If you're over the age of, say, 20, odds are you have some old analog photo prints laying around. Instead of buying a scanner to digitize them, use the highly capable camera in your phone and the PhotoScan app from Google. It uses specialized algorithms to detect edges, correct perspective, rotate as needed, and stitch multiple exposures together to get rid of glare. It also integrates seamlessly with Google Photos, and as with nearly all software from Mountain View, it's completely free.
Like it or not, iMessage stickers are here to stay. Instead of bombarding your friends with animated characters that make their messages illegible, annoy them by fixing up their poorly-written texts with Grammar Snob. This smart sticker pack gives you a host of handwritten, red-inked annotations to let your friends and family know when they've made a typo or missed a common spelling, instantly sending them back to grade school in the most 21st century way possible.
Some people are hardcore planners, scheduling every trip down to the minute. The rest of us enjoy a bit of spontaneity, which often means finding a place to stay on short notice. One:Night is perfect for such outings. Built by The Standard, this new app gives you a choice of carefully-curated hotels offering single night stays in New York and LA beginning at 3:00 pm, with a selection that changes daily and rates that are guaranteed to be the lowest available. And since a place to sleep is only part of the equation, it also offers up suggested timelines that will help you enjoy both your accommodations and the surrounding neighborhood to the fullest.
Light painting is nothing new, but until now it took a lot of planning to do it with your iPhone. Pablo makes it easy. Likely named after Picasso, who did a whole series of light paintings, this app lets you capture both still photos and brief HD videos using nothing but your phone, a light, and, perhaps, a tripod. Most notably, it uses patent-pending tech to let you see the painting as it comes together, and has a built-in community to let you share your works and find new inspiration in the snaps of others.
After years of anticipation, everyone's favorite plumber is finally coming to the iPhone. Just not how you'd expect. Super Mario Run mixes endless runner gameplay with elements of traditional platformers, and offers three different game modes: traditional, battle, where you challenge a friend's best score, and a third where you create your own "kingdom" using coins you gain in the other modes. Unlike past Mario adventures, it's playable one-handed, and judging by the screenshots — it doesn't launch until later this year — it might be the best-looking Mario ever made.