For most of us brokesters, real television is a myth, existing only through (often filched) Netflix and Hulu accounts, and on free websites with a questionable number of pop-up ads and a lot of subtitles. And while those websites are great for binge-consuming Breaking Bad and maybe contracting a computer virus, sometimes it’s easy to miss the basic comfort of zoning out on a couch in front of Wheel of Fortune and the 6 o’clock news. But good news, folks: ABC’s going to start streaming their broadcast to cable subscribers online, and for the first six weeks, the service is free for everyone! (more…)
Pizza: so hot right now. Then again, pizza is always hot around here, both because it’s typically cooked in an oven and because it’s so easy to eat on the go and because we have the best pizza here. And while everyone knows the location of their great or not-so-great slice joint in their neighborhood, what if you’re somewhere you’ve never been before and you just need pizza? Enter the Pizza Compass, possibly the most important app ever made. (more…)
It’s National Poetry Month, and so far you’ve been shut out by both the public library’s and mayor’s office poetry contests. Aw, don’t cry. Seriously, what are you doing you’re an adult. Anyway, with Penguin’s “Poetry By Heart” app, there’s still a way to enjoy the back half of the month celebrating poetry, you can do it on your spacephone too, and it might even make you a better poet. Well, actually, that last one probably isn’t true. (more…)
Walking is one of the ultimate free things you can do. There aren’t any restrictions on it really, unless you try to walk into an area cordoned off by the police, but that’s kind of rare. Plus, you can just walk around the police cordon. But man, it can be so exhausting, right? Well, so they say. If you find yourself walking a long distance (and you will at some point once spring FINALLY gets here) and you need to sit down, you’re not just gonna do it on the sidewalk, obviously. But if you don’t see any benches anywhere, what are you supposed to do? Now there’s a new site that’s crowdsourcing places to sit down around Brooklyn. Sure, why not. (more…)
We live in a world in which making a name for yourself is sometimes best done through DIY exposure, and you might have a friend or two who’ve clawed their way to Internet fame (or, at the very least, a job). But podcasters have been in danger of losing lots of cash thanks to a company that claims to have patented the technology to air audio online. Luckily, a new law has been proposed that would protect podcasters and other tech innovators from getting sued by “patent trolls,” and you can help support it. (more…)
Streaming movie and TV shows is a great way to both keep up with culture without resorting to piracy and becoming a hermit who never leaves the house because you need to watch all of Comedy Bang Bang in one sitting. But with three big players, Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, in the streaming game now, which should you choose? And while you’re sitting there waiting for your selection to load, are there people out there who are getting entertainment beamed into their eyeballs even faster than you? There just might be, depending on your internet provider. (more…)
LinkedIn. The question has been asked here before: does anyone use the networking network? Responses varied, but popular opinion regarding it seems to be that it’s exhausting to delete invitations from strangers who just seem to go around inviting anyone they come across to their network. But what if networking was more like net-twerking? Well, now it can be, because BangWithProfessionals is a real app that will find you sex through LinkedIn. (more…)
Going out in Brooklyn can get pretty expensive after a while, and sometimes your bank account needs you to stay in bed with Netflix for a bit instead. But now, you no longer have to live with shame and deep-rooted Fear Of Missing Out when you and your roommate’s cat spend the night watching American Horror Story instead of doling out for whiskey shots at a bar with, you know, other humans.
A new, free app called CouchCachet is designed to check in on Foursquare, tweet, and do all sorts of social media-ey things for you when you spend the night in to trick your friends into believing you’re out raging. (Without them. What a terrible friend you are.) (more…)
This week in robots coming for our jobs: an app to assist (or replace?) your waiter. The Brooklyn Paper found a DUMBO techie who got tired of waiting for his brunch check and developed Dash, an app that enables users to view and pay the bill on their iPhone without having to interact with their servers, because – let’s face it – there’s already too much interaction going on when you go out to eat. (more…)
Adobe Creative Suite is expensive. Everyone knows this, even Adobe. Despite this, the package remains in high demand, and its services go practically unrivaled in the professional world. Luckily for us, we’re hardly professionals! This leaves us with very few hassle-free options, but unless we want to pay or sketchily torrent, it seems that the best option is to search for and install the finest, freest alternatives to every program in Creative Suite, which would be a huge pain…if someone hadn’t already done it for us. (more…)
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