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.
Stay Safe and Be Prepared
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!
Help Moore, OK Tornado Victims
Learn how you can help Oklahoma tornado vicitims.
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.
Proof that this game is out of control? -> Candy Crush Crafts & Sweets
Watch out for Candy Crush in app purchases!
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…)
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:
How to Use Vine App
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
Random ETC. ETC. ETC.
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.
What Do You Think of the Vine App?
Before setting your kids down to play Angry Birds, read this information on Angry Birds Addiction. It’s for real people, and I think my son maybe showing signs of this syndrome. Read more and find out if there is a cure.
Angry Birds Addiction
Apparently when people say I am addicted to Angry Birds… they could be serious!
AYTM (Ask Your Target Market) put together the above information that explains Angry Birds Addiction Syndrome.
Did you know people play Angry Birds 200 million minutes a day? Crazy huh??
Soon Angry BIrds will of been downloaded
**Dr. Evil Pinky to Chin**
1 BILLION times!
Here are the facts that AYTM found in their research of Angry Birds Addiction Syndrome:
Angry Birds Free standard addition was the most downloaded of the Angry Birds games.
Males 18-24 are the most likely demographic to purchase Angry Birds.
The amount of time gamers spend playing Angry Birds each day equals 16 years of gameplay an HOUR.
Players have hurled over 100 billion angry birds. There are an estimated 100 billion real birds alive on Earth.
The company behind Angry Birds is worth as much as Jet Blue airlines – approximately $1 billion!
Out of 1,000 surveyed, Angry Birds was distributed between the following devices:
- 32% iPhone
- 33% iPod Touch
- 15% iPad
- 41% Android
- 25% PC
- 6% Other
Out of 1,000 surveyed, Angry Birds users say that playing Angry Birds made them feel:
- 6% Very Anxious
- 17% Somewhat Anxious
- 22% Neither Relaxed nor Anxious
- 32% Somewhat Relaxed
- 23% Very Relaxed
Players that are single are 9x more likely than married players to have their mood deteriorate while playing Angry Birds compared to other games.
When playing Angry Birds, gamers felt addicted:
- 16% Never
- 54% Occasionally
- 15% Often
- 13% Always
Michael Chorost, Ph. D. explains in Psychology Today why Angry Birds is so addictive.
- It’s simple with no learning curve to get going.
- It’s rewarding – we get primitive pleasure in blowing stuff up. Yeah, we are talking to you Pigs!
- It’s realistic – the physics of the game are just as you’d expect.
- It’s funny – the creatures’ sounding, laughing and backflips.
On combination, this fiendish mix of elements wreaks havoc on the biochemistry of our brains.
All that dopamine release makes you compulsively want to know what will happen when you fling the next bird.
Some of us are more susceptible to this dopamine floating around in our synapses and keep flinging and flinging and firing.
Who seems most susceptible to this compulsive addictive behavior?
Those 18-34 – you are 3X as likely to answer that you OFTEN or ALWAYS feel addicted to playing Angry Birds
If you are single – you are 2X likely to answer that you are OFTEN or ALWAYS feeling addict after playing Angry Birds.
THERE IS NO KNOWN MEDICAL CURE FOR ANGRY BIRDS ADDICTION SYNDROME.
You can delete the app. 12% of people who have played Angry Birds 25+ times have deleted it in order to prevent from playing it anymore.
Another 12% have seriously thought of choosing this radical cure but have no taken the step.
Check out All Things Angry Birds for more Angry Bird material.
Are You Addicted to Angry Birds? Have You Ever Deleted the App to Stop From Playing?
Out with the DSLR in with the iPhone for photos? Well, not 100% but I can say that there are so many times, especially having kids – I shoot a photo on my iPhone because that camera is ALWAYS with me!
Bring your digital photos to actual real life prints with the iPhone app – Postal Pix.
The Postal Pix App
Postal Pix is an app that allows you to order prints of your iPhone photos. Sure, you can easily dump your phone photos and upload for printing, but with Postal Pix – the complete order process is done through their app. The pricing is affordable. And my favorite part? Postal Pix prints SQUARE prints which are perfect for printing your Instagram photos!
Placing a Photo Order
I recently placed an order of several iPhone photos and Instagram prints of the kids and our new baby Zeke. Placing an order for the photos was done in a snap! No downloading photos to your computer and then re-uploading. The Postal Pix app uploads the photos to their servers in the check out process. The turn around took about a week to get our prints in.
In addition to regular prints, Postal Pix offers aluminum prints. Your photos are printed a piece of square aluminum and comes with both mounting tabs and magnets for your choice of mounting. I chose to make mine a magnet.
The photo pricing for Postal Pix is affordable. Yes, you can find cheaper – but the ease of use makes up for any minimal price difference. The aluminum 4×4 print was $7.99 and the prints were around 39 cents for a 4×4 square matte print.