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How to Tie a Tie

Free | iOS, Android

Ah ties, the stereotypical Father’s Day gift. This year, package one together with this instructional app that outlines how to tie more than 30 different styles of knots. Step-by-step illustrations guide Dad through popular knots such as the Atlantic, Diagonal and Half Windsor, in addition to bowties, ascots and pocket-square folds. A virtual mirror will help him try out the various styles as he goes.

 

 

MLB.com at Bat

Free | iOS, Android

Canada may be a nation of hockey fanatics but, with summer here, it’s baseball time. This official app from Major League Baseball will let Dad stream video and audio, see key plays and pivotal moments from every game, and access games on demand. The app also includes breaking news in the world of baseball, stats and schedules. (Note: some features require a paid subscription.)

 

 

Smart Tools

$0.99 | iOS and $2.50 | Android

Chances are your dad carries his smartphone around with him more often than his toolbox. So this year, skip the hardware store and give him the gift of Smart Tools, which combines a collection of virtual tools – including a level, protractor, ruler, compass, metal detector, sound meter and vibration meter – into one handy app. Note: specific features may differ as the iPhone and Android apps were created by different developers.

 

 

Blacksocks

Free | iOS;  sockreader and socks $189

Is your father a gadget lover? Do you have a lot of extra money kicking around? This outrageous app – seemingly designed for the wealthy man who can’t keep tabs on his expensive socks – pairs with a rather pricy RFID “sockreader” (seriously) to reunite loose black socks with their wayward better halves. Dad simply scans his socks with the sockreader and, when a pair is found, he gets a notification. The app also keeps track of how many times his socks have been washed, and lets him know when they begin to fade. Sound ridiculous? Yup! But the company behind it insists that it morphs an everyday chore into a fun activity.


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