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.
Social networks like Foursquare are great for letting you know when your friends are out on the town, and where they're at. But they're also great for keeping track of where people you don't want to see are at. It's for that reason that Cloak was created. This "anti-social" app leverages location data from both Foursquare and Instagram — with support for more networks promised in the future — to let you know if you're getting too close to someone you'd rather not run into. The best part? It's totally free.
Most golfers aren't born great — lessons are typically required for a really solid game. But finding a good coach can be easier said than done — unless you're using Mobicoach. This new real-time, remote coaching and analysis service uses an app to connect you to top golf coaches no matter where you are. Features include video and screen sharing, real-time whiteboarding, voice chat, and compatibility with the SwingTIP motion sensor. In other words, if you're at the range, you can get a lesson — whether you're in Lexington or Lebanon.