iPhones aren't just a way to Instagram pics of your tot. Take a trip to the app store, and you'll find tools that track your appointments, dole out allowances, and even translate your baby's cries. With so many to choose from, we narrowed the field and found the most download-worthy apps. Here, 20 high-tech ways to step up your mom game in the new year.
Time to hit the slopes — areas around the country are experiencing Decembrrrr, which means that there is plenty of incoming rain and snow. This morning, some parts of California were colder than Anchorage, AK; and Denver, Great Falls, MT, and Portland, OR, all experienced record lows.
Stay on top of the weather forecast with iOS and Android apps that'll let you know exactly when the Winter weather will hit your neighborhood. Whether you're a daredevil park shredder or a two-planker, turn to these downloads for the latest information on trails, snowfall, and peak conditions.
- All Snow (free for iOS and Android) was built for skiers and snowboarders in search for the best white stuff around the world. The app provides conditions and forecasts for over 2,000 areas worldwide. Purchase in-app upgrades for the ski resort of your choice ($1 each), and get access to trail maps, discounted lift tickets, and see your stats from each run (top speed, vertical drops, and more).
- SkyMotion (free with ads for iOS and Android) is designed for rainy areas, offering detailed information on exactly when and where the wet weather is due to arrive. To ensure the most accurate information possible, the app also integrates ground-level observations and provides a unique forecast for every .6 square miles.
- SnoCountry (free) is our editor's pick for ski report apps because of its clean and simple design. It's only available on iOS, unfortunately. SnoCountry is a great place to research before hitting the trails. It provides trail maps and forecasts for major resorts, and new snowfall, plus base depth, information.
- REI Snow Report (free for iOS and Android) has a great interface for viewing new snowfall, temperatures, and base depths at a glance. You can get push notifications for new snow and when trails open. It also includes some trail maps from major resorts around the world.
- Open Snow is a free website that's worth pinning to your homescreen. The site provides "hand-crafted reports" by real-life local forecasters who offer updates from the ground. There's a fantastic Powder Finder which is an interactive map that shows new snowfall depths all around the country.
This year there were online dating sites and apps aplenty, but did you have any luck with them? My friends seemed to enjoy apps like Tinder for entertainment and Grouper for meeting new people, while tried-and-true sites like OKCupid and Match.com led to the kind of dates with potential. Weigh in on your favorite now, and share your experiences in the comments.
Autumn's vibrant foliage may have fallen by the wayside, but that doesn't mean that your camera should go into hibernation. Thanks to frosted landscapes, holiday cheer, and warm creature comforts, Winter teems with photo ops that ought to keep that shutter snapping from the first snowflake to the first bloom of Spring. So don't get too snug by that toasty fire — take our checklist of must-shoot Winter photos along when you venture out into this chilly season.
Nothing is truly permanent — especially on the Internet — so Google is working towards allowing users access to e-mails anytime, even long after the company's online services are gone. Starting today, Google is offering a one-click export system to download a copy of your data from Gmail and Google Calendar.
Previously, users had to turn to not-always-effective third party backup or extraction services. Now, Gmailers can download their entire archive of mail or select labels as an MBOX file. MBOX is a common format for storing email messages, with all of the user's email threads stored in a single, long text file. Many clients, such as Entourage, Eudora, and Mozilla Thunderbird, can recognize MBOX files.
To export your personal data, sign into your Google account, click on the profile thumbnail in the top right corner, and select "Account" just beneath your email address. In the navigation menu on the left, click "Download your data" and select "Create an archive" to begin picking and choosing the Google services you'd like to preserve.
Calendar export is available for all users today, and Gmail export is rolling out over the next month.
Don't cry little fella; Tumblr's listed its Most Viral Blogs of 2013 in no particular order, and we're asking for your top Tumblr pick. The blogging platform was acquired by Internet giant Yahoo! earlier this year for a cool billion, but that didn't affect its cult credibility.
Side-splitting hits like Reasons My Son Is Crying ("All the many many completely logical reasons that children cry") and Brides Throwing Cats had us rolling on the floor laughing all year long. Which tumbles gave you uncontrollable giggles? Vote for the best Tumblr blog of 2013 now!
Even though the Winter solstice is still a few weeks away, ol' Jack Frost is already nipping at noses in most parts of the country. And though it might be one season too early for Spring cleaning, I'm taking the proverbial dust rag to my desktop for a wallpaper refresh. Snowflakes, penguins, board games, and crisp Winter nights . . . these desktop backgrounds remind me why I love the chilliest of seasons.
If you fantasized about creating our own video game as a kid, there was probably something stopping you (math homework, Saved By the Bell, dinnertime). But now that fantasy can become reality with the DIY gamer kit ($48) from Technology WIll Save Us.
Here's how it works: using the kit, build your own handheld gaming console in about two hours. (Make sure to read the manual from the website or watch the how-to video to get acquainted with the bolts, nuts, and other components.) Then follow the rest of the online instructions to learn how to use the platform Arduino to code physical objects.
Next, use the custom software library to test out features and create a killer animation. Step four? Well, that's easy. Experiment, invent, and let that imagination run wild!
For fist-on-table, need-it-now deliveries, Amazon is cooking up a new service straight out of science fiction. If the company gets a thumbs up from the Federal Aviation Administration,
Yes, drones — as in remote-controlled, unmanned airborne vehicles — flying products from the Amazon warehouse straight to your doorstep in about a half hour. It's like receiving a sponsored package as a tribute in The Hunger Games arena but in real life.
Because of FAA rules and regulations, the Amazon program is still a few years away from commercial implementation. This type of delivery system has raised many concerns. What's to stop someone from shooting down a drone and reaping someone else's Amazon deliveries for themselves? What about risk of collision with aircraft, power lines, or even wildlife?
But there are many benefits as well — the obvious one being not having to wait very long for packages. Airborne delivery will also be helpful for relief, in areas with damaged roads and infrastructure.
We want to know what you think: is Amazon Prime Air the future of delivery . . . or is it bound to fail? If it were implemented, would you opt to use delivery by drone?
For a better idea of how Amazon Prime Air works, watch a drone's test flight below.
Those clever executives at Microsoft released the new Xbox One the week before Thanksgiving, ready for our long weekend packed in a room with family looking for a way to get some energy after a haze-inducing turkey meal with all the trimmings. Now that the Xbox One is here, we're adding these fitness games to our living rooms. Refuse to let the postbird coma get you down, and break in the latest gaming device with these sweat-inducing titles.