App of the Day: Shazam

Shazam, the AppThe Good
Accurately identifies songs by sound
Quick links to iTunes Store and YouTube
Share songs via email

The Bad
Less accurate with music from small or independent bands

The Price

Purchase/Download at iTunes

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15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to Beyond Facebook

Are teens totally over Facebook? Or are they using it even more than ever? Recent reports go back and forth on teens’ favorite digital hangout, but the fact is that the days of a one-stop shop for all social networking needs are over. Instead, teens are dividing their attention between an array of apps and tools that let them write, share, video chat, and even shop for the latest trends.

Popular Teen Social Media Apps

15 Social Media Tools Teens Are Using Most

Kik Messenger
Yik Yak

1. Twitter is a microblogging site that allows users to post brief, 140-character messages — called “tweets” — and follow other users’ activities.

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App of the Day: Trending social media anonymous apps

On the positive side, going incognito online helps us express ourselves in ways we might not be able to in the real world. On the negative side, anonymous apps are often riddled with inappropriate content. They also can encourage bullying behavior.

Whisper AppWhisper: A social “confessional” app that allows users to post whatever’s on their mind. Users type a confession, add a background image, and share it with the Whisper community. It’s intended for users age 17 and older.

Why it’s popular: There’s something to be said about sharing one’s innermost thoughts without any repercussions, especially if they’re not socially acceptable. It’s cathartic. For those who simply choose to browse, Whisper can be amusing, heartbreaking, troubling, and comforting all at once.

What teens & parents need to know:

  • The scenarios can be hard to stomach. Reading that a teacher has fantasies about his or her students or that someone’s father is going to be released from jail and start a custody battle can weigh heavily on teens. Some confessions, however, are totally benign (and funny!).
  • There is plenty of inappropriate content. All too often, whispers are sexual. Some use Whisper to solicit others for sex (using the app’s geo-location “nearby” feature). Strong language and drug and alcohol references also are prevalent (for example, “My wife and I were both high on our wedding day” and “I dropped acid with my mom once”).
  • Whispers can go public. Entertainment news sites, such as BuzzFeed, are beginning to feature Whispers. The problem? When secrets — including the embellished or fake ones — become news, we may begin to find ourselves in tabloid territory.

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App(s) of the Day: 7 apps that improve your memory

Do you ever walk into a room, stop, and wonder…now why did I come in here?  How about drawing a blank on your bestie’s name?  Forget your own phone number?  Where are my sunglasses?  Dude, where’s my car?  My Dad always called it CRS:  Can’t Remember Sh*t.

I’m not saying we should rely on technology for all things in life, but maybe it’s a better use of my time on the train to work on improving my memory instead of stalking celebs on Twitter or seeing what my FB friends have made for dinner.  I’m just sayin’

So without further ado….

Memory Trainer & Fit Brains Memory Trainer

Memory Trainer & Fit Brains Memory Trainer

Meet the good kind of mind games. A 2013 study in Psychological Science showed that brain-stimulating yet easy-to-follow mental workouts, like the ones featured in these two apps, can indeed boost your working memory. Memory Trainer (for Android) zeroes in on your spatial and working memory as well as focus, concentration skills and chunking (grouping information to make it easier to remember; think 555-1212 and HIJK LMNOP). Fit Brains (for iOS) boasts familiar games like Guess Who and Block Breaker to enhance recognition, visual memory and three different forms of recall.

Memory Trainer: For Android, free
Fit Brains Memory Trainer: For iPhone and iPad, free

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App of the Day: 5 Hair Happy Apps


Whether you’re heading out and don’t know how to style your hair, you’re toying with trying a new color or contemplating a whole new look, there’s an app that can help. From style inspiration to how-to videos, check out our picks for must-try hair apps.

 InStyle Hairstyle Try-On

InStyle Hairstyle Try-On

Bored of your current hairstyle? Download this fun app and get a taste for what you’d look like with a new ‘do. Try over 250 hairstyles on your own photo to see what looks best for your face shape. The styles are selected by In Style Magazine’s editors so you know they’re on-trend. Choose from categories such as best cuts for your 20s, wedding hair and low maintenance work hair.

Price: Free for iPad

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