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!
Russell Holly — Sisters
I'm always on the lookout for new Google Cardboard apps, either for me or for my kids. I dig the immersion, especially with a high res display, and it's a fun way to kill time. Sisters is not an app I will be sharing with my kids. In fact, the creep factor is so high I'm hesitant to share it with adults.
Maybe it's because I tried this for the first time in the dark with headphones on (as the game suggests) but this little animated horror short left me ready to bury all of the dolls in the house out in the backyard. The creators did a great job with simple, common visuals and killer audio to deliver a creepy experience despite it being obvious that everything is rendered and the room isn't real. If you're a Google Cardboard owner, install at your own risk.
Andrew Martonik — Venmo
There's no shortage of ways to send money between you and your friends and family without the old systems of cash or checks. While I usually prefer to use Google Wallet or PayPal for quick peer-to-peer transfers, I've somewhat been forced onto the bandwagon of trying out Venmo as well. While it's actually owned by PayPal, Venmo seems to have everyone behind it nowadays and it's quickly turning into the "accepted" way of sending money.
Just like Google Wallet and PayPal, you can simply send someone money by their username and have it instantly arrive in their account, and they can choose to do whatever they want with it. Whether you're splitting a bill at a restaurant, paying someone back for an event ticket or just sending them a few dollars on their birthday, it just works.
Of course you'll need to fund your account with money from your bank account (without any fees), but once there's money in the system everyone starts to have funds available to swap between each other without the banks involved. I honestly still prefer the other methods I'm most comfortable with, but Venmo's app is easy to use and quickly lets me pay friends in a way that they want to be paid — hard to argue with that.
Phil Nickinson — Dropzei for Muzei
From time to time I run across an image in the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet that I'd like to use as a wallpaper on my phone. But being old and stuck in my ways, I still pretty much hate downloading files on a mobile device. I am, however, a huge fan of Dropbox. Enter Dropzei, which enables the extremely excellent Muzei wallpaper app to use Dropbox as a source. That's it. Took about 30 seconds and done.
Jerry Hildenbrand — Man Eats Fish
This small pixel-art game is my new favorite time-waster. You have a boat and a small Fish & Chips restaurant. You take your boat out and catch fish to sell in your restaurant. You use the money you make to buy better stuff for both your boat and your restaurant. It's simple, addicting and fun.
Best part of it all? There are no ads. There are no in-app purchases. There are no odd permissions. There are only delicious fish.
Ara Wagoner — Watch ABC
Tonight is Oscar night here in America, and while to most that just means you'll be hearing everyone rave about Birdman or Boyhood tomorrow morning, for tonight, it's a night we all hope will be smattered with some humor and showmanship and not as boring and drab as some previous years. And since Neil Patrick Harris is hosting, there's a fair chance of it.
The Oscars are also a somewhat important night for a small crowd for another reason. Watching the Oscars can be done two ways — you can watch the regular broadcast, or you can go into the Watch ABC app and pick your own broadcast from all the backstage cameras. for those who are nerdy and into the technical moxie that goes into one of the biggest award shows of the year, it's great fun. And for those who are easily bored by the regular broadcast, the backstage angles mean you can always find something going on.
Now, normally the Watch ABC app requires a sign-in from certain TV providers in certain markets, but for the Oscars, anyone can join in on the fun.