Has an App Ever Made You Feel Special?

Last night, I experienced a moment of pure wonder. It felt like it was meant for me. Sick in bed, still coughing and sneezing at 3AM, I absentmindedly checked my smartphone. To my astonishment, a tiny blue spark appeared on my screen. » 11/18/14 6:16pm 11/18/14 6:16pm

Early Earthquake Warning App Can Give You a Head Start on Disaster

Thirty seconds doesn't seem like a long time, but it can be the window between life and death when an earthquake hits. That's why Early Warning Labs is teaming up with the U.S. government on an early warning app that'll give people in earthquake-prone areas some added time. » 11/09/14 2:00pm 11/09/14 2:00pm

Looksery Changes Your Face In Real Time For Flattering Video Selfies

My eyes are brown. My face is round. But I don't have to show you that. Looksery can give me beautiful baby blues and a chiseled jaw with just a few taps. » 10/25/14 4:01pm 10/25/14 4:01pm

How to Download iOS 8 Without Deleting All Your Stuff

Now that iOS 8 is finally here, many an iPhone user has eagerly swiped over to the update screen only to find that the greedy install package just won't fit. But don't worry—you don't have to go on a deleting rampage. All it takes is a few simple workarounds, and you can have your iOS 8 and keep your data, too. » 9/17/14 4:46pm 9/17/14 4:46pm

Chromecast's New Slingbox App Puts Your Entire TV Lineup in Your Pocket

What if you could bring your entire TV to a friend's house, all your channels and DVR programs intact? That's more or less what the Slingbox app for Chromecast lets you do today. With a Slingbox hooked up to your home theater plus the SlingPlayer app for iOS and Android devices you could already take your content on… » 9/17/14 3:45pm 9/17/14 3:45pm

It's not just you. Instagram is down, with users reporting 503 errors. Don't worry, they're on it, but they better hurry, or I'll have to show these photos of my lunch to the mailman. Update: It's back. Whew. » 8/28/14 4:02pm 8/28/14 4:02pm

A Single Android App Is Crippling the Nat'l Weather Service's Website

If you've been trying to look up your forecast on the National Weather Service's website this afternoon, you may have noticed that the forecasts are days out of date or not loading at all. Apparently, this is the result of a single "abusive" Android app overloading the agency's servers. » 8/25/14 5:03pm 8/25/14 5:03pm

Microsoft's Snipp3t App Helps You Virtually Stalk Celebrities

On Saturday, Microsoft pulled the cover off of Snipp3t. This free iOS app looks a lot like any other endlessly scrolling news reader, but it doesn't aggregate based on trending topics, specific outlets, or Facebook friend "likes." It's completely based on people. » 8/10/14 7:00pm 8/10/14 7:00pm

This Algorithm Can Change the Season and Weather In Your Photos

One time I drove five hours out of my way on a road trip to Monument Valley, only to be devastated when I arrived. Instead of the bright red buttes I'd envisioned against a clear blue sky, a gray haze had settled into the valley, rendering the landscape flat and lifeless. My photographs could have been saved by a new… » 8/08/14 12:20pm 8/08/14 12:20pm

Adventure Tested: Whistle, A Fitness Tracker For Your Dog

Facebook Adds "Nearby Friends" to Show You Where Everyone's At

Facebook's newest feature, Nearby Friends, begins rolling out today. The opt-in app addition lets your friends know when you're close by, with the option to show your precise location on a map, if that's the kind of thing you want to share with your friends. » 4/17/14 1:06pm 4/17/14 1:06pm

Largest true-color image of the sky ever is made of 37,000 photos

SkyGuide's creator Nick Risinger had to travel more than 60,000 miles by airplane and car to collect 37,000 individual photos to create this single image, the largest true-color image of the entire sky ever made: 100,000 by 50,000 pixels. » 12/06/13 6:09pm 12/06/13 6:09pm

Facebook has announced a new alpha program for its Android app, so super-early adopters can excitedly try out new features. Be warned, though: even Facebook engineer Christian Legnitto says it's "not for the faint of heart." » 10/14/13 3:20am 10/14/13 3:20am

Raw Lets You Create Data Visualizations From Spreadsheets in a Snap

If you've always fancied trying your hand at data visualization but never really known where to start, Raw might just be the answer: a free tool designed to create vector-based visualizations from data that's sat in a humble old spreadsheet. » 10/10/13 8:40am 10/10/13 8:40am

Push Launcher for iOS: Access Your Go-to Apps in One Easy Location

Now, there's only so much you can really do as far as shortcuts go on an (non-jailbroken) iPhone. But if you're set in your ways and still want some of the saved seconds a neat and tidy app launcher could afford you, Push Launcher is about as close as you're going to get. » 9/03/13 6:00pm 9/03/13 6:00pm

Facebook's newest update adds in-app restaurant reservations and your area's TV and movie listings to Facebook Pages. The update also brings some visual tweaks to the iOS app's timeline. [Facebook] » 8/12/13 3:08pm 8/12/13 3:08pm

Nokia's Pro Camera App Is Headed to the Lumia 920, 925, and 928 Too

Along with the launch of Nokia's new Lumia 1020, the first proper camera-phone hybrid that seems to make sense, came an amazing piece of photographic software in the shape of Pro Camera. The good news: it's coming to other Lumias, too. » 7/12/13 3:34am 7/12/13 3:34am