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Apps to kick off your summer celebrations

Northwell Health has launched a series of monthly

Northwell Health has launched a series of monthly podcasts highlighting cutting-edge changes in health care. The first podcast tells the story of Long Island's Dan Lasko, a wounded Marine veteran. Photo Credit: Northwell Health has launched a series of monthly podcasts highlighting cutting-edge changes in health care. The first podcast tells the story of Long Island’s Dan Lasko, a wounded Marine veteran.

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors.

Whether it’s firing up the barbecue, shooting a round at a Long Island golf course or setting sail in local waters, these apps can help you kick off the traditional start to summer.

Weber Grills

(iOS, Android; free)

For many Long Islanders, Memorial Day is opening day for outdoor cookouts. This free app from the grill maker and cookbook publisher (it used to cost $4.99), has a good listing of recipes along with barbecuing tips whether you’re cooking beef, pork or fish. For your barbecue guests who don’t eat meat, there are a few vegetarian recipes.


(iOS, Android; free)

This Swiss Army knife of golf apps — currently the most popular free golf app for both Android and iOS — includes comprehensive digital scorecards and a GPS range finder for 36,000 courses around the world, including almost every Long Island course. Playing with a group? You can set up and manage tournaments and generate a live leader board that looks like the one used on televised events.

U.S. Coast Guard

(iOS, Android; free)

Memorial Day weekend is typically prime time for Long Island’s recreational boaters. Considering the spring’s wet weather, it might also be the first time many will get their vessels in the water this year. If it’s been a while since you’ve weighed anchor, this official app from the U.S. Coast Guard can get you back up to speed with safety checklists and rules of the road. You can also retrieve weather data from nearby NOAA buoys.

History Here

(iOS, Android; free)

Memorial Day should be a time to remember the past, and this popular app from A&E Television Networks can help you take a historic road trip without leaving Long Island. The app features historic sites, monuments, and homes of interest based on your current location. If you are heading elsewhere, you can search anywhere in the country by ZIP code.

Don’t fall for “tech-support” scam

Microsoft is warning of a “sophisticated” new take on a scam in which a Web browser pop-up says your computer has been infected with ransomware and advises you to call the “tech-support hotline.” Do not call the number; it connects you with scammers. Instead, close the browser and reboot the computer. If the browser is locked up, press and hold the power button until the computer shuts down, and then reboot.— peter king

Northwell debuts podcast series

Northwell Health has launched a series of monthly podcasts that will highlight cutting-edge changes in health care from the viewpoint of health professionals and their patients. The first podcast ( tells the story of Dan Lasko, a wounded Marine veteran who received an innovative prosthetic leg designed by Northwell researchers. New Hyde Park-based Northwell operates 21 hospitals in the metropolitan area.— peter king

Oh, snap!

Instagram continues to play copycat to Snapchat, launching its own version of face filters. The tool superimposes adornments such as animal ears, hats and masks over a person’s photo, copying a similar feature popularized by Snapchat. Over the last year, Facebook-owned Instagram has launched several features that bear a striking resemblance to Snapchat, including letting users share videos that disappear after 24 hours. — Los Angeles Times

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