Already a hit for iOS users, the VSCO Cam photography app is now ready for Android peeps to get creative with. (Note: Flexing in the bathroom remains uncreative.) Photo editing isn’t always an easy task, so it’s no wonder that VSCO’s user-friendly interface has been a hit, even if it belies the depth of the processing power under the hood. It’s free, available for most devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher, and includes 10 presets and some editing tools, while more are available to purchase.
Media By on Oct 22, 2013
Odds are you don’t commute to work with an RPG in the passenger’s seat, ready to take aim at the first jerkbag that cuts you off. So let the Blow Up Traffic app ($.99 on iTunes) do the dirty work for you. Mount your phone to the windshield, locate the offending motorist, then yell “Fire!’ like a madman to take their vehicle down (virtually) and see the (virtual) gunfire and (also virtual) explosion on your screen. This sounds way better than a stress ball.
Media By on Oct 14, 2013
Score one for the mouse on your media content/cat vs. mouse scorecard. The rodent in this case is Aereo, the company that streams live television and DVR service to iDevices, and now starting October 22, Android phones and tablets. 30 live TV channels will be available to anyone running Android 4.2 or higher on their gadget. Of course the cats here, broadcast networks, are not happy. But Aereo’s been winning in court, setting up a potential — dun dun dunnn! -Supreme Court showdown. Maybe we’ll be able to watch that on our phones too. Meow.
Media By on Aug 21, 2013
Those Cheesecake Factory feasts always seem doable at first, but when your mind drifts to dessert, dinner usually gets the doggie bag treatment. But maybe you don’t have a dog (or an appetite for leftovers). That’s where the Leftover Swap rushes to your aid. Just take a picture of your leftovers, upload it to the app, and fellow app users will be notified of this late breaking culinary bulletin. From there you can make things even weirder by arranging a pickup or delivery with said food-seeker. Don’t forget to ask if he wants ketchup with that.
Media By on Jul 12, 2013
The Thuderspace app promises to immerse you in a stereoscopic 3D world of thunderstorm audio. Wife nagging you a bit? Make it rain (in your ears)! Thanks to special stereo microphones, the recorded sounds are on some next-level stuff, designed to represent the utmost in realism and prep you for hours of nature-themed relaxation. Throw in some realistic lightning flashes and you really have no reason to ever play in the rain again.
Media By on May 10, 2013
There’s always that science experiment slice in the back of your fridge, but sometimes you crave pizza that’s hot, fresh, and without mold spores. For those late-night cravings or when you’re in an unfamiliar area, call on the Pizza Compass (99 cents), an application that brings up a map of all the nearby pizza joints. Just pick your place and the app acts like a real compass, with your final destination always ending in savory melted cheese and bread in your mouth.
Media By on Mar 21, 2013
Somehow society has become OK with the fact that every other text message we send/receive is laced with typos, bizarre wrong words, and insane grammar choices. It doesn’t have to be that way, people. Minuum is a preciously petite keyboard that also promises accurate typing, no matter how fast and furious your fingers are flying. The secret sauce is a specialized auto-correction algorithm that is said to interpret in real-time the difference between what you type and what you mean. For example, if I were to accidentally type “Mom, when can I visit?” Minuum would know what I really meant was ”Mom, you’re 63, let’s assisted living ASAP!”
Media By on Mar 13, 2013
Ever encourage your car to read the classics? They never listen, do they? `I`m telling you, Ford Fiesta, you would LOVE `Of Mice and Men!` Point is, automobiles aren`t smart–even when they apply themselves. So think of Automatic ($70), a very thorough driving assistant app/piece of hardware, as the equivalent of Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds; the odds are against it, but somehow this teacher is gonna prevail. Your vehicle`s built-in computer data morphs with Google Maps and current gas price info to churn out a bevy of useful stats, covering all things fuel usage and even handling engine alerts. The device can also sense a crash and then alert the nearest emergency responder to your location. I suppose that`s more useful than a car that knows its multiplication tables.