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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What to play this weekend: Adventures of Pip

What to play this weekend: Adventures of Pip

Let me set the scene for you. PAX East, 2015. My 10-year-old and I visit the Tic Toc Games booth, where a playable demo of Adventures of Pip is set up. He picks up the controller and begins playing this fun, retro platformer. He's doing well, and clears the first major hurdle. He figures out the first puzzle on the first try. "No one has gotten that on the first try," the developer says. A small crowd has gathered. 

He beats the next hurdle, and the next. Puzzles are solved. The princess is rescued, the demo level beaten. First try, first life. 

"Well, @!#*", says the developer.

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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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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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What to play this weekend: Transistor

What to play this weekend: Transistor

Transistor from Supergiant Games is a full-fledged RPG for iPhone and iPad. You play as Red, a famous singer whose voice was stolen after being savagely attacked. Now, you and your sentient sword must battle the Process, a robotic army hell bent on overtaking the city. Is a futuristic dystopian future with enough going on to engage RPG veterans. Here's my look at Transistor.

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Glimpses builds photo slideshows, but leaves me flat

Glimpses builds photo slideshows, but leaves me flat

Glimpses ($9.99) from Eternal Storms Software lets you make photos slideshows, or "still motion videos," to share with family and friends. Simply add a few images, pop in a soundtrack, export and you're good to go. 

I spent a few days with Glimpses and, while I can say it does in fact work, it left me uninspired. Don't get me wrong, there are some very nice features here. You can make an attractive slideshow with a lightweight, inexpensive app that's a breeze to learn. However, there are also some areas that could use work. What's good about Glimpses is very good; what's confusing is just that. Let's gets started and take a look.

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What to play this weekend: 13 Thieves

What to play this weekend: 13 Thieves

13 Thieves (free with in-app purchases) from Space Inch is a tile puzzle game in the tradition of Threes! and 2048. This time, the "tiles" are numbered thieves who would rob you of everything if given half the chance. 13 Thieves is a fun game with nice graphics, goofy sound effects and familiar yet still engaging game play. Here's our look at 13 Thieves.

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Todoist comes to Apple Watch

Todoist comes to Apple Watch

I appreciate the work that's been happening at Todoist. Early this year, the company began work on Todoist for the Apple Watch. Without a Watch in hand, however, the developers knew they knew proper testing was impossible. So they decided to wait.

Today, the patience and dedication has paid off. Todosit 10.1, with support for Apple Watch, is now available, bringing with it a slew of useful features that make the Watch more than a simple reference too.

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