If you’re familiar with the New York fine dining scene, you know that it always helps--and sometimes is even essential--to know somebody “on the inside”. Whether it’s getting access to otherwise inaccessible reservation times, or receiving perks such as good seating, gratis dishes, and other compliments of the chef, having an inside connection will improve your experience at any restaurant, while turning you into a V.I.P. But it's not always easy to make those connections and break into the world of preferential treatment. At many restaurants, it's impossible to even get seated unless you know someone, let alone any additional perks. For the average diner, the V.I.P. experience isn't all too common.
Social media snobs you're in for a treat - a new online social network is making its way to you! Erik and Louise Wachtmeister launched Best of All Worlds, an innovative and private online community that focuses on the future. Erik states that, "So much of social media is about focusing on other people’s pasts. Best of All Worlds is about paying attention to our own future.” This invite-only platform offers relevant future-facing information instead of focusing on past events. You can access Best of All Worlds both online and through their iPhone app.
StrutType, a new iPhone app, gives both amateur and professional photographers the ability to turn their photos into turn-of-the-century works of art. iOS app developer Christine Summers of Ultimate Chemistry and media relations guru Neil Alumkal, and President of Stuntman PR, collaborated to bring this unique app to life. The app recreates dry-plate photography between 1875 and 1920. It features a range of 20 filters, black & white, gray tones, sepia, greens and cyans combined with period-specific canvases, textures, watermarking, vignettes, light-leak effects and frames. “The wood and brass Strut folding camera introduced the first portable, dry plate photography in our history. It was actually the flaws of the process that gave images of that era a character that’s been lost ever since,” explains Summers, President of Ultimate Chemistry. “The light leaks, the vignetting, the canvas, the frames, the random blurs and the tinting culminated to create a certain magic that’s almost unachievable now. This is the first time in a century where you can get that look without an extreme amount of antique shopping.”
Between the iPhone and Android there are enough useless apps to keep anyone entertained for days, weeks, maybe years. Throwing one more on the pile is The IceBreak, an app that’s sort of like a Dating Simulator except to use it you’ve already got to be dating someone in real life. It’s a toy for the tech savvy romantics who want a little more than just verbal feedback when it comes to how their relationship is going. Actually, it’s for the couple that would like a variety of solid evidence to let them know how their relationship is going.
Melisa Russo is founder and head stylist of Feather Report, an iPhone app and fashion blog that offer daily forecasts and style suggestions to women across the country. If you've ever checked the forecast and wished the weatherman would just tell you what to wear, Feather Report is for you. Launched in January 2009 to a New York City readership, featherreport.blogspot.com quickly grew to include a nationwide fan base. Realizing the potential for a weather-based fashion application, Melisa connected with Medl Mobile to discuss plans for an iPhone application that would take Feather Report to the next level. In September 2009, the Feather Report iPhone app, which delivers your daily weather forecast along with a customized outfit suggestion, was born. You can search for outfits based on your body type, weather, and occasion; shop items directly from your phone; and get forecasts for any city across the country. So, let's say you're a Curvy Cathy heading to Happy Hour and Baby, It's Cold Outside. Feather Report serves up five outfits that match your criteria. You'll even get an umbrella alert if the forecast calls for rain or snow. It's like a stylist in your pocket.