Our weekly app picks
It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.
Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!
1. Russell Holly — Eat24
I usually think of mid to low quality pizza places when I think delivery, and as a result I'm not usually big on the concept. Going and enjoying the restaurant is worth it for what is usually much higher quality food, at least in my area. At least, that's what I thought before checking out Eat24. It turns out there's a bunch of places around me that will deliver all kinds of great food, which is awesome when I'm accidentally still at my desk at 7PM.
At the very least, I found a new Falafel place in my area thanks to this app. Who knows what you'll find.
2. PLAY icon pack — Ara Wagoner
Google Play has decided to overhaul their family of app icons. The new triangular play-button icons were a bit dividing between users, but it's not like we've never seen that style before. We've seen it in Google Play's commercials for years. And even while Google itself is still slowly rolling out the new icons themselves, icon packs have these new icons today, and then some.
Enter the PLAY icon pack, which play-fully homages the new line and show sus what all our apps would look like in the Play style. And if you're looking to get your hands on a copy for free, head over to the contest in our theming forum where we're raffling off a few PLAY promo codes.
3. Companion Safety App — Jen Karner
It's no surprise that walking home alone at night can be dangerous. I'm not sure about any of you guys, but there was a time when I was walking several miles home from work at midnight. Since I'm a paranoid creature at heart, I'd usually call or text one of my friends to let them know I was on my way home, and then when I got there. It was a safety measure, so that if anything did happen, somebody would know. The Guardian Companion App is built to be that safety phone call.
When you start a trip you'll enter your destination, and then add a person who you want to notify of your trip. They don't need the app to be your guardian, but they will need to accept being your guardian. Once they do, they'll receive info about where you are, and a notification when you reach your destination. It's an easy technological fix to the 2am walking home drunk phone call, and helps to keep you safe. Considering how dangerous the world can be for anyone, this is a great way to keep yourself just a little bit more protected from the crazies out there.
4. Daniel Bader - CraveTV
Over the past year or so, two new streaming services have sprung up in Canada to take on the incumbent, Netflix, which is subscribed to by nearly a fifth of all Canadians.
One of those services, CraveTV, just became available to anyone with an internet connection for $7.99, a small price to pay for access to the HBO and Showtime back catalogue, as well as every episode of Seinfeld and South Park. Bell, CraveTV's owner, has also done a great job licensing some unique and lesser-known shows like Hulu's Casual and Amazon's Bosch, both of which I've voraciously consumed over the past few weeks.
While the Android app itself is still rough in a couple of places, it has Cast support and variable streaming quality. What else do you need?
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5. Andrew Martonik — Univision Deportes
The North American soccer leagues are up and running, and if you're a fan of either Liga MX or MLS you'll want to load up the Univision Deportes app for live games. MLS has one game a week guaranteed to be on UDN, and of course you can watch all of your favorite Liga MX games as well.
Naturally you'd prefer to catch the games on a bigger screen, but I keep Univision Deportes loaded on my tablet for viewing live games on the go, or catching up with highlights. Just like most apps of this type you'll need to sign in with a cable subscription for live games, but chances are if you have cable your package includes UDN. If it does, give this app a look.
6. Jerry Hildenbrand — Pixel Dungeon
The name pretty much says it all. Pixel Dungeon is a rogue-like dungeon crawler done in the pixel art style because everything is better done in the pixel art style. Play as a warrior, mage, rogue or huntress and work your way through level after level of glorious labyrinths, killing (or being killed) by the foul creatures who have moved in. Be warned — Pixel Dungeon is hard. Even at level one it's hard. Expect a challenge.
Besides being an awesome way to make you feel like your twenty-first century phone has turned into an old Famicon, Pixel Dungeon has no permissions, no ads and is completely open source. It's also a lot of fun. Give it a try.