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Jonathan is a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter @MightyModest.

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Going out to eat with your friends can be a lot of fun — until the bill comes. Sitting around while everyone at the table does confusing math in their head about how much money they need to put down quickly becomes frustrating scene.

A new app named Billr aims to relieve some of the stress that comes from splitting a bill. You enter some information from the bill, and the app walks you through the necessary steps of dividing the costs in the most fair manner possible. Sounds great, right? Let’s find out. (more…)

I’ve never been a great skier or snowboarder. The last time I hit the slopes I spent most of the time on the ground trying awkwardly to get back up. The closest I’ll ever come to a black diamond is in a game, and Ski Safari let me fly down the mountain with style.

Ski Safari, from Defiant Development, is an endless runner (“endless skier” would be more appropriate), with a very straightforward premise. You are rudely awakened from your sleep by being flung out of your cabin and forced to outrun the avalanche that is following you. What happens next is where the fun begins.  (more…)

With summer just around the corner, we can all look forward to getting out of the house a bit more. Unfortunately, gas prices tend to jump up this time of year, so getting around town will start to become much more expensive. At times like this, those of us who would like to avoid those high gas prices, (or simply don’t own a car), turn to public transit.

There are are a number of apps that can help you navigate public transit in a specific city. For example, New Yorkers have a number of great options for understanding the subway routes. But I’ve been looking for a solid, well-rounded public transit mapping app for the iPhone that can work anywhere. I recently came across HopStop, and have been using it for a couple weeks. My thoughts after the jump. (more…)

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