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Learn Something New! Summer School Is In Session With These Amazing Apps

July 10th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean you can’t take the time to learn something new!  There are tons of inexpensive and free apps that will help you learn practically everything!  Want to become fluent in Spanish? There’s an app for that?  Need to brush up on your cooking skills?  There’s an app for that too!  Check out 10 amazing apps that will help you learn something new each and everyday below!


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Become a master chef: Most of us have a few go-to dishes in our repertoire, but don’t branch out from there. If you want to expand your recipe bank, food journalist and author Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything is the way to go. Aside from recipes, there are kitchen tips and shopping lists built in to make your time in the kitchen more efficient. And there’s is a vegetarian version of the app you can download if you are an herbivore. $9.99 on iOS


Learn to invest: If you want to diversify your portfolio but find the stock market overwhelming, Trade Hero is here to help. Aside from being able to buy, sell and trade stocks, you’ll also receive pro tips and support so you can make the most educated decisions when it comes to investing in stocks. Free on iOS and Android



Become bilingual — or trilingual: You can pick up a foreign language without having to sign up for a Berlitz class. Duolingo turns the learning process into a game by allowing you to pick up one of more than a dozen languages through a series of speaking, listening and visual exercises. With the convenience of being able to study on the go, you’ll be a master linguist in no time. Free on iOS and Android



Get your art history on: Whether you are an art buff or want to appear more knowledgeable the next time you’re at a museum, this is the app for you. With Daily Art you’ll examine a new masterpiece each day, read about its history and the artist. Free on iOS and Android



Sharpen your #girlboss skills: Levo League recently debuted their Thinking Talents app complete with a quiz to help you assess your strengths in the workplace. The best part is that you can share your results with coworkers and friends to get a sense of how your skills can best complement each other. If you’re thinking of starting a business with your friends, this app is a must. Free on iOS


Get informed: LinkedIn recently updated their news app, Pulse, making it one of the best resources for business, career and trend information. Unlike traditional newspapers, there is no subscription fee for Pulse, and it is one of the best sources for learning about how to advance in your career and what is happening in the working world. Free on iOS and Android




Become a Stock Market Whiz: Similar to Trade Hero, the Stock Market app will help you learn the ins and outs of wall street. Aside from offering easy-to-follow graphs and charts, this app features great video content on investing and stock basics. Free on iOS and Android



Teach Others: The updated iTunes U now allows instructors to collect and grade assignments. It is also teaching us to be greener since by nature it forces you to go paperless. Not a teacher? You can still use this app! There is a wide library of free college-level courses so you can take that elective you missed out on. Free on iOS



Become a Wordsmith: Lexicon nerds, rejoice! The Word of the Day app was build for you. The title says it all; you’ll be sent a new word and definition each day so you’ll eventually have the most impressive vocabulary out of all of your friends. Free on iOS



Teach Your Kids: This is a great app for parents who want to help their tween or teen prep for high school or college. Kahn Academy allows your child to refresh their skills in past course levels and get ahead of the curve by learning advanced content. The app also features tools for parents and teacher. Free on iOS and Android


Now that you have a few summer apps that will keep you learning all summer long, which apps are you looking forward to downloading first?  Share your summer school skill wishlist in the comments section below!




Instagram’s Latest Update Is Pretty Mind Blowing! (This Is What A Photo Social App Should Look Like!)

June 25th, 2015 by Christen

Unless you’ve been under a rock – (which I kinda, sorta have for the last few days…) you may have noticed that Instagram released a new update that looks and feels pretty amazing! On Tuesday, Instagram debuted its latest version (7.0, for those keeping track) with a fully redesigned search + explore experience.

Instagram introduced its redesigned “Explore” tab, which features plenty of trending content + sort of looks like the iTunes Store, and the improved “Search” toolbar today. Before clicking on the new instagram update on US iOS + Android devices immediately, check out all the deets on the new features below.


1. See What’s Trending: Instead of just having an “Explore” tab to discover popular images related to things you are already liking, the photo sharing outlet went all FB/Twitter and added tabs for real-time trending tags + trending places. Now it’s easier than ever before to get in on the visual conversation to achieve more likes on that #TBT vacation shot. Or, you know, just look at pretty pictures on your commute 😉


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2. Discover Hand-Picked Collections: This is Instagram’s take on a playlist. Once you update your app, the top of your “Explore” tab will feature rotating curated categories — from Glimmering Islands, Ancient Ruins — that feature people and places to discover, aka a tool created solely for increasing your following number. It’s totally useful as it will without a doubt be the place where you wind up finding your new fave accounts and your next vacation destination.


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3. Use the Ultimate Search: Searching solely by people or tags (emoji tags, that is) is over as now you can search places as well as quickly tap on your top searched users/hashtags for quick + efficient creepin’ 😉 The time has finally come to see what your double tapping competition looks like by location by viewing the top posts + most recent uploads to a certain geotag before you get your filtering on.


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Instagram for iOS version 7.0 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.0 is available today in Google Play.



6 Style & Beauty Apps Created By Black Women To Download Today!

June 19th, 2015 by Tech Staff

For us, style and beauty is so much more than keeping up with the trends, it’s a way of life!  There are thousands of smartphone apps created every day, it’s always cool to discover a few necessary apps created by women like you and me.  It’s no secret that our smartphones are directly involved in the way we work, learn and play everyday – and with these apps, your smartphone can now inspire new styles and beauty trends for you to enjoy!

Discover six style and beauty apps created by black women to download today!


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Plum Perfect by Asmau Ahmed. Plum Perfect wants make sure you’re perfectly styled through patented technology engineered to find the best fashion and beauty brands for your personal look.



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Iman Cosmetics by Iman. It can be so difficult to find makeup that matches your skin and undertones. This Iman Cosmetics app solves that with Customized product recommendations to match your complexion and style.





Cast by Sian Morson. Make sure the weather won’t mess up your good hair day and perfect makeup with Cast. It is the first app that uses weather data to provide personalized skin and hair care tips and product recommendations.



Myavana by co-founders Candace Mitchell, Jessica Watson, Chanel Martin, and Joy Boulamwini. Myavana is the first hair care recommendation system for women of color and provides hair analysis, products, and styling techniques catered to specific hair types and textures.




Pavo by co-founder Chanelle Henry. Pavo is set to find the right style inspiration for you. Join specific style communities to discover others with similar looks.




iPORT by Lyndsey Scott. iPort is ideal for models and artists looking to create a professional portfolio, with photos and videos, conveniently.


Now that you’ve got a few more style and beauty apps to obsess over and add to your smartphone, which ones are you excited to download first?





Five Photo Apps Created By Black Women To Download Today!

June 18th, 2015 by Tech Staff

With hundreds of thousands of smartphone apps created each and every day, it’s cool to discover a few necessary apps created by women like you and me.  It’s no secret that our smartphones are directly involved in the way we work, learn and play everyday – and now, we’re accomplishing more than ever before in technology!

Everyone uses some sort of photo app for social media, no matter if it’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook – there’s a photo editing app for them all.  Discover five photo apps created by black women, that you need to check out below!



Squarify by Lyndsey Scott. Squarify is a simple way to convert rectangular photos and videos in square shapes ready for Instagram and anywhere else!


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Words on Pics by Sheena Allen. Words on Pics does exactly what it says! Add captions, quotes, and thought bubbles directly onto photos that can be shared through email, Facebook, and Twitter.



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Orange Snap by Sheena Allen. Add multiple filters and frames on photos with Orange Snap. Afterwards they can be uploaded to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.





PicSlit by Sheena Allen. PicSlit allows you to create photo blocks to your Instagram page like a photo puzzle. Make fun picture banners and contribute to the #PicSlitContests.





Dubblen by Sheena Allen. Dubblen splits your photo horizontally or vertically to create fun and unique photos.



Now that you’ve got a few more amazing photo apps to add to your smartphone arsenal, which ones are you excited to download first?

Cash Out This Weekend With Our Favorite Money-Making Apps

June 12th, 2015 by Tech Staff



Looking for a little more dough to splurge and enjoy the weekend? From apps that help you shop a yard sale better to apps that help you make cash money as a mystery shopper – super easy – we love making life easier via technology. But I get a little extra giddy when technology is combined with making a little extra cash on the side!  All you need is a few extra minutes on your Smartphone and you’ll be able to replenish that daily latte fund!



SquareCash:  There’s no quicker way to accept and earn money than using SquareCash.  Instantly link your Visa/MasterCard Debit card to accept/send money for direct cashless transactions – and earn $5 cash just for signing up!  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

(Free on Android and iOS)


Swagbucks: If an app claims to have given out almost $100 million in gift cards and cash back, we’re definitely listening. In exchange for your shopping habits, coupons, web searching, surveys, video watching and more, you can get gift cards to places like Target, Starbucks and Walmart. Remember that latte habit we were talking about?

(Free on Android and iOS)



Viggle: With this app, users “check in” to a TV show or music in exchange for gift cards to places like Best Buy and GAP. Or, if shopping isn’t your end goal, you can stay within the app and get access to even more TV shows, music and such with your credits. Basically, it’s like getting paid in TV to watch TV.

(Free on Android and iOS)



Field Agent: Companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola and Walgreens use “Field Agents” to pay users to do audits — fact finding and data gathering — or research on certain businesses. You collect feedback, photos, audio, video and more for the companies. Have 30 minutes to kill somewhere? You can even search for jobs via maps.

(Free on Android and iOS)



Mobee: Remember those days where you’d go to the mall and look for mystery shoppers? Well, now you can be one. Mobee pays you to shop and dine at your favorite places in return for feedback. It’s different from Yelp in that you have to answer specific questions in more of a survey form. So you don’t get to totally spill your guts, but you could make a few dollars off of places you already visit.

(Free on Android and iOS)


Now that you have an idea on some of the best money-making apps that can make your pockets a little bigger this weekend, which apps are you excited to download first? Share your favorite money-making apps in the comments section below!

5 Last Minute Apps To Save Your Valentine’s Day Weekend

February 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff

It’s the day before Valentine’s day and guess what?  You still haven’t bought flowers, champagne or chocolates for the love of your life…lucky for you, there’s an app for that!  Discover five last minute apps that you need in your arsenal to save your Valentine’s Day weekend below! (Thank us later!)

Postmates: Calling all procrastinators: Meet your Valentine’s Day lifesaver, Postmates. Dubbed the “Uber of packages,” you name it, and it’s delivered in under an hour. Whether it’s flowers for your sweetie, a latte to brighten their day or dinner for two from your fave restaurant, you can take your pick from any restaurant or store in your city, whether they offer delivery or not. (iOS / Android)

Minibar: What’s a celebration without a little bubbly? Minibar is here to lift your spirits by delivering the goods: wine, liquor, beer, mixers and more. With a few taps on your phone and a brief 30-60 minute wait, Minibar will be at your door. It’s available in major cities across the U.S. and delivery is free. (iOS / Android)



Reserve: Things are about to get personal when it comes to dining out. Thanks to Reserve, you can reserve your table and pay your bill (tip included!) without ever pulling out your wallet. Why not reserve time with your main squeeze and not worry about the little things? (iOS / Android)

MeUndies: Step up your his-and-her underwear game this V-Day with a brand-new pair of undies delivered right to your door.

Mouth: Valentine’s Day Tasty Treats: Why make your lovebird’s heart flutter when you can make their mouth water with indie food and booze from Mouth? Get small-batch food and drinks, made by real people, delivered right to your door. With so many tasty gifts to choose from, we suggest you start with the Valentine’s Day XO Tasters and Love Potion #9.

Skintastic! This Wearable Turns Your Skin into a Touchscreen

January 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff



If you’ve ever been a fan of futuristic wearables in movies like Iron Man, where Robert Downey Jr. maneuvers a Google Glass-look-alike and makes a touchscreen appear out of thin air. Now there’s a company that is bringing that touchscreen even closer… skin close! This new wearable – Cicret, could have you saying good-bye to your smartphones for good.




All users have to do is slip on this bracelet to transform their skin into a working touchscreen. The revolutionary wearable projects a smartphone screen on the surface of your arm, along with eight long-range proximity sensors and an app. Each tap on your skin alerts a sensor, which then sends information back to the bracelet and then to your smartphone via Bluetooth. How crazy is that?



The bracelet comes in two sizes and 10 colors. Once clad in this wearable, you can do whatever the smartphone does — read emails, check the weather, play your favorite games and even answer your calls. The bracelet is completely waterproof, so you can respond to important emails or just read your latest e-book straight from your tub.




The developers are currently crowdsourcing their funding, and plan to release Cicret by next June. While Cicret only supports Android devices, with extra funding, they might get Apple users covered too. If you’d like to help support this crazy tech wearable, you can make a donation to the Cicret team.

What do you think of this new wearable bracelet? Would you wear it IRL? Tell us in the comments below!


Wish You Could Get That Text Back? There’s an App for That

January 12th, 2015 by Tech Staff

We’ve all been there. Staring down in horror at our phones at a text we did not mean to send but did anyway for reasons ranging from carelessness to extreme anger to intoxication. Or maybe a friend thought it was funny to prank us and sent the unsendable message as a joke.

Regardless of the reason for the faux pas, your worries are over because someone has finally created that app, the one that allows you to recall your messages, at least within a set time period, and either edit or delete them.


“We’ve all had that experience where we send a text message [that] made us look like complete idiots. We’ve all had that text message that we wish we could get back, and now we have the opportunity to do that with On Second Thought,” Maci Peterson, the co-founder and CEO of On Second Thought.

The app, called On Second Thought, which was launched on Dec. 23, is pretty easy to use. You download it from the app store, set it as your primary messaging app and start texting away. When you realize you’ve sent a text that makes you want to cringe, you either swipe left to recall and edit it or you swipe right to completely delete it.

On Second Thought is Peterson’s brainchild, its creation, and the creation of the company itself, triggered by the young entrepreneur’s winning first place in a start-up-pitch competition in March 2014 at the South by Southwest festival in Texas. To Peterson, that vote of confidence was the validation she needed to start the long process of pulling together a team and getting started.

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As far as future plans for the app, Peterson hopes to have the iOS, or Apple’s operating system, version out by the end of the year. The current Android version is so far performing quite well, Peterson says. Peterson notes that as of the first full week in January, the company has had about 100 new users every day, with an 82 percent retention rate.

A new feature that she has planned is the “curfew,” which would essentially allow you to set a time for all messages from your phone to be stopped (hint, hint for those intending to have a particularly rowdy night out on the town) until the next morning, when you can glance back over them with “fresh” eyes, as it were.

Currently the app is free to download in the Play store and provides you with a set number of recalls (about 17 or so, Peterson says) for free. Unlimited recalls for the rest of the month cost $1.99, while a yearly subscription is $9.99.


Get Money: 11 Apps That Can Make You Quick Cash For The Holidays

November 7th, 2014 by Christen
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The holidays are in full swing and if you’re making a list and checking it twice then you know you’re gonna need some major cash to fulfill your holiday gift list this year. What if I told you that your smartphone holds the key to you making a few more coins this season? Supplemental income is always welcome, right? I’ve listed a few of my favorite money making apps to help you make a few extra dollars for the holidays.  
It’s one way to earn money for your work through technology, which is constantly giving us new, innovative ways to earn extra cash. I’m always interested in all sorts of apps that help people make money, and wanted to share a few that I found that could help your wallet out today.  Discover 11 apps that pay you – just in time for your quick holiday cash fix below.

11 Apps That Pay You – Just In Time For The Holidays

Cosign – The COSIGN app brings discovery and commerce together – turning photos into interactive, shoppable pictures. The first social media tool that allows members to share and profit from their recommendations. Now, the where did you get that? question is answered seamlessly.  As your photos spread across the web, the ‘what is that and where can I buy it’ information travels with them.
i-Say Mobile With i-Say Mobile, you can get paid to take surveys and earn either money or gift cards.


Field Agent Field Agent pays you to complete simple, easy tasks. It sometimes requires driving, so you need to make sure you’re not spending more on gas than you’re making.
InboxDollars With InboxDollars you get paid to do things like search the web and take surveys, and can cash out every time you accumulate $30.
Bookscouter Bookscouter helps you sell your used books for the best price, and usually you’re given prepaid shipping so there’s no cost.
Gigwalk Gigwalk allows you to do contract work for businesses near you.
EasyShift Similar to Gigwalk, EasyShift puts you in contact with people who need work done, and you get paid.
Fiverr Fiverr gets its name from the fact that every gig you complete pays $5.
Rewardable With Rewardable, you can sign up for relatively simple tasks and be rewarded monetarily for them.
iPoll With iPoll you complete surveys, give feedback, and conduct market research for money.
Receipt Hog Receipt Hog simple requires you to upload your receipts when you shop. It’s run by a marketing company that pays you for contributing to their research.
Now that you have a quick list of apps that can help you make some cash this holiday season, which of these apps are you looking to download first?  

Transform Yourself Into An Animated Emoji Using The Bitmoji App

November 4th, 2014 by Christen

Love emojis? Of course, we all do!  Now you can take that love a step further and transform yourself into an animated emoji with the new Bitmoji app!  From the people who brought you Bitstrips (the personalized comic strip app), comes Bitmoji. An app for — you guessed it — personalized emojis.



Your personal Bitmoji can take form in all different moods, expressions and comic scenes depending on what’s right for the conversation. I have already tested out the Bitmoji app and harassed my friends in our group text.  It definitely is a comical alternative to any emoji you can find available today.

Don’t have time to re-create your Bitstrip masterpiece?  Don’t worry!  Log in with Facebook and your previously created avatar is already there waiting for you!




Check out just how easy it is to upgrade your messaging experience with the Bitmoji app below.



Bitmoji upgrades your messaging needs from texting, Facebook Messenger and more. There’s even a custom keyboard you can set up for iOS 8.  The iOS app comes bundled with a convenient custom keyboard that you can use directly in apps like iMessage and WhatsApp while you’re typing!  On Android there’s an included a shortcut in all of your favorite chat apps, making it a breeze to quickly share Bitmoji with friends.

The app is now available on iOS and Android, and it’s free, so we expect everyone to go and make themselves emoji famous.

Are you downloading the animation + emoji app on your smartphone?  Share your thoughts below.






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