the Augmented Reality abilities of iOS 11. This is an app for you to see how a piece of furniture would fit into your house. That’s the toughest part. You normally have to try to use your imagination to be able to picture how furniture will look next to your other pieces. See if it actually fits your room. Rotate it to see which direction it would look best. Yes, it works with Ikea stuff and there’s a catalog attached to the app. It also has information on pricing. This is one of the most anticipated apps of the new App Store after iOS 11. Ikea Place is new, it’s a free app on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (9/20): WT Forecast
You might see some of your friends Facebook pages when they post what the weather is like where they live. But this app provides more than a little snark about what the conditions are right now or what they’re going to be. And some people really like to complain about the weather, even though they can’t do anything about it. There are layers to that snark as well. Some of them phrases are really not safe for work, or you can have a PG version in the app’s language. WT Forecast has more than 7,800 phrases. It also provides your forecast in different voices as well. What this does well is provide your weather. WT Forecast is a free app on iTunes and Android. It does have in-app purchases.
TUESDAY (9/19): Out Of Milk
This is a grocery shopping app, because you know you can’t trust hubby to remember to get everything that you need from the Kroger or Tom Thumb. It makes it easy to make sure that you get everything you need from the grocery store and not have to make a return to get that one thing. It has three different options… what they call: shopping, pantry, the to do list. You can sync your lists with others in the family, in case you decide to divide and conquer at the store. This isn’t just a shopping list. It can also help with the job jar at home. Out of Milk is a free app on iTunes and Android. It also works with your Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
MONDAY (9/18): ClearVue Text & Walk
Let’s face it. People are going to be in their own little worlds with their faces in their smartphones. They’re texting and not watching where they’re going. Now you don’t have to stumble into them or force them to get out of YOUR way. This app lets your text messages show up on the screen while the camera shows you where you’re walking. It calls itself your third eye. ClearVue is a free app for now on iTunes.
FRIDAY (9/15): Jibjab Camera
The people behind Jib Jab have created some of the most entertaining and unique digital videos. They’ve been around for more than a dozen years and got famous thanks to the political campaigns in 2004. The songs they made went super viral. Remember, This Land is Your Land? Your friends will use JibJab apps to turn themselves into dancing elves at Christmas time. Now, you can do it on your phone. It’s working with Thursday Night Football to come up with dancing players and cheerleaders gifs and stickers. You can share them with your friends. Jib Jab Camera is a free app on iTunes.