Techie Tools for February

February 5, 2015

Techie Tools for FebI can’t believe that it’s already February and since only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolution, you probably have some time on your hands since you are no longer going to the gym or taking that crocheting class. Well, here are some new apps that can help you pass the year away until December 31st rolls around again.

Handpressions

HandpressionsI am obsessed with the new app called: Handpressions. It lets you capture, store and print your kids’ hand and footprints directly from your iPad. You can create individual profiles for everyone in the family, tracking the growth of their hands and feet as they progress from babies through to, well, whenever they start complaining about your obsessive growth-tracking.

Tocomail

tocomailThe next “kid-friendly” app is Tocomail. Available for iPhone, iPad and the Web, Tocomail officially unveiled its child-focused email client this month.  While email may not traditionally be associated with something that younger kids do, Tocomail reimagines the medium very much with children in mind, giving parents ultimate control over their emailing activity.

Quiz Up

QuixUpQuizUp, the game that lets you challenge friends and strangers to test your general knowledge, finally arrived for iPad this month.  While the latest incarnation offers mostly the same experience, the company did update the app with a redesigned Topics page, added emphasis on your friends in the overall rankings, and a few other bug fixes.

Outread

OutreadOutread launched its own take on what speed-reading should be about – however it was for iPhone and iPod touch only. But now, it’s available for iPad too. While Outread initially adopted a yellow highlighter to make key text stand out on the page – this has now been replaced by a dimming function that makes the words on the rest of the page less prominent instead.

Survey Monkey

SurveyMonkey-AppSurveyMonkey is a well-known brand in the online survey sphere, and it finally launched a native iOS app for users to create, monitor and analyze surveys on the go. SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg says that the company has seen a fourteen-fold increase in mobile traffic over the past three years — so this app is a natural progression.

Hop

hop appHop, the iPhone app formerly known as Ping that turns your inbox into an IM-like feed to make email more manageable and fun, introduced a notable update this month, one that included support for iPad, as well as a unified inbox feed for multiple email accounts. Moreover, you can also now send photos and documents directly to Dropbox, Evernote and Twitter.

Go Pop

GopopGo Pop for iPhone mashes up reaction GIFs with your videos. The general gist of Go Pop is that you record a short skit directly with the iPhone camera, and then attach a GIF which appears only when the user holds their finger on the screen.

Whether you are testing your knowledge on QuizUp, learning to speed read on Outread, or just passing the year by making your own gifs, remember that although technology is great, it doesn’t replace good quality time with your loved ones, so put aside some time every week to enjoy some human interaction with friends or family….Just use this feature on Facebook to find them!
Nearby FriendsFacebook has an opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time.  Nearby Friends could get people spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online.