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.
We knew it was coming — Apple didn't buy Beats to make headphones, after all. Now Apple Music is here, and it's aiming to be the only music app you need. Folded into the app are a new streaming service with access to over 30 million songs and artist-curated playlists, a new 24/7 radio station hosted by some of the world's best DJs, and a new feature called Connect that lets you follow artists both mainstream and underground, with the ability to like and comment on everything from songs and videos to lyrics and backstage photos. Of course, it also gives you access to all your existing music and playlists, too, and gives intelligent suggestions for new tunes based on your already rich listening history. Arriving for iOS and Android.
Even the best alarm clocks can't compete with being awoken by a human voice. Thanks to Wakie, you can ease into your day talking to another person, even if you're hopelessly alone. This novel app connects you to an entire network of people that set their alarms not to be jarred out of slumber by alien buzzing, but by receiving a call from another member of the network, who will have a friendly one-minute conversation with them to start their day. You can also choose to be on the waking end of things, calling other members to help them out of bed.
We've all got things we'd like to do more often, like read, learn a new language, or just take better care of ourselves. Streaks gives you a little added motivation to do so. Like a fitness tracker for everyday life, it gives you six slots to fill with simple actions you'd like to become daily routines, covering everything from practicing an instrument to taking a photo. It integrates with the Health app, too, so you can still set fitness goals if you'd like, and has customizable reminder notifications to give you the extra push you need.
Unlimited photo storage isn't new — plenty of other services offer it. Neither is automatic cloud backup. But like Gmail for your memories, Google Photos offers you both without sharing your secrets with the world. Using Google's scarily accurate machine learning, it automatically indexes your photos, picking out things like people, places, and things, making them completely searchable without needing to tag every damn shot. Add in support for 1080p movies, powerful integrated editing tools, and seamless sharing, and you've a strong incentive to sign up, especially considering it's free.
Moleskine's notebooks are known for their places in the pockets of artists, writers, and poets. Yet they also make effective appointment books. With this thought in mind, Moleskine Timepage uses a simple timeline view, solid colors, and clearly legible typography to tell the story of your day. It integrates with Google Calendar, Exchange, and iCloud, displaying appointments alongside relevant information like the location, transit time, and what the weather will be like. And with Apple Watch support, you won't even need to get your notebook phone out to stay informed.
It's made by Bethesda and it has Fallout in it's name... but Fallout Shelter is far from the company's open-world action RPGs. Instead, it puts you in charge of an underground vault where people are protected from the post-apocalyptic wasteland outside. You have to expand and maintain the vault, protect the inhabitants while keeping them happy, send some out to explore the desolate landscape, and even try to get them to mate so as to keep the human race going. You know, just your typical TEOTWAWKI stuff.
Craigslist. Tinder. Assassin jobs. There are plenty of reasons why you might want a disposable number. Shuffle makes it easy to make and manage them. It lets you create numbers in any area code, each complete with its own visual voicemail and text inbox, and is sorted by color to make it easily identifiable. You can also make a unique email that corresponds to each number, letting you manage a project or posting all from one place, and simple, clearly-marked pricing, you'll never be confused when it's time to pay up.
It's nice to have a drink after work every once in a while. Unfortunately, not everyone works 9-5, so not everyone can take advantage of normal happy hour deals. Happy lets you create your own happy hour, during the hour that you actually want it. Just pick a participating bar, set the time, invite your friends, and go. The service is only available in NYC for now — the East Village, Williamsburg, Lower East Side, East Williamsburg, and Fort Greene, specifically — but an idea this smart isn't going to stay contained for long.
Finding time to cook everyday can be tough, but eating out is generally not as healthy. Fit Men Cook offers a solution. It lets you pick from over 100 recipes with video instructions that make prepping and cooking easy, then lets you designate two days for cooking the rest of the week's food. Choosing a recipe automatically adds the ingredients to your shopping list, making grocery trips easier, and the list is mirrored on your Apple Watch for added convenience. In addition, the app keeps track of the calories, protein, fat, and carbs in each meal, and integrates with the Apple Health app, letting you track your exercise and eating habits all in one place.
Grilling season has official begun. Make it more enjoyable with GasWatch. This app connects to a Bluetooth scale for your your propane tank, and measures the tank's weight to give you an accurate readout of how much gas you have left. It can also alert you when you're running low, and tell you how much cooking time you have left — so you don't put on a roast that takes an hour and a half to cook when you only have 45 minutes of gas remaining.
Sneakers. And nothing but sneakers. Slang is aiming to become the best place to buy and sell kicks by removing all the unnecessary burdens that come with posting on a site like eBay. It's completely app-based, and makes it easy to both search and post items, with listing that include key details like style number, photos of the original box and receipt, release year, and the nickname. Sharing your listing is simple as well, with a unique shortlink for each pair, and when it's time to pay or get paid, the service handles it all by emailing pre-addressed, insured shipping labels and holding the money in escrow until everyone's satisfied.
Packing for trips is a hassle. Hauling your bag through the airport is a hassle. Eliminate the need for both with Dufl. This new app-based service stores your business clothes until you're ready for them. When it's time for a trip, open the app, pick out what items you need, and they'll be delivered to your destination, ready and waiting when you get there. Before you head home, just schedule a pickup from the hotel, and they'll be gathered up, professionally laundered, and put back in storage until you need them again.
The novelty of smartwatches makes them feel a little like something out of Q Branch. So it only makes sense that the first game for the Apple Watch would involve some espionage. Spy Watch takes advantage of the Watch's notification system to immerse you in a game that's unlike anything you've played before. You become the head of a spy organization after the death of the former agency head, your father, and need to train and deploy an agent to restore the agency's reputation. "Real-time" feedback from your agent keeps you involved, while the wrist-based interface lets you play along without constantly pulling out your phone.
It's hard to argue that modern life has made us more sedentary. That's not a good thing. It's also a hassle to remember to track every activity you do throughout the day. Human makes it easy. Using the sensors in your iPhone, it automatically picks up on all the mundane movements you make — like walks, climbing stairs, and bicycle rides — and encourages you to get at least 30 minutes of activity every day. You can also create a group for your friends to join up and compare activity logs, making daily bragging rights added motivation to get up out of your seat and move.
Manage your tasks while satisfying your hunger for 8-bit gaming with Quest. This easy-to-use app turns every task into a "quest" for your blocky avatar to embark upon. As you complete more and more tasks, your character will grow, gaining new items to keep you motivated. And while the graphics, sound effects, and gamification are all top-notch, so is the intuitive interface, making the app both useful and fun.
There was something sublime about the one-use cameras of old — the rickety construction, the fun of blowing through the last few shots, the joy of getting the prints back to see what you captured. Disposable Camera aims to bring at least some of that experience to your iPhone. Like the real thing, you can't see your photos after you've taken them, and also like the film equivalent, you're limited to a set number of shots (27 in this case). Best of all, you don't need to do a thing once you've hit the end of a roll: the app automatically uploads your shots, and you'll receive your high-quality 4"x6" prints in 10 business days, at a cost of $13 per roll.
Hardcore collectors and footwear enthusiasts in general will get a kick out of Sneakers: The Complete App. Based on two prior books from U-Dox, this encyclopedic app features in-depth looks at over 500 shoe designs from the likes of Nike, adidas, Puma, Saucony, Asics, Converse, and others. There are 360º rotations of every sneaker as well as high-res images, and you can filter the listings to drill down for a certain segment of shoe, or view them all in a timeline. An interactive look at the anatomy of a sneaker and a look inside a collaborator's studio rounds out the iPad-as-coffee-table-book offering.