Cooking is a science that I don't seem to be catching on to, which is a bit of a bummer. I can make your basic dish of pasta and vegetables and things of that nature, but when it comes to the more complicated stuff -- like making pie crust from scratch or a Vegan dish that isn't bland -- I really need help. Recipe apps like Epicurious are fantastic when you know what you want to make for dinner, but they don't work if you're feeling uninspired.
There are only a few apps we’d want to take with us on a desert island, but one of them is 1Password, the acclaimed cross-platform login and password manager for desktop and mobile devices. Now, security expert Norton has decided to challenge the best with its new Identity Safe.
I don't know anything about building houses, or furnishing them. I've been living in apartments for the past five years and as I'm looking toward the future, to a place that's big enough for a dog and without a chronic mold problem, I'm consulting design magazines and perusing blogs for ideas on how to decorate and get the best use of space. Houzz Interior Design Ideas has over 200,000 beautiful photos of interior design, and links to where you can purchase everything that is featured. The app also offers ideabooks from guest posters with pictures of their own dwellings, as well as a "yellow pages" section where you can seek our general contractors, designers, and other professionals in your area to hire for your project. And, if you sign up, you can join in the community of other designers to share ideas.
This has happened to me too many times before: I buy a pair of shoes at full price one week, only to discover that they're 20% off a few days later. It's definitely what you'd call a "first world problem," but it's infuriating. I would have loved to save the $20 and put it toward a bag of groceries or, more frivolously, a belt to match those shoes. ShopAdvisor for your iPad can help you avoid these kind of situations by bookmarking the product you're looking for and alerting you when it falls below a certain price.
Verizon Wireless customers often feel like they live in some kind of safe haven from the evils of Ma Bell (i.e., AT&T) -- that is, until the Big Red carrier starts acting just like their competitor. The $30 upgrade fee has clearly irritated their most loyal users, but given how AT&T charges $36 for the same thing, this controversy is likely to fade away until you actually have to fork over for a lust worthy phone. But that day isn’t today, so sit back and lower your blood pressure with some tech news for Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
Okay, what are you doing this weekend? You're probably going to try and catch up on your favorite television shows, right? You should consider forfeiting that time to learn about the periodic table instead. No, I'm serious. And if you can do it for free and with your iPad, why wouldn't you?
It’s been a long and winding road for Apple subsidiary FileMaker, but this week all roads lead to one place: FileMaker Pro 12, the company’s latest major update to their flagship database software, which aims to “instantly create stunning databases” while making the cost of admission cheaper than ever before for mobile users.
I found this gem on the front page of the App Store and it's a delight. The app takes you through a tour of the world's most beautiful sites and lets you pinpoint your favorites for future jet-setting adventures. Fotopedia Heritage also offers high resolution photos for use as wallpapers on any of your iOS devices, as well as interactive maps to see where everything is in the world in relation to where you're located. It's a fun little free travel journey and is sure to instill a sense of adventure.
Last night, instead of watching the Mad Men season premiere, I was playing Draw Something. But it wasn't just me: Susie was playing it, and our contributing writers were playing it, and basically we were all hanging out somewhere in our respective houses last night trying to guess each other's doodles.
Draw Something, if you don't know, is an iOS (and Android!) game that basically lets you play Pictionary with friends. It's primarily developed by Omgpop, but because of its crazy popularity -- 20 million downloads five weeks after launch -- Zynga jumped in and threw the company $180 million. We're not quite sure what exactly has piqued the interest of so many users, but it's now our favorite way to spend Saturday afternoon.
Has anybody been doing anything else on their iPhones besides playing Draw Something? I know I haven't. You wouldn't believe how many hours I've wasted playing co-workers, friends, and various Mac|Life readers on Draw Something this week. When I can finally peel away from Draw Something, I know I'll want to finally book hotels for that trip I'm taking this summer down to Southern California. Hotels.com's iPad app can help me out.