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…)

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…)

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