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 Yesterday 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

Topps' New App Lets You Trade Star Wars Cards With Anyone On Earth

Books, magazines, comics, even photographs have already all made the move to digital. And finally, 65 years after coming up with a clever way to boost gum sales, Topps is bringing its iconic trading cards into the digital world with a new Star Wars app that lets collectors trade cards with anyone else on earth with an… » 3/12/15 9:18am 3/12/15 9:18am

What Is Meerkat, and Should You Even Bother?

Meerkat is a carnivorous mongoose native to Africa, but if you've been within 30 feet of a Twitter account the last two weeks, this little guy's name has been appropriated for something else entirely: a new iOS app, hard lined straight into Twitter, that brings live streaming to the social network. So what exactly is… » 3/09/15 11:35am 3/09/15 11:35am

Hide Your Least-Favorite Instagram Filters for Easier Photo Sharing

If the world is eagerly waiting for your latest photographic masterpiece then you don't want to waste time thumbing through a stack of Instagram filters to find the one you like. The latest version of the app lets you remove and organize the available options to streamline the process. Here's how to do it. » 3/06/15 9:45am 3/06/15 9:45am

How Does the FDA Regulate Mobile Medical Apps?

Last month, the FDA released new guidance regarding the regulation of mobile medical apps, to replace its earlier version from 2011. Since that time, the amount of health and medical apps on the market has exploded, with the release of Apple's Health app with iOS 8 cementing mobile health as 'a thing'. Needless to… » 3/04/15 5:50am 3/04/15 5:50am

4 Apps to Get All of Your Contacts in One Place

If you've got a well-organized contacts book, our hats are tipped in your direction. Keeping track of hundreds of people across dozens of sites and services is no easy task, and it seems strange that no one's quite cracked the formula for getting all this information sorted out. Here are four apps taking on the… » 3/03/15 7:19pm 3/03/15 7:19pm

Trim Your Videos Before You Upload With the New YouTube Android App

If your latest video masterpiece has some extraneous fluff at either end of the clip, the new YouTube app for Android lets you chop it off in seconds, no questions asked. Make sure you're running the latest version from the Google Play Store and the option shows up as soon as you import or record a video on your… » 3/02/15 9:53am 3/02/15 9:53am

This Wildly Nerdy App Gives Android Wear Watches Super Geek Powers

Maybe you've heard of Tasker. If so, welcome nerd. If not, it's a robust but complex Android app that lets power-geeks (like me) program their rooted phones to do just about anything. Now, thanks to a Tasker plug-in called AutoWear, you can extend that sort of ludicrous control to an Android Wear smartwatch. » 2/27/15 10:50am 2/27/15 10:50am