When all your friends are happily married or engaged to be engaged, but you're unfortunately going through a breakup, it may be time to turn to tech. Although no breakup is simple, there are a few websites and apps that seek to ease the pain. From the deleting all traces of your digital life together to preventing the series of unfortunate events due to a drunk dial, here are five apps and websites to help mend your broken heart.
Ever wish you could change the look of your app icons? Well, turns out you can. Some apps let you switch up the background, color, and design of the graphics and even customize the text. All you have to do is download one of the following options — or check out the more advanced option below— to get a new feel for your homepage.
- App Icons ($1) — Use templates to create cool icons or make your own designs from scratch; either way, you can customize your homepage look based on several themes (like nature and cartoons). Mix and match icons for apps and contacts, and even modify them down to the font, color, and size of the text.
- CocoPPa (free) — Easy to use, CocoPPa lets you choose your favorite images from a pool of designs that are searchable by tag, color, and category. Look for versions of well-known icons (for example, an F with a leopard-print background for Facebook) or choose a completely random picture (like a panda) to represent one of your existing apps. Keep in mind that what you download is just an extra shortcut, not a replacement icon — so you'll end up with two icons on your home screen for the same app.
- App Icons (free) — The same name as the other app, this one lets you select from a number of backgrounds and borders or import your own photos to create icon designs. Choose from endless combinations of built-in backgrounds and borders to snag a style for your shortcut icon that's all your own.
- For more advanced iOS users — You can create your app icon designs in a different, more involved way. You'll first need to download iPhone Explorer and then follow a few steps in the Apps folder to get the look you want.
All it takes is a quick search on iTunes to learn just how many pregnancy apps are already in existence. From announcing your pregnancy to tracking your baby's size to monitoring contractions, when it comes to having a baby on board, there's something for every tech-savvy mobile mama to download. But when we learned that WebMD had a pregnancy app of its own coming out, we jumped at the chance to learn more from the site's pediatric medicine expert, Dr. Hansa Bhargava. After chatting with Dr. Bhargava and playing around on the app on our own, it's safe to say that WebMD Pregnancy is the most comprehensive and reliable option out there. Here, five reasons why every mom-to-be should download this (free!) app today:
- It's a One-Stop Shop: Sure, you could create an entire folder to house your myriad pregnancy apps, but in the interest of efficiency, wouldn't it be easier to have everything in one place? "WebMD Pregnancy was designed to give a mom all of the info that she needs, and that she wants," Dr. Bhargava says. This includes everything from tracking your prenatal visits to what to expect at each stage, and even a digital pregnancy journal.
- It's Physician-Approved: Perhaps the biggest draw of WebMD's Pregnancy app vs. its competitors is the fact that all of its information is derived from, and approved by, actual doctors. Pretty important!
Happy 109th birthday, Dr. Seuss! The legendary children's book author single-handedly transformed lil ones' bookshelves, writing more than 44 books that rhymed their way into kids' (and their parents') hearts. Now, he's transforming our iPhones and iPads with visually stunning apps that are entertaining and educating a new generation of Seuss fans. In honor of Theodor Geisel's birthday, and the release of The Lorax, Oceanhouse Media is putting most of their Dr. Seuss app collection on sale. Happy Birthday to You! on sale for just $3, and other games and books will be offered for free! Keep reading to see our celebratory picks!
While people are busy finding (or celebrating) their love match this time of year, our minds are on a different kind of union — apps that pair perfectly with any interest. Whether it's a cocktail lover or news buff that's looking to integrate his or her hobbies into the every day, these apps will help make life all the more sweet.
Want to know everything there is to know about your future child's name? Then consider downloading Nametrix, an app that tells you everything from a name's regional and historic popularity to how common it is among certain professions.
For example, did you know that an Isabella is most likely to be a poet, model, or actress, while Alexanders tend to be aerospace engineers or skeleton racers (not that we know what that is)? Noahs are most often Democrats, while Vito is the second most common name for a gangster. Julian is most popular in the American West, while the top five names for football players are Terrell, Darius, Dexter, Donovan, and Isaiah. Nametrix's software has analyzed millions of real people and their professions from Wikipedia and data provided by the US government. The result: a fun tool for curious parents who maybe don't want to give their kids a name most popular among strippers or criminals.
So what do you think? Would you refer to Nametrix on your baby name search? And if the results weren't what you hoped for, would they change your choice? Weigh in below.
Our mobile devices aren't much use without amazing apps — and in the last year, there were plenty to choose from. From photo editors to task managers, new mobile applications made our phones and tablets more useful than ever. Whip out that iTunes App Store and start downloading, because we've chosen some of our favorite apps of 2012, which you'll definitely need in 2013.
Today's forecast? App-y. Weather apps are a dime a dozen — in fact, one comes standard with all phones! But we've sifted through the muck and found mobile iOS apps that'll tell you what you need to know and when you need to know it as quickly as possible. And they've got beautiful interfaces, too.
From highly detailed weather reports to truly minimalist forecasts, we've got the right download for your iOS device. Whether you're planning for a trip or just the day ahead, here are five of the best weather apps to keep you on top of the latest meteorological conditions.
- Today Weather ($2) — This app is our favorite, with tons of info to satisfy weather geeks and an elegant, easy-to-use interface. View a highs/lows weekly forecast (pictured in upper right), a detailed hour-by-hour daily report with sunset times, or a dashboard with multiple locations. The app also pulls severe weather reports from national weather agencies.
- Dark Sky ($4) — Rain, rain, go away! Dark Sky specializes in precipitation and creates custom forecasts based on precise location and gives minute-to-minute predictions. The latest update added push notifications that send an alert if you're in the path of a storm.
- Solar: Weather ($2) — In the beauty department, the app beats the rest. It uses an ombré background (pictured in top left) to show that day's weather and temperature. But the best part about Solar is the integrated gestures: pinch to view multiple locations, and swipe up or down to see one- or three-day forecasts.
There's more meteorological goodness after the break.
No longer do you have to be a film major or even own fancy editing software to turn your memories into movies — all you need is a smartphone. Now, more than ever, video editing apps are changing the way we see the world through simple, user-friendly editing software. From focus to filters, the ways you capture and share special moments are endless. Whether you're looking to channel your love for Instagram into film or become part of an expanding video social network, we've rounded up six apps that make it all possible. Click through and start shooting . . . it is Oscar season, after all!