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Paper for iPad: Think Kit

Paper for iPad: Think Kit

Think Kit is a new set of tools for the iPad sketching app Paper. It lets you draw, color, copy and move shapes, lines and more with simple gestures, making it very easy to create flowcharts, diagrams and mockups.

Vaptur Delayed Recording for iOS

Vaptur Delayed Recording for iOS

Vaptur is an eccentric video recording app for iOS devices. It can’t record videos in real-time. Instead, it allows you to record an event a few seconds after it happens, so it’s practically impossible to miss a moment.

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MakerBot PrintShop for iPad

MakerBot PrintShop for iPad

MakerBot’s iPad app is 3D modeling software for beginners. Its new Shape Maker feature turns sketches into 3D models. You can refine and tweak the resulting model or print it right away (provided you have a 3D printer).

Vox for iOS

Vox for iOS

Our favorite Mac music player is now on iOS. Vox plays MP3, OGG, FLAC, APE, WMA and CUE files. It also has built-in iTunes Radio and SoundCloud streaming. It’s completely free; the only in-app purchase is an optional cloud service.

Adobe Slate for iPad

Adobe Slate for iPad

The new Adobe Slate lets you make simple interactive web pages or presentations on your iPad. It has a variety of themes and lets you add photos from various sources. Your page will look great whatever device is used to view it.

Stuffcard for iOS

Stuffcard for iOS

Stuffcard is a free app that stores important information about your belongings – product photos, serial numbers, warranty, vendor details and more. It even has a bar code scanner that automatically adds some product data.

Str.eam

Str.eam

A mobile video live streaming service that lets you broadcast or watch streams and chat with other viewers right on your iOS or Android device. You can save your own stream on your device and record 15-second clips of other streams.

Hooks for iOS

Hooks for iOS

The  cure for FOMO. Hooks is an iOS app that lets you create alerts for sports, TV shows, stocks, emergencies and more. You can create your own notifications or choose from popular presets. It will also work with the Apple Watch.

Astropad

Astropad

Astropad is a pair of Mac and iPad apps that turn the iPad into a graphics tablet, with up to 60fps mirroring over WiFi or USB. It works with any Mac application as well as with a variety of pressure-sensitive styli.

Pushbullet Reply for Android

Pushbullet Reply for Android

Pushbullet started out as a way to send files and links to and from a PC and a mobile device. Now the app lets you reply to WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger and Line messages received on Android 4.4+ devices.

Saturday Night Live iOS App

Saturday Night Live iOS App
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Released in time for the show’s 40th anniversary spectacular, the SNL app gives you free (ad-supported) access to thousands of sketches, including unaired ones. It also comes with an SNL emoji keyboard.

LookFor: The World’s Dumbest App

LookFor: The World’s Dumbest App

LookFor makes no bones about how stupid their smartphone app is. After all, it’s just a blinking light. But it’s actually quite useful, helping your friends find you easily in big crowds at bars, restaurants, concerts, or movies.

Nike SNKRS App

Nike SNKRS App

Nike’s upcoming SNKRS app for iOS and Android will help save U.S. customers from long lines and scalpers. Stay on top of new drops and purchase shoes directly from the app. Adidas will also have a similar app but only for NYC residents.

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Magzter Gold

Magzter Gold
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Netflix for magazines. Magzter’s Gold subscription lets you read thousands of local and international magazines, including past issues, on iOS or Android devices. It has offline reading, bookmarking and parental controls.

Microsoft Outlook for iOS & Android

Microsoft Outlook for iOS & Android

The new Outlook app (formerly Acompli) for iOS and Android (beta) supports multiple email providers. It lets you schedule emails for later reading and is integrated to your calendar, OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive accounts.

Sling TV

Sling TV

Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that doesn’t require a contract, so you can cancel it anytime. $20 a month gets you 12 channels, which include ESPN, TNT and CNN. Access it on Roku, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and more. Launches 2/9.

Minesweeper Widget for iOS 8

Minesweeper Widget for iOS 8

The classic Windows puzzle game comes to Apple’s mobile devices. Serenity Mobile’s Minesweeper – Widget Edition stays on the Notification Center. You can even play it from your iOS device’s lock screen.

AllCast

AllCast

AllCast lets you stream media from your mobile device to Roku, Chromecast and other DLNA-enabled devices. You can also stream from your Google+, Dropbox or Instagram accounts. For iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

Hotel My Phone

Hotel My Phone

An iOS and Android app that lets you access your phone’s contacts, SMS inbox and call logs on other Hotel My Phone users’ phones. You can text and call using your real phone number or a generic number. Additional charges may apply.

Patch My PC

Patch My PC

This Windows app will help you with one of the great Holiday traditions: checking up on your relatives’ computers. It can install, update or do both with over 100 applications, from Flash to iTunes. There’s also a paid version for businesses.

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DeviantArt Official Mobile App

DeviantArt Official Mobile App

The art-oriented social network finally has official mobile apps for iOS and Android. The official DeviantArt app matches the website’s overhauled design. Use them to browse galleries, upload art and follow other members.

Nintype iOS 8 Keyboard

Nintype iOS 8 Keyboard

Nintype is a third-party keyboard that lets you type up to 130 words per minute on any iOS 8 device. It lets you swipe through letters using two fingers, call up shorcuts with flicks and more. Its animations are a sight to behold. Tutorial here.

#Homescreen for iOS

#Homescreen for iOS

#Homescreen lets you share what’s on your phone. Post a screenshot of your homescreen and share it on the #Homescreen website. People can then hover over the screenshot and find out more about the apps you have.

Honk

Honk

Honk is a US roadside assistance app for iOS and Android. Use it to connect to nearby tow trucks and other vehicle services, specify your problem and get a quote. If you agree on the price (minimum $49) you’ll get help in 15-30min.

Molecules for iOS

Molecules for iOS

The sequel to The Elements, Molecules by Theodore Gray is an interactive book about compounds, chemicals and molecules. It also has 3D models of 348 molecules and over 500 videos of objects. Also available in print form.

PhotoMath

PhotoMath

An app that instantly solves math equations using your phone’s camera, then shows you the step by step solution. It can solve simple arithmetic and algebra equations. Available for iOS and Windows Phone; Android version drops in 2015.

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