This weekend’s Spring Forward into Daylight Savings Time means it should officially be spring time (right?!). Though the season doesn’t technically begin for another few weeks, the cold has us all inching toward anything spring-ish, including the annual clean.
Before you do any heavy lifting or challenging closet cleanouts, organize the one thing that’s with you everywhere you go — your smartphone. Here are 5 apps to help organize your Android or iOS phone.
The most dangerous place on any smartphone? The email inbox. SquareOne wants to be your personal email guru. It learns about the people you're emailing and who are emailing you, presorts your email, and sends push notifications only for important emails. It works on top of your Gmail inbox rather than forcing you to replace your favorite client app. Right now, you can only get SquareOne on iOS.
Another inbox cleanser is Shopilly. The service aggregates all of those shopping deal emails into a super visual collection. When you sign up, you'll start your Shopilly Inbox. Just link your account, and they'll create a new folder for you. Then, you can browse all those emails and more deals on the Pinterest-esque site.
Organize your photo roll with easy swipes into folders. Never browse through a million cat pictures just to find the Empire State Building shot again (unless the cat was on the ESB). You can edit photos, too, and share photos and albums with friends.
Remember when we told you about Android Launchers
? Aviate is part launcher, part personal assistant. Available in beta for Android users, the app it simple and sleek. It organizes your apps for you by most activity and time of day. Your home screen adjusts as you move from home to work to travel, showing you the apps you use the most in those locations. It can also bring you weather, traffic, and other helpful information for wherever you are.
Feedly will aggregate your favorite blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other sources to give you a daily feed of news. Rid your phone of apps from each publication and replace with something like Feedly, or another RSS reader. (We use Feedly daily to find the best news for our users, so it's a personal favorite.)
Now that your phone is clear of clutter, read through our Toss It list to start getting rid of the big stuff. We found a bundle of household items that you really don't need bulking up your home -- instead, donate the hardware and replace it with an app.
Your app isn’t complete without a news feed — a place for everyone to follow the Twitter action, a spot for conversations to flourish.
What’s even better? Getting to show that feed live on a huge screen in front of everyone to make following the conversation doubly fulfilling — it follows the crowd while the crowd follows it.
How to do this? If you’ve got an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac, you can do this super easily through Airplay Mirroring, which we told you about on Tuesday. If you’ve got HDTVs set up at your event or one in your classroom, you can send info directly from your phone’s control center, as long as the phone and the TV are on the same network.
It’s been around for a while, but how can you use it?
Airplay Mirroring, verb;
Broadcasting content from iOS device to iOS device. AirPlay began as audio-only wireless streaming between devices, and progressed with iOS 5 to broadcasting visual content from devices to Apple TV. Now, Airplay mirroring can send videos, images, and mirroring of the original device screens to Apple TV across a wireless network. More
Today we’re featuring one awesome Yapp, created to help raise money for Team Special Agent Noah in this year’s Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada Buddy Walk.
The Southern Nevada Buddy Walk is in its 14th year, with teams raising money to bring programs to the community and promote inclusion of those with Down syndrome.
Noah’s family created their Yapp as a mobile station for donations to their team.
Aside from general event information and a blurb about the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, the family is using the app to encourage and recognize their donors.
They’ve got a News Feed page set up where all donors are getting personalized Thank-Yous. With our rich notifications, everyone who is checking out the app can see what incredible friends and family are donating, and can be inspired to give.
Team Noah has their donation link pasted in the app, as well, making it a two-tap process to give money to the cause.
We can’t wait to see some awesome pictures from the Buddy Walk posted into the Yapp come April! Want to donate to help Special Agent Noah? Give here.
Want to make your own Yapp for a non-profit or fundraising event? We’d love to help. Send us an email!
Sunday is the 86th celebration of the Oscars, bringing together the top of the Hollywood crop from the past year. If you haven’t already, download our ballot Yapp, complete with all the nominees and a spot to cast your vote for the top 5 awards of the night.the
For the aspiring filmmakers out there, the age of smartphones, apps and the Internet makes getting to the Oscars a little easier. We picked 5 apps to kickstart your path to the Academy Awards. More
Google’s Project Tango experiment made a surprise appearance at the Mobile World Congress this week. It is not a tango-ing robot (but they should make that, just for kicks).
Project Tango, noun;
An experimental Google smartphone with a number of cameras and vision sensors that can create 3D maps of the spaces surrounding it. Tango was announced earlier in February, and the physical prototype was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress this week. The device has sensors that read the room with hundreds of thousands of measurements per second to create functional 3D models in real-time. It’s similar to the technology NASA used on the Mars Rover to map the Red Planet, but optimized for your smartphones.
There is less than a week left until Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast, which means it’s high time to fill out your Oscar ballot (or, if you’re like me, ballots).
Since we introduced our exciting new polling feature last week, it seemed only right to put together our own interactive Yapp for you to cast your awards votes.
Grab the app, share with your watching party, and vote for the top 5 awards of the night. We’ll showcase the Yapper results during the show Sunday to see how they stack up with the Academy’s picks. Plus, you can also see a list of all the nominees, follow the results as they roll in on Twitter and view the trailers for the nine Best Picture films.
Get the Yapp Here
A few weeks ago, we posted an infographic of all the household hardware and gadgets you can officially give away and replace with one thing: your smartphone. We’re kicking off an in-depth look at our 5 favorite apps to replace each of the gadgets on the graphic.
There once was a time when a baby monitor cost upwards of $100 and required a walkie-talkie setup. Those are now becoming as obsolete as tin cans on strings. With apps galore (we counted more than 100 to replace baby monitors) and smart-connected gadgets appearing by the day, there’s a ton of tech to replace your baby cam.
Take a look at 5 of our favorites below. More
The name is pretty self explanatory, but how does the new tech work?
3-D Printing; verb,
The process of creating a three-dimensional, solid object from a digital model. 3-D printed objects can be made from plastic, glass, silver, and a variety of other moldable materials. Charles Hull, an American engineer, first developed the digital and physical technology to 3-D print objects in the 1980s. The technology has had a slow evolution into the mainstream, with a boom in the last few years as printers became more readily available and companies began to offer the services to 3-D print.
In our newest app store release, we are rolling out a bunch of exciting new updates. Check them out below and let us know what you think!
Now, any time a user posts into your Yapp’s News Feed or Crowd Pics page, you’ll get a notification to your phone’s home screen. You can adjust these notifications to show you all posts, only posts from the Yapp creator, or no posts. Here’s more on Notification Settings: http://bit.ly/1bsw0pH
We’ve added a simple Poll page to our collection of template pages! Add the page from the editor online, input a question and list of answer choices, then publish for all your users to respond to from their phones. Here’s more on Polls: http://bit.ly/1aZvcYH
YappBox is now Yapp.
It’s the same container app, filled with the same Yapps you love, now called simply Yapp. As always, we have a lot of big plans for Yapp, and are excited to have our app name now officially in line with our online editing experience. We hope this will relieve any confusion that users see when they first try to install a Yapp and are redirected to the app store.
As always, we would love to hear your feedback on any of the new features we’ve added. Leave us a comment here or send us an email at support at yapp.us.