Dutch data scientist Richard Vijgen has created the first iPad application (scheduled to launch in December) that helps us visualize and understand the complexity of internet signals otherwise known as the 'infosphere'. For more info check out his website here.
Duet Display is an app that helps you sync your devices to enable dual screens. For professionals using software this is a huge advantage to leave your tool palettes on one screen while editing your content on the other. Duet Display is available in the iTunes store here for $15.99, it is the #1 paid for app in both the US and 11 other countries.
We are all guilty of bookmarking things to read later and never getting back to it. It happens to the best of us. Speaky is the app that reads articles back to you. While I enjoy reading very much, sometimes audio is just better (like while doing cardio, or on a shaky train ride). You can purchase it for 3.99 in the iTunes store here.
Do you meditate? or know anything about brain waves? Here's a quick crash course: the human brain has 4 different kinds of brain waves (beta, alpha, theta, delta). Beta is the kind we are emitting when we are alert, Alpha when we are relaxed, Delta is when we are in a deep sleep, and Theta is the reduced conscious state where we dream. Binaural beats send 2 slightly different sound frequencies to each ear using 2 different headphones, your brain then interprets these 2 sounds as 1, this process allows your brain to fall into a meditative state rather easily. From my personal research it seems that waking up early, daily exercise and meditation seem to be the 3 most popular commonalities between the most successful and influential people in the world. you can download the Binaural beats App in the iTunes store for free here. PS: I tried it, and 30 mins of relaxing and listening to Binaural Beats felt like 3-4 hours of sleep, it works.
Please Don't Tell is an award winning New York City speakeasy located in the east village. Having already released one of the best books on how to make perfect cocktails, they now step into the digital realm releasing the only cocktail app you'll ever need. The app includes 400 cocktail recipes, as well as 69 recipes for home made ingredients, and even helps identify ingredients that could be used as substitutes if necessary.
The PDT Cocktail app is available for $9.99 in the iTunes store.
Disconnect is an app that shows you which apps and websites are tracking you, as well as which insecure connections to avoid. The free version provides you with this information in visual data, while the premium version (which is only 50$ a year) supplies you access to an OpenVPN based virtual private network connection for internet traffic. At least this way you'll know who's making the most of violating your privacy while you make the most of your smartphone usage.
Available in the iTunes store here.
Box Butler is a storage service that removes you from the equation. Essentially you dictate how many boxes you will need and which sizes. Boxes are provided and a pickup date is scheduled and off they go. The extremely affordable storage rates are according to the box sizes and vary based on if they are stored over 6 months or under. for anyone with an extensive wardrobe and limited closet space, here's your solve. check them out here at BoxButler.com
Brought to you by the founders of Uber and Foursquare: Reserve is a new dining concierge app that's already active in NY, LA, Boston and rolling out in SF next week. For 5$ customers will get to pick from a curated list of hot new restaurants, pick the time window that works best for them, and concierge will do the rest, sending you updated notifications as needed. One neat feature also is that reserve also acts as a mobile payment service where you can also keeps your tipping preferences on file, there is no longer a bill presented at the end of your meal, the transaction takes place entirely thru reserve. There are no membership fee's and the app is free to download in the itunes store here.
Manual is an app that provides a few great features your iphone's default camera has neglected such as shutter speed and ISO. I've been testing it all weekend and could not be more happy with the results, Manual takes any of those common situations where its either too dark or too bright and lets you dial it in to capture your moment perfectly. you can purchase Manual here for $1.99 in the itunes store.
you haven't tried it by now: Square Cash is the easiest money transferring app on the market. I'd go as far as to say 1: that they are going to give paypal trouble, 2: that banks are going to be forced to streamline their mobile experience, and 3: even if they did, I would probably still use Square Cash. The app is as easy to use as it is nicely designed, give it a try.
Check it out here or download it in the itunes store.
So Netflix is the subscription based platform for movies/television, and Spotify is essentially the same concept for music, but what about books? Oyster is the subscription based app to crack the book market, now you can enjoy the book of your choice via subscription without committing to purchasing it.
You can download Oyster in the itunes store or here.
Flipboard is a new way to read articles about all your favorite topics in a very cool "digital magazine" format. When setting up an account you pick the topics you most read about, shortcuts to these subjects are created, and the best current articles from various sources are selected for you and organized in a magazine-like format. You can also set up shortcuts to all your social media platforms, at first the idea of putting all of these things sounded like adding 1 more step to get to the things I read daily, but it really is 1 less step to all of them. Check out Flipboard here and download it for free in the Itunes store.
Breather is a new app that allows you to book a private space by the hour. When a hotel lobby or coffee shop is too loud or stressful for your current needs, breather is your affordable solution to the problem. Whether its to meet a client in private, use some wifi, or just relax on a couch and make some phone calls, breather helps you find the right fit. Now available for usage in NYC, check out more at breather.com
Peek Calendar is the best iphone calendar app in the market. The design aesthetic is really sleek, the usability is intuitive. It's no wonder its the most downloaded non-free app in the US in the productivity category. Once given permission Peek can scrape your schedule from other sources and updates automatically so you don't have to migrate your schedule yourself. For more info check out PeekCalendar.com
As an active member of a tech startup, I am constantly under the pressure of juggling so many moving parts. Life is a constant blur of emails, meetings, work in progress files, collecting data and so forth. Asana is a program that allows you to manage tasks, alongside notes with your team. I haven't gotten the chance to try it yet but really look forward to it, and would like to thank Asana for offering a program to make my life easier.