Ever see those awesome time-lapse videos of someone flying across the world, traveling through a foreign country, or just walking around the local music festival? Now you can make your own with Hyperlapse. This new app from Instagram lets you shoot time lapse videos that are instantly stabilized to smooth out bumps and other jarring motions, and are played back at up to 12 times the speed you shot it, allowing you to show a day's worth of action in just 30 seconds or less.
When it comes to holding your own in the wild, few groups know their stuff like the U.S. Army. Now you can tap into their wealth of knowledge with Army Survival. This handy app is based on the U.S. Army Field Manual 21-76, titled "Survival", and offers up information on survival psychology, edible and medicinal plants, poisonous plants, dangerous animals, insects, and other natural threats, shelters, wayfinding, and general survival tips for the desert, tropics, arctic, and sea, as well as a host of high-resolution images to make the standard manual even more useful. The only downside? The app can't keep your phone charged up if you're in the wilderness and actually need the info it contains.
Finding instant access to entertainment is easy these days — plenty of options bring you streamed shows and movies wherever you are. But what if you prefer reading to watching? Say hello to Oyster. Like a Netflix for readers, this service provides access to over 500,000 ebooks — including thousands of NYT bestsellers and hand-curated lists of Pulitzer Prize winners, Oprah's picks, and more — for a monthly price that's less than the price of a delivery pizza. And thanks to the well-designed, multi-platform app, finding a new novel to read is nearly as enjoyable as the reading itself.