Discovering a restaurant’s secret menu usually involves some combination of knowing locals and eating there far too often — enough to overhear other customers put through bizarre orders. Off The Menu skips the pleasantries, instead offering a peek at off-menu items without investing a penny nor using anything but your smartphone. Eateries ranging from high-end, one-of establishments to fast food chains — notably McDonalds, In-N-Out, Chipotle, and more — offer secret items, making Off The Menu worth a spin.
Find it on iTunes – $Free
Forget pricy, dedicated graphics tablets. Instead, Astropad takes your existing iPad and turns it into a professional creative tool using nothing but well-designed software. Powered by Liquid, Astropad delivers immaculate, color-corrected images to your iPad either wirelessly or via USB without the slightest bit of lag. Best of all, considering your iPad’s hardware and Retina display, Astropad delivers a graphics tablet experience that would normally cost you upwards of a grand.
Read more at Astropad – $50
First thing’s first: Funny Or Die Weather actually delivers solid, accurate weather forecasts complete with pressure, wind speed & direction, humidity, UV index, and more — because why would we ever open the app if it didn’t? Alongside the forecast, though, come humorous one-liners and comments to spice up what would be an otherwise uninspiring delivery (like every other weather app in existence). It’s also free, meaning it’s worth a shot if you check the weather regularly and could use a daily pick-me-up.
Grab your copy on iTunes – $Free
With an amazing array of technology packed into one portable package worthy of James Bond, Spyglass is a complete outdoors navigation toolkit that fits in your pocket. Available for iPad and iPhone, Spyglass provides al fresco enthusiasts with binoculars, a milspec compass complete with maps, gyrocompass, tactical GPS receiver, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, celestial body finder, gyro horizon, rangefinder, coordinate converter, sextant, inclinometer, and angular calculator. Each instrument is more than just fluff: they’re all real state-of-the art tools made for hard use, even if your bare phone isn’t. Long story short, if you need more than what Spyglass offers, you’re screwed.
Get it off of iTunes – $4
Think you’ve got an edge over your iPhone when it comes to setting your photo parameters? Grab the reigns with Manual, a camera app that — as its name suggests — gives you full independent control over shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. It also boasts a fill flash mode, grid, histogram, live automatic exposure values, and intuitively saves photos directly to your camera roll. Granted, this no-frills app makes you work a little for your photos, but patience and skill pay dividends when setting up interesting shots.
Learn more at Shoot Manual – $2
We couldn’t help but brew up a pot of coffee after just reading the name of Jawbone’s latest app. And that’s how we know we have a bit of a problem on our hands. Fortunately, knowledge is power, and Up Coffee aims to help us better understand our favorite beverage and its effects. Plug in every coffee consumed from its extensive list of options – including most of Starbucks’ menu – and the app tracks your caffeine levels over time based on numbers for individuals with the same sex, height, weight, and sensitivity to caffeine. Plus, if you’ve got an Up, Up Coffee even integrates objective sleep data collected to better track caffeine’s effect on your slumber patterns.
Learn more at Jawbone – $Free
Chances are you probably clock quite some time logged into Facebook’s mobile app, obsessively flicking through its infinite vertically scrolling News Feed, microscopic photos, and suggested stories. Here to refine that experience is Facebook Paper. Far prettier than Facebook’s vanilla feed, Paper displays stories as horizontal-scrolling sets of sheets overlaid on a large, dominant photo. Its minimal interface features few buttons, instead relying on intuitive gestures to unfold stories, accelerometer-based tilt to pan through panoramas, and much improved free-scrolling photo albums. With algorithm- and human-curated themes to choose from, Paper strips away the unessential, bringing your focus back where you want it – on your preferred stories and content.
Launching February 3rd. Read more at Facebook/Paper – $Free
Getting work done on your iPhone just got a hell of a lot simpler – if you’re an Office 365 subscriber, anyhow. Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS is mostly independent, letting you create and edit – albeit to a limit degree thanks to incomplete features (not necessarily a bad thing considering the complexity of the current suite) – new Word and Excel files, plus modify existing Powerpoint presentations. Files are accessible via SkyDrive, which also synchs recently worked-on documents to the cloud for mobile editing on the fly. No word on an iPad version, though we’d like to think it’s not far behind.
Download it here – $0