Have you ever had a life-altering, spectacular dream and within minutes of waking up could no longer remember the moments that made up your vision? Well now, there’s an app for that (and it doesn’t require you to wear some silly electromagnetic head gear.) SHADOW, a New-York based startup building the world’s largest dream database, and is now offering it’s iOS app to help users record and remember their dreams. SHADOW is an innovative alarm clock that helps users remember and record their dreams by placing them in a cloud-based, global dream repository. SHADOW visualizes your sleep and dream patterns to identify common themes and, by using dream content of other users, turns these symbols and experiences into insights.
Founder hunter lee soik explains: “Some of humanity’s best scientific discoveries begin in dreams, yet most of us forget 95% of our dreams within minutes of waking up. Thanks to our Kickstarter backers we can now build an app to capture all that lost dream data, and we are absolutely astounded by the positive response we’ve had so far. A massive thank you to every one who has backed, supported and given us your feedback, we could not have done it without you”.
At its heart SHADOW is an alarm clock, but with a stunning design and advanced features. Simply tell SHADOW when you go to bed and the time you wish to wake up, and come morning it will use a series of escalating alarms. The gradual increase in volume not only makes the waking up process easier, but helps you better remember your dreams by taking you through your hypnopompic state (the transition from asleep to awake) much slower than a standard alarm clock.
Once you’re awake, SHADOW immediately prompts you to record your dreams, you can speak or text your dream into the app and if you do audio it’ll transcribe to text and pull out the key words. From there SHADOW will push the dream to a secured server where it can anonymously organize the global data to identify major themes and trends. For the times when remembering dreams is tricky, you can opt to answer a series of 5-10 questions designed to jog your memory. The whole process takes less than five minutes, and once the data is recorded you decide how far and wide to share it.
Now available at $8, SHADOW helps users record and remember their dreams. Early Backers will receive the application beginning around December, and you can still back the project from as little as $2 on their Kickstarter page until the campaign ends on 11:11am on November 2. SHADOW is the brainchild of soik, an entrepreneur specializing in organizational leadership and experience design. Before founding SHADOW, soik was a creative consultant for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour, and consultant for brands including Stella McCartney, Vitra, the CFDA Awards and Art Basel. For more visit www.discovershadow.
To celebrate the fifth birthday of its App Store, Apple is offering free downloads of five games and five apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch until next week.
In five short years Apple have grown to dominate the app market, growing from a mere 500 available apps at launch to over 900,000.
The App Store surpassed 100 million app downloads by the September of 2009, and has continued to grow ever since. The launch of the first iPad in 2010 created an entirely new platform, allowing a greater degree of movement and dexterity for gameplay. Users could play and interact with their apps on a larger screen for the first time, with games topping both the free and paid for app charts.More than 800 apps are downloaded every second, equating to over two billion apps downloaded every month. Check out some of the free downloads you can snag for a limited time only below.
Which apps have you downloaded and absolutely hate?
What are some of your favorite apps downloaded to date?
Can you believe Father’s Day is right around the corner? Have you decided how you’re going to celebrate the men in your life?
Sometimes the best Father’s Day present is the gift of ease and convenience, and Verizon is definitely a one-stop shop. Thanks to the nation’s largest 4G network, Verizon can help you find the quickest, easiest Apps to give Dad this Father’s Day. Whether he loves his Android or iOS device, there’s an App out there for you to show how much you appreciate your Father this year.
Here are Verizon Wireless top App picks to show Dad this Father’s Day:
iHandy Carpenter ($1.99)- The iHandy Carpenter is the perfect App for the handyman of your house. Available on both Android and iOs devices, it provides five professional tools in one App. Users can turn to this App for a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level, steel protractor, steel ruler and inclinometer. The app is not only practical, but beautiful, with clear and crisp graphics.
ESPN ScoreCenter (Free)- Dad will never miss the score from his favorite games with this free App. With scores from the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and more, he will never have to ask how his favorite team is doing. In addition to scores, Dad can get breaking sports news and fresh-cut video clips streaming to his phone.
Weber’s On the Grill ($4.99)- If Dad’s a grill-master, then the Weber’s On the Grill App for Android and iOS smartphones will certainly be the gift that keeps on giving. With over 300 recipes, videos and recipe sharing, this App is great for grillers old and new. To make cooking even easier, users can create a grocery list to make shopping for their favorite meals organized and simple.
Mint (Free)- If your Father’s like most today, he probably keeps track of every penny spent. Mint is a great financial planning App that is not only 100% affordable, but helps him keep the family’s spending in check. The safe, user-friendly App helps create budgets, manage bills and keep track of spending, all from an Android or iOS device.
How to Tie a Tie (Free)- Dad works hard everyday, so there’s no reason why he can’t look good! This free App gives easy instructions on how to tie 20 of the most popular tie knots. Available on most Smartphone devices, this App ensures that your Father looks neat and stylish, no matter the occasion.
Although these Apps are great to share with your Father this Father’s Day, the list doesn’t stop here. Be sure to check out the Android Marketplace and the App Store for more fun and easy apps your Dad is sure to love.
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Vine users REJOICE!!! The app that was once exclusive to iOS users only is now available for Android devices! If you’re still in the dark ages and don’t know the hype about Vine, check out our earlier recap here.
Vine creates stop-motion videos that can include as many scenes as you can fit in. Video stops and starts when you press on your device’s screen. Your finished product can then be shared just on Vine, or with friends on Twitter! Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.
• Unlimited uploads and free
• Instantly post videos on Vine, then share to Twitter and Facebook (more coming soon!)
• Find, follow, and interact with people close to you
• Explore trending posts, featured hashtags and editor’s picks
Video Sharing App Vine Comes To Android
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Being a new mom is great—but, let’s face it, it’s also tough. From juggling diapers and baby bottles, to fighting off sleep deprivation, there’s quite a lot to manage.
If only there was an app for that!
In honor of Mother’s Day, the folks at Verizon Wireless New York have handpicked 5 of the best smartphone apps – available on Android and iPhone, the most popular platforms today – that help make life easier for new moms.
· Baby Connect ($4.99): Need help tracking your brand-new bundle of joy’s growth and development? How about having medicine, vaccine and growth tracking timers, reminders and notifications? Baby Connect helps new moms track, log and share daily information about their babies. Great for doctor appointments!
· Baby Monitoring & Alarm ($3.99): Why spend a ton on a new baby monitor? The Baby Monitoring & Alarm app monitors your newborn’s sounds and will notify you by a phone call to another phone when there is a noise in the baby’s room. The app can even pull songs from iTunes to help lull your toddler back to sleep.
· Grocery Smarts Coupon Shopper (FREE): From diapers to baby food, items for a newborn (or kids in general) start to add up fast. That’s what makes the Grocery Smarts Coupon Shopper app so useful. It lets you plan a shopping trip based on what’s currently on sale at stores like Target, Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid.
· White Noise ($1.99): Red-eyed moms will love the White Noise app for their babies—and for themselves! Use it to help your little one fall asleep by playing gentle sounds of the environment, or the familiar sounds of your fan or AC. There are also sound timers that fade audio out so your baby doesn’t suddenly awake.
· Instagram (FREE): We know, we know. Instagram wasn’t necessarily designed to help with your lovable toddler, but, in terms of taking pics of their cute faces and easily sharing them online with friends and family—Instagram is perfect.
So, there you have it—for Mother’s Day, the top-5 apps for new moms via Verizon Wireless New York.
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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?
Tired of the default Mail app not covering all of your needs? The developers over at Orchestra, Inc. have cooked up the email solution for you. Introducing the Mailbox app for iOS where it treats your atypical email like a to-do list for better productivity.
- To Archive you simply to the right,
- To Delete you long swipe to the right,
- To snooze an email you swipe left,
- To add to lists (or Labels) you long swipe to the left.
For on-the-go divas, it is even tougher to pay attention to personal wellness. With all the traveling, working, and keeping busy, it’s hard to understand how one can always keep it together. We have found some tips from well-balanced celebrities that have shared how they do it. Take these tips that have worked for them and see how you can apply it to your daily self-care! Between working, taking care of the family, and handling personal business it’s easy for women to tire, get sick, and eventually burn out. Burnout takes the form of anxiety, illness, nervous breakdowns, and sometimes even flat out laziness.
There is an app for everything these days. For most tips, there is an app available on smart phones and/or tablets to help any diva meet her self-care goals. Check out some self-care tricks and tips from famous divas on the go, along with supporting apps that’ll help you live your best life well.
1. Tia Mowry: Plan your workouts ahead of time. A fun way to do this would be to set workout “dates” with friends.
The App To Get You There: To track activity, download Nike+ FuelBand. Note: In order for is to work, you must purchase a physical FuelBand, which is available at Nike stores andonline. With the app, users set goals for activity ahead of time and are pushed to meet them.
2. Lisa Ling: Take snacks along for the ride. Before leaving the house, the hotel, or wherever you laid your head down to rest, grab a piece of fruit, fill up a bottle with water, and say no to the sugary treats.
The App To Get You There: To keep track of the food you’re eating on the daily, download Fooducate. It helps users keep track of their grocery list, what they’ve eaten, their water intake, as well as the exercise they did on any given day. (Incorporate this app with tip 1 above.) If you’re in the grocery store and want to know more about a product, you can scan the bar code and get a grade for the product, alternatives, and the ratings of other users.
Fooducate is currently available on iPhones and Androids.
3. Mariska Hargitay: Take time for some TLC. Working too many hours is associated with anxiety and depression. Who wants to deal with that?
The App To Get You There: Use the calendar on your phone and track every minute of your day for a week. At the end of the week, check to see where you can input some “you time.” During this “you time”, put your phone away, or turn it off, if possible.
4. Lisa Price: Fight germs as best you can.
There isn’t an app for this. Wash your hands often. Keep hand sanitizer in your purse. And use tissue when you cough or sneeze so you don’t pass along germs either.
These four tips from four amazing women should guide your in the right direction for living your best life and doing it well. What are your tips for wellness care?