Our favorite site for watching awesome videos — Devour.com — has now made our favorite app for watching awesome videos. Just like the site, the Devour iPhone/iPad App (Free) is packed with amazing/hilarious/insightful hand-picked videos, saving you from sifting through the bajillions of YouTube and Vimeo crapola videos yourself. The Devour app has both Latest and Most Popular categories, along with an app-exclusive Leftovers category full of videos that barely missed the cut of the legendary Devour.com homepage. The app also brings AirPlay support for watching videos on your television (Apple TV required), a button for surfing videos randomly, and the ability to save your favorite videos to your own Playlist. We don't always watch web videos, but when we do, we prefer Devour.com.
Is it magic? We're not sure, but we are sure that Cardiio ($5) can do something it shouldn't just by looking at your face. Based on MIT technology, it measures when your face is reflecting more light and when it's not, giving you a semi-accurate idea of your heart rate without ever having to strap a single sensor to your wrist, chest, or nether regions. [Scouted by Richard]
Your phone number is one of your most precious pieces of private information. So act like it. Burner ($2) lets you create new phone numbers on-demand, allowing you to make and receive voice calls and text messages just like a real phone number — the only difference being that you can "burn" the number anytime you like. Perfect for shady Craigslist transactions, social media listings, and the crazy person you picked up at the bar last week.
It's hard keeping track of what acts are playing in your area at any given time. Setlist (Free) makes it easy, by linking to your Rdio account and automatically showing shows by artists in your collection that are playing near you. Find a show you're interested in? Tap on it, and the Songkick integration takes over, showing you ticket prices, venue info, and more. Bottom line? It's free, so if you're a Rdio user, there's little reason not to give it a try.
iOS' built-in weather reporting not cutting it for you? Give WTHR ($1) a try. Brilliantly uncluttered thanks to Dieter Rams' 10 principles of good design, this app provides you with the current local weather, a 7-day forecast, your choice of Fahrenheit or Celsius temperature reporting, and an interface worthy of Apple's sleek devices.
Fan of the Nike+ system but spend more time at the course than you do on the track? Say hello to the Nike Golf 360º App ($Free). This slick new app is divided up into four sections — My Game, that lets you track your scoring and statistics, My Swing, where you can compare and upload video of your swing, and even receive personal coaching from Nike Swoosh Staff members, My Body, which helps you get into golf shape, and My Gear, where you can keep track of what's in your bag and receive recommendations on new gear — all of which sync with a companion website. Think of it as your own personal clubhouse — without the overpriced hot dogs and free mini-pencil bins.
Tired of managing all your podcasts via iTunes? Give Instacast ($1) a try. Developed specifically to make consuming and organizing podcasts as simple as possible, it offers a host of user-friendly features, including the ability to add and delete podcasts from your subscriptions list, download podcasts for offline listening, a built-in web browser for show notes, iCloud sync, an optimized podcast player with 2x playback, bi-directional skipping, and AirPlay support, and optimization for multitasking and Retina Displays. New to podcasts? We know a great place to get started.
Another day, another revolutionary iPad app. Paper (Free with $8 add-on) is an absolutely beautiful app for creating anything you would normally do on real paper — you know, stuff like storyboarding your indie film, general note taking, sketching a nude model, or painting a watercolor landscape of the prison yard. You can create unlimited Moleskine-esque journals to store all of your masterpieces. So if you want to sketch, write, draw, outline, and color, you've found the most elegant app for doing so yet. Oh, and it was made by the touchy-feely folks at Microsoft who developed the failed Courier notebook thing. So... yay?
Have an iPad? Love bacon? Then there's no reason not to pick up The Better Bacon Book ($5). Designed especially for the iPad, this interactive book offers up instructions on how to make your own bacon, build your own smoker, and find the best bacon to order, as well as 31 interactive bacon recipes. In total, there's over 20 HD videos, 150 photos, and more tastiness than any human can handle at one time.
Bust out your steel chairs and spandex, 'cause it's time for some wrestling. Wrestlefest ($3) is a remake of the 1991 arcade game of the same name, featuring updated graphics, multiple game modes — including Royal Rumble, Road to WrestleMania, and tag team — and a killer lineup of wrestlers, including Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Undertaker, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Ooh yeah!
Leverage the vast library of Rdio to power your next party soundtrack using Anthm (Free). This unique app lets everyone at your
kegger fancy soiree add songs to the playlist, and vote songs up or down to affect their play order. It's like iTunes' DJ feature, without the limitations of your '70s pop-oriented music collection. [Scouted by Sean]
Your iPad 2 just got a little more useful. Apparently aware that Photoshop Express wasn't getting it done for a lot of us, Adobe's upped the editing ante with Photoshop Touch ($10). Also available for the 400 or so Android tablets sold so far, it brings desktop features like layers, selection tools, advanced adjustments, and filters to the tablet, along with plenty of other tricks like the Scribble Selection tool, integrated Google Image Search, and Facebook sharing. Yes, its max resolution of 1600 x 1600 is pretty pathetic given the size of images we deal with these days, but for images that you're planning on sharing via the web or email, it's more than enough.