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App of the Week

  • While the Geek team is still lukewarm about the lack of privacy on the Facebook Messenger app, this is app is now a necessary part of staying social media savvy and engaging with others.

    Perhaps Facebook’s newest upgrade to the messaging system will help us rekindle the flame a bit more. “M,” which the company added to a few hundred devices in the Bay area last month but has yet to demonstrate publicly, will work as a digital personal assistant and is expected to outdo Siri, Cortana, and Google Now in terms of speed and function.

  • App of the Week - 7 Minute Workout Challenge

    With 2016 in full swing, we've got the app that may help you stick those New Year's resolutions.

    Enter the 7 Minute Workout Challenge.

  • App of the Week: Acorns

    Investing in the stock market can feel like a daunting task. However, the process has gotten a whole lot easier with Acorns - an app that lets you invest your spare change in the stock market.

  • App of the Week - Adobe Apps for Android

    Looking to design on the go? Want to put a professional spin on that selfie before you shoot it off to your contact list?

    With the suite of apps that Adobe recently released for Android devices, you have more design and publishing options at your fingertips than ever before.

    For anyone looking to do some serious layout and wireframe work for web, mobile, or print platforms, there’s Adobe Comp CC, built from the ground up with the mobile user in mind. Layer designs, lines, and shapes, experiment with color, and choose your favorite font – all without ever cracking open a laptop.

  • App of the Week - Adobe Shape CCThere are so many reasons to love the ever evolving Adobe line of creative products, and the Adobe Shape CC app is yet another. Use this app to photo-capture a shape you'd love to use in your design, and this app will turn it into a usable vector file.

    Touch and redefine your shape until your heart's content. Then save your file to the synced Creative Cloud library storage system. Access and use your captured shapes with Adobe Slide, to touch and place shapes you've captured.

    Ah, a mobile designer's dream.

    Click here or on the image to learn more about Adobe Shape CC

  • App of the Week - Alfred

    Alfred, a free replacement for spotlight on your Mac, is a faster way to get around your computer.

  • App of the Week - Allo (Source: google.allo.com)

    Considering all of the communication channels we have available on our smartphones and tablets, doesn’t it seem like it should be easier to communicate by now? Shouldn’t our apps be smarter, more intuitive, more in line with the way we actually speak, work, and think?

    That’s where Allo, from Google, comes in! Billing itself as the “smart” messaging app that “helps you say more and do more,” Allo is a truly intuitive instant messenger that combines the best of texting, Snapchat, and Siri in one convenient, easy bundle.

  • App of the Week - Alt-CAlt-C is an app which serves one purpose alone - seamless copy and pasting between your smartphone and your computer. When you use this app, text is copied from your PC to your device (or vice versa) with the simple press of a Global Hotkey. Simply connect both devices to the internet, install the app, sync them up, and you're good to go.

    This app uses Google Cloud Messaging with SSL connections to copy the text. It makes use of a copy hotkey as well to sync your text between devices.

    Does it do much more than that? No, not really. But you may actually find yourself using this functionality pretty frequently. At the price of free, anyway, who could go wrong?

    Click here or on the image to learn more about Alt-C

  • App of the Week - Amazon Underground

    This week, "App of the Week" becomes "Apps of the Week" thanks to the new "Amazon Underground" app. Through the Amazon Underground app, users now have more than $10,000 worth of paid apps, games, and in-app items that have become fully available... for free.


  • We all have art movements we’re drawn to, whether it’s abstract expressionism, realism, or cubism. And because some of us aren’t able to replicate some of these famous art styles with a physical paintbrush, there’s a new app that does the hard work for you.

    CalledAnimatix, the app promises to bring your photos to life in a fun and exciting way. Basically, the app helps to turn your still photos into animations that can mimic a classic cartoon style, or replicate hand-drawn sketches and pieces of art.

    DeveloperCode Organa describes the app as:

    “us[ing] real-world animation techniques to breathe life into your still photos, adding motion that makes their edges and color come alive.”

  • App of the Week - Apollo 15 Moon Landing VR (Source: Google Play)

    We’re virtual reality junkies here at Geek; we love looking at the latest trends in the VR industry, and we’re just as liable to be found playing with our Google Cardboard as refreshing our Twitter feeds.

    Our other big love? Space! We follow NASA’s social media exploits with bated breath, and we’ve written time and again about Star Wars, Star Wars, and more Star Wars.

    So when an app comes along that merges our love of VR experiences with our passion for the stars, we’ve got to share it with you. Enter the Apollo 15 Moon Landing VR.

  • App of the Week - AVG PrivacyFixManage your online privacy across multiple social networks with this one app: AVG PrivacyFix.

    This app tells users how their personal info is being displayed on Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn... you name it. From there, it pinpoints the exact settings which are needing attention, and assists you in remedying them.

    Download AVG PrivacyFix for free here.

  • Balanced appGet more out of life with Balanced - your friendly anti to-do list. Use this new app to set goals for the things you actually want to be doing with your life - reading books, hitting the gym, watching all 7 seasons of Lost...the sky is the limit.

    This app comes with a reward system and progress tracker to keep you motivated when the going gets tough. Balanced knows what you've been doing and what you haven't, popping up lesser performed activities to the top of the list.

    Don't know what you want? Use the in app suggestions to guide your life towards activities that are right for you. Take your time back with Balanced.

    Click here to learn more about Balanced

  • As anyone who’s ever visited the Geek Chicago office would tell you, our team is passionate about music. We’re totally devoted to our tunes, and not a day goes by that our workplace isn’t filled with somebody’s music, whether it’s wafting from a speaker or contained between two earbuds.

    And as serious music fans, we’re all about finding the best way to consume music, anytime, anywhere. For that music fan who’s always looking for the next big thing, Bandcamp is the place to be.

    Billing itself as a way to “discover amazing new music and directly support the artists who make it,” Bandcamp is an online platform that allows artists to sell their music directly to listeners, at whatever price they’d like. In recent years, it’s become a haven for indie music labels and their fans, who have flocked to the service for its cheap prices and an incredible roster of artists, including creators from all over the world, working in genres ranging from hip-hop to punk to traditional folk to jazz.

  • bloxelsbuilder.com

    Ever wanted to design and share your very own video game? With Bloxels, it’s never been easier to put your imagination to work and craft the side-scrolling game of your dreams.

    Billing itself as “a hands-on platform for kids to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation,” Bloxels uses both tactile gadgets and an easy-to-learn app to make building a game easy, for kids and adults alike.

    Players start by using the physical Game Builder board, laying out blocks to design video game level layouts and totally unique characters. From there, users save their designs into the app, where they can add layers of customization, from environmental skins (like grass or water) to story elements.

    This is the coolest. My seven-year-old took a video game building class after school, and now he uses Bloxels to build his own video games. Seriously, how cool is that?
    - Jason Finn, our Chief Geek

  • App of the Week - Bond

    Keep in touch with the important people in your life with Bond. This app acts as a fusion of all communication and messaging services available on the iPhone, reminding users to keep in touch with their contacts on a regular basis.

    Simply choose a communication method, select a contact, and indicate how frequently they want to reach that person - every day, every week, every two weeks, etc. Push notifications will reach out to you during your chosen timeframe, and give you quick and easy access to the chosen method of communication.

    Not only does it use the basic calling and messaging services on iPhone, Bond makes use of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Gmail, and Gmail for Work.

    Android users, never fear - Bond should be coming to the Google Play Store soon. (And yes, iPhone users, this app is available for free in the iOS App Store. Enjoy!)

    Click here or on the image to learn more about Bond

  • App of the Week - Brain it On! (Source: brainiton.com)

    A deceptively challenging puzzle game that combines the best parts of physics and art classes? Brain It On!

    We haven’t been able to stop playing Brain It On! since downloading it. The game’s simple interface and surprisingly deep gameplay make it a perfect fit for daily play, whether you’re trying to kill time at a Metra station or recharge your brain for the afternoon doldrums.

    Brain It On! offers dozens of physics-based challenges, each with multiple solutions. Users draw out their solutions using a finger or stylus, then watch as the game animates their blueprints to see if they really work. Don’t be surprised if it takes you a little bit of time to really get the hang of it - just about every puzzle is trickier than it seems at first glance!

  • BrainWave App of the WeekThis app for android lets you navigate your Android phone from a distance using hand gestures. Made to use with music apps, specifically Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, iHeart Radio, iHeart Auto, and Songza, you can swipe left and swipe right to change song, among some other key gestures.

    Note that you can only gesture within 1' - 2.5' away from your device, and best works with the "skip" gesture, but it is fun all the same. Channel your inner Jedi.

    Click here to learn more about the BrainWave app

  • App of the Week - CamCard (Source: camcard.com)

    From the social calls of the Victorian era to the Silicon Valley meet-and-greets of today, business cards have a long and storied history in our culture.

    And while cards are still one of the easiest and quickest ways to make a solid first impression and keep track of your contacts, there’s no denying that they can get frustrating. They’re easy to misplace or lose track of, and even the highest-caliber paper gets worn and torn over time.

    Fortunately, there’s an amazing app bringing business cards into the digital world: CamCard.

  • App of the Week - CARROT (Source: meetcarrot.com)

    If you’ve ever tried to motivate yourself or a colleague to do something, then you probably know about the theory of the carrot or the stick – that is, for the best results, either offer rewards or punishment. With the amazing A.I. app CARROT for iOS, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).