It's all about the apps
We've rounded up the apps we are using the most this week, and we are here to share! Everyone uses apps. Some of us have a lot of them installed, some of us just a few, but for all of us the multitude of apps in the Google Play store usually has anything we would want or need. The trick is finding the ones we didn't know we wanted or needed.
App discovery is a science. One day, someone will have it all figured out and finding out about great apps that we didn't know existed will be easy. But even then, nothing can compare to a first-hand recommendation from someone you know and trust — like us. Have a look at what we're using and see if any of these tickle your fancy.
Russell Holly — BibBub Boxer
Whether or not you're old enough to remember the thrill of losing a Saturday Morning to Super Punch-Out or not is irrelevant in this situation, but it probably doesn't hurt to have that experience in mind when playing this game. You box your way through an endless gauntlet of larger opponents, but none of them are Mike Tyson. BibBub Boxer is mindlessly simple and a ton of fun. It is the perfect game for wasting time in line somewhere, and it's free. Playing with the phone upside down is not a requirement, but my son seems to think it helps.
Download: BibBub Boxer (Free)
Andrew Martonik — Moovit
I rarely drive, and use public transit on a weekly basis (though I like to walk when I can). Between Google Maps and OneBusAway (an app for my local transit system) I can usually get around just fine — but I'm always looking for other apps that can help me keep up with bus, train, light rail and ferry times. Moovit is one that I'm trying out lately, and it has a few neat features.
It's first and foremost public transit app that just gives you as much local transit info as possible. Whether you just want an A to B set of directions — which it handles quite nicely stop-by-stop — or want to browse bus stops for upcoming times and delays, Moovit has you covered. It's well-designed and helps you save a few minutes by choosing the best route when getting around on public transit — what's not to like? And better yet, it's free.
Download: Moovit (Free)
Ara Wagoner — Box
While most cling to Drive (and I do, too) or Dropbox, Box remains one of the most important cloud storage systems for me, as it was the first to give me significant free storage at 50GB. And since it has that pesky little file-size limit, I use it almost exclusively for photos, writings, and phone stuffs. I got my replacement X this week, and once box was installed and logged in, I could retrieve the media that I personalize my phone with (app/folder icons, ringtones, app data backups, etc). It's fast, it's clean, and it lets me get what I need and get on with it.
Download: Box (Free)
Jerry Hildenbrand — Destiny
While I'm not really into the Destiny game as much as a lot of others (I just wanted the PS4 in white because I'm shallow sometimes) the companion app for Android is freaking amazing. Using it, you can inspect your guardian, look at all of your player stats, even sort through your Grimoire. It's also a gateway to the Bungie Community, with access to the forums and groups as well as private messaging. Of course, the app also ties into the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, and you can get the latest news from Bungie right on the main page.
This is how you build out a companion app. It's free, but you'll need to be playing Destiny on the PlayStation or Xbox to get anything out of it.
Download: Destiny (Free)
Phil Nickinson — Authy
I've long been a proponent of two-step authentication. If you're not using it, well, you should. Because if you're not using it, you're just leaving yourself vulnerable to getting your stuff jacked. And nobody wants to see their stuff get jacked. And I'd been using Google Authenticator, because it's simple, and it works. Scan a bar code for any site or service that uses the same sort of authentication, and it's all there on your phone. Problem is, I'm one of those crazies who uses more than one phone at any given time, and it's a pain switching all that stuff. Authy eases that pain a bit. With it you can use two-step accounts on more than one device, as well as in a browser via a Chrome extension.
If you're thinking that having your two-step authenticator on more than one device is a security hazard, well, you're right. But a couple things help mitigate that: First is that you can (and should) have a PIN code on Authy itself. Second is that you can (and should) encrypt the sync, and you'll need to know the password to decrypt your saved authentication accounts. So that's a couple extra layers of security. No, it's not as secure as only having it all on one device. But convenience is always a trade-off.
And what's more is that Authy's just a good app. You can find out more here, and download at the link below.
Download: Authy (Free)