Fun Apps for Rainy Spring Days

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Today may be a beautiful spring day, but how do you keep your family entertained when those infamous spring showers hit? Playing video games on a tablet or smartphone might keep kids busy, but there’s a way to make rainy days fun and educational at the same time. With a little online research, parents can find and download apps for their kids that entertain and teach. Click here for a list of suggested apps.

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Apps to Make Moving Easier for Recent Grads
College graduation time is almost here and that can mean an upcoming move to begin your career is approaching. There are three concerns when adjusting to a new city: navigating unfamiliar roads, managing expenses and meeting new people. Here are a few mobile apps that will help make the transition easier.       
There is nothing worse than getting lost in a new city; especially if you have an appointment or meeting. To find your way through busy streets, VZ Navigator’s simplified search allows you to speak or type your destination into the mobile device. The app also provides traffic routing alerts to make sure you’re not late. If you’re a young adult transitioning into a new lifestyle check out the rest of Verizon’s suggested apps by clicking through.

Apps to Make Moving Easier for Recent Grads

College graduation time is almost here and that can mean an upcoming move to begin your career is approaching. There are three concerns when adjusting to a new city: navigating unfamiliar roads, managing expenses and meeting new people. Here are a few mobile apps that will help make the transition easier.       

There is nothing worse than getting lost in a new city; especially if you have an appointment or meeting. To find your way through busy streets, VZ Navigator’s simplified search allows you to speak or type your destination into the mobile device. The app also provides traffic routing alerts to make sure you’re not late. If you’re a young adult transitioning into a new lifestyle check out the rest of Verizon’s suggested apps by clicking through.

Celebrate Spanish Language Day with these Apps

April 23 marks Spanish Language Day. Today, there are approximately 400 million Spanish speakers, making Spanish the third-most-spoken language in the world, after English and Mandarin.
Throughout Spanish-speaking nations, a series of cultural events are held in schools, community colleges and universities, to celebrate the language.
But even if you can’t make it to a Spanish Language Day fest, these apps can help you better understand and appreciate the language.
Photo TranslatorOne of the most valuable apps when travelling abroad, Photo Translator allows you to take pictures of text and then translate the messages using language recognition. It supports more than 30 languages and also works perfectly for ordering food.
English Spanish TranslatorEasy to use, the English-Spanish translator app has voice support, a valuable function if you are traveling abroad. It works best if it’s a Hispanic voice being translated; otherwise, the app will offer many different interpretations.
Tourist: language learn & speakSpecially designed for travellers, this app features useful Spanish phrases for common situations abroad. Beyond basic words such as gracias andamigo, other important phrases include ¿Dónde está el baño? (“Where is the bathroom?”), ¿Dónde están mis maletas? (“Where is my luggage?”) and ¿Que hay de comer? (“What is for dinner?”)
Toddler SpanishIf you want your toddler to learn Spanish, this app offers simple words and images that can help a child build a Spanish vocabulary while also building an English vocabulary.For more click here. 

Celebrate Spanish Language Day with these Apps

April 23 marks Spanish Language Day. Today, there are approximately 400 million Spanish speakers, making Spanish the third-most-spoken language in the world, after English and Mandarin.


Throughout Spanish-speaking nations, a series of cultural events are held in schools, community colleges and universities, to celebrate the language.


But even if you can’t make it to a Spanish Language Day fest, these apps can help you better understand and appreciate the language.


Photo Translator
One of the most valuable apps when travelling abroad, Photo Translator allows you to take pictures of text and then translate the messages using language recognition. It supports more than 30 languages and also works perfectly for ordering food.


English Spanish Translator
Easy to use, the English-Spanish translator app has voice support, a valuable function if you are traveling abroad. It works best if it’s a Hispanic voice being translated; otherwise, the app will offer many different interpretations.


Tourist: language learn & speak
Specially designed for travellers, this app features useful Spanish phrases for common situations abroad. Beyond basic words such as gracias andamigo, other important phrases include ¿Dónde está el baño? (“Where is the bathroom?”), ¿Dónde están mis maletas? (“Where is my luggage?”) and ¿Que hay de comer? (“What is for dinner?”)


Toddler Spanish
If you want your toddler to learn Spanish, this app offers simple words and images that can help a child build a Spanish vocabulary while also building an English vocabulary.

For more click here. 

Get Ready For Earth Day in the Garden with these Apps

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How will you celebrate Earth Day this year? A great way to commemorate Earth Day at home is to start a garden. You can use your smartphone with an app or two to help you have a successful gardening adventure.

To help you figure out what you want to plant in your garden and the optimum planting times for your area, check out the Garden Time Planner from Burpee. This app tells you when to sow seeds or transplant and has a large database of plants, where you can learn about their requirements, watch how-to videos and more!

Once you have purchased your tomatoes or petunias, download Landscape & Garden Calculators. This handy garden app tells you how far apart to plant what you’ve purchased, how much fertilizer to use, how much mulch you need, etc.

You want to be sure to stay on top of the watering regimen for a bountiful garden. The Garden Manager Plant Alarm lets you set alarms that remind you to weed, water and care for your garden.

For more suggestions from Verizon, click here.

Verizon Wireless Empowers Paterson, NJ Youth

Verizon and their Education Empowerment Program, with the help of the Paterson Public School and the Board of Education of Paterson, selected 20 students to compete in a competition to develop a new marketing plan for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Partnering with Samsung and SOTI, the School of Business, Technology, Marketing and Finance as a part of the John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ presented 20 students with Galaxy Tab 2 devices to help them with their marketing plans which will involve creating a plan and a video showcasing the very device that they will be using.

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The program will focus on mobile learning and using technology in the everyday life to prepare them for higher education as well as the workforce. The goal is to have the program prepare the students for college and career success. Verizon will be providing the 20 students with free service during their 4 months with the devices and of course prizes for the best marketing plan. June 2013 is when the program will commence. The students, Verizon and a panel of judges will choose just 3 finalist of the 20 students. Voting will be online and open to the public to determine first, second, and third place winners.

Verizon has previously worked with other schools in Boston, MA and Newark, NJ.

For more info on this and other Verizon Wireless initiatives, check out http://news.verizonwireless.com/ 

Run Your Small Business Right From Your Smartphone 

These days you can do almost anything right from your smartphone, so the very creative people at Desk have put together a comprehensive Infographic detailing how one might run a business from a smartphone with thirteen different apps. Before you start downloading apps though, make sure your connected to America’s fastest 4G network, which delivers higher bandwidth and faster access to more of today’sdata-heavy applications.
 
Click through to view SocialMedia Today’s  infographic.

Run Your Small Business Right From Your Smartphone

These days you can do almost anything right from your smartphone, so the very creative people at Desk have put together a comprehensive Infographic detailing how one might run a business from a smartphone with thirteen different apps. Before you start downloading apps though, make sure your connected to America’s fastest 4G network, which delivers higher bandwidth and faster access to more of today’s
data-heavy applications.

 

Click through to view SocialMedia Today’s  infographic.

How To Use Your Smartphone To Get Healthy

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Getting in shape and staying healthy can be a struggle, especially as people lead such busy lives nowadays. If you’ve been feeling sluggish and out of shape and need a bit of motivation to kick-start an active lifestyle, your smartphone could lend a helping hand. Here are some top tips of how mobile phones can be used to help get you fit and feeling your best again… Try using a Social Network Support System, like joining diet and fitness groups on Facebook.

Check Your Health regularly for example, NHS Direct (iOS/Android) is a free app that can help assess any symptoms you may have. Or get help with creating a diet that works for you with MyFitnessPal (iOS/Android/Windows Phone/BlackBerry OS), a free application that has a database of over 2,000,000 foods. For more suggestions click through to the full article from Hive Health Media. 

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Apps to Enhance Your Green Thumb
With winter slowly changing to spring, gardening season is just around the corner. Whether you’re looking to plant your own personal vegetable garden or enhance your landscaping expertise, now is the time to get planning. There are apps available for all experience levels, from amateur grower to pro-gardener, to help improve your green thumb this spring. Don’t know where to begin?
 The Food Gardening Guide from Mother Earth News for a one-stop app as you prep your plot. The Garden Squared app lets you size and plan your plots before you plant. You can also track your garden’s progress throughout the growing season in a grid you personally design. Click through for a full list of suggested apps from Verizon Wireless.
 

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Apps to Enhance Your Green Thumb

With winter slowly changing to spring, gardening season is just around the corner. Whether you’re looking to plant your own personal vegetable garden or enhance your landscaping expertise, now is the time to get planning. There are apps available for all experience levels, from amateur grower to pro-gardener, to help improve your green thumb this spring. Don’t know where to begin?

The Food Gardening Guide from Mother Earth News for a one-stop app as you prep your plot. The Garden Squared app lets you size and plan your plots before you plant. You can also track your garden’s progress throughout the growing season in a grid you personally design. Click through for a full list of suggested apps from Verizon Wireless.

 

Infographic: Exploring the Mobile Landscape

 
An infographic from Web-application monitor service New Relic offers some surprising statistics about the mobile landscape. There are more than a billion smartphones in use around the world, and age is no barrier — teens, adults and seniors are all well represented among their users. We use them every day, for every thing from making a hotel reservation, to checking our bank accounts, ordering a pizza and more. And with over 1.5 million apps available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, consumers have an almost unlimited amount of options to choose from.
 
 

Infographic: Exploring the Mobile Landscape

 

An infographic from Web-application monitor service New Relic offers some surprising statistics about the mobile landscape. There are more than a billion smartphones in use around the world, and age is no barrier — teens, adults and seniors are all well represented among their users. We use them every day, for every thing from making a hotel reservation, to checking our bank accounts, ordering a pizza and more. And with over 1.5 million apps available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, consumers have an almost unlimited amount of options to choose from.

 

 

March Madness on the Go

 

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March Madness, kicked off in earnest last week and will be going strong for the next few weeks.

How do you keep up with all the games — let alone watch them all? Here are some helpful apps to help you cope with all the madness.

 

NCAA March Madness Live—If you want to watch the tournament from your smartphone or tablet, you can do so with this app. Its free to download and lets you watch games shown on CBS at no charge. The app also lets users watch recaps of all the games and keep brackets (AndroidiOS).

 

ESPN Bracket Bound 2013 is a good choice for users whose main concern is their brackets. The app lets users create up to 10 bracketsthat they can use to compete with their friends and families. Bracket Bound2013 also provides users with news stories, video analysis and game stats (AndroidiOS).

 

STATSHEET has you covered for every game of the tournament. Its College Basketball app leverages STATSHEET’s advanced technology and database of over two billion statistics to give you unique insights and proprietary metrics,including team power rankings and individual player rankings and grades. STATSHEET offers the full roster for every NCAA basketball team and full, sortable player stats. (Android, iOS)