This week's roundup of cool new (and updated) iOS apps includes at least three different ways to set your calendar and track your progress. If you aren't organized after today, it's not our fault.
Some of us don’t want fancy calendars. We just want an agenda—a straightforward list of what we’re doing, where, and when. Cal List, a free offering for iPhone and iPad, offers just that: Your calendar, displayed as a list of upcoming events. Birthdays and holidays can be viewed as separate lists, and you can email or text a list to a friend.
This free iOS app started life as a comprehensive guide to the best whiskeys available. Now? Now you can make friends with other whiskey lovers. This week’s update introduces “Distiller Community,” letting you share and read notes on specific whiskeys with other fans. Plus, you can share with others the top items on your shelf, as well as your wish list for missing bottles. It’s like Facebook, only with, you know, better alcohol.
Yes, Foursquare still exists. Nope, you don’t see people “checking in” as the “mayor” of their favorite bar anymore. Version 8.0 of the free iPhone app launched this week, making the service look a lot more like Yelp. The overhaul is focused on guiding you to restaurants and cafés that match your personal tastes, and providing “insider tips” to order the best thing on the menu.
Jillian Michaels Slim-Down
Version 6.0 of Jillian Michaels Slim-Down for iPhone and iPad hit the App Store this week. Updated features include a full day of circuit training and menu planning for free; a step-by-step video walkthrough of the circuit-training routine; and the capability to have circuits (and calories burned) automatically entered into your fitness journal once you’ve finished exercising. There are a lot of in-app-purchase possibilities, starting at $1 for a run tracker.
The $5 Plex app lets you store media—music, videos, etc.—on any device and stream it to the other devices you own. This week’s update lets you make playlists of your favorite songs or videos, but there are also some unexpected changes: AirPlay is no longer listed in the in-app player list “due to reported issues.” Some issues with Chromecast, on the other hand, have been resolved.
Push for Pizza
This iPhone app just may be the greatest app ever made: You push a button, and a pizza comes to your house. That’s it. (Pause.) Okay, that’s not quite it: You need to have entered your favorite pizza and restaurant—one that can handle online orders—and previously provided your credit-card information before the app. But after that: Push button. Get pizza. Suddenly, we’re okay with the future not having the jet packs we were promised.
Timeful, a free iPhone app, is a bit like Fantastical meets Google Now: It combines your to-do list and calendar in one view; it also learns from your actions and offers guidance about the best times to accomplish certain tasks and develop good habits.
This popular organization app for iPhone and iPad was updated to version 3.0 with 60 improvements, including an overhauled design, “real-time sync” to automatically update your lists, easier collaboration options, and free comments so that collaborators can communicate, well, for free.