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THURSDAY (6/4): Wattpad

One thing you might have developed over the last couple of months stuck at home, you might be reading a lot more. Or perhaps, you’ve discovered that you like to write stories of your own.  This app provides both.  You can read stories by brand new authors.  Maybe you discover some that are on the brink of going big.  And, if you’re looking for a place to have your stories read, it’s as simple as uploading them to the app.  Maybe you’ll get discovered yourself.  This app breaks down the stories and books into different categories.  It has 80 million active readers and writers every month.  The app community also has writing contests and a yearly awards program.  Wattpad is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has in-app purchases. 

WEDNESDAY (6/3): 5-0 Radio Police Scanner

It’s a fact of life right now.  People want to know what’s going on with their first responders.  This app provides a way for you to listen to their scanner traffic.  It comes with police, fire, EMS, and jet communication.  It has a section that lets you listen to the feeds that bring active alerts, where something is going on with one of those services right at that moment.  This app also lets you listen in, while you’re doing other things on your phone.  It runs perfectly fine in the background.  It also doesn’t limit your listening to just near you.  It works for those services around the world.  You also can learn the language that first responders use, learn their codes.  5-0 Radio Police Scanner is a free app on iTunes.  It has in app purchases.

TUESDAY (6/2): Sodar

These are the days of social distancing and we want to make sure that we stay six feet away from anyone else, other than our family members. But, not everyone is sure if there's something that's six feet from us. This app lets you put a virtual circle around you that's six feet, so you can see in your phone if someone else is breaking that plane. SODAR is like a six feet radar from you and your phone. It's brand new. It also measures six and a half feet, just to be safe. When you have the app up, you can point your phone camera to the ground, and a circle will pop up to show you where that six foot marker is. Sodar is a free app on Android.

MONDAY (6/1): RTRO by Moment

This is a camera app that lets you put some retro-type art into your videos.  You can shoot different videos and put the clips together into a seamless minute long video.  It’s pretty simple to use.  You just start shooting the video with the red button at the bottom.  Stop. Set up the next shot, point and shoot.  When you’re done, you can apply different kinds of filters to the final shot.  It also now comes with the ability to shoot still shots with the filters that you like the best.  The best of the filters are all developed by professional filmmakers to incorporate into your final product.  You can even apply them to videos that you have already shot.  Retro – Camera by Moment is a free app on iTunes.  It has in-app purchases and a subscription model for more filters.  

FRIDAY (5/29): Kitchen Pal

This is an app that gives you a new way to shop for your groceries, so you can prepare whatever meals you have in mind. It’s a combination of everything from a grocery list maker to an app that works on your health and fitness. You can find some ideas for what to make by just scanning what you have in your food pantry. It has 4 million recipes to give you ideas. It also can tell you when the stuff on your shelves is about to go bad on its expiration date. You can put in a fitness profile, and the app can tell you how good or bad something is for you that you want to make. It can handle any specialized diets that you might have. KitchenPal Pantry Manager is a free app on iTunes and Android. It has in-app purchases.

THURSDAY (5/28): iScape

During the time of lockdown, you might have noticed that you need to improve your garden.  You might want to do a little re-design on the greenspace in the backyard, and this tool can help you see the potential in that space.  It uses A.I. to help you plan and show you what your outdoor space could look like after it’s done.  You’re able to put in different kinds of plants and flowers virtually in the space that you have.  It also works with making some green improvements inside the home.  It lets you do everything, if you want to do the work yourself, or show it to the pros that you want to hire.  If you’re a professional, this app can put together a proposal to show your customers the ideas you have in mind.  iScape is a free app on iTunes.  It has in-app purchases.  

WEDNESDAY (5/27): Doze

The coronavirus has caused a lot of people to lose sleep.  And when they do get some sleep, they have nightmares.  This app is a sleep aid.  Remember when you were a child, some of the most peaceful rest you got came after a parent read you a bedtime story.  The app combines the sounds of stories with relaxing sounds that also help with sleep.  It has nature sounds and white noise, like ocean waves, or rain, or even the sound of a fan.  You can also use the app to help you catch a few weeks in the middle of the day.  It comes with a timer to cut off the app.  There are a lot of other features that you can explore to help with your rest. 

Doze Sleep Sounds Stories is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has in-app purchases.  

TUESDAY (5/26): Filmbox

There is a very good chance that you have some old-time film negatives lying around the house.  Perhaps now is the time to bring those pictures into the digital age.  This app uses an AI to scan those film negatives and develop them into digital pictures right before your eyes.  The only thing you need is a white backlight. Maybe the computer screen with an empty Word document.  You just hold the negatives up to the light, and press the button.  It even comes with voice control if you don’t have a hand free to do everything.  The app scans the negative and turns it into a positive, picture.  You can save it as a digital file in your phone.  Filmbox by Photomyne is a free app on iTunes.  It has a subscription model. 

FRIDAY (5/22): LetGo

You might be doing some downsizing in the home, because of  your ‘stay at home’ status.  That means you have a lot of stuff that you want to get rid of.  You can donate it to charity.  Or you could use this app as a means to make some money.  It lets you sell pretty much whatever it is you have.  Plus, you can sell to someone in your neighborhood.  Letgo sells locally.  There are more than 200 million items up for sale.  That also means, you can find just what you need from someone else’s collection of stuff.  To list your stuff, you only need to take pictures and post them.  The app uses AI to put everything into the right categories.  You can even buy cars or property with the app.  LetGo is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has in-app purchases to put a spotlight on your items. 

THURSDAY (5/21): Sporcle Party

If you’ve ever been to a bar or some restaurants, you know the trivia game Sporcle.  This is a new version of the app that lets you challenge your friends to play trivia games.  There are all different kinds of topics that you can play.  See who’s better at geography, or movies, or food and drink, or sports.  There are hours of gameplay just with the free version.  You can anywhere from 3 to 25 people all playing the same game, and they can be anywhere in the world.  Sporcle comes with three different trivia packs with almost 500 question.  There are other packs that you can buy for a dollar each.  Sporcle is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has in-app purchases.  

WEDNESDAY (5/20): Candide Gardening

You might be working on your green thumb while you’re stuck at home.  This app lets you learn a lot about the plants that are growing in the backyard, or those that you want to put in.  You can ask different questions about native plant life.  The app will show ways to enjoy the whole experience of putting in a garden.  You can get all kinds of tips and advice from other people that are using the app as well.  It comes with an ID feature.  Take a photo of a plant, the app will search the database to let you know what it is and it only takes a few seconds.  It’s like a SHAZAM for plants.  There are garden guides and videos to show you the proper way to care for your plants.  It also comes with videos to share what your neighborhood garden center has to offer.  Candide Gardening is a free app on iTunes and Android

TUESDAY (5/19):  Google Arts and Culture

You might be looking for something that’s a little more cultural in your life.  We can’t very well go to the world’s greatest museums.  This app can show you the top exhibits in the world.  Maybe, it’s the Mona Lisa in the Louvre..  The app lets you see thousands of different exhibits.  There are pictures and videos.  You can read manuscripts.  It even has a VR function, if you have the capability, like a Google Cardboard.  The app is affiliated with more than 12 hundred museums and galleries.  There are virtual tours you can take.  It also comes with a daily digest to show you something different every day.  Google Arts and Culture is a free app on iTunes and Android

MONDAY (5/18): Fresh.Ink

You might not have time to read a large and involved book during your downtime at home.  This lets you get into literature on bite-sized chunks.  Fresh Ink sends out short stories every day.  You get a full tale that you can consume in just a few minutes.  It’s a great way to meet new authors.  If you enjoy their short stories, you might find other things they’ve written and enjoy those, too.  They have works from all kinds of authors from prize winners to new writers.  After you finish the short story, the app gives you some questions to ponder about what you’ve just read.  It’s not a quiz, just a way to reflect more on the stories.  It has a social media aspect to it, if you want to take part.  Fresh.Ink is a free app on iTunes and Android

FRIDAY (5/15): Stellar Tour

We might be running out of things to watch on TV, but there is always something fascinating in the skies above us, even in daylight.  This app lets you point your phone in any direction to explore what stars or planets or constellations are in the line of sight.  It even works in cities, where you might not see many stars.  You can find out what you’re missing in the light pollution.  It can even give you information about far off galaxies.  NASA has provided more info for you to learn about the planets and moons in our own solar system, when they’re in the sky.   You can even pick one of the other planets, and rotate it around to see all kinds of high-res pictures.  Stellar Tour is a free app for now on iTunes.  

THURSDAY (5/14): Burner

This app can give you a little peace of mind when you want to keep a social distance from someone else and your digits.  It can create you a burner phone number that you can give to someone else.  Maybe, you want to separate your personal cellphone from a company phone.  Or, there’s someone that’s a little pushy and this gives you some peace of mind.  Perhaps, it’s a company that might start robocalling you because you bought something online, or if you want to sell something on Craigslist.  No one can find your real number, if they get the burner number instead.  The app re-routes the calls from the burner number and sends them to your real phone number.  This way, you don’t have to carry another phone with you.  Burner – 2nd Phone Number is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has in-app purchases. 

WEDNESDAY (5/13): Overdrive

One thing about the stay at home orders is the chance that we can catch up on our reading.  This app lets you borrow eBooks, or audiobooks from the local library.  It also lets you borrow videos from the collection of movies and TV shows.  You can also watch various documentaries.  You don’t need a streaming service for these.   It works with more than 30 thousand different libraries around the world.  You can browse through the books that they have and borrow them for a period of time.  You can read in them in your e-reader or listen to them through your audiobook software.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about any kind of late fees, like you would at a library.  Once the borrowing time is done, the book just comes off your system.  It lets you start reading on one device, and continue on another if you wish to.  The only thing you need is a valid library card.  Overdrive is a free app on iTunes and Android.    

TUESDAY (5/12): Portal

This is a relaxation app to help you get through a trying day.  Or you can use it to help you focus on what you need to get done at work.  There are different kinds of soundscapes and videos and lighting to totally bring you into focus.  It could be something as simple as the sound of a thunderstorm or the ocean in Hawaii.  There are 19 different kinds of portals that you can use.  It can also incorporate into your Phillips HUE houselights to bring the effects into your room.  It works with Siri to let you bring the features with an Ask Siri command.  There are high definition pictures and videos to enhance the experience.  IF you’re using the app as a sleep aid, you can also set an alarm with the app to wake you up.  Portal - Focus, Sleep, Escape is a free app on iTunes.  It has in-app purchases.

MONDAY (5/11): Smart Bird ID

You might be looking for something, anything, to distract you from the day to day of living and quarantining at home.  If you’ve ever watched the birds outside your house, and wondered what they are, this app can help you identify them, not just by sight, but by their sounds.  You might know the cardinals and blue jays, but there are all kinds of different species of birds flying around.  This app lets you figure out what they are with your phone’s camera OR microphone. All you have to do is point your phone at the bird that’s singing, and the app can ID it.  Full rundown.  It can also tell you if the bird is a male or female, or how old it is.  You’re also helping the app keep a log of birds in your area.  Smart Bird ID is a free app on iTunes, it has in-app purchases. 

FRIDAY (5/8): Reelgood

We are in full-on binge mode of our favorite TV shows and movies.  And, chances are we have a bunch of streaming services that we subscribe to.  This can turn your phone into an all purpose app to control all your streaming services.  It works with all the big services, like Disney Plus, Netflix, Hulu, and a hundred others.  It lets you use the app to browse through all your services.  The app makes recommendations for what you might like.  It’ll tell you when there are new episodes or movies added.  Plus, this app comes with a Reelgood Remote for your Roku device.  You can use it to control the functions like you would with the little black Roku remote.  Reelgood is a free app on iTunes and Android.

THURSDAY (5/7): Project Foodie

We’re doing a lot more cooking at home because of the pandemic.  Some people are learning for the first time.  Others are more experienced, but they’re out of ideas.  You can only make turkey surprise so many times, before there’s no more surprise.  This app is put together by a professional chef.  He has hundreds of real time cooking videos with step by step instructions to take you from a collection of ingredients to the dinner bell.  They like to call it the Cookbook of the Future.  The chef is there with you every step of the day.  He’ll show you techniques in all facets.  The videos run from 5 minutes to 50 minutes in length.  It has a recipe calculator so you can use the right amount of ingredients depending on your family’s size. Project Foodie is a free app on iTunes.  It has in app purchases. 

WEDNESDAY (5/6): Quarantine Chat

There are times when we are tired of hearing ourselves think, and maybe, just maybe we might be willing to talk to someone else who’s going through the same thing.  This app puts together people that are living isolated from others.  Think of it like a telephone penpal.  You can call someone else who has the app and just start talking about whatever it is that’s on your mind.  You could meet new friends just at random.  You might remember an app ago called “Chat Roulette”, where you could just “spin the wheel” and start talking to someone, somewhere in the world.  You never know where the other person is, he or she could be anywhere in the world.  QuarantineChat is a free app on iTunes and Android.

TUESDAY (5/5): Walk the Distance

You might be a little tired of seeing the same ol’ same ol’ when it comes to your daily walk.  This app lets you virtually walk the Appalachian Trail, or Yellowstone, or even the Boston Marathon.  The app uses the steps that you take every day and incorporates them into those trails to show you what you would have seen, if you actually walked those trails.  It works with the iPhone Health app to work the calculations.  There’s also a competitive aspect to it, because you can see how far you’ve walked, and pass others, or have others pass by you.  It shows you pictures of the places that you virtually pass along the way.  Walk The Distance is a free app on iTunes.  It has in-app purchases to add open up the entire Appalachian Trail or other trails.

MONDAY (5/4): Calm

 In these days of out of control stress, this app can bring the calm to your mind. It’s an app to help you sleep, relax, or just meditate.  It has hundreds of different programs.  They run anywhere from 3 up to 25 minutes in length.  There are sleep stories.  Who says kids are the only ones who need bedtime stories?  This app gives you storytellers, like Matthew McConaughey and others.  The legend that is Bob Ross is included in the app with Happy Little Zzz’s.  The app breaks it down to different styles of calming, and it even adds a new 10 minute Daily Calm every day.  Music, soundscapes, and exercises.  It’s all part of Calm, a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has a subscription model.  

FRIDAY (5/1): Tastemade

This is a TV network in app form.  Tastemade is a way to find new recipes and ways to find creative ways to make homemade meals.  You might be running out of ideas for ways to prepare dinner.  With the app, you can see different programs from the network.   There’s the show, “Struggle Meals”, which helps you make meals for less than 2 bucks.  Or “Tiny Kitchen”.  It sounds just like what it is.  Meals in a tiny kitchen.  Or you can just watch culinary tours of the world with famous chefs tasting foods in different parts of the planet. It also has shows that can show you how to do some DIY projects on your kitchen.  Tastemade is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has a subscription model.  

THURSDAY (4/30): Our Streets

It’s been more than a month, and still it’s tough to find some things that we need on the store shelves.  This app is a kind of Waze up to find the essentials in stores, like soap or toilet paper or medicines.  You can even use it to pick up hard to find food.  You can also help out the community, by letting others know where you have found those items and how much those shelves have on them.  Our Streets also helps you know what stores are and aren’t following social distancing.  The app is also there if you need to report some kind of dangerous driving behavior, or if there’s a car where it isn’t supposed to be.  Our Streets is a free app on iTunes and Android

WEDNESDAY (4/29): Ask Ken

One thing about being stuck at home for any length of time, we start seeing things that are going wrong with the house.  We might want to do a few DIY projects, even though we’re not exactly the handiest of handy people.  You can only find so much help through YouTube videos.  Ask Ken is an app that can help you with your home improvement projects.  It puts you together with actual experts to give you a hand.  It works with just about every possible problem.  It could be installing an alarm, or appliances or a TV repair. You get to videochat with those experts, and you don’t have to wait for someone to come to the house between 9 in the morning and noon on some future date.  Ask Ken is a free app on iTunes.  You pay for the expert advice. 

TUESDAY (4/28): COVID Coach

The Department of Veterans Affairs put together this app as a clearinghouse of information into Coronavirus.  It has different sections, such as how to manage the obvious stress or the loneliness that comes with being isolated at home.  It can help you to stay safe from the virus.  The app has instruction on what to do when you have a full family that’s also in lockdown with you.  There are lessons on keeping your balance and developing healthy habits.   It also has instructions and ideas on how to deal with working from home, as so many people are right now.  COVID Coach is an app from the VA.  It’s free on iTunes and Andriod.

MONDAY (4/27): Thred Up

This is a shopping app, if you’re looking to get something new for the wardrobe.  You can’t go into department stores right now, especially thrift stores.  This takes you to a virtual thrift store to find deals on all kinds of women’s and kids’ clothing.  They have all the big name brands, and they can be on sale for up to 90 percent.  Thred Up gets thousands of different things every day, so you can keep coming back to see if something meets your needs.

It also has a way for you to do some spring cleaning in your own closet and sell some of your own clothes.  The app makes it easy to do that.  All you have to do is order a Clean Out Kit and it does all the work.  Thred Up is a free app on iTunes and Android.  You pay for what you buy, and you get paid for what you sell.  

FRIDAY (4/24): PhotoStudy

The kids are still stuck at home, learning virtually.  And there’s probably no way you can help them in some of their courses, when they stuck for answers.  This app can help your student get some answers and figure out how to get to those answers.  The app lets you take a picture of a math, physics, or chemistry problem.  Then, it can connect to a study expert that can help your student understand the concepts behind the problem.  That study expert will up to 10 minutes in the chat session. It works for high school and colleges.  PhotoStudy – Live Study Help is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has in-app purchases.  

 

THURSDAY (4/23): Lyf

This is a chat app, if you need to talk to someone that doesn’t have a bias.  It’s not your family, it’s not your friends.  It’s a set of listening ears that lets you vent about life in this Coronavirus world we live in.  The app is like having a best friend that you don’t know and has no preconceived notions about you.  There are real people and professionals that are on staff.  You never know, that total stranger that you’re talking to somewhere in the world might become a friend in the real world one day.  It’s totally confidential.  With the app, you write what’s going on in your life.  The app calls them “beats”.  You can just talk about the good and the bad.  You decide if you want to share it with everyone in the app, or just to specific people, or just one on one.  You can even be anonymous. Lyf is a free app on iTunes and Android.  

WEDNESDAY (4/22): How We Feel

This is a new app that’s trying to gauge the level of the Coronavirus in the world.  It’s pretty self-explanatory.  You just tell the app how you’re feeling every day, even if you feel great.  That data is supposed to help the science world see what’s going on with the spread of Covid-19.  It also can help you determine what the vibe is like in your city or even in your neighborhood, if enough people are taking part.  The app gives tips on how the fight is going and other information on keeping you healthy.  Plus, just by downloading the app and taking part, the app makers are donating meals to Feeding America.  You don’t have to give out any personal information about yourself.  How We Feel is a free app on iTunes and Android.  

TUESDAY (4/21): Bazaart

One thing you might want to do when you’re stuck at home is see how creative you can make your selfies, or any other pictures that you take.  This app can let you really explore that creative side of yourself.  It’s a photo editor that can take out backgrounds that you don’t want with an eraser tool.  You can also use the scissors function to take out a part of a photo, and replace it with something else.  Say you want to pull your face forward in a shot and superimpose a nature shot, underneath.  Or layer a scene on top of your face.  It’s fascinating to see.  You can enhance your pictures with up to a hundred layers.  It comes with thousands of backgrounds that you can incorporate into your pictures.  It lets you add text or stickers to your pictures. Your only limit is that imagination.  Bazaart.  It’s a free app on iTunes.  It has in-app purchases.  

MONDAY (4/20) - Recipe Ninja

New studies are showing that people are doing a lot of home cooking while we’re staying at home.  More people are experimenting with the ingredients that they have at home.  But, what happens when you run out of ideas.  Here comes the Ninja to the rescue.  It has more than 30 thousand recipes at your fingertips.  It works like this.  You can use the app to scan a barcode of something that you want to make, but you’ve run out of ideas.  It’ll come up with something that you might not have thought of.  You can also search through the recipes by using a keyword.  It comes with all the detail for the nutritional content.  You can add any notes that you want for the next time.  Recipe Ninja is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has a subscription model.  

FRIDAY (4/17) Cocoon

We’re all feeling it.  With all this social distancing and staying at home, we’re feeling the need to reach out to our families that live in other places a little bit more.  This app comes from the minds of people that USED to work for Facebook.  Think of it as something between a personal messenger app and a specialized group chat.   It lets you post group messages, have private video chats.  You can see where everyone is through their locations.  It lets you privately share photos with only members of your cocoon.  It also lets you have private chats that go away once you close the chat.  That’s very Snapchat-like.  You can keep up with everyone in your circle.  It even has a new feature, so you can share your temperatures in this COVID-era.  Set up different circles through Cocoon.  It’s a free app on iTunes and it’s coming soon for Android. 

WEDNESDAY (4/15): Skillshare

Since we’re stuck at home and trying to fill time, a lot of people are turning to ways to start learning something new.  But, you might have something that you like to do, and you want to share your knowledge with others.  This app has thousands of different kinds of classes that you can learn.  It might be something in the art world. Maybe, you want to learn a lost art like calligraphy or lettering.  You can learn Photoshop or Illustrator.  Or there are art classes, game design, photography, or classes in productivity and creative writing.  There are hundreds of different free classes right there on the app, or you can subscribe and get through to a full library.  If you have a skill, you can share it by becoming a teacher.  Skillshare is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has a subscription model. 

TUESDAY (4/14): Nothing But Advice

One thing that’s coming out of this whole Coronavirus scare is the loneliness or other issues with your mental well-being.  This app puts you together with mental health professionals, so you can have all the chats that you need to stay strong through all of this.  They can handle anything from PTSD to family or parenting counseling.  Their counselors are available any time of day or night.  You don’t have to have an appointment.  You can talk with someone face to face, or just through voice.  You can even just have text talks.  There are a whole host of qualified professionals on the app.  Nothing But Advice is a free app on iTunes and Android.  You pay for your sessions.  

MONDAY (4/13): Quiz Up

Since we're all trying to find something to do while we're stuck at home.  Online games are becoming more popular.  This one allows you to compete against other with trivia questions.  Think of it as an online version of Trivial Pursuit.   This app lets you go through trivia in different categories.  And you can also put together your own quizzes, that others can play.  The app lets you play one on one against people from all over the world.  Or just challenge your friends.   There are thousands of different topics to choose from.  Maybe, you're an expert at Harry Potter... or Disney movies... or even Call of Duty video games.  They can be very specific.  

Test out your trivia knowledge against others through Quiz Up.  It's a free app on iTunes and Android.  

FRIDAY (4/10): Kitchen Stories

We’re stuck at home.  A lot of us are eating a lot more home cooking than we used to, and a lot of us are running out of ideas about what to make next.  Here’s where you can find some ideas from some of the top chefs in the world.  The app adds new recipes every day.  When you activate ‘cooking mode’, you get step by step instructions on how to make a particular dish.  It comes with thousands of different recipes.  It has instructional videos from famous chefs.  It even allows you to become your own multimedia star by shooting your own cooking videos and upload them to the app.  There’s a measurement converter to help you re-size a recipe to fit smaller or larger portions. Kitchen Stories Recipes is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has a subscription model.  

THURSDAY (4/9): Tuned

This is a brand new app from the minds at Facebook.  It is specifically geared toward couples.  It’s supposed to be a private place where two people can share their private moments with no prying eyes.  It’s something you’re doing already with your significant other.  This keeps in one place.  The app says it’s perfect for exchanging music, and pictures, and scrapbooks, and messages.  And it only stays between the two of you.  There’s a diary function to share your thoughts.  This is a way to keep you two together, especially when you’re apart.  It’s your personal social network of two.  Tuned is brand new.  It’s a free app on iTunes.  

TUESDAY (4/7): Hear Me  

Sometimes, we just need someone to talk to.  And we don’t want to burden our family or friends with our burdens.  You could chat with your bartender, or your hair stylist, but they’re closed. This is an app that lets you talk to a perfect stranger.  No judgment, no talkback, and it’s 100% confidential and you get to stay anonymous.  It can be anything from dealing with working from home to marital issues.  Sometimes, you just want to have a conversation with someone other than a 6 year old.  It also doesn’t have to be something bad.  Maybe something great is going on, and there’s no one around to share it with.  HearMe gives you an ear to hear, and a heart to listen, and it’s around 24/7.  You can also use the app to become a listener.  HearMe is a free app on iTunes and Android.  

MONDAY (4/6): Khan Academy

During this time of staying at home, you might want to make a change to your life.  Maybe you want to learn something new.  This app is famous for saying that you can learn anything.  It’s teaching classes for anyone from students to adults.  It comes with thousands of virtual classes, and videos, and articles to study from. There are classes in different kinds of math, science, finance, history, political science and other topics.  You can take quizzes to see how well you’re learning, and the good thing.  You don’t have to worry about flunking.  It’s also a great tool for students to enhance what they’re learning at school.  Khan Academy is also there for teachers who want to add their expertise to the platform.  Khan Academy is a free app on iTunes and Android.   

FRIDAY (4/3): Apple COVID

This is the official app for the latest in information about coronavirus from the federal government.  It shows the current statistics on the infection around the world.  It comes with a screening tool to help you find out if you should get further screening for the coronavirus.  The app asks you some simple questions about any symptoms that you might have, and what to do next.  It can tell you when it’s appropriate for you to see a medical professional.  It also saves the screening results that you input so you can show them to your doctor, if necessary.

It gives you advice about sheltering in place, and how you could affect your family that’s in direct contact.  The app has resources to point you to more information that’s available from Washington.  Apple put this app together with the help of the CDC and FEMA.  It has an FAQ, as well.  Apple COVID is a free app on iTunes.  

THURSDAY (4/2): Signal

A lot of us are making changes to our lives, and we’re trying to have the most secure way of communicating when we’re doing business from our homes.  One way to do that is through a messenger system, and you want it secure.  There is What’s App, but that’s owned by Facebook now.  Signal is a messaging app that’s encrypted end to end, just like What’s App.  It works anywhere in the world for secure communications.  You can use it to make HD video calls or voice calls.  You use your existing phone number to set up your contacts list.  It lets you have different sounds to identify which of your friends, family members, or business contacts is getting in touch with you.   It has an option to send photos, it even lets you edit them with captions on the photo before you send it.  Signal is a free app on iTunes and Android

WEDNESDAY (4/1): Pigment

Again, with all this isolation at home, we can only play so many videogames and watch so much Netflix.  This is another activity that you can do yourself, or do with the kids, because it takes us back to a time in our own childhood.  Coloring books.  This is a digital coloring app. It has all kinds of pictures that you can color.  It also comes with content from Disney and the Muppets.  There are more than five thousand drawings in the library, so you won’t run out any time soon.  There are different ways to do the coloring.  You can just tap and let the computer fill it in for a perfect look.  Or you can test out how well you can stay in the lines as an adult.  It comes with 29 different markers, brushes, and pencils.  You can even choose to paint them with oils, or watercolors.  Pigment is a free app on iTunes and Android.  It has in-app purchases.