This is no reason not to stay in touch. In the interest of keeping 21st-century families happily connected, we are pleased to present a selection of apps and devices that facilitate familial communication.
Voice to voice communication
Skype is one of the most popular communications apps, and it’s easy to see why. Available for smart phones and desktops, Skype enables video chatting, SMS messaging and audio-only calls. TweetDeck is not as full featured, but it does offer an exceptionally easy way to corral Twitter, Facebook and MySpace news feeds into one navigable place, notes SheKnows newsletter.
KiK for iOS and Android doesn’t make voice calls, but it’s a great little messaging service. Send a quick note to any other KiK user, anytime or anywhere. The app features a built-in browser that makes it super simple to share web-based content with family members, friends, and coworkers.
When you do make a voice call and you need to record it, try Automatic Call Recorder For Me. Take hands-free notes while driving and record important messages. Be sure to check your local regulations before recording a voice call. Learn more about this cool Apalon app and try it today.
Tango for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows makes text messaging more fun. Loaded with stickers and emoticons, this lesser known app provides a family and friends news feed similar to Facebook. Use Tango to touch base with other family members and make plans to meet up.
Show and tell
For picture sharing, nothing beats Instagram. All you have to do is snap a pic with your smart phone and upload it to Instagram. From there, you can zoom your images to Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook. For families who share a lot of pictures with one another, Instagram is a real-time saver. The cool image manipulation features are a lot of fun, as well. Snapchat is a similar app that allows picture posters to choose how long a shared image remains available for viewing. Some versions of Snapchat also allow sharing of text and video content.
Where is everybody?
Keep track of family comings and goings with Life360. The location-sharing app works in real-time, thus allowing working parents to make certain their kids arrive safely home after school. Parents of teenage drivers may use Life360 to monitor driving habits. The app does double duty as a reliable cell phone tracking device, too. FamilyInSafe app helps family members confirm the whereabouts of others within the group. With the FamilyInSafe app, parents and kids can coordinate meeting places or schedule shopping excursions together, recommends AppAdvice magazine.
Don’t lose track of beloved family members just because you’re far away. The 21st century is all about communication, and the apps outlined above are perfect exemplars of great technology that helps friends and family members stay in touch more often.
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