So far no ‘solution’ to the problem of drivers texting while driving, or otherwise using their phone while driving their car (for example, using the maps app), seems to have made much of a difference. Now a new app, called JoyRyde (nee ‘JoyRide’) is hoping to change that by rewarding drivers for not using their phone while behind the wheel.
Ever wish that while you were listening to a song on your phone you could also see the lyrics? Well, you can, whether it’s music that you have resident on your phone, or you are listening to a music service such as Pandora, or, yes, even Spotify.
Last week at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), Apple announced that its new WatchOS 3 would include an app to remind you to breathe. Yes, really.
T-Mobile, or, as it calls itself, the Un-Carrier, is taking a novel new step in customer incentives: giving away shares of T-Mobile stock to their customers. Called “Stock Up”, the stock offering is just one of many different free incentives being offered by T-Mobile to their customers.
A new app called Mathpix uses your phone’s camera to capture an equation (even a handwritten one), and solve it for you! Then it gives you the solution (answer) for the equation, and will even graph the solution for you as appropriate!
Are you part of the new so-called ‘gig economy’? If you don’t know what the gig economy is, probably not, but even if not, you almost certainly know someone who is. According to recent statistics, 16% of the American workforce is working in the gig economy – that’s nearly 1 in 5 people. And at least one pundit factors smartphones and mobile apps into why the gig economy is growing.
MeetMindful is one of the newest dating sites and apps on the block. Aimed at helping people find other singles living the mindful life, MeetMindful is the online dating service for those singles who self-identify as spiritual or otherwise mindful, and who are into yoga, meditation, mindful eating lifestyles (vegetarian, vegan, paleo, raw, etc.). It’s where the mindful meetup.
We recently had an opportunity to review this wireless bluetooth selfie remote for iPhone and Android, and its selfie remote app, and it’s a great addition to your selfie-taking bag of tricks! And it does so much more than just selfie remote shutter control – you can switch between front and back cameras, zoom in and out, turn the flash on and off, even switch between photo and video! Of course, a selfie stick also allows you to hold your phone, with the remote, you need to prop it up somewhere or use a tripod. The best combination is one of each!
So your Firefox browser is slow as molasses or unresponsive, and in fact your entire system is slowing towards a screeching halt. If you’re on a Mac, you do a ‘top’ and see that a process called “plugin-conta” is eating up your memory. If you’re on a Windows machine, well, you know the symptoms. What is plugin conta, and what to do? Here’s what.
Did you know that you can try virtual reality (VR) on your iPhone right now, for under $5? How? By using the Google Cardboard VR viewer, which does work with the iPhone (read how below), and downloading some of the fun VR apps from the iTunes app store!
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released Mobile Justice apps for eight states and counting. The Mobile Justice app, which records police brutality or encounters as they happen, and automatically uploads them to the ACLU, is available for California, Colorado, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Oregon with more on the way.
AT&T is offering live streaming television direct to your smartphone or tablet, and even your Android or Apple Watch, through its U-Verse apps and offerings. While you do have to have an AT&T U-verse television package that includes home television (and includes giving you a DVR), there is no reason you have to use it at home or use the DVR, you can choose to access only the online streaming service.
The newest version of the Starbucks app allows you to order and pay right from the app, and have your drinks and food waiting for you when you arrive! This means that you don’t even have to stand in line, you just go right to the pickup area, and it’s there waiting for you! What’s more, every Starbucks barrista we’ve asked has said that they actually prefer it when customers order with Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay; it’s a win-win! You don’t have to stand in line or sit in your car at the drive-through, and they prefer it!
Here’s how to stop app invitations and game invitations on Facebook, and, relatedly, how to stop Facebook from sharing so much about you and your personal information (what Facebook euphemistically calls “instant personalization”, “customized experience”, and “receiving information about your use of apps and websites”).
For ages the go-to Starbucks logo maker app, to put your own name in a Starbucks logo, was at http://www.festisite.com/logo/starbucks/. However, that Starbucks logo maker app disappeared several months ago, most likely the result of a cease and desist from Starbucks’ attorneys. But it’s still possible to make your own Starbucks logo – just be sure that you are using it for parody purposes, and that it can’t be confused with the actual Starbucks logo.