With Emmy Award winner Mario Armstrong Technology & Digital Lifestyle Commentator
Apps have become such an important part of our daily digital lives. The newest ones offer you fun, save you money, help you repair devices and even keep your kids smart! Get ready to download as renowned Emmy Award Winner and tech & digital lifestyle commentator, Mario Armstrong offers a roundup of some of his favorite summer apps, many of them free.
Pocket Avatars is a new, over-the-top (“OTT”) mobile chat messaging experience from Intel which gives users a completely new way to connect, chat and have a little fun. It uses a mobile device’s standard camera and microphone to capture a user’s facial expressions, head movements and voice to create and send personalized, animated video messages using avatar characters.
Pocket Avatars is available for free download from the App Store and Google Play in the United States and Canada. You can send the message app-to-app, via text/SMS message, e-mail or via your favorite social media. At launch, there will be 45 avatars in the character library available for download including Annoying Orange, LEGO characters, Gumby and Pokey, Mr. Bill and the San Diego Chicken, animals and people. Many of the avatars are available for free and others cost just $0.99 for unlimited use. More will be added over time.
Pocket Avatars was home grown out of Intel Labs, created by a group of Intel technologists. It uses sophisticated, real-time facial and head-tracking technology that enables the app to evoke many different facial expressions built from 3-D models. Avatars can smile big and small, blink, raise & lower eyebrows, stick out their tongue and blow a kiss. This is all enabled by efficient and robust algorithms that can capture diverse image conditions such as changing light and moving subjects.
The TenMarks Math for Students Kindle app is a great way to curb learning loss and motivate your children to keep up and improve their math skills this summer. For the first time, TenMarks is offering its personalized summer math program for free (previously $39/student).
Completely customized to fit your child’s needs, the TenMarks Kindle app will review concepts from the previous year while helping them get ready for the next school year – all at their own pace. For grades 1 through Algebra 2 and Geometry, every TenMarks assignment includes hints, video lessons and real-time, step by step instruction while points, levels and custom rewards create a fun and motivating environment your child will enjoy. In addition to the new Kindle app, children can also use the TenMarks Summer Math program on any browser or an iPad.
TenMarks Math for Students – FREE
Dashlane makes identity and payments simple and secure everywhere with its password manager and secure digital wallet. With Dashlane you can securely manage passwords, credit cards, IDs, and other important information.
Other features include automatic password generation, a security dashboard for assessing password health, and automatic form-filling on every website and every device.
All of your data is stored locally on your device, not the cloud, and is also encrypted, meaning no one has access to your information except you.
Dashlane is available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android.
Dashlane is available for free. Premium accounts are available for $29.99/year
iCracked, the world’s largest on-demand network for device repair & buyback, has released it’s iOS app to make getting in touch with your local iTech that much easier.
With over 600 Certified iTechs across the country and abroad, iCracked will come to you and either repair or purchase your used devices where and when you want. You pick the time and place that is most convenient for you. We back our repairs with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
Those old devices sitting in your drawer? We will buy them from you on the spot with a secure, prepaid debit card. Think of us as AAA for your smartphones and tablets!
Boxed is the big box club for a new generation. Boxed brings all the benefits of bulk, warehouse club shopping to the convenience of your mobile device—all without membership fees.
Boxed’s mission is to provide value for those who don’t have the time, means or patience to shop at a warehouse club. A contemporary way to shop wholesale, Boxed takes on the heavy lifting associated with shopping for nonperishable bulk-sized items.
With complimentary shipping on all first orders, as well as orders starting at $75, Boxed is today’s most convenient, hassle-free way to enjoy the warehouse club experience from a smartphone or tablet.
Boxed is free to download via Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
Redfin is a national real estate brokerage with agents who don’t receive a commission, but are paid a salary, benefits and bonuses based on client satisfaction. The Redfin app is available on the iPhone, iPad and Android. The app makes it easier than ever to shop around and compare prices on homes, it also includes special features like:
More Accurate Home Search: You can search for homes forsale in a specific city, ZIP code, neighborhood or school attendance zone, and narrow it down by key features you’re looking for, like the number of bedrooms and price. Since Redfin is a real estate brokerage, the app gets information in real-time directly from local multiple listing services, which means it shows 20 percent more homes for sale than other non-brokerage sites.
Instant Updates: Once you’ve created a search, you can save that search and sign up to receive mobile or email notifications any time a home comes on the market that meets the search criteria. Redfin will send an email or push notification to your phone within 30 minutes of the home coming on the market, so you’ll never miss out on your dream home.
Home Tour Scheduling: To schedule a tour with a Redfin agent from your tablet or smartphone, simply find a home you’re interested in, then select the “Add to Tour List” button, and choose a date and time you’d like to tour the home.
Open House Planning: The Redfin app makes it easy to search for scheduled open houses. If you have an iPhone, you can even add those homes to your “Open House Schedule,” so you can easily plan multiple open house visits. You can also sign up to receive notifications when you’re near one of your favorite homes that is having an open house.
Hot Homes: Redfin looks across 500 different home details to determine which homes for sale are likely to go really fast – giving people information to help them prioritize their search.
Get the Redfin app for ipad, iphone or Android – FREE
Find&Save – Shopping and Deals
Discover the latest sales in your area.
Want to know what’s on sale nearby? Find&Save shows you all the sales in your area in one handy app.
Find&Save features the latest deals from more than 400 retailers, including Macy’s, Target, Safeway, Home Depot, Staples and Best Buy, to name a few.
Whether you are looking for sales in your neighborhood, while you are in the mall or on the other side of the country while on vacation, Find&Save shows you the deals near your current location.
Find&Save gathers all the sales from weekly ads in your newspaper or mailbox, email sale alerts from retailers, and information from our content partners to bring all the latest sales and products in one place.
Find&Save is on apps for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, as well as on the shopping tab of newspapers websites across the country, and FindnSave.com.