Just because you've already gotten your hands on one of the many great e-readers available doesn't mean you should discount the portable reader you have in your pocket at any given time — your smartphone. Readmill ($Free) gives you the kind of reading experience you've always wanted, with the convenience of a device you're already carrying. The app is designed beautifully, paying careful attention to typography, contrast, and usability, and includes a host of adjustable attributes like font size and brightness. The ability to highlight and share your favorite passages makes reading a bit more social, while a wealth of free reading material means you'll never be left without a good book to dive into.
While all your strongest instincts tell you to pack on a few pounds, put on your warmest pair of sweat pants, and just wait the winter out, you can still defy those urges and remain active with Nike+ Move ($Free). Designed exclusively for the iPhone 5s, this app takes advantage of the new M7 motion coprocessor to track detailed information about every type of movement you engage in, throughout the day — all without the need for additional hardware. It charts your movement and gives you points called NikeFuel, letting you compete with groups of friends to see who's the most active. Detailed graphs and charts tell you your most active days, locations where you moved most, and your peak times for movement, even breaking it down by type of movement.
Whether you're tired of the stripped-down functionality of Twitter's native iOS app, or you're just ready for something new, Tweetbot ($3) has just updated their iPhone app, and it's better than ever. Most noticeable for those of you who have used previous versions of Tweetbot are the design changes, as it now looks much more at home on iOS7 with a paired-down, minimalist white interface, rounded avatars, new animations, and transitions. They've also made it simpler to use, getting a lot of the chrome out of the way in favor of a content-first focus. It now takes fewer swipes to view profiles, and see conversations, while some of the same features you've always liked are still present (muting functionality, customizable screens, and much more).
If you've spent any time drawing and painting with Paper on your iPad, you know it's about the most beautiful, easiest way to create art on a tablet. With the FiftyThree x Moleskine Book ($40), you can turn collections of the digital art you create using Paper into a custom-made and bound book. Thanks to their partnership with Moleskin, each 15-page foldout book is made of high-quality Italian paper, with a durable cover and an elastic band to keep it all together — just like your favorite notebook.
Because you forget so much of what you dream almost instantly, at some point in your life you've probably thought it would be a worthwhile pursuit to maintain a journal full of your crazy shut-eye antics. Shadow ($8) takes the idea of a dream journal, and expands on it, making it into a smartphone app. It's part alarm clock, part dream journal, and part cloud-connected application, letting you record your dreams as you wake up, either by voice or text. But, Shadow has loftier ambitions than being just another dream journal. After you record your dreams, certain keywords and data about your dreams are added anonymously to a database, collecting information from a yet-untapped datasource: our collective subconscious.
If you grew up with side-scrolling run-and-jump video games like Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog, you probably spent a little bit of time imagining what it would be like to make your own. With Pixel Press ($10), you too can create your own video game (without ever writing one line of code). Start with their downloadable grid paper by drawing your own paths, obstacles, moving platforms, spikes, and more. Then scan it into the app using your iOS or Android device — the app takes it from there, letting you test, design, and even play your creation. Once you're satisfied with the game, share it with the world and give others the opportunity to beat your high score.
With the wealth of competing apps available for iOS, it only makes sense that you should be able to choose which web browser you'd like to use — but until recently, Safari was the only option on your iPad. With Coast by Opera ($Free), you get a web browser that was built from the ground up with tablet usage in mind, meaning it works using intuitive swipe- and gesture-based controls, eliminating all the chrome clutter you're used to. You can customize how the re-imagined browser's home screen appears, letting you keep your favorite sites just a tap away at all times (like our own Devour, which comes already bookmarked in the app), and sites stay open in the background, automatically updating and letting you swipe back and forth at will. It's our new default browser.
Whether you want to track every purchase you make at the grocery, the number of hours you spent at the gym, or every book you've ever read, do so with the charmingly simple data visualization app Mem:o (Free). It allows you to view each snippet of data, or memo, as a circle, with bits of text and numbers to help add meaning. You then collect each of these related memos onto a board or calendar, letting you see all your information at once. Share your collections with friends on Facebook or Twitter, or just hoard them all and reflect back some day.
Remotely access any software on your Mac or PC as if it were a native iOS app from your iPad with Parallels Access ($Free). No matter where you are in the world, so long as you have an active internet connection, you can use software from your home or office machine, and access files. Features like tapping, swiping, pinching, and scrolling make it feel like you are working on an application meant for your iPad, while select, drag, copy, and paste let you seamlessly switch between remote apps and iPad apps. A built-in app launcher and app switcher keep you as productive as you would be on your full-size machine.
Somewhere between a crossword puzzle and a choose your own adventure novel, you'll find Blackbar ($3) — a word game of censorship and storytelling. This game tells the story of a science fiction dystopian future through a series of redacted documents, where the story (and the game) gets more complex as you make your way through. As you fill in the blacked out words, the conspiracy behind the story becomes less opaque. And, while it doesn't bash you over the head with its views on the suppression of free speech, its message against censorship is certainly present.
There isn't much out there that could make mornings more bearable — but Morning ($3) will at least make getting up to speed a little more efficient. This iPad app lets you view all of your important information in one place, including weather, traffic, to-do lists, news, calendars, stocks, and the date and time. It makes all of this information available on one customizable screen, so you don't have to open up eight different apps just to figure out what the day has in store for you. Rearrange the tiles as needed, and choose from five beautiful themes, depending on what you like to wake up to.
From the team of co-founders who originally brought you YouTube, comes the newest stab at a social video app, MixBit ($Free). Similar to some other popular video apps, it lets you record short (16 second) video clips and share them within the app, and on other social networks. It then lets you take other MixBit clips, and mix them with your own, creating remixed video compilations up to an hour long, and sharing them on the web. Unlike its competitors, all uploads are completely anonymous, and there is no commenting system.