Grilled to Perfection

If you’ve ever struggled with cooking meat on the grill, or just know someone who has (hey, Dad!), the iGrill2 is exactly the kind of gadget you need. This “rugged grilling thermometer” is designed to help you (or that “friend” of yours who is terrible at grilling) cook your meal to perfection. All you have to do is insert the thermometer’s probes; up to four different meats can be tracked at one time. The iGrill2 then syncs with a connected app on your smartphone so you can keep track of the [... more]

In the Jungle

Long subway commutes and road trips can leave you searching for entertainment that you could easily carry with you. This has largely been taken care of by smartphone gaming apps, but oftentimes playing on a small, hard-to-control touch screen gets frustrating quickly. The Razer Junglecat ($100) phone case is designed to make the gaming experience on your phone a much more enjoyable and efficient one. The case is designed with a D-pad, ABXY action buttons and bumpers on a sliding gamepad case that is lightweight and ultra-slim, making [... more]

A Smart Weigh In

The Smart Body Analyzer from Withings ($149.99) puts the average household scale to shame. Unfortunately, watching our weight usually isn’t the only health risk we have to be concerned about. Using this new one-stop health tracking system, you can keep track of weight, as well as body composition, heart rate, and even the air quality that you breathe. The scale tracks three areas of body composition: weight, fat mass and BMI (body mass index), with exceedingly precise accuracy and reliability. You have the ability to track your [... more]

Turn Lost Into Found

Never lose your keys or other valuables again with the new Bluetooth Stick-N-Find Location Tracker ($50). The device allows you to track up to 20 items at once within 100 feet of your current location. The system is simple; just attach the tracking device to whatever item you choose and let the Bluetooth technology take care of the rest. Available for compatible iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, the device uses the free Radar app so you can track objects with your mobile device. The technology also [... more]

Appily Ever After

You can kiss your wedding planner goodbye. Appy Couple ($35 one-time fee) takes the concept of a wedding web site to the next level, allowing you to not only share information and interact with your guests but also keep all the details organized in one location. From RSVPs and directions to photos and videos, this ultimate wedding web site and app simplifies the wedding-planning process, allowing you to focus on more important things. You can also customize the app’s look and layout to best fit your personality [... more]

A Wrist Revolution

Not your ordinary watch, the Rufus Cuff boasts features that far surpass the mere telling of time. With an advanced touch-screen like the one on a smartphone, Web access, and downloadable applications, this complex device becomes much more valuable than your other trusty timepieces. Additionally, a built-in microphone, speaker, and camera allow you to answer and place voice or video calls right from your wrist and your connected iPhone or Android. Reserve one now and you could be sporting your own by September. One look at the Rufus [... more]

A Virtual Whiskey Sommelier

A glass of bourbon after a grueling day can be a refreshing thing. So can a nightcap out with old friends. Choosing the right bourbon is half the battle. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. Distiller is like having a whiskey aficionado living inside your iPhone or iPad. You choose the setting of where you’ll be enjoying your drink (on the patio, at a bar, by a fireplace, etc) and your taste preferences, and Distiller creates a tailored list of recommendations, complete with tasting notes and a [... more]

Picture Perfect

Taking videos with your phone represents a great technological achievement—provided you hold your phone correctly. One of my biggest Internet pet peeves is videos shot by “videographers” who record while holding their phones vertically. Sure, it looks fine on your phone, but once you post it online, the two black bars take over most of the screen. The Horizon app offers a solution to this problem by helping anyone compensate for a bad shot. The innovative app, available on iOS, allows you to shoot horizontal video from [... more]

Navigation for Your Bike

A new app created by Schwinn provides GPS for your bike. The CycleNav Smart Bike Navigator, free on Apple’s App Store, pairs with a handlebar-mounted navigation unit that gives riders visual and audio directions. When the device, which sells for $59.99, connects to a smart phone via Bluetooth, the rider can put away his or her phone and use both hands to steer the bike. CycleNav includes features that allow riders to pick the shortest route, create custom trips, and will repeat the last instructions. As an [... more]

Feed the Pig

Back in the day, you deposited coins in a pig-shaped container destined to meet his demise when the time came. Now, the piggy bank has evolved for the 21st century. Porkfolio, a modern coin bank and app, electronically keeps track of your money while also helping you set goals. With a nose that lights up when you feed him spare change, the little piglet comes in a variety of colors and connects to most smart phones. Kids can learn money management with the help of this smart [... more]

Digital Storyteller

Of late, whenever Facebook launches a new mobile app, it’s a lackluster affair. The app doesn’t catch fire and eventually fizzles out. However, with their new Paper app, I think they may have finally figured out mobile. Paper offers a user experience very similar to Flipboard. Basically, it arranges information the way the mobile version of Newsfeed should. It helps you organize your feed into different sections (i.e. News, Humor, Tech, etc.) and maintains all the Facebook functionality you would find with its original app. You can [... more]

And the Beat Goes On

Making an appearance on many Top 100 Free Apps lists, Beats Music recreates the way we listen to music on our phones. The app streams “the right music at the right time,” pulling from more than 20 million tunes. If you don’t know what you are in the mood for, Beats Music allows you to fill in the blanks of a “sentence” and it plays music to fit your mood. For example, “I’m at a party & feel like dancing with my BFF to Pop music.” The [... more]

Show and Tell

If you have ever seen photos in your Instagram feed with text overlaid and wondered, “How’d they do that?”, this is the app that does that. Over allows you to use beautiful typography to give a little more flair and personality to your photos. Add a witty caption or use text to convey the emotion that the photo elicits at the moment. Text is fun. Photos are fun. Blending the two makes for an amazing photo-sharing experience. Over is iPhone-exclusive (for now) and is only $.99 in [... more]

Attractive Outlook

Weather apps are a dime a dozen. What makes Weather Dial stand out among those from The Weather Channel or Yahoo? First and foremost, the design. Weather Dial looks amazing and worthy of an Apple product. But it isn’t just about beauty. It also contains the brains to back it up. Self-described by the company as “a digital version of what Einstein and George Clooney’s baby would have looked like,” the app taps Forecast.io’s advanced weather tracking technology to give you the most precise forecasts possible in [... more]

Making Chores Fun

There’s an app for everything. Even for getting your kids to do their chores. But ChoreMonster makes responsibility fun for both parents and kids. Parents set their own login that allows them to create to-do lists, a reward and points system, and due dates for different chores around the house. Kids can then log in to see what they need to do that day and receive parental approval for completed tasks to earn points. Points can be redeemed for custom rewards such as an extra hour of [... more]

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