8 gardening apps to activate your green thumb in spring 2019

Not everyone has a green thumb or an eye for landscaping. Some people don't even get to try because they're so busy. Others watch HGTV over and over again and still never achieve the yard of their dreams because it's easy to forget most of what you learned by the time you get outside.

But since you can take your phone with you when you walk out into the yard, there are now some digital tools that can make you a... Read More »

Topics: Features , Landscape Design Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android

Best apps to help plan your perfect Valentine's Day

It's hard to ignore Valentine's Day whether you're excited about it, or you loathe it. The supermarket aisles are full of pink and red things, cupids dangle from unexpected places and shelves buckle under heaps of heart-shaped candy.

Whether this is your first or your fiftieth Valentines Day with your sweetie, or if you plan to spend the evening with your friends, these apps can turn it into a fun time.

1. Get the food right

If you're confident in your... Read More »

Topics: Features , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , TV & Movies , Lifestyle Software

How to use Politiscope app to check Congressional voting records

The list for potential presidential candidates in 2020 is growing longer every day. With candidate debates planned for this year, it's never too early to start educating yourself on who's running and where they stand on issues.

Though the large pool of candidates will shrink over the next 12 to 18 months, the presidential hopefuls have already started campaigning, reaching out on social media and speaking at town halls.

One of the fastest ways to know where a politician... Read More »

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

How to donate to a charity in the Google Play Store

Google is teaming up with a group of nonprofit organizations to help you make donations through the Google Play Store during the holiday giving season.

The portal is currently listed as "Coming soon to Play."

"We're inspired by the many ways that the Play community shares resources, supports each other and creates positive change," Google said in a blog post. "We hope this update offers a way to help other communities outside of our own in need."

SEE: 6 ways to give to charity without even trying

Here's... Read More »

Topics: Features , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Lifestyle Software

How Facebook and Instagram became as addictive as painkillers

Although smartphone and social media addiction aren't included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, studies conducted over the last few months might suggest it probably should be.

In August, mobile market researcher BankMyCell found that US residents spend about four hours on smartphones per day. That's an hour longer than that global average.

A report released in May by smartphone insurance company Asurion said that Americans can't seem to put their devices down, even on... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Features , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Lifestyle Software

How India became a new epicenter of the app economy

India's app economy is blossoming. In 2017, India outpaced the US as the world's No. 2 market in app downloads with 12.1 billion. The country is forecasted to have 37.2 billion app downloads per year by 2022, according to App Annie. And, 97 percent of India's smartphone users rely on apps over browsers and websites.

All of this makes it a prime spot for future app development.

"With the increase in better Internet connectivity like 3G and 4G network[s], the... Read More »

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Best apps to help you shop for the holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time but can easily become stressful when you think about all the gifts you need to buy, food to cook, and places to be. Gifts, in particular, can put a serious dent in your bank account, no matter how early in the year you start buying.

We've rounded up some of the best apps to make elbowing your way through a crowded mall as easy as possible.

1. Wish

Why leave the house at all if... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Features , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Lifestyle Software

App notifications are tricking you to click by exaggerating numbers in your alert badges

If you go a few hours without checking your phone, odds are there will be a few notifications on the lock screen. The alert bubbles between Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter alone could number into the hundreds for some people.

Notifications let you know almost anything--someone shared or commented your post, someone liked your photo, "in case you missed it" tweets, so-and-so posted to Instagram for the first time in a while. It goes on and on.

Today's apps are now... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Features , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

'Insta Novels' give classic literature new life as Instagram Stories in NYPL experiment

The argument about whether physical or electronic books are better might just go on forever. Instagram and the New York Public Library aren't here to argue about it anymore. Their goal is just to engage more people in reading.

New York Public Library's new project Insta Novels reimagines classic novels as Instagram stories. NYPL has partnered with creative agency Mother New York and launched Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll in Insta Novel format on Instagram last month. The... Read More »

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