Apped Out

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial -

There’s an app for that. For $6.99, you can down­load the Water­min­der app to your Ap­ple de­vices, and it will mea­sure your water in­take and keep you prop­erly hy­drated.

For $39.99, you can get Pa­prika Recipe Man­ager 3, which prom­ises to “Or­ga­nize your recipes. Cre­ate gro­cery lists. Plan your meals. Down­load recipes from your favourite web­sites, Seam­lessly sync to all your de­vices.”

For $3.99, Pocket Yoga prom­ises “you can keep up with your prac­tice at your own pace in the com­fort of your own home. Sim­ply roll out your mat, place your de­vice in front, and Pocket Yoga will guide you through your en­tire ses­sion.” Twenty-seven ses­sions! Pose dic­tio­nary in­cluded!

Got $54.99? Home In­ven­tory will keep track of all your stuff for in­sur­ance pur­poses, along with re­ceipts and war­ranty in­for­ma­tion. An­other $6.99 will get you Dog Mon­i­tor, which, if you leave your home com­puter on, will let you use your phone to “check on your dog while you’re at work — know when it’s bark­ing, talk to your dog re­motely, and see live video. It is a must-have for any dog owner.” Of course, that’s com­pet­ing with PetCamApp, which lets you “Be with your pet, even you’re not at home.”

Lost those pesky kids? Hook your whole fam­ily up to Fam­ily Track Cen­tral, which is “a desk­top ap­pli­ca­tion that helps you keep track of the geo­graphic lo­ca­tions of your fam­ily mem­bers in real time through their IOS de­vices. … Wouldn’t it be nice if you get a lo­cal no­ti­fi­ca­tion from your Mac when your fam­ily mem­ber ap­proaches an area they are not sup­posed to go to? That’s what Fam­ily Track Cen­tral is about.”

You can open the front door, check the weather and de­cide whether you need a sweater, a jacket or a coat, or you can spend $13.99 on Swack­ett; “Our unique ap­proach is to com­bine raw weather data with thought­fully crafted peo­ple sym­bols (called ‘peeps’) who al­ways ap­pear ap­pro­pri­ately dressed for the weather. If it hap­pens to be cold out­side, Swack­ett peeps ap­pear dressed in win­ter hats, coats and boots. A hot, sunny day? Swack­ett peeps ap­pear wear­ing shorts and sun­glasses — and they even re­mem­ber to bring along drink­ing water and sun­block.” Who knows? Maybe the peeps also use Water­min­der.

This is not to say that we’re tech­no­log­i­cally cod­dled, with our phones tak­ing the place of the or­di­nary op­er­a­tion of daily life. Wait — it’s ex­actly that.

You grow up, leave the nest — and then spend enough on apps to have your phone be the nest you’ve spent so much time try­ing to es­cape.

Or you can live a lit­tle more like your par­ents, who can no doubt han­dle all those things with­out even hav­ing a smart phone.

They used to call it com­mon sense — and they didn’t have to buy an app for that.

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