Apps of the week

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!

Jen Karner — Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

I fell in love with Pokemon way back in middle school, when the original game first came out. Since then I've been catching Pokemon across a variety of the games that have been released. None of them got me even half as excited as Pokemon Go did, though. The ability to become a Pokemon trainer in the real world just cannot be overstated, because it's absolutely awesome.

Put out by Niantic, the creators of Ingress, this game is barely out and already awesome. Choose a team, collect Pokemon, and check in at Pokestops or take over gyms. You'll find and capture Pokemon in the wild, and do it all while taking a walk by yourself, or with friends. I've already spent a few hours wandering looking for the best pocket monsters, and it's only going to get better from here.

Pokemon Go

Russell Holly - Between Us

Between Us

Ever heard "how far away are you?" from your significant other? Let me ask a different question. Are you alive and in a relationship?

Between Us takes the distance separating your phone and another phone you've paired to it, sorts it the actual distance, and then represents that distance in a silly way. Instead of being several miles away, you are 12 Eiffel Towers away. Its cute, mostly pointless, and worth a few minutes of your time.

Download: Between Us (Free)

Andrew Martonik — Super Stickman Golf 3

Super Stickman Golf 3

I played the original Super Stickman Golf way back in the day, but had completely forgotten about the franchise until the newest version, Stickman Golf 3, was released this week. This awesome casual game is super easy to pick up and play, and each level is short which makes it a perfect game to pick up here and there as you have time. You don't even have to like golf to play it ... but it certainly doesn't hurt.

The group over at Noodlecake Studios have once again done an awesome job with the graphics, music and gameplay to make Super Stickman Golf 3 a great casual game. It's free to play, but definitely worth the $2.99 "upgrade" to drop ads and get a jumpstart on in-game currency to upgrade things and play quicker.

Download: Super Stickman Golf 3 (Free, in-app purchases)

Jerry Hildenbrand — Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast

Run through time and space as Eddie and kill bad guys in this tap-based "sort-of" RPG. The graphics are really good, and the game mechanics are solid.

And it has the best soundtrack of any game ever created.

As a bonus, there are exactly zero Pokemons.

Download: Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast (Free, in-app purchases)

Ara Wagoner - YouTube Notification Seek Bar

YouTube seek bar

Once upon a time, you could seek within a track on Google Play Music's notification by long-pressing the pause button. Sadly, that fell by the wayside some years ago. But with Xposed, nothing stays dead forever. This Xposed module, one of several notification seek bar modules by SergioSanchezR, bring seek bars to YouTube and YouTube Music notifications, and for someone who's prone to listening to a half-hour to two-hour concerts and loops, it is glorious. Like all Xposed modules, it can be a bit finicky, but when it works, it's precise and elegant.

Download: YouTube Notification Seek Bar (Root, Xposed app)

Daniel Bader - CBC Music

CBC Music

Canadians have often cried out for a Pandora equivalent, a great free streaming music service that didn't skimp on the content in order to upsell you on a premium subscription. But little did they know that CBC, the country's national broadcaster, offers a pretty great Pandora alternative called, aptly, CBC Music.

The app provides free streams to all Canadians based on genre as well as activity, so it's just as easy to jam to country as it is to find a workout playlist. It also digitizes the excellent CBC Radio 2 terrestrial stream, which is hosted by real people seven days a week.

CBC Music may have been criticized over the past few years for moving away from its digital radio station mandate, a là Beats 1, but its new incarnation is a fantastic example of a public broadcaster appealing to the broadest number of people in an intuitive and easy to use native app. Highly recommended.

Download: CBC Music (Free)