This week was a slower in terms of prominent app releases, but plenty of old favorites received big-time updates to make up for it. Topping our list is the latest update from Pinterest, bringing some much requested functionality to the fold. We've also got a few ways to save some money while driving to work in the morning, a special app for hunters and fisherman, and a great video collection app that's all about science!
Pinterest update (Free)
Everyone and their mother uses Pinterest these days, and all those same people often shared the same complaint that the mobile application lacked the ability to control their accounts. Well, I'm happy to tell the hundreds of thousands of you Pinterest users that the latest update finally gives you the connectivity you've been craving, letting you edit your boards and add text from the app itself. You also get to create secret boards that aren't publicly visible. There is a lot more work to be done on the app version of everyone's favorite public pin-board, but this latest update was a great step in the right direction.
ConnectMyRide (beta) (Free)
This app is still in beta, but it has a lot of promise as a money saving application. Basically, it lets you "connect your car to the cloud," which means it can keep track of all of your trips and expenses, compare and contrast them, and then share all of those stats with Facebook and Twitter. I guess there are some people who would want to brag about the fuel efficiency of their car! Still, it brings a lot of neat information to light, like the exact distance you travel to get to work, how much fuel you use, and even your carbon emissions. It'll probably drain your battery something fierce, but it's pretty novel.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I love watching a nice TED Talk or random lecture every now and again. It's a great way to learn a little bit, even if you're not retaining everything, without having to hit the books so hard that they hit back. Mobento brings together hundreds of educational videos from sources such as Stanford, NASA, and the aforementioned TED Talks. These videos cover all kinds of interesting topics from natural selection to free will, to more philosophical debates. Science is totally awesome, and videos about science are almost as awesome.
While I'm not much of a hunter or fisherman, I understand the appeal. You get to enjoy the serenity and tranquility of nature just before things get really exciting, and it becomes a life or death situation (for the animals, anyway). HookHunt is a GPS based app that seeks to show you the best areas to hunt or fish, based on population density, geography, and other factors. It also tracks things like weather info, trails, and a whole lot more. It's a cool idea that's great when it works, but unfortunately the device compatibility rate is a bit low, with app-breaking bugs on many devices.
Dunkin' Donuts update (Free)
We end our list today with a wonderful combination of caffeine, sugar, and savings! The Dunkin' Donuts app has had a serious evolution recently. Now, instead of simply offering a store locator and virtual menu like a standard website would, the mobile app actually gives you a special reason to use it via exclusive coupons, virtual gift cards, and other such features. Since "America runs on Dunkin’" this app will surely bolster the whole economy with such great deals. I joke, but coffee is something I take seriously, and cheaper coffee is even better!