Smartphones are a way of life these days. I take mine everywhere, and look at it approximately 3,458 times a day. With so much time and attention lavished on our mobile phones, isn’t it about time they did something useful for us? As we come to the end of our two weeks of wanderlusting, we’ve compiled a list of 10 smartphone apps that’ll help make any trip easier and more enjoyable — from booking tickets, to what to bring, to how to chat up the locals. These apps will help you get the most out of your phone, so you can get the most out of your trip.
Take a look at our list, and share your favorite apps in the comments! Keep reading »
StreetSafe, a relatively new app for smartphones, claims that for a minimum of $12.50 a month, it will coach you with safety advice in frightening areas on your way to any location. One first feature is called “Walk With Me,” where the user can connect with a Safety Advisor while walking down a street. If the user feels unsafe, the Safety Advisor will stay on the line with you until you have reached your destination. In the event that something does happen to you while on the phone with a Safety Advisor, they will be able to call 911. The second feature is called “Silent Alarm.” If this button is slid when you are in a situation where you cannot talk to a Safety Advisor, StreetSafe will contact the local 911 call center immediately, find your whereabouts using the GPS feature on your phone, and provide your age, physical description and any medical conditions to the authorities that are on their way to rescue you. Keep reading »
Ladies and Gents, it’s time! The iPhone 5 is here. So what’s so special about this version? For starters there’s a larger Retina display. This basically means that everything on your phone is going to be crisper and clearer. The LTE wireless technology will also speed up all connections and the new A6 chip makes everything twice as fast so you can get the information you need at lightning speed. Here’s the kicker, it won’t drain your battery life. So, what’s the downside? New type of charger and still no flash. Whether this version is going to be the best ever yet is up to debate. In the meantime, I figured why not compile a top 10 list of apps that have made my phone the most important item in my purse.
1. Find iPhone App: If you lose your phone this app will pinpoint its location on a map for you. Even better, if someone’s stolen your phone you can remotely wipe it and shut it off. Read more…
Yes, that’s everything I think you need to know about the iPhone 5, i.e. everything I think is important about the phone that is going to be mine, allllll minnnnnnne, in just a week! All the info I’ve deemed special and important and awesome after the jump. Keep reading »
I’ll admit I was skeptical when I heard that the White House was holding a technology challenge for developers to create an app that would help prevent sexual violence. All of the stuff that I believe can change the prevalence of sexual violence — harsher punishments for criminals, a cultural change on what consent means, a modification of the way we use alcohol and drugs — cannot be found in the App Store. But I’m impressed — very impressed — by the contest’s winning app called Circle Of Six. Keep reading »
E-cards work well for a quick greeting, but sometimes you want to give the pleasure of a physical card in the mail. Gone are the days of simply finding a card in the store, signing your name and maybe writing a word or two. Thankfully, there are some great, easy ways to send cards without ever having to set foot in a Hallmark store. With these apps and websites, you can create and send personalized cards right on your phone to have delivered in the mail. Read more…
Something new to file under “Crap You Don’t Need”: techies can now choose what their smartphone will smell like. ESI Cases is selling five new cases, each scented like a different flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans — Strawberry Cheesecake, Very Cherry, Blueberry, Berry Blue and Licorice. The cases sell for $15 a pop and are available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and Blackberry. Honestly, I wouldn’t want my iPhone case to smell like any of these flavors because then I’d be constantly craving sugar. But Marc Jacobs perfume? Fresh figs? Jasmine? I could dig it. If you had a scented smartphone case, what would you want it to smell like? [Gizmodo] Keep reading »