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May 7th, 2013 at 10:51 am

A Few Apps You Might Have Missed

I’m always amazed at how many apps and websites come along that bring so much technology right into our hands. Keeping up with all this innovation is nearly impossible. Here’s a few cool ones that I think are worth sharing.

How important is the weather in your day? Some days, watching the forecast on the morning news is enough to inform you of how to dress or whether to grab the umbrella. Other times, you need to know with a little more precision whether that scattered shower will affect your afternoon activities. Try Nooly and get the forecast down to the 5 minute increment and know when the rain will start and when it will end. Cool!

Ever wonder how to do the One Hand Clap? Check out Snapguide for quick videos and instructions on how to do that and all sorts of things like how to brush your dog’s teeth, take someone’s blood pressure, or take a proper nap in the car. Good things to know!

Have a few gift cards lying around? Find yourself in the store and realize your card is at home? Try Gyft, a new app that lets you upload and store gift card info on your phone so they’re handy when you need them, without having to carry them around. You can also buy, send and receive them with this app. That’s pretty handy.

Hope these help make you spring more organized. Enjoy!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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September 4th, 2012 at 7:10 am

See Food and Eat It With Foodspotting

Where should we eat? If you’ve asked that question and gotten a lot of “I don’t knows”, you know how hard it is to come up with restaurant ideas sometimes.

On my family’s recent road trip, we were faced with this decision in every new place we visited. So of course I turned to my smartphone apps for help. I found a really good one called Foodspotting. It’s a simple to use app that provides menu item photos that people have posted from restaurants near your location. Seeing a luscious plate of ribs or a yummy red velvet cupcake can do wonders in helping you pick a restaurant.

Foodspotting allows you to view your options based on Specials, Best Rated, what’s Nearby, and the Latest Additions. You can participate by choosing items you Want, Tried or Loved. You can also add your own photos to help build up the database. While we were traveling I added a BBQ Taco Plate and a Shrimp Burger that I loved.

You can also do a search on a specific item and see if any local restaurants feature them. Got a yen for sliders? Foodspotting can help you find them.

Foodspotting is not as comprehensive as Yelp, which is a great app that I use all the time. But sometimes I don’t want to read a dozen reviews. I just want a quick look at what’s available. A picture can really get the mouth watering.

Sometimes you don’t know what you want until you see it. I have to go now. I’m heading out to try a breakfast trifle at a local restaurant that I’ve been meaning to try for months. The photo looks so good I just have to try it.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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May 1st, 2012 at 5:00 am

Learn, Play and Share with Garanimals

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of Garanimals goin on for our devices these days. We’ve got a wonderful group of over 25,000 followers on Facebook with a lively interaction on contests, tips and links. We love getting feedback from our friends and this provides a great way to share and keep up with the latest and greatest activities.

And who can resist the ongoing supply of adorable baby animal photos and cute and funny kid videos that show up regularly on our page? If you haven’t liked us yet, feel free to have a look here. You won’t be disappointed.

We’re on Twitter at @garanimals, where you can get tweets on all of our blog posts, interesting tips and articles as well as what’s happening in the Garanimals world.  You can also visit our Garanimals website.

And for all you Pinners out there, don’t miss out on all the great boards created by Garanimals on Pinterest. There are fashion, crafts, parenting tips, gift and party ideas, food and lots of fun ideas for everyone. My favorite boards are the Parenting Tips that help me keep it real, the Fashion for Mom so I can keep it stylish and fresh, and the Decorating for Kids that help keep it creative and artsy. I am constantly amazed and inspired by the fabulously creative ideas that are there.

Most recently, Garanimals has launched a free iPhone/iPad app, Play & Learn for your young ones that helps teach letters, numbers and shapes. It’s really easy to use with fun colors, images and sounds to entertain your child while providing fun learning activities. Try it out here.

You loved Garanimals as a kid, and you love it now as a parent. And some fashion-challenged guys we know will admit that it’s never been so easy to get dressed as when your favorite animal characters showed you the way. Garanimals for grown-ups?

Just ask Zach Galifianakis!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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May 24th, 2011 at 5:00 am

What’s a QR Code?

Have you noticed the funny looking square codes like the one here, showing up all over the place? Have you used them?

These codes are QR (Quick Response) Codes and are the next generation of a bar code. A traditional bar code is a product number that has information attached to it but it resides somewhere else. If you don’t have access to it, then the bar code is just a number. The QR graphic holds more information, like text, URL, geographic, contact, and other information that you can access just by scanning it.

I attended the National Restaurant Association trade show this weekend and some of the vendors used these codes on promotional materials. By scanning them with my phone I could click on a link to their website and sign up to win a prize or read about a special promotion. A QR code was printed on my entry badge so vendors could use hand held scanners to capture my registration information electronically. Quick, easy, painless.

Next time you fly, notice the QR code on your paper or mobile boarding pass. This is what gets scanned when you check in.

Another popular application for this is putting a QR code on a business card. When someone scans the code, they can easily collect and save all of the contact information in their contacts app or link to your Facebook, Twitter or other social media site.

So how do you scan them with your phone? There are apps for that. Google Goggles, QR Droid, QR Reader for iPhone and QR Code Scanner Pro for Blackberry. Download them from your app market and give it a try. Start the app, point your phone at the QR code image and it will either show you the relevant information or give you a link to click on to visit a web page.

So next time you see a QR code in a magazine or on a product, scan it with your phone and see what shows up. Better yet, scan the QR code above and click through to the Garanimals Facebook page. And while you’re there, Like us and help us get to 1000 fans!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.


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