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  • This Augmented Reality App Will Remove Ads From Your Daily Commute [Video]

    Every time the NYC MTA raises its fares, which seems to happen more and more often, we are told how lucky we are to pay so little for their great system of slow, stinky trains and rat-infested, steamy underground stations. What we pay is just a fraction of the cost of getting us all from one place to another. Where does the rest of the money come from? Ads! While we’re waiting for our train or trying to avoid eye contact with fellow riders, we are forced to read ads for reality shows we’ll never watch or plastic surgeons we’ll never visit. For the most part, the ads are uninteresting and extremely repetitive. But now there’s an app to save us from the banality of Madison Avenue. NO AD, a collaboration between Re+Public and the Subway Art Blog, is a free app for iOS and Android that uses augmented reality to replace ads with artwork. You just hold your phone or tablet up at the station and dozens of common ads that are recognized by the software are replaced with ever-changing works of art. As time goes on, more and more ads will be added that the app will recognize more »

  • A GIF Keyboard is Coming to IOS

    Forget emoji’s. They’re a thing of the past. The new hottness in the digital keyboard realm are GIFs. Not just any olf GIFs, but a whole keyboard of reaction GIFS. App developer PopKey has created an interesting app that works exactly the same as your emoji platform, only with animated GIFs from your favorite movie, show or video. Just think, literally never having to say another word to anyone via text, ever again. Every question, every answer, ever feeling expressed through the power of the GIF.

  • Amazon Brings Prime Instant Video To Android And It’s A Mess

    This morning started out great for Amazon Prime subscribers who use Android phones with the announcement that Prime Instant Video was finally available for all Android devices. Amazon Prime Instant Video, once home to second-rate horror movies and documentaries made by film students, has become a force to be reckoned with this past year. The addition of HBO’s library earlier this year finally made Amazon a worthy contender against Netflix. But Netflix has had an Android App for years. Upon hearing the news, I excitedly upgraded the Amazon App. A new addition to the dropdown menu appeared—Amazon Instant Video! Finally! I pressed down and was greeted by the same Instant Video screen I had seen so many times on my computer monitor. I decided to revisit HBO’s filthy western Deadwood and hit the big green “Watch” button. Was I whisked away to the dingy whorehouses of Deadwood, South Dakota? Not at all. Instead I was told to download the Amazon video app. And it was only available from Amazon, not the Google Play Store. That meant changing the phone’s security options to allow apps from “unknown sources.” There are plenty of phone users who wouldn’t want to do this and more »

  • Google Glass Can Now Read Your Emotions

    You know how before a date or big interview you anxiously read about body language and facial cues so you can figure out what the other person is really thinking about you? Uh…yeah…me neither. But if your limited social aptitude leaves you with a lack of ability to read emotions, you’re now in luck. Well, at least if you have Google Glass. Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition—SHORE for short—is a new app from a German software team (you know the Germans always make good stuff) that can analyze facial features by comparing your subject to a database of over 10,000. However, you may have to wait for their initial reaction of anger/surprise when they notice you staring at them wearing your Google Glass. On a more serious note, the app actually has some real applications outside of fooling around with friends to see if you can trick it. People with autism often struggle with reading emotions, which can lead to social isolation. With SHORE, they’ll be able to recognize how those around them feel and can react appropriately with confidence. For more info, check out SHORE at the Fraunhofer Institute.

  • Reddit Launches An Official App For AMAs

    Reddit was all over the news this weekend for being one of the ring leaders in the celebrity hacking that they are calling The Fappening. But there was also a significant new product release from the so-called “front page of the Internet” as they are planning to release a dedicated AMA app for iOS, with an Android version arriving later this week reports TechCrunch.

  • Say Goodbye to Productivity with This App That Adds Futuristic Elements to Your Photos

    ‘Matter’ is a new phenomenal app that lets you add futuristic 3D elements to your landscape photos. The app has a wide variety of elements and shapes you can add into the sky, then play with shadows and sunlight to give it an authentic feel. Then, like magic, as if there was a little wizard with photoshop in your phone Matter cuts around buildings and objects, fusing the surreal with reality. You can also create looping videos—similar to a GIF—of these geometrical objects spinning around in your photo. A truly amazing app Salvatore Dali would have killed for. Matter App. Matter from Pixite Apps on Vimeo.

  • LeBron & Samsung Collaborate on App

    Samsung has had some success in the past with exclusive apps and it looks like they’re continuing that model by partnering up with the most famous active athlete on the planet. Their Galaxy-exclusive software hopes to hone in on a younger demographic who wants exclusive content unavailable on other platforms. Their last major partnership was with Jay Z and featured an exclusive look at his Magna Carta album before it was avaible for purchase to the public. The “LeBron” app is an intimate look at the life of the superstar on his way to a third championship run. The app is broken down into 4 categories; Athlete: Photos and videos of his workouts, daily life as an athlete including his routine for getting ready for games, post-game remarks and more NBA Playoffs: LeBron’s season and career highlights along with live scores from the Heat’s playoff games Style: Photos and videos of his classic style, sneakers of the day, off-the-court looks, a radio that plays his favorite songs and more. Journey: Insight into what fuels LeBron off the court including, his charitable work with his Foundation, as well as his home life with his wife and kids. The app is available more »

  • Travel Through Time With Google Maps

    Have you ever wished you were like Sherman and could travel through time with a WABAC machine? A new feature in Google Maps for desktop allows you to see street views from different moments in time and you don’t even need a smug, talking dog like Mr. Peabody picking on you the whole time. Using images from as far back as 2007, you can now use Google Maps to view the construction of epic edifices, such as New York City’s One World Trade Center, or the destructive forces of nature, such as Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2011 earthquake. You can even use it just to get an idea of seasonal weather when planning a vacation. If nothing else, it’s another way to spend hours looking at Google Maps and dreaming of the world outside your dismal cubicle. You know what a 2007 Street View of your office would like? The exact same, except you would look a tad more fit. Head over to Google Maps for more info then start planning your escape.

  • iOS On Your Dashboard With Apple CarPlay

    This morning at the Geneva International Motor Show, Apple announced its rebranded its iOS in the Car as CarPlay. Along with the new name, Apple revealed that the first cars to feature CarPlay will debut at the show from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. So what exactly will CarPlay allow you to do? With the help of Apple’s voice-activated Siri, drivers will be able to keep their eyes on the road while making calls, sending messages, selecting music, and getting navigation help. Don’t worry if you’re not an iTunes user. Apple will allow connectivity to third-party music apps like Spotify and iHeartRadio for your cruising soundtrack. The system will also be predictive, using information from your texts, emails, and searches to figure out where you plan on going without telling it anything. In addition to the aforementioned automakers, Nissan, Peugeot, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, and General Motors will all feature CarPlay in future vehicles. Even Ford, who has been using Microsoft’s Sync voice-command system for years, is said to be a future partner. Soon the CarPlay steering wheel button may be as ubiquitous as seat warmers in autos. Wait, you don’t have seat warmers? Yikes.

  • A New App To Help You Fight Parking Tickets

    Nothing ruins the memory of a good night out like waking up to find a sheet of paper slapped under your windshield wiper. First you’re outraged and ready to take on the man and then – in the words of Tyler Durden – you accept your fate. The bottom line is it’s a hassle to fight it and not worth your time, but with Fixed, it couldn’t be easier. Simply upload a picture of your parking ticket and the Fixed team will do the rest. You don’t pay to contest your ticket, and if you win they charge you just 25% of the fine (listen, it’s not like you were going to fight it anyway).

  • What Was Lost is Now Found: The Nokia Treasure Tag

    Nokia’s recent merger with Microsoft Windows Phone was about the last thing keeping the brand relevant in the states, which is surprising considering the beautiful quality of photos and clean operating system, but lately they’re blowing the lid off of innovation, specifically with a new app called Treasure Tag. The Treasure Tag uses your phone’s Bluetooth/NFC radius to locate an item, and once it strays from that range, it will keep track of the last place it was seen on radar before it went out of range. If only there was an app I could embed in my brain to find my phone to then find my keys to so I can let my child out of the car.

  • Scientists Develop An App That Can Give You Super Human Eyesight

    Can you really improve your vision with an app? According to neuroscientist Aaron Seitz, UltimEyes, the app he developed, will do just that. 20/7.5 vision Through a program of exercises that focus training on the visual cortex, the part of the brain that controls vision, UltimEyes claims that users can read two more lines on the standard eye chart than they could before beginning the system. Obviously, the app will do nothing to help those with poor eyesight caused by physical problems, but through neuroplasticity, those who see already have good eyesight may see improvement. The system involves 4 25-minute sessions a week for 8 weeks, which should then result in better night vision, expanded peripheral vision, and sharper vision. UltimEyes is currently available for the iPad for $5.99. For more info on how it works and to get your copy, check out UltimEyes.

  • Smell Popcorn Through Your IPhone With The Pop Dongle

    Popcorn producer Pop Secret has teamed up with ad agency Deutsch Los Angeles to create a unique iPhone dongle that allows players of Pop Secret’s free Poptopia app to have a popcorn smell released in varying strengths depending on their skill at the game. How can you get this incredible device? As of now, there is just one available and it’s up for auction on ebay. The current price is $160 and the money raised form the highest bidder will be donated to the Red Cross. If you want to be the proud owner of this one of a kind accessory, you better hurry up and make an offer: bidding ends December 13.

  • Lifehack App Helps You Learn To Do Anything in 100 Days

    When designer Karen X Cheng wanted to learn how to dance, she decided to record herself each step of the way so as to learn from her mistakes. Her 100 day learning experience went viral, giving her the idea to share her method through an app. “Give It 100″ challenges users to learn to do whatever they want in 100 days while recording 10-second videos of their progress along the way and sharing them with the world.

  • Painting Morgan Freeman On An iPad Air [Video]

    Artist Kyle Lambert shows that you can use an iPad for much more than just playing Candy Crush on the subway and watching pornography in public with this video of his “finger painting” of Morgan Freeman. He spent over 200 hours on this photo-realistic work of art using only his iPad and Procreate, a $5.99 app that has nothing to do with making babies. This video will probably serve as the greatest advertisement for the app that the developers could wish for. Now excuse me while I go back to adding crude weiners on famous pictures using MS Paint. We’ve all got our niche.

  • Combine All Your Credit And Debit Cards Into One With Coin

    With all the credit cards, debit cards, rewards cards, and gift cards we carry around these days, it can be a pain to keep track of them all and have them handy when we need them. San Francisco-based Coin is aiming to solve the problem by allowing all the cards to be combined into one programmable card. Using their iOS or Android app, you take a picture of your card and swipe it using their headphone jack dongle and it is saved onto your Coin. A small screen on the Coin allows you to choose the correct card before you swipe at the point of sale. If you forget your Coin somewhere, it will alert your phone and then deactivate after a time period you set in the app. With that in mind, your Coin will also deactivate if your phone just happens to die or is in airplane mode so some issues may arise. Early adopters can get the Coin for $50, but the price will rise to $100. Pre-order yours today directly from Coin.

  • Style Watch: Cold Train Gear

      Under Armour Basemap 2.5 baselayer $85 Ideal for cold weather training, the patented negative grid traps ridiculous warmth without adding excess weight, while giving you warmth where you need it./ The Northface Impulse Active Zip $70 Pullover this lightweight, technical layer that’s updated with body-mapped construction and FlashDry fibers for optimal coverage during cool-weather runs./ Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie AW77 3.0 The newest line of premiere goods from Nike, the Tech Fleece Windrunner combines the feel of lightweight fleece with iconic Windrunner style./ Jordan Advance Compression Shorts/pants $30 A high-performance fit not just for basketball, but for training. The Advance Compression shorts support while they move in a body-hugging stretch fit. A competition layer with fabric that pulls sweat from the skin./ Oakley Electroreception Shorts $60 With Oakley’s performance based strategy now breaking into training gear their technology has been put to the test. The stretchy comfort defines the Electroreception Shorts, a durable design that reflects the multi–sport lifestyle of the versatile athlete./ New Balance MT 110 Trail Runner Built in close collaboration with leaders in the sport, this men’s trail runner is built to deliver the optimal race day experience in cold weather./ New Balance Runners Pack $20 Power stretch mesh gusseted pocket holds items securely and expands to hold any size more »

  • Movember App

    Get you Mo on the go with the Gen Mo mobile app for iOS and Android. The 2013 Movember Mobile app has been redesigned and improved to keep your Movember journey headed in the right direction. 

  • 12 Minute Athlete

    So you don’t have a gym membership, equipment and time to get a total body workout? 12 Minute Athlete is a high intensity interval training program of incredibly effective workouts that you can do in around just 12 minutes a day with minimal equipment and no gym membership.

  • The Evolution of The iPhone Camera

    The iPhone camera has been one of the most talked about features since the smartphone’s original release. The phone has since been through a night and day evolution of camera phone technology. Tech App ‘Camera+‘ did a fine comparison aligning the same shot of every iPhone since it’s inaugural launch in 2007. Each shot was taken with a first generation iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, and the new iPhone 5, in three situations showing both the original photo and a detailed view (zoomed to 100%) of each photo. Three distinguishable variables were used to show the different photo properties; A well lit macro setting to test detail and quality of the camera, A skyline shot to test sharpness and saturation. A candle lit low light macro photo to test noise.

  • Gmail Launches Money Sending Google Wallet Feature

    Google is just making enemies left and right, announcing a merge of Google Wallet and Gmail, allowing users to send and receive payments using only their gmail. People still haven’t figured out how to use PayPal and now Google has to go and launch, this painfully easy way to exchange tender? I smell world domination. All transactions will be under the super encrypted Google Wallet Purchase Protection also covers 100% of “eligible unauthorized transactions.” They make it so simple, don’t they?

  • Pizza Compass (App)

    The most important app in your life (If you’re a Ninja Turtle or myself). This ideal app for connoisseurs of a good slice, locating every vendor of pizza within your area or a specific located area. Sure you can use basically any restaurant locator apps and narrow your search down to pizza, but this app has a little pizza slice icon where said pizzeria is located. There’s also a pizza spinner to point in any direction to find that cheesey goodness. Sold. Pizza Compass $1

  • Instagram Releases Web Feed Feature

    As of today, you can now browse your Instagram feed on the web – just like you do on your mobile device. The mobile app has been dedicated to catering to a mobile world for the past few years, but has seen the light (dollar signs) and profitability of allowing a web based viewer to view all of your friends humble brag photos in real time. The news, while exciting, isn’t shocking with sites like staticgr.am ahead of the curve for viewing Instgram photos for web. The only thing left is to allow users to upload from the web, also. Whether or not that will ever be available is still up in the air, but would optimize their full user radius, being that some mobile carriers still don’t have an Instagram app. Go to instagram.com and log in to your account to give it a try.

  • Easily Jailbreak Your iPhone In About 5 Minutes

    Jailbreaking your phone is so incredibly simple and it takes only about 5 minutes. Doing so will give you access a special app store called Cydia, which is full of alternative apps not found in Apple’s official store. Jailbreaking your phone will also allow for an incredible level of customization. System requirements include: A computer, running Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.5 minimum), or Linux (x86 / x86_64) An iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 6.0 through 6.1 (you may check in Settings > General > About > Version) A USB cable to connect the device to the computer Before you start the jailbreaking process make sure you back up your device and go to Evasi0n and download the file associated with your computer’s operating system. 

  • A Facebook App That Tells You Which of Your Friends Gave You The Flu

    With the flu running rampant this time of year, theres a burning desire to see who’s to blame for your sickness. Fast Company discovered a FB app that uses a complex algorithm to scan your friend’s status updates to determine which one of your pals is the culprit responsible for your illness (i.e. “feel terrible,” “run down”) . Mine is Richard Anthony every time. F*ck You Richard Anthony.  

  • The Chameleon Clock

    The Chameleon Clock App is as simple as it is brilliant. The app uses the device’s rear facing camera to show what’s behind the iPad, which in turn blends the device with surrounding area. The clocks color is customizable, so it can pop against the surface better. The Chameleon Clock App is currently available for both the iPad and the iPhone on iTunes.  

  • How to Tie a Tie App

    Artelplus has released a genius app for the tie enthusiast. The app teaches 30 different ways to tie a proper tie, including a mirrored animation that works on your tablet. All instructions are presented in pictures illustrating each step you take. Just select a tie knot you’d like to make, and follow simple and clear instructions – in a minute you’ll end up with a beautifully knotted tie on your own without any help of somebody. Think all tie knots look the same? Try a more complex one, and try not to grab the attention of a boss. A good tie knot makes the man. How to tie a tie $3.99

  • 5 Ways Instagram Can Boost Your Marketing Plan

    From Levi’s to the local craft foods shop, businesses of all sizes are flocking to Facebook’s free photo-sharing app Instagram, hoping to get noticed by its 80 million active users and expand their reach. Available only on Apple iOS and Android, Instagram has emerged as an effective marketing tool. How can you use Instagram to take your marketing to the next level? Start with these five tips…  

  • The Field Trip App for Android

    Field Trip is your virtual tour guide to the world. The app runs in the background of your Android device and whenever you are near something it deems interesting, a notification pops up. It covers everything from historic places and architecture to cool places to eat or grab a drink. Combining info from awesome recommendation services like Thrillist and Zagat, the app will transform your weekend wanderings and trips to new cities.

  • SpeedGlow Speedometer For iPhone

    If you’ve ever tried to adjust your GPS settings while you’re driving, you know it can be tricky and highly dangerous. We can handle a stick shift while drinking a coffee and eating a Egg McMuffin, but leaning over to tap a screen through menus can take our eyes of the road a bit too long. It’s the reason we haven’t been fans of most speedometer apps we’ve come across. SpeedGlow is different, allowing you to control everything with gesture controls instead of menus. Quick swipes and taps are all you need to view more details, change your speed limit alarm (probably a feature you won’t use) and access the heads up display so you can reflect the display onto your windshield at night. Now you can really track your Prius’ 0-60 time.

  • A Grill Masters Best Friend: The iGrill

    As much as we all like to believe we’re super chefs behind the grill at a LDW BBQ, that’s not always the case. Unless you prefer your steaks charred, grilling meat is not always the easiest of tasks. Weight, temperature and heat of your grill are all things, usually overlooked at a summer BBQ, but if you really want to optimize your grilling skills, try this app out. The iGrill is a digital thermometer. But you start the Bluetooth connection of iGrill app on an iPhone or iPad, and is a world of useful features. It has a  multiple-meat temperature that monitoring system that can be modified to fit any cut according to your exact specifications. The  “estimated time to completion” feature comes in clutch, if you’re multitasking, cooking meat, corn and your girlfriend’s cousins veggie burger. Even though, I personally don’t think this feature will come to much use, since most grill masters hold down their in-use grills like a lioness protecting its cubs, you can hook up the feature to bluetooth and an alarm on your iphone will sound off just as your meat is tender and ripe for the eatin’. Zuckerberg just announced a full Facebook integration more »

  • 8 MVP Apps Of The Windows Phone Baseball Bucket List Trip

    Now that the Windows Phone Baseball Bucket List trip is complete we had a chance to step back and look at all the apps that helped make three weeks of life on the road more enjoyable and easier for us. We used several dozen apps throughout the trip but here are the MVPs. Photosynth Sometimes it is hard to convey the awe inspiring sights of MLB ballparks (or places we saw while on the road) in words. For those moments there is no better app to have than Photosynth, a panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas. To keep it simple to understand, Photosynth uses the latest in computer vision techniques to capture 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, making a perfect “sphere.” 4th & Mayor We all know Foursquare. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out for a night on the town and in the morning asked myself “where the heck did I go last night.” Foursquare solves that age old question and 4th & Mayor is a quick, clean Foursquare client on steroids. Using 4th & Mayor we checked in from the top of Fenway’s Green Monster and check more »

  • XLR8 Turns Your Ford Focus Into a Ferrari

    We can’t always hit the road in the wheels we’d like to. A new app called XLR8, however, can at least make your family sedan sound like the sports car of your dreams. Using your phone’s accelerometer, XLR8 plays sounds similar to what your car might sound like if it was something a little fancier. The audio revs up as you start, just like a vehicle does. It idles when you’re stopped at stop lights, and pays attention to your vehicle’s acceleration, responding accordingly. “I’m a race car aficionado as well as a sound designer with a passion for the sound of a well-tuned engine,” Robb Rinard, Creative Director at 2XL told Mashable. “When I was little, I was the kid who would sit at the breakfast table and make race car sounds with my mouth for fun while dreaming about tearing up the track. “When I grew up, I had the great fortune of partnering with programming genius Rick Baltman (he’s done stuff like program Auto Pilot in unmanned spy planes). It was Rick who made my idea for XLR8 a reality.” The app uses Hollywood recordings of real supercars. While it’s designed to be used in your car more »

 
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