You may have heard about the social graph and the interest graph, but what about the health graph? Thanks to RunKeeper, this term may soon become an oft-used part of your vocabulary. RunKeeper, for those unfamiliar, was founded three years ago as a simple iPhone app and a small online fitness community designed to help runners and other fitness enthusiasts employ smartphone technology to better… → Read More
Condé Nast has unveiled a new iPad app called Idea Flight that they claim “is a new tool designed to share ideas, presentations, documents and designs easily and effectively.” One iPad user is a the “pilot” for a presentation and up to 15 “passenger” iPads can follow along via WiFi or Bluetooth. Idea Flight isn’t a general purpose presentation app, but it does look to make the iPad a more useful… → Read More
When you’re looking for a new apartment, or a new place to live, there are quite a few sites you can turn to for real estate listings. There’s Craigslist if you’re feeling saucy, Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia, to name a few. As my colleague Erick Schonfeld pointed out last year, there’s room for competition in this market, and there’s potential for profitability. But not for a… → Read More
In today’s hyper-connected world, the lure of the cellphones, smartphones, and other devices is always present. Take public transportation to work and you’re likely to find the majority of passengers glued to their devices. The problem, however, is that, because many people carry their devices with them at all times, there’s a temptation to use devices even when it’s not a great idea to do so … → Read More
I’ll bet that got your attention. Finally, an app that wants to buy you a drink. Well, not exactly, but it’s the next best thing. LoSo is a location-based social media app for the iPhone that re-launches today to bring the best parts of Foursquare, Yelp, and OpenTable together in one app for your mobile phone. An ambitious goal, yes, but to counterbalance that, LoSo is targeting a very specific… → Read More
When you plan a vacation, you likely have a destination in mind. Location plays a considerable role in our travel plans, but really what makes or breaks a good vacation is what you do when you get there. Your trip to Hawaii last summer was enjoyable simply because you were in Hawaii and not at the office, but really what you remember is the scuba diving — and backpacking through volcanoes. These… → Read More
Sometimes, when you’re building a business, you just have to go with what works — even if that means a substantial pivot from your initial vision. Case in point: Beginning in early 2008, TechCrunch wrote a number of posts on a startup called Skydeck. Skydeck was a phone-productivity service that tackled mobile phone bills, enabling you to tag, sort, and search call records as you would in email. → Read More
Evernote for iPhone launched with the Apple App Store, and the app has ungone a number of evolutionary steps in the years since. Today Evernote is unveiling version 4 of their iPhone app and the changes, while maybe not revolutionary, are certainly substantial. The home screen, for example, is completely revamped to show snippets of notes making the app useful as soon as you launch it. → Read More
Although I would rather die in a pit, bitten by rats and my flesh taken by necrosis than eat at Hardee’s or Carl’s Jr, you have to admit that they do have a compelling social media marketing plan. CKE Restaurants, owners of Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s and famous for making food that is less popular than McDonalds, have created a location-based “coupon game” that… → Read More
Big fan of the Nike Training Club? Well you’re in luck then, because Nike just announced that they’ve released an iPhone app, just in time for Christmas. → Read More
Back in those lazy hazy crazy days of September, we wrote that the iOS Twitter app would support push notifications soon.
Well, guess what, guys?! It’s here!
Now you can use Twitter as a form of instant messaging, as the very moment someone you follow @mentions or messages you, you’ll receive the notification on your iPhone/iPad.
What? You don’t have an iPhone or iPad (I hear ya, buddy)? Have… → Read More
iStreamer by AllOfMe is an iPad app that offers a realtime, timeline-based stream of data from social and RSS feeds as well as images and search keywords. Designed to make it actually kind of fun to browse your friends’ feeds, the app is fully touch-controlled and lets you get a birds’-eye – or worms’-eye – view of your streams. The app costs $4 and is available today… → Read More
Did you know eight out of ten women wear the wrong bra size? Of course you didn’t. Now, thanks to Israeli iPhone app dev house, Digital Relations, you can celebrate the Jewish New Year with the correct support your loved ones’ bosoms need. Say hello to FITS, the iPhone app that helps you measure breast size. Happy new year indeed!
The story behind the app is that one of the developers at Digital… → Read More
Remember the CrunchGear Geek Weekend series, where we attempted to show some fun stuff to do in various cities across the U.S.? Yeah, we kind of let that peter out, didn’t we? Also, there are lots of great non-geek things to do in and around cities. This is especially important for families: the kids might be more interested in Tecumseh! than the early television museum. With the A Day’s Outing… → Read More
People don’t send postcards anymore. Why bother when you can photo MMS a friend? Attempting to restore some of the social experience behind photography. SwingVine has created SwingVine Gallery an app that attempts to bring back some of the mystique and enjoyment of social photo sharing, sort of like a mobile photo game of tag.
Using your iPhone’s camera and GPS, the SwingVine Gallery app allows… → Read More
Guzzle is a super simple way to see current information about anything you want. It’s a mashup of a search engine and a feed reader: set up any number of keywords, and Guzzle will show you up-to-the-minute stories from hundreds of sources involving those terms. No account is required, but creating an account will let you save your settings. Now there’s a Guzzle iPhone app available, so that you… → Read More
Plug the BP oil spill is a free app for your iPhone that lets you use your finger to plug the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “This makes fun of a bad situation but In a very funny way” reads the product description. It’s a free app, so it’s not like you’re trading hard-earned money for this drivel, but still: is this what we can continue to expect on our smartphones? → Read More
I’m a pretty terrible photographer. My DSLR camera is definitely smarter than me, and the photos it takes on full-auto are almost always better than those I get when I fiddle around in manual mode. Still, I can’t help but feel envious when I look at professional photos and realize that I could take photos that good if only I had a little nudge in the right direction. If you’re planning a… → Read More
Let’s be honest; riding a bicycle is a great way to save money and the environment, but it can be dangerous at times. In some cities, it can be downright deadly. So what can you do to protect yourself? You could become a militant bicycle rider that hunts down bad drivers, or you could learn the safest route. The good news is there’s an app for learning the safe way to go. → Read More
It’s been a long time since I’ve had to fill out an expense report, but I remember clearly what a hassle it always was. Keeping receipts, and manually entering all that data: what a pain! Today’s smartphones make the tedium of expense reports a thing of the past. Simply install ProOnGo’s new mobile expense report app, and you’re on your way to a happier life. → Read More