An App for That
Learning a new language can be a daunting task, but luckily there’s a number of apps that can help.
While most stick to teaching vocabulary and the basic phrases you’re most likely to use, one app designed to teach English to Japanese students includes a number of interesting idioms.
Scheduling a coffee date can be a logistical nightmare, a whirling dance of quick back-and-forth emails: “Where should we go?”; “What neighborhood are you in?”; “Do you have a favorite spot?”; “You pick the place, I’ll be there!”; “What time is best for you?”; and finally the sociopathic, “I’m up for anything!”
Up For Coffee is an app that wants to streamline the whole process so that you can skip the chatter and save time for more important daily hassles. It was created by eCoustics.com founder Brian Mitchell, who bootstrapped the production costs to build the app as a side-project. Read More
The time is coming when millions of college kids are about to take on new roommates, and if it’s their first time, they’ve got some mean surprises in store. They’re going to eat all of the food without asking, leave the bathroom a disgusting mess, and have sex loudly no matter if their roommate is home or not.
Luckily, now there’s an app that helps co-living virgins deal with all of the awkwardness involved with rooming with someone who was, let’s say “brought up differently.” HomeSlice is a command center for new roommates that helps manage their new living situation so they don’t have to resort to awkward, post-meltdown conversations. Read More
Ah, the first days of summer, when haven’t installed your air conditioner, and therefore spend days and days sweating through bed sheets until you can’t take it anymore. But maybe it’s not that you’re too lazy to drag your AC out from the floor of your closet — maybe you don’t even own an AC.
In that case, Uber has you covered. For the next three weekends, Uber is teaming up with product design company Quirky to deliver air conditioners to New Yorkers to help promote Aros, Quirky’s new smart air conditioner. You just punch in the code UberCOOL into the Uber app you already have, and pony up $300. Read More
We’re in manic weather swing-season here in New York City, which means that the sun will soon shine on the Eastern seaboard and someone will have the bright idea of bringing you to Central Park for an afternoon.
It’s easy to find smartphone apps that objectify models—like this Kate Upton live wallpaper app (“Sexy unofficial live wallpaper with Kate Upton in a bikini staring you down while trying to distract you with her boobs”) or this one that’s literally just a collection of HD photos from the 2013 Victoria’s Read More
Get ready to be wowed by the power of modern technology to solve very minor pain points: TechCrunch reports that a company called Cover has just raised a $1.7 million seed investment from First Round Capital. Designed explicitly for Android by former Googlers, it’s an app that customizes your lock screen with the apps you’re most likely to want at any given time and place.
The app is like a Google Now for your mobile OS, serving up Google Maps when you’re in the car but Netflix when you’re hungover in bed. TechCrunch breathlessly reports that, “Cover’s ‘Peek’ feature is the fastest way to open apps I’ve ever seen. Start pulling an app icon to the right and the lockscreen slides away to reveal the app’s innards as if it was open all along.” Read More
As if a freaking drive-through window through which your bag of greasy sludge is shoved into your car while you sit still wasn’t convenient enough, McDonald’s is testing an app that would allow users to order and pay for burgers and fries through their smartphones. Read More