The New Essential Apps November 2011

iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone 7. We've updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check them out!

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The New Essential Apps November 2011

The Best iPhone Apps November 2011

The end of the month is here, and that means it's time to do a little housekeeping on our list of the absolute best iPhone apps. Who will be inducted?

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The New Essential Apps November 2011

Sprd the Note: Share song with your friends directly from your iPhone. Import the track your want to share from your iPhone/iPod touch's music library in Sprd the Note and you'll have the option to share via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or email.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Is it Ready Yet?: Undercooked meat is not only gross, it's potentially dangerous. And overcooked meat? That's just wrong. Is It Ready? has 23 beef, pork, and poultry variations to help determine the proper amount of time you should keep your meat in the oven.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

AirCassette for iPhone: It's a music player for your iPhone that transforms CoverFlow and iTunes and mp3s into a faux cassette player. You can relive the 80s, but without the bad hair and day-glo clothing. If you're so inclined you can make a mix tape for that special someone.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Astrid To-Do for iPhone: It's a full featured task manager that doesn't make you want to rip your eyeballs out. Set up individual or group projects from the app quickly and easily. Email integration includes the ability to complete tasks by email. Oh, and it's free.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Go: GO is an easy-to-use and beautiful app that lets users post photos, videos and messages onto their network (no cheating with backdated photos!). What's great about GO is that it offers an anonymous option so you can feel free to post whatever you want without attaching your handle to it.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

NBC Sports Talk: NBC Sports Talk is an app that keeps track of NBC Sports' wonderful sports blog network, namely ProFootballTalk with the ahead of the curve news and incisive commentary. But you also get news about all the other sports too (baseball, basketball, college football, etc.). It's the place to be during sports' seasons.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Minecraft: Pocket Edition: The iPhone version is simply a Minecraft Eden, a place to build and dig. And it works fairly well. The game comes with 36 different blocks to work with, the ability to save your work on the iPhone or iPad and support for multiplayer worlds over a local Wifi connection.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Square Card Case: With the Square Card Case app, you don't have to pull out your wallet or your phone to pay for anything-you pay invisibly. It's like being a 'regular' and having a tab somewhere. Walk in, grab your stuff, walk out. How does it work? Cleverly, with GPS. The Square Card Case app automatically establishes a connection with their approved merchant once you're within 100 feet of the merchant's business (user opt-in, of course). Once you purchase your things, you just tell the merchant your name and they'll charge your account tied to the Square Card Case.


The New Essential Apps November 2011

The Best Android Apps October 2011

Android got some pretty great apps that had been iOS exclusives. Tiny Tower will now waste the time of two platforms. Plus, creating time-lapse videos is a great way to ignore your phone for a few hours.

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The New Essential Apps November 2011

Price Check by Amazon: Check the prices of items against the largest retailer on the Internet. Price Check has been on iOS for a while and now it's finally come to Android. You don't even have to type, just take a photo of the item, scan the bar code, or speak the name of the item in tooth e app, Price Check does the rest.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

iOnRoad for Android: It's an app that uses your phone's native camera and sensors to tell you if you're driving a safe distance from the cars in front of you, and alerts you visually and audibly if you're approaching a car or object in front of you that pose a danger for collisions.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

360 Panorama: Take a photo while spinning around to create 360 panoramic photos on your Android phone. Just be careful not to fall over.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Tiny Tower: IA free 8-bit style game that lets you channel your inner landlord. You build floors on a tower to attract "bitizens" to live in it and then control their lives (manage, hire, give a job, evict). It's like SimCity but actually fun.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

8tracks: 8tracks has always been a great way to combine your favorite songs into a custom playlist and share it with your friends. It's now on Android. The service allows you to create a social playlist of songs with 8 or more songs, pulled and organized from their huge database of tracks. Music reviewers like Pitchfork, Spin, and Rolling Stone contribute playlists, and the service promises a social music discovery experience that lets you discover music that real people think works together.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Lapse It: It's a time lapse camera that makes it dead easy to capture time lapse videos with your Android phone. What's cool, if it's your cup of tea, is that you can add camera effects to your time-lapse videos too. Other than that, you basically set what sort of interval you want to take pictures at and Lapse It will export the video in all its amazingness.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Square Card Case: With the Square Card Case app, you don't have to pull out your wallet or your phone to pay for anything-you pay invisibly. It's like being a 'regular' and having a tab somewhere. Walk in, grab your stuff, walk out. How does it work? Cleverly, with GPS. The Square Card Case app automatically establishes a connection with their approved merchant once you're within 100 feet of the merchant's business (user opt-in, of course). Once you purchase your things, you just tell the merchant your name and they'll charge your account tied to the Square Card Case.


The New Essential Apps November 2011

The Best iPad Apps November 2011

Google Search brought the Chrome browser to the iPad. Plus we get to learn to about WWII and how to handle all of our recipes.

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The New Essential Apps November 2011

Google Search: It's like Google Chrome on the iPad. No really. This is probably one of the slickest apps on the iPad from Google. It has all the Google apps available in one spot and the the built-in browser is pretty much Chrome. You're probably signed up for at least one Google service and the app is free, so check it out.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

World War II Interactive for iPad: An entire app dedicated to the war to end all wars. You can follow the entire timeline of events, from what caused World War II to the Aftermath and everything in between. What's especially great about World War II Interactive is that the app provides you with rare pictures and videos you've probably never seen before (unless of course, you're a big WWII buff).

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Codea: It's an app for writing software. Codea uses Lua as its programming language. A simple language that works perfectly on the iPad. The app includes example programs to learn or crib off of to help you build your own app. Intelligent auto-complete and in-line reference documentation could help you take the first steps to app-developing domination.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Paprika: Built to handle recipes, the application has multiple views to help you see all of your recipes at once. Scroll through the steps, view large photos of the dish you're making, and use the built-in web browser to scrub recipes from your favorite cooking and food sites. The app also helps you manage your grocery list, and can turn your recipes into a shopping list so you can pick up what you need to cook the meal you're planning.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Martha Stewart Cocktails: Martha takes you beyond the regular cocktail recipe app with how-to videos and the history of drinks. The app will create a shopping list for your boozy excursions and recipes have a space to add your own notes. Like how wasted you got on lemon drop champagne punch.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Appetites' Easy As Pie: What if all your meals were pie? No think about it. You're thinking about it aren't you. The Easy As Pie app has 19 pie recipes presented via how-to videos. With it, your pie-a-day dreams will become a reality.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Fotopedia Japan: Japan is awesome. They have robots, anime, sushi, ramen, and according to the Fast and Furious people are drifting cars all over the place. But I can't afford to hop on a plane and visit the Land of the Rising Sun. Instead I can stare at the amazing photos in this Fotopedia app. If I do save up the money to visit, the app's Trip Builder will help me plan where to go.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

W.E.L.D.E.R.: It's a supremely addicting word puzzle game. Instead of filling in empty spaces with letters, you're given a full slate of seemingly random letters already splayed across the board. The point of the game is to rearrange those letters into words. Score more points by connecting special letters and such.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

MSI Afterburner: The app lets you overlock your PC from your iPhone or iPad. It all works over Wi-Fi and you get to monitor the temperature, voltage and fan speed and even tweak settings to overclock your PC. Nice.


The New Essential Apps November 2011

The Best Windows Phone Apps November 2011

It's been a pretty busy few months for Windows Phone 7 as Mango was recently released and everyone is updating their apps to take advantage of its new hawtness. Make sure you update your apps as you jump to 7.5 and download these new apps that've joined the best WP7 apps list!

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The New Essential Apps November 2011

Spotify for Windows Phone: Spotify lets you stream music from its massive library of available songs and albums, and create and share playlists with friends via Facebook integration. The Windows Phone version of the app is beautiful and hopefully other developers are paying attention.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

NPR Listener: Who doesn't love Terry Gross and her smooth voice on NPR's Fresh Air? Welp, now you can listen to Terry and the rest of the NPR crew with the NPR Listener app.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Fandango: Browse and purchase movies tickets from your phone. You really don't need more information than that.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Assassin's Creed - Altaïr's Chronicles HD: A prequel to Assasin's Creed offers six weapon for enemy slaying action. On-screen controls replicate a controller as you battle your way through the game.

The New Essential Apps November 2011

Thumba Photo Editor: Edit your photos with 70-adjustments and effects. Users can crop, add HDR effects, remove noise, and inspect or add GPS metadata to their photos.



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