WEDNESDAY (3/22): Zocdoc
This is an app you’re going to want with you, especially if you’re traveling the country on vacation. Zocdoc can help you find doctors all over the nation. It lets you read reviews of those doctors. It also helps you find an appointment right away. Maybe there’s somewhere they can squeeze you in. The app also searches for those doctors that are in your network. You can even use it to fill out the paperwork. Zocdoc is a free app on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (3/21): Stance
We’ve seen lately how often people are trying to let their voices be heard by their members of Congress, either on the House or the Senate. This app can help you do your duty, either if you agree with your reps or don’t. Stance is a new contact app. It lets you record a message to Congress. Then it sends that recording to your Congress members’ phone numbers and Twitter handles. Stance is new. It’s a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (3/20): Supersonic – Fun Voice Messenger
Sometimes, you need just the right emoji to express what it is you want to say in your messages. You can just speak into the app and it hears what you say and converts some of the words that you say into emojis. It’s also able to convert your spoken messages to text, if the recipient can’t actually listen to what you say. Oh, it’s also a Snapchat type app, because the messages can disappear right after they’re heard. Supersonic – Fun Voice Messenger is a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (3/17): Leprechaun Yourself
It’s St. Patrick’s Day and this is the day where we all have the luck of the Irish. OR we are all Irish by nature. Now you can show the wearin’ of your green with this app. It might be the only day of the year you’ll want to make yourself look like a leprechaun. But better to be one day out of the year, than a year without the green at all. You can email your photos or post them to your favorite social media. Leprechaun Yourself is a free app on iTunes.
TUESDAY (3/7): One Second Everyday
This is an art project app. You take one video every day. The app stitches those photos together into a video as you keep a diary of your day to day life. But you do it one second at a time. You have to make do with the one second you allot yourself to tell your story. Some people have been doing these diaries for years. You can create a single video out of those one second videos over the course of a year, 5 years, 10 years or longer. It also has a diary feature to remind you what happened on a certain day. 1 Second Everyday is $5 on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (3/6): TangoTab
This is an app that lets you to do some good and all you have to do is, do what you would do anyway. Go grab a bite to eat somewhere. It’s a charity app that started here in Dallas Fort Worth. It lets you find restaurants near you. When you use Tango Tab to eat out, the charity then feeds someone in need through a food charity. All you do is go to a partner restaurant and Tango Tab it in the app. It could be a Starbucks or a Subway, the list is pretty big.
FRIDAY (3/3): Restaurant Locator
This app gives you a rundown just about every restaurant you can possibly imagine in a city. This is especially good if you’re out of town and you have a hankering for some particular kind of cuisine. It has a database of more than 675 thousand restaurants in the country. You can search in just about every way you can think of: location, food type, food trucks or even if the restaurant might have been featured somehow on the Food Network. The Restaurant Locator app is free on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (3/2): Songbot
You don’t need to wait for your favorite song or artist to come on the radio. And you don’t have to be limited to stations just in your city. Songbot is able to search just about every radio station on the planet to see if any of them are playing that song that you just have to hear RIGHT NOW. It has a search function that lets you search for your favorite songs or artists. Then it guides you to a station that’s playing the song or artist at that very minute. It could be on the air in Singapore or a radio station in Sweden. It also provides you with access to every radio station in the area, both AM and FM. It does a lot more. It’s Songbot and it’s free for now on iTunes.
WEDNESDAY (3/1): Automatic Call Recorder Pro
It’s a request that a lot of people want to have and that’s the ability to record telephone calls. This app lets you automatically record whatever calls you want to record. It can be all of them or just a few certain calls. The good thing about it is that you can let it do its thing without worrying about remembering to turn it on. You can save those calls to your Google Drive or Dropbox. Make sure you know the laws regarding recording phone calls in your state before you use this app. Automatic Call Recorder Pro is $7 on Android. They recommend trying the free version first to make sure it works on your phone. It has in-app purchases.
TUESDAY (2/28): Sickweather
There are ways to avoid being in areas where people are sick or at least be ready for illness. This app sniffs through social media posts where people talk about being sick. It can sniff out flu, whooping cough and a couple dozen conditions. Sickweather likes to compare itself to a Doppler weather radar. It combines the social media posts and other sources to find places where there’s what it calls a sick zone. Sickweather also checks out demographic data to show where people are buying medicines. Sickweather shows you the sick zones, so you can be ready. It’s a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (2/27): Robofence
They’re the bane of existence for everyone. Robocalls. This is a phone fence that can warn you if that call coming in is on the list. Robofence doesn’t need to know your contact list to filter out the bad calls. Your privacy is your own. This is an app that uses crowd sourcing to help identify which are the junk callers. There are more than 100 thousand in the database. You decide how tight you want your fence locked down. Robofence is $1 on iTunes
FRIDAY (2/24): Keymoji Premium Emoji Keyboard
If you can’t beat ‘em, turn ‘em into emojis. This is a keyboard app for your smartphone. When you type something into the keyboard, IF there are emojis that relate to the words you’re typing, it converts the words and phrases into pictures. All you have to do is start typing and it gives you suggestions right next to the words in the auto-complete line. Keymoji Premium Emoji Keyboard is a free app on iTunes.
THURSDAY (2/23): Lifeline Response
In most cases, when you call 9-1-1 from your cellphone, the operator at the other end has no clue where you are. Landlines, they can tell, because a landline doesn’t move. Cellphones are mobile. This app can protect you when you need emergency help. It uses your GPS coordinates and it can triangulate your location by pinging cellphone towers around you to zoom in on your location. It also has all of your pertinent information that an emergency responder would need. It’s a bit of peace of mind. Lifeline Response is a free app on iTunes and Android, but it costs $60 a year for the service.
WEDNESDAY (2/22): iBotta
This is kind of like the Discover card of shopping apps. It’s a shopping saver app. iBotta provides you with the chance to get money back when you go shopping for food, or clothes or at restaurants. You use the app where you’re shopping and unlock the rebates that are available at your stores. Then you redeem your money back through the app when you scan the barcode. It’s good with more than 700,000 places, that includes the biggest names as well. iBotta is a free app on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (2/21): Reverb for Amazon Alexa
This is an extension app for your Amazon Echo at home. Once you download the app on your phone or your Mac computer, you can interact with your Echo. It lets you start using your Alexa on your phone just like you would the Echo device. You can ask questions, set alarms, get updates. This app does something even the Echo doesn’t. It uses Google Search to get you some questions answered. Reverb also lets you add new skills.. Reverb is a free app on iTunes and Android and Macs.
MONDAY (2/20): Basket Savings
This is a grocery shopping app for the times when you need to find the best prices for the items on your shopping list. You use the app to run comparisons for those items. It also looks at sales that aren’t advertised and coupons. The Basket app community watches out for you, as you watch out for the community. Basket is a free app on iTunes and Android.
FRIDAY (2/17): Pet First Aid
A vet isn’t always going to be around, or you might not need to go to the vet if there’s something not quite right with your pet. At least, not right away thanks to this app. It comes straight from the American Red Cross. It can give you advice on certain situations. It has videos and step-by-step instructions on what to expect. There’s a how-to guide for simple first aid. It’ll show you the proper way to give your dog or cat meds. It can handle a couple dozen situations of different kinds. The app also gives you a quick dial to your vet when it is time to bring in the professionals. Pet First Aid is a free app on iTunes and Android.
THURSDAY (2/16): Confide
This is a messenger app that is full of high security features. It has encryption from one end to the other of your messages. One you read a message that you get, it’s gone for good. You can’t screen shot it. Confide gives all the features of other services, like voice and print and pictures. It can go into your regular iMessage on your iPhone and it just works. There’s a Plus version that lets you retrieve a message you send out. But that costs extra. Confide is a free app on iTunes and Android. It also has a desktop version as well. It has in-app purchases.
WEDNESDAY (2/15): DIYZ
More and more people are getting involved in home improvement projects. They want to do it themselves, all thanks to those DIY channels on cable. DIYZ can guide you step by step through home improvement projects of all kinds. It has written out instructions, pictures and videos. Now, if you get a little confused about what you’re doing, there are experts that help guide through your project. AND those calls are free for now. DIYZ has hundreds of projects to work on in every room of the house, as well as outside the house. Plus, there’s a shopping list where you can buy the tools you need. Easy access all around. DIYZ is a free app on iTunes and Android.
TUESDAY (2/14): Circle of 6
This is a personal safety app. It is just what the title says, it’s a circle of 6. You can add 6 names to yours. If there’s a situation that makes you uncomfortable, you have 3 ways to edge your way out of that situation with any or all of your 6. When you tap on the app, you can send a text message to them with your location. Or you can arrange a fake phone call to get out of your uncomfortable situation. There’s also a chat function when you just want to talk. It has 24 hour safety hotlines. Circle of 6 is a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (2/13): Grill Time
Something for the griller in your family. You know the one. That person has an iron fist attached to the family grill. That person is the only one who can do it right. This app can help show you that you TOO can be a grill master. Pick the meat and how thick it is and how well you want it cooked. The app shows you exactly how hot you should make the grill and how long you keep that meat on it. It even lets you know when you should flip it to perfection. Grill Time is the grilling sidekick and it costs $2 on iTunes.
FRIDAY (2/10): My SOS Family
In these days of fear for your safety, it’s nice to know that your safety is as close as your family. This is an official SOS panic alarm app. If something goes wrong, push the panic button and you send a signal to everyone in your circle: friends, family, co-workers. There’s no limit to the number of people you can put in. It also doesn’t have to be just to smartphones. You can send alerts to landlines. My SOS Family is a free app on iTunes and Android. It has a subscription model.
THURSDAY (2/9): FaceApp
This is a photo editing app that does more than just change the shading and lighting of your selfie. This app actually changes your face. If you’re not smiling in the shot, the app can put a smile on your face. If you want to see what you would look like when you gracefully get older. It’s able to age you. But it’s also able to edit out some of those lines and years to make you look younger. Some of you might want to know what you would look like as someone of the opposite sex. Guys, the Face App can show you what you would look like as a woman. FaceApp is a free app on iTunes
WEDNESDAY (2/8): Selfie X
It’s the scourge of the front facing camera when you try to post to social media. You come out in reverse. That’s just one problem with taking a selfie. A lot of times, the front facing camera doesn’t have the highest quality that the main camera has. Now you have a choice with this app. Selfie X lets you take selfies with the rear facing camera and you don’t have to guess if you’re in the frame or not. The app will guide you so you’re just in the right place. It tells you if you need to turn the camera up or down or left or right. When you hit the sweet spot with the aim, the app snaps the picture automatically. Selfie X is a free app for now on iTunes. It has in app purchases.
TUESDAY (2/7): Countable
Everyone needs a little civics lesson every now and then. This is a way to let your voice be heard when you wants to talk to your representatives in Congress. The app lets you send video messages straight to their inboxes. It also sends you information on just what is going on in Congress at any specific time. The makers say they want to make democracy work in the 21st century. Countable is a free app on iTunes and Android.
MONDAY (2/6): Table 8
There are a lot of real fancy restaurants in the Metroplex. You might not have the lowdown on the best places to have a real nice dinner. Table 8 gives you VIP access to some of those best places. It provides recommendations on restaurants in the Dallas area. It also helps you get hard to get reservations. You can even book a month ahead. You can browse by cuisine or restaurant. It shows you a list of restaurants that can book your party. Table 8 is a free app on iTunes and Google Play, but there is an annual membership fee.
TUESDAY (1/31): Get Human
Is there anything more frustrating than calling a business, only you get caught up in the phone tree. You have to answer all these questions, in order to guide you to the proper department. Now, you can cut through that automated digital clutter with this app. It’s similar to the computer program, but it works. It will show you what to do with all kinds of companies. How to get to a human as quickly as possible. What do you have to click through? A bunch of zeroes? Do you have to say something, like “agent”? Get Human has an entire database of thousands of companies to save you time and get you connected with a person. Get Human is a free app on iTunes and Android.