For those in the Northern hemisphere, Spring is here which means sun, less rain and snow and more plant growth out in the garden. This makes it an ideal time to round up our favorite four gardening apps. Each is an app that will help keen gardeners keep their land in check, whether it be by providing guides to fruit and vegetables or by helping users plot out their garden.
Aiming to be an all round solution for gardeners, iVeggieGarden offers reference and planning tools as well as a means of tracking things. There’s even a means in which users can enter their own notes and photos of how things are progressing. Over 50 different vegetables and over 500 different varieties are catered for with a plethora of information from appropriate temperatures and planting depths to harvesting tips. The app should cover all the key questions that both novice and experienced gardeners may have and it’s all done in a very attractive format.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-22 :: Category: Reference
Similar to iVeggieGarden but for those on a budget, Vegetable Garden offers growing tips, soil preparation advice and a schedule chart for vegetables. It’s geared towards the UK market in terms of growing times but everything else is universal. A plot planner helps users plan out their garden, no matter how big or small.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-02-15 :: Category: Reference
Gardening Toolkit HD
An iPad exclusive, Gardening Toolkit HD uses the extra screen space to create an appealing way of tracking everything to do within the garden. A notes section helps users keep track of what they need to do and when. There’s a colorful and photo-packed encyclopaedia of more than 1000 plants. For the US users, they can enter their zip-code and be informed of how hard their soil is, plus there’s information on suggested plants for the area. It’s an all round attractive reference tool.
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-06-23 :: Category: Lifestyle
Harvest – Select the Best Produce Harvest provides a guide to how to pick the best produce by offering tips and techniques of exactly how to look for the ripest and healthiest fruit or veg. It’ll be ideal once keen gardeners have already grown their crop. A large variety of different produce is catered for, each with their own bunch of tips and tricks that are impressively educational. The app follows such tips up with information on pesticide residue levels which can help those who still buy from stores, but why would you want to do that once you’ve finished growing your own, anyhow?
It might not be the start of a new year but it’s never too late to start making a change to one’s life. LifeSpicer goes some way to facilitating that ideal.
The app offers 365 different ways to spice up life, with challenges ranging from going commando for the day to donating to charity or memorizing a Simpsons quote.
They might not be all life affirming or revolutionary but they’re bound to give the day a bit more of a kick and make things more interesting. Some will push users to step outside of their comfort zone, others will be randomly silly. All will be worth trying.
Throughout, users can track their progress and check the tally to see how they’re doing. Each day a random Spice of the Day is offered by the app so there’s no guessing what’s going to come up next!
LifeSpicer should prove to be a great way of getting more out of life and doing something fun and different each day of the year. Let us know how things go with the LifeSpicer plan.
Got a garden or lawn? I have and it’s amazing how fast weeds grow and bugs appear to eat away at things faster than I can plant them. Spectracide, known for its many weed and bug killing products, has just released an app to help identify what’s going on and how to fix it.
Bug & Weed Identifier by Spectracide® is free to download and offers some key features. First of all is the Pest Guidebook which tells the user how to figure out what bugs and weeds are involved. There’s then Capture & Compare in which the user can take photos and place them side by side with those in the guide, or even email an expert for help.
Identifying isn’t all that the app offers, however, with the ability to provide advice of what treatment to use to eradicate them, and also which retailer to go visit.
It’s simple yet useful for the keen gardener, quickly giving them a way of defeating the scourge of weeds and pests.
I’m not quite at the wedding planning stage of life but I know plenty of people who are. It’s a stressful time but also a hugely enjoyable experience. One of the latest wedding apps to hit the app store, Vera Wang on Weddings, intends to hit the spot in both upping the excitement quota and reducing some stress.
Free to download, Vera Wang on Weddings offers Vera’s personal style advice for the occassion and the ability to select a dress from the Vera Wang Bridal Collection. Alongside that are tools in which the user can organize wedding guests including invitations, RSVPs and seating arrangements, along with the ability to manage contact details for everyone involved in the event.
A Wedding To-Do list as well as Inspiration Boards, allowing for new and creative designs as well as the option to view existing gallery images, completes the app.
For anyone planning a wedding at the moment, Vera Wang on Weddings is clearly worth a look.
Junk mail. Yuck. Not only is it annoying, it’s also a terrible waste. All those circulars about sales no one cares about involving products nobody wants… At least those unsolicited emails from Nigerian princes don’t waste any paper. Well now there’s this neat little app that will theoretically put a stop to most of these unwanted advertisements.
PaperKarma is so simple in its execution it almost sounds like magic. All a user has to do is snap a photo with their iOS device’s camera and the app will (read: should) find the company responsible and take care of the rest. The rest referring to getting users off of the mailing list. It’s a mind-bogglingly simple concept, really.
Anyone with an iOS device and a thinning patience for junk mail should definitely check out PaperKarma. It’s on the App Store right now, and it’s on sale for free for a “limited time.” What’s the harm in giving it a try, right?
In life, everyone needs a moment of clarity and calm in their day, no matter how brief it may be. An Ordinary App: Ordinary Words ~ Extraordinary Power has recently been released in order to facilitate that.
For $2.99, users are given a fresh insight every day through the app. It’s simple philosophy but offers some great inspirational quotes that are worth paying attention to. As an added bonus, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the insight comes bundled with a link to an article or exercise that sets out to enhance a particular area of the user’s life.
On Saturdays, An Ordinary App: Ordinary Words ~ Extraordinary Power goes one step further by including a link to a short inspirational video that uses song, entertainment or commentary to help the user take in the moment of wisdom.
With a quote for each day of the year, plus 148 unique articles and 52 videos, it’s a satisfying inspirational package that will hopefully give its users some wise words across the rest of the year.
There’s not enough cheer and positivity in the world today so new app Chee.rs has set out to change that.
Described by the developers as “the ‘like button’ for the world around you,” Chee.rs gives users the opportunity to express their satisfaction with people, places or things that they love.
Connecting up with friends via the app, the user can share all the great things going on in their life from a great restaurant visit to a new movie, or just someone that’s made life that bit more pleasant. Users can even take a photo of what they ‘like’ so much, to give an idea of what’s so great about it.
The more the app is used, the more Cheerfluence points can be gained to show which users influence the Chee.rs world so much. It’s a pretty neat idea with some great potential.
Regardless of the location, there’s bound to be something interesting going on somewhere. AroundNow seeks to provide an easy way of seeing exactly what’s going on locally at any time.
Using Twitter as a notification system, AroundNow offers news of interest depending on the area the user happens to reside in at the time. That news can range from all manners of things from entertainment events such as concerts or celebrity spottings to parties or demonstrations. Traffic information such as road works or traffic jams can also be provided as well as something as regular as a good sale in a local store.
As it’s partly a social networking app, AroundNow relies upon user participation to truly be great but it’s an excellent idea. In a busy and bustling city, it’s easy to miss out on something exciting so this app could be the ideal way to get involved in local events.
Being on trend is very important business for the fashion conscious. This is where Luster has iOS users covered. It’s an app that makes browsing through the newest, most lusted after and nearest fashion finds wherever the user is.
Using an interactive map, users can see precisely what’s trending in their area and even browse through local boutiques to see what they offer. Users can search according to brand, piece or even occasion, resulting in the ability to save a compilation of things that interest.
Somewhat like a social networking tool, the user can even follow other fashion fans whose interests and loves most closely match theirs. They can even take photos of the different outfits and share likes and comments about them.
It’s an ideal companion app for those keen to know what’s popular near them at any given time.
As part of Luster‘s launch, there’s also a competition. To enter, users must take a photo of a fashion find they love and tag it with the relevant store and #fw hashtag. The person whose photo has the most Lusts from other users on the app by February 27th, will win the item in their winning picture up to a value of $1000! Not too shabby at all.
2nd and 3rd place photos win items up to a value of $500. Full details are available on the Luster website.
We’ve all been there: that brand new white shirt that had a terrible meeting with a glass of red wine, the chocolate on the new carpet, the great hot coffee spillage of 2011. Where there’s a substance, there’s a way of throwing it across something thus staining it forever more. Enter iStain, an app that sets out to explain how to remove over 100 different types of stain.
iStain suggests what kind of agents to use to remove the stain, and adjusts accordingly whether the item is a white item of clothing or colored. It doesn’t just cater for the easy stains either with the persistent and problematic stains covered, too.
The app is straight forward to use with it easy to browse stains according to whether they’re food based, biological, chemical, glue or greasy based.
iStain has to be worth a download for the clumsy iOS device owner. It’s out now priced at $0.99.
It’s the ideal time of year to try out something new, so why not make that Pakistani cuisine? A new app by the name of Cookery Magazine HD provides all the inspiration anyone could need for South Asian cooking.
The app offers over 22 recipes, each with high quality images. Alongside that are articles on women’s health issues such as pregnancy, as well as offering home remedies for various situations.
The crux of the app comes from the recipes themselves though. Just a glance below at the screenshots demonstrates just how attractive the magazine app is. Soups and salads, vegetable dishes, sea food, rice, snacks and meat dishes are all catered for here with recipes like pasta salads included as well as meals such as the spicy Beef Karahi and Tehri Pulao.
It’s appetizing to just think about and laid out in a very appealing manner.
We all need some motivation when it comes to exercising. While I love the gym, there are still those days where I’d really rather not bother. While Fleetly won’t drag me to the gym, it will give me some much needed motivation.
Kind of like website Fitocracy, Fleetly makes a game out of exercising. Users enter how many repetitions they’ve performed or how far they’ve walked, run or swam and then Fleetly gives it a numerical value in terms of experience points to level up. Users can then compare with other users of the app or their friends via Facebook connectivity. There’s even challenge groups to join to encourage friendly competition.
It doesn’t stop there however. Fleetly also instructs users how to perform relevant exercises from squats to more complex manoevres. It all ensures that the user learns how best to perform an exercise without overexerting themselves. Plus it makes for a very neat package.
Even better, Fleetly costs precisely nothing which means those in need of that extra nudge might as well give it a shot.
Cooking a roast is quite a skill to master. Getting the timing is just right. How long does the beef need to be beautifully rare? Or how about that huge turkey? How long does that need to be cooked safely and deliciously? Thanksgiving may be behind us but Christmas and its delightful food is just ahead. Why not use an app like Is It Ready Yet? to help keep an eye on when things are cooked.
Is It Ready Yet? is simple to use. Choose from a selection of 23 different meat choices encompassing beef, pork and poultry then select the weight of the food. Is It Ready Yet? then suggests what temperature to cook it at plus how long it’ll take. Both of these figures are viewable in either Imperial or Metric units.
With a built in cooking timer that runs in the background, Is It Ready Yet? keeps things running smoothly. Just what anyone needs at this busy cooking time of the year!
We loved iCookbook when it was covered here earlier this year. With plenty of visually appealing recipes on offer, comprehensive search functions and great overviews, it’s not surprising why it’s such a great app. Users can even add their own recipes to the app!
Developers, Publications International, clearly didn’t want to stop there though with the latest version update 2.0 providing a huge wealth of new features.
Most importantly, iCookbook is now an universal app and can be used by iPhone users as well as iPad. It doesn’t stop there, though.
How-To videos are now included which show the proper techniques required to complete some of the more complex kitchen skills. Airplay support means that these videos as well as recipes can be put on the big screen via an Apple TV, making it simpler for the Apple fan who also loves to cook.
iOS5 based features continue with iCloud sync support which means that recipes and shopping lists can be shared between iOS devices. Perfect for those browsing for recipe ideas on their iPad who then want to access their shopping list with their iPhone. iPhone 4S users will appreciate the Siri support iCookbook now provides. When the app is in prepare mode, which makes the instructions big to read for counter side use, voice commands can be used to turn pages, check notes or start and stop timers. No need to worry about getting that shiny new iPhone 4S dirty mid way through cooking!
Rounding off the update is the ability to rate recipes out of 5 stars plus users can now add photos to their own recipes. Other subtle UI changes have been made to make the app even easier to use, too.
It’s a great implementation of all the best that iOS5 offers and is bound to make iCookbook even more useful than it was before.
The iCookbook update is available now for free for existing users. For everyone else, it’s available priced at $4.99.
I’ve got an iPad full to the brim with photos taken over the years, ever since I first dipped into the iOS world. Numbering in the thousands, it’s comforting to know they’re there, ready to browse through at any time.
How to exhibit them to others, however? Or how about just a cool new way of watching a slideshow of images? That’s where Jiv3D enters the picture.
It’s a new app that automatically syncs music with photos, thus creating attractive showcases of all those memorable moments. With several different themes that can be applied and the ability to manipulate images with a tap of the screen, Jiv3D is a pretty neat app and extremely easy to use.
It’s an ideal app for all manners of different situations such as showing holiday snaps to the family or in the conference room to explain a concept to colleagues.
Jiv3D is out now for iPad owners and it’s a free download.
Buying a car is frequently pretty enjoyable but it’s also often stressful. Making such an expensive decision is a complicated endeavour, even more so once a few test drives have been conducted. Having spent a while test driving numerous cars, I can safely say it’s easy to get confused as to what was so good about which car. Enter Test Drive Assistant in an attempt to demystify all that.
Test Drive Assistant is an app that provides 11 basic test drive related questions that users can answer as they test out each vehicle. Then, the app provides a rating based upon the answers given and, at a glance, users can see which vehicle is best for their needs.
Further functionality is provided through the ability to add more questions as well as images of the vehicle, allowing for side-by-side comparisons of the test driven motors.
It should take out all the stress and worry for those who plan on test driving a number of different vehicles over many days.
Yell has a fantastic reputation for helping people find businesses around them. Its app is quick to use and has the additional benefit of offering great deals from local businesses. Such functionality has now been extended with users now able to read and write reviews of any businesses they visit.
The app has had a total redesign, providing Yell‘s customers with an entirely new look that offers a better way to navigate and a much faster experience overall. There’s enhanced mapping too to make sure there’s no fear of getting lost while tracking down a location.
The ability to add personal reviews of a place means that users can quickly figure out where is best to visit, whether that place is a restaurant or simply an excellent store for specialist knowledge. For the small business, it particularly helps get the word out which is frequently the best form of advertising.
It’s the kind of functionality that’s just made Yell even more unbeatable for the business search app world.
Here’s an app that easily makes me ravenously hungry. It’s Hasbro’s Easy-Bake Cupcakes!. It’s a cute app that lets people make, bake, decorate, eat and share virtual cupcakes from their iOS device.
All the user needs to do is pick their Easy-Bake cupcake mix, fill the pan with cupcake batter and water then mix and slide the pan into the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven to cook. A quick shake of the iOS device gets the cupcakes out of the pan (if only reality were that easy) then users can choose from a vast number of frostings and candy toppings to create their perfect cupcake.
9 different cupcake batters are available with 17 types of frosting, 15 types of decorations, 9 kinds of plates and 6 tablecloths. That’s a heck of a lot of choice.
As is quickly apparant, Easy-Bake Cupcakes! is an ideal app for kids. Adults may well be cynical enough to notice the corporate advertising within but will still no doubt quite like to eat cupcakes after messing around with the app. For kids though, this is a fun way of ‘creating’ cakes. They can even share their creations via email or Facebook afterwards.
Seemingly every time I park my car, I see someone else wandering around looking a little lost as they can’t remember where they parked. I’m quite fortunate that most of the time, I don’t have that problem. On the odd ocassion I do however, it’s pretty embarrassing and very much a waste of time. myPark sets out to stop that problem as well as ensure that its users will always get back in time before their meter runs out.
The app tracks the user’s movements from their car to their destination thus working out how long it takes to make the trip for future reference on the way back. It’s possible to then set how long it’s ok to park for depending on the parking meter or ticket system.
A series of reminders can also be added to ensure that users can always find their car again. These can be a short text description of the location, a photo of the surroundings, an audio note or the color and level of the car park itself.
Most conveniently, myPark informs the user when the parking time expires or when the walking time is equal to the time left on the meter. Finally, a way of always keeping track of the time without losing track during a meeting and getting caught out.
For a meagre price of $0.99, myPark could potentially save a fortune in parking tickets for forgetful car owners.
Dogs are great. Cuddly, sweet, faithful and never judgemental. How intelligent are they though? Dog fans may now be able to figure out this very important question thanks to a new app by the name of Dog IQ.
According to the app, dogs have different kinds of intelligence just like humans do. These types are: problem solving ability, social intelligence, awareness, sense and the ability to learn and adapt. Dog IQ helps determine how mentally adept the user’s dog is by providing a well rounded overview of all of these types.
Each test offered by the app consists of 11 simple and fun questions testing the above abilities. Taken from a pool of 30 questions, there’s enough room for trying the test numerous times. Indeed it’s encouraged with a history page allowing users to monitor their dog’s performance over time.
Dog IQ looks to be a fun entertainment app to finally see if dogs really are smart or not. It’s out now priced at $0.99.
Long distance relationships are tough. Heck I’ve been there. It’s horrible being away from loved ones for any length of time. An app like JustUs could take the edge off things however.
It’s an app that allows users to receive reminders whenever their loved one thinks about them during the day. Fortunately it’s not done through reading brain activity or anything like that, it’s all down to the couple having their own copy of the JustUs app.
Set up is pretty easy with users having a private code to share between each other. Once they meet up, a bump of iOS devices together and the app imports a picture of the other half. Then, whenever one user opens the app, they see a photo of their loved one and the loved one receives a notification that they’re being thought of.
It’s that simple and really quite a cute idea. JustUs is out now priced at $0.99 per copy (as of course you need two copies!). Check out the video explaining it below.
6 Wunderkinder’s To-Do List and Task app, Wunderlist, now supports Dropbox. To synch your Dropbox files to Wunderlist, just tap the paperclip icon in the Detail View, select Dropbox, and choose your file. With Wunderlist you can Assign, Comment, and prioritize your Dropbox files and they automatically update across all your systems. You can pick […]