Dining Zen: 8 Awesome Restaurant Apps

This is Groupon Reserve, one of the best apps for finding good food near you

Going out to dinner is great. The food is good, the ambiance is good, and there’s no cleanup. The painful part of eating out is finding restaurants with good food at a fair price. Luckily, technology has revolutionized how we eat, and has made bad meals a rarity. Here are 8 apps that make finding good restaurants, and deals a breeze. Groupon Reserve (formerly Savored): Living in the city is both a dining blessing, and a dining curse. The food tends to be better, but it also tends to be pricier. Groupon’s new high-end deal service, Groupon Reserve, takes care of that. With Reserve, … [Read more...]

Review: Oyster – the Netflix of books

Recently I reached out to a young company called Oyster, about demoing their new service. Their website boldly claims “Read unlimited books. Just $9.95 a month”, so being a reader, I was naturally excited about the prospects of not having to pay $10 a month to read a couple of books. Unfortunately Oyster faces the same flaw that every content-driven startup faces. They can’t afford the rights to the best books. Still, this flaw is not fatal, and redeeming qualities I'll describe below make Oyster an excellent service for many avid readers. The app itself (available for iPad, iPhone, … [Read more...]

How Well Do You Really Know Your Facebook Friends? This App Calls Your Bluff

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The definition of ‘friends’ has morphed in the online era; some say it’s gone from ‘individuals with mutual affection’, to “people I think I saw or met once, somewhere”. Teen developer Ash Bhat’s new game, Quicki, tests your friendship and your memory, by seeing if you can connect names with the faces of your facebook friends. Gameplay: Basically, after connecting your facebook account to the app, and once you start the game, Quicki prompts you with a full screen photo, and two names. You have around 4 seconds to tap the name that matches the face, and if you fail, you lose. For each … [Read more...]

Color Zen Puzzle Game Review

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Recently I've been on a puzzle game kick. My flight to China required a dozen hours of entertainment, and so I supplemented my usual puzzle games (UnblockMe, Flow) with a recently released iOS game called Color Zen. Here are the details on what it is, and why you should download it. Color Zen is basically a puzzle game based entirely on color. The end goal is to have the color of the interior of the box match that of the frame. When two objects of the same color collide, or one of a certain color, and one blank, every unoccupied, or previously reacted space is turned that color. The goal is … [Read more...]