Are you ready for the “bathroom economy”?
That’s what CEO Jamey Edwards wants to create with the Flushd app, which is based around about 100,000 bathroom listings from Foursquare. You can review and rate public bathrooms, make use of an “emergency locator button” to find the nearest john, and digest content curated for “in-stall” consumption. Read more>
Cord cutters will be able to watch shows like The Colbert Report and South Park on the go.
At last, one of the best predictive-typing keyboards for Android is coming to iOS. The bad news, though, is that SwiftKey’s magical time-saving technology is siloed into a single app specifically designed for note-taking.
"With complaints about Facebook’s news feed getting bogged down by ads and irrelevant content, the app stands as a stark contrast with its simplicity and full-screen ("distraction-free") layout."
"It’s not until I sit down with The Weather Channel’s principal scientist, Bruce Rose, that I get a peek at something with truly transformative potential.
Forecast on Demand is a new technology that incorporates elements of nowcasting but is able to create a detailed forecast—at the request of a user—for more than 2 billion points around the globe. Rose demonstrates on a raw-looking website featuring a world map. As he clicks around various random locations, Forecast on Demand instantly generates real-time forecasts for that specific geographical point, using the freshest information available from its more than 75,000 data sources. This upends traditional forecasting, which relies on pregenerated predictions.
If it works as intended, the technology could represent a paradigm shift for prediction techniques.”
The Weather Channel is facing a major migration to mobile devices, which are fast replacing TV as the primary source of weather information. Over the past year, according to analytics firm Distimo, the total number of weather apps for iPhone and Android doubled to nearly 10,000.
Making a big decision and torn about your options? There’s an app for that.
"At first glance, it looks like something you might use in lieu of a Magic 8-Ball: ‘I can’t decide what to do. App, advise me.’ But Choicemap could be more accurately described as an app not for making decisions, but for thinking them through.”
Molskine + Paper app = a beautiful match made in heaven
The world of wine is confusing. Actually, no, it’s terrifying. Enter Hello Vino, the app that features a handy wine label scanner that lets you snap a photo of a wine bottle and instantly pull up reviews and food pairings and a library of recommendations.
Top: Toucher Pro is the ultimate multitasking (and timesaving) app. Using a small pop-up interface, you can access a customizable list of shortcuts to your apps, system settings, or, really, anything you choose.
Bottom: Web Md’s mobile app recently received a full make over and now comes with a handy glossary of often misunderstood medical terms. With the app you can look up any ailment that’s bothering you (just take a deep breath and realize that a headache doesn’t mean you have a brain tumor), and find the best local clinic to get checked out.
Spotify for books?
The basic premise of Oyster's invite-only iPhone app, which launches today, is simple: For a flat fee of $9.95 per month, members will gain access to Oyster's catalog of more than 100,000 (and growing) books, which at launch includes titles from hundreds of publishers, including HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the large e-books distributor Smashwords.
Oyster makes two promises to book lovers on the go: great simplicity and great discovery. Check it out.
Quick question: Which of the following would you like to do over the weekend?
A) Learn a new language
B) Not get lost
C) Discover some awesome new music
D) All of the above (and maybe something more)
If you picked D (or any of the others), we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite free apps of the week.
Hopefully today doesn’t have you feeling like this guy. Here are a few tips to get you pumped up and productive this week:
- Free your mind and your apps will follow: this week’s (best) free Android and iPhone apps
- The quiet power of silencing your phone
- Why treating life like an experiment will help you make faster decisions
[Image: Flickr user Aftab Uzzaman]