Yuppie parents thought they had it all when the iPad came out. Fill it with some Real Simple-approved apps, plop it down in front of the bored toddler, and presto, all those brain-building programs would transform their kids into the next Jack Dorsey. One problem, though: Those apps are likely not making their children any smarter. Read More
App for That
Attention, struggling app developers: Snoop Lion has the answer to your monetization woes, and it comes in the form of a big ol’ joint.
On Snoop Lion’s free app, Snoopify, users upload pictures and adorn them with stickers of joints, stacks of cash, and girls in bikinis. Since last week, however, Snoopify has been selling the “Golden Jay,” a $100 sticker Read More
Apple may allow you to download a virtual girlfriend, but its app store policies are notoriously stringent, and as a Norwegian developer recently found out, the company doesn’t care for games centered around satirizing North Korea–and killing people. Read More
Showing up underage to a bar with a fake ID is always a gamble no matter how legit your cousin’s old card from Ohio looks. But there’s a new app called BarZapp that is going to ensure the house always wins. Using the phone’s camera, it scans the card’s magnetic strip for decode if there’s actually information stored on it so that piece of laminate black tape isn’t going to cut it anymore. Read More
It turns out one can use Grindr to do other things aside from making regrettable decisions. In an interview with PC Mag, Joel Simkhai said he created the mobile meat/meet market app four years ago because it was difficult cruising guys in the grocery store because he couldn’t tell who was gay. Guess tight tank tops can be deceiving. Read More
Fearful of the lack of text messaging apps available to the public, Pirate Bay cofounder Peter Sunde is entering the crowded sector with one of his own. It’s called Hemlis, which means “secret” in Swedish, and it’s touted as a “beautiful and secure” messenger that uses end-to-end encryption so that no one can access your texts or sexts. Read More
There’s only two things that Southern California has going for it: Lisa Vanderpump and the beaches. But the latter is being threatened by rich oligarchs who are intentionally misleading swimmers with fake signs warning them of trespassing, despite the fact that their beaches are open to the public.
Now there’s a new app called “Our Malibu Beaches” that’s exposing those entrances that border the 27 miles of beachfront property. It was funded in a month-long Kickstarter campaign for a mere $30,000, or a partial down payment on a Bugatti convertible. Read More
Be careful, crappy drivers of the world: a new app will encourage passersby to snitch on your dicey park job in exchange for a cut of the parking ticket.
The app, SpotSquad, is being developed by the least fun tech startup in the world, based in Winnipeg, Canada, according to Fox News. Its primary users will presumably be money-grubbing killjoys and people who didn’t get into the police academy. Read More
So many “social media” apps force us to form in real life connections with our so-called friends, but that could be a problem if you hate them. Seriously, how annoying is everyone? But there’s a new app that is appropriately called Hell Is Other People, which directs you away from your friends based on Foursquare check-ins. Read More
Dogs, creatures that lack opposable thumbs and thus the ability to read or operate any device, now have a social network–sort of. Where My Dogs At, a new, grammatically incorrect app, that locates nearby dog-friendly locales and rates them with user reviews. Think Yelp for animals that make that noise a lot. Read More