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Currency FX is a currency converter app that provides up to date currency exchange rates and precious metal prices for your currency conversion needs via a fast and efficient user Interface. The intuitive UI of Currency FX shows you all the information you need in one single screen:
Latest currency exchange rates (eg. dollar rates, euro rates)
Currency converter (eg. euro to dollar and dollar to pound)
Currency exchange rates charts
Favorite currencies list
Rapid search for desired currency via currency code or country name
This currency converter tool includes the following features:
Live currency exchange rates for more than 150 world currencies and 5 metals including gold and silver
Charts available for analysing currency exchange rate trends over a period of 1 day, 5 days, 1 month, 3 month, 1 year and 5 years
Favorite Currency List to easily see all your favorited currency rates against your selected base currency
News keep you updated with the latest currency information
Auto Update with a range of time intervals to choose from
Offline mode to allow currency conversion without internet connection
Ready for Android Pay? Of course you are - Google's general mishandling of the original Wallet (not to mention being cut off at the knees by the carriers) left a sour taste in everyone's mouth. but even as Pay arrives, Wallet is still around, relegated to Google's payment sending and receiving service. At this point it's an extremely stripped-down version of PayPal, and this rejuvenated Wallet app (package name: G Money) is just for managing and sending money.
The new Google Wallet makes it easy to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, even if they don’t have an existing Wallet account. It's fast, easy, and free to send money directly from your debit card, bank account, or Wallet Balance. The Google Wallet Card lets you instantly spend money you receive through Google Wallet. You can use it to pay at millions of locations in the US, wherever Debit MasterCard® is accepted, or use it to withdraw cash from ATMs.
Send is an email client. No really, it is - though it certainly doesn't look like one. It's one of Microsoft's off-the-wall Garage projects, and it's designed to both look and act like an instant message client. The idea is to make cumbersome email more comfortable to people who are used to texting. Send's formatting does away with extraneous information like subjects or signatures. Unfortunately, it only works with Microsoft's Office 365 email system.
Send, a Microsoft Garage project, feels like texting, works like email. Just sign in with the work or school account you already use to access Office 365, and you’re ready, set, go. No subject lines, salutations, or signatures. Just quick, natural conversations. Oh, happiness. You see only the messages started in Send—not your entire email inbox. But since Send is based on email, you can message anyone with an email address.
Oink is a popular app that allows parents to manage allowances for their kids. Basically the system is a super-simple bank for children that can only get funds from parents, and it includes tracking options to see what the tykes spend that dough on. Oink features multiple profiles for families with more than one child, and tools allow you to freeze accounts (for when they're grounded, I suppose?) or unfreeze them at any time.
The Oink app is a free to use app that allows families to setup and manage payments for all family members. Teens and tweens can manage their funds using the COPPA compliant Oink app. The new Android app allows parents to monitor their children's spending, and deliver emergency funds instantly. Parents can also freeze and unfreeze the account instantly using the new app.
Apple has made an app and published it on the Play Store. Is it an iTunes alternative to let iPad users watch their purchased video on their phones? How about a messaging app that makes Apple's iChat less proprietary? Maybe it's an app that lets you access Mac functions on your Android device? Nope, it's an app that's meant to get you off of Android altogether. Check out the reviews on the Play Store for a bit of mean-spirited entertainment.
Everything about iOS is designed to be easy. That includes switching to it. With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app. No need to save your stuff elsewhere before switching from Android. The Move to iOS app securely transfers all kinds of content for you:
The Red Cross is back with another mobile app, but this time it's for nurses, doctors, medical technicians, and other hospital staff. TPG stands for Transfusion Practice Guidelines, and it's a peer-reviewed set of best practices for drawing and transfusing blood. Separate guidelines for red blood cells, platelets, and plasma, plus dose calculators, appendices, and other resources are included. It's a free download for anyone. Keep up the great work, Red Cross!
The new American Red Cross TPG App is an easy-to-use resource that gives hospital staff immediate access to blood usage guidelines to help improve patient care. The TPG App is the mobile version of the Compendium of Transfusion Practice Guidelines, a review of blood usage guidelines published in English in peer-reviewed journals from the Red Cross.
Inkboard lets you draw on photos in a rough-and-ready fashion, a la Microsoft Paint. It's a bit more robust than the standard editor, but not quite as intense as more professional options. That's good, since Inkboard is free with no in-app purchases. It includes a handful of pen, pencil, and marker tips, and all the colors you could wish for. Standard social sharing tools are also included.
Inkboard is an easy and fun way to draw on pictures or blank canvas with life-like creative tools.
Draw on photos using realistic drawing tools: Pens, markers, highlighter, pencils, crayons and erasers.
Sketch out ideas or write down notes on the blank canvas.
Share drawings on your favorite social apps including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This official MasterCard app allows you to pay for certain items at certain retailers with points earned on your credit card. That's about it. The description says that it's good at "millions of locations," but unless you already have a pretty good idea of what's available, I wouldn't expect to find a particularly huge selection. It also lets you manage some of the settings on your reward account.
MasterCard Pay with Rewards ™ allows you to use your rewards to reimburse purchases at millions of participating locations worldwide. This app allows you to connect an eligible MasterCard card and configure when and where your rewards will be redeemed for purchases. Your original purchase and corresponding Pay with Rewards credit will appear on your card statement.
Wondering when your contacts will be available for lunch, a movie, or to finally finish that TPS report they've been putting off? Caret is designed to allow you to see which of the people you know can be reached and where they are, and which can't (so long as they're using the app and agree, of course). This seems like it's targeted at work teams... though I'm not so sure how eager most people would be to give this info to their bosses or co-workers.
The app transforms your address book into a useful view of your contacts' availability and status. Caret exchanges automated status updates with your approved contacts, such as call availability, calendar events, location triggers, local time and timezone information, etc.
If you've watched any college or pro football in the last three weeks, you know that FanDuel (and its barely-differentiated competitor Draft Kings) is inescapable. The ads are everywhere, and now they've even convinced ESPN to feature fantasy picks during actual broadcasts. If you'd like to support a loathsome company that targets compulsive gamblers with barely-disguised hooks and the promises of untold riches, here's an official app for the betting service.
FanDuel brings you one-day fantasy sports leagues for real money. Winners get immediate cash payouts. No season-long commitment. Join public leagues or play with friends. Over $10 million paid out every week. Entry fees start from $1. Featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo. Sports. Unlike traditional fantasy leagues that run for the entire season, FanDuel leagues last for just one day or one week, so you'll get to pick new teams on a weekly or daily basis.
CBS has an Android app with at least a few rotating shows up for free viewing, but it's not available for Android TV. Now ATV user have a CBS app, but you'll have to pay for it. CBS All Access is a $6-a-month subscriptions, kind of like Hulu (but with shows from only one network). The Android TV app also has a free live stream of your local CBS station... if your local station supports it. (Mine doesn't.)
Watch full episodes of your favorite TV shows live & on-demand with CBS All Access. Stream your local CBS broadcast (select markets) or catch up on full seasons of hit shows like NCIS, The Good Wife, The Young and The Restless & ad-free classics like CSI:Miami. Try it FREE. CBS All Access subscribers get:
New episodes on-demand the next day for top shows like The Big Bang Theory and Criminal Minds.
Live TV streaming from select local CBS stations
Access to CBS library of over 6,500 episodes including every episode of every season of top shows such as Big Brother, The Good Wife, and NCIS.
Ad-free viewing for CBS classic shows and fan favorites such as Star Trek, I Love Lucy, CSI: Miami and more.
Resume watching from where you left on from any device you are logged in to.
Moto Body is a fitness app made specifically for the Moto 360 smartwatch. It's not particularly interesting in terms of features (you've seen sleep tracking, fitness tracking, and exercise tracking before), but because it's made specifically for only a few watch models, it might be a little more accurate than Google Fit and similar apps. It's compatible with all Android 4.3 or later devices.
Moto Body tracks your activity, offers personalized insights, and keeps you moving with daily progress notifications to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle. Now you can view your daily progress in one place on your watch — including Heart Activity, steps, and calorie burn. The Moto Body companion phone app graphs your weekly, monthly, and yearly Heart Activity, steps, and calorie burn data to help you analyze your trends over time.
Here's a new hardware app for the Misfit Link wearable. It lets you use your not-quite-a-smartwatch as a music controller, presentation remote, or (sigh) a selfie button for your phone's camera, in addition to the usual activity tracker functions. The app is compatible with most popular music services and it also works with the Misfit Flash device. Unfortunately, you'll need to have an Android 5.0 or later device to use the app.
Misfit Link is a new software experience that makes your wearable an even more powerful tool to control and connect with the world around you. The Misfit Link app lets you use any Misfit Flash or Misfit Link to take a selfie with your phone camera app; control your music with Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, or Google Play Music; or advance slides in a presentation.
This is an official companion app for Adobe Captivate, which is a sort of learning-focused take on PowerPoint-style slide presentations. It's just a viewer - you can't create or edit presentations on your phone - but it also supports a wide variety of file formats including PDF and PowerPoint.
With the Adobe Captivate Prime App, take your learning with you, wherever you go. Download your training, consume it even when you are offline and be assured of your progress getting tracked. Take notes, bookmark or pause your training in the app and pick it right up on your desktop. You are always in sync.
This Microsoft app allows you to control a Skype room on a very specific conferencing gadget called the Polycom RoundTable. It's probably not any use to you unless you're working in a very large and very connected office environment, but for those specific instances it's very handy.
Use this app to control online meetings on the Polycom RoundTable 100 for Skype for Business meeting device. Sign in with your Office 365 credentials, join the Skype Meeting, and start collaborating with remote participants in seconds. For more info, go to http://aka.ms/rt100.
iRobot HOME controls the new and very pricy Roomba 980 vacuum cleaner. It does all sorts of neat things like mapping and scheduling, but does not - unfortunately - allow you to directly control your vacuum and chase your dog around the house. Not that anyone would ever do that.
The iRobot HOME App gives you more control over the Roomba 980 than ever before for cleaner floors, every day, all at the push of a button. With the iRobot HOME App, your Roomba 980 is at the palm of your hand. Use the iRobot HOME App to:
• Start or pause cleaning cycles from anywhere
• Schedule conveniently for any day of the week
• Customize Cleaning Preferences
• Monitor Roomba’s Activity
• Name your Roomba
• Access set-up instructions
• Receive automatic software updates
• Contact Customer Care