SoundHound’s Hound is a voice-operated virtual assistant. It aims to edge Siri and other similar products by answering very specific questions very quickly. SoundHound’s demo is an impressive and hilarious battle of wits.
Like Burner, Shuffle lets you purchase and use disposable phone numbers. But it also sells email aliases that forward messages to your real email account, and the costs of its services are shown in dollars (Burner uses “credits”).
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.
Lifeline is a text-based choose-your-own-adventure thriller. An astronaut has crash landed on an alien moon, and for some reason s/he can communicate only with you. The game also works with the Apple Watch.
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.
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).
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.
Blizzard’s addictive free-to-play card game is now on iOS, Android and Amazon phones. It’s not the best way to play it especially if you’re new to the game, but it’s still very much the Hearthstone millions of players know and love.
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.
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.
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.
Remote control buttons for iOS and Android devices with Bluetooth 3.0. One each for voice command, camera and media playback. Comes with a steering wheel/handlebar mount and an adhesive strip. Order the media button here.
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.
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.
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.
Anki improves its robotic remote-controlled cars with a modular track system, new cars and abilities like drifting and jumping as well as team-based game modes, whether against other players or the AI. Drops 9/2015.
A 16GB to 256GB flash drive with USB 2.0 and Lightning connectors. Its curved shape makes it easy to hold your device while it’s connected. Its app has a file manager and a media player. Leef has the Bridge 3.0 for Android users.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.