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Simple Bracket

Filling out NCAA basketball tournament brackets is a yearly ritual around Uncrate HQ, but this year it looks like we might have a new tool for doing so. Simple Bracket ($1 and up) aims to rethink how brackets are handled on a mobile device, by giving you smart, scrollable lists of teams for each round in lieu of the traditional bracket, which requires far too much swiping and scrolling to be efficient. In addition, the app will offer an improved scoring system that rewards players for upset picks and a Twitter-based login system that makes it easy to create pools and invite friends. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

  • Vine

    It's not exactly video, and not exactly animated GIFs, but Vine ($Free) is certainly interesting. This new Twitter-backed service allows users to record and share looping 6-second videos, complete with audio, comments, and the requisite hashtags. Use it to show friends and followers your daily commute, a particularly spectacular sunset, your playful new kitty, or even your new dildo. We wish we were joking.

  • Over

    Type superimposed on top of photos doesn't have to be set in white Impact. Over ($2) lets you add beautiful typography to your photos, in whatever typeface and color you choose. You can use it to add witty captions, of course, but it's useful for much more than just that — thanks to the range of fonts available, you can find the perfect one to compliment the mood of your photo, then add extra meaning by choosing your words carefully. Instagram suddenly got a lot more interesting.