Awesome Apps

Adobe Brush for iOS

Adobe Brush for iOS

The new Adobe Brush app lets you make custom brushes out of anything you can take a picture of: a line, a pattern or even your face. You can then save and use your brushes on Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Photoshop Sketch.

Vinli Smart Driving Assistant

Vinli Smart Driving Assistant

Like Automatic, Vinli plugs into you car’s OBD-II port and can tell you specific details about your car’s health. But it also has apps for security, automatic emergency calls, GPS tracking, integration with home automation and more.

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Acorns Investing App for iOS

Acorns Investing App for iOS

Acorns links your checking account and invests spare change from purchases through that account. Your portfolio is diversified and transparent, and you can deposit or withdraw at any time. Android and web versions coming soon.

Instagram Hyperlapse

Instagram Hyperlapse

This amazing new iOS app from Instagram lets you capture impressive “hyperlapse” moving time-lapse videos with your iPhone or iPad. It’s easy to use, lets you vary playback speed, and stabilizes images for cinematic quality.

SideChef

SideChef

A smart cooking app for iOS. SideChef’s step-by-step recipes are augmented by high quality images and timers for time-sensitive steps. It can also read instructions out loud and respond to voice commands. Android version coming soon.

Pushbullet

Pushbullet

A free service for iOS and Android that lets you transfer links, files and more between a PC and a mobile device, or to other Pushbullet users. Android users can also use it to get call and text notifications on their computer.

Humin for iOS

Humin for iOS

A smart contacts app for iOS. Humin lets you search your contacts using practical criteria like when or where you saved their info or where they live or work. It can also tell you which of your contacts know each other as well.

Push for Pizza

Push for Pizza

An iOS app that lets you quickly order pizza. It stores your credit card information and delivery address to make successive orders much easier to place. Also, Hipster Billy Mays cameo alert! He’s like the Nic Cage of online commercials.

Timesify

Timesify

A web app that disguises any webpage to look like the New York Times’ website. It even has the title and image from an actual news article, plus a summary of the article so your cover won’t be blown if someone asks what you’re “reading.”

Shutter for iOS

Shutter for iOS

Shutter is a camera app and cloud backup service for iOS users that gives you an unlimited amount of online storage for photos and videos, all for free. It also lets you share hour-long videos and any number of photos.

Adobe Photoshop Mix

Adobe Photoshop Mix

Photoshop Mix is a free iPad app for quick and light photo editing. It lets you apply filters, combine images and even use desktop tools like content-aware fill, straighten image and shake reduction through cloud computing.

Parallels Access 2.0

Parallels Access 2.0

Previously exclusive to the iPad, Parallels’ mobile-friendly remote desktop software is now available for the iPhone as well as Android tablets and smartphones. It’s also more affordable now, down to $20 from $80 per year.

Circa 1948

Circa 1948

An immersive art installation and story in the form of an app, Circa 1948 transports you back in time to post-war Vancouver, BC and allows you to take in the history of the then developing city by eavesdropping on long lost conversations.

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TapPainter

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TapPainter is an iPad app that virtually repaints walls. It accounts for the lighting conditions in your room and lets you try out different paint brands. There’s also a Kickstarter for an Android and iPhone version.

Contactive for Android

Contactive for Android

Contactive is an address book app for Android. It can identify unknown numbers using publicly available online data. You can also link your social network accounts to Contactive to get more info about your existing contacts.

Tabify

Tabify

Currently in development, Tabify is a mobile app that will automatically transcribe guitars – and possibly other string instruments – as you play. You can also go over created tabs and edit them. Note that the UI hasn’t been finalized.

PackPoint for Android

PackPoint for Android

PackPoint is a free Android app that generates a list of clothes and other items to pack based on your destination, activities and the weather forecast. You can also add to and remove items from the list. Also on Blackberry.

Microsoft Office for iPad

Microsoft Office for iPad

Microsoft finally released full featured versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint made for the iPad. The free download lets you read Office docs; subscribe to Office365 to get the full apps plus the desktop versions of Office. More here.

Newsbeat

Newsbeat

An audio news app for iOS and Android. Newsbeat lets you pick from a variety of newspapers and other news sources and will read article summaries to you using text-to-speech. It also supports voice commands. More here.

Surgeon Simulator for iPad

Surgeon Simulator for iPad

Now you can horribly mangle, torture and hopefully save Bob the patient on the go. Surgeon Simulator Touch is as hilariously awkward and vague as the desktop version. It also has two new surgeries and a new game mode.

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First Strike

First Strike

A fast paced strategy game for iOS and Android tablets. First Strike pits you against other nations in a nuclear arms race that quickly escalates to all out war, all presented through a simple but slick interface. More here.

Moff Wearable Smart Toy

Moff Wearable Smart Toy

Kids these days have little motivation to exercise their minds (or their bodies) so it’s nice to see a project like Moff that seems like the perfect intersection between technology and the power of good ol’ fashioned imagination.

PolyFauna

PolyFauna

Radiohead have released PolyFauna an app that combines sounds from Bloom off of 2011’s The King of Limbswith trippy visuals that transform your surroundings into digial landscapes just begging to be explored. Android version here.

Facebook Paper

Facebook Paper

Paper offers an alternative way to interact with your Facebook feed. Taking cues from the popular news-reading app Flipboard, Paper features a clean interface dominated by gestures instead of buttons. Available for iOS on 3/2/14.

Samplify for Android

Samplify for Android

Because everything is a remix. Samplify is a meta-Shazam: it can identify the origin – both the original song and its artist – of samples used in a song (if any). Pick from your library or have it listen to the song playing around you.

Horizon Anti-Vertical Video App

Horizon Anti-Vertical Video App

Developer Evil Window Dog wants to save us from a 21st century plague. Horizon is a video recording app for iOS that always takes videos in landscape mode, regardless of device orientation. This should be standard on all phones.

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