Finally. For the last couple of years, the number one request we've heard is an official Uncrate app for Android devices. Well, today is the day. The Uncrate Android App — made by possible by our friends at Dollar Shave Club and built by the smart folks at Intrepid — was designed from the ground up for high end Android smartphones, giving you all of our daily Uncrate finds, plus quick access to your stashed items, popular products, the Uncrate magazine, and more. It's the best way to never miss anything from Uncrate if you've sworn off the new evil Apple. Of course, if you're still living that iLife, you can grab the iPhone app here.
Most of us are on our phones a lot each day. Few of us know exactly how much. Instant gives you an at-a-glance view of this information and much more. Available for both iPhone and Android, this app lets you see your overall device usage as well as an app-by-app breakdown, shows you all the places you've gone throughout the day and how long you spent at each, a brief look at your fitness stats, including steps taken and total activity time, and also has a web interface for viewing on any device.
When you're looking for love, you can only hope to find someone you love as much as bacon. While Sizzl can't guarantee that, it can guarantee your match will love bacon as much as you do. This dating app for bacon lovers comes from the minds at Oscar Meyer, and promises to connect you with other like minded people. Each potential match shows you a profile picture, as well as how they like their bacon, whether they'd grab, offer up, or split the last piece of bacon on a date, and their location. Just hold down the sizzle button to indicate how much you like them, and if they like you back, you'll be notified so you can start chatting, share some bacon, and maybe even find you have more in common than an affinity for cured meats.
From the time it first debuted as part of Google Maps, Street View has been one of the mapping world's most interesting features. Now it's got an app of its own. The aptly-named Google Street View lets you explore the world one 360-degree view at a time. It offers a map view for finding places by location, a Gallery for exploring the most popular places on Earth, and even lets you create your own panoramas, either using the camera on your phone, or in a single click with a connected spherical camera. You can then upload your captures to Google Maps, or store them in a Private section of the app for discreet viewing.
The office used to be a sad, unimaginative building where you went to work. For many people, it's now wherever they can find Internet access. Work Hard Anywhere is a simple app that makes it easy to find just such a place. It knows of over 2,500 locations in 57 countries, so odds are there's one nearby, and each is user-rated on a host of attributes like Wi-Fi speed and reliability, available power outlets, loudness, parking, prices, and food. Whether you want a shared workspace or a cozy cafe, it can help you find an ideal spot.
Snapping great photos with your iPhone is easy. Getting those shots grouped and printed is not. Unless you're using Recently. This combination app and service automatically curates 100 of your most recent photos, then has you upload them once a month. When they're received, they're printed into a customized, high-quality 7" x 10" magazine with the date displayed prominently for easy sorting. You can use as few as 50 photos to make a magazine, or if you're a prolific shooter, use the simple editing tools to decide what goes in and what stays out. It's one of the easiest ways to get your latest photos in the palms of your hands.
Impeccably designed and hopelessly addicting, Monument Valley is the rare game that's both simple and surprisingly deep. Winner of multiple awards, this puzzler places you in a world of incredible isometric architecture, and has you guide a princess through the mazes by twisting, dragging, and otherwise tapping your way to safety. The visuals are stunning, but the audio is equally well-crafted, so be sure to throw on a pair of headphones before you begin.
You might not realize it, but In N' Out and Chipotle aren't the only places around with secret menus. Off The Menu can fill you in on otherwise unlisted menu items from eateries both casual and formal across the country. Broken up by city, this comprehensive list of stealth menu items includes descriptions for each dish, letting you order like a local even if you're visiting for the first time from the opposite coast.
While there are plenty of apps out there that attempt to turn your mobile device into a graphics tablet, most are buggy, slow, are a pain to setup, and rarely work. Built by former Apple engineers, Astropad transforms your iPhone or iPad into a Retina-screened, professional graphics tablet for your Mac, is easy to setup, and actually works when you need it most. You can even enjoy a zero lag experience working offline, as it works both wirelessly and over USB. This professional tool for photo editing and drawing is also now available as an Apple watch app for customizable shortcuts from your wrist.
It's easy to forget, now that we carry HD-recording slabs of glass and metal in our pockets, that casual video used to be the domain of clunky, cassette-eating monsters. VHS Camcorder lets you relive those times by simulating the fuzzy, sometimes distorted videos of years past. It lets you post the timestamp on your videos, just like the camcorders of yore, spoof the date, so that "2015" business doesn't give you away, and gives you a number of other effects to let your clips look and sound that much worse more like they were recorded when Marty McFly was still jamming to Huey Lewis.
Studies have shown that meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress and improve your mental wellbeing. The Mindfulness app can help you get started. It features a number of guided meditations, with a store to purchase more, seven different categories to help find one that suits your immediate needs, silent meditations with bells, and reminds for when it's time to meditate, and to help keep you in the moment.
True coffee nerds are always looking for their next great sip. Angel's Cup makes it easy to find new coffees, and remember the details of ones you've tried before. This free app lets you record tasting notes on everything from the beans that arrive via the companion subscription service to your local shop's seasonal roast. For beginners, there's a flavor wheel that helps you visualize your thoughts, while old pros can use a more advanced chart. For the subscription coffees, you can compare your own notes with the roastmaster's, and all of your notes are automatically saved in the cloud so they're accessible from anywhere.
Modern apps and powerful smartphones have made editing photos easy. But when it comes to editing videos — especially videos set to music — it's still pretty difficult to come away with an acceptable result. Triller aims to change this by starting with the song instead of the video. To use it, you open the app, select a song either from your library or from the app's featured tunes, choose the portion of the song you want to use, and shoot multiple takes that last the whole duration. From there, you can add filters to the video before the app's intelligent algorithms take over, automatically stitching together smaller clips from each take to create a video that should mimic the output of a professional editor. Note that we said editor, not film crew, so the quality of the clips is still very much in your hands.
There are few common frustrations worse than needing to go, yet not knowing where around you might have a toilet that's even acceptable, never mind inviting. Looie aims to solve this problem for you. Launching in Tribeca in the coming days, this new service combines a location-aware app with a physical dongle that's used to gain access to the cleanest restrooms around. The company guarantees cleanliness — the founder is even cleaning them himself, for now — so you can rest assured your monthly membership fee will be well spent.
There are plenty of effects apps out there. But clever filters can only take you so far. To get the most from your photos, you need a full on editor. Like Polarr. Yes, it includes some filter-like presets, as well as the typical exposure, contrast, highlight, and shadow controls. But it also gives you access to HSL channels, tone curves, chromatic shift tools, and other pro-level features. Find a look you like? Just save it as a custom preset, and it'll be waiting for you next time, like your own built-in filter. Now that's clever.
Oyster lovers, rejoice: you finally have an app to call your own. Pearl gathers real-time information about the daily offerings from the best seafood restaurants nearby, specifically oysters. It gives you access to an oyster library, with profiles of different varieties, lets you rate each one and save your favorites, share your experiences, and lets you book tables directly from the app. Available nationwide.
The Internet is amazing. It's also made us terribly lazy when it comes to remembering things. Reclaim your trivia talents with Elementary Minute. This fast-paced quiz game gives you a limited amount of time to answer questions about math, people, and places, with a simple interface and helpful statistics and review features. Two game modes are available — either answer as many questions as you can in a minute, or try to get as many questions correct as possible without using up your four lives — and it's compatible with the Apple Watch, so you don't even need to dig out your phone to get in on the game.
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. Now you can get the same functionality right on your wrist. Pacemaker 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, on your iPad, your iPhone, or, for DJs that want to roam the floor during sets, your Apple Watch. Best of all, it's completely free to try, with only the well-built effects costing you any coin.
Gear. Style. Cars. Tech. Vices. Get your daily dose of it all with the Uncrate app. We've just released version 2.0, which sports a completely new design, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus optimization, and all kinds of under-the-hood improvements. New stuff is added every day for your perusal, and you also get quick access to your stashed items and magazine subscription. You're really missing out if our app isn't on your home screen.