New App Does Your Math Work For You

PhotoMath(from Ron) “PhotoMath is a FREE app that can solve smartphone equations through smartphone cameras,” the headline at Forbes.com exclaims.  Now, while it MIGHT sound like an app that just helps kids cheat, it also gives students a step-by-step guide showing how each of the problems are solved. The guide is useful, particularly  to students that do not have access or funds for a tutor. Parents can also use the PhotoMath app to jog their memory when teaching math to their kids.  Or grown adults who are married to people going to college (as is the case at my house).

Seriously, I can’t TELL you how many times I sit through curse word-laden math sessions where I’m asked for help and have absolutely no clue what’s going on.  lol  Apparently my b etter half has a professor that doesn’t teach, uses a book that doesn’t explain, then tests her students on untaught, unexplained curriculum anyhow.  Yay for college math, right?

“PhotoMath currently supports basic arithmetics, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and several functions like logarithms. New math is constantly added in new app releases,” says the description of the PhotoMath app on iTunes.

The app uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to read the equation and calculates the answers in mere SECONDS!!! There is a red frame in the PhotoMath app that you have to use to encircle the equation. Watch the tutorial video below.  (photo from iTunes App store page)

 

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Carolina Forest Wildfire: How You Can Help

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In the aftermath of the weekend wildfires in Carolina Forest, hundreds are displaced, with nothing more than the belongings on their backs.  Thankfully, we live in a gracious community and everyone wants to help – somehow.  That being said, we’ve compiled some information to help you decide which is the best avenue for showing your support for those in need.

The Coastal Carolina American Red Cross has been at the center of disaster relief efforts here before, and are a fantastic organization in the wake of this fire, as well, providing over a thousand meals and snacks already for the 189 residents they’re sheltering.  Visit their page HERE to donate money to help!  The Red Cross also advises “If you would like to donate non-cash items, the Red Cross recommends contacting their partner agencies, Goodwill and Salvation Army or contacting other local non-profit organizations in the community that accept non-cash items.”

Also, The American Red Cross and Goodwill have set up their command center for accepting donations in the X-Gym, across from the Beach Church on George Bishop Parkway. They are accepting all donations collected at other Goodwill locations throughout Horry County and those collecting at businesses working to help the victims. YOU CAN BRING DONATIONS DIRECTLY TO THIS LOCATION.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Carolina Forest) will donate 10% of all food proceeds through Friday, March 22nd,  to relief efforts.

NEW: Girl Scout Troop 61 will be holding a car wash at the Horry County Bank, across from CFE, on Saturday March 23rd from 10am – 2pm. Cashdonations will go to the Windsor Green Fire Victims. Please come out and help our neighbors.

Alta Surf Apartment Homes will collect for affected families beginning Monday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will accept any type of donation. They can be reached at 843-903-0403 and are located at 101 Breakers Drive in Myrtle Beach.

Fostering Hope in Conway may be contacted at 843-254-8168 to set up an appointment to get clothing and other items for children.

Murphy Express is a drop-off location for fire victims, as well.  Visit any of their four locations (17 Bypass in Surfside, in Garden City near Walmart, as well as in Conway and Carolina Forest.

The Grand Strand Humane Society has been updating on their Facebook page the missing pets from the affected community.  Visit their page often and help find these missing four-legged loved ones.

Will The Trouble Ever Stop For Chris Brown?

MiannaIt seems that wherever Chris Brown goes, trouble follows. His name has been all over the news lately, and not for good reasons.
Back in 2009 Brown and Rihanna had a verbal fight in the car together which resulted in Brown throwing punches. Ever since then, there appears to be a black cloud following him. He has feuds with Frank Ocean and Drake, recently crashed his car and blamed paparazzi, and apparently still can’t decide between Rihanna and Karrueche Tran.

Brown and Ocean recently brawled outside of a Los Angeles recording studio over a parking spot; however their feud is far from new, starting back in 2011 via twitter. Ocean is not pressing charges.

Brown and Drake are suing each other over their brawl at a New York City nightclub back in June. A French model was injured during this fight. According to TMZ, Drake and Brown each claim they were not responsible for the fight and want the other to pay any damages in the event the model wins his suit.

Drake was recently turned down at the doors of the Hollywood club, Playhouse, because Brown was already inside.

In the case of Rihanna, she continues to stand by her man. Not only does she stick up for him, she also attended his court hearing regarding his violation of probation due to his assaulting her. As Rihanna continues to stay faithful, the same can’t be said for Brown. Brown had Tran on his arm while attending the Topshop Topman event in LA, even though he and Rihanna were snuggled up at the Grammys the week before.

With all of the controversy following Brown, his new music reminisces on simpler times. In the chorus of his new song, Home, Brown sings, “I wish I could go back to when I was young, wish I could go back (go back, go back) to where I came from.” Do you think Chris is regretting the path he’s taken?

Do you think Rihanna should move on from Chris? Is it even our place to comment on their relationship at all?

Is Katy Perry's Love Life Doomed To Repeat Itself?

MiannaFrom Russell Brand to John Mayer, do you ever wonder what goes through Katy Perry’s mind when she decides who to date?   It is no secret that most girls like “bad boys” but what about these men attracts Katy to them?

Brand and Perry were married for only 14 months before they decided to get divorced.   In an interview with Australia’s 60 minutes, Brand said, “Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it don’t.” “But if you sort of sense there’s an incompatibility, then in any relationship regardless of the status of the individual, it kind of is best to go separate ways.”

Perry first began dating Mayer back in June and they took a break in August before getting back together.  “For the first time in my life I don’t feel like I’m in a celebrity relationship,” Mayer told CBS Sunday Morning. “It’s hard to explain … For me it feels like something that’s very human.”

KPJMWith the reputation Brand has, even he has something to say about Katy now dating John Mayer.   In an interview on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, Stern asked Brand, “Doesn’t she know that he’s a worse womanizer than you?”

“You have to let go of the instinct to protect someone once you divorce them,” said Brand.

Do you think that wedding bells are in Katy and John’s future, or do you think it will end in heartbreak? Is John the bad boy type that Katy’s attracted to, or is he a changed man thanks to her?

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