There goes August. Whether you’re starting school, coming back from holidays or just forging ahead at work, it’s always nice to keep a fresh supply of new games to enjoy.

This week, we have an eclectic assortment that will have you dealing with everything from space travel to censorship — come see! (more…)

There’s a whole realm of possibilities in the digital area that we haven’t tackled yet, and a lot of interesting science is suggesting that we’re not even imagining a little bit of what technology is capable of. For many of us, technology is a way of living or a way of simplifying our lives, but what happens when it really helps us live?

That’s why I was so excited when I first heard about Moodtune. This is an app that’s designed to help conquer depression, and I don’t use the word design loosely. My conversations with the folks behind the app at BrainTracer lead me to believe that they really know what they’re talking about, and some of what’s going on behind the scenes is fascinating. But the real question is: How is an app like Moodtune going to help you? And can it help you? Will you want to use the app enough to turn it into a healthy habit? Read on to find out. (more…)

With hundreds of thousands apps, the app business is incredibly tough. Every app has atleast a dozen competitors with more showing up at a breakneck speed. This situation becomes even more muddled when an app’s functionality falls in line with the stock app or a market leader who is kind enough to distribute apps free of charge.

There aren’t a short supply of voice recorder apps in the App Store. All iOS devices ship with one and then there is the built-in voice recorder that Evernote offers. So, why would someone want to pay for an app that does the same? It doesn’t make sense, right? But, you’ll change that statement, just like I did, after trying out Recordium. (more…)

Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been one of most anticipated games of the year. Supported through in-app purchases, this incarnation is certainly going to be distinctive from the original, but is that such a good thing? It’s out first for iOS devices, and I’m taking a look to see whether Plants vs. Zombies 2 stands up to the hype or if it’s just a pale clone of an old favorite. (more…)

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of Squarespace. In fact, my personal blog runs on the service and I’ve somewhat brazenly said that the folks at Squarespace and I share the same taste for good design. That’s one of the many reasons I was interested in the Squarespace Note app.

My history with note taking on the iPhone is all over the place. I don’t use the stock Notes app anymore because I hate yellow notepad paper, but iOS 7 could change that. I love Simplenote right now, which sits on my homescreen and is used almost every day. Evernote is okay, but I feel like it’s gotten slower and more laborious to use with time. I use Day One for journalling and Byword for Web articles, but I’ve been all over the place. Squarespace Note is supposed to make my life a little easier by hopefully filling in a few of these blanks at once.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most beautiful cooking app of them all? At the moment, it’s a brand new app: The Whole Pantry. Don’t let the name fool you — there’s nothing homely about this app. It’s a one-of-a-kind sexy, modern girl’s guide to healthy cooking and living. Gorgeous photos, vibrant recipes and a handful of articles written by experts in yoga, nutrition and holistic medicine come together for an app that inspires you to live your best life now.

The Whole Pantry covers a wide range of topics, from dealing with stress to herbal medicine to eating to promote health. You’ll find info on the diet and fertility link, plus herbs that promote wellbeing during pregnancy. Learn how to make healthy versions of your favorite treats (peanut butter cups and decadent desserts). Recipes are all vegetarian, gluten free and Paleo friendly with a focus on eating whole, unrefined foods. No matter your diet or lifestyle, there’s inspiration to fit your needs.

Looking to live a healthier, more beautiful and happy life? Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

If you’re a foodie then you’ve probably got Istanbul on your radar. Blogs like Istanbul Eats and Parla Food have drawn worldwide attention to Istanbul’s food scene. This ancient city has all the ingredients for inspiring cuisine: street food, access to fresh seafood, fine dining, respect for time honored cooking traditions, popularity of artisanal goods (spices, olives, charcuterie) plus a mix of cultures (the city straddles the Bosporus, with one foot in Asian and the other in Europe). The food markets are intense, with powerful aromas of spices and mesmerizing hues of exotic produce. Istanbul is vast, densely populated and confusing to navigate (better to go by landmarks than an address). You’re gonna need a guide, someone to help you avoid tourist traps and experience the real Istanbul—enter Katie Parla’s Istanbul.

The follow up app to Katie Parla’s Rome offers Katie’s tips for the best meze, seafood, flatbread, kebab, street food and fine dining to be found in the fabric of Middle Eastern and European cultures of Istanbul. The app also helps travelers get around, plan based on location and search for food experiences based on budget, distance or type of food. Keep reading to learn how Katie Parla can help you eat your way through Istanbul. (more…)

When you’ve got a system in place, when you have order, you’re not going to upset the applecart unless something pretty spectacular comes along. That’s exactly how I felt, and then I saw Silo. I was in a getting-things-done rut, and I needed something new to get me back on track. Silo has the goods and looks pretty fantastic, too.

Let’s take a look and see what makes this little app so great. (more…)

Video on smartphones seems to be all the rage right now. While Vine wasn’t the first app to make video sharing popular, it certainly streamlined the process so that anyone was capable of capturing and sharing short videos. Instagram eventually joined in on the fun, bringing video sharing to its 130 million monthly active users. But what about the original video service that made video sharing over the Internet what it is today? I’m, of course, referring to YouTube.

In terms of streaming video, YouTube continues to reign supreme with over 6 billion hours of video being watched every month. YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen succeeded in their mission to make it easy for individuals to share videos. With their new app and service, MixBit, they’ve set their sights on helping people make videos that are great. (more…)

I’m really fond of coffee shops. Maybe I’m a closet hipster or something, but I find they really help me work. Throughout my university years, I lived right in a downtown area and would frequent one of the five or six coffee shops within a block of each other nearly every day. Sometimes I made the trek across town for a coffee/Scotch bar to work at. I love the background noise and I love the city atmosphere they provided, plus there’s some science that says working in new places helps you get work done, as does background chatter. I’m most at peace in a big city.

Since moving back home after school though, I’ve really missed that city atmosphere. I live in a smaller area now, and there are very few good coffee shops — and they’re all inconveniently located. I spend most days working in my home office, which can be a bit of a dreary and quiet existence. So I was thrilled when I discovered Coffitivity, an app that brings the background noise of the coffee shop back into my daily life. Read on to learn more. (more…)

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