Snowed in? Explore these new apps
Snowed in? Explore these new apps
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Snowed in? Explore these new apps

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Its time to explore some new apps while we're trapped inside for days. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNET update. [MUSIC] Hey folks. As many of you in the U.S. have probably heard by now, there's a massive winter storm coming to the east coast with record snowfall projected in some area. The Washington Post named it Snowzilla. Here in New York your c|net update crew is stocking up on the storm essentials. Bread, canned food and pointless Strain our batteries as we dull the plan of being trapped inside all weekend. But storm or no storm, if you're looking to spice up your mobile life, here are some new apps to try out. If you have trouble waking up in the morning, Microsoft created something a bit bizarre to get you moving. Android users can download the Mimicer alarm. It makes you play a short game to prove that you are really awake. Using Microsoft facial recognition and machine learning powers The app will ask you to make a certain type of facial expression before it deems that you are awake. Other challenges include taking a photo of something in the house of a certain color or verbally repeating a tongue twister. Musicians out there may like to try out Apple's new Music Memos app for iPhones and iPads. It's a voice memo recorded that can capture details of your chords. It devises a piece into bars and adds a time signature and chord labels. So when creativity strikes, you have something more than an audio recording. My colleague Dan Ackerman tried it out with acoustic guitar. And he said he thought it worked best with Strum me simple open chords in four four time. You know, that typical coffee shop sound, but as you get more complex, you may need to manually enter in the chords. It also is designed to work with piano, but you can try it with other instruments or even your voice. When you edit it down to what you like, you can also add drums and bass and share the clip or export it to another program. Like GarageBand or Logic Pro. The GarageBand app also got a notable upgrade with new tools for making loops and also a smart drummer. If you're keeping occupied with the big football championship games Facebook just launched a new sports news hub called Facebook Sports Stadium. It's inside the main iPhone Facebook app. But it's also rolling out to other platforms in the next few weeks. You can follow live scores and play by play of games while talking to your friends that are also watching the game. Facebook is trying to tackle Twitter's real time magic. And if you want something different Different than Facebook there is the brand new Peach ap. Only about two weeks or so old. It's gotten a lot of buzz since it was created by the guy who made Vine. It's another place to post the same stuff that you would share anywhere. But now you can feel like you're special because You're one of the first, and we all like feeling special. That's it for this tech news update, but you can catch up on more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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