MONDAY (6/27): Dango
An app I want to tell you about today is called Dango. Emojis are the new hieroglyphics. When people talk, they’re using more emojis and fewer words. But sometimes, you can’t seem to find the right emoji to convey what you’re trying to say. Dango is a new app that reads what you type and provides suggestions for the perfect emoji out of the thousands out there. It runs through an AI to understand what you’re saying. It also searches through GIFs, if you want to say it with a quick video. Dango is a free app on Android. iTunes is coming soon.
FRIDAY (6/24): NEXAR: MOUNT YOUR IPHONE ON YOUR DASH
An app I want to tell you about today is called Nexar. This is a new app that you start when you mount your iPhone on your dash. It says it’s the first smart dashcam app. It will record anything dangerous that it sees through your front windshield. Any kind of hazardous driving, like hard braking.. or car wrecks. It also looks at dangerous intersections and warns you of them. It records all different kinds of events and then saves them offsite from your phone. The app is a kind of car profiler that watches the other guys just as you would. Nexar is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (6/23): Voice Translator Pro and Bigger Dictionary
You can now speak even more foreign languages thanks to this app. Speak into your phone and the words are translated into any of a bunch of different languages. Normally, Voice Translator Pro and Bigger Dictionary runs $2 on iTunes. But it’s free for now.
WEDNESDAY (6/22): Like That Décor Furniture
This is another app from the ‘Like That’ family. The app lets you use your smartphone to take a photo of something that you see. Then, it goes on a hunt to find that particular piece of furniture from a few thousand different stores, everything from Ashley to Crate & Barrel to Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. If it’s out there, the app will find it. It says that it has a database filled with 25 million different furniture pieces. It will also give you some ideas for your next restoring project. It’s a free app on iTunes, Android and on your PC.
TUESDAY (6/21): Front & Back Life Selfies 2
Anyone can take selfies, where’s the challenge in that? This app lets you use both cameras at once. You can take your selfie as well as the place where you’re taking it. Imagine you’re at the top of Reunion Tower and you know that you have to show off that you’re there. You get a shot of you AND the view from the tower at the same time. You choose how to divide the final picture — half and half, diagonal, box in a box — and apply the filters. Now, you have your front and back life selfie shot. This is a free app for now on iTunes.
MONDAY (6/20): Whodini
This is a messaging app that you can use to see how fast your friends respond to what you say. You use Whodini to send a message to someone. That person has 45 seconds to open the message and see that it’s from you. Otherwise, you become a ‘Sender Unknown.’ If that person makes it in time, it’s just like normal, and then you can tell if they made it in time. Whodini is a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (6/17): On Second Thought
This is an app that can save your bacon so many times. It can be one of the most embarrassing things, you hit send on that text and you’ve sent it to the wrong person. Or you’ve sent it out of anger and you regret it immediately. Your bacon is saved here. On Second thought lets you undo a text before it actually leaves your phone on its way to full-on apology mode. You can set the delay for up to 60 seconds to catch your breath and make sure it’s going to the right place. On Second Thought is a free app on Android, coming soon to iTunes.
THURSDAY (6/16): Not Recipes
Some of the greatest chefs in the world don’t use a cookbook. They create magical dishes by feel. A pinch here, a dash there. It’s more spontaneous. You can practically just take stuff that’s left behind in your fridge and get some inspiration from others. You can search for ideas, share some links and videos. It’s also a social media app for that inspiration. Not Recipes by Food 52. It’s a free app on iTunes
WEDNESDAY (6/15): Like That Garden
How many of you have just incredible gardens, and you have not a clue what kinds of plants and flowers you have IN that garden? This app won’t make you a plant expert on taking care of them. But it will let you be able to identify the plants in your garden. That knowledge can also help you figure out how to take care of the plants in your garden.
TUESDAY (6/14): Dashlane
With all the talk about hacked accounts and stolen passwords, maybe a password manager is just what you need. Dashlane is one of the tops around for keeping your passwords secure in one location. You don’t have to remember different passwords for every single account that you have. This allows you to keep your passwords in one place. You can generate unique and different passwords for each account. It also has a secure notes feature where you can put in codes that you need. Dashlane can generate strong passwords for 150 different apps and it’ll let you know if someone tries to get in. There’s also a digital wallet feature for your secure credit cards. Dashlane is a free app on all the devices, and it has in app purchases.
MONDAY (6/13): BitCam
This is a real throwback type app for taking pictures. You can appreciate what people went through in the 90’s when they tried to take photos. The pictures come out in black and white and kinda pixelated. Remember, this is a retro app for fun. Bit Cam is a free app on iTunes. There’s an in-app purchase if you want old school color pictures.
FRIDAY (6/10): My Places Nearby
This is an app that can show you different places of interest that are around you. If you’re traveling and you want to find a nearby coffee shop, click the icon. Hit the Arts button and you can see what’s close in arts and entertainment. You get the drift. It also has a button called Specials that shows you places that have coupons and discounts right then. My Places Nearby is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (6/9): One Touch Dial
This is one of the most popular dialer apps around. It can redesign the phone part of your phone. It has a quick search function to help you find numbers fast. One tap of a photo and you can call, or text, or Facebook, or Facetime, or Tweet or Skype or anything else to that contact. It also lets set speed dial contacts to achieve that. One Touch Dial is a free app for now on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (6/8): KeyWi
Admit it, that keyboard on the iPhone is kind of a pain. It’s so easy to make typos on those small keys. This app lets you connect the keyboard on your PC to the iPhone or iPad. You can use your regular sized keyboard to type your notes or messages or tweets on your phone or tablet. You connect them together through a highly secure website. There’s no copying what you type. KeyWi is a free app for now on iTunes, prices change of course. It also has in-app purchases.
TUESDAY (6/7): Rhapsody VR
This is a new app that lets you use your Google Cardboard or other virtual reality device. This one takes you to the front row at concerts. It’s a new app and there are only a few concerts that you can watch, but more will be added. Rhapsody is a streaming music service. They’re planning to add another video each month. You get to watch the act on stage and look around to see the rest of the audience as well. Rhapsody VR is a free app now on iTunes and Android
MONDAY (6/6): Scholly
As parents start the hunt for financial aid for their kids to go to college, there’s a clearing house where you can find them. This app is supposed to make your decisions about scholarships a lot easier because it targets you. The app helps you enter whatever essays or applications you need to get the awards. Get a jumpstart on those people that don’t. Scholly is a free app. The Scholly account costs 3 bucks. It’s on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (6/3): Mighty Text
This is an app that lets you use your home or work PC to text from your phone. IF you want to send messages, and you don’t have your phone handy, this app lets you send them and receive them when you pair it to your personal computer. They also sync up with your phone, so you don’t miss anything. It also lets you sync up the pictures or videos you take, so you don’t have to fill up the camera roll and take up precious space on your phone. Mighty Text is a free app on Android
THURSDAY (6/2): Applock Face/Voice Recognition
You don’t have to worry about passwords or drawing figures on your phone in order to unlock it from its idle state. This app lets you lock or unlock certain apps or the whole phone with just your face or the sound of your voice. It’s able to make sure that no one is able to open up your phone if you don’t want them to. You can pick individual apps for tighter security Applock Face/Voice Recognition is a free app on Android.
WEDNESDAY (6/1): Tunity
This app is a must if you go to a crowded bar or restaurant, and they have the sound muted so other customers aren’t bothered. What if you’re there by yourself and you want to see what’s on the TV news? Tunity. It lets you hear the sound of any TV that is on mute. You don’t intrude on others and you can hear what’s going on. It’s also great at the gym, if they have the TV’s muted and you want to listen to what’s on the screen when you’re on the elliptical. Tunity. It works. It’s free on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (5/31): Sidekix
We know the Metroplex isn’t necessarily a walking friendly area. But when you DO go visit a place where walking is still a thing, you can use this app to help you get around. Sidekix is meant for you to use when you’re on a walkabout. It shows you some recommendations for attractions that are walking distance from where you are. It even has a chat app that’s part of it, you can chat to your friends, even if they’re on a desktop. Sidekix is a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (5/27): Speed Test Net
You might wonder why your surfing speed doesn’t seem to be up to snuff. You can use this app, just like you do the Speed Test Net website to check the speed of your internet service in about 60 seconds. It measures your download speeds, followed by the speed you can upload from another website. It also allows you to test why you might not get the speed that your Internet provider promised you. It’s never what they promised you. Speed Test.net is a free app on iTunes, Android and Windows phone.
THURSDAY (5/26): 1
This is a picture taking app. Just like Snapchat or Instagram, it’s chock full of filters. It claims it has more filters than any other picture taking program. It also lets you put the filters on before you even take the picture, so you can see what it would look like after you click the button. 1, it’s a new free app on iTunes. There are in-app purchases.
WEDNESDAY (5/25): Drink Water
Drink Water Reminder PRO reminds you to drink enough water. The app can also calculate just how much you need and will send you notifications throughout the day to drink up. And best of all….it’s really easy to set up. Drink Water Reminder PRO is free for now on I-Tunes.
TUESDAY (5/24): Remember
This is an app that should help you remember the people that you meet in a every day, week or month. This app uses one method of helping your memory. You input WHERE you met certain people. It uses geotagging alerts to jog your memory to put a face to the place. It also helps by going through email and telephone lookups to see if it can help you remember. Remember is a free app on iTunes
MONDAY (5/23): Felt
This is an app that Shark Tank featured on Friday’s episode. It’s a greeting card that lets you send actual handwritten greeting cards in your own handwriting. The app also lets you send photos with your card. It’s your writing, just on a computer generated greeting card of your choosing. The cards start at 3 dollars and you can send the same card to others. Felt. It’s a free app on iTunes. The cards cost extra.
FRIDAY (5/20): Mi Flight
It’s one of the biggest hassles of the summer this year. For whatever reason, the lines at TSA checkpoints are insanely long. This app can help prepare you for what’s coming if you have to go to the airport in the middle of the busiest time of the day. It’ll give you the approximate wait times at any airport. Obviously, it can’t be perfect all the time. But any estimate could be better than no estimate. It’s sort of a Waze for airport people traffic. Mi Flight is a free app on iTunes. It does have in-app purchases.
THURSDAY (5/19): True Caller
Your phone rings and you’re not sure who it is on the other end. The ONE thing you don’t want to deal with is some kind of spam caller. This app can help. It lets you put a face to your contacts thanks to an integration with social media. You can search any number to see if you can find out whose it is. You can also find out how many other people get bugged by that spammer. True Caller is a free app on iTunes, Android and Windows Phone.
WEDNESDAY (5/18): Place Finder Pro
This is a map app plus. You can use the app to find places of different kinds that are nearest to you. 72 different categories to choose from. Everything from the nearest ATM to a zoo. You pick what you want to find, you get turn by turn directions. This is a great app if you’re in area that you don’t know. Place Finder Pro, is a free app for now on iTunes.
TUESDAY (5/17): Spaces
It’s a brand new app from the minds at Google. Google is getting into the messaging space, like What’s App or Facebook Messenger. This app is supposed to let you make different kinds of spaces where you can exchange ideas and thoughts. It also lets you open up Google Search pages, or YouTube links or Google Photos and not leave the app. Google’s Spaces. It’s brand new. Be the first kid on the block with it. On iTunes, Android and for the PC.
MONDAY (5/16): The Roll
It can be frustrating to scroll through your iPhone to find just that one photo. This app tags your pictures. It also organizes them. You can see the best shots and the events and then put them into albums. The Roll is new and it’s free on iTunes.
FRIDAY (5/13): Universal Search Engine
Most people like to use Google as their main search engine, but you might get different results if you use a different search engine. Now, you don’t have to go switching back and forth. Universal Search Engine lets you search from six different engines at the same time: Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Duck Duck Go, Ask and AOL. One search phrase, six different results. Universal Search Engine is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (5/12): Nintype
I really like Swype type keyboards. They’re great for text messaging where you just swipe across the keyboard to form words, instead of pecking out each individual letter. You can become a very fast iPhone typist with a SwiftKey keyboard like this. Nintype takes it to the next level where you can use both fingers or thumbs and tag team the swipes. The app claims you can type up to 100 words per minute. Not sure if you’ll get that speed. But this might be THE keyboard for you. Nintype is $5 on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (5/11): Microsoft Translator
This is a translator from the company behind Office. All you have to do is speak or type on the keyboard, and all of a sudden, you can speak or read more than 50 different languages. The app also lets you shoot a photo of something written in a foreign language and the app will translate what’s on the picture. Microsoft Translator is a free app on iTunes, Android and Windows Phone
TUESDAY (5/10): Opera VPN
You might have heard of VPN’s, virtual private networks. It’s what you would want to use, if you are surfing at a public place where the WiFi might not be secure. Normally, they cost money. Opera just came out with a new web browser that blocks ads. Now it’s a VPN app that blocks ads plus. It provides safe browsing in strange areas. It also has a built in blocker to stop anyone from tracking you unless you allow it. Opera VPN is a new app on iTunes.
MONDAY (5/9): Rukkus
This is a ticket buying app that has a little something different. It lets you see through virtual reality where your seats are going to be when you’re going to a sports event. You can see what you’re going to see at the stadium or theatre. 360 degree views all around. You just won’t be able to tell if you’ll get that woman that just has to stand up in front of you and scream for every song. Rukkus, it’s a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (5/6): HitList
It’s time to plan summer vacations and everyone’s going to be jockeying to find the cheapest air fares possible. The app tailors your trips, depending on some factors that you share with it. It gives you ideas on locations and when would be the best time to fly. The app goes through millions of different fares for the best trip itinerary. Break it down by happy places, beaches, Europe, mountains, just about anything. It’s a Hitlist and ready for you. Hitlist is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (5/5): Grocery IQ
Sometimes you need some help with an app when you go grocery shopping. Who wants to keep clipping coupons from the Sunday papers? This grocery app goes with you up and down the aisles. You build your grocery list to start. You can use the app to scan barcodes at the stores. It lets you search free coupons and go through some recommendations depending on what you’re shopping for. Grocery IQ is a free app on iTunes and Android
WEDNESDAY (5/4): Giphy Keys
Some people like to use emojis in every message they send. Or in every tweet or Facebook post. Some others prefer to use Gifs to get their message across. This app lets you search for just the right gif when you need it instead of an emoji.
Giphy Keys is a brand new keyboard for your iPhone. It came out yesterday. It has a full search function with the keyboard. It’s easy to post straight into text messages, or Facebook posts or tweets. Giphy Keys is a free app on iTunes.
TUESDAY (5/3): Privates
This is a brand new messaging app where security seems to be the king. It provides secure messages from sender to receiver and back again. The app also won’t let anyone screenshot your conversation. And it also has the self destruct that you see in Snapchat. Privates lets you recall the messages that you sent to someone, if they haven’t read them already. Just in case you drunk text someone at night. Privates is a free app on iTunes
MONDAY (5/2): Selfiemoji
People love their emojis. Some can’t send one single text message without one of those little yellow faces on them. The regular old emoji app is fine, but if you want to put more of yourself into your messages, this one can help. It lets you put your own face into your emojis. Set up your own pictures and their emotions and then use them in your messages. Selfiemoji is a free app on iTunes.