The "Internet of Things" gets closer and closer to reality every day, but unfortunately, the more things you have, the more apps you're likely juggling to keep them all running as you like. Wink is looking to do away with all that by combining the controls for your various gadgets in a single, streamlined app. What all can it control? Things like connected smoke alarms, lights, locks, garage doors, blinds, and even your HVAC system — and from brands like Schlage, Kidde, and Philips, at that, with support for more products — and automation — coming soon.
As any filthy rich scoundrel who's made the trip can tell you, getting from New York City to the Hamptons can be a bigger pain than it's worth. If you've got the cash, Blade makes it easy. This new app lets you book a seat aboard a helicopter taking off from the East Side Heliport that will get you there in just 35 minutes or less, and back in the same amount of time. If there's not a chopper taking off when you want, you can book your own and crowdsource the seats, and should your ride be grounded for whatever reason, they'll drive you to your destination in a Maserati and give you a credit towards your next trip. Oh, and fret not, West Coasters — they're hoping to add LA to Vegas (and Boston to Cape Cod) service soon.
Odds are you've got some old stuff just lying around your house that you've been meaning to get rid of — gadgets you don't use, collectibles taking up space, family heirlooms of indiscernible origin — but you'd rather not take the time to sell it on eBay. Fortunately eBay Valet has you covered, taking all the effort out of selling your stuff online, from the convenience of your iPhone. All you need to do is take a picture of the item you want to sell, and send it to your valet. They'll evaluate the item, give you an estimate, and send you a prepaid box to ship it to eBay. They'll handle it on their end, selling your stuff and sending you 70 percent of the profit.