Posts Tagged: apps

Startups I Would Invest $1 Million In Instead Of "Yo"

"[Yo] has just raised $1m in seed funding from CEO of Mobli, Moshe Hogeg’s angel fund. Yes, an app that simply sends a 'Yo' notification to friends has managed to pry $1m in cold hard cash out of an investor’s hands."Forbes

An app that tells you how long past the expiration date you can eat something

A watch that beeps when someone near you is about to fart

There has to be a way to monetize period underwear


An app that turns self-pity into renewable energy

It's like WhatsApp but you can only message literary characters from the 19th century

Deodorant for your underboob

A [...]


For Our Periods, An App For That (That Being Our Periods)

Do you use an app for tracking your period? Hairpin pal Jenna Wortham swears by it: "Ida Tin, a entrepreneur based in Berlin who released the application Clue, said she sees these applications as an all-purpose life tracker, one that documents a women’s relationship to her body throughout her life, from the beginning of menstruation to menopause." It's like a digital yearbook for our uteri. [NYT Bits / screengrab courtesy @aminatou]


I Fear I'll Be Stuck on Level 29 of Candy Crush Forever

I’m no stranger to iPhone game addiction. I have a folder full of games I’ve spent legal tender on, as well as the ghosts of games that I've since deleted when they became "problems." A country’s obsession with Angry Birds turned it into a heavily discounted candy option that you now see by the checkout counter at your local CVS. And who can forget the Draw Something craze of March 2012? Remember the first time you opened Temple Run, and then immediately noticed that everyone else was playing it on the subway? (Oh, don’t even get me started on Temple Run 2.) There’s Letterpress, Tetris Blitz, Ridiculous Fishing, and now, [...]


Phone Apps Someone Who Knows How to Make Phone Apps Ought to Make

I'm generally pretty disappointed by the apps I download for my little android phone. I get them, I wait for them to fundamentally change my life, I feel crushing remorse, I delete them and go eat some pretzels. It’s like my relationship with email. I’ve been waiting for an email since the beginning of emails that’s like “Jim, you are wonderful, and the very thought of you makes me feel great. Let’s move to a cabin in the Maine woods and never talk to anyone ever again.” I still haven’t gotten this email. Every day there is a chance I will get this email. Just like every time I [...]


H8 That I Luv U, Mobile Banking App

Mobile Banking: Your $.99 transaction with ez budget was less than the $50.00 limit in your Alerts setting.

Me: Why did you text me if it was below my limit?

Mobile Banking: I thought it was amusing that you bought a budgeting app.

In this week's New Yorker, Hairpin homegirl Kelly Stout provides an important read for anyone who has an inappropriate relationship with their banking app. [Shouts & Murmurs]


#DudeCanCook #EpicSmile #RatingMenWithHashtags

A week later, they met again, this time at Mr. Branson’s Necker Island in the Caribbean, and had another night of passion. The next day, Mr. Brockway sat in on another of Ms. Chong’s Lulu lectures, unaware of her plan to demonstrate her app by reviewing him in front of his friends and family members.

“People thought she was teasing,” Mr. Brockway said, flashing his #EpicSmile and rubbing his #ThreeDayStubble during a recent dinner party in SoHo attended by friends including Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, a founder of Gilt Groupe, and Princess Eugenie of York.

Mr. Brockway has since gotten several more reviews (#DudeCanCook), none quite as glowing as the [...]


Maur Maur Maur!

"Maura is a new weekly magazine. Each week, it takes on pop culture with brio; its offerings include in-depth interviews with creators and innovators, incisive commentary on music, movies, sports, and the internet, and indulgent recipes for liquor-filled treats. Maura takes a populist approach to pop culture: It is fun to read without making fun of fans for loving what they love. Maura is open-minded without being empty-headed." —Hairpin pal Maura Johnston has started a new app-based publication, Maura Magazine, which is available for $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year (subscription fees "support the writing, editing, and production of Maura Magazine"). Maura (Johnston) also has another [...]


The Foursquare of Booty

"It's full of paper here," said Matteo Bormetti, speaking of the layers of flyers and posters covering every vertical surface around the Austin Convention Center during South by Southwest. Bormetti and his business partner Matteo Sarzana were in town from Milan to promote their mobile site,, which is designed to track and quantify users’ sexual experiences. "We have to do something special, something strange, to take the attention of the people."

For Nipple, that something special is large, bright pink posters. One shows a Fitbit-wearing penis and says, "You quantify everything, start quantifying your sex!" On another is a vulva with a beer bottle pointing toward it. It reads, [...]


In context of New York City's ambitious plans to compost 10% of its residential food waste and process much of that waste into biogas, the New Yorker has put up a slideshow of artistic perspectives on food decomposition, and NPR has another idea for what you might do with your leftovers, many of which are non-compostable to begin with: you could use an app called LeftoverSwap to barter them, or just give them away.



Talking to Ghosts on Cell Phones

In our politically divided, socially stratified world, it is nice to know that 48% of Americans can agree on one thing: ghosts are everywhere. Floating around, seeing you when you’re sleeping, knowing when you’re awake, silently judging all the life choices you’ve made since college.

But sometimes, just knowing that they’re out there isn’t enough. What about the times when you want to reach out to ghosts, to find out what really killed them, or see if they have any good dating advice?

In the past, communicating with the beyond was a costly and time-intensive endeavor. If you opted to bypass the traditional séance route, you had to [...]