Closet Swap. iPhone & iPad. Free. Reduce, reuse, and recycle your clothes by swapping them with your friends with this fashion-forward innovative app. Have you see clothes you like in a shop but don’t have the bucks? Snap a photo with the Closet Cam and send a Fashion SOS to your friends to see if they have something similar you can borrow. Snap pics of your own clothes or tag Facebook photos of the clothes and add them to your online closet so your friends can see what they might want to borrow. Discover local vintage and second hand shops with the app, learn about brands with sustainable, eco-friendly practices, and more. Create a Hotlist of clothes you like and sync them with your Closet Swap profile online. The app is the pocket companion to Closet Swap (closetswap.co.uk) an online social fashion site. Closet Swap requires a Facebook account, as well as an iPhone 3G (or above) or an iPod Touch (with a camera) running iOS 4 (or above).
Gube. iPhone & iPad. $3.99. Are you a parent and do you cringe whenever your kid points your iPhone at YouTube? I do. Now you have an ally in the battle against video dreck - Gube. Gube provides a catalog of pre-screened, moderated, and safe yet fun YouTube videos. Paired with the BubCap (www.bubcap.com) home button cover, it turns your iPhone or iPad into a great learning and entertainment device. Videos are categorized by age group, and are completely searchable. Safely allow your child to browse on their own through age-appropriate videos, protected from unsuitable content. Gube videos are chosen by parents, by hand. Gube includes videos for: infants; toddlers; preschool; and, grade school children. A little pricey at $3.99, but what price safety?
Chef’s Feed. iPhone & iPad. Free. Sure, Yelp is fine, but wouldn’t you love to hear what some of the great contemporary chefs think about the food at the restaurant you are considering? You can with Chef’s Feed. Chefs Feed is a chef-powered restaurant guide, featuring reviews by Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Charles Phan and more. Chefs Feed has the answers, provided you live in and around New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Washington DC and Austin, or are planning to visit. See which chefs are local to your area, learn about them and see their favorite spots, from high brow to decidedly low brow. There is also a live feed of new restaurants and tips as they are added to the app, view a map of featured sites and see pictures of the food being reviewed. The app offers dining secrets from the nation’s top chefs, thousands of dish recommendations from restaurants across the country and all for free. Now what could be bad about that? Buon Appetit!
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. iPhone & iPad. $.99. What if your alarm clock could read your sleep cycles and gently wake you when you were at your lightest sleep phase to make the process less jarring? That would be pretty space-age, wouldn’t it? Well, the future is now with Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. The app uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to measure how much you move at any given phase. It will then wake you during a 30 minute time span ending in your set alarm time when you are at your lightest sleep phase. The app also analyzes your sleep over time and presents you with daily sleep data so you can monitor your own sleep patterns. While it isn’t effective for very heavy mattresses, like foam mattresses, as you need to place the phone under your mattress, users report that it performs quite well and accurately. If you suffer from alarm clock stupor, maybe it’s time to give Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock a try.
Poly. iPad. $.99. This unique photo rendering application allows you to turn your snaps into polygonal faceted works of art. Using points and triangulation, you can morph images into facets and prisms. Take pictures within the app or load from library. Draw, erase or undo steps. Options include flat, wireframing, points only, and color blending. You can save the result to your photo library. It is such an original app and so much fun to use! Definitely worth $.99 if you like to create with your iDevice.
FaceVault. iPhone. $.99. iPhone users jealous of Android users who have been using facial recognition apps to unlock their phones can now rejoice. FaceVault brings facial recognition technology to iOS. The app uses biometric facial recognition to identify the phone owner. You can choose between FaceRecognition or Pattern (backup unlocking method for low-light situations). There is a Login archive that tells you when the app had a break-in attempt. You can lock photos and albums using the app. The app uses multitouch control for Zoom, Swipe, Rotate. You also can take private photos from within the app, as well as Import and export photos from or to Camera Roll or share via email. The developer does caution that facial recognition is less secure than a pattern lock and that someone who looks similar to you could unlock the app. The app also requires an active internet connection to perform recognition and location services must be turned on in order for the app to access the Camera Roll. And from the reviews, it looks like the results are mixed. Nonetheless, facial recognition technology is pretty cool and as this app updates, I expect it will only improve. If you want to witness the future now, check out FaceVault.
Voxer. iPhone and Android. Free. Voxer is a walkie talkie push-to-talk voice service, much like Nextel - like text messages but with voice instead of text. Send instant Audio, Text, Photo and Location messages to one friend or a group of your friends. Your friends can listen to your message while you talk or check it out later. Works over WiFi or 3G or other data network. Create a new identity or log in with Facebook, sync it with your phone’s address book and/or Facebook, then start chatting with other individual friends, or groups that you join or create. The interface shows a text message style interface. You hold a talk button to record a quick message for the other party, although there’s also an option to listen live to an incoming message that a friend is recording. You can also send text messages within the flow of correspondence. The look of the app is sharp, making it fun to use. When you need quick communication and you don’t feel like typing, turn to Voxer.
Any.DO. Android. Free. Another great to do app, this time for Android users. The biggest frustration for me with to do apps is the time consuming nature of typing, setting alarms and managing the app themselves. Any.DO resolves much of this frustration with gestures and voice input. Add tasks by voice, manage them with simple gestures, and use its predictive features to instantly add common tasks to your to-do list. Tap the microphone and tell the app what you need to get done. Shake the device to clear completed tasks and swipe a task to mark it done. Reminders, notes, sorting, invite others to work with you on a task, with notifications when shared tasks are updated. Sync with Google Tasks right now, or wait for the app to open sharing up with other popular GTD applications. Customize the look with either black or white screens. It’s free and it’s great - add check out Any.DO to your to do list.
Flava. iPhone. Free. Want to keep track of life’s moments but don’t always have your diary with you? Well, you do have your phone with you, so why not journal on your iPhone? Flava makes it very simple and fun. Save books, links, locations, photos, songs and text as you go about your daily routine. Simple press the plus button and choose one of the options. Add a book through title search, paste in a URL, check in at a location and add a description, snap a new photo or add from your Photo Library, crop the photo and add “props” or illustrations to it to give it a fun twist, add the last song playing on your phone or search the music database to add one, or type and save any bit of text you want. Share to Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter and tag the share with icons. You can back up to Dropbox and save your entries to Evernote. Lock the whole thing up with a passcode to keep your private thoughts private. It’s definitely a fun way to keep a record of life events.
Livestand. iPad. Free. Not to be left behind on every front, Yahoo! has started its own magazine app for iPad that draws on Yahoo! content from around the globe and presents it in a very visually appealing way. Livestand’s “digital shelves” are filled with content based on all types of topics, such as arts and culture, business and finance, entertainment, news and politics, photography, sports, travel and more. Media content, such as photos, videos, graphics, and ads, are optimized for the iPad. The articles themselves look a lot like the presentation in my favorite Google Reader iPad app Reader - clean, stripped of distracting content. While the content can only be viewed in landscape mode, it offers the ability to have several different magazines for each family member using an iPad, so you can get your own customized content without having to view the latest exploits of Lindsay Lohan that appeal to your teenager. As content consumption is still probably the greatest use of the iPad, Livestand steps in with a nice alternative.