Want the Best App for Your Daily Commute? Take a Public Bus.

I take buses and trains everywhere in the San Francisco area, and I know the city’s bus routes better than I know the UX on my phone. So I had to try Leap, the city’s new private bus service. It was a nice experience in many ways, but I wouldn’t recommend it – and not just because of the $6 price tag. » 4/17/15 11:00am Friday 11:00am

Amazon's Giving Away 26 Premium Android Apps and Games For Free

Amazon's running another one of their signature Android app giveaways, highlighted this time around by the likes of Plants vs. Zombies, Wolfram|Alpha, Runtastic PRO, and Osmos HD. If you own an Android device, take a minute to check out the full list and download anything you might want before the deal ends. [… » 4/16/15 9:45am Thursday 9:45am

Turn Your Drawings Into 3D-Printable Models With MakerBot's iPad App

One of the biggest reasons there isn’t a 3D printer in every home—yet—has nothing to do with price or availability. It’s the fact that if you want to design and print your own objects, you need to know how to use relatively complex 3D modelling software. So MakerBot has updated its free PrintShop iPad app to include a… » 4/16/15 7:00am Thursday 7:00am

Homescreen Voyeurs Rejoice, This App Lets You Gawk at Other iPhones

Admit it, whenever you see someone using their iPhone you’re always trying to sneak a peek of what apps they’ve deemed important enough to put on their homescreen, and what kind of wallpaper they’re using. Now thanks to an iOS app called #Homescreen that allows users the world over to share and stare at… » 4/14/15 10:10am 4/14/15 10:10am

Use Hooks to Get iOS Alerts for Virtually Anything

There are all kinds of ways to get notified about what's of interest to you: Twitter, RSS, IFTTT, Yo, specific apps, your favorite sites, your next-door neighbor and so on. Hooks is a clean and simple app for iOS that focuses on notifications and nothing else; it can prompt you with alerts for everything from sports… » 4/13/15 11:08am 4/13/15 11:08am

I Toned My Weak Vagina With This Little Blue Blob

The thought was delivered just after my newborn’s placenta: A sneaking suspicion that things were not quite the same down there, and they might never be again. I was reminded of the kGoal, a device that claimed it could tone my ladyparts back into pre-baby shape. Once my daughter had finished using my vagina as a… » 4/02/15 12:40pm 4/02/15 12:40pm

The Nextdoor App Is Making My Neighborhood Safer

My neighborhood is experiencing a crime wave. Just on my block in the last week, several packages were stolen from doorsteps and tires have been slashed on at least two cars. I found all of this out from an app that's quickly becoming our neighborhood's best security system. "I heard it from Fred two doors down" is… » 3/27/15 12:00pm 3/27/15 12:00pm

Over 100 Years of Popular Girls Names in One Bubbling Visualization

Why do people give their kids certain names at certain points in history? It's not always clear — but at least we can amuse ourselves with data about it. Abacaba created this strangely captivating bubble chart that contracts and swells with the popularity of U.S. girls names for every year since 1880. » 3/16/15 2:30pm 3/16/15 2:30pm