13 June 2013, under
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If you’re male and you own a smartphone chances are that you have a remote interest in the world of gadgetry that stretches far beyond hooking up the new TV or fine-tuning your broadband connection. You may also have a pet that no longer holds the mantle of man’s best friend, replaced instead by the distracting company of a slim smart-alec device that only your fingers need take for a walk.
In a world full of cute ‘Talking Cats’ and ‘Pocket Mirrors’ it’s still remains a difficult chore to locate an app exclusively for men, you would imagine it would be a very simple exercise when you consider the fact that there are nearly half a million apps available from Apple’s app store.
Games are still viewed by ‘iMarketeers’ as the apple of men’s eyes, if you excuse the pun, however there are many other app jewels specifically targeted at men that don’t involve killing zombies or taming angry birds - you just have to find them, fortunately for you I have saved you the daunting task of sifting through app-land, and unearthed the following 10 Best Apps for Men:
1. Tie Right (€0.79)
According to Oscar Wilde ‘A well tied tie is the first serious step in life’ and Tie Right makes that first step much easier. Tie Right offers simple step by step illustrations on six of the most popular and handsome necktie knots known to man.
Tie Right gives the user two distinct views to ensure that your knots are perfect every time. The traditional ‘head on’ view provides step by step illustrations of every loop and every pull from the front on as if you were looking in a mirror. The ‘top down’ view provides a first person perspective of every step in the knot.
2. iHandy Carpenter (€1.59)
Get five professional tools in just the one app. Included is a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, steel protractor and a ruler which when swiped left and right is capable of measuring things much longer than your iPhone!
3. SAS Survival Guide (Free – €2.99)
For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. Now, for the first time ever, the million-copy bestselling book has been reinvented for the iPhone. Take the original set of world-class survival skills with you anywhere in the world – from the peaks of Kilimanjaro to the deserts of Kandahar or to your closest national park.
4. Men’s Health Workouts (Free – €1.59)
Men's Health Workouts puts the power of the world's largest men's magazine in your hands. App features exclusive workouts from the world's top strength coaches, athletes, and fitness experts.
5. AntiSnore (€0.79)
Do you snore when you sleep? Do you disturb your family with your noise? Do you force your partner to sleep on the sofa? AntiSnore can analyse your noises, when it detects a sound that exceeds the threshold, your iPhone will vibrate allowing you to change your sleeping position, stop snoring, but not waking you up.
6. Everyday Golf Coach (Free - €4.99)
The Everyday Golf Coach for iPhone is a stunning collection of 32 instructional videos by leading PGA professional Noel Rousseau. Navigate through the easy to use menu to find quality teaching covering everything you need to improve your golf from improving your grip through to mastering a ball situated in a hanging lie. Noel provides his instruction in easy to understand English, no pretence, no pomp - just great advice that you can immediately apply.
7. Pumps.ie (Free)
Pumps.ie is Ireland's premier online petrol and diesel price guide. Using your phone's location services you can see a list of fuel stations near you, complete with fuel prices and map. Stations can also be searched for manually by county and area. All prices and station closures are entered by the public and so should be regarded as such!
8. Rugby 2011 World Cup (€0.79)
Follow every moment of New Zealand Rugby 2011 World Cup from the first whistle to the final kick. Includes full tournament schedule of matches, profiles of all 20 teams and all the scores and results as they happen. This app is the perfect companion for the Rugby 2011 World Cup on your iPhone or iPod touch.
9. How to Cook Everything (Free - €3.99)
A long-time bestseller on the iTunes store, this man-friendly app features thousands of recipes and variations; how-to illustrations; menu ideas; and straightforward cooking advice for simple good food. Sophisticated search capabilities help you locate a recipe in seconds. App-only features include recipe timers, easy-to-use shopping lists, and favourite’s folders. Best of all, each app is self-contained, so no network connection is required, making these apps the ultimate on-the-go kitchen companions.
10. Testicular Cancer Checker (Free)
Do you remember to check for signs of testicular cancer? Few men do, but Testicular Cancer Checker reminds you to examine yourself regularly. This free application is designed specifically for that purpose and even provides guidance on how to do your examination properly.
You can configure the alert, set it up to remind you regularly, usually at one month intervals. Just select the convenient days and times to receive your reminder alert and then forget about it. If you’re not sure exactly how to do a self examination don’t worry, the app also offers you guidance on the proper way to check yourself for testicular cancer.
All Apps are available from iTunes
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