Listen, it's a not a well-kept secret that you buy more things from a 7-Eleven than you'd like to admit. The reason? Well, we've all been in that rush that only the most prolific convenience store in America can help sate. In the ever-growing tradition of chains with an app out on the marketplace, 7-Eleven takes the plunge and brings you closer to that Big Gulp you're pretending not to crave.
Let's say you enjoyed the holidays a bit too much. Also, if we're really being honest, you probably enjoyed January too much as well. There are a number of apps that track your health and fitness, such as the ever-excellent Nike+, but Moves excels at doing something different-- it tracks you passively.
If you're a parent or you're around children with any regularity at all, you know that the kids are going to get their hands on your iOS device. There is nothing you can do about this, so accept inevitability and put their interest to good use. Still, the number of valid educational apps out there is sadly limited. Thankfully, the good folks who made Sesame Street's There's A Monster at the End of This Book bring to us Endless Alphabet.
Taking the sting out of chores is nothing new. In fact, there are a number of avenues ranging from activity books for children to the ever-entertaining Chore Wars. However, it's rare in Free App Friday that we get the chance to share an app that's as useful for parents as it is for the twenty-something looking for pizza money in the couch.
Imagine, if you will, a scenario where you're a busy sometimes tech journalist who is in his mid-twenties and lives in an urban environment. Despite successfully not burning down his apartment by the year 2013, this would hardly qualify as resounding success in the culinary world. Escoffier Cook's Companion isn't going to teach you how to cook-- but if you've got even a smidgen of experience, it will make cooking that much easier.
After a short holiday hiatus, Free App Friday has returned! This week's selection, Ruzzle, may "boggle" your mind with its roots in a certain Parker Brothers turned Hasbro property, but the game puts its own spin on the word-finding classic.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and once your tryptophan high is on hold you're going to have to find a normal way to sleep. The creators of the fantastic SleepPhones (http://www.sleepphones.com/) have a companion app out there designed to help you drift off with the soothing sounds of the sea, white noise and piano music to lull you into a slumber. Beware the drool.
Here at Mac|Life, we're normally not in the business of encouraging poor life choices that take place after midnight with our Free App Friday selections, but this time it's different. In fact it may be cause for celebration, as we doth declare Woot!
Last week in Free App Friday, we took a look at Fix-It Felix Jr., a movie tie-in app for the celebration of retro gaming taking place in Wreck-It Ralph. However, if I were going to be completely honest, as fun as Fix-It was, that was a representation of a bygone era even by the time I first held up an NES controller. This week we celebrate a free app that harkens to a time that thumbs were blistered, giant robots and monsters were slain, and the guns were entirely unrealistic and awesome.