There are many great apps available for the iPhone, although arguably none quite as invaluable as bSafe, a small network of friends and family who can help keep you safe when traveling alone.

bSafe is the brainchild of Silje Vallestads, a mom concerned about the safety of her daughter who developed the app to keep track of her should she get lost, as well as provide her with an alarm to trigger in an emergency. Let’s find out how bSafe could help you and your family, and give you peace of mind. (more…)

Let’s be honest: you’re already out there, deeply addicted to the new Plants vs. Zombies 2 now that it’s finally out. But just because it’s the most newsworthy title of the week, doesn’t mean it’s the only one worthy of your attention.

We’ve got a handful of wonderful new App Store arrivals to show you, so hop in and gear up for the weekend! (more…)

Recently, I reviewed DailyCost — one of the best apps I’ve used for keeping track of day-to-day expenses. Today, we’re going to take a look at Spendee, which is marketed as perhaps a slightly more fully-featured finances app. It is designed to take your day-to-day expenses and incomes, plus your recurring expenses and incomes (such as bills and wages), and turns that data into charts, graphs and even has a social media-esque “feed” where you get given tips on managing your money and even earn achievements.

Let’s see how it stacks up after the jump. (more…)

The concept of social network has become so fluid. Gone are the days when you needed millions of registered users and a sizeable number of active participants to call yourself a social network. These days, even fledgling mobile applications refer themsleves rather audaciously as social networks.

I’m not getting into the argument if that’s the right thing to do. I’m merely pointing out a fact that social networks now have a long tail of their own with apps targeting crazy niches with a handful of target audience.

Eloquently named YourExtraLife is a social network for doers. Ignoring the oversight of not catchingly naming their social network, let us try it hands on! (more…)

It’s not a secret that I like to take pictures of my cats and send the resulting images to anyone who’ll accept them. I add filters, text and even fun little stamps, until my photos could give you a toothache. I rely on a lot of apps to get that job done, though, and it would be a lot easier if I could get all of the tools I need in one place.

Landcam seems to fit the bill, with all of that, plus some pretty great editing tools to boot. I’ll try out Landcam and see if it can finally replace my folder full of image-editing apps. (more…)

Despite the fact that I’m not as busy as I like to think I am (read: I have no life), I have a fascination with calendar apps and task managers. My most recent search is for an app that combines both calendar tasks and my to-do list. That first led me to Agenda, but it’s not perfect. And I’m not one to settle for anything less than perfect.

My next stop is Cal, the calendar app from the folks behind Any.do. I was new to Any.do as well — I had tried it before, but never stuck with it. Because Any.do and Cal are seamlessly married to each other, I thought it was time to give them a shot. And after spending three weeks with Cal, I’m ready to share my thoughts on the app. (more…)

If you’re a foodie and you don’t already know about Tasting Table, you should be ashamed of yourself. What is Tasting Table, you ask? It’s a website, email publication and app dedicated to keeping you informed about the best food and drink happenings across America. The editors of Tasting Table are passionate about food and want to be that friend who’s always at your side recommending the best restaurants, bars, bakeries, recipes, events — you get the idea. Tasting Table editors have personally vetted all the venues, from the cheapest hot dog stand to the mind blowing Michelin starred restaurant, and give you the stats to make an informed decision when you’re traveling. Now you can take the wealth of knowledge from Tastingtable.com with you using Tasting Table To-Go.

Keep reading to learn more about why Tasting Table To-Go is a jet setters best friend. (more…)

Did you know that September 26 is Pancake Day? Or that Gumbo Day is October 12? How about Eat What You Want Day on May 11? Never miss out on another food day again with the newly released Food.com Every Day is a Food Holiday. This clever little app fills a need you didn’t even know you had. Each day the app features a food holiday with several recipes, both classic and unusual, to celebrate. Food.com doesn’t stop there, going above and beyond to provide enhanced functionality to help users plan and keep track of food holidays.

Keep up to date on days dedicated to your favorite foods and peruse recipes featuring the honored ingredient. This app is great for planning the theme of your next party, book club meeting, girls (or guys) night in or office potluck.

Have you ever wondered how your friends know it’s International Bacon Day? Keep reading to find out more. (more…)

I am a longtime Pinterest user and can easily spend an entire afternoon browsing, pinning and pinning some more, so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon We Heart It by chance in the New & Noteworthy section of the App Store.

We Heart It was founded in 2008 and is slowly catching up with Pinterest in terms of monthly users and the amount of content available. But, the question is, do you and I really need another photo-sharing service, let alone one that is hailed to be as addictive as Pinterest? Click “more” to find out.

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I have nearly 200 apps on my iPhone, but a mere few are what I consider staples. For instance, Pocket Casts has been my preferred podcast management app since I can remember, and no other app has come close to unseating it from my phone. But no app is sacred, and can be removed in favor of another; as much as I loved Tweetbot, Twitter ultimately became my go-to Twitter app for a number of reasons.

After such a dramatic introduction, you may be wondering where I’m going with this thing. A few months ago, I reviewed TVShow Time, an app designed to track your favorite TV shows. I was so smitten with the app that I called it the best in its category. Since then, a new challenger — iShows — has tossed its hat in the ring in hopes of becoming the top TV show tracking app on iOS. Let’s find out if iShows has what it takes to achieve such a lofty goal. (more…)

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