One of my favourite use cases for a smartphone has always been the ability to find information you need right away with the world around you. We’ve seen a lot of innovation in this regard over the past year or two, specifically with gadgets like Google Glass, but for most of us, we’re still using Yelp or Google.

Or at least, this is what I’ve been using. But for a while now, this has been starting to bother me. I wanted more reliable information about what’s near me, and I especially want an app with a better design than the Yellow Pages app. This is why I had to try AroundMe, a beautiful app meant to help you find the closest gas station, movie theatre, pub, and more. Read on to find out if AroundMe is for you.

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Terraria for PC has long been a favorite of mine, but the kick in the pants is that I don’t actually own a PC. You can imagine my excitement, then, when Terraria for iOS was finally launched and I got a chance to play it. I’ll let you know how well Terraria transfers from PC to mobile and whether it stands up against the original. (more…)

Apple’s Numbers app, part of the iWork suite of apps for iOS, has often been one of the most popular apps for crunching those numbers on the go, despite some rather painful limitations. It was certainly not a perfect app, far from it, but it worked well enough and looked good enough to still be useable, especially in the absence of any form of Microsoft Office for iOS.

With the relaunch of iWork on both Mac and iOS, Numbers received a huge makeover to include some of the new, and welcome, features that have made them so popular. But, despite the new makeover, some of the app just doesn’t add up.

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I don’t have a cable subscription. I keep up with my television exclusively with Netflix, and since Netflix doesn’t offer as much TV in Canada as it could (or maybe should), I also use my Apple TV to watch shows I love as new episodes arrive (here’s looking at you, Mad Men). I don’t have time to watch a lot of Youtube. I know, I’m missing out on a lot of memes and I must lead a very boring life. But I love TED.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, TED is an incredible free service that filled to the brim with informative videos from special TED conferences — sometimes motivational, sometimes de-motivational, and often about science or psychology. The TED conferences are all over the place, and if you aren’t able to attend, TED makes them available for free on the Web and in a great free universal app for iPhone and iPad. When I have fifteen minutes and I want to watch something, I often watch TED videos, and very usually fill my rare days off with them. The app is a great way to experience these videos, but is it perfect? Read on to find out how TED’s service could get even better after its recent update to iOS 7.

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Let’s face it: the App Store teems of fast-paced games packed with action and suspense. It’s all about the next new zombie game, or the arcade game that brings a new twist to an old classic. However, there are only so many of these games you can try out before they become stale.

KAMI gives a breath of fresh air to the gaming department by stripping away all the action and creating a laid-back, meditative gaming environment that can’t be found in many games these days. Does it compete with its action-packed competitors? Find out after the jump.
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There are a ton of todo apps, and with so many out there, the waters can seem pretty murky when looking for a new task management solution. I decided to give YellingMom a go, though, because the reminders seemed so easy and it’s got a pretty great setup for rescheduling tasks when I’ve run out of time. Add to that Evernote sync, and YellingMom seems like a pretty sweet option. I’m going to run it through its paces and see if it’s as good as it looks to be. (more…)

Do you ever have a moment in which you thought you really liked something, but then over time you started to feel the opposite? This sometimes happens to me with apps. I’ll write a raving review, and a few weeks later I’ll start to notice issues that didn’t make themselves known early on, or they were noticeable but weren’t annoying just yet. Luckily, I’m often given a chance to review apps a second time when they’ve received a major update, which provides me the opportunity to provide are more impactful analysis on whether the app is worth its weight in gold.

On this occasion, I’m taking a second look at noidentity’s Next, which enables you to track day-to-day expenses to get a big picture of your spending habits. In my initial review, I stated that Next was really fun to use, and that “between the design eye candy and extremely enjoyable sound effects, I actually look forward to entering an expense.” In September, version 2.0 of Next was released, giving me a chance to reassess what makes the app good and no so good. Read on to find out how my opinions have changed. (more…)

Holiday cheer or holiday hell– that is the question. November has arrived, and with it, the season of holiday entertaining. It’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving dinner menu and buying supplies for Christmas cookie baking. Doe the very idea of preparing your first Thanksgiving dinner terrify you? Or maybe you’ve been having the same people over for the same Christmas menu every year and you need to shake things up a bit?

Food52 is here to help. The founders, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, have combined their own recipes and kitchen wisdom with that of their online community of home cooks to make the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52. A treasure trove of 127 recipes, 25 video tutorials and 800 step-by-step food photos and demonstration slide shows, this app aims to help you plan a party from start to finish.

Is the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52 the ultimate guide to holiday entertaining? Keep reading to find out.

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Today is a big day. On this first day of Movember (the month formerly known as November) millions of men around the world will shave their faces and begin to grow a moustache. They grow their Mo’s to change the face of men’s health and bring awareness to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues like depression. Through the independent global charity, Movember, these Mo Bros (and supportive Mo Sistas) raise funds for research and support programs for men’s health.

In 2012 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the globe raised $147 million for Movember. This year, I’ve joined the movement as a Mo Sista and you can join too with the Movember app.

Keep reading to learn more about moustaches and joining the Mo Generation.

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Alongside the deluge of Halloween updates we’ve seen this week, there have also been some remarkable new titles released.

Let’s work off that candy hangover with some gaming, shall we?

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