Smartphone keyboard keys are rectangles. Our fingertips are not. The Wrio Hexagonal Keyboard uses its unique shape and layout to better match our own physiology and increase our accuracy and speed. Its layout is based on QWERTY that, combined with the large hexagonal key shape and personalized auto correction, will boost your typing speed by up to 70%. It also incorporates gestures for even faster editing and switching, supports up to five languages at once, and has over 1,000 built-in emoji for those times when words simply aren't enough.
We've all done it — left the conversation we were in to switch apps and do a Google search. Gboard lets you do the same thing right from your keyboard. Addresses, flight info, maps, images, and more all appear right below where you're typing, ready to share with a single tap. It also handles typical replacement keyboard duties like glide typing and emojis with ease, and, yes, it has a dedicated GIF section, too. Surprisingly iPhone-only.
We've all made a quick trip to Giphy to select just the right GIF to drop in a thread. With Giphy Keys, you don't even need to leave the app you're in. This alternative keyboard puts the service's entire library at your fingertips, starting with currently trending GIFs, and continuing with the ability to filter by mood, memes, or movies, or just search directly. You can also use hashtag commands to have it select an animation for you — #echo transforms your words into a GIF, for example — and with millions to choose from, there's no doubt it'll find one that's right for the moment.
It's widely accepted at this point that sugar is bad for you — especially the processed sugar that gets added to foods in an effort to make them more addictive/taste better. Sugar Rush lets you know just how much sugar has been added to anything you're thinking of eating just by scanning the UPC code. It shows you how many teaspoons (or, scarily, tablespoons) have been added, as well as the ratio of naturally occurring sugars to unnecessary additives. And since it works from anywhere you can get Internet, you can make the smart, healthy decision before you throw the stuff in your cart.
Given the number of message screenshots we see a day, it's obvious there are a lot of people who don't mind their conversations being public. Talkshow lets others follow your conversations in real time. To use it, simply start a "show", give it a name, invite your co-hosts from Facebook, Twitter, or your contacts, and start talking. Each show gets its own easily-sharable URL, and editors will be on the lookout for the best shows, boosting them to the front page of the app. You can also follow other shows, like individual messages, and even send reactions. No screenshots necessary.
Tattoos are a profound form of personal expression. They're also very permanent. Ink Hunter is a new app that lets you try out different pieces without the need for imagination or multiple removal procedures. It has a large gallery of premade sketches to try out (you can also load your own artwork in) and uses a square smile drawn on your skin to place the tattoo, so you know exactly how it's going on your body before you head to your local shop to get inked for real.
Wikipedia is one of the most amazing things on the Internet. Viki makes it even better. This slick app wraps the world's collaborative encyclopedia in a delicious wrapper of well considered typefaces and intuitive interfaces. It also gives you quick access to articles about things nearby, lets you bookmark frequently read articles, and uses VLC integration to display the wide range of media formats used by the site. And thanks to slick, native code, it scales from the Watch to the iPad Pro gracefully.
The people who make our phones try to keep them secure — some more than others. Lookout just goes one step farther. It monitors your software, making sure things are up to date and ensuring that nothing nefarious is going on behind the scenes. It can backup your data, so you know your contacts and photos are safe. It can also let you know your phone's current location, sound an alarm to help you find it, send an alert if, say, the SIM card gets removed (suggesting it's been stolen), and, for those with an Apple Watch, can serve as a virtual leash, letting you know if your phone and wrist stray too far apart.
It sounds like a dream — no more having to thumb through your voicemail, deleting messages from people you don't want to talk to, or worse, dialing in and and listening to them one by one. With No More Voicemail, it's a reality. Using conditional call forwarding, it sends all your ignored and unanswered calls to an endless ringing loop, ensuring you never have to deal with another voicemail again. Should you decide you miss the inconvenience of phantom voices on your phone, it's just as easy to deactivate and put things back as they were.
Sharing songs using your smartphone is challenging at best, and can quickly squash a listening experience. Flo Music is an app for your smart phone that allows a host to download the app, invite friends and family to join your group, and all enjoy a shared music experience. Flo uses WiFi networks to connect everyone. Turning a WiFi network into a virtual jukebox. And Flo will even work without WiFi, acting as a hotspot so the music never stops. And with Flo Sync Mode, you can put away that headphone splitter and still share the same tunes as all connected devices play the same music at the same time. Up to 10 users can share one playlist, and everyone in the group can add songs. The host who initiated the group has the power to skip songs, pause, and approve who joins. It integrates with music apps like Spotify and SoundCloud and is the easiest, most collaborative way to enjoy your favorite songs together.
Love it or hate it, there's no denying the screen on the Apple Watch isn't what you'd call "big". In fact, it's rather small. Tiny, even. A Tiny Game of Pong brings the classic '70s arcade hit to Apple's high-tech timepiece. You use the digital crown to move your paddle back and forth, get ten theme colors to match your strap, two game modes — arcade mode, unlocked from the start, and Classic playoff mode, available via in-app purchase — and Game Center integration. Far more fun than checking your activity progress for the third time this hour.
Qz.com does a great job of presenting the most important news of the day. The Quartz app might be even better. Instead of making you scroll through a list of headlines, it tells you what's going on in a conversational way, letting you interact with its well-informed robots like you would a buddy, and uses your responses to guide the action. For Apple Watch aficionados, it has a complication that shows you the current state of the market via emoji, and quizzes and haikus to enjoy when you're finished digesting current events.
New Year's resolutions, health goals, and normal fitness trackers not enough to get you up and active? Use shame as your motivation by downloading Cakewalk. This humorous app uses the sensors in your iPhone to track your movement, and sends you a message each morning telling you how much you moved — or how little — the day before. Built-in challenges and a friend-based leaderboard give you added incentives, an Apple Watch app lets you keep track of your progress on your wrist, and if all that isn't enough, you can set the app up to publicly shame you on social media. It's fitness tracking for the lazy.
Our phones are great communication tools, but the traditional phone call is terribly inefficient — both people have to be available, and productivity grinds to a halt while you're talking. Roger lets you keep in touch with friends and family on an on-demand basis. Built by the people behind Spotify, you simply enter the person's phone number, tap to talk, and then tap to listen when they reply. It's a modern-day walkie talkie, no unsightly antennas required.
William Wilkinson & Deepak Mantena did a great job developing Manual, one of our favorite photo apps for the iPhone. With Slide, they've done so again. Unlike any photo app we've seen, it lets you take "3D" photos using nothing but the built in camera. Using it is dead simple: just compose your shot, move your device smoothly across your body, and tap the subject to watch it appear in 3D. The resulting GIF loops continuously and is ready to share on nearly any platform.
Mixing accurate forecast information with hand-drawn illustrations, Wild Weather is a delightful way to keep tabs on the conditions outside. It uses Forecast.io to provide accurate local weather, with a 3-day forecast available with a simple swipe up, along with precipitation, wind speed and direction info. The rest of the time the screen is taken up by animated landscapes depicting the current conditions, with a brief description and the current temp at the top. Even when it's nasty out, it'll have you wanting to check the weather.
No matter how good your local weather service is, there's no one who knows the weather outside better than the people in your own neighborhood. Sunshine leverages this fact to deliver hyper-local weather info in a clean, simple interface. In addition to the reports of those around you, you can submit your own condition updates to improve its accuracy, and it only takes a couple seconds. A slider at the bottom of the main screen lets you quickly check on the forecast, 3D Touch shortcuts make it easy to go straight to the weather at home or work, and smart notifications give you an overview of your day before you even get out of bed.
Phones can easily become sources of stress. They can also help alleviate it. Pause does precisely that by leaning on principles of Tai Chi and mindfulness, having you slowly, methodically move your finger across the screen while splashes of color appear and calming audio plays. This combination of events triggers the body's "rest and digest" response, helping you focus and relieve stress anywhere, anytime you need a breather for your brain.
Finally. For the last couple of years, the number one request we've heard is an official Uncrate app for Android devices. Well, today is the day. The Uncrate Android App — made by possible by our friends at Dollar Shave Club and built by the smart folks at Intrepid — was designed from the ground up for high end Android smartphones, giving you all of our daily Uncrate finds, plus quick access to your stashed items, popular products, the Uncrate magazine, and more. It's the best way to never miss anything from Uncrate if you've sworn off the new evil Apple. Of course, if you're still living that iLife, you can grab the iPhone app here.
Most of us are on our phones a lot each day. Few of us know exactly how much. Instant gives you an at-a-glance view of this information and much more. Available for both iPhone and Android, this app lets you see your overall device usage as well as an app-by-app breakdown, shows you all the places you've gone throughout the day and how long you spent at each, a brief look at your fitness stats, including steps taken and total activity time, and also has a web interface for viewing on any device.
When you're looking for love, you can only hope to find someone you love as much as bacon. While Sizzl can't guarantee that, it can guarantee your match will love bacon as much as you do. This dating app for bacon lovers comes from the minds at Oscar Meyer, and promises to connect you with other like minded people. Each potential match shows you a profile picture, as well as how they like their bacon, whether they'd grab, offer up, or split the last piece of bacon on a date, and their location. Just hold down the sizzle button to indicate how much you like them, and if they like you back, you'll be notified so you can start chatting, share some bacon, and maybe even find you have more in common than an affinity for cured meats.
From the time it first debuted as part of Google Maps, Street View has been one of the mapping world's most interesting features. Now it's got an app of its own. The aptly-named Google Street View lets you explore the world one 360-degree view at a time. It offers a map view for finding places by location, a Gallery for exploring the most popular places on Earth, and even lets you create your own panoramas, either using the camera on your phone, or in a single click with a connected spherical camera. You can then upload your captures to Google Maps, or store them in a Private section of the app for discreet viewing.
The office used to be a sad, unimaginative building where you went to work. For many people, it's now wherever they can find Internet access. Work Hard Anywhere is a simple app that makes it easy to find just such a place. It knows of over 2,500 locations in 57 countries, so odds are there's one nearby, and each is user-rated on a host of attributes like Wi-Fi speed and reliability, available power outlets, loudness, parking, prices, and food. Whether you want a shared workspace or a cozy cafe, it can help you find an ideal spot.
Snapping great photos with your iPhone is easy. Getting those shots grouped and printed is not. Unless you're using Recently. This combination app and service automatically curates 100 of your most recent photos, then has you upload them once a month. When they're received, they're printed into a customized, high-quality 7" x 10" magazine with the date displayed prominently for easy sorting. You can use as few as 50 photos to make a magazine, or if you're a prolific shooter, use the simple editing tools to decide what goes in and what stays out. It's one of the easiest ways to get your latest photos in the palms of your hands.
Impeccably designed and hopelessly addicting, Monument Valley is the rare game that's both simple and surprisingly deep. Winner of multiple awards, this puzzler places you in a world of incredible isometric architecture, and has you guide a princess through the mazes by twisting, dragging, and otherwise tapping your way to safety. The visuals are stunning, but the audio is equally well-crafted, so be sure to throw on a pair of headphones before you begin.
You might not realize it, but In N' Out and Chipotle aren't the only places around with secret menus. Off The Menu can fill you in on otherwise unlisted menu items from eateries both casual and formal across the country. Broken up by city, this comprehensive list of stealth menu items includes descriptions for each dish, letting you order like a local even if you're visiting for the first time from the opposite coast.
While there are plenty of apps out there that attempt to turn your mobile device into a graphics tablet, most are buggy, slow, are a pain to setup, and rarely work. Built by former Apple engineers, Astropad transforms your iPhone or iPad into a Retina-screened, professional graphics tablet for your Mac, is easy to setup, and actually works when you need it most. You can even enjoy a zero lag experience working offline, as it works both wirelessly and over USB. This professional tool for photo editing and drawing is also now available as an Apple watch app for customizable shortcuts from your wrist.
It's easy to forget, now that we carry HD-recording slabs of glass and metal in our pockets, that casual video used to be the domain of clunky, cassette-eating monsters. VHS Camcorder lets you relive those times by simulating the fuzzy, sometimes distorted videos of years past. It lets you post the timestamp on your videos, just like the camcorders of yore, spoof the date, so that "2015" business doesn't give you away, and gives you a number of other effects to let your clips look and sound that much worse more like they were recorded when Marty McFly was still jamming to Huey Lewis.
Studies have shown that meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress and improve your mental wellbeing. The Mindfulness app can help you get started. It features a number of guided meditations, with a store to purchase more, seven different categories to help find one that suits your immediate needs, silent meditations with bells, and reminds for when it's time to meditate, and to help keep you in the moment.