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.