BuzzFeed Unveils its First-Ever Smart Appliance, the Tasty One Top, and All-New Tasty App for iPhone

New York, NY — July 27, 2017 — BuzzFeed today unveiled its first-ever smart appliance, the Tasty One Top, a Bluetooth-enabled induction cooktop now available for pre-order. The One Top will connect directly to the all-new Tasty app for iPhone, which is available on the App Store today with nearly 1,700 video recipes. The announcement comes as BuzzFeed’s Tasty celebrates its second birthday on July 31, marking a two-year rise in which it has grown into the largest social food network in the world. Tasty now reaches 1 in 4 Facebook users worldwide and attracts 2.3 billion videos views every month, according to Tubular Labs.“In two years, Tasty has reimagined the recipe format as a visual, shareable and interactive medium, democratizing food and making cooking more accessible, social and fun in the process,” said Ashley McCollum, General Manager of Tasty. “The Tasty One Top and app demonstrates our commitment to the intersection of content and technology, marking the beginning of the next step in the evolution of our business as we expand into new ways of using technology to bring people together around food.”The Tasty One Top is now available for pre-order in the U.S. now for $149 at Connecting directly to the Tasty app, the One Top allows fans to tap their favorite recipe and take the guesswork out of cooking. In one small countertop package, the One Top can be utilized for almost any form of cooking, including: pan cooking, pot cooking, slow cooking, sous vide, and more.Designed by BuzzFeed Product Labs and brought to life with the help of GE Appliance’s First Build team, the One Top tracks the surface temperature of a pan or pot, as well as the internal temperature of your food, to assure perfect execution of every recipe. It’s induction technology is faster, safer, and more precise than traditional forms of cooking.“Tasty’s strong brand and massive fan base give it almost Continue Reading

New NHTSA car safety app for iPhone gives updates on recalls, crash test safety ratings

An app so easy even a crash test dummy could use it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a new mobile app that provides easy access to car safety information ranging from recalls to complaint submissions. The free SaferCar app, currently available for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch, will let users access real-time safety information, file safety complaints remotely, as well as subscribe to notifications about vehicle recalls. Users can even use their phone's camera to scan their VIN barcode when filing a complaint. “This app takes advantage of the latest technology to ensure that consumers have the real-time information they need to buy safe, drive safe and stay safe,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. Beyond vehicle safety information, the SaferCar app also can serve as a resource for staying safe on the road. One feature offers instructions on how to best install car seats as well as connecting drivers to the closest child seat inspection station for further assistance. Not forgetting the issues that mixing mobile phones with driving may cause, the app launches with a reminder: "Do not text and drive!" A safety ratings feature allows prospective car buyers to use the app to compare crash test data of different makes and models. “The new SaferCar app literally puts the latest in vehicle safety information directly in the hands of consumers so they can make the appropriate purchasing and other decisions for themselves and their families,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. Development on an Android version is underway. Did you find this article helpful? If so, please share it using the "Join the Conversation" buttons below, and thank you for visiting Daily News Autos. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Smell LOU? Maybe Louisville needs an app for that

Louisville maybe schooling Portland right now on how to crack down on toxic air pollution. But our sometimes fragrant city is taking a look at Pittsburgh to get a better handle on odors.Pittsburgh's got an app for them.It's called Smell PGH.And there's a case to be made that Louisvillians should have a Smell LOU app on their iPhones.The smartphone app allows people in Pittsburgh to report and describe any pungent emanations as they are being detected, with the information going to public health officials charged with investigating such complaints. People reporting the odors can also see on a map what other people are experiencing, and where."There is an empowerment in that," said M. Beatrice Dias, project director of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, which developed the app with support from the Heinz Endowments.Reporting by phone or through an online portal can make people feel isolated or alone in their observation, she said. Crowd-sourcing can have the opposite effect."If I can see six other people in my neighborhood reporting something similar, maybe it's something we should care about or fight against, and try to clean up the city," she said.On Thursday afternoon, the map showed that one person at one end of Pittsburgh had reported having a headache possibly caused by a "strong chemical smell like liquid tar." The odor rating? Four out of five, or "it's getting pretty bad." Elsewhere, someone reported a "campfire smell, possibly burning trash," with a rating of three, or "definitely noticeable." More: 'Bag ban' law headed toward court Also: Louisville gains top solar-ready recognition Odors can be a nuisance, sometimes minor, sometimes serious. They can indicate the presence of pollution that could be harmful and in a localized area not detected by regional air quality monitoring.The app came out of work CREATE Lab did to help connect and empower – with cameras and shared Continue Reading

Wanna sound like T-Pain? Apple’s iPhone has an app for that

Love it or hate it, Auto-Tune is all the rage.The software, which digitally transforms vocals to make them pitch-perfect but is often used to make singers' voices more distorted - and, hence, distinctive - has found its way onto the records of many of today's top pop acts, including its most infamous devotee, hip hop artist T-Pain.Now, it's also found its way to the iPhone - thanks to T-Pain himself.I Am T-Pain [iTunes link] allows users of the Apple smartphone to record their own voices, apply custom Auto-Tune effects, then e-mail the audio files to friends or ship them to Facebook, MySpace or Smule (one of the app's developers, along with T-Pain's Nappy Boy Enterprises and Antares, the company behind Auto-Tune).T-Pain devotees can go a step further, singing along to T-Pain tracks (lyrics and Auto-Tune settings included), freestyling over previously unreleased background beats or by purchasing additional songs from inside the app.We found the application to be a bit buggy - it froze a few times when we tried to record ourselves singing Beatles tunes - but the overall effect is a riot, good for hip hop fans and ironic hipsters alike. Don't take our word for it, though - the testimonials in the review section on iTunes say it all."Now I can be just as lame as all the other rappers out there that can't sing," writes seppijuice in the latest five-star review. "Thanks Auto-Tune for iPhone!"I Am T-Pain, which costs $2.99, is also available for the iPod Touch, though it requires an external mic. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

AudioBoo app for iPhone is like Twitter for talkers

Tired of tweets? Maybe boos are for you.While Twitter's 140-character messages have turned micro-blogging into a mega-craze, there's a new service out there that could have the same effect on podcasting: AudioBoo.Much like Twitter, AudioBoo allows users to post messages, follow others and even auto-sync their updates on Facebook; but while AudioBoo may look similar to Twitter, it sounds completely different. That's because updates take the form of audio recordings - music, commentary, ambient noise, you name it (maximum length: five minutes) - recorded via AudioBoo's free iPhone app [iTunes link].Think of it as Twitter for talkers. AudioBoo for the iPhone couldn't be simpler - just hit record, wait for the countdown, then start chatting. When you're done, you can add a photo and tag the message, then press upload and - voila! - it's posted to AudioBoo's Web site,, and cross-posted, if you so desire, to sites like Facebook, Tumblr, FriendFeed and, yes, even Twitter. also provides a map pinpointing exactly where you were when you made the recording, using the iPhone's GPS (you can disable this feature if you choose).All the better, AudioBoo automatically creates a podcast feed, making it easy for users and their friends to subscribe to each other's "boos" on iTunes - and have their mp3 clips automatically download to their iPods or other media players.While the audio quality is excellent - we've been using it to document our travels, including memorable moments with friends and family - there is at least one drawback: For now, you need an iPhone to use it. Currently, there is no way to upload audio directly to the Web site via PC - and other smartphones aren't supported yet (there is a way to call in messages, just like leaving a voicemail, but it's a UK number). Still, AudioBoo promises to open itself up to outside developers - allowing for a broader range of options down the road. Continue Reading

Tummy tuck? Bigger breasts? Shafer Plastic Surgery and iSurgeon offer an Apple iPhone app for that

Thinking of a tummy tuck? Need bigger breasts? There's now an App for that. In fact, there are now two plastic surgery applications, or apps, for Apple's iPhone that offer users information, games and the chance for people to envisage what they would look like with a new nose, face lift or many other procedures. The Shafer Plastic Surgery App was launched in October as the first such product among the more than 85,000 offerings in Apple's iPhone App Store. Created by New York-based Dr. David Shafer, it is aimed at modern patients who are "sophisticated, inquisitive and information seeking," and it taps into a database of more than 1,000 questions and answers about specific cosmetic surgery procedures. The Shafer app will soon be joined by iSurgeon, developed by Miami cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer, who authored the 2008 book "My Beautiful Mommy" aimed at helping 4-7 year-old children cope with plastic surgery. iSurgeon combines a game mode allowing users to try their hand at surgery with a feature that gives people the chance to instantly modify images of themselves -- or their friends -- through lip enhancements, breast augmentations and dozens of other improvements. "iSurgeon serves a dual purpose, providing those interested in cosmetic surgery treatments with a clear visual of what they would look like post-surgery, while also providing a fun entertaining game tool," Salzhauer said in a statement. The Shafer Plastic Surgery App costs $2.99 in its full version, while iSurgeon will be free during its first month of release later in November. The two Apps will join thousands of others, including a Virgin Atlantic airline app for people afraid of flying, a zombie pizza game and a Barista app for making exotic coffees at home. Among the more controversial recent offerings was one launched and swiftly removed in October called "AMP UP Before You Score" which provided pick-up lines for men looking to seduce 24 kinds of female stereotypes, Continue Reading

Digital Chocolate unveils haunted rollercoaster app for iPhone thrills

Ready for thrills that'll also give you the chills?Digital Chocolate, developer of the 3D Rollercoaster Rush as well as other top games for the iPhone and iPod touch, announced Friday a new spinoff of the popular ride game: the Haunted 3D Rollercoaster Rush, according to Business Wire.Haunted 3D Rollercoaster Rush, like the original version and its followup Jurassic 3D Rollercoaster Rush, lets users accelerate and brake by a simple tilt of their device. "We continue to be thrilled to see the success of 3D Rollercoaster Rush and its followup Jurassic 3D Rollercoaster Rush on the App Store," Trip Hawkins, CEO of Digital Chocolate, told Business Wire. "IPhone and iPod touch users will love Haunted 3D Rollercoaster Rush, the next installment in the series, with its frightening twists and ghostly theme."If you're not quite ready for Halloween, then Haunted 3D Rollercoaster Rush will certainly get you in the spooky spirit. There are 40 thrilling rollercoaster tracks to choose from, and some take you on a ride with evil pumpkins, Business Wire reports. And each track has a Challenge Race mode that allows you to go head-to-head with a ghost train for "expert" status.The new rollercoaster rush is expected to be available today at the App Store for $4.99. For more information, go to Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways launches Apple iPhone app for Flying Without Fear course

People scared of flying can now press a button on their iPhone to help them deal with their panic.Long-haul airline Virgin Atlantic Airways has launched an application, or app, for its Flying Without Fear course which boasts a success rate of over 98 percent. Apps are a source of information, games and other novelty ideas for users of Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices.The airline said in a statement that this app was designed to help people overcome fear, be it of the unfamiliar aircraft, the strange noises a plane makes, or of losing control."Our first iPhone app will bring the benefits of our successful Flying Without Fear course to millions of people around the world who are now using mobile technology to make their lives better," Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic, said in a statement."The app will put many travelers at ease and enable them to prepare for their first Virgin Atlantic flight."The airline developed the app with Mental Workout, a company developing software to help people resolve issues and increase mental performance. A spokesman from Mental Workout said an estimated one in every three adults were scared of flying.The Flying Without Fear app has an introduction by Branson, a video-based in-flight explanation of a flight, frequently asked questions, relaxation exercises and a fear attack button for emergencies with breathing exercises. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

21 coolest apps for the Apple iPhone

So, you've got a gleaming new iPhone 3G. After you make a few calls to tell your friends, snap a few pictures, and try out the Web browser, it's time to load that thing up with software. After all, this device lets you go way beyond the usual calling, texting, and surfing. Apple's communicator extraordinaire knows how it's moving in space, can tell where it is on the planet, and lets you control it with multi-finger gestures. Few desktop computers give programmers as many possibilities, and developers have responded with hundreds of applications. The 21 apps we've collected here will transform your new device into far more than a phone. Stanza and eReader can turn it into an e-book reader. Zagat to Go '09 makes your phone a restaurant finder that knows where you are, while OneTap Movies does the same for your local talkies. Want more immediate entertainment? Try Ms. Pac-Man and you've got a handheld retro-gaming console. For aural amusement, soothe your ears with Pandora, which provides tunes you're bound to like based on previous choices you've made. But if you'd rather tune in to your own music collection, stream it from your computer with Simplify Media. Prefer making your own music? Produce dulcet tones with Ocarina, which uses the microphone and speaker of the iPhone to turn the device into a soothing woodwind instrument. The application's "globe view" even lets you share your creations with the world. And for the countless times when you don't want brilliant thoughts to slip away, there's Speakeasy Voice Recorder, which does exactly what its name implies. We've got sports fans covered here, too. The free Sportacular keeps you up to date on your team's latest results, wherever you are. Lite put the iPhone GPS to clever use. It helps you sink that little white sphere into the cup by letting you know exactly how far you are from the hole. World sports fans will love Real Soccer 2009, which simulates professional footie games and even uses real Continue Reading

Apple’s iOS 9 introduces News app, Wallet and Transit feature for iPhone and Mac

Your iPhone is about to receive some significant updates with iOS 9. Apple announced its new operating system update for the iPhone Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The tech giant said the update will focus on three things: improve performance, enhance security and extend battery life. Here are the highlights for iOS 9: Siri The personal assistant will now give more intelligent suggestions based on the user's engagement and provide more specific reminders such as "time to leave." Users can also ask Siri for movie theme songs or top songs from a specific year and she'll play them. The same software used for Siri will provide small new features such as bringing up the music player when the headphones are plugged in. Spotlight The Spotlight search engine will receive a big update with its new API for developers. The new Spotlight will automatically suggest apps that users launch often and people they interact with often. Relevant locations that are nearby and top news will also populate the screen as soon as Spotlight is accessed. Developers will also be able to provide live results right from the search bar without having to redirect users to another app. For example, if a user wants to look for an Airbnb and they search for it on Spotlight, they can get results right from the same screen. Font The new OS will also feature the San Francisco font, which was introduced last year with the Apple Watch. The new typeface will be replacing the traditional Helvetica Neue. Apple Pay Apple Pay will be adding more credit cards, brands and locations to its service. Next month, Apple Pay will be accepted in more than 1 million locations in the U.S. The paying service will also expand overseas and launch in the UK in July with more than 250,000 locations, including the transportation system. Apple Pay will also be available on new platforms such as Pinterest once the new buyable pins feature rolls out. Since Apple wants its Apple Continue Reading