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Emergency app saved man from heart attack, and here's how it works

Emergency app saved man from heart attack, and here's how it works

When Mark Lee had a heart attack in the central business district of Perth, Australia, he opened a smartphone app and dialed 000. One block away, a notification popped up on Danny Rummukainen's phone and he rushed to help.

News First reported that Lee was dead for 12 minutes before the first responders ahead of the ambulance brought him back.

Lee's rescuers used the St. John First Responder app (iOS, Android), which notifies those qualified in... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Educational Software

Rita Wilson shares her favorite apps

Rita Wilson shares her favorite apps

For decades actress Rita Wilson has helped bring other people's stories to life with memorable turns in such films as 1993's "Sleepless in Seattle," 1999's "Runaway Bride," and 2016's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." In more recent years, Wilson, who felt inspired to pursue a musical career after singing the role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago" on Broadway, in 2006, has seized the opportunity to tell her own stories through original songs and videos.

The... Read More »

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How 'Weather Up' app integrates weather into your calendar

How 'Weather Up' app integrates weather into your calendar

Many people check the weather when they wake up. You need to know if you should bring an umbrella, wear a heavier coat, or bother straightening your hair.

Knowing how the weather might turn out for the week is important when planning events too. Is the barbeque going to get rained out? Should your kid dress in layers for the weekend soccer game?

To keep you from having to jump between your calendar and weather app, Weather Up (formerly Weather... Read More »

Topics: Weather Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Can 'Wonderscope' AR app turn screen time into quality time with your kids?

Can 'Wonderscope' AR app turn screen time into quality time with your kids?

Deciding how much screen time your child should be allowed is a dilemma most of today's parents face. Too much technology could make it feel like family time is a thing of the past as everyone's attention is directed to devices.

Some apps, like Wonderscope (iOS), want to compromise by integrating family time with screen time. Wonderscope is WITHIN's first AR app.

"[Wonderscope] creates narrative-driven experiences that change the way kids engage with mobile devices by encouraging movement, reading... Read More »

Topics: Kids & Parenting Software , Entertainment Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software , Educational Software

How 'Audio Cardio' app can restore lost hearing by exercising your ears

How 'Audio Cardio' app can restore lost hearing by exercising your ears

A person's ability to hear is a fragile thing. Too many concerts spent standing next to the speakers or days blaring music in your headphones can take a toll. Exposure to gunfire at close range or explosions can cause damage to those in the military.

Even if you take the best care of your hearing, it can also deteriorate with age.

To combat hearing loss, veteran tech entrepreneur Chris Ellis and musicologist Sam Kwak created the Audio Cardio app... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software , Music Software

Black Friday shoppers should be wary of scammers with fake apps

Black Friday shoppers should be wary of scammers with fake apps

As Black Friday approaches and shoppers scour the Internet for deals, scammers are also coming out of the woodwork to intercept your credit cards, debit cards, and whatever else you plan to use to buy things online over the course of the next few weeks. According to cybersecurity research firm RiskIQ, you could get caught in this net if you're not watching closely enough.

Last year, RiskIQ estimated that 40 percent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers in 2016... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google offers The Washington Post free for 6 months, plus 3 months of YouTube Premium

Google offers The Washington Post free for 6 months, plus 3 months of YouTube Premium

As we head full-force into the holiday shopping season, you've probably got your eyes peeled not just for gift ideas, but also for bargains. Sure, Black Friday is on its way with "doorbuster" deals, but you might not want to line up in front of a big-box store in the middle of the night and fight your way across the store to the right shelf. Even when buying gifts online, you don't want to find that a popular item... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Blueair Friend air quality app provides free up-to-date pollution map for your area

Blueair Friend air quality app provides free up-to-date pollution map for your area

As the deadliest wildfire in California history continues to blaze away, it's sent equally unprecedented masses of smoke for hundreds of miles in every direction. Millions of people on the west coast are now reaching for breathing masks, asthma medicine -- and information about how bad the air has gotten and where they can go to find relief.

Spare the Air has a dedicated website for the San Francisco Bay Area, with air quality... Read More »

'J-SOS' emergency app keeps Jewish and Israeli travelers safe

'J-SOS' emergency app keeps Jewish and Israeli travelers safe

Traveling in a country where you're unfamiliar with the language can be stressful. If you're in that country during an emergency situation, the stress can quickly turn to panic.

J-SOS (iOS, Android) was developed for Jewish and Israeli people, at home or traveling, to access emergency services quickly during a dangerous situation like a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

When the user presses the app's SOS button, they can qualify what type of emergency is happening, whether... Read More »

Topics: Travel , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Skip Black Friday lines at Target and Walmart with mobile app checkout

Skip Black Friday lines at Target and Walmart with mobile app checkout

We've all seen the viral videos and news segments on the huge crowds that flood retail outlets across the country to take advantage of Black Friday sales. Brick and mortar stores are now trying to simplify everything for everyone, creating a multitude of options that can save you the hassle of elbowing through outlets.

Late last month, Walmart unveiled a variety of upgrades to their stores, website, and app to make the checkout process as painless as it... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software