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Okay so parents aren’t necessarily the most savvy techs in the world. But they could certainly do with a few apps. These could make life much easier, so here is a millennial’s take on what apps would be great for parents to make use of.
This is an app that allows parents to make videos from their iPhone and share them instantly with friends and family. But don’t worry friends. You don’t have to sit through hours of video scenes. This app captures only seven seconds of the highlights and then lets you post these to your social media profiles. This is an app that lets you create a whole album of family videos.
A great app which allows for group chats about certain subjects. This allows you to keep track of what you are talking about to each family member. So you want to chat about an upcoming concert with your sisters, put that in one group; but a chat will your mom and your aunt about a surprise birthday party can go in another category.
Parents your kids are not on Facebook any longer, they’ve moved to Instagram because you don’t need to upload thousands of pictures of one subject matter, and Instagram just lets you put up one picture at a time. You can also add 15 second videos here.
Parents should jump onto snapchat as it’slost of fun. You can send silly photos that delete after 10 seconds. This is a great way to keep track of kids on their iPhones.
This is an app you can’t do without. It helps you keep trackof your kids using the built in GPS. You know where they are and parents can even get an automatic phone call telling mom that they have arrived.
Wow an app that organizes your music into playlists for different days of the weeks, the weather, your activity, the season or any other preference.
Control your TV from your cell phone. No more looking for the remote, fighting the kids over where it went. Each member can control the TV from his or her phone through this app.
Pay for services and bills by using venmo. For parents this is a great app because it offers a fabulous way of sending money to your kids.
- Nike Training
A personal trainer on your smartphone. This app offers more than 100 custom built workouts you can share with your kids. Add a workout to your playlist to motivate you while you train.
- Remember the Milk
This is a great list app that helps you remember the stuff you need to do. This helps you manage your household, take care of the kids and keep track of the things you have to do.
We are facing difficult times where everyone tries to make a living and earn as much money as possible doing as little as possible. Paid-to-click websites do fulfill the “as little as possible” part; as for earning a lot of money, let’s just say that the winnings wouldn’t make anyone quit their day job. But there are millions of people going through ad clicks every day, just to get a boost on their income. The concept of being paid just for clicking sounds fascinating and fun enough to come up with a list of the best (and legit) operating paid-to-click websites.
Clixsense started out in 2007 and it has been making a name for itself ever since. It has more than 1.500.000 members and the payouts also surpass the 1 million $ mark. One of the reasons this PTC website is so popular is that there are no limitations for direct referrals, meaning you can earn a lot just by having friends signing up. There are two types of membership: free and premium. While being a free member gives you a maximum of $0.02 per ad click and a minimum of 10 ads per day, the premium membership gives you up to $0.008 per click from your referrals. There are several types of ads provided by Clixsense and the payout depends on their length, which can be anywhere between 3 and 60 seconds. Cashout can be done through PayPal, AlertPay or check, for amounts over $10. A free membership gives you $2.00 for referrals upgrading to premium. A premium account gives you the same amount, plus $1.00 for every referral upgrade through up to seven tiers.
Neobux started out in 2008 and it quickly established itself as one of the most reliable paid-to-click websites, especially thanks to the payments which are processed on-the-fly, though PayPal or Alertpay. The standard membership gives you $0.010 per click for the 30-second ads, while the 1-minute ones bring $0.015. The referral clicks bring the same amount of money. The golden membership slightly improves the rate for the 1-minute ads, bringing it to $0.020. Regarding the payout, it starts with $2.00, but increases with every request, until it reaches $10.00. Earning money from your referrals requires you to click on ads at least 4 times during the day, which is easy enough to achieve.A forum is also available for those who have various issues or want to share their winnings.
BuxP.org is another oldie, functioning since 2008, which is an asset when it comes to PTC websites, since in most cases, the more they’ve been around, the more trustworthy they are, since scamming websites usually don’t last for long. As expected, there are two kinds of memberships: free and premium, which costs $39.99/year. Paying to earn might not sound like music to your ears, but there is a big difference between what you can earn as a free member and as a premium one. With free membership, you can earn $0.005 per click, while with a premium membership, the rate per click is up to $0.01. In terms of referral clicks, it’s $0.0025 vs. $0.005, once again a clear difference. Referrals are unlimited and if you can’t bring them yourself, you can also buy them from buxp. Also, if you are able to find advertisers for the website, expect a 7.5% commission. The number of ads you receive during the day is up to 20 for a free user and over 25 for a premium one. A slight disadvantage comes with the payout, since free users have to wait 45 days to cash in.
Tracking your fitness goals or monitoring your diet has never been easier thanks to the multitude of apps available for your smartphone. Having dedicated apps installed is an idea that works, because the smartphone is so omnipresent in your life, that you will have that constant reminder to stay motivated and in shape. Fitness apps can help you no matter if you are trying to lose some pounds, perform a workout right in your own living room or simply walk more during the course of the day and we’ve compiled a list with our personal favorites.
If your smartphone runs on iOS and you are a bicycle enthusiast who wants to keep track of his pedaling, then you’re in luck. Cyclemeter is probably one of the best bicycle-ride tracking apps around. It collects tons of data, storing unlimited workouts, stats, maps, graphs and summarizations of statistics, just to name a few. Despite its name, it also tracks several other activities, like running or walking.
Tony Gonzalez, retired NFL player, guides you through the workouts of this app available for iOS. The free version has basic workouts available, while the premium one has them tailored according to your needs, with programs such as “Get lean” or “Get strong”. You won’t need any equipment to perform them, meaning you can use the app even at home. To ensure that you can handle the intensity level, the app will initially run you through a fitness test you can complete at your own pace.
This free app available for Android and iOS records your motion through GPS (which eats up a lot of your battery though!) – its asset is that it manages to distinguish between activities like bicycling or running all by itself, without needing any configuration; it can even determine whether or not you’re in a moving vehicle stuck in traffic. Adding to all this the pleasing interface and ‘Moves’ is a must-have app for all the fitness enthusiasts.
MyFitnessPal is an app available on all platforms, including Web and it’s one of the most efficient calorie counter apps around. Not only does it feature a comprehensive database of foods and drinks with their corresponding calories and percentage of fat, proteins and carbs, but you can also create a diary, adding fitness activities or create weight loss goals.
5) The Walk
If you are not the type who likes to break a sweat by running, but you consider walking to be a mundane activity, The Walk (available on Android and iOS) is an app willing to spice things up for you. Through audio storytelling and various exciting missions, chances are you will get immersed in it and feel more motivated to burn a few calories.
Everybody wants to take a bite of the Internet fame cake and there is no better way to achieve it by doing something crazy while filming it with an action camera. Action cameras take the old saying “Pics or it didn’t happen!” to the next level. Now, it’s only about filming filming filming, whether it’s a crazy stunt like jumping out of a plane with a parachute or simply doing stunts with your bicycle. There are tons of action cameras on the market, enough to make your head spin by trying to differentiate between the models. This is where we come in, giving you a helpful hand with this “Best of” list.
1) Sony Action Cam Mini
We could have started with the obvious choice, but we’re going with the Sony Action Cam Mini instead. Sacrificing the camera controls and the battery life for a compacter look, the Sony Action Cam Mini is probably GoPro’s most formidable competitor. The image quality while not out of this world, is still incredibly high for its price and the videos are crisp and gorgeous-looking, but the fine-tuning which requires either a Wi-Fi remote control or a phone app might be a turn off for some. While it’s not compatible with tons of accessories either, at nearly half the price of GoPro Hero +4 Black, it’s a bargain.
2) JVC Adixxion GC-XA2
If you can see past its ridiculous name which looks like a bad case of the typos, the JVC Adixxion is a gem. Sure, it might not appear at the top of the lists, but it’s bound to crack the top 3 in many cases. Colors are well-balanced, the detail has a crazy amount and it performs well even in low-light conditions. The audio quality it produces is noteworthy as well; after all, what’s the point of shooting a nice-looking video, if the sound distracts you from the viewing? The occasional issues do appear though when shooting in windy conditions and the dynamic range could be improved. But speaking of nice-looking, it can shoot at both 1080p and 720p and the field of view is at 160 degrees, storing the date on a full-sized SD card, instead of the more widespread microSD. As for the battery, it can record continuously for around 2 hours. The JVC Adixxion is waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof and offers a lot of customization (even white balance!) – what more could you possibly wish for?
3) GoPro Hero 4 Black
Yes, yes, we teased you enough. It’s time to talk about the action camera you’ve been waiting for. If you can handle its steep price tag, you will get the most advanced and powerful action camera on the market. Small, light, tweakable with a recorded quality of the highest standards, this is the camera to have for those who love to film their outdoor moments. Shooting at 720p and the outstanding 4K, GoPro’s dynamic range avoids underexposure and the quality of the night shooting is well above any other camera of its kind. As for the accessories, you can literally attach the camera to anything; there are dozens of accessories and suction cups available. There is hardly anything else we can complain about, except from the price, but great quality has always been expensive. Still, unfortunately the battery is unable to record for more than 1 h 30 min and the menu could use some touchscreen magic. But that’s about it, really.
4) Garmin VIRB Elite
Garmin is more known for its well-built fitness trackers, so its entry on this list might come up as a surprise. But even though they are novices at this, they’ve managed to build a solid action camera, able to give others a run for their money. Shooting videos in 1080p and pictures up to 16MP, it includes a bunch of sensors, including GPS, being able to tell your altitude. It connects to Android and iOS smartphones through WiFi and the battery life is twice as better as GoPro’s, shooting up to three hours, depending on the camera’s settings.
5) Polaroid C3
The Polaroid C3, better known as Polaroid Cube, should be on this list even if solely for the cute factor. Just look at it – a small, brightly-colored cube, able to shoot 5MP pictures and record videos at 1280 x 720. Sure, the quality of the footage is not GoPro-level, but this is one of the drawbacks of its design. Using it couldn’t be easier, since there is a single button to rule them all. Press on it once to take a picture, twice to record and hold it pressed to turn it on and off. The price is extremely accessible, being worth every penny and it’s an action camera destined to get a lot of attention.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell of the book paper when drinking my morning coffee. I love the idea of having a huge bookshelf, like the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast”. I love the feeling of turning a book to the next page, eagerly waiting to find out what will happen to my favorite characters. I love to physically hold it in my hand. But…but, the e-book readers have won me over. Yes, I joined the dark side of technology and you know what? I don’t regret it, because while I will never get rid of my own books, I am sufficiently open-minded to see their practicability. Just imagine storing hundreds of books, having every title at your fingertips and taking all of them with you anywhere, on a simple device – suddenly, your luggage becomes a lot lighter. This being said, here is a list of some of the best e-book readers around.
1) Amazon Kindle (2014)
The 2014 version of Amazon’s flagship series finally gets rid of the physical buttons and goes for the touch screen, a functionality we missed seeing on the 2012 model. Apart from touch, there haven’t been significant changes to the screen, since it has the same 167 ppi resolution and it’s only slightly bigger. Noticeable is the lack of edge lighting which plays an important part when it comes to reading, but the E Ink display makes it up for it, since reading in sunlight or in other places which are strongly lit isn’t an issue. Still, because the edge lighting is missing, you will have a hard time trying to read in the dark. On a single charge, with an average of 45 minutes of usage per day, the Kindle lasts close to a month. The storage space has also been upgraded to 4GB, which should be able to store around 2000 books; there is no way to expand the memory though, since there is no card slot. Also missing is the 3G connectivity, but given its more than reasonable price tag, there is little point in complaining about the Kindle 2014.
2) Amazon Kindle Voyage
While the Kindle 2014 sits quite comfortably in the “affordable E-reader category”, the Kindle Voyage requires deeper digging in your pocket. But if you are willing to do it, here is what you’ll get: an impressive high-resolution display (the 300 ppi is a marvel!), a design similar to the Kindle Fire, a PagePress option which is meant to bring you closer to the physicality of turning pages…and I’m not even done yet. But let’s talk a bit about them. The 300 pixels per inch makes the whole reading experience feel like the real deal, since it brings it closer to actual ink on paper. What’s more, when it comes to books featuring images, they appear glossy and detailed; comic book readers will be especially grateful for that. As for the PagePress, it’s a feature that makes page turning easy, by just pressing a long vertical line positioned sideways; don’t worry though, you can still double tap on the screen to change the pages. The Voyage has an ambient light sensor which adjust the backlighting according to how well lit is the place where you’re using the e-reader. Reading 30 minutes per day will make your battery last for one month and a half on a single charge, which is quite impressive. Just like the Kindle 2014, it has 4GB of internal memory, but fortunately enough, it includes a microSD slot.
3) Kobo Aura HD
Aura HD is one of the few high-end e-book readers which are capable to give the Kindle Voyage a hard time. While the 6.8-inch screen is bigger, there are only 265 pixels per inch, unlike the 300 sported by Voyage, which means that the screen, despite being hi-res, isn’t quite as formidable as Voyage’s and its increased footprint is not helping. The build-in front light is a killer though; through the ComfortLight technology, the display is uniformly lit, making reading in low light conditions a no issue. But back to the 265 ppi, don’t be fooled by the fact that the Voyage has more – the Aura HD can hold a candle to it; the hi-res gives extra sharpness to the display and those who are heavy readers or have poor eyesight will be grateful for that resolution boost from its predecessors.
4) Barnes & Noble nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
If you’re afraid of the dark, the new Nook Simple Touch will bring some lighting technology to keep you distracted. While the GlowLight is pretty much the only improvement from Barnes & Noble’s previous model, it’s a highly significant one. Sure, taking advantage of GlowLight in all its glory will require a $40 premium fee, but it’s well worth it if you are a night owl who loves to read when everyone else is asleep. The design is what we were used to getting from Barnes & Noble, which, in a word, means great; while Amazon ditched the bezels for a complete touch screen experience, the Nook Simple Touch decided to keep them, being aware that infrared touch screen e-readers can freeze and become clunky at times. You wouldn’t want to throw your e-book reader around the room in desperation because you can’t turn the pages in the blink of an eye, so the bezels are there to help you. The 2GB internal storage should be just enough for any avid reader, but there is a microSD card slot available, just in case. 3G connectivity is missing and Barnes & Noble claims that the battery can last for two months with a 30 minutes per day usage. Keep in mind though that GlowLight consumes a considerable amount of battery, which means that reading in darkness will require you to charge it earlier. This e-book reader is slick and smooth; the unevenly printed look of the pages can be a bummer, but it’s still a strong entry on the market.