Tag: Android apps

Why yes, you do need this app for free last minute Mother’s Day ecards

I’m a big fan of ecards for holidays, and I have yet to find a better, easier resource for last-minute ecards than the Red Stamp app. With Mother’s Day just a day away, get on it! Surely there’s someone you’ve forgotten — a mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, best single mom friend — or just someone you want to flood with some extra love this weekend without spending a penny. In which case, you can bombard them with gorgeous, free ecards by text or email, choosing from dozens of customizable modern designs, and even uploading your own photos to many of templates. This...

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A free photo effects app that turns ordinary shots into works of art

As someone who is definitely not a pro photographer, I’m all about the photo apps that help make my snapshots…let’s say, a little more artful. That’s why the Prisma photo effects app (iOS and yes, Android) is my latest photo filter app obsession, and if you’re not yet in the fast-growing Prisma fan club, well, join us! If you’re kind of over crema, juno and inkwell, there are more than 60 filters on Prisma that can turn even an admittedly average, poorly lit photo of my daughter, above, into something resembling a Mondrian, a Monet, a Münch or a Miyazaki. And a whole lot more....

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Stack app: The mesmerizing, beautiful free app game we can’t put down

I like to keep at least one totally mindless, just-for-fun app on my iPad for some winding-down entertainment at the end of the day. Of course, Candy Crush and 1010 have dominated recently, but I’ve just discovered the Stack app (iOS and Android). And now I’m hooked. Related: The Path to Luma: A beautiful new puzzle game app that’s free. Yay! Related: 9 of the most stunningly beautiful mobile games to add some zen to your apps Stack is both beautiful and so simple (although, I do turn the volume off — ugh). As you play the game, squares glide across...

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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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10 cool Mother’s Day tech gifts for your favorite mobile mom.

As much as we love flowers and chocolate for Mother’s Day (seriously, bring it on) we’d never say no to a an awesome Mother’s Day tech gift. Especially one that recognizes we are basically insane on-the-go multi-taskers who manage our entire lives –and our family’s, ahem — with the help of our phones, tablets and laptops. From audio accessories, to chic cases, to online subscriptions that make our lives better, here are some fantastic Mother’s Day tech gift ideas for all the mobile moms out there. Which, to be honest, is all of us these days. Related: The most beautiful floral phone cases for mom...

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5 ways to use tech to help your tweens and teens get better sleep

Just this week, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) released new recommendations for middle and high school students, stating they should not start school until 8:30am, which for my middle schooler would be a full hour and a half later than she needs to be at school. Additionally, they suggest kids 13-18 should be getting at least eight to ten hours of sleep per night, because, as they noted, it can greatly improve everything from school performance to reaction time (which is important if you’ve got kids who drive). Until schools are able to make adjustments to their start...

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The free Lab4U apps are like having a science lab right in your smart phone

For those of you with budding scientists at home, the Lab4U app collection lets kids conduct real science experiments with just their phone. No WIFI required! The collection currently features two apps, Lab4Physics app and Lab4Chemistry, both of which use the sensors on your phone (in the camera, speakers, and other hardware) to measure variables like speed, velocity, sound waves, gravity or even to calculate the concentrations of chemical solutions. To be clear, these apps aren’t educational games. They actually transform your smartphone into the scientific instruments needed to perform real experiments, with step-by-step instructions on how to complete them. Once you record your data and the results...

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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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Thanks to Facebook Townhall, you can now contact your congresspeople through… Facebook

We just featured 3 political apps that can help you make your voice heard, but now it can be as easy as hopping on Facebook, thanks to their new Townhall feature. To use this feature, you’ll need to be logged in on Facebook, then head over to the Townhall page (or look for Townhall in the menu of your Facebook mobile app) which will populate with your state representatives, giving you the option to contact and/or follow them. If you input your street address, which Facebook says they do not share or list publicly, you’ll get a list of your local congresspeople as...

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