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. Jared DiPane — Final Kick
Gaming is not really my thing, I am very disconnected when it comes to gaming titles, but at times I do enjoy to just kick back and mess around. My preference for games is usually sports, specifically soccer or football. I have played a number of games which offer the full game experience, but I like that Final Kick is much less than all of that. With this, I can play for 2 minutes or 20 minutes, and not have to worry about making it to a save point, or through the full length of a game.
Final Kick is a penalty shootout, where you verse an online opponent. You act as the kicker, trying to score on the other team, and the goalie who tries to stop them from scoring. By flicking differently on the screen you can adjust the shot speed and curve to make it more complex as well. Whether you have a few minutes, or quite a while, be sure to check this free app out.
2. Russell Holly — Microsoft Office Lens
I can't stand carrying pen and paper with me, so you can probably guess how much I like being handed things like receipts and pamphlets. I've been looking for a digital way to do away with these necessary evils, and Microsoft seems to have stepped up in a big way with Office Lens. While I could take a photo with my camera app and be done with it, Office Lens auto-detects words on the page — as well as words on a whiteboard when I'm in that sort of mood — and crops out all of the excess nonsense. The resulting image can then be sent off to my OneDrive box, or stored locally so I can upload it to drive.
Either way, less paper for me to keep track of.
3. Justin Duino — Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box
There are hundreds of different recipe and cooking applications on the Google Play Store but Yummly stands out from the crowd. When you open up the app you are greeted with top recipes from entrees to specialty drinks. Each recipe has a button to add it to your "yums."
When looking at dishes in Yummly, you can look at the ingredients, nutrition facts, and directions for each recipe. Yummly is great for keeping track of your favorite recipes and includes easy to follow instructions
4. Andrew Martonik — Water Your Body
Nobody drinks enough water. I know I hardly ever keep up with the amount that I need, and you don't have to be a gym or sports junkie to see the benefits of drinking the proper amount of water. While Water Your Body can't help you manage to get down upwards of 100 oz of water each day, it can certainly remind you and help you get on the path to working up to drinking enough over time.
The app is simple, well designed and has customizable alerts that remind you to drink water throughout the day and then track how much you've consumed so you know where you stand. It plots your progress over time, and can even sync up with Google Fit for your weight data so you know how much water you need each day. The app is free with ads (which are surprisingly not intrusive) or $5.99 without, and it really can be that extra bit of motivation to keep up with your water intake.
5. Phil Nickinson — Does Not Commute
You gotta love a little snark in a video game. And Does Not Commute has a ton of it. The idea is that you're controlling a vehicle and have to make it from Point A to Point B. You've got a number of challenges to complete, and a limited amount of time in which to complete them. I've been playing on a Nexus Player with a gamepad, and it's challenging. Really challenging, in fact. Maybe a little too hard. But the difficulty is offset a bit by the fact that the game's funny as hell. Give it a go, and pony up for the checkpoint add-on if you're having fun.
6. Jerry Hildenbrand — ESO Alchemy Assistant
Now that Elder Scrolls Online has made its way to my console system of choice, I have to revive my dreams of the ultimate Argonian Alchemist Sorceress. Problem is, there are so damn many recipes, ingredients and random-factor-nonsense built into ESO crafting that you need some sort of real-life-MMORPG-PhD to get it all sorted. Or an app like ESO Alchemy Assistant.
I can tell the app what ingredients I have, and in return it tells me exactly what I can make with them. If I feel like experimenting a bit, I can also see the results of mixing any two or three ingredients together. As hard as some of them are to find, this app is going to save me plenty of time wandering Tamriel looking for glowing plants. If you're going to be part of the ESO Alchemy master race, be sure to install this one on your phone!
See you in Cyrodiil!