Like it or not, many of us find out about the latest news from our Facebook feed — whether it's the death of a beloved actor, a former quarterback's legendary fur coat, or the latest civil unrest abroad. In that spirit, Facebook Paper makes the experience of consuming news and other timely content on our phones a little more beautiful, with an immersive app that combines your friends' stories with those coming from sources both established and upcoming. With intuitive interactions, Flipboard-like panels, full-screen photos and videos, and customizable sources, you may actually find yourself enjoying exploring the news. But it doesn't stop there. Paper lets you create your own stories, viewing them as they'll appear within the app, and within Facebook's native feed.
Alarms are great if you're looking to be among the first to hit the slopes in the morning — but there's something disappointing about waking with the sun only to find out that last night's fresh snow has already been befouled. Keep that from happening with First Tracks. This app from cold weather outfitter Helly Hansen uses your location and local weather information to wake you up at your designated time if nothing's changed, but earlier than expected if there's fresh powder to be had. It's as close as you can come to having a snow sensor in your pocket.
Somewhere between traditional blogging and boring your friends with printouts from Word or Pages lies a happy medium that allows you to share your photos and videos while adding more context than you're going to find on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Storehouse seeks to fill that gap. This slick app lets you combine photos and videos from your Camera Roll, Dropbox, Flickr, and Instagram with text that you write up yourself. Editing the layout and cropping images is a simple as tapping and dragging, and once you're done, your stories are uploaded for sharing — both to fellow Storehouse users and to anyone with a web browser. Best of all? It's totally free.