Check out the latest and greatest apps for Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, and Windows 8 this week.
iPhone App of the Week: How Drunk Am I?
Hopefully for your sake, hard-hitting doesn’t mean your inebriated self hitting the pavement.
How Drunk Am I? gets right to the point, scoring you on your intoxication (as if you needed any more people judging you at that point) on a scale of one to fifteen. As drinking-themed apps go, this one is at least a little refreshing, in that it never even comes close to seriously making a statement on your drunkenness (or making a terrible impression of a breathalyzer test), using a hand-eye coordination game to see just how out of sorts you are.
Once your level of sottishness has been properly identified, the app will supply appropriate quotes and one-liners. You can even share your score over Facebook or Twitter. I don’t know why you’d ever want to do that. Then again, it’ll probably seem like a fine idea by the time you actually get around to using this app.
How Drunk Am I? is selling for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store.
ScreenShare is actually two apps – a browser app for Android smartphones, and a companion app for tablets which is in the final stages of its beta. Used together, not only does your smartphone become a remote control for Internet browsing on your tablet, but you’ll be able to have your tablet piggyback on your phone’s data connection without tethering.
You start by running both apps, then browsing to a website using your phone. At any point, you can hit the sync button, which will throw the current page to the tablet. The cool thing is that once that page is on the tablet, you can interact with it and browse to other pages and sites by using the tablet itself. At any point, you can sync tablet to smartphone or smartphone to tablet. You can also use your phone to open up a link in your tablet – handy if you’re trying to read the news, and want to keep the main page open so you can browse to other headlines quickly. You can also throw YouTube videos to the tablet, while scrolling through video information and comments on your phone, should you wish to brave the dangerous waters that are the YouTube comments section.
Additionally, you’ll be able to use Gmail with ScreenShare, so you can throw a message to your tablet and keep your inbox open on your phone. Communication between the two devices can be handled via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the latter of which is particularly nice if you’re out and don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network (and have a Wi-Fi only tablet).
Both ScreenShare apps are available for free on Google Play.
Price comparison shopping has gotten a whole lot easier for Windows Phone owners thanks to ShopSavvy.
Like most Windows Phone apps, ShopSavvy dispenses with the frills, and gets down to business. You can use the app to scan barcodes and QR codes when you’re out shopping. Doing that will net you a list of local and online retailers that are carrying that item at the cheapest prices.
Just recently, Bing searches were also integrated into the app, and you can log in with your Facebook account and share items that you are searching for. You can also pin individual products to your home screen as Live Tiles, and get price updates that way, too.
ShopSavvy is available now for free on the Windows Phone Store.
I guess we have a drinking problem this week. Not only do we need an app to tell us if we are drunk, but we desperately want to know how to make these special libations as well.
Cocktail Flow has made an appearance on plenty of other mobile operating systems, but it seems just as well suited to Windows 8, if not more so – this is very much meant to be an at-home companion. Cocktail Flow makes hosting a lot easier – at heart, it’s a very fancy glossary of drinks and bartending knowledge, along with some nice high-definition pictures to look at. Of course, those images aren’t just window dressing – the pictures of the drinks go a long way in making sure you’re actually getting those drinks right.
The drinks themselves are organized by type, color, and type of alcohol (rum, gin, and so on), and are put in alphabetical order from there. More useful is the Cabinet, where you can select which spirits, mixers, and liqueurs you have at home – the app will let you know which drinks you can make with what you have on hand. The guides included on the far right end of the app define a few basic bartending terms, offer some brief how-tos when it comes to garnishes, and introduces you to the essential tools of the trade.
The app itself is minimal, easy-to-navigate, and very responsive. If you’re up for hosting duties sometime in the near future and you have a Windows 8 computer, give Cocktail Flow a look. It’s available for free in the Windows 8 Store.