FRIDAY (9/4): Roadie
A lot of apps are getting compared to an Uber type app. This is one of those. Think of it as an Uber for deliveries. They call this a neighbor to neighbor shipping network. This is to help you get small things delivered to a close proximity. You basically bypass any kind of shipping service. You don’t even have to wrap anything. The roadie drivers are going your way anyway and they’ll stop off and make the delivery. Could be car keys, golf clubs, a wall painting or a computer. You can also use the app to become a Roadie driver and make some money. Roadie is a free app on iTunes and Android. You pay for the delivery
THURSDAY (9/3): Aid Maid
This is a security app that you hope you never need to use, but you will be thankful that it’s there. When you have the app open, and you need some help, all you have to do is shake the phone or hit the Panic button on the screen. It does a bunch of things after that, like light up the area where you are. It sends a text message to your emergency contacts. That message has your exact location in it. You can also set it to call the police or ambulance, if you need to. Aid Maid is a free app on iTunes, Android and for your Apple Watch.
WEDNESDAY (9/2): Secret Menu for Starbucks Pro
We have heard so much about secret menus at different restaurants. We blame YOU In & Out for starting it. Everyone seems to have one now. Yes, even Starbucks. This app lets you in on the ground floor. There are hundreds of drink concoctions you can order from your friendly neighborhood barista. Ever heard of the Snickerdoodle Frap? Or the Banana Split? You can order them, maybe even show the barista how to make it. Secret Menu for Starbucks Pro is a free app for now on iTunes.
TUESDAY (9/1): Recently
One of the things that a lot of people would like to do is have hard copies of the pictures they take on their smartphones. Now, you can with this app. It takes your 100 latest pictures and puts them into hard copy. Into a magazine. And it does it every single month. It’s called Recently. The app is free, the magazine is a subscription model – about $9 a month.
MONDAY (8/31): Horizontal Camera Pro
It’s not a crime but it should be. You’ve seen them. The videos that people post from their iPhones. They hold the camera up and down and shoot. Sure, it looks fine for them, but when they share it, you get the bars on both sides. People, turn it sideways, or we’ll just have to make you. Horizontal Camera Pro can help. Sure, shoot up and down, the app will do the important work for you. It will orient your video the RIGHT way. Hope you don’t miss out on anything. You’ll learn. Til then Horizontal Camera Pro. It’s free on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (8/28): Task Rabbit
You might have a honey-do list and no honey to do the things on the list. Or you’re just not able to do them or just don’t want to. Here comes the Task Rabbit. It gets the chores done. It could be doing the grocery shopping, or putting together that desk from IKEA, or just be an errand person. You hire the people from Task Rabbit. They even do windows. They can help move you from one house to the next. You find the person you want. You see how much they charge. Task Rabbit is a free app on iTunes and Android. You pay for the work done.
This is a picture taking app that lets you shoot a picture of any kind of written text in another language. It can be a magazine, newspaper, book, recipe. The app will then translate it into English or one of 90 other languages. It can even read it to you in any one of 44 vocal languages. Translate Photo is a free app for now. Otherwise, it’s $5 on iTunes.
TUESDAY (8/25): VHS Camcorder
This app won’t make those videos you shoot any sharper. In fact, it’ll make it look like the video is 30 years old. The premise of the app is: to make your phone think it’s an old school VHS camera. The video comes out grainy and kinda washed out. With the time code on it, if you want. Basically, it’s pure throwback to a simpler time when the home video cameras stuck on your Dad’s shoulder. It’s also perfect if you’re throwing a throwback party. What better way to capture the memory. VHS Camcorder. It’s a specialized cam app and costs $4 on iTunes.
MONDAY (8/24): Giphy Cam
You’ve seen GIF’s all over the Internet. Sure, they’re fun, but do you know how to make them? This app makes it real easy, plus you can add special effects to them for that little extra added touch. You press the record button for 5 seconds to create the loop, then add the filters and effects. Giphy Cam is new and it’s a free app on iTunes.
FRIDAY (8/21): Here
There are a lot of map apps. Your phone even has one that is native to your system. This one could replace it. This is a maps app that lets you load your trip before you leave, so you can have it with you and you don’t have to worry about having a WiFi signal. It has turn by turn directions. It can guide you through driving or walking. It even can handle mass transit, like buses or trains. You can play your trip through the website and load it onto your phone. It has maps for more than 100 countries. Here can save your battery life too, since you don’t have to keep the GPS on all the time. Here is a free app on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (8/20): Magnifying Glass with Light
It can be one of the most frustrating things. You’re in a darkened restaurant or the Alamo Drafthouse and you can’t see the menu. Maybe that writing on the cold medicine is just a little bit smaller than you remember. All you need is your iPhone. The app lets you use both features in the camera of your phone. The zoom lens and the light. It gives you a little more control of how you see things. You can zoom into the small print to make it bigger in the phone screen, up to 6 times. It also turns on the light if you need it. Don’t do it in the Alamo Drafthouse, or keep it low. Magnifying Glass with Light is a free app on iTunes. There’s a pro version for $2.
WEDNESDAY (8/19): Smiley
It’s a picture taking app that lets you get into the middle of your group shot. The big difference with this camera timer app. It scans the people in the shot and watches for your pearly whites, all of them. You put the phone on the table, prop it up, line up the shot. Then it looks to make sure that everyone is smiling. The second it happens, the picture clicks. It autofocuses and has autoexposure. It’s Smiley, not an emoji. A picture taking app.$ 99 on iTunes.
TUESDAY (8/18): Walk Me Up. Sometimes
The snooze bar is just way too convenient and you can wake up 45 minutes late after just a few presses of that bar on your alarm clock. How about an alarm clock that makes you get up and at ‘em, to get up and at ‘em in the morning. Walk Me Up makes you walk around your home in order to turn off the alarm. It has a pedometer in the app that counts your steps. You can’t cheat on it, and if you try, the app can actually punish you by making you take more steps before it shuts off. Walk Me Up is a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (8/17): Pickup Now
Think of this app as an Uber for pickup trucks. It’s also from here in north Texas. The app’s maker said people sometimes need a truck to haul stuff and they don’t have a pickup, or a friend with a pickup. This app is just what the doctor ordered. All you do is tap the app and a smiling driver with a pickup is there to help. And by help, they mean, they will help you with you with your loading. They employ former police officers, firefighters and former soldiers as their drivers. Pickup Now is a free app. You pay for the service.
FRIDAY (8/14): How Your House Works
It’s a dilemma that all homeowners have to face up to. You might be a handyman with a set of tools, but do you really know what you’re doing when something breaks at your home? This app shows you how the different parts to your house work. You might find out that you’re smarter than you think, or that you should leave it to the pros. But you’ll be armed with information. It helps teach you the systems in your house, from your garbage disposal to your A/C unit. It puts it into easy(ish) to understand terms. Plumbing, electricity. Its there in How Your House Works. A brand new app. 3 bucks on iTunes
THURSDAY (8/13): Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius
Some men and women just love the thought of D-I-Y projects around the house. This is a little clearinghouse of them in all different areas. There are tips to help you paint the house, clean the house. Tip for your lawn and garden. There are more than 300 of them and they’re adding more all the time. It even has a Tip of the Day feature. The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius is a free app on iTunes and Android.
WEDNESDAY (8/12): Sing! Karaoke
There’s a hot video out this week that shows Jason DeRulo singing a duet with Luke Bryan, only they’ve never sung together before. They used this app to do it. You can actually shoot a music video of you singing a duet with one of your favorite music stars. You can pick from 30 thousand different songs and some of the biggest names in music, like John Legend, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran or One Direction. They’re on video, you’re on video, you’re singing a duet with Ariana Grande. It’s Sing Karaoke. The app is free on iTunes and Android, but there are in-app purchases.
TUESDAY (8/11): Cleanup Suite
This app has one function. And it’s something that must hit everyone that switches to a new iPhone. You’ve seen the duplicate telephone numbers that show up. They are a major pain to take care of one at a time. Delete the dups and keep the originals. This app will take care of that in just minutes while you watch TV or get some work done. The app will either delete the duplicates or it will merge all the contacts into one entry. You can take care of that part if you need to. Cleanup Suite is free right now on iTunes.
MONDAY (8/10): Dallas Cowboys
It’s the official app for your Dallas Cowboys. It’s your typical fan app. It has everything a Cowboys fan wants. All the breaking news about the Cowboys from training camp and during the regular season. There are videos and pictures. You can listen to podcasts, even work your fantasy football teams that have Cowboys on them. The Dallas Cowboys app is a free on on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (8/7): Blab
This is a video chatting app. Now anyone can fire up the Skype or the Facetime and talk to one person at a time. Now imagine Skype meets Periscope. Blab lets you get into a conversation with three other people at the same time. When you’re in the conversation, you show up in a box on the screen. Four boxes total. Plus, there can be other people watching your conversation, an audience if you will. Here’s where it gets interesting. Someone in the audience can request to tag in and take one of the spots to keep the talk going. The moderator gets to decide if it happens. You get to Blab. The newest party line chat.
THURSDAY (8/6): Do Not Spy 10
There are a few people that aren’t real happy with all the defaults that Microsoft put onto the new Windows 10. People are worried that those defaults can put your privacy at risk. This one app is able to get your all locked down and put things the way you might want them to be. You don’t have to worry about clicking all the right buttons in Windows 10 settings. This app will do it for you. It will disable just about everything that you might find a little hinky in Windows, from the biometrics to the WiFi Sense. It pretty much uses a hammer where you might actually want a scalpel, but you at least get a hammer. Do Not Spy 10 is free.
WEDNESDAY (8/5): Star Selfie Pro
Let’s face it. You want to put your best face forward when you share your favorite selfies. Sure, you can take a dozen different shots and not like a one of them. Or you can use this app and let editing take its course. It lets you throw 19 different filters at your picture. There are also more than 50 different texture. That’s more than a thousand different edits. Take your pic, edit away and hello Instagram. Star Selfie Pro is free for now from iTunes.