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.

Browsery by Barnes & Noble

The same brick and mortar bookstore you used to visit prior to one-click ordering, Prime shipping, and a Starbucks on every corner just released a new app called Browsery aimed at tackling the world of book discovery. Rather than simply focusing on reviews and recommendations that a complex algorithm is responsible for serving you, Browsery focuses on unique questions and answers to find you something truly interesting. Based on the core elements of the Barnes & Noble store experience, “browsing, community and conversation,” Browsery is essentially a social network specifically devoted to good reads and the people that love them. (iOS)(Android)


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If you’ve spent any amount of time reading our New Apps or games posts, you’ll know how much we appreciate a good puzzler. In addition to stimulating the ol’ noggin, puzzlers are mobile games you’ll never get sick of because of their replayability and meditative gameplay. The newly released .projekt delivers on all these thing in spades, or rather, cubes and Tetris-like shapes. The multi-dimensional game has you trying to recreate silhouettes displayed on the walls using a expanding combination of stackable blocks in the play area. Sounds easy enough, right? It’s not. With the addition of multiple dimensions, you have to think outside the box to discover ways to match the silhouette using different points of view. (iOS) (Android)


ESPN

It’s a fair bet that you already have the ESPN app installed on your phone, even if you only intended to keep it for March Madness. The latest update to the app is a complete overhaul and includes the launch of one particularly notable feature: access to the ESPN+ streaming service. The new streaming service is a first for ESPN—and parent company Disney, for that matter—that includes a selection of live games from the more niche sports (think MLS, golf and tennis) and, more importantly, a collection of content like the 30 for 30 documentary film series, Kobe’s Detail analysis show and the original series Draft Academy that you won’t be able to get full access to anywhere else. (iOS) (Android)


GuruShots

Having trouble staying inspired while you search for the next great shot to share on Instagram? Enter GuruShots, the new photography app that’s equal parts social platform, motivational tool and game show. The concept is simple enough: you participate in daily photo challenges with millions of other users in a bid to real-world prizes based on the number of votes you get. Whether it’s light trails, amazing landscapes, black and white architecture, or street photography, you get to put your skills to the test while also getting just enough direction to be inspired to get out there and shoot. There are even photo fairs and galleries around the world that your shots could end up in if you get enough votes. (iOS) (Android)


Retrospecs

At one point or another, every one of us has thought about adding an old school, retro-style video game filter to our photos for that nostalgic, pixelated vibe that was so prevalent decades ago. Retrospecs is an editing app that will take you back decades by allowing you to render your new photos and videos as if they were created on vintage tech. With more than fifty different system presets ranging from the Commodore 64 and the Nintendo Gameboy, to the Atari 400 and the Apple Macintosh, Retrospecs is a one stop shop for those of you looking for an interesting way to travel through time and relive your youth. (iOS)


321 LAUNCH

Can’t make it the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station of Vandenberg Air Force Base to catch a rocket launch in person? USA TODAY will bring the experience into your living room with their new AR hologram rocket launch app called, appropriately, 321 LAUNCH. Explore the launch complex to learn about what it takes to build a rocket and send it off the planet. Cover the action from launch to booster landing. Watch launches happen in real-time on your desk, kitchen table or any other flat surface nearby as animated holograms show you what the actual rocket is doing. You can even get behind the driver’s seat and run your own launch simulation. (iOS)(Android)


FreshSavvy

At first, the idea of using your phone and an app like FreshSavvy to help you figure out what fruits and vegetables you should be buying seems completely asinine. Before you go all “how the hell have you gone your entire adult life without figuring out how to pick fresh produce” on us, modern science has made it possible to get pretty much whatever produce you want regardless of the season, and that makes it harder to know when something is fresh. Would you rather fondle every avocado in the grocery store so you can make your signature guac, or snap a picture with FreshSavvy, adjust some photo settings and instantly know which one is right for you? It’s peak laziness for sure, but we don’t have a problem with that. (Android)


Seek by iNaturalist

Originally started as a Master’s final project, iNaturalist is an enormous online community of nature lovers that’s now part of the California Academy of Sciences. Their core iNaturalist app is one of the most popular nature apps out there because of its ability to help you identify the plants and animals around you by connecting to hundreds of thousands of scientists and naturalists. With their new app, Seek, they’re challenging everyone to “take your nature knowledge up a notch” by sending you on quests to collect badges by photographing the flora and fauna you’re most likely to find in your area. It’s kind of like Pokemon GO except you’ll actually learn something in the process. (iOS)

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Pappy Van Winkle is the name in bourbon. Bottles have sent drinkers on wild goose chases and left others with empty bank accounts. While we can’t help you procure any of that elusive elixir, we can bring a little Pappy into your life in another way. Pappy Van Winkle Hot Sauce is aged in actual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The distillery teamed with friends at Midland Ghost to make this flavorful hot sauce, which features the latter’s prized first generation Ghost Peppers. After the sauce was made, it was left to age in barrels that once held Pappy. That means you have a sauce that’s rich, oaky, and full of flavorful heat. Use it on meats, veggies, or, if you’re a special brand of crazy, just drink it straight from the bottle. It’s that good.