Looking to livin up your next party without hiring a personal DJ? Jukebox Hero makes for the perfect interactive “playlist” for parties, school gatherings, the office, home and more. The app enables members of a circle—friends, officemates, and family members—to take turns playing DJ, enhancing group interaction and fun via your favorite tunes.
Jukebox Hero™, an innovative new mobile app that transforms the personal music library on a user’s mobile device into an interactive jukebox has just launched today. Perfect for gatherings, private parties and group events, when friends or family use Jukebox Hero on their own devices, they also join the fun by viewing a host’s music library, browsing songs, viewing other participants, and queuing up songs. Jukebox Hero is available today—for free—via Apple’s App store where it instantly debuted as a Top 10 app in the Music category. Jukebox Hero for Android is also available now for free on the Google Play store.
How It Works
Each time the Jukebox Hero app is opened, a user is presented with the ability to either create their own jukebox or to join someone else’s jukebox as a remote. Creating a jukebox immediately populates the song list with the personal music library housed on the user’s iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device. Joining as a remote allows a user to log into a host’s jukebox, browse the music library associated with that jukebox and immediately queue up songs to add to the virtual playlist. The app leverages the device’s GPS to provide a list of nearby jukeboxes at any given time.
Jukeboxes in the Jukebox Hero app can be set up to allow anyone to join, or they can be made privately accessible via a unique PIN. A user that wishes to join a private jukebox must have the correct PIN to be able to log in, browse and begin queuing up songs. Jukebox Hero utilizes three different queuing options and a virtual credit system that sparks social interaction and queuing activity:
- Add to Queue (Adds track to end of the queue)
- Play Next (Adds track to the front of the queue)
- Play Now (Interrupts whatever is currently playing and starts selected track immediately)
Each user is given a certain number of credits when they log onto a jukebox. The cost to Play Now or Play Next increases as the activity does with Play Now always positioned as the most expensive option. When users have used all of their credits, they can request more from the owner of the jukebox they have joined. The jukebox administrator sets the default number of credits and can easily grant users additional credits as needed.
The Jukebox Hero app has unique retro styling with modern touches that transforms the jukebox of yesterday’s drive-ins, malt shops and burger joints into the interactive social music player for today’s current generation of music lovers. Jukebox Hero has seamless integration with both Facebook and Twitter that allows users to share the party music experience with their friends…or the world.
“Virtually every consumer now carries a personal library of thousands of songs which can be accessed at the swipe of a finger,” said Woo Park, president of App Factory, an SK Planet company. “Just as the Instagram app enhanced smartphone cameras, we think that Jukebox Hero will improve the way that consumers interact with their own—and each other’s—personal music libraries. We are thrilled to launch Jukebox Hero for both iOS and Android and are extremely happy to see the app being well received out of the gate.”
Now that you’ve got the details on one of the hottest apps to hit devices in a while, tell us where you’d put this app to good use first? House party, birthday party, Bat Mitzvah?
With new apps being developed by the minute, there are always options to overload your smartphone with new applications. From morning til night, you can practically find an app for anything, but it’ll cost you. If you’re looking for a few good apps to add to your device roster, check out this week in apps for ten FREE apps worth downloading this week.
Sunrise (Price: Free)
Why go several places if you can achieve your goals with one. Sunrise, a new calendar app built by two ex-Foursquare designers, pulls together your appointments from Google Calendar, Facebook Events and Birthdays and weather outlooks. Check out more details on our new favorite app here. (For iPhone)
Any.Do (Price: Free)
Managing your procrastination is now a little easier. This popular reminder app was just updated to support a new feature called Any.Do Moment, a quick and fun overview of your day and the things you have on your list. What I love most about this app is users are greeted with a simple list broken into four sections. (For iPhone, Android)
Find. Eat. Drink. (Price: Free)
As someone always on the prowl for killer foodie mobile apps, F.E.D. has leaped to the top of my current rotation. Recommendations are curated by industry insiders; top-tier chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, baristas, butchers, pitmasters and food purveyors. I also love the printable PDF cheatsheets on the website. (For iPhone)
Eventster (Price: Free)
Eventster bills itself as Pandora for your events.This mobile app helps you discover nightlife, concerts, festivals, sports, theater and more around you. See what’s trending around you, search based on your tastes or find out what your friends are up to. (For iPhone)
Switchcam (Price: Free)
The new web app automatically synchronizes footage of an event from multiple cameras and turns it into one tidy interactive video. It reminds me a bit of other collaborative video apps but with an interesting twist — viewers control the produced feeds. (For iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry, Windows)
Cam Me (Price: Free)
Ready to go hands free? With this camera app you never have to worry about fussing with the timer setting again. Just wave and smile — boom, there it is. (For iPhone)
CineMama (Price: Free)
Interested in a digital keepsake of the baby bump? There’s an app for that! Women can create a time-lapse video of their pregnancy, and get health tips along the way, through a new iPhone app called CineMama available from the March of Dimes. (For iPhone)
Vine (Price: Free)
In the month since Twitter introduced Vine, a mobile service that lets users capture and share short looping videos, it’s taken off about as well as the social networking giant could have hoped. Big brands, news outlets and creative Twitter users have flocked to it. The limitation for producing creative content in six seconds is both the beauty and challenge of Vine. (For iPhone)
Kickstarter (Price: Free)
The crowdfunding platform for creative endeavors has been around for a few years. What is new is its sleek, simple iPhone app. Now users can search, pledge and track those indie art projects while on the go. (For iPhone, iPod Touch)
Hotel Tonight (Price: Free)
The app makes it easy to search for and book hotels, and leverages hotels’ desire to fill up their rooms to help you get huge discounts — as much as 70% off. The catch is you can’t book until noon the day of. HT has been around for a few years, but they update the app all the time, often adding new cities. (For iPhone, Android) via
Now that you’ve found some new apps, which ones will you download first?
Timbre. – It is the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity. It is also the name of an app, developed by Intrepid Dev, that gives users a list of concerts based on their location. Discover how the Timbre app can help you score those hard to find tickets near you. If you’re an iPhone user who loves live music, I’d say give the Timbre app a download today – discover why below…
How it works: Tap the Timbre icon. With that tap, the app finds your location and compiles a list of events near by. Once you get your list and find an artist of interest, users can click on their name, listen to a snippet of their music and get directed to SeatGeek, where their can purchase to the concert at the selected venue on their selected date. Timbre can search between a 1- and 50-mile radiuses. You can also use the search bar to browse events in other locations. This is a great feature for Divas who travel.
According to a piece on Fast Company, Intrepid Dev CEO Mark Kasdorf says the app development firm is planning to expand the app to do even more. One of these new features will be a map that will show all of the nearby venues.
With the hype surrounding Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, Timbre created a list of category nominees. Using the app, I looked up some of them to see if they had concerts any time soon. Here are events on the east and west coast happening over the month featuring Grammy-nominated artists.
Pink at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 16th, 2013. Buy tickets.
Maroon 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 16th, 2013. Buy tickets.
Alicia Keys and Miguel at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 12th, 2013. Buy tickets.
Are there any other mobile apps you can use to buy concert tickets?
Have you tried Timbre? Still looking for Beyonce tickets? Maybe you should give Timbre a try…
Scrabble is a remarkable game in our eyes. It’s always been and will always be. With the use of smart phones, Scrabble has now been deemed a “cool” word game app downloaded by millions. (Because come on, Words with Friends is just a more colorful way to play Scrabble with friends on your smart phone or tablet.) We’re kinda happy about the growing love for words. The challenge of wanting to use your vocabulary and possible increase it in a game with friends is exciting. Maybe because we like to write and have a strong love for words.
With the fizzle of Words With Friends comes the latest hype around other word games! Allow us to (re)introduce you to some apps that will allow you to flex your vocabulary skills and stunt on social media at the same time.
Sixteen letters. How many words can you find within them? That is the name of this game. Why is it called Ruzzle? That, we can’t tell you. That word isn’t even in the dictionary, but the game is fun and it is a bit addicting. We found ourselves trying our best to get achievements, including Juggernaut: ‘Win against the same opponent 10 times’ and Close Call: ‘Win by a margin of less than 50 points.’ Think you can get some achievements? Challenge a friend or random opponent in Ruzzle. Looking for the next best thing in word game apps – Ruzzle is it!
2. Letter Press
Players use a 5×5 board of letter tiles to make words. It is a two player game where users play back and forth on one board. This one is similar to Ruzzle, but with an added twist. Previous words cannot be played. If player one plays USER, that cannot be used, and neither can USE because that is a part of the word played.
Up for the challenge? Get into it!
3. 7 Little Words
This one is a bit challenging. The task: Use tiles with 2-3 letters to figure out one word based on a clue. There are free daily puzzles and bundles of 50-200 puzzle that cost $0.99–$4.99.
Bonus: This game is available in English, French, and Spanish.
4. What’s the Word?
Users of this game will be shown four photos and asked to guess what they all mean. For example, you may get shown a couple photos of trees on the beach and hands facing outward. The answer is palm. This one is more of a guessing game than one that will push users to use their knowledge bank of words.
5. Times Crosswords
The New York Times has made their daily Crossword Puzzles available on smart phones. Users get clues and must enter them in numbered slots across and down like any other crossword puzzle. Got a thing for crossword puzzles? This is the app for you. The great thing about this one is it stops the time when you click out of it and picks right back up when you log back in. And you can check the puzzle to see if you got the answers right once you’re done.
6. Word Collapse
Players must find words in their correct order. Each puzzle is themed and the letters are chosen based in it. Your task? Find the words and clear the board. If you get a word correct, the tiles used clear and the other tiles ‘collapse’ and build new words. The order of clearing the words is what matters. If you do it out of order, it will be tough to clear a level. With each level, more words are added to the puzzle based on the theme.
Board games are fun. What is even better is that games have been made available for users on the go. Bored on the train to work? Can’t sleep? Download any one of these and play! We’re impressed with app developers and obsessed over word games! Time to get on ___________ (insert any of the above games) and start flexing!
Family time, awesome gifts and warm gloves aren’t the only thing that the holidays bring on! We’re eating for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years and everything else in between but how do we combat the winter weight gain that comes along with it? Sure we all want to go to the gym EVERYDAY, but will that really happen in reality? Doubt it! That’s why we’ve found the next best thing! Harness the power of your fingertips with fat-busting apps that’ll get you on the right path & a head start towards healthier living well before January. We’ve wrangled up five of the best apps to help you battle the holiday bulge starting today!
One of my personal favs, the Workout Trainer app lets you select from thousands of free workout programs and save your favorites for easy access. Customize your own workouts, and each exercise comes with photo/video tutorial (just in case you don’t know what Burpees, Spider Pushups or Seal Jacks are). You can even schedule your workouts and get reminders sent to your phone.
Yes there’s an app for that! One of the most intense workout dvd’s is now gracing iphones everywhere. You can try the Ab Ripper X program for free and receive a discount on ordering the dvd set via the app. Anyone that’s ever tried P90X knows how intense their exercises are, so if this can’t keep you from gaining this holiday season nothing will!
This one is a little less customizable than Workout Trainer but perfect for those who just want to get started! Target workouts to your lower body, upper body, core and yoga programs, or select Anything Goes to do a little of everything. Download on your ipad and listen along to workouts
How are you fighting the ‘holiday 15’ this season!?
There’s no better time to challenge the power of your smartphone to make your life a little easier this season. Black Friday chaos, Small Business Saturday shopping and Cyber Monday is right around the corner to kick off the holiday shopping season, and this year you have the power to control your entire shopping experience. Verizon is here to help! Tis the season to shop stress free this year and enjoy your holiday weekend with the help of these helpful apps, tips and Verizon’s 4G LTE Network:
- Map out where you want to go and what route you want to take. Use VZNavigator for turn-by-turn directions, your location, and live traffic conditions to avoid the crowds. Use real-time, turn-by-turn spoken directions with street names and true-to-life images of highway and exit signs, many in 3D. Advanced navigation instructions include landmarks such as traffic lights and number of streets. Discover millions of destinations and businesses that are constantly updated for accuracy, including the nearest ATMs and low gas prices. Search by name or category: restaurants, shopping, airports, museums and more.
- If you’re interested in searching for deals by store, product categories, or most recent offers, download the TGI Black Friday App . This app lets you view Black Friday ads from all major retail stores, create a personal shopping list, and compare prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal. TGI Black Friday is currently the highest rated Black Friday app for the Apple iPhone in 2011. The free app allows you to search thousands of Black Friday deals for every major retail store. You can create a personal shopping list and use your iPhone to shop smarter and faster on Black Friday.
- Worried about your favorite team rather than a shopping deal? Don’t! With the Verizon NFL Mobile you get 24/7 access to everything NFL. Check out scores, latest news, and highlights.
- Ready for Small Business Saturday? Make sure you stay fueled so your shopping experience is a marathon not a sprint. Small Business Saturday, is Saturday, November 24th! Support local business and download the Yelp app so you know where to get the closest cup of joe or sandwich to keep you going. Find and read reviews about great local businesses near you. Looking for a burrito joint open now? An Irish pub nearby? A gas station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp for Android is here to help. Use us to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.
- Cyber Monday is important and on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network you’ll be able to search and shop faster. With the Amazon.com app you can use that power to compare prices, read reviews, and buy all the latest gear and gadgets. Browse, search & buy millions of products right from your Android device. The Amazon Mobile App allows Android users to browse and “Shop by Department”, quickly search, compare prices, read reviews, share products with friends, access Gold Box Deals, and make purchases on Amazon.com.
On average, there are about 300 new apps, created and released every day! There are apps to help you plan your day, meals and even step up your dating & relationship skills. If supermodel/mogul Tyra Banks is known for one thing, it’s inventing “the smize,” or the act of smiling with your eyes. Now a pop culture staple, smizing is no longer an elite skill limited to America’s top models — Tyra has decided to share her smizing powers with us all with the “Smize Yourself!” app.
The “Smize Yourself!” app allows users to apply facial morphing technology to enhance the smizes in their own photos. Users receive training via Banks’ voice-over narration. After taking a photo within the app’s face outline, one swipe will adjust the emotion in the picture’s eyes from subtle to exaggerated. Earlier this week, Tyra stopped by the Wendy Williams show to talk Top Model, Love and “smizing” and based on some of the photos we’ve seen, a good smize could go a long way.
From smizing to sexting, the Vibease has taken sexting to a truly technical level with the Vibease app. Remember that time you really wanted to “get it on,” but your partner was thousands of miles away? A startup called Vibease recently started taking pre-orders for a new long-distance vibrator operated by bluetooth technology. The full bundle includes the free Vibease app as well as what the company calls a “massager,” for about $70.
By connecting the vibrator through bluetooth, women’s partners are able to control the type of massage received through a series of functions on their smartphone. The app also allows couples to chat, send pics or sext through a secure messaging service that requires a security pin for access.
Talk about apps meant for long distance relationships and just in case your mate is on a long business trip, the “smize” app and Vibease app can take you from first base to home plate with literally the press of a button. What will they think of next?
Using your smartphone for all your New York Fashion Week needs is now easy as pie! HTC put together some helpful tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Fashion Week using an HTC smartphone (below). Advanced camera features and easy access to social networks make it easier than ever to stay in the loop while making your way to shows, events and after parties throughout Fashion Week.
What are some of your favorite apps to use during fashion week! Share in the comments section below!
In partnership with the New York Public Library and Souleo Enterprises financial literacy programming – DivasandDorks.com will host a seminar that will help you stay on track of your budget and build wealth right from the smartphone in your hand. This weekend, join Christen of DivasandDorks.com for a Financial (APP)titude seminar this Saturday, July 14th at St. George Library in Staten Island, NY.
Within the digital realm exists a wealth of financial resources that have the abilitiy to empower individuals. In this presentation, Christen Rochon, publisher of DivasandDorks.com, will educate patron on the most innovative and useful digital tools to budget, raise funds, stay on top of bills and more!
Financial (APP)titude Seminar
Saturday, July 14th, 2:00pm
St. George Library
5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall)
Staten Island, NY
With tons of smart phone applications available for your iPhone, Blackberry & Android devices, it’s safe to say there’s an app to solve almost any problem. Did you know, there are apps to solve even the slightest of beauty problems? From selecting new hair color shades to correcting your worst make up faux pas – there’s an app for that! It’s now easier ever than before to get the best beauty advice, quality product reviews and step-by-step tutorials all from the convenience of your smart phone.
Tried, tested and true, check out our favorite FREE beauty apps available for your smart phone and enjoy the beauty of technology at your fingertips. Read my complete Essence.com article below…