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Planning a Dinner Party like a Geek

A dinner party can be a tough thing to host, you have to send out invites, buy the drinks, plan a menu, keep your guests entertained and make sure they all get home safely at the end of the night. It’s enough to make you want to skip the whole thing altogether… but then you might be forever alone.  Geekaphone has taken on the task to make sure you are never alone again, so we researched and produced a great infographic to help you host a dinner party with the help of your phone!  Break out the d20s at your discretion but please make sure the food is good and good luck!

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Reminder: We Just Launched Mobile Speed Test

A few weeks back we launched our Geekaphone Mobile Speed Test, and so far thousands of people have run our test to see how fast their phone is. If you have not had the opportunity to see how fast your phone is than scan this QR code or go to on your phone.

Android is kicking ass and taking names, our leaderboard is dominated by Android phones, but both BlackBerry and Windows Phones are “leading” our slowest phone leaderboard.


Apps from the infographic:

POST: Design and send custom invitations and notes right from your iphone! $0.99

Drink Planner: Drinks Planner is an app that lets you calculate the approximate amount of drinks that you will need for your next party. $1.99

Kitchen Calculator Pro: Kitchen Calculator PRO does all the recipe conversions for you. $3.99

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List (Android): Thousands of recipes on your phone. Free

Glee Karaoke: Sing your heart out to songs from the hit TV show while a little magic helps you sound amazing. $0.99

Party Hour: Party Hour lets you build a custom remixed playlist in mere seconds. $0.99

Let’s Party!: Great games to get the party going. $9.99

Simple Soiree: An app that helps you plan almost every aspect of your party. $1.99

Weber’s On the Grill: A huge list of recipes for the BBQ. $4.99

Speak Up!: Remind your friends not to drink and drive without breaking the mood. Free

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Hot Valentine’s date? There’s an app for that

It’s February, and love is in the air. Or is that just an unusually strong 3G signal?

Could be both if you use your smartphone to prepare for and pull off an epic Valentine’s Day date. Here are some apps to get you going:

Date Check

So I Dated an Axe Murder

Look before you leap with Date Check ($7-$20 per check, iPhone and Android), from background check giant Intelius. Enter whatever ID information you have for your potential sweetie, and the app sifts through a massive public records database to uncover criminal background, financial details and whether he’s really still living in his parents’ garage. Or married.

A Greasy Spoon Ain’t Sexy


A romantic dinner is pretty much the foundation for any serious Valentine’s Day canoodling. Haven’t picked the place yet? Then better get cracking with Open Table (free, available for iPhone, Android and most other smartphone platforms), which shows restaurant availability and customer reviews and lets you make instant reservations. Competing reservation service Urbanspoon (free, iPhone, Android, iPad and Blackberry) has restaurants that Open Table skips, more rating features and a slot machine widget for the chronically indecisive. The app also includes a geolocation feature that shows restaurants near you, in case your plans crash and you need to go into hunt-and-gather mode.

Hello Vino

I’ll Have Bottle of Your…

You expect your date to drink what with the seared scallops and saffron risotto?!? Let your phone help you make an informed wine choice with Hello Vino (free, iPhone and Android), which recommends compatible wines according to food pairings and personal tastes.

Smooth Like Butter

Psst! You should say something nice about the way your date looks. Several times. For the terminally tongue-tied, Wheel of Compliments,  ($1.05, Android) provides admiring comments at the flick of a finger. Love Poems (free, Android) adds a little iambic pentameter to the sweet talk. Or deliver the verbal strokes the cute and sweet way — realistically inscribed on the image of a candy heart — with Candy Hearts ($1, iPhone.)


You can Dance Right?

Dinner went well and you’re ready to crank up the good vibes. Wertago (free, iPhone and Android) and clubZone (free, iPhone) are location-aware services that tell you about nearby clubs and dance spots, with reviews and social hooks to find friends in the area (in case you need a wingman).

Kissing Test

Time to Move In

Time to test the chemistry? Have your best moves ready by practicing with Kiss Me (free, Android) or Kissing Test (free, iPhone). Both apps use your phone’s touch screen to evaluate your kissing technique and suggest improvements. Just have a tissue or two handy to wipe the screen afterward.

Ejector Seat!

Fake Calls

You, of course, are witty, charming and irresistible. But it takes two to make magic. Buy yourself a little disaster insurance with Fake Calls ($1, iPhone). The app will deliver a convincing fake phone call at the time you specify. If the date’s going swell, make a show of not answering. If it’s veering into chew-your-leg-off territory, take the call and deliver the “No, first you have to seal off the cobalt chamber, then reboot the reactor” monologue you’ve practiced and dash off to deal with the faux emergency.


Wheel Of Compliments

Love Poems

Candy Hearts


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Dropped your phone in the toilet?

Everyday thousands of phones get wet, whether you dropped it in the toilet, spilled coffee on it, got pushed into the pool or put it through the washing machine, now what do you do? Calm down, take a deep breath because Geekaphone has a few steps that you can follow to try to save your phone (no promises).

  • Get it out of the water, asap! The longer your phone is in water, the more likely it is to have permanent damage.
  • Get the battery out! Quickly as possible pull of the back cover and get that battery out. When the phone is on and current is going through, it is more sensitive to damage and possible short circuiting.
    • Now that your phone is off, leave it off. Your friends can wait until you get on the computer to know that you dropped your phone in to the toilet.
  • Remove your sim card if you have one, located near the battery
    • Sim cards survive pretty well, so dry it of with a cloth and then put it aside.
  • Dry off as much water as possible
    • Open the phone up as much as you can and then dry up as much water you can, this means inside the phone where the battery was,
    • DO NOT use a hair dryer, it will likely push water further into your phone, and the heat can damage parts in the phone

  • Put your phone in a bowel of uncooked rice or other coarse substance that absorbs water to take away the moisture
    • Desiccant, the silica gel packs usually found in purses and pockets, is the best option if you can find it
    • Put your cell in a bag with the rice or desiccant and leave over night
      • Rotate the phone every few hours
  • Leave your phone alone for 12 hours
  • If there is still moisture present after this, then set your phone on an absorbent cloth like shamwow for another 6-8 hours turning every few hours
  • If your phone appears dry after at least 12 hours then put the battery in the phone and turn it on

Some other things to keep in mind:

  • Never try to heat your phone in order to dry it
  • Some phones handle water better than other
    • iPhone
    • Droid
  • How to disassemble a blackberry
  • Alternatively you might want to try using distilled water to save your phone (especially in salt water)

If all else false well at least you have a funny story like comedian Kristi McHugh

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