It’s excellent fun and frequently very tasty to eat out at different restaurants from time to time. The problem lies in figuring out exactly which restaurants are worth the time and which need avoiding at all costs. While the App Store loves to offer plenty of recommendation apps, Ness is the newest out there for restaurant recommendations and it’s looking pretty good, indeed.
Unlike other apps, Ness learns about the user’s tastes by getting them to rate their dining experiences at 10 restaurants they’ve visited. Using such data, Ness then determines what kind of things the user enjoys about dining out, then uses that information to recommend other establishments. The more places that the user rates, the more Ness learns and in turn the more accurate the predictions become.
There’s a social element to the app too with recommendations all connected to similarities between people as well as the user’s friends and their preferences. For those who admit that some friends haven’t got the same taste as them, there’s the option to filter them out so they don’t affect the recommendations from within Ness. All this is conducted via Facebook and Foursquare friends so there’s no need to sign up to yet another social network just for the purposes of this app.
A Likeness Engine gives each restaurant a Likeness score out of 100 with filtering options abound throughout. Users can choose to hide places they’ve already rated for instance, ensuring there’s always a new experience around the corner. No big chains can be switched off too thus meaning the little guys get noticed more so.
Ness‘s developers, the appropriately named Ness Computing, don’t plan to stop with food either with future releases promising recommendations for music, shopping, nightlife and entertainment. Eventually, Ness could arrange the ideal night out all from this one simple yet useful app.
It’s out now and it’s a free app. Give it a shot and do report back on how it goes!
Fan of frequenting bars? Single? Live in the US? Then Liquid Fare might just be the ideal socializing app.
Liquid Fare’s developers promise that this app is designed to act as a smartphone wingman enabling its users to find a local bar with just the type of people they desire. It relies on local bar data and information submitted by other Liquid Fare users. Users can submit reviews and other details such as the average age group, style and even attractiveness within the bar.
Search results according to these ratings can then pop up using the iPhone’s GPS facility and users can see how a bar ranks amongst its local competition.
Liquid Fare could really take out the effort in finding the ideal bar for any individual. It’ll certainly be great for those who have just moved to a new area and are trying to figure out where’s right for them.
I’m a bit of a drifter in life without any set plans. I look at a friend of mine who has everything planned out in her future and kind of envy her. It must be nice to be so driven and focused on doing everything just right. While clearly we’re both just different people in how we approach life, an app like 2016 could well keep us both happy.
It’s an app focused on helping its users imagine how they’d like their life to be in 2016. It’s a self help tool, really, to inspire people to achieve these aims. 2016 goes through some standard questions to assess just how the user wants to be in 5 years time. They cover the likes of what kind of property they want to own, what kind of career they want to have, what their relationship status is plus more. In all there are 80 questions about various spheres of the user’s life which should hopefully encompass everything possible.
Users can then record a video letter to themselves in five years time to see how things are going. It’s a pretty cool idea backed up by cloud saving functionality. Of course the only way to know if it works is check back in 5 years. I’m certainly keen to give such things a shot.
2016 is available now and it’s free with a $2.99 full-featured version available via an in-app purchase. A small price to pay surely for the potential future benefits.
It’s really quite easy to get words jumbled up, especially for those not 100% confident with their English language skills when it comes to writing things down. It’s not so much the obvious mistakes that are easily made but more the subtle ones. Things like spelling breach as breech or compliment as complement. Small and subtle but it makes all the difference. For those who are keen to ensure that such blips are a distant memory, an app like WordWit has the potential to not only educate and entertain in its mission to decode the secrets of confusing word usage and spelling.
Hundreds of misused words are paired with the incorrect entry with the user needing to figure it out for themselves. Simple explanations are offered for these variances to ensure that the differences are laid out obviously for those learning their way around the language. There are even handy mnemonics offered to ensure that the correct answer is remembered easily for the future. All of WordWit’s entries have been written from scratch by their team with even the quotes featured throughout carefully researched and chosen for the purpose of educating. The quotes themselves are frequently educational too which is always a benefit.
Crucially, WordWit maintains the fun factor with quizzes available to keep things entertaining as well as educational. The ideal way for any student to learn in particular. The quiz functionality isn’t the only way to learn though with the option to look up specific words or browse the selection too.
For the word addict, it’s also possible to suggest words that the developers may have missed out first time thus hopefully ensuring that they feature in future updates.
Fun and a way of learning something. What more could be needed in an app? WordWit is out now for $1.99.
A few years ago, I read the book Yes Man. It’s a concept that no doubt many have heard of – simply say yes to everything. EVERYTHING! It sounds simple, but it’s not. Just think about all the opportunities that might arise. They’re not all things that would be sensible to say yes to. Still, sometimes it’s a good idea to bite the bullet and say yes to something unconventional.
The Personal Decision Recorder won’t make anyone say yes to anything but it will allow them to keep track of what they said. It’s an interesting idea as I know I certainly lose track of things. The app offers more, too, in the guise of a mood indicator and a way of keeping note of the origin of the question. It even works out percentages and graphs too which could be useful for the user who worries that they say yes or no too much.
It’s out now priced at $1.99. Potentially that $2 could be a great way of reassessing a person’s life!
We all know that recycling is great for the planet but how often do we actually remember to recycle? I know I’m pretty terrible for it especially when in the midst of a busy week. So how about a way of being rewarded for doing so? There’s a new app on the horizon that promises to do exactly that.
It’s called RecyclePix and it allows users to snap and share their photos of their recycling actions at any time and anywhere. Once taken, such photos can then be used to earn Greenopolis Rewards Points which can then be redeemed for real rewards such as discounts at places like Domino’s Pizza and exclusive deals with Marriott Hotels. More offers are planned such as discount cinema tickets once the app is launched next week.
It looks like a pretty neat idea, offering a genuine reason to recycle as well as being a fun and social way of saving the planet. There’s even a form of community set with users able to vote on photos submitted by others thus gaining extra points.
RecyclePix is set to be released August 4th. It’ll be interesting to see how it takes off. I for one will certainly be checking it out.
Dreaming is a uniquely human activity. Philosophers, thinkers and psychologists have long encouraged others to use the power of their dreams to become better people, solve their problems or even predict the future. Developer AppMania brings six of these “dream books” to a new universal app, using the writings of Sigmund Freud, Gustavus Miller, Nostradamus, Hasse and Bulgarian foreteller Vanga to help modern iOS users interpret and understand their own dreaming selves.
DreamBook allows interested users to search a large database, with a purported 11,000 different dream interpretation data points. In addition, developers allow users to submit dreams that are unable to be interpreted within the app – unfound dreams will be added to future updates after being interpreted.
The app includes Facebook and Twitter integration, for those inclined to share their innermost dreaming selves, as well as Retina Display graphics and support for iOS 3.1 through 4.3.
DreamBook is live in the App Store and available now for the low price of $0.99.
The App Store isn’t just about innocent or casual thrills, there’s a more sensual and sexy side to it too, now that Apple has relaxed their rules on such things. A perfect example of this is iKamasutra, an app very much for the adult iOS device owner with a focus on spicing up its user’s love life.
The standard app priced at $2.99 comes bundled with 110 different sexual positions for users to try out with their loved one. 9 categories exist in all, with each entry featuring easy to follow explanations and tasteful imagery to demonstrate the result. Users can track their progress from Novice to Master by marking the positions they’ve tried. They can also search for their ideal positions depending on Intimacy, Complexity and Strength levels. Even favorite and to do lists can be created for the organised user. Fortunately there’s also a way of password protecting the app to ensure privacy remains.
For the user who can’t decide from so many different positions, they can also simply shake the iOS device for a random position to be chosen. To add a bit of spice in the user’s partner’s day, positions can be emailed from within the app. Information can even be shared through Facebook or Twitter for the more exhibitionist user. Exhibitionists might also enjoy the Places challenge, purchaseable for $0.99, which keeps track of where users have their fun, not just how.
For $2.99, users get the most popular 110 positions but for an additional $1.99, users can now unlock the Summer Selection which adds 30 new water based positions that can be performed in the (private) swimming pool, in the shower, at sea or in the surf. For the same fee, users can also unlock either the Pro or Ancient Selections for even more options.
Open minded iOS device owners looking to add a bit of spice to their love life are sure to enjoy such an app. The frugal user can even download the iKamasutra Lite app which comes with 30 positions, before taking the plunge with the full app. Both apps are available now. Enjoy!
Exclusively brought to consumers by the U.S Air Force comes the release of the Last.fm Festival app. It’s an app that sets out to make it easy for Last.fm users to find out which of more than 4500 upcoming festivals are most compatible to their musical interests, as determined by previous music choices.
Using a mixture of Last.fm’s ‘scrobbling’ and its recommendation technology, personalized and informed suggestions are offered ensuring that users will always know which festivals cater best to their interest. The more they scrobble and interact with the service, the more accurate the results.
The app offers up a personalized compatibility score for each show rather than just a list, as well as offering up a recommended lineup and bio information on each band at the show. Users can also search by location, date, genre or festival name as well as by compatibility.
For now, the service is exclusive to users within the U.S., but similar apps are promised in the upcoming months for other countries.
Last.fm Festivals is available now and it’s a free download.
There’s a bizarre sense of fun in keeping track of statistics. This differs from person to person but there are a great many people whose brains just work better when dealing with facts and figures. An app like Life Stats could be just what these people need.
It’s a new app that enables users to see at a glance just how they spend their life. It calculates how much time and what percentage of a person’s life has been spent participating in various activities from sleeping to sitting to showering. The app can then organize a top 10 of most popular activities amongst their friends and post the results on their Facebook wall.
It’s an intriguing looking app that could be great fun. Underneath that frivolous exterior, Life Stats could also be a great way of reassessing one’s life. Feel like too much time is spent on Facebook or watching TV? Use the app to work out how you can adjust things to better suit one’s life.
Life Stats is a neat idea all round and it’s available now as an universal app and for the price of a few seconds time to download it.
As the advert loves to state, Red Bull gives you wings. It also now gives you a global sports, cultural and lifestyle magazine by the name of The Red Bulletin.
This new app for the iPad promises high end magazine content with up to an hour of video and animation throughout. It features numerous interviews with artists and athletes such as baseball star Tim Lincecum as well as features on the likes of art work from Banksy. Other subjects such as base jumping and formula 1 motor racing also feature.
It’s a new venture for the drinks company and it certainly makes for a pretty impressive looking magazine with the issue designed specially for iPad owners, taking advantage of the technology behind the device.
The Red Bulletin app also gives access to the international issue which contains a feast of the best stories from all the print editions as well as the exclusive content.
Best of all, it’s a free app for iPad owners enabling them to gain a free issue for the month of June.
Increasingly few people in this modern era work solely on weekdays. Many people, such as myself in the past, work on a rota system meaning that they might work anything from 8 days on to 4 days off or 4 days on and 3 days off, all depending on their type of work. An app such as Workdays aims to help users know exactly what is coming up next with their rota so that they can plan ahead easily.
The app calculates the schedule according to how many days are worked before a set amount of holiday. It can then calculate this for a number of months into the future thus ensuring that the user always knows what’s coming up. Workdays are colored in grey while days off are more colorful making it easy to just glance at the calender and determine if the user is working on that day.
The color scheme can be changed according to preference and users can create and edit appointments and events for each date making Workdays a pretty flexible tool for the shift worker.
In an ever frugal world, being able to save the pennies while not sacrificing enjoyment is a big thing. Along comes BiteHunter, an app that searches thousands of sources to bring its users the best dining deals all through a real-time interface.
Through the GPS functionality, users can view nearby deals on a map or via a list, then filter the results by price, rating, type of food and numerous other options.
BiteHunter promises more than 50,000 local deals in all covering the entire of the country. Daily deals such as those from Groupon and LivingSocial are implemented here as well as restaurants’ tweets. Then the deals are divided up according to whether it’s a deal for a specific day, a certain percent or amount off or simply if it’s happy hour.
Food connoisseurs can always search for a specific restaurant too and then read reviews from multiple sources and see a menu. In some cases it’s even possible to reserve a table right from the app.
BiteHunter looks like a great way of saving some precious pennies and it’s a free download available now for all iOS devices.
Wine is a great delight to drink. To many, it’s as great a joy to collect as it is to drink. Such people might be rather pleased to see an app such as My Wine Cellar which aims to help them keep track of their collection in an attractive and useful way.
The app which is currently available for free, allows users to track their wine from purchase to wine tasting notes. Designed by Australian fine wine supplier, Oz Bouquet, the app is clearly designed precisely for the wine drinker’s interest.
For each bottle, the user is able to add information such as the name, brand, vintage, category such as if it’s a sparkling wine and the country of origin. Users can then add more personal information such as when they took a drink of it, an appropriate occasion, the price and any other notes such as how it tasted. This can be further enhanced by adding ratings out of 5 stars for color, smell, taste and the overall manner of the wine.
For easy consultation, users can customize each bottle with the relevant shape, color and label to aid as a quick reference tool. It’s easy enough to get everything set up just how the user wants things to be laid out, and the interface makes for an attractive wine cellar style look.
Besides being great for the individual user to quickly check their collection, My Wine Cellar could be a great tool at a dinner party. Users could demonstrate to their friends their collection so that they can easily check what wine they fancy trying with their meal. Or of course, the owner can always simply gloat at their impressive collection.
Finally, there’s the ever trusty ability to share wine notes via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.
My Wine Cellar is out now for all iOS devices and it’s a free download.
Apps aimed at helping save shoppers money seem to be all the rage at the moment. So Pacific Sunwear (or PacSun as many consumers may recognise it as) has chipped in with their own effort.
PacSun offers quite a few features for its customers. There’s push notification which informs consumers when they’re near a PacSun location via the GPS integration. They are then sent targeted messages about any discounts or deals going on at the time. Users can also scan QR codes that are on window displays, in-store advertisements or in magazines. These QR codes then allow the user to listen to music from popular New Zealand rock band, The Naked and Famous, as well as take a look at behind the scenes videos and even acquire coupon codes.
Finally, users can search and buy PacSun products right from their iPhone. They can also create and save outfits made up of PacSun products to see how different combinations would work as well as share them with friends.
PacSun, powered by Usablenet, is available now as a free download and is compatible with all iOS devices.
So in the grand old country of the United Kingdom of Britain or just plain old Britain as Brits such as I prefer to call it, the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton is extremely imminent.
Indeed, it’s next Friday! Feels like only yesterday that the date was announced and a good friend of mine cursed the fact that they’re marrying on the same weekend as Them (my friend’s getting hitched two days afterwards). Us Brits will be enjoying a day off to enjoy watching the Royal people wander around and mingle. Plus we, as well as the rest of the world, can enjoy The Royal Wedding app courtesy of NBC News.
It’s a free download that works for all iOS devices. It comes with over 300 photos and more than 40 NBC News royal reports, both new and archive footage from the NBC News Archives. Latest news is also included. On a lighter note, there’s an interactive royal family tree so you can learn plenty of facts about the key members of the family and the app even comes with ideas for how to host your own Royal Wedding tea party and what appropriate food you could prepare.
Get downloading now and revel in your Royalist side in time for the Wedding next week.
Every now and then, an app comes along that makes you scratch your head in wonder at just how it works. One such app is What’s On Air. It kind of reminds me of the traffic alert system on my car radio but while I understand that, I’m intrigued as to how What’s On Air figures things out.
You see, this app keeps track of your favorite music then detects what songs and bands are playing currently on all manners of internet radio stations. Once it’s tracked the song or band name down, it can then switch to that station with the shake of your iOS device. Plus you can always browse through what’s currently being played on air.
There’s more too with multitasking meaning you can listen from outside of the app and you can browse through information about your favorite band courtesy of Wikipedia, YouTube and a full discography.
Priced at $1.99, What’s On Air looks set to be an ideal way of ensuring you get the best out of the radio airwaves.
Directed Electronics, manufacturers of Viper vehicle security products and developers of the Viper SmartStart app, have released a new accessory called the Viper SmartStart GPS. This vehicle accessory, available for $299.99, can be used either as a standalone device, or interfaced with Directed Electronics security and remote start systems to provide expanded access to users’ vehicles through the Viper SmartStart app.
Some of the new features included through the Viper SmartStart app include a vehicle locator, which shows you where your car is located, as well as its speed and directed. You can also share your car’s location via text, email, or even through social networks. Now, this may seem like a tremendously dangerous use of geolocation in social media, but you can get notifications if your vehicle is moved without your approval. As well, you can check to find out if your vehicle exceeds a certain speed, so if little Johnny has a distaste for speed limits, you can get notified when he’s going too quickly for your tastes, and have your belt ready when he comes home to deliver some corporal punishment. These features are available as part of the Secure Service Plan for $5/month.
For just under $6/month, you can add a variety of additional features to the Viper SmartStart app. You can create a virtual ‘smart fence’ so that if you vehicle leaves the specified zone, you’ll be alerted. As well, you can create zones that will alert you if your car enters there. You can also set up schedules for when you’ll be notified of all these features. As well, if your Viper SmartStart GPS is integrated with a Viper system, you can access all the standard Viper features, like starting your engine remotely, locking and unlocking doors, popping the trunk, and honking the horn. The 2.2 update that supports these features is available right now for free from the App Store.
Technology is miraculously advancing on a daily basis; food ordering has advanced at a far, far slower pace. We have these advanced smartphones, yet we still have to call up restaurants and give them our order over the phone when we want to order food, and of course, this leads to incorrect orders thanks to human error. This is downright barbaric! Surely, there must be a better way! SeamlessWeb says, yes, there is! Their app lets users order food for both pickup and delivery from over 6500 restaurants in 27 cities. You can find the closest restaurants to you, choose restaurants based on ratings, cuisine, estimated delivery time, and pay with your credit card from within the app. You can save your credit card, ordering addresses, and re-order your favorite meals within the app. The app has been updated recently to 1.5.22, adding support for the Retina Display and multitasking. If you’re one of those Android-owning heathens, you can get the app for your phone as well. The app is free across all platforms, and is available now, to solve what is truly one of the greatest first world problems.
Ever wonder how many times someone has asked the exact same thing of you? Yeah me neither. If you did, though, then HowManyTimes might be just the app for you!
If you live with someone who constantly nags you to do the same things over and over again, or maybe you want to keep track of just how many times your buddy asks to borrow $10, you can use HowManyTimes to track those statistics.
For $0.99, HowManyTimes lets you keep score for multiple different phrases and multiple people too. Amongst other things, you can customise what phrase in case it’s something non-standard and you can email the scoreboard to the offending person so they know exactly what they’ve been up to. You can use it the other way too, demonstrating through the power of stats just how many times you’ve reminded someone of something. Hopefully it’ll get the message across.
I feel kind of fortunate when looking at such apps as I don’t really suffer from any nagging but I’ve got a feeling that HowManyTimes could be a pretty fun novelty app for couples out to tease each other, or maybe even for kids who are desperate to get their point across to a parent.
I’m immensely fortunate to be relatively free of food allergies, bar an intolerance to pork. Having cooked frequently for those who are allergic to various food types however, I appreciate the importance of avoiding such products.
Cooking can be a slightly worrying experience when you’re so concerned about feeding your guests interesting but allergy free meals. Fortunately, Allergy Free Entertaining wants to help you with that problem. For $4.99, it offers 120 recipes to cover all manners of allergies from nuts, eggs, dairy and those in need of a gluten or wheat free diet.
You can search in the app for specific allergy free options and it also provides you with an alternative ingredients list if you’re dealing with someone with numerous allergies.
It covers everything from children’s parties to lunch boxes and just regular dinner ideas. The recipes certainly look tasty too with a variety of different meal types ensuring you’ll never be stuck for choice.
Hopefully, not only will Allergy Free Entertaining provide safe recipe alternatives but it’ll also make meals a lot more interesting!
Allergy Free Entertaining is priced at $4.99. A Lite version is also available covering 10 recipe ideas.
I wish I knew something about wine. I enjoy wine. I know what I like about wine. But I have to rely on advice and iPhone apps in order to have a clue about them. By the looks of things, WineStein Pro is right up my street offering some pretty comprehensive information on all things wine.
WineStein Pro is a wine calculator, basically. You enter the meal you’re planning on eating, right down to how you’re preparing each ingredient, tap the button and WineStein Pro determines the best wine to go with it. Giving you a score out of 10 as to its compatibility, WineStein Pro explains what type of wine it is (such as red or white, dry or not), what kind of price you should expect to pay (using Euros as a guide rather than dollars) and the grapes used. If you pay the $2.99 annual subscription fee, you can also look at more than one result and filter according to wine type and price if you’re on a budget.
It’s all pretty comprehensive covering more than 2000 ingredients, 600 wine types and hundreds of sauces. While an internet connection is needed to process the calculations, WineStein Pro has pretty much everything covered. It’s free to download and the extra options such as filtering and more variety is only $2.99 for a year or $0.99 for a quarter. Plus it’s an universal app. What more could you ask for?