Creating photo books is a great way to make something tangible out of all those digital photos you take, but the problem is finding time to sit at your computer and make one. With Artifact Uprising that's not a problem, because you handle the process directly on your phone. From the well-designed app, you can choose the type of product you want — they offer prints as well as books — decide whether you want to pull photos from just Instagram or from multiple sources, choose your cover photo, and layout and order your book. All without leaving your chair.
We could tell you that Driving Curve is like Nike+ for driving, but as it turns out, the developers already did that for us. So instead, we'll tell you that this free app uses GPS to capture your speed and evaluates your performance based on how much it varies. And just like Nike+, it also gives you a score based on how you do, doles out achievements when you hit certain goals, and lets you share and compare results with both friends and other drivers from around the world. So, basically, the biggest difference is you don't have to stick a sensor into a hole in your tires for it to work.
We all have gossip, stories, or just interesting insights that we'd love to share with the world. The problem is, you post stuff like that on Twitter or Facebook and everyone knows where it came from. Enter Secret. This ingenious app uses your contacts list to create a secret underworld of social networking, letting you share your thoughts and feelings anonymously, and letting others share them with their contacts. It's like the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, only with way more intrigue and way less Footloose.
We've all experienced it: you're having a dinner party or social event, and you look up only to find everyone with their heads buried in their iPhones. Now you can use that to your advantage with Card Table. This clever — and free — app lets you and up to three friends play poker, rummy, bridge, blackjack, war, or any other card game you can think of, all using a single iPad as the table and your iPhones as your personal hands. It works over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and is sure to liven up any tech-heavy gathering.
With more and more breweries trying to cash in on the craft beer craze, it can be hard for an average Joe to know which beers are truly made by microbreweries, and which are just macrobrews masquerading as small-time operations. Craft Check is a simple app that will do the dirty work for you. Just scan the barcode or type in the name of the beer you're thinking of buying, and it will check against its database of brews to tell you whether you've got the genuine article or a Budweiser in Bell's clothing.