New Apps You Should Know
Instead of wading through the massive amount of new app releases searching for a few diamonds in the rough, just let us be your guide. This is a collection of our favorite new apps for both iOS and Android for your downloading pleasure.
Despite the facts that their user base isn’t as enormous as any of the other platforms out there, they have frequent technical difficulties and scientists say you should quit social media, Vero is still a social sharing app worth talking about. Situated somewhere between Instagram, Facebook and the short-lived Path, Vero allows you share everything from pictures (what most average users are doing) to stories (brands) with specific groups of people (close friends, friends, acquaintances or followers) based on what you’re posting. Most importantly, it’s ad-free and arranged chronologically so you can stay up to date without having to scroll endlessly.
If you haven’t yet had the chance to check all the great museums of the world off your bucket list, the BBC’s Civilastions AR app will put historically significant pieces of art and culture in the palm of your hand. Whether you want to examine an ancient Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum, iconic sculptures from Henry Moore, or Renaissance masterpieces, the Civilisations app will bring realistic, to-scale pieces of history from more than 30 museums across the UK into your home with cutting edge augmented reality technology. It’s like being a kid at a museum again without ever having to get off the couch.
The Internet is filled with great websites you should know. If you’ve spent any amount of time on Product Hunt, we think you’ll agree it’s one of them. The team from Product Hunt just launched a new app called Sip (or Sip Stories) aimed at people who want to stay up to date on the breaking news and new products from the world of tech without having to be constantly bogged down with notifications and nonsense. Once a day, Sip delivers a Twitter Moments-style story filled with useful information that’s easy to navigate, explore or ignore if you’re still trying to be productive.
Irv Teibel was a renowned field recordist, designer and photographer that spent a decade starting in the late ‘60s recording nature for his company. This app is a catalog of 22 fully remastered, long-form field recordings ranging from seashores and thunderstorms to country nights and forest rain. Whether you want soothing sounds for work, meditation or sleep, this intuitive app will find a place in your everyday life.
Stephen Hawking’s Pocket Universe
The world that Stephen Hawking lived in is one that most of us will never truly understand, but he tried his damnedest to explain what was going on in that beautiful mind of his with his book A Brief History of Time. After his recent passing it seems like the perfect time to explore and reflect on all of the theories that made him the genius he was, and Stephen Hawking’s Pocket Universe app explains it in a format that gives his work a new lease on life.
There are hundreds of different apps you can use to listen to the more than 500,000 active podcasts out there. The newly released ‘sodes might have officially dethroned Overcast as our favorite app for digesting everything from 99% Invisible and Freakonomics to How I Built This and WTF with Marc Maron. Why is ‘sodes so great? It’s simple. It’s casual, cozy and also pretty damned beautiful with its clever interface. At this point, the only thing missing from the aesthetically pleasing and greatly designed ‘sodes app is the ability to queue up downloads for listening without Internet access, but that kind of defeats the purpose of the app in the first place.
The Room: Old Sins
The Room, not to be confused with Tommy Wiseau’s infamous masterpiece of the same name, is a series of creepy ass puzzler games that have been intriguing, amazing and infuriating iPhone and Android users since the first one was released in 2012. The Room: Old Sins is the fourth installment in the award-winning series and features familiar but completely new puzzles and a captivating story that focus on the discovery of an old, peculiar dollhouse. For now, the game you absolutely shouldn’t play before bed is only available on iOS, but the Android version is coming soon.