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More than one billion people today will take part in Earth Day 2013. Governments, businesses, organizations and individuals will take time to celebrate the incredible planet on which we live. Below you will find five apps to help you get outside and enjoy nature as well as take steps to protect the Earth in your daily life.iRecycle [iOS Universal; Free]
Reduce, reuse and recycle. Use iRecycle to find convenient recycling opportunities when you are at home or away. iRecycle provides you with more than 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials.Vegetable Tree – Gardening Guide [iPhone; $ 3.99]
Use Earth Day to get started on that garden. Vegetable Tree covers the basics of sowing, growing and harvesting of a variety of vegetables. There is also information on seed depth, germination soil temperature, pH Range, indoor and outdoor requirements and more.MapMyHike+ GPS Hiking [iPhone; $ 2.99]
Get outside today and enjoy some fresh air. When you head out, don’t forget to fire up MapMyHike+ GPS, which lets you track your hike and log them for future reference. Keep track of every path you follow and build an online journal of your hikes.WattchIT [iOS Universal; $ 2.99]
WattchIT lets you analyze home electricity costs on a per room basis. Use the tips in the app to make changes in your electricity usage and same money. An excellent, but smaller companion to WattchIT is Stopwattch, which lets you set a timer to measure the energy usage of a single appliance or electronic device.Geography Quiz Game [iPhone; Free]
Learn more about the world in the Geography Quiz Game. You can play online against other via Game Center or play against your friends in multiplayer tournaments.
Earth Day 2013: Five apps that’ll help you protect and enjoy our amazing planet originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you’re eagerly awaiting the 85th Academy Awards airing this Sunday on ABC, you may find one of these five apps useful before and during the show — and all of them are free. Good luck to the nominees!
The official app for the event. It’s pretty much a US-only affair, and isn’t perfect, but it’s a handy way to learn more about the nominated performers, creators and films. You can also fill out a virtual Oscar ballot and share it on Facebook. I found it was a somewhat better experience than the mobile version of oscar.go.com (which pushes you to download the app anyway).
Of course, the app really kicks into gear on Sunday night; it will provide Backstage Pass live streams from the red carpet, control room and backstage to deliver a “second screen” experience as you watch the big show. Fair warning: the streams are all sponsored by Samsung, so you may be subjected to a certain amount of iPhone-needling.
The streaming radio service has been amping up the original content lately, and it is now promising exclusive red carpet coverage on Sunday. If you haven’t tried Stitcher and you want a different take on the show, this Sunday is a good time to give it a try.
Speaking of red carpet coverage, E! has been at it for a long time. While I haven’t used this one, the app has a perfect rating on the store. If you are a red carpet junkie, this is probably going to make you happy until the show starts.
Awards Hero is not just a database of Oscar-related info; it’s also a quick way to get a voting pool going with your Facebook friends. If you’re looking for some friendly competition over who picks the most winners, this is your app.
As the world’s foremost online repository of movie information, this one seems pretty obvious. Settle disputes, look up actor histories and lots more with the original “Internet Movie Database.” Awards Guide is prettier, however.
Thanking the Academy: Five Apps for the 2013 Oscars originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple’s retail division is a machine. Five stores are set to open during the iPhone 5 launch week, which means a fresh stream of customers will help break in the employees as they deal with the usual queues — and hapless wonders who decided to show up at the last minute to buy a 16 GB white iPhone on a whim (pro tip: they’ll be sold out by the time the hapless wonders arrive).
The new stores will be in Spain, Italy, Germany, France, and the coastal nation of California.
Five new Apple Stores to open during iPhone 5 launch week originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
For many people here in the US, summer is quickly coming to a close. School is back in session, summer vacations are done and the temperatures are getting a bit cooler. It can be hard to leave behind the fun of summer, so we’ve put together a list that’ll help you say goodbye to the warm, sunny weather and hello to fall.
Foliage Leaf Peepr (Free)
Fall means foliage and Yankee Magazine’s Leaf Peepr is one of the best iPhone apps for tracking foliage changes, especially in the Northeast. Yankee Magazine’s Leaf Peepr app helps fall foliage fans find and report on the best and brightest colors in the United States. Make foliage reports (called Peeps) by posting photos, writing comments and rating foliage status for your location.
Ski Safari (US$ 0.99)
For some people, fall is the season between water skiing and snow skiing. Yeah, we realize Ski Safari is not a ski simulation, but the iPhone and iPad game will entertain you with its winter-themed fun until the real snow starts hitting the ground.
Lego Halloween Creationary (Free)
Fall means foliage, apples, pumpkins and Halloween. Get ready for some spooky fun with this build-and-guess game from Lego. Each round starts with creepy Lego object and you have to guess what’s being built. The faster you guess, the more points your earn.
Photo Wall Pro ($ 2.99)
Now that summer is over, you are likely have a phone filled with photos. Don’t let those precious memories just sit there; make them into a collage with an app like Photo Wall Pro. The collage maker allows you to send your creation off as a postcard or share it with family and friends.
NFL Fantasy Football (Free)
Last, but far from least, is football, which kicked off earlier this week. If you haven’t started yet, now is the time to download this Fantasy Football app from the NFL and start managing your virtual team.
[Image from flickr/muffinman71xx]
Five iOS apps to help you say goodbye to summer, hello to fall originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 07 Sep 2012 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Question by : Does anyone know how can I train my five month dog to poop and pee on the pad? Whenever I leave the house I have to leave her in the restroom and sometimes when I come back she has already poop and pee everywhere but where I leave the pad. Instead she starts chewing them. When I’m home she lets me know to let her go to the patio and she goes to pee and poo there.
Answer by mildred fA pad/newspaper in the house teaches your dog to poo/pee in the house. Do you really want that?
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The Independence Day holiday week is upon us, and millions of American families are heading out on the open road. Where past generations depended on paper maps and Mad Libs, the march of technology has given us new tools for kids and parents alike. Our five-plus apps for road trips are accompanied with standbys and alternates to match up with your specific travel needs. Got other favorites or recommendations? Give them a shout out in the comments.
When I was young, in the pre-cellphone days, our road trips with other families included walkie-talkies or CB radios to help coordinate bathroom stops or route changes. Even with iMessage and hands-free headsets, there’s something to be said for the one-button convenience of push-to-talk — just ask the crowd of satisfied and loyal Nextel users who depend on the technology every day. Three popular apps that simulate the PTT experience on the iPhone are Voxer, HeyTell and Zello (all free).
All the walkie-talkie apps offer one-to-one or group voice chat at the press of a virtual button. Voxer’s got Facebook integration and a rapidly growing userbase, plus photo and text sharing (and some hefty funding); Zello’s got a simple UI including “one big button” for PTT conversations with the other cars in your convoy; and HeyTell’s got geographic indicators for your chat partners plus in-app purchases for fun items like voice changers. Any one may save you some dialing and phone calling while you’re looking for your next pitstop, so consult with your fellow vacationers and settle on the one you like.
Eyes on the road, please! If you want to automatically alert your friends or family at your destination that you’re making progress, check out the free En Route! or the $ 0.99 just-released iETA. Both apps will automatically update your selected contacts with your expected arrival time and optionally share your location as you go. Other options in this vein: Glympse, Google Latitude or Apple’s Find my Friends app.
Getting there is half the fun, and getting distracted along the way is at least 15% of the fun. Roadside America for iPhone ($ 2.99 + IAP) delivers a mapped guide to the silly and serious attractions that make a road trip memorable. Buying the app unlocks a single region of the US & Canada, with a $ 1.99 option in-app to purchase additional regions or $ 5.99 to unlock them all permanently. You can track your attraction visits, upload photos, get sunset alerts to time your visits to scenic sites, and of course get directions/hours and phone numbers. Not to be confused with the one and only Roadside America miniature village in Shartlesville, PA, which is absolutely mandatory if you’re taking I-78 through southeastern Pennsylvania.
Speaking of I-78, I’m positive that my wife and I have made the same mistake at least four times on that highway — taking an exit for lunch at Friendly’s only to find that it’s a five-mile winding drive to get to the restaurant, when there’s one right off the highway two exits further on. The solution may be iExit for iPhone and iPad (now on sale for $ 0.99, usually $ 1.99), which gives you a list of all the amenities and dining options for up to 100 exits on down the road.
You can sort your iExit results by type (hotels, gas, fast/slow food, coffee) or identify favorite outlets for more filtering choices. iExit also comes in $ 0.99 Food and Hotel versions (not much point in buying them while the main app is on sale, though) plus a free Lite version; the Lite version only shows what’s coming up at the next exit. There’s a similar free app called RoadAhead that Mel reviewed last year; on my next highway drive I’ll compare it to the Lite version of iExit and see which one stacks up better. Hat tip to CNN for Roadside America and iExit.
Of course, the king of the American road guide castle is the venerable AAA Triptik. Readers of a certain vintage may remember the paper strip maps from AAA with manually highlighted routes, mileage indicators and approved motels & restaurants marked along the way. Triple-A has also changed with the times, as seen in the AAA Triptik Mobile app (free).
Integrating maps and navigation details from NAVTEQ, the app simulates the experience of the old paper Triptiks by letting you shake your iPhone (or press an onscreen button) to announce the next navigational maneuver; not exactly turn-by-turn, but not bad. It also lists AAA-approved hotels, restaurants, campgrounds and more. You can also get navigational help and geosearch from the built-in Maps app, naturally, and from apps such as Mapquest (free) and MotionX GPS Drive ($ 0.99 plus subscriptions). AAA’s separate, free Roadside app is also a must-have for members, as it ties into the complimentary roadside service and towing options from the association.
If you’d rather document your journey with a photo journal, there are apps for that too. The latest entry is the free Rough Guides Trip Lens, incorporating technology from the HipGeo trip journal app. Trip Lens gives you an Indiana Jones-style map path with your photos along it, even if you took them far away from WiFi or cell towers — the geocoded photos are cached and uploaded when you’re back in range. You can share or send photos, see other shots taken nearby, and give family or friends a custom URL where they can follow along with your travels.
Keeping pointed in the right direction is one thing; keeping everyone from boredom-induced road coma is another thing entirely. BoingBoing points out the social trivia app Trivi.al, available in ad-supported or paid ($ 2.99) versions. Compete against other quizmasters around the country to see who’s got the fastest finger and the sharpest recall… and watch the miles fly by.
Being on the road means being away from your familiar — and presumably secure — home and work WiFi networks. To keep your mobile connections protected on Random Truck Stop Network, a VPN is a good idea. The commercial VPN service Hotspot Shield secures your data with a bonus; compression routines squeeze your data requirements down so that if you’re stuck using your 3G or 4G connection, you can minimize the amount of your quota that gets chewed up. Hotspot Shield subscriptions for a single iOS device run $ 0.99 a month or $ 9.99 per year, but there is a current deal via Parallels that gets you protection for up to five computers and five iOS devices for a year for $ 39.95.
Finally, when you do step away from the car for a few minutes of sunbathing, you’d better know how much UV you’re absorbing before you burn (sticking to the car seat = an uncomfortable ride). Katie Couric’s blog, of all places, points to the UV Safe Timer app (free). This tool takes the actual weather at your location into account when computing your sun exposure, along with your activities and skin type. A timer alerts you when you’re due for a reapplication of sunscreen. And wear a hat!
Photo by C.G.P. Grey | flickr cc
It’s the end of June, and for tennis fans that means it’s time for Wimbledon. The UK tennis tournament kicks off Monday, June 25. Whether you’ll be attending in London or watching from afar, we have a list of apps that’ll help you follow the matches from your iPhone and even brush up on your own tennis skills.
Official Wimbledon app (Free)
The official Wimbledon app is for fans who don’t want to miss any of the action. The app lets you keep track of live scores and even listen to matches on one of the three Wimbledon Radio stations. Player profiles, schedules and on-demand video round out this excellent app. If you’re in the UK, you also can download the BBC’s iPlayer app which will have even more coverage.
Tennis Trakker Pro ($ 12.99)
Tennis Trakker Pro is a statistics app that’ll let you keep track of a tennis player’s performance. You can record the outcome of each point in a tennis match and use this information to identify a player’s strengths and weaknesses. The app has a cloud component that’ll let you upload match information for future reference and also share it with others who can watch the updates in real-time using ScoreTrakker. This cloud feature does require a subscription which is available via an in-app purchase. New users are eligible for a free 90-day trial of the upload service. There’s also a lite version of the app which will let you evaluate it for free.
Flick Tennis: College Wars HD ($ 3.99)
Flick Tennis: College Wars HD is for those idle moments when you are tired of tennis highlights and want to settle down with an entertaining game. Flick Tennis isn’t a simple back and forth volleying game. It has a storyline that lets you play the role of tennis prodigy Kevin Adams who must fight against the odds to become the best tennis player in the world. There are three modes in the game including story, exhibition and multiplayer. Story and exhibition mode have both single and double matches, while multiplayer mode lets you play head-to-head against a friend on the same device. The game has 11 tennis courts, 10 players and even 35 comic book cut-scenes which add to the plot in story mode.
Tennis Clinic ($ 4.99)
Tennis Clinic is for the budding tennis star who wants a portable pocket reference. The app is filled with video tutorials from tennis pros who cover the basic strokes, specialty strokes and other tips & tricks that’ll help improve your game. All the tutorial videos are embedded into the app which means you don’t have to worry about finding a fast internet connection when you want to watch a video. Because the lessons are included, the app is a hefty 571 MB.
USTA Mobile (Free)
The USTA app is for US tennis players who want to keep track of United States Tennis Association leagues and tournaments while on the go. You can find tournaments and review the draw. Once you’ve picked a tournament or a league, you can register for them right from your phone. The app also keeps tracks of players so you can view their records and gain a competitive edge before you start your first serve.
Five apps to help you prepare for the non-stop tennis of Wimbledon originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
As noted by Cnet, the iPhone is launching on an additional five US regional carriers today. The carriers include Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless (Kentucky and Virgina), Cellcom (Wisconsin and Michigan), nTelos (Virginia), and GCL.
The regional carriers apparently know they’ll have an uphill battle against the national carriers like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, so they’re offering the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S at $ 50 discounts over the nationals. With a two year contract, the 8GB iPhone 4S costs $ 49 and the 16, 32, and 64 GB iPhone 4S costs $ 149, $ 249, and $ 349 respectively.
iPhone will launch for five US regional carriers today originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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