Category: Best Apps

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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The Path to Luma: A beautiful new puzzle game app that’s free

Anyone else burning out on Candy Crush and 1010 lately? Me too, so I just downloaded The Path to Luma (free on iOS and Android) and I have to say that it’s turned out to be better and more interesting than I expected. In fact, my kids also keep sneaking and advancing me through the levels, which means I’m not the only one who’s hooked on it in my house. Related: The Monument Valley app is a stunner. And a stumper. Related: 9 of the most stunningly beautiful mobile games add some zen to your apps Created by the sustainable energy company NRG, players are...

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Save money on groceries with these 4 coupon apps. Easy, peasy.

If you’re looking to cut down your grocery bill (who isn’t?), clipping coupons and checking the grocery store circular are smart ways to make it happen. But these days, you can do so much of that online, right from your smart phone, thanks to these 4 coupon apps. From tracking your loyalty savings to giving you deals on organic and natural foods, these coupon apps could save you a whole lot of money on items already on your list. And if you’re looking for a few more grocery shopping tips and tricks, we’ve got them. We’re all for anything to...

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Run, drive, and yes, even DJ like Batman, with the new LEGO Batman Movie app | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Warner Bros. Pictures As you might have heard, The LEGO Batman movie is coming to a theater near you this Friday, but right now, you can download the new, free LEGO Batman Movie app so your kids can save Gotham, right on a smart phone or tablet.   Available on iTunes and Google Play, this free app lets kids transform into LEGO Batman (or their favorite character from the movie), where they can do everything from jump across The Bat Cave or the Rooftops of Gotham, to drive their own Batmobile to battle Villain Bosses. Kids will love customizing...

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3 of our favorite meditation apps to help you keep your chill

If your stress hormones have spiking lately, here are 3 meditation apps we’ve personally tried that can really help you reclaim your thoughts and cultivate a sense of calm and well-being. Because doesn’t that sound great right now? Stop, Breathe & Think Related: 8 ways to make your iPhone less distracting Our editor Kristen recommended this one on a Today show segment about the best apps for keeping your New Year’s resolutions, and I can totally see why. Stop, Breathe & Think begins with a very brief check-in, asking you how you’re feeling physically and emotionally. Based on your answers,...

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What parents need to know about the new LEGO Life social media app for kids

This week, LEGO launched a new social media-style app for kids called LEGO Life (iOS and Android), a free app that’s designed for kids ages 7-12 to share their LEGO creations and get ideas and inspiration for new projects to build. As much as we love LEGO, we always have reservations about anything “social media-y” for kids that young. So, we took a closer look to see exactly how it works and if it’s something you should look into for your kids. Related: Easy Internet safety tips that parents can start using right now Related: KidGuard helps parents track their kid’s online...

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