10 Apps You Need this Summer

Summer is still here. And no matter what your plans are for the warmer months, we found 10 apps that will make your summer even better.

  1. Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App ($0.99) – Have you ever been out enjoying the sun and then wondered whether or not your sunscreen was still protecting you? Seriously, nobody wants to get sunburn. The Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App is a must-have for all your beach and pool trips. It gives you personalized results based on your location, date and time, skin type, and more. Sun Exposure 211
  2. Bandsintown Concerts (Free) – Can we all agree that summer is concert season? This free app is available on both iOS and Android. Quickly track your favorite artists and discover when they are touring near you. Buy tickets and share concert details with your friends. If you are planning on going to any concerts this summer, this app is absolutely essential. bandsintown211
  3. GrillTime ($1.99) – Thinking of grilling at all this summer? Then GrillTime will make it even more enjoyable. Available on iOS devices, this app will make grilling less stressful. All you have to do is let it know what meat you’re grilling, thickness, and level of doneness and then it will let you know the perfect grilling time and temperature. It also allows you to step away from the grill and hang out with your guests. Don’t worry, it will let you know when it is time to flip and when it’s ready.grilltime211
  4. Hopper (Free) – Everyone travels during the summer. Why not take advantage of technology and use an app to analyze different flight deals? Every day, Hopper analyzes different flight prices and tells you when to buy your tickets. Never worry about whether or not you should have waited to get the best deal, Hopper states they can save you up to 40% on your next flight. You can also store your payment info so when you are notified by a deal, you can quickly secure your seats. hopper211
  5. Along the Way ($2.99) – If you’ve ever been on a road trip of any kind, then you know that it can be hard to find the perfect spots to stop and take a rest or get a bite to eat. Along the Way helps you save time and enjoy your vacation while finding spots for you along the way. Find coffee, food, bars, parks, shopping, and more while you enjoy your trip.along the way211
  6. Paprika ($4.99) – Ever find a recipe you want to try only to find it extremely difficult to locate it again on the internet? Paprika can help you organize and save your recipes, create meal plans, and make grocery lists. Even better, it lets you seamlessly sync all your data across your devices. paprika211
  7. Kindle app (free) – You don’t have to have a Kindle or e-reader to enjoy some summer e-reading. Automatically sync up books purchased on Amazon.com to your devices and enjoy reading anywhere. With over 4,000,000 books and audiobooks on this app, there’s no excuse to be bored this summer. Pay for a book once and then you can read it on any of your devices. kindle211
  8. Field Trip (free) – If you’re traveling anywhere at all this summer, Field Trip is there to make it even more exciting. It runs in the background of your phone. Once you get close to something interesting, it will then show a card with details about the location. Learn about local history and the best places to hang out. Feel like a local when you’re traveling or learn some history about your own neighborhood.fieldtrip211
  9. Sky Guide ($2.99) – Warm summer nights are perfect for stargazing. Whatever your experience level is with astronomy, this app will enhance your experience. Locate constellations, galaxies, or planets – Sky Guide is there to help you see it all.skyguide211
  10. GetMyBoat (free) – Want to be out on the water this summer but don’t own a boat? No problem, GetMyBoat is a peer-to-peer boat rental and charter marketplace. Easily search and book boats to rent in any location.  getmyboat211


What apps do you think are essential for summer? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter.

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Wearable Technology…for Sharks? | NewsWatch Shark Week

By: Kassidy Coleman

Wearable technology is a great way to see how many steps you take, calories you burn, and track…SHARKS? That’s right, it’s looking like wearable technology is no longer limited to smart watches and fitness trackers for people. Researchers from James Cook University (JCU) have started a new study using wearable technology to further understand the activity patterns, eating habits, and the overall effects of ecotourism on sharks.


Of course getting the wearables onto the sharks is somewhat of a challenge. North east of Cairns on Osprey Reef researchers scuba dived and used a cage filled with tuna heads to lure the sharks to the area. When the sharks came around, the divers quickly placed the wearables around the sharks’ tails. Surprisingly, the technology itself really isn’t much different than the fitness bands we wear while working out.


Clearly, technology is getting advanced enough to completely change the way we study animals. Just in case you didn’t know, previous methods for studying sharks required actually getting sharks onto boats and implanting various trackers into them. Simply putting wearable technology on the shark while underwater is way less invasive and reduces the stress the sharks have to go through. Richard Fitzpatrick, a lead research of the study stated, “with these microcomputers, we’re able to put them on the shark underwater and then let them go again.”


Two weeks after the wearables were placed on the sharks, the research team returned to collect them. Which according to Fitzpatrick, catching those same sharks sounds a lot easier than it actually is. For the record, we don’t think catching a shark sounds like easy work.


Results from the study reflected that tourists feeding the sharks affect the sharks’ energy consumption. Osprey Reef, where the study was conducted, doesn’t have much of a problem with tourists feeding sharks, but there are parts of the world that do. Fitzpatrick stated, “This is the beginning of a whole new field of research looking at the metabolic rate and the energetic expenditure that sharks have…The pyramid of life that we’ve known about forever – that the big stuff eats the smaller stuff and so on – we can actually start putting numbers on that.”


What other technology that we use everyday could be used to enhance how we study sharks? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Amazon’s New Kindle – Thinner, Lighter, and Available in White

By: Kassidy Coleman

A few months ago, Amazon released the Kindle Oasis, which was a completely redesigned “entry-level” Kindle. However, many people thought the price range of $289.00 – $379.99 was just a little too pricey for an entry level kindle, regardless of comfort or functionality. Well, just in time for the summer reading season, Amazon has released a new, perfectly priced entry-level Kindle – and this time there’s no cutesy name attached.


If you’ve been wanting to get a white Kindle, we have good news for you. There’s an option to get the new Kindle in white, which has not been an option since 2010. It has been perfectly slimmed down to 5.7 ounces (16% lighter than the previous generation of Kindle). Amazon has also given this Kindle a newly rounded back which makes it more comfortable to hold in one hand. It will be the perfect e-reader for you to take traveling this summer.


ereaderAnd it seems as though this time Amazon really thought about the blind and visually impaired – this is the first Kindle with Bluetooth audio support built-in. That means there’s no need to get a separate adapter, you can just use Kindle’s VoiceView screen reader connect to your Bluetooth headset and have the book read to you.
The new Kindle might not be the fanciest, but it is perfect if you’re looking for just an e-reader to use for its intended purpose – to read. The 6” glare-free touchscreen makes it feel very similar to reading on real paper. The only downside is the resolution is 167 ppi opposed to the other Kindles 300 ppi.


Right now you can pre-order the new Kindle in either black or white for $79 with Special Offers or $99 without.


What e-reader are you using for your summer reading? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Plan Your Perfect Cruise

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Alright, so the summer months are finally upon us. Have you planned your next vacation yet? If you are one of the millions of people who have and are considering a cruise, be sure to be smart and check out the Cruise Commander app first. Cruise Commander is your ultimate companion tool when planning the perfect cruise. It was created specifically to make the entire experience as easy as possible on you.

The process is easy. You first start by researching various ships and cruise lines. The app has information on over 200 cruise ships and 30 cruise lines. With all this information you can be sure you will pick the perfect one for you. After that, you can plan each day of the cruise by checking your arrival and departure dates from over 1,000 ports in over 200 countries. If you are interested you can even research port history, browse photos of the ports and places of interests, get weather forecasts, and even see foreign exchange rates. And that’s just the beginning. This app is literally with you every step of the way- from planning the cruise to the end. Once you set out on your journey make sure to use Cruise Commander to log your experience with photos and notes. And for safe measure you can use the port maps so you don’t get lost when you are at call. What makes this app really great is that they are offline, so there is no need to worry about WiFi.

Ready to have a relaxing time on your cruise without worrying about whether or not you picked the right one? Cruise Commander is available on your iPad for free so head on over to the App Store to download it today.

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Keep Your Personal Items Safe

It is always a little stressful worrying about your things when you leave them alone, especially at the beach.


Though everyone leaves their personal items unattended at places like the beach or a pool, it can still be an uneasy experience. Summer is all about fun in the sun and don’t let worrying about your phone and wallet get in the way. Here is the best solution to keep your things safe while enjoy the weather.

AquaVault is an attachable safe with a 3-digit code to protect your belongings. Made out of high impact thermoplastic for durability, AquaVault can attach to any tubular object – like a beach or lawn chair, railing, stroller, bicycle, etc. Made out of high impact thermoplastic for durability, AquaVault can attach to any tubular object – like a beach or lawn chair, railing, stroller, bicycle, etc. You can purchase the patented AquaVault outdoor travel safe for $44.95

To learn more, visit http://theaquavault.com today.


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Beer Frost


Keep Your Drinks Colder Longer

Keep your drinks cold while you have enjoy the sun.

Beer Frost2Sometimes the biggest challenge of planning a cookout or hosting an outdoors gathering so finding the best way to keep your drinks cold for as long as possible. The downfall of coolers across the country during the summer is all of the ice melting too soon leaving your drinks warm. Don’t worry, here is a cool product that aims to fix that problem! Beer Frost is a must-have for coolers everywhere.

Beer Frost is a new scientifically engineered product that will take your ice from 30 degrees to -10 in about 30 minutes.  To use it pack your cooler with ice and beer, sprinkle Beer Frost on the ice, then pack more ice on top. Not only will you have colder beer and drinks, but you’ll have longer lasting ice as well. One packet works with 20 pounds of ice and each one is only $3.99.

To learn more, visit http://BeerFrost.com today.

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Enjoy Summer And Great Food

Summer time is all about enjoying the weather and eating great food.


Even though it is swimsuit season, one of my favorite summer activities is enjoying a cookout with friends and family. Of course, any cookout isn’t complete without great hot dogs. Firing up the grill and eating a few hot dogs is always a fun time and if you choose Nathan’s Famous reduced fat hot dogs you can get more than just a delicious meal.

Nathan’s Famous is continuing its tradition of delicious taste with their new 50% reduced fat hot dog. It’s full-flavored with half the fat, and is an all-beef hot dog made from the same spice blend and ingredients as Nathan’s regular hot dogs, but with 50% less fat. You can have fun by entering the Nathan’s Selfie Sweepstakes, running all summer long through September 14th. To enter all you have to do is take a selfie with a Nathan’s package of hot dogs and upload it to http://www.nathansselfie.com/.There are four winners every month.

To learn more, visit http://www.nathansfamous.com/ today.


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