Goings On: The New Yorker [Free] Traditionalists might sneer as their beloved, 85-year-old weekly traverses the great smartphone divide. “Blasphemy!” they’ll cry to no one in particular, because everyone else will be out on the town, in galleries and theaters, jazz clubs and dance-halls, soaking in the finest culture New York City has to offer. And it will all be thanks to The New Yorker’s new app, a tip-top distillation of the famed magazine’s beloved “Goings On About Town” section. As a bonus, a stable of the magazine’s artists and writers will contribute their favorite in-town happenings, plus it has some distinctly smartphone-esque advantages: in-house maps and GPS, critic-guided audio tours, and zero smudging.
Google Goggles [Free] Ladies and cyborgs, the future is upon us. The latest sign that the machines are rising comes from—who else—Google. The don’t-be-evil empire’s latest innovation is their Goggles platform, an image recognition application that fills in the increasingly scarce blanks. It’s the Information Age kicked up a notch. Can’t remember the name of that big lady holding the torch? Snap a photo of her, and let Google Goggles do the rest. Searching… searching… Voila! It’s Angelina Jolie dressed up as the Statue of Liberty! Or something.
Steak Time [Free] As any self-respecting carnivore knows, cooking the perfect steak is a veritable artisan craft. It can take years of preparation and studying to achieve that perfect pinkness. Well, guess what, meat-heads: the good people of Omaha Steaks want to make sure you never ruin another ribeye, with a beefy app that covers the ins-and-outs of grilling. On top of the 100-plus recipes you can browse through, there are how-to videos, a Steak 101 section, and that precious timer, ensuring a steer will never again die in vain.
Tap Resort Party [Free] Case of the Mondays got you down? Of course it does! Your job sucks. But have no fear, faceless office drone, because we have an app for you. Tap Resort Party is the ultimate tropical getaway, where you get to play head honcho of your own island paradise. In the same vein as the everlasting Sims franchise, TRP wants you to colonize your island with happy-time attractions. Just sit back and watch the tourists flock. The happier they are, the more money you make. The more money you make, the happier you are. As Johnny Depp once said, “Money doesn’t buy you happiness. But it buys you a big enough yacht to sail right up to it.” He was totally talking about this app.
Tumblr [Free] Tumblr is still trying to carve out its niche in a social media landscape dominated by hashtags and wall posts, but their revamped app is a step in the right direction. Featuring a snazzy new look, the ability to manage multiple Tumblr accounts at once, and a user-friendly interface, it should help attract those outliers weary of devoting themselves to yet another online identity. The internet’s creative types have already caught on—Tumblr is on the forefront of the blogosphere. What are you waiting for?
Pano [$1.99] No matter how sophisticated your smartphone may be, its camera can never quite capture the perfection of the human eye. Pano, however, brings it one step closer by giving you the capability to compose seamless panoramic photos. By stitching together up to 16 shots, Pano lets you create digital vistas that can stretch up to 360 degrees, and actually eclipse what human beings, in all their biological supremacy, can see. The iPhone’s version has won mantels of awards and made best-of lists, and now you Androiders can finally see what all the fuss is about.
SoberApp [Free] Putting your life and the lives of others, for that matter—at the mercy of an app might be risky business, but that’s exactly what the creators of SoberApp expect you to do. Essentially a device that lets you know when you’re too drunk to drive, or even trickier, sober enough to try it, SoberApp tracks your Blood Alcohol Content based on your age, weight, and how many PBRs you’ve shotgunned. In the event that you’ve had enough, the app will help you locate a cab. But if it’s a serious buzz you’re chasing, it will also help pin down nearby watering holes. Depending on your neck of the woods, SoberApp will adjust its findings based on local laws. The message here: drink responsibly, sort of.