With all of the crazy weather, let me urge you to download the Tornado Warning app from Red Cross. Moore, OK had approximately 15 minutes notice to take shelter before the tornado destroyed their town. In severe weather, you have to be on guard – alert and have a plan. Often times, the TV may not be on – or you are not in front of a computer and when severe weather is in your area, you need to know.
Tornado Warning App from Red Cross
The Red Cross Tornado Warning app will alert you to potential dangers. It allows you to setup alerts and even if the app is closed, it will alert you to tornado watches or warnings in your area.
The free app serves multiple purposes. While the main function is to alert you of potential danger, such as a tornado watch or tornado warning – it also serves as a teaching guide to show you what to do in the event of danger. This app is loaded with information and helpful tools in the event of a tornado or other disaster.
Here is what is included with the free Red Cross app:
Setup alerts to be notified when there is a potential tornado danger in your area.
My favorite feature has to be the tornado alerts. You can setup multiple locations, so say if you want to know if where your husband works or kids go to school goes into a tornado watch or warning mode you can do so.
Simple step-by-step instructions to help you know what-to-do even if the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during, and after requires no mobile connectivity.
Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most.
Reduce your households stress and anxiety should a tornado hit by learning to make and practice an emergency plan.
Be ready should a tornado hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
Know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado alert.
Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your tornado knowledge.
Know how many tornadoes have occurred in your area.
Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages.
Tornado Emergency Toolkit
In the event of a tornado, there is a built-in toolkit that will turn your smart phone into emergency tools. The included emergency tools include:
This will turn on your LED light, allowing your smart phone to be a flashlight.
The strobe light function will flash the LED light.
The alarm will create a loud pulsating sound.
The test siren will alert you to what the tornado warning sound is that is built into the app.
Let your friends and family know you are safe. This app function allows you to add a safe message, add recipients and share via Facebook, Twitter, message or email.
Make a Plan
The Make a Plan feature walks your thru creating an action plan. Determine who will do what, determine a meet-up plan in the event that your family is seperated, add emergency contacts that are out-of-area and an evacuation point. In teh event that you have to evacuate, where will you go. Possibly this is a hotel/motel, family member’s home or a shelter.
Download the Free Tornado App
Downloading the app is SUPER easy, free AND available for BOTH iOS and Android.
From your mobile phone, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677) and the Red Cross will send you a link to download the app to your phone.
Stay safe and be prepared! I know as a mom to 4 kids and 2 dogs – just a few hours south of the Moore, OK tornado damage, I am on high alert. We’ve cleared out our stairwell closet and have pulled out making old crib mattresses accessible in the event we go into tornado safety mode!
Maybe you have seen your friends requesting lives for Candy Crush Saga on Facebook 0r maybe you are one of the millions of Candy Crush addicts like myself that CANNOT get ENOUGH of this game, myself included.
Late one night a few weeks ago, I was scrolling thru the Apple app store and came across the Candy Crush app. It was a free app and I thought why not. I should of just said NO to the Candy Crush Saga drug because now I am addicted.
Yes, I am a Candy Crush Addict
So what, I like a game right? No, this game is evil. It’s tons of fun, especially if you are a Bejeweled fan like myself but here is the thing. While it is a FREE app to download, there are all kinds of in-app purchases that will sucker you into emptying your wallet. I am totally convinced a psychologist is involved in the making of this game. It is totally addicting and you only have 5 lives. After your 5 lives are up – you have the option to continue playing, ask a Facebook friend for help or end game. You end the game, you then have to either purchase more plays or wait for more lives to regain themselves.
So let me clarify… you have to either tell all of your friends: HEY I AM ADDICTED TO CANDY CRUSH SAGA AND NEED YOUR HELP FURTHERING MY ADDICTION.. or pony up money if you want to continue to play without waiting.
I started and thought, there is NO way in HELL that I am buying anything in-app. Well, I lied to myself. You get to a certain level and if you want to continue on, you have to – again ask your Facebook friends for help or PAY for additional levels. I swore I wouldn’t be one of those Facebook people begging for Candy Crush help (no offense to my friends that do that). So I sucker up the money and pay for the in-app level purchases. SUCKER!
So then there are all kinds of other OBNOXIOUSLY priced in-app purchases. Let’s look at a few in app purchase examples to see how this app is making so much money. (more…)
The Vine app quickly became a personal favorite app when it launched a few weeks ago. I loved the idea of 6 second video snippets that didn’t allow major editing. The app reminds me of Instagram but with more dimension. I quickly hopped on the Vine bandwagon, gained made about 16 Vine videos, found my favorite Viners and gained a few dozen followers. I was a happy Viner, until last week.
Vine App Issues
I went to login last week using my Twitter account (digitalmomblog) and it prompted me that I needed to create an account. SAY WHAT?? I had an account. I made sure I hadn’t used another Twitter account and nope. So boo – my old account is frozen in a state of I don’t know how to access and I had to create a new account, life will go on – but annoying, yes. Alas, that’s my issue but looks like there is a BIGGER issue with the app:
So porn is another problem with Vine that the world wide web is speaking out about. While I haven’t encountered any, I guess it’s enough of a problem for the Vine app to have it’s rating changed in the Apple app store from 12 and older to 17+.
Twitter’s new video-sharing app Vine has changed its age rating to 17+, following an outbreak of porn. TNW first noticed the change.
Before this update, Vine was rated for anyone 12 and older. But that became increasingly risky as users began uploading and sharing pornographic content.
A simple search for #sex or #porn would bring up an array of graphic video. At one point, Vine accidentally featured a pornographic video to all of its users, which prompted Apple to remove the app from its “Editor’s Choice” section on the App Store. After that, Twitter started blocking all porn-related searches. However, it’s still pretty easy to find porn on Vine with some clever searching techniques.
While I let me daughter have a closed Instagram account, I think we will be holding off on her getting a Vine account. I wish more companies when developing apps would put thought into parental controls.
Familiarize your little one with the dentist with the Just Going to the Dentist app.
Just Going to the Dentist App
Little Critter is off to the dentist’s office. He gets a thorough checkup and cleaning, complete with dental x-rays. When Dr. Ghum finds a cavity, Little Critter bravely gets a filling. The visit is painless and Little Critter’s good nature reassures young readers that going to the dentist is not that bad after all!
So you may have heard about this little app called Vine and are thinking WHY all the buzz? Vine is a creation from those people who made Twitter.While it launched on January 24, 2013 – less than a week live and this app is already a favorite by mini.
What is Vine App
Vine is a mobile app that displays short video clips (6 seconds in length). The videos are user created via the app and resemble animated gifs. The video is actually an MP4 format. You can follow people and their videos will show in your stream (similar to Twitter). You can explore of follow various hash tags to view certain niches.
Here is a sample video of what a Vine Video looks like:
Download the Vine app – currently available for iOS (iPhone and iPod Touch) – it’s free. Follow the step by step instructions to easily make your 6 second video. You can create a continuous clip by holding the screen for the complete 6 seconds or by stopping and starting the clip (by touching and releasing the screen) to create a stop motion like video. Click next, type a description of your video and SHAZAM you are Vinging!
Vine for Android
Vine for Android is currently in development (as well as several other platforms as I can only imagine). Currently this app is only available for iOS (iphone and iPod Touch).
Let’s create some words for this new way of communicating. Possibly Silly or HasTooMuchTime would be great – but really — Vining – like Tweeting. Tweeter = Viner – I don’t know but we shall see. I’ve seen a blast of people starting to jump on this trend. While it is really silly and some people have well way too much time, it’s an interesting way to lose track of time. The OCD in me has me watching video after video. Even though it’s kind of dumb, it’s still my new favorite app – because at one time I thought Twitter was kind of dumb.
Follow Me On Vine
Follow me on Vine – DigitalMom
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There is currently no front camera option on Vine so oddly, if you want to video yourself it’s super awkward – like old school style! Hopefully they will change that, because good Lord teens are all about selfies and soon it will be video selfies.
Vine currently has 9662 followers on Twitter – 1/28/13 @vineapp – interested to see how fast that grows.