We’ve all been guilty of texting when drinking… right? Because this list from Mashable of the 21 drunk texters we all know rings a little too close to home. I’ll go first: I’m the Planner when I am not drunk and the Instigator when I am drunk. Of course, I just like the list because it’s also an accurate description of 21 drunk types we probably know, and since it’s Friday, let’s celebrate the weekend by dreaming up of different ways to use our phone when drinking.
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Every day it seems there is a new revelation about just how much the NSA is spying on all of us. The latest is that the NSA spies on 5 billion cell phones around the world daily.
But thankfully there are services to help you encrypt your communications and Internet behavior. The latest is an app called CoverMe, which promises “military-grade encryption” for your texts, phone calls, as well as photos, videos and documents. The app lets you encrypt messages, create self-destructing messages, host private group calls and wipe you phone free from call data.
According to the company, they have already seen more than 500,000 downloads across their iPhone and Android apps.
It’s unfortunate that great app ideas are often mired in their poor execution. It’s often best to wait and develope apps to the fullest function, but too often, we see projects such as this Museum of the Phantom City app, lose the faith and trust of those willing to use it. Fortunately, it’s free, but not free of frustrations.
Museum of the Phantom City lets you view visionary designs created by architects and artists throughout history. Walk through the city and see Buckminster Fuller’s Dome over midtown Manhattan, Adolf Loos’s unbuilt Chicago Tribune Tower, or Archigram’s pop-futurist Walking City, all while standing on the projects’ intended sites. Read more
Skills Factory for Kids recently introduced an interactive story app designed to help young kids — and their parents — get used to the idea of going to school for the first time.
Kids follow an animated little boy named Pete in the Little Explorer in Kindergarten app as he gets ready for school from home — use the toilet first! — arrives at kindergarten and then goes through various activities in the classroom. Kids control Pete’s movements by handing him soap to wash his hands, selecting crayons for art class, picking what to do on the playground first and so on.
Google’s #AutoAusome feature is getting into the holiday spirit with a little animated surprise. Just add your personal photos to Google Plus and the team will add some animated snow or sparkles to your images. It’s super cheesy, but who doesn’t like cheesiness around this time of year? Don’t be a Grinch!
The creators of the popular Any.do task and to-do list app have released a new calendar app for Android. Aptly named “Cal,” the app syncs your calendars and delivers it in a visually appealing daily planner with maps, quick access to contacts and even a way to call up an Uber–the cab service for the mobile set. It also allows users to sync with the Any.Do app.
Reviews on Google Play gave Cal high marks the day of its release, but the small handful of reviews for the version of Cal already available in the Apple store were less than stellar. (The app has 4.2 stars on Android but only 2 stars on iOS.) Read more
In a survey of 800 users, Frontrange discovered that 84% of us thinks that smartphone addiction exists while 45% of us suffers from a debilitating case of Smartphone overuse – at least once every hour! When asked if they could quit their phone for a week, 61% of respondents said they needed a phone at least once a week while 19% said they’d drop it if they were paid $500. Tough bargain!
If you’re more like the $500 group, you’re probably suffering a bit from Nomophobia, the fear of going without your phone – which is exactly what 7 people did in order to cull the data for the rest of this infographic. Scary? You bet. Read more
In a surprising move, Google is allowing all Glass owners to upgrade their hardware for free, just this once. Those who purchased the device prior to October 28, 2013 are eligible to swap their Glass for the “new hotness.”
New Glass looks practically the same, but has some minor improvements, including prescription lenses compatibility, better durability, speed improvements, and a mono earbud. By switching out, you’ll have to return your old glass, but you can also change your color selection while renewing your warranty through the voluntary upgrade. Overall, a win.
As a lover of veggies, apps, and animations, I’m absolutely enamored with VeggieTales’ latest app for Christmas. From Dreamworks Animations and Cupcakes Digital, the app comes with an introductory price of $0.99 through December 12,2013 when it goes back to $2.99.
The VeggieTales: It’s A Very Merry Larry Christmas holiday activity app stars Larry the Cucumber as Merry Larry, head elf of Spring Valley Mall. Larry welcomes kids into the app so they can help him get things up and running throughout the mall in time for the holidays. The app features a host of holiday-themed activities with various fun-filled levels designed to keep preschoolers and young kids fully entertained and excited for the season. Read more
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