We love Google’s calendar app for Android and iPhone, which keeps us up to date on our phone when we’re away from our computer. Windows 8 and the new Windows 10 also have calendar apps. Set up the calendar app in these systems by clicking the start button, “all apps,” and then “calendar.” When we did this we immediately saw all the dates we’d entered into our Google calendar, so we didn’t have to re-enter anything. Unlike the Google calendar, the Windows calendar puts all your Facebook friends’ birthdays right on the calendar. This can be amusing, if like us, you have Facebook “friends” you hardly know. We even saw birthdays for friends who aren’t on Facebook, whose birthdays were […]
Some insurance companies pay you for getting fit. Ours doesn’t, but the free app “Wellcoin” (iOs) (Android) earns you discounts for healthy behavior. Cheaters are apparently welcome. When Joy was filling out their questionnaire, she put down “Twinkies” as her healthy snack choice and right away she earned five points. In fact, it gave her “health points” no matter what she put down. (Joy hasn’t had a Twinkie since she was 12. Bob has had only one bite in his life — can’t stand em.) She got triple the points if she took a picture of something healthy and clicked “verify.” The Wellcoin community weighed in immediately to judge her handful of unsalted almonds. Tap “Marketplace” to see discounts of […]
“Optishot Golf” is a $500 simulator that fits in a briefcase and connects with a computer to analyze your swing. Videos and still shots from world-famous courses are projected onto whatever wall you happen to have handy. You can play alone or with two to four companions.
“OneSet” is a free exercise app for Android and iPhone users for people to share workouts or find new things to do — like standing jumps onto a three-foot pile of something or other. The yoga videos were enough to scare Bob, and would gladden the heart of any orthopedic surgeon looking for business. Users can share 15 seconds of their workouts here, just enough time for one set. Videos are organized by categories like “athletes,” “calisthenics” and “core.” Users also share progress pictures and after-workout selfies.
Joy went nuts and tried out half a dozen fitness trackers and smart watches. (One of them came with instructions only in Chinese.) She liked the cheapest one best: the $30 “Misfit Flash,” which was waterproof and could track both steps and swimming strokes. Now it’s out in a $20 version called the “Flash Link,” with most of the old functions plus an app that can control the camera on your smartphone. (Missing is the ability to count swim strokes.) The Link is the size of a watch. You clip it on clothing or buy a wrist band. You can use it without connecting it to your phone or tablet, but the phone/tablet app makes it more fun and gives […]
“Popcorn Buzz, ” a free Android app, lets you talk to 200 friends at once using either your phone’s Wi-Fi or cellular connection. To set it up, you send your friends a link. Or if you’re already using “Line,” an app owned by the same company, you can access your existing friend list.