Next year, my partner and I are planning on relocating to Spain. There is one problem that we have encountered with our impending move, however — neither of us can speak Spanish.
Upon browsing the App Store for a quick solution, the distinctively familiar color scheme of the For Dummies reference series caught my eye, and I knew that Spanish For Dummies would be an app that I could trust to teach us basic Continental Spanish in a clear and concise manner. Find out more after the jump. (more…)
With the current state of the economy, I’ve been surveying the real estate market in my area to see if I can find a great bargain. The problem is as a first time home buyer I’ve come to find that the process is way more complicated than it should be. Trying to research and compare homes across numerous websites can be a total time killer, not to mention quite the chore. On top of that, I often found myself trying to memorize addresses of houses I saw on that market so I could look them up on the computer when I got home.
So, when I came across HomeSnap Real Estate and saw that it so casually declared, “Just snap a photo of any home, nationwide, to identify it and find out how much it’s worth,” I was intrigued. Part of me was skeptical at first, but there were enough good reviews to keep me interested (and it doesn’t hurt that it’s free).
Before we get into the nitty gritty of how it works and if it’s worth your time there’s one thing I should mention. HomeSnap is only currently available for users in the United States. If I’ve still got your attention, then read on to discover if this app is for you! (more…)
If you’ve never been to the Polyvore website, it’s a bit like Pinterest, but just for fashion (because there aren’t enough people posting pictures of fancy clothes on Pinterest as far as I’m concerned). Users create fashion collage boards called sets, pieced together from articles of clothing they find on Polyvore and elsewhere on the Internet.
This already sounds like the best site ever, right? Random people on the internet using the tools of high fashion to create their own works of clothing art, with sometimes lovely and sometimes dismal results. But it gets better, because you can get all this on your phone, too! Let’s take a look at the Polyvore iOS app and see if it can measure up to its web app big sister. (more…)
The iPhone is an incredibly powerful aid during a workout — or it can be. I know that’s the usual marketing PR you hear about the iPhone, but I’ll be frank and honest with you: I lost forty pounds by using mine to track my burned and consumed calories last summer. At this point, I don’t want to lose any more weight, but I do need to work to keep it off. And I’m always looking for apps that can help me bulk up and still keep the weight down.
That’s where Workout Plan comes in. Workout Plan is more like a to-do list for your workout than it is anything else. It doesn’t help you find new exercises or demo ones that you don’t understand; instead, it assumes that you already know your way around the gym and just helps remind you what your routines are. I’m a big believer in focused apps, since an app that does one thing extremely well can often be better than an app that does several things decently. Workout Plan is one of those focused apps. (more…)
If you own a smartphone, you’ve probably become comfortable with photo editing apps: taking pictures, applying filters and sharing images in your social networks. Many of us have yet to make the leap to video because it’s just not as quick and easy as the seconds it takes to photograph and edit in apps like Instagram. If you’re a photo junkie and can’t resist documenting everyday life, Directr is a game changer.
This new (free) video app for the iPhone makes it quick and easy to shoot video clips and weave them together to form a movie in minutes. The focus is on using storyboard templates to create meaningful stories that your friends and family will enjoy watching. Developers of Directr want making a movie to be as easy as taking a photograph, so there’s no editing, no filters and no fluff.
Interested in telling your story in video? Keep reading to learn more about Directr. (more…)
If you’re in love with the idea of taking and editing photos right from your phone, but could care less about the social media aspect of the experience, then PhotoMagic may just be your app. (Don’t worry, it still allows you to save and email your creations.)
The app is simple, easy to use and offers a few very basic editing features, plus a slew of elementary filters and frames. Click through to determine for yourself why PhotoMagic might — or might not — fit your brand of photo magic. (more…)
What’s that shadow over there … they’re following you … runner No. five … they’re following you now … the swarm from the car park … RUN! And with the sound of zombie moaning in my ears, I picked up my pace and did just that — I ran.
Nowadays, we are all looking for a way to spice up our workout and make it more fun. A new playlist that boosts your motivation, TVs built into exercise equipment and intense gladiator training all exist but why did no one think of hiring zombies to get us to move more? Zombies, Run! does just that. (more…)