Apps

Grow a Pear

Pear Mobile

The holidays are here again. Time for family, friends and wondering what to do when Grandma pulls that five-stick-o-butter apple pie hot and fresh from the oven. Finding ourselves wedged between the gorging holidays with New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, we’ve all hopefully considered some version of an exercise regimen. Personal trainers, however,...

Carpe Vita!

1 Second Everyday App

If the world really does end on the 21st, this app will be useless. But if Zero Hour doesn’t hit, 1 Second Everyday could be a life changer. Using your iPhone camera, this personal hobby turned TED Talk turned funded Kickstarter project chronicles your life one second at a time. Its creation story is blessedly...

Road trippers of the world, celebrate

Google Maps for iOS 6

It’s safe to go out on the streets again. No more following driving directions into a lake a la “The Office”. Google Maps for iOS 6 (free) is the same quality tool it’s ever been, with a new streamlined look and a deliciously intuitive UI in addition to search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation and street...

App't Pupil

MR PORTER Tux App

Tis the season for galas, charity balls and swanky get-togethers galore, which is why MR PORTER’s new Tux App (free) is impeccably timed. The free iPad app is packed with plenty of tips for navigating black-tie events, starting with lessons on how to wear a tuxedo and tying a bow tie. The lifestyle-minded team at...

Dinner under the Aurora Borealis? Done.

Philips Hue LED Light Bulbs

Indoor lighting technology is on the move, and the more we see, the more we’re impressed. Philips has just announced their new Hue LED Light Bulbs ($200+) and taken one more step toward the awesome, terrifying Ray Bradbury world of utter automation. Needless to say, we’re pleased. Each $59 bulb ($200 for three bulbs and...

Pile-driver

Alto by AOL

If being heckled by your friends for using AOL makes you think you should get with the times, well, you’re right. But Alto, AOL’s rebooted attempt at relevance in today’s email provider market, looks to be downright useful. The formerly ubiquitous provider describes their newest web-based mail client as the result of frustration with “the...

Enginious

Torque App

We love our cars. We love our smartphone apps. Torque (free+), an app that measures all the driving data your heart desires, is the perfect marriage of the two. Essentially an OBD2 (On Board Diagnostics) tool, Torque provides data such as mpg and fuel usage, GPS (with HUD mode) and essential vehicle data like fault...

Not just a fantasy

NFL Game Rewind

If your fandom/fantasy addiction borders on the insane, NFL Game Rewind ($35+) will only steepen a downward spiral of screaming at the television. The online service allows subscribers to replay any game from the 2009-2011 and current regular season on their computer or tablet. If you only bleed blank & blank colors, you can also...

An App for your Aorta

Cardiio

Nowadays, there are more health-monitoring apps than we can shake a Powerbar at. The Cardiio ($5) uses accurate (and somewhat mind-blowing) MIT innovations to give you a simple, easily obtained BPM heart rate. Just point your iPhone’s front-facing camera at your face, and Cardiio measures the light reflection on your skin (which is directly affected...

Call me, maybe

Burner App

We’ve all experienced the regret of giving out our number only to be hounded with unwanted attention from a temporary business, clandestine, er… romantic acquaintance. Apple’s new Burner application provides iPhone users with an anonymous, disposable phone number for “one off” interactions at a safe distance. Like a mobster or international man of mystery using...

Rosetta Phone

Word Lens

Remember those foreign language credits you needed back in the day to graduate? We didn’t think so. Luckily for you globetrotter, Word Lens, is a free iPhone and Android App that allows users to view language translation via augmented reality in (get this) real-time. But what does that mean? After unlocking your phone, click on...

National Parks? There's an app for that.

National Geographic National Parks App

A wise man uses his smartphone on vacation for rare occasions only — ok, and maybe some Angry Birds slingin’, too. The National Parks app by National Geographic (free, $1 per park guide) has us reconsidering that though. With its comprehensive and stunningly beautiful design, exploring 20 of America’s most popular parks has never been...

What’s over there? Tilt to find out.

Condition One Immersive iPad App

If you’re really into watching or making movies, immerse yourself even further with the Condition ONE app. The startup’s groundbreaking video technology allows users to explore capturing full motion video at 180-degrees using the iPad, with full panning and tilting ability. Backed by some bigwig investors (like Mark Cuban), interaction with the video is an...

Svbtle Achievement

Svpply for iPad

The gatekeepers are dead, and the Internet is to thank. It’s true, anyone can stake their own piece of online real estate, yet few mesh purpose and appeal as effortlessly as Svpply. Whether you’re already an addicted user, or you’ve seen our film with them, we’re pleased to hear they’ve announced the Svpply iPad app...

There's an app for all that

Allstate Digital Locker

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST If you asked me a few months ago what organizing, insurance and my iPhone had in common I probably wouldn’t have been able to give you a decent answer. But for the past few months, I’ve been using the Allstate Digital Locker app to catalog my belongings and in particular my...

A megabyte saved is a megabyte earned

Onavo Extend Data Compression Application

In the age of smartphones, data plans are a mobile provider’s ticket to profits and margins. It works because we sign up for generic buckets of bits, without a clue about how much bandwidth we actually blow through in a month. Onavo Extend originally launched back in 2011 for iOS users with the promise of...

Look Ma, no ruler

MagicPlan

Need a floor plan? Well, you could mooch off your architect friend, track down the original contractor (good luck), or heaven forbid, grab a tape measure and do it yourself. Or you could just whip out your iOS device and download MagicPlan (Free), a clever augmented reality app from Sensopia, which leverages the camera on your...

Adobe Kitchen Sink 6

Adobe Creative Suite 6 & Creative Cloud

Addressing every last shred of your right brain, the new Adobe Creative Suite 6 is the definitive collection of creative apps applications. Whether you design, code for the Web, cut video, sketch, or crop-stitch-and-sharpen photos for your blog, the 14 applications that make up CS6 leave nary a creative stone unturned. The flagship, of course,...

Ready, Set, Train!

Bit Timer

Interval training is a widely used fitness technique that has generated measurable benefits for many dedicated enthusiasts. While the concept is simple (intermittent bursts of high-intensity work followed by low-intensity work), the resulting workout session is anything but. Apart from a large towel and a CPR kit (you never know!), the most effective tool for...

Math Faster

Rechner Calculator App

Bean counting has never been our strong suit, which is why we studied our 12c and TI instruction manuals like a boss back in the day. As technology progressed, we thought our math skills on the iPhone were still pretty snappy, until we came across the Rechner Calculator. The uber-sleek design is what draws users...

Don't miss a shot

NCAA March Madness Live

Your bracket is filled. Your jersey is washed. You’ve grafted a Camelback onto your spine to counterbalance the upcoming spike in weekday drinking. It’s March Madness time and the NCAA’s March Madness Live service is the best way to catch literally all of the action. Ponying up for the $3.99 subscription gets you access to...

Apper up!

MLB At Bat 12

A new season of baseball is upon us and with it comes the latest update to one of our all time favorite apps. In its latest iteration, MLB.com At Bat 12 delivers the avalanche of baseball stat goodness you’ve come to expect, but is now available on the iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle — seriously,...

Where's the beef? On your iPad of course.

Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat

Steve Jobs always said the iPad was magical. We didn’t think our shiny tablets deserved that level of praise, though, until we laid eyes on the 360-degree interactive rotating meat cuts found in Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat ($7). As a modern day manual for carnivores of all strips, the app contains detailed information...

Android or iOS? It's all good.

Pioneer AppRadio 2

Android owners continually get the short end of the stick compared to their iPhone counterparts when it comes to the accessory world. Pioneer’s new App Radio 2 does its part to remedy the situation, by adding support for MHL capable Android handsets, in addition to the iPhone 4/4S compatibility the of the original version. That...

Liberty City goes mobile

Grand Theft Auto III for iOS & Android

The game that changed the gaming industry and inflamed parents across the globe thanks to its unabashed encouragement of senseless violence recently turned 10. To celebrate, Rockstar has re-released the classic for newer iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android devices for a shocking price of $5. Essentially it’s the same experience most will remember, just...

Fuel to the fire

Road Inc.

Question: what does over one million dollars worth of app production and development entirely for the celebration of iconic classic cars look like? Answer: Road Inc. ($10). From the Murciélago to the Mulliner Fastback Bentley Continental R, the original Model T to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, Road is quite possibly one of the most...

Like Netflix for Movie Theaters

MoviePass

MoviePass is a brand new startup hoping to revolutionize the way film addicts get their regular dose o’ big screen. For $50 bucks a month, clients can enjoy an unlimited number of movies. Everything works via an app, which is available for both Android and iOS users. Through it, users can reserve seats and simply...

There's an App for That Too

iHealth

When you were a young boy, you could eat eight hot dogs at dinner, sleep two hours, run around for 12 hours without stopping, break your arm and heal in about fifteen minutes. As we mature that changes, and we are introduced to words like metabolism, prostate, ROTH IRA and hypertension. And in this culture...

X, Rated

Final Cut Pro X

The glossy spawn of iMovie and Final Cut Pro, Apple’s new Final Cut Pro X ($300) is completely rebuilt from the ground up with an all-new interface, 64-bit fully parallel processing, raw video tagging, built-in color correction and a cool new editing method called Magnetic Timeline. Of course, the revolutionary software won’t transform your scripts...

Might as well call it iPutt

Ping iPing App

Agent Smith: “Do you hear that sound Mr. Anderson? … that is the sound of inevitability”. And pictured right is also an inevitability. Merging the infinite possibilities of apps and the relenteless frustration of putting, Ping has developed the iPing App (free), and a corresponding cradle ($30). When combined the two serve as a bona...

Don't Pray. Prey.

Prey Gadget Security Software

IPhone and iPad owners lucked out when Apple made the find my iPhone application free. But what about other laptops or phones you might have? Recently, a company called Hidden made a big splash in the media world for helping an Oakland resident find his stolen laptop — but we prefer Prey. Why? Well, you...

The Future Forecast Is Decidedly Cloudy

iCloud

The speculation started long before today, but now the folks in Cupertino have officially released iCloud, a new service designed to help consumers effortlessly store and access digital assets in Apple’s freshly-minted data centers. iCloud is free to all, and will launch in full with iOS 5 this fall — presumably to coincide with a...

A touch closer to the real thing

Pix & Stix

The GarageBand app for the iPad 2 showcases the power of Apple’s darling of gadgetdom like few other apps. No matter how visually pleasing, or “delightful” the UI is, though, tapping out beats or virtual picking still just doesn’t feel right to practiced musicians. That’s where Pix and Stixs ($16) can help. Each pack includes...

It Could Change Everything

Color for iPhone and Android

Imagine walking into your favorite dive bar, opening an app, and viewing all of the photos you’ve taken within 150 ft of that location with your buddies over the years, along with shots snapped by other patrons who were willing to share. Now imagine if you could see that kind of photographic record everywhere you...

Perusing Twitter never looked so good

Tweetmag

The savior of magazines the iPad may not be, but that doesn’t mean social magazines aren’t incredible or addicting. If you’ve had a chance to use the Flipboard or Flud apps then you’ll know what we’re talking about. Better late than never, Tweetmag ($5) is the creation of design and usability firm Teehan+Lax. As you’d...

Flash Video Comes to the iPhone (Sort of)

Skyfire Mobile Web Browser for iPhone

Android users can continue to laugh at the whole situation, but for Apple fanboys, the recently launched Skyfire Web Browser ($2.99) is a partial bridge to getting the “full web experience” on your favorite pocket companion. Translation: using it will allow you to play some Flash video on your iPhone. We say some because according...

App at its Best

Esquire iPad App, and an Opinion

The iPad may not be a magical savior of magazines, but the fact that it’s the best-selling gadget of all time makes it an undeniable game changer that can’t be ignored. Esquire, known for embracing new technologies, has been curiously quiet (GQ has had an iPad app for a better part of this year) but...

Like A Spidey Sense For The Rest of Us

Awareness! The Headphone App By Essency

iPhones, iPods, and all manner of other portable music players have certainly made it easier for us to constantly admire our music collection. There is a downside to everyone having headphones in their ears though. The fact is, when you’re focused on Ke$ha blabbing in your ear it’s easy to tune out that Escalade gunning...

Suit Yourself

BeSpeak iPhone App

Men’s fashion expert Alan Flusser, author of Style and the Man aims to help men make the most of their wardrobe. The BeSpeak (Free, iTunes), takes things digital. It works by first creating a personal profile based on information you submit about your skin tone, hair, eye color, body size and shape, face shape, and...

Lebron's Got Your Back, Kinda.

Nike Boom App

With music being the fundamental push behind the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android becoming a core workout accessory, all the major sports brands are looking to push the envelope with various workout companion apps. All with a focus to motivate and help track performance. Sometimes through old-fashioned techniques like, well, yelling. Nike Boom is a...

iTunes + Android = Impossible

DoubleTwist Player for Android

Just because you use a Mac or PC and rock an Android doesn’t mean you have to settle for second rate players or ease of use. DoubleTwist Player (Free) for Android is a sleek, dare we say sexy, music/video player that syncs music, playlists, podcasts, and ratings from iTunes. Using the mightily handy doubleTwist desktop...

The Ultimate Design Toolbox

Adobe Creative Suite 5: Master Collection

You may not be able to design the next great iPhone app on it (per Steve himself), but if you can stomach for the price tag, Adobe Creative Suite 5: Master Collection ($870 Upgrade, $2,599 Full) will reward you with a veritable blitzkrieg of creative tools. Likely, more than you’ll ever know what do with....

Chumby By Way of Sony

Sony Dash Internet Viewer

Back in January, you might have noticed a flurry of online chatter related to the category-bucking Sony Dash. After reviewing the product’s specs and features announced in the device’s initial press release, we were slightly disappointed to learn that the Dash seemed to be positioned really as a jack of all tech trades but master...

Make Your iPhone Your New Running Partner

RunKeeper Pro iPhone App

As part of my 1/2 marathon training, I’ve enlisted the help of RunKeeper to act as my virtual coach and running companion. While tracking time is all well and good, the RunKeeper Pro App utilizes the iPhone’s GPS to measure distance, speed, and average pace. It will even give you verbal updates on each metric...