Runkeeper releases standalone Apple Watch app

Runkeeper releases standalone Apple Watch app

I'm a fan of Runkeeper, even though I don't run -- I walk. But it's a perfect app for capturing the details of any of those sort of activities, providing stats on your distance, duration, and -- on the iPhone app -- even a track of your most recent run or walk. I've used the Runkeeper Watch companion app for a while just to launch the iPhone app, but today the company introduced a completely redesigned Watch app that works as a standalone.

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Back to school: iPhone, iPad apps for high school students

Back to school: iPhone, iPad apps for high school students

High school students have a lot to keep track of throught the day, from academics to extracurriculars to the all-important social life. In this post we're going to look at hitting the books, staying on top of things and preparing for what's next. Here is our list of iPhone and iPad apps for high school students.

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View a wealth of image data with PixelMet for iPhone

View a wealth of image data with PixelMet for iPhone

Like so many apps, PixelMet (free with in-app purchase) was built to fill a specific need. "When I am on my Mac," developer Danny Wong told me, "I can edit the location of my photos with the Photos app on OS X. However, I can't do the same thing on iOS, and I couldn't find any third party app that did the job. I thought, why don't I build one myself?"

The result is PixelMet, which Danny calls "a companion to Apple's Photos app on iOS," akin to the "get info" function on a Mac. I've been playing with it for a few days and I've found it's a nifty little utility. Here's our look at PixlMet for iPhone.

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CARROT Weather is on your Macs, meatbags

CARROT Weather is on your Macs, meatbags

Attention, meatbags. CARROT Weather is now available for the Mac. The robot with a vindictive personality has escaped the confines of iOS and infiltrated your computer, bringing with it accurate weather forecasts for multiple cities, secretes to unlock and a time machine. Here's our look at CARROT Weather for Mac.

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What to play this weekend: Agar.io

What to play this weekend: Agar.io

Recently I was hanging out with some friends when someone showed me Agar.io for iPhone (free, universal). "You're a cell who eats other cells while trying to avoid getting eaten yourself," he said. 

"That's it?" I said.

"That's it."

Agar.io comes to iOS after a successful run on PC and browser-based play. This mobile version preserves the low-end, no-frills graphics of its siblings and is somehow just as compelling. I've pretty much explained everything there is to know, but here are a few more details.

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Enjoy the sun safely with Alara for iPhone

Enjoy the sun safely with Alara for iPhone

Alara for iPhone (free with optional in-app donation) lets you monitor each day's UV index, which is the "expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun." The US EPA notes that one American dies of skin cancer every hour, and that "unprotected exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer." It was this very fact that drove developer Lee Morgan to develop Alara

"A few years ago a friend of mine, whom I served with in the Air Force, was diagnosed with Melanoma. Upon his diagnosis he was medically discharged from service. I won’t go into the details but suffice to say dealing with melanoma has been very difficult for him and his family."

Thompson notes that he and his wife are light-skinned, increasing their susceptibility to melanoma. Not being able to find an app that suited their needs, he built one of his own. Alara is the result.

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Hours for iPhone announces Freshbooks integration

Hours for iPhone announces Freshbooks integration

Hours for iPhone announces integration with Freshbooks for easy time tracking and billing.

Hours is the time-tracking app that I reviewed back in October. It's very well done, with features like smart notifications, multiple timer support, color-coding to keep things clear, and handy reports that you can export to PDF or CSV. It's really a nice app.

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Alto's Adventure 1.1 offers a slew of new goodies

Alto's Adventure 1.1 offers a slew of new goodies

Alto's Adventure from Snowman has you snowboarding through beautiful terrain to capture wayward llamas. We reviewed the game back in February, and now version 1.1 brings cool new goodies and squashes some bugs along the way. 

New goodies! 

If you've played Alto you've certainly slammed into the snow or plummeted to your death. A new helmet and pickaxe will save you from crashes and chasms, respectively. They're single-use items and you can purchase them with in-game virtual currency (there are NO in-app purchase in Alto's Adventure).

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Stay hydrated with AddWater Pro for iPhone and Apple Watch

Stay hydrated with AddWater Pro for iPhone and Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is, among other things, a health-tracking device. Apple's Activity app monitors your movement and exercise without your having do a thing, while the workout app focuses on your concerted efforts to get up and moving. 

Health-conscious developers see opportunities to build upon Apple's efforts. For example, Lanyap MediaWorks has released AddWater Pro for iPhone ($1.99) and Apple Watch, which helps you monitor your daily water intake. Focused on speed and efficiency, AddWater Pro lets you quickly note what you drink, browse your hydration history and even provides rewards for hitting goals. Here's our look at AddWater Pro.

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What to play this weekend: Her Story

What to play this weekend: Her Story

Her Story (Mac and iOS) is a nonlinear jigsaw puzzle set in the mid-90's. As the player, you must find and review snippets of archival police interview footage to figure out what happened to a woman called Hannah in 1994. Those snippets are brief and jumbled together; only careful observation will allow you to uncover what happened.

I took five pages of hand-written notes before I figured everything out. At 12:30 AM. I could not stop playing.

Even now that I've reached the end (there is a definite end), there's more for me to see, so the replayability is there. This will be a difficult review to write, as I don't' want to give anything away. Here we go with my look at Her Story.

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Serenitea is a great tea timer for iPhone and Apple Watch

Serenitea is a great tea timer for iPhone and Apple Watch

Serenitiea ($0.99) is a simple, useful timer for iPhone and Apple Watch. 

I don't like coffee; I like tea. There, I said it. Feels kind of good, actually. Down with coffee!

While the process of brewing tea is less persnickety than producing a proper cup of coffee, there are a few things to keep in mind. Each type of tea wants a specific water temperature, steeping time and water-to-leaf ratio. This is where a simple app like Serenitea helps. 

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