Caffeine is everywhere — in our coffee, in our energy drinks, even in our snacks. But very few of us really know how it affects us, or how much they ingest every day. Up Coffee could change all that. Made by Jawbone, it tracks your caffeine levels throughout the day as it learns more about how your body metabolizes the drug. It even compares your intake to your quality of sleep, giving you a better look at how your body works. And while the Up fitness tracker might cost money, Up Coffee is completely free.
Whether you're looking to restock your home bar after a raucous party or simply want a great glass of wine when you get home, Minibar Delivery has you covered. This slick iPhone app lets you browse a solid selection of wine and spirits, make your selections, and have your order delivered from the local liquor store to your door in 60 minutes or less. The good news? There's no delivery charge. The bad news? As of right now, it's only available in select areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
With the way acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns typically titles his work, you'd be forgiven if you got the impression he used himself for his latest subject. Instead, this Ken Burns is actually a new app that draws on many of Burns' documentaries — films like The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, and Prohibition — and uses them to tell the story of American history, via tap-friendly timelines and theme-specific pages covering topics like Art, Innovation, Politics, and War.
We're pretty proud of the booze we recommend here on Uncrate — but we understand there are times when you need the help of a computer. That's where Distiller comes in. Using proprietary algorithms, this handy iPhone app delivers whiskey suggestions tailored to your current situation, whether you're by the fireplace, playing poker with the guys, out at a bar, or just looking for something new to try. Each whiskey is listed with a rating, tasting notes, and flavor profile, giving you a little extra information before making your call.
Nicholas Felton knows a thing or two about data visualization. Not only did he create the Facebook Timeline, but he rose to fame on the back of his amazing Annual Reports, which lay out the years of his life in great detail — and in beautiful fashion. Now he's bringing that talent to bear on your
sorry life. Reporter is a new iPhone app that's designed to capture information about your day-to-day routines in the least intrusive way possible. It relies on your phone's sensors and a few brief daily surveys to keep track of where you've been, what you've done, how active you've been, who you were with, etc. And all that data is reported back to you with the same visual panache as his annual reports, so you can get a gorgeous at-a-glance look at your life.
Back in the pre-iPhone days, a little gadget called the Pacemaker Pocket DJ made a big impression — it was the world's first portable DJ system. But one look at the App Store let us know that it's days would be short lived. And they were. But now the original team is back with a new app called, simply, Pacemaker. This free app — add-on effects are available for in-app purchase — lets you mix, loop, blend, and drop all you want, using tracks from your own music library or any of the millions of tracks on Spotify.
We heard there's a big game on Sunday. So we decided to build a new sports site like you've never seen before. Rookie.com is the sports site we wanted for ourselves. It sucks having to dig through the slog of sports stories to find that one great quote or valuable insight, so we've done all the work for you with Rookie. But this isn't some algorithm we shoved into a machine — everything is hand curated by us, and ready for you to consume. Rookie cuts through the noise and looks good doing it. Your move, ESPN.
Like it or not, many of us find out about the latest news from our Facebook feed — whether it's the death of a beloved actor, a former quarterback's legendary fur coat, or the latest civil unrest abroad. In that spirit, Facebook Paper makes the experience of consuming news and other timely content on our phones a little more beautiful, with an immersive app that combines your friends' stories with those coming from sources both established and upcoming. With intuitive interactions, Flipboard-like panels, full-screen photos and videos, and customizable sources, you may actually find yourself enjoying exploring the news. But it doesn't stop there. Paper lets you create your own stories, viewing them as they'll appear within the app, and within Facebook's native feed.
Alarms are great if you're looking to be among the first to hit the slopes in the morning — but there's something disappointing about waking with the sun only to find out that last night's fresh snow has already been befouled. Keep that from happening with First Tracks. This app from cold weather outfitter Helly Hansen uses your location and local weather information to wake you up at your designated time if nothing's changed, but earlier than expected if there's fresh powder to be had. It's as close as you can come to having a snow sensor in your pocket.
Somewhere between traditional blogging and boring your friends with printouts from Word or Pages lies a happy medium that allows you to share your photos and videos while adding more context than you're going to find on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Storehouse seeks to fill that gap. This slick app lets you combine photos and videos from your Camera Roll, Dropbox, Flickr, and Instagram with text that you write up yourself. Editing the layout and cropping images is a simple as tapping and dragging, and once you're done, your stories are uploaded for sharing — both to fellow Storehouse users and to anyone with a web browser. Best of all? It's totally free.
Between Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and the other big-name music services, you could make the argument that world doesn't need another one. But Beats Music is here anyway. And while it does offer the standard features we've come to expect from its competitors — things like playlist building, sharing, and offline playback — it also adds some totally novel music discovery features, including an advanced recommendation service and a feature that lets you tell the app where you are, how you're feeling, and who you're with, and it will create a custom playlist on the fly that's perfect for that moment. It's like having a tiny Dr. Dre inside your phone, or something.
It's not always easy to motivate yourself to be active and get in to the gym, especially once it starts to get cold out. It's much easier to stuff your face, get comfortable on the couch, and play video games. But what if you could turn working out into a video game? With Goji Play ($100) you can. With controllers to let you play, wireless sensors to measure your activity, and their iPad app, you can turn your activity on a cardio machine into a number of fun video games. It's the easiest way to make your daily cardio go by in what seems like minutes, while making it a bit easier to get yourself off that couch.