It's handy to check the traffic before you head off to work in the morning, but most people don't get all of the relevant info they need in time to do anything about it. IBM has developed a predictive traffic app that learns your commute and can tell you whether to make a break for it, take the train instead, or just go back to bed until things clear up.
Next time you find yourself stranded out in the middle of suburbia with a low battery in your electric car, you can just whip out the PlugShare app and find a total stranger to hit up for a charge.
Universal translators embedded in our brains may still be a long way off, but in the meantime instantaneous translation via your iPhone is now as simple as point and shoot.
By seamlessly translating spoken audio into another language in near real-time, Google's Translate app for the iPhone comes close to giving you a pocket-sized universal translation device. And it's free.
Most of us aren't willing to go through eating tons of ramen and enduring the hazing of 400-pound stablemates just to become a sumo wrestler, but one app offers a virtual experience that may be the next best thing.
So you're a Trekkie who's always dreamed of owning a communicator. Well, they still don't exist. Sorry! But you can turn your iPhone into one, sort of, using an app.
If you like sorting your iPhone apps so that they're all neat and color coordinated, you can probably relate to this creation from Spanish artist Oriol Fernandez Tur. He sorted the 540 apps on his iPhone so that each page would look like a letter of the alphabet.
Are you one of the brave fools planning to stand outside in the freezing cold for hours and hours in Times Square on New Year's Eve? Well, power to you. Now, there's an official iPhone/Android app to supplement your craziness.
It's official, the Mac App Store is coming on January 6. On that day, Apple will try to replicate the success it has had with its iOS App Store, but on its Macs. With over 300,000 apps in the iOS App Store, Apple would be a fool to ignore the ecosystem that a Mac App Store equivalent would bring.
I never realized that the Sesame Street gang were a bunch of closet Apple fanboys, but apparently they got their mitts on a new prototype for an Apple pogo stick called the iPogo, and were so impressed that they wrote this cute little ditty about it.