Category: Best Apps

Houseparty app: Free video chat with multiple friends at once. Great idea, or terrible one?

Thanks to FaceTime, my kids are able to chat face-to-face with our relatives and friends around the country — something this mom is really thankful for. But, at this point FaceTime videos are still just one-on-one. That’s where the fun and free Houseparty group video chat app (iOS and Android) comes in. It allows us to all get on and video chat together every once in a while. It’s like having a party, without the dirty house to clean up when they all leave. Whoo! That said, there are some concerns those of us parenting tweens and teens with their own phones have...

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Is Unroll.me safe to use?

In a recent New York Times article, one of our favorite organizational apps Unroll.me was mentioned as selling user data (specifically emails with Lyft receipts) to Uber, and not surprisingly people are worried, including us. We’ve been using this app for years now, and have been recommending it since we first discovered it, so you can imagine we were surprised to hear the accusations. So, we decided to take a closer look at the Unroll.me Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, as well as speak to someone on their team to get clarification about what exactly is happening and...

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Tine lets you add digital photos, even video, to a paper greeting card. Hello, Mother’s Day!

Well, here’s one way to ensure no one will ever throw away that greeting card you so lovingly wrote out and mailed. These Tine message tags allow you to send photos, video, even audio messages using a special code that you can stick pretty much anywhere. Perfect for when a text, email or video just doesn’t cut it. (And we moms here say that means Mother’s Day). Related: A very cool digital Mother’s Day card from the whole family Simply pop the tag on the card or gift, then use the Tine app to record your message. Then, your lucky recipient...

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8fit: The free fitness app that’s really making us sore lately

I’ve figured out that I’m the type of person who needs a quick but effective workout that I can do from my home, without expensive equipment (that takes up space I don’t have). So, my new obsession has been the free 8fit app (iOS and Android). It’s a collection of 10-minute full-body exercises that require no equipment. Related: Here’s what happened when we tried the Whole30 diet Related: 3 fitness apps for the not-so-fit. No judgment here. Once you’re in the app, you’ll customize your fitness goals — anything from “gain muscle mass” to “lose fat” — as well as setting your...

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Pocket: The Pinterest alternative to help save all those articles, recipes, tweets and more.

If you’ve become more of a news junkie over the past year like I have, you’ve probably realized that your standard browser bookmark bar isn’t necessarily your best best for saving articles you want to come back to. Let alone recipes you want to remember, gifts you want to buy, YouTube videos you want to see…you get the picture. Enter Pocket. This brilliant, simple, very intuitive bookmarking service has replaced  del.icio.us –and even Pinterest in its former glory (RIP) —  for me. It lets me quickly bookmark pretty much everything, all directly from the web or even social media, and save it in...

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Stridepost: A free chores and calendar app for the whole family. Yep, even the kids.

I’m always a little more motivated to get to my chores when there’s a little reward involved, like watching a guilty pleasure TV show while I fold laundry. It’s the same for my kids, and the Stridepost app (iOS and Android) helps them see how doing their share around the house will earn them both an allowance and fun rewards for pitching in. Plus, it keeps track of events on our family calendar alongside the kids’ chores and responsibilities, which makes it easier to manage it all in one handy place. Here’s how it works. Related: A helpful guide to kids’ chores by ages. The parents’ app Parents can...

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We found 3 of the best political apps that make it easy to have your voice heard

It’s amazing to see just how quickly some fantastic app developers have created political apps to help more people get involved in the political process, connect to your elected representatives, and make a difference, one voter at a time. The truth is, signing petitions or form letters may make you feel good (especially when you share the info on Facebook), but they’re about the lowest impact action you can take. Some petitions are actually little more than fundraising efforts for organizations or even politicians. The most effective thing you can do to register concerns is to show up in person at meetings or town...

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Put screen time management in your kids’ hands with the free unGlue app.

My kids are master negotiators when it comes to screen time, which is why we’ve never been successful with cookie-cutter methods to manage it. Sorry, Marble Jar. So that’s why I’m excited about the free unGlue app (iOS and Android), which actually empowers kids manage their bank of time according to their own priorities. Related: 8 smart ways parents can manage screen time and not lose their minds Related: 6 screen time management solutions that work, from been-there-done-that parents Here’s how the unGlue app works First, you need to download the unGlue app to your own phone, add your kid or kids, and then...

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How to use the new Instagram albums feature and not make your followers nuts.

You might have noticed the new Instagram albums feature that allows you to post up to 10 photos at once for people to flip through. If you’re wondering how it works, and why you’d even try it, we’ve got a quick tutorial, plus some great examples of how some of our favorite Instagrammers are using it. We have heard some tech rumors that Instagram made it available to the rest of us (it’s been available for sponsors for over a year now) so that we’d become comfortable with it and start swiping ads more. But whatever the reason, we’ll just say that...

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The new SciMoji women of science emoji: Because the past is female, too.

If you caught that awesome GE commercial that ran during the Oscars, asking, what if female scientists were treated like rock stars? then no surprise that they’re extending the campaign in a very 2017 way: With a SciMoji women of science emoji sticker pack. Install the app from the App Store, and you can respond to WHERE R U with a photo of astronaut Joan Higgenbotham suiting up. Having a good day? Text a sticker that reads I’m as positive as a proton!  Or kick off a hot sexting session with your geeky sweetheart, using the sticker of carbon scientist Millie Dresselhaus that declares, we have...

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