Instead of wading through the massive amount of new app releases searching for a few diamonds in the rough, just let us be your guide. This is a collection of our favorite new apps for both iOS and Android for your downloading pleasure.
Tinder revolutionized the way we met people for something the Bloodhound Gang would write a song about, so it was only a matter of time until the original team behind the popular app created something a little more, well, professional. Enter Ripple —The Professional Network. The team responsible for connecting people in the world of dating has turned their focus to fixing professional networking by making it easier and not harder. Ripple will help you discover new connections in your industry and beyond while also making connecting as easy as a simple swipe. You can also stay connected and current with groups, events and notifications from popular social media sources.
If you haven’t already been tuning in to HQ Trivia at 9pm EST everyday and 3pm EST weekdays like more than the other 600,000 people that are regularly playing these games, you have no idea what you’ve been missing. The hottest current app out there is really simple–12 questions with 3 multiple choice options that you have 10 seconds to answer. If you manage to complete all 12 questions questions correctly, you get a piece of the pot. Most games have a prize pool of $2,000, but that jumps up to $10,000 or higher on weekends or during special events. You only get a portion of that because of the split, but seeing as how the game is completely free, it’s basically free money. Find some smart friends, connect to fast WiFi and cash in on all your useless knowledge.
Google Arts & Culture
In between rounds of HQ Trivia this past weekend you might have noticed that the Google Arts & Culture app was once again making waves for an interesting new feature. The recently updated app now includes a feature affectionately being referred to as Museum Face Match. Scroll down in the app to the “Is your portrait in a museum?” section, click “Get Started” and then follow the prompts. Once you take a selfie, Google will scan the Arts & Culture database to find out if your likeness resembles anything in the collection. It probably won’t be spot on, but it will most certainly be hilarious. The only caveat is that the feature isn’t available everywhere (sorry, Chicago), but the app still has plenty of other cool and useful information even if you can’t find out if your mug is a famous work of art.(iOS) (Android)
Most of the time, Reddit is a complete time suck only used for amusing memes and research purposes, but every once in a while, something amazing like Mind Construct comes along. This recently released game allows you to “embark into a minimalist sci-fi world as you attempt to collect memories and discover the fate of Earth–and your own!” That’s all well and good, but how does it actually play out? Click and drag from the center of your screen to collect pieces of memories without hitting any of the ever-changing obstacles. If you’re successful in collecting enough memories you’ll unlock a small part of the story. Mind Construct starts easy and then gets progressively harder as you unlock future levels. You’ll be playing this Studio Rouleau title for ages.
If you’re anything like us, you have quite a few regularly recurring appointments in your calendar sucking up almost all your time on a weekly or monthly basis. We try to keep track of these events as much as possible, but even with the most diligent tracking, things slip through the cracks. If you’re on Android, the app Calendar Counter could be incredibly useful because it analyzes your calendars to show you how much time you spend on different activities. Calendar Counter also searches for keywords in your event names, descriptions or locations to automatically create keywords that it then uses to track your time spent on each category. It still has a few bugs, but it’s a great way to start tracking task time so you can ultimately ask for a raise.
Cryptocurrency is all the rage these days, which is probably why buying Bitcoin was one of the most searched terms of 2017. If you want to jump into the world of cryptocurrency, you’re going to have a lot of questions about Bitcoin versus Ethereum versus Litecoin versus everything else on the market. Cobinhood is the world’s first “zero trading fees” cryptocurrency exchange that supports the vast majority of crypto assets with a vision to maximize traders’ profits and a proprietary order matching engine capable of processing millions of orders with almost no latency. The ambitious application has a goal of being “Crypto Goldman Sachs” by being an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) underwriter, but only time will tell if that actually pans out. (iOS) (Android)
Unlike other social networks or personal media apps, Kiyo, the creation of renowned personality BJ Novak and his team, is designed to let you engage with meaningfully with the people you care about as opposed to “browsing #content by #influencers.” This particular evolution of their previous creation, The List App, feels a lot like the not-yet-quite-defunct Path in terms of usability, while still being less curated and more honest. Named as an Americanized version of the Japanese word for “memoirs,” Kiyo reduces the social media stress of staying “on brand” by making the entire sharing process more freeing, personal and honest. (iOS)
Haven: Keep Watch
Have an extra Android phone lying around? Want to turn it into a security system that even NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden would happily use? Look no further than Haven: Keep Watch from the Guardian Project, an app that was produced in partnership with the one-and-only Snowden to help protect you and your belongings from prying eyes when you’re not around. Haven leverages on-device motion, sound, vibration and light detection sensors to “provide monitoring and protection of physical spaces.” Whether you’re an investigative journalist, a human rights defender, a person at risk of forced disappearance, or just someone concerned with their security, Haven is a great personal security application if you have an Android phone to devote to it.