Consider me some sort of Rip Van Winkle. I mean, I understood that iOS 7 was coming out, but I don't think I was fully ready for the complete overhaul that occurred. In my haste to decipher my phone as it was freaking me out, I entirely forgot to buy my poor princess Olive her wet cat food. Consider the shredded cardboard at home an act of aggression that won't stand, man, and get yourself the preeminent free shopping-list app, AnyList.
When you work as a freelancer, or in any form of independent contract work, you often need to be fluent and literate in legalese. Sometimes you may have to enter agreements via the internet's Mos Eisley, Craigslist, and you're looking for even just a shred of protection. Have no fear; Shake is here. With a few simple taps and values entered, you can show the world that your legal kung fu is better than theirs.
Shopping for school supplies is rough, and they just don't make Lisa Frank stickers like they used to. It's that time of year for back to school sales at J.C. Penney, and for the smell of fresh spiral notebooks to fill the air. For all of your scholarly pursuits, relevant or otherwise, we've got another grab bag here to fill you in on some of the smaller apps you might have missed.
Paul Westerberg from The Replacements once quoted his bassist Tommy Stinson, "I hate music. Sometimes I don't. I hate music, it's got too many notes." In this day and age, we've got so many content delivery systems, we're suffering from information overload. Between iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and even just perusing YouTube, discovering anything new out there can be a grating endeavor. Sure, all of those services connect you to independent artists, but how can you find them without being drowned out by all of the major labels? Do you have a time machine? Because inquiring minds want to know.
As August begins, and the insane heat subsides from much of the country to give way to a more survivable warmth, the window to celebrate the longer days begins to close. The time to seize your summer is now! Barbecues! Beer! Driving with the windows down! Forgoing socks! Well, that's not for everybody. These are some of the quick hits from the the app store worth checking out while you're in the shade or in beach traffic.
Usually on Free App Friday, we're all about the underground. Whether it's something just fun to mess around with, or an app that looks like it can improve your life, we strive to shine a spotlight on the under-loved corners of the App Store. While we've covered corporate apps in the past, they tend to serve some function of the brand they represent. Well thanks to the powers of editorial carte-blanche, we're going to take a look into Play Fanta: Saving the Source. The only goal here is to make you want to drink Fanta-- and it's still rad. I still can't believe I'm saying that.
Let's talk about your mobile note-taking skills. Sure, there are many brilliant options out there to take down your thoughts, and while many exceed the utility of paper in terms of connectivity, for the most part they do not actually exceed the boundaries of their paper brethren. Enter Grid by Binary Thumb, a place where ideas are conceived and plans are made using a tile format.
Hey listen, I'm not trying to tell you how to live your life or anything, it's just that you're doing it wrong. Sure, it's nice to go for the occasional Jetpack Joyride, but engaging with the real world is fun. You remember fun, right? YourExtraLife is an augmented reality project designed to challenge its members into venturing into the hot sun -- or staying in and watching a trilogy on Netflix -- and push them into areas outside of their normal comfort zone.
Independence Day has come and gone, and Bill Pullman hasn't made any speeches about taking back Earth. Alas, first contact will have to wait for another year. Hopefully Will Smith is still up for it when the aliens finally do come, but in the meantime, let's highlight some great free apps that slipped through the cracks over June.
If you read the trades, talk to developers, or simply open your eyes while looking at the App Store, you'll notice that content curation and delivery apps have been the rage for the past year. While services like Rockmelt have provided your own controls for content curation, Rockpack hopes to give you complete dominion over your video content.