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 - Yummly


I don't really spend much time in the kitchen, or at the grocery store. In fact, for years I lived off of whatever was in the kitchen, with the influx of delivery food. When I decided to start cooking better food for myself, I realized that I really had no clue what I was doing. So, I went looking for the best recipe, and grocery list apps that I could find.

After downloading and fiddling with several different ones, I fell in love with Yummly. It gives you access to hundreds of recipes that you can save, all of which show you the ingredients required, the directions to make it, and even the nutritional information. You can add groceries to a list, which can easily be modified or removed and you can even put in warnings about ingredients that you're allergic too. From top to bottom it's an excellent app for anyone who is looking to add some flavor to dinner, or looking for a way to keep track of your grocery list.

Download: Yummly(Free)

Ara Wagoner — NappingPolar Watch Face

Napping Polar

I love polar bears. I love cute watch faces. NappingPolar brings the two together with a cool watch face to help you get through the summer. It's an adorable face that features a napping polar bear that wakes up when you tap the face, looks at you, then returns to their nap.

You can even have the battery percentage pop up inside a fish's text bubble before the polar bear wakes up for added functionality. There is some decent customization options here, but the one I want the most isn't here yet: allow large peek cards (what can I say, bigger peek cards have more info in them, and more of the song title I'm trying to read).

This is one of many faces designed in WatchMaster that have been individually packaged as a separate app to try and lure people into WatchMaster proper, and while I may dive into that sooner of later, but now, I'm just happy to have a cute polar bear on my wrist.

Now I just need a trident watch face.

Download: NappingPolar Watch Face (Free)

Andrew Martonik — Zumper


If you live in a major city and rent an apartment, you know the experience of finding the right place ranges from frustrating to seemingly impossible. I'll never be able to claim that one app holds all of the secrets to uncovering those great apartments that fit your needs and budget (I use several apps), but Zumper is one in my arsenal.

It's a super well-designed app that aggregates apartment (and house) rentals in major cities, and displays dozens of listings in different neighborhoods all within the same interface. You can sort by all of the major criteria, view details and photos for every property and set up alerts so you're up to speed with new listings as they sporadically come up. This isn't an app that's going to be useful for you every single day, but for when you're in the apartment hunt it's one of a few you'll be checking constantly.

Download: Zumper (Free)

Alex Dobie — ToView (UK only)


With Euro 2016 kicking off this weekend -- and as usual, with coverage being split between ITV and the BBC -- the simplest way to follow the tournament on your Android phone or tablet is the ToView app, which offers most free-to-air UK TV channels in live streaming form.

Its ad supported, and you'll need to be within the UK and hold a valid TV license to be able to stream legally, but the ad itself is quick, bloat-free and simple to use. The settings pane let's you choose regional options, as well as letting you keep tabs on mobile data use when you're watching.

Whike it's not the most beautiful app you'll come across, the speed of the service and features like built in Google Cast support make it a decent option for anyone wanting to sneak in a game or two on the go.

Download ToView (Free, UK only)

Phil Nickinson — Mirage Watch Face by Monostone

Mirage Watch Face

I'm not a big watch face guy. I don't change them up twice a day, or depending on whether I'm at work, or going out, or whatever. I just pick one that looks good, and I use it. This one's a lovely little dark theme. It's understated. It's got a customizable ambient mode. And while it's still an analog face, it very much keeps my smartwatch looking like a smartwatch, and not like a smartwatch that's trying to look like a dumb watch. And at $1.95, I like that it's going to spur controversy over whether $2 is too much to spend on a watch face.

Download: Mirage by Monostone ($1.95)

Daniel Bader — Postly


I've spent the last week in San Francisco, spending time with friends old and new and taking photos of the myriad beautiful sights. But in that revelry, it is also not lost on me that none of those photos will likely ever be printed and displayed in my home, or given to those friends as gifts. That's where Postly comes in. The app does one thing: it creates real postcards from your digital photos, and does so inexpensively and, in the U.S. at least, very fast.

The app consists of a photo selection screen that allows you to choose between a number of layouts, including ones with multiple photos. The next screen lets you scrawl a little message to your recipient, and then sign it digitally with your finger. Finally, you enter the person's address, and pay for the privilege; it costs $1.99 per postcard to deliver anywhere in the world.

I love simple services like this, and can't wait to see what my friends think of the photos (mostly terrible and slightly incriminating) I send them in the mail.

Download: Postly - send postcards (Free)

Jerry Hildenbrand — Root Explorer

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If you're the type of person who needs Root Explorer, you already know about Root Explorer. But have you used it lately?

Rather than sit and become stagnant, Root Explorer has been updated to work really with Android N, as well as fix any crashing bugs when authorizing SD card access on Marshmallow. And it's still one of the best tools you can have at your disposal if you've rooted your phone.

Besides being a really good file manager with a Material look, it can tap into network folders via Dropbox or Google Drive, act as a viewer for text files, xml files and even SQL databases (and more), and even edit file permissions or run scripts. Doing those sorts of things on your phone via a terminal app isn't fun and is a good way to rm -rf the whole world.

Root Explorer is four bucks, but it's the best four bucks you can spend if you've rooted your phone.

Download: Root Explorer ($3.99, root only)