Our Best Of App Just Got Even Better

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Katie Johnson
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Want to know where to go and what to do in Phoenix? Your essential mobile guide--also known as our Best Of app--just got better.

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The Five Best Road Trip Apps

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Let's all just take a moment right now to accept the futility of our best-laid plans for an unplugged vacation this holiday weekend. If you're anything like us, then you and your smart phone could probably qualify as conjoined twins. And you know what? It's okay, because they are gonna help take those Fourth of July travel plans to the next level.

If you're traveling by plane, be sure to check out The Five Best Travel Apps; but if you're staying a little closer to home, you'll want to download these five apps before you hit the road.

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Hinge: Combining Facebook and Dating, Because Neither Is Awkward Enough

Categories: Apps, Morning Buzz

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Yeah, it's like a board game. Just jump in and figure it out.
If you're single and more or less looking, there's the total stranger, who isn't everyone's cup of tea, and then there's the adorable person you know and are too shy to approach. Or you could really use some 411 on whether that person is also officially single. (This kind of thing is a gnarly problem for every sex, gender, and orientation.)

But there's also your BFF's co-worker, your dogsitter's roommate, or the cousin of that lady you knit with. They fall somewhere in between and might be The One!

We're too old to pass notes, too embarrassed to ask someone to ask for us, so of course we turn to technology. In this case, it's Hinge, a lovely piece of software introduced at this year's SXSW that anonymously listens to your whispered prayers, creepily investigates the friends of your friends (by sponging off Facebook), and gives you the option of letting someone who potentially likes you know you potentially like them back without nearly as much fear of rejection -- because you already sort of know who it is and that he or she likes you, too. And you know someone in common, which makes it a bit less online-random and more like a real-world intro, according to the press blurbs linked on Hinge's site.

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The Five Best Gardening Apps

Categories: Apps, Gardening

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Gardening help can be one of the toughest things to come by. After spending hours on Google trying to figure out whether your plant needs more water, less fertilizer, more sunlight, or new potting soil, it's easy to get discouraged and give up on the hobby altogether.

Admittedly, there may be some truth to the conception of gardener as luddite -- after all, gardening is about getting down and dirty with the earth and you definitely don't need an iPhone for that. But when green thumbs and technology converge, something beautiful happens: Suddenly, gardening isn't so discouraging anymore. Here are the five best apps to give you a leg up in the garden, whether you're a newbie or a pro.

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- Five Apps to Spice Up Your Exercise Routine in 2013
- Fives Apps to Help You Get Organized
- Five Useful Apps for Visual Artists and Art Enthusiasts


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Blast from the Past: Tamagotchi Pets Return in an Android App

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Buckle up, Generation Y, your old best friends are coming back to life.

The brains behind Bandai and Sync Beats Entertainment originally released the high maintenance, time-wasting digital pets in Japan in 1996. Since, more than 76 million tiny egg-shaped computers with three buttons to feed, play, and pay attention to the Tamagatchi have been sold worldwide.

And if you have an Android phone, you can relive your early childhood and tween years (and likely piss off your boss).

See also:
- Five Useful Apps for Visual Artists and Art Enthusiasts
- Five Apps to Spice Up Your Exercise Routine in 2013

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Five Apps to Spice Up Your Exercise Routine in 2013

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Let's start out 2013 with a dose of reality: It's hard to keep New Years resolutions.

According to the New Years resolution statistics published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology for 2012, 25 percent of resolution-makers have already given up on their goal by January 8. The number only grows over time with nearly half of New Years resolutions abandoned by the first day of February.

Our selves of yesteryear might've heard these stats and turned to run, but it's still the first week 2013, and we are sticking to our guns because dammit we still really wanna lose 10 pounds this year.

What if we made our fitness goals for 2013 cater to our existing (technological) lifestyles? Instead of springing for that new exercise wardrobe and $100 a month gym membership, what if we opted for a $2 guide that fits in our pockets? Let's give our resolutions a little boost this year with some apps to help us start exercising more regularly (for real this time). Here are some of our favorite fitness apps to get you started.

See Also:
- Five Apps to Help You Get Organized
- Five Useful Apps for Visual Artists and Art Enthusiasts
- Five Photo Manipulation Apps for iPhone and iPad

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Five Apps to Help You Get Organized

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With the holidays approaching (read: already here) it's important to not let yourself get too bogged down by the growing pile of things you've got on your plate.

When the To-Do List meets technology a beautiful thing happens -- If you've ever written something down on a piece of paper and then never seen it again, you'll understand. We've gathered together our favorite organizational apps to help you keep your head on straight over the next few months and maybe even accomplish a thing or two while you're at it.

See Also:
- Five Useful Apps for Visual Artists and Art Enthusiasts
- Five Photo Manipulation Apps for iPhone/iPad

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Five Useful Apps for Visual Artists and Art Enthusiasts

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Nothing really compares to the time spent in an art studio working with physical art supplies, but realistically there isn't always an array of materials (or even a pencil and paper) at hand when inspiration strikes away out in the world.

Luckily there are some apps out there for creating art that might surpass the pencil and paper and still others that offer additional methods of finding and sharing inspiration for artists and non-artists alike.

See Also:
- Five Photo Manipulation Apps for iPhone/iPad
- Control: A Phoenix-Developed App That Helps Keep Track of Your Cash

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