Thanksgiving in Canada comes earlier than in America, and this year I've been given the honor of entertaining some young guests. Although I could use tech to make my life easier by playing some games, I've decided to take an alternate path and prove that smartphones have a creative side, too. My only restriction is for the device not to be used hands-on, but only to deliver instructions or to be a tool. In the end all I'll need are some craft supplies, a knowledgeable app and some imagination.
Organizing a household has gotten much more complicated these days. We have schedules to keep track of, documents to secure, and appointments to remember. Add in bills, a budget, recipes, phone numbers and your home organizer binder suddenly looks more like a phone book. In this increasingly paperless world, all the important files and information that a family home needs can be minimized and made accessible through various apps. Here are a few we highly recommend.
After attending HTC's 8s & 8x event last week, I was struck by just how colorful the hyper saturated Windows Phone 8 offerings are. Compared to the white or black of the iPhone 5 and the white and blue grey of the Samsung Galaxy S III, they really do stand out… but is that a good thing?
Want to read more or perhaps jog regularly? Perhaps you'd like to eat healthier or be consistently productive? Forming habits take effort, but thankfully there are quite a few apps to help coach you along the way. Why wait for New Year's to make resolutions when you can improve your life today?
Here's an interesting concept from designer Alexandros Stasinopoulos, a design exploration which takes Windows Phone's live tile interface and extends it out well beyond the screen. Kanavos is a bold design connecting the operating system UI outward to the phone itself, in the process probably dividing opinion like the grid lines themselves.
With the arrival of fall, now may be a good time to start an active saving plan for future winter travel or holiday shopping. However, the nemesis of a planned out budget is the dreaded impulse spend on a sudden and irresistable sales. It's time to fight back and save for the big things you really need. With smart budgeting, some skimping, and apps like these that help you set money aside, you'll be on to bigger and better things in no time.
Smartphones and tablets — as amazing and futuristic as these portable devices are, charging them remains as archaic as ever. Here at Apartment Therapy, we're always looking for ways to reduce cable clutter. Imagine never plugging in a portable device again…
Commercial breaks, the waiting room or riding the Subway are all things that consume time but are too short to do anything really productive. A little gaming is a good way to burn a few minutes while easing a bit of stress in the process. Smartphones are capable of epic quests and immersive gameplay, but also have a great deal of choice when it comes to quick and simple games. Remember the next time you have a free moment in the day, you might want to pick-up and play.
I'm eagerly in anxious-wait mode for the next wave of smartphones, specifically the Windows Phone 8 powered Nokia Lumia 920. It may be a month or two before the 920 is available, but there's already a slew of accessories, one of my favorite being these colorful JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speakers for Nokia. The colorful and compact design just begs for bringing it along to a picnic or to the beach for 10 hours of Bluetooth near field communication playback. Bright yellow or Nokia blue, please!
Did you answer correctly? How quickly did you figure it out? A sudden kick to the cerebrum with a little bit of pressure is harsh, but it's a good wake up call to see how sharp your brain is. I've been toying with IQ tests all week and came to a harsh conclusion that I might need to bend the mind a little more into shape. So dust the cobwebs from your brain if you dare and try one of these IQ tester smartphone apps. If you want to know how well you did on my little test, the answer is after the break.