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Best hidden features of popular apps?

I recently downloaded MeatText () because of Troika's comment in this post () on the blue, tried it out, and the person I tried it out on replied "How is this better than Google Maps"? Turns out GMaps for mobile has a similar feature but its pretty well hidden. I had no idea it existed. What are some other features or functions of popular apps (web, mobile, tablet, or other) that may be hidden or just unnoticed that you find particularly useful?
posted by AceRock on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Android tablet apps for my grandfather?

My 80-year-old grandfather has a Nexus tablet, and he wants me to find apps for him. I have no idea what to get him, and I don't think he does, either: he just wants neat things to do with it, though he's not at all tech-savvy. What might I download for him? This may be a tall order: I'm looking for apps that are preferably free, intuitive to use, and that aren't too complex or intricate. Most games are probably right out (though he likes card games, and may like similarly simple ones). Even the act of entering a search in YouTube is tricky for him. Any ideas of what I could find for him to download?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jun 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Is there an App for that?

I meet new people all the time, and have lots of old friends from different phases of my life. I realize I can't keep up with everyone I've ever met, but I'd like a better system for helping to manage new friendships. Is there an app like that? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Jun 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Smart TV : Log on/off questions for a weekly rental unit.

I just installed some Smart TVs in a weekly rental unit. Will the renters be able to log on and off to their personal accounts, or have I opened Pandora's box ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah on Jun 9, 2013 - 4 answers

A robot that will help me make decisions.

Looking for an app or desktop program that will help me clarify my thoughts and make decisions. Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Jun 5, 2013 - 8 answers

I'd be Appy if I Could Find the Right Designer

After a lot of research, I am having trouble finding an affordable, trustworthy financial app (iPad) designer, Boston area a plus. Any suggestions?
posted by Xurando on May 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Is there a good site or app to monitor Canadian grocery flyers?

I'm hoping to start our food and sundries budget off on the right foot by shopping the sales as much as possible, but going through flyers and/or finding coupons on store at a time can be really tedious. There has to be a site or app for this, but I seem to be striking out.   Any recommendations from the hive mind? Bonus made-up points for anything that lets me set even basic alerts.   (The Canada factor is key--the initial few apps I've looked at have been US-only.)
posted by Decimask on May 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Offline ipad games

What are some good games that I can play while offline? I've seen this question but I am looking specifically for games. I know I can download books and stuff. I want to PLAY! On an airplane. Without paying for Internet. Help me out.
posted by bq on May 22, 2013 - 36 answers

Disney Land Apps for Iphone

I know there are some good apps for line checking at Disneyland, but what I need are specific recommendations for some good ones. I'm not real particular but just want one that works well. Give me your best ones, and thank you!
posted by snoelle on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Jumping ship to Android (Google's S4) and need a Mailbox equivalent

I think the time has come for me to jump the iPhone ship. The announcement of the Google version of the Galaxy S4 at I/O was the clincher. But I am not 100% sold on the idea, mainly because the S4 is an ugly brute, but also because I fear for the apps and innovation I will miss. Help me out, specifically in finding a worthy replacement for my beloved Mailbox app. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I switch from music to my audio book quickly on my iphone

I listen to a lot of audio books on my iphone while driving and working. I also like listening to music in between for short periods, but still need to keep my place in the book. Right now I am using the bookmark app to keep track of the audio book, which seems to be the best app that I have tried so far. But the problem is that whenever I want to switch back to my playlist of music, the iphone music app defaults to the audio book that was last played. Is there any better way of switching back and forth so that the music app can remember that it is supposed to play a playlist and the audio book app remembers to start where I left off in the book? [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for GPS-workout tracking app with many features

I currently use Endomondo to track my skating workouts. I like it a lot, but miss two things: 1) I would love to be able to analyze part of the workout as if it was an entire workout. Say, if I skated from point A to Z, I want to see the average speed over part L to R. 2) I would love more personal bests. For skating, Endomondo starts the personal bests at 3 miles or 5 km. I want to see my personal best 1 km or mile too. With time, they track most kms in one hour, but I rarely skate one hour, I want to track half hours. I know that I could switch my activity type to a different one for which they do track other distances/times, but I don't want to do that. I am looking for either a web application that accepts .gpx files that I can export from Endomondo, or a new app (should work on both iOS and Android) that can also export to .gpx.
posted by blub on May 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Best Fitness Apps

Recommend the apps, websites, technological gadgets for exercise that you can't live without. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on May 3, 2013 - 22 answers

App/site for making/navigating customized map

There are a bunch of trips I'd like to take. I read about these places for years. I want to be able to save the addresses of places I'm interested in, as I read about them. I want to, eventually, be able to create a customized map of my destination; and ideally have this map integrate with an iphone app that will display the map and help me navigate among my destinations. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Apr 30, 2013 - 10 answers

How should I spend $50 at the iTunes store?

I've been given a $50 gift card to the iTunes store, and I'd like some help spending it. [more inside]
posted by gladly on Apr 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Good Media Catalog App for Iphone

When I finish a book or a movie, I like to write down my thoughts about it, and I'm looking for an iPhone app to organize my reading and watching notes. My particular picky bookworm/filmgeek requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

I've been tasked for setting up my older friend's iPad with useful apps, and while I have some ideas, I also don't have an iPad myself.... Please advise! [more inside]
posted by Aubergine on Apr 19, 2013 - 9 answers

best iphone scanner apps?

I have a lot of vintage paper. Photo albums, fashion magazines, random ephemera-- and a lot of it can't go in a flatbed scanner. I found an iPhone app called SmartScan that lets me photograph pages and corrects for tilt, but the resulting scans aren't as high-quality as my iPhone 5 is capable of. There are a ton of scanner apps out there, but I want the one that lets you capture the highest-res images. Any recommendations?
posted by nonasuch on Apr 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Online Days Since counter for many recurring tasks?

Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Gramma's got a brand new tablet.

The family got my grandma a Kindle Fire HD for her birthday, and I have the weekend to load it up with apps before mailing it off to her. I know positively zip about the Kindle, and I'm looking for recommendations and tips. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Update apps on jailbroken iPhone 3GS

I have a jailbroken iPhone 3GS and the FB, Twitter and Instagram apps either keep crashing or malfunction. Cannot seem to update. Is there a way to revert to an older version of these apps compatible with this old model? [more inside]
posted by hollypolly on Apr 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Help a team get some stuff done.

I need to find a to-do/productive/teamwork app with a fairly specific feature set. It has to be... [more inside]
posted by nosila on Apr 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Android apps for a six-year-old?

I bought my son a low-end Android tablet and now I want to load it up with quality applications. I'm looking for equal parts entertainment, education, and beautiful UI. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Tracking iTunes Store prices on iOS?

I use an app on my iPhone and iPad called AppShopper to keep a list of iOS apps I'd like to buy. It tracks them and sends a push notification when their price changes (or when there's an update to the app). Is there another app like that out there that tracks movies, music and TV shows (and maybe apps) on the iTunes Store? If there's no app, is there a website that does this?
posted by jroybal on Mar 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Best combination food/exercise log app?

iPhone user; I've experimented with exercise logging apps such as MapMyRide+, Cyclemeter and Fitocracy (most of my exercise is cycling-oriented, but I'm also looking at Kinect exercise games and, potentially, weightlifting). Is there a good combo app that logs both exercise and food intake? Or one site that could possibly accept input/imports from both? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Mar 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Having Two Facebook Accounts on my Phone?

I have two Facebook accounts. I'd like to be able to use them both on my phone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2013 - 6 answers

How Do I Upload a File from (iPad) Onlive Plus Back to Dropbox?

I recently started using Onlive Plus and like it a lot. But I'm stuck on one thing. Once I have downloaded and edited a Dropbox file in Onlive, how do I get the file back to Dropbox? The Onlive FAQ says, "After you edit a file, save it and upload it to Dropbox," but I can't figure out how to accomplish the upload from within Onlive. And my google-fu is failing me. Thanks in advance.
posted by Short Attention Sp on Mar 19, 2013 - 4 answers

No I don't want to install your app

I just got a new iOS device and web browsing is a bit different than browsing on my desktop. When I click on a link, I expect to be taken straight to a webpage, but instead I often get an advertisement to download an app for that websites' homepage. Example: Contra Costa times Is this just the way web browsing works in the mobile era? What are my options if I decide that I always don't want to install an app?
posted by cnanderson on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Visual (Dollars and Coins) Time and Money Tracking App

There used to be a time tracking app for Android or iPhone which tracked time visually by displaying amount spent/earned in the form of US dollars and coins on the screen. What app was that? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Mar 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Is there a shared expenses app that works across phones?

There are lots of shared expenses apps out there, but I've had a hard time finding one that lets multiple people enter their expenses into the same group group. This is what I mean: several roommates share group expenses. On their respective phones, they have an app that lets them punch in any expense they've incurred. It goes to the same group, and then you can calculate who owes whom. This seems simple, but I'm having trouble finding this feature!
posted by jtajta on Mar 17, 2013 - 5 answers

A website to extract prominent colours in images/webpages?

I seem to recall at one point finding a website where you could type in the URL of a webpage or image and it would give you the prominent colours, with hex codes, etc. Does this actually exist or was I dreaming?
posted by kansakwens on Mar 17, 2013 - 2 answers

The perfect App-set

I've got a brand new (refurb) Retina MacBook Pro, fresh out of the cellophane wrapper. I've been eking out a slow and cluttered existence on a combination of my iPad mini, my oldish Mac Mini, my iPhone, and a desktop Windows machine (for gaming) for a couple of years. I haven't had a laptop in... I can't even remember if I have ever had a laptop. Help me find the perfect set of apps for it? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Mar 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Recipe & shopping list app for Android

I'm looking for a convenient app for Android that will build a shopping list from a list of ingredients. [more inside]
posted by zixyer on Mar 6, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I go about hiring someone to build a mobile app?

Where and how can I hire someone in the U.S. (or India or any other country with these skills) to write a mobile app for me? I'm aware of websites like elance and odesk where programmers bid for work. What's the cost range for this type of quality work? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Mar 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Interesting or innovative mobile app or game advertising/monetization?

Curious if the anyone has examples of interesting or innovative approaches to in app or in game (mobile especially) advertising, promotions etc which help developers monetize their freemium games or aoos? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Mar 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Siri's Limits (not the sky..)

Siri is touted as an advanced piece of engineering technology, but as far as I know I can open Apple made apps and run a command. Very helpful if you figure it out (it's worth it), but limited indeed. What are its limits? Can this be extended? Note: There is no Siri API, or god forbid, SDK, to speak of.
posted by tenstairs on Feb 26, 2013 - 4 answers

How to effectively search Android apps?

Is there a way to search for Android apps that have "appropriate" permission requests? [more inside]
posted by unlaced on Feb 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Recommend an iPhone App for Recording Ambient Sound

Is there a good app for recording actual unfiltered/ambient sound on the iPod? There's a chronically but intermittently reoccurring high-pitched sound that I'm trying to record, but all the sound recording apps aimed at recording voices or music seem to filter it out. Video recording captures it, but the resulting file is too large for my purposes (attaching to an e-mail).
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Feb 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find a new match 3 iPhone game!

Can you help me find a new timewaster? I'm looking for a fun, addictive match 3 game, like Candy Crush or Bejeweled, but please no spammy social game stuff or near-impossible levels that encourage to you buy cheats (see: Candy Crush). For iPhone. [more inside]
posted by peep on Feb 12, 2013 - 18 answers

I want an app to manage my contacts on my iPhone

Please recommend your favorites. It needs to be able to be backed up to my computer and I want to be able to divide contact info into categories (work, school, etc...) and vary the ringtones associated with them (if it can be done by category, so all my work numbers automatically ring differently, that would be awesome). I want warnings if it is going to delete any contacts as well, as this has been a problem in the past.
posted by Deoridhe on Feb 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Linking Social Networks

I have been combing the social networks I use trying to find a way to link two of them. It's not a big list; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Soundcloud, and Wordpress. I know about IFTTT and Hootsuite, but I'd prefer to not use third party apps if possible. Facebook and Twitter of course, connect to almost everything. But I'm also trying to figure out how stuff I upload to Soundcloud can be posted on LinkedIn. And likewise, I can't get LinkedIn posts to show up my Facebook business page. Is it just not possible w/o 3rd party apps that will make posts I don't need? If there is a way, can somebody tell me?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Google+ pros/cons

My department is being mandated to start using Google+ and some other Google apps. Please help me think through the security and privacy implications of what I am afraid might become a real mess. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Don't judge me, just tell me what apps to "download"

So I am now an owner of the Samsung Chromebook 3 (yup, "The $249 laptop from Google"). It fits, well enough, what I need, and it's definitely what I can afford. (I have access to a laptop at work.) [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Feb 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Gmail Reply to All

Does anyone know of an extension for Chrome that will change the default behaviour of Gmail or will add a new button to Gmail in Chrome for Reply to All without having to use the Reply drop-down? I need to Reply to All almost always; reply to only the sender almost never. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Feb 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Digital edition of a small arts magazine - the best way to do this?

I work for a small literary magazine. The incoming managing editor wants us to have a magazine app for tablets that appears on those virtual magazine racks. Is this a good idea, and if so what's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Feb 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Any replacement for RJDJ?

I recently found one of my favorite iPhone apps of all time RJDJ the reactive ambient sound generator and "world quantizer" was discontinued by the company and taken off iTunes. Damn! I never got a chance to put it on my new phone. Are there any other reactive music apps out there like it for iPhones? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Need iOS help. Hope me!

I've used iPhones for five years or so now, but there are a few things that bug me, and I wonder if there is a trick or preference I'm missing or a third-party app I can use or what. No interest in jailbreaking or switching phones. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Please help me find a drag and drop photo app for Ipad

I am looking for a drag and drop photo app for the ipad. Something that will let me import to ipad via drag and dropping while allowing me view and share photos on my ipad without having to sync through Iphoto.
posted by citybuddha on Jan 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Too Many Photo Apps

Help me delete redundant iOs photography apps. I own too many, and it's confusing. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Nexus 7 Apps

What are your must have free or low cost apps for the Nexus 7?
posted by thatwhichfalls on Dec 25, 2012 - 13 answers

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