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.

Into the Dead 2

The sequel to the ever popular Into the Dead, Into the Dead 2 expands on the first-person runner format of the original with new gear, better graphics and more intense gameplay. Each level involves you being dropped into a dark landscape that you have to traverse while dodging or killing zombies, collecting ammo crates and completing objectives. The game is like running through a zombie horror film, and unlike everyone’s favorite zombie TV show, the zombies get more difficult. Pro-tip: change the controls to tilt for one-handed play. iOS | Android


Twitter

Yes, we’re aware of the fact that everyone’s favorite social media news source is not exactly a “new app” in the strictest sense. But it’s included here because sports fans might have a reason to actually download the official app thanks to a new feature called Happening Now. Happening Now is basically a separate carousel at the top of your Twitter home screen that allows you to dive into tweets about individual games across the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA. Internet heckling just got a whole lot easier. iOS | Android


CastBox

From 99% Invisible and Serial, to WTF and How I Built This, there are plenty of great podcasts out there to keep you occupied whether you want to be entertained or learn something new. Unfortunately, you’re eventually going to run out of recommendations from friends, family and your favorite sites. When that happens, CastBox wants to help you fill the gaps in your day with a new audio search feature that scans podcasts based on keywords and topics to help you discover new podcasts you might have never heard of. iOS | Android


IKEA Place

Despite the fact that IKEA produces what many people consider “starter furniture,” they have quite a few great products–including the rugs Game of Thrones uses as capes–that will help you outfit a home, office or rental with attractive options on a budget. In an effort to make decorating that space you’re designing in your head even easier, IKEA launched IKEA Place, an ARKit compatible app that lets you virtually place almost the entire IKEA catalog into your home in real time. It won’t help you get out of the store any easier once you’re ready to pull the trigger, but at least you’ll know what you want when you walk in. iOS


Sixpoint Brewery App

Ever since we had our first sip of 3Beans, we’ve been in love with what those mad scientists are producing at Sixpoint Brewery. If you’re a fan of any of their beers you owe it to yourself to download the new Sixpoint Brewery App so you can get access to small batch pre-orders, rare releases and updates on events and availability. The built-in Mobile Beer Finder will also help you find your favorite brews on the go without having to worry about digging through forums or Facebook groups. It’s like Nike’s SNKRS app for Sixpoint Brewery beers, which we’re totally cool with. iOS | Android


Stranger Things: The Game

Stranger Things Season 2 comes out in a week, and if you haven’t already downloaded Stranger Things: The Game it’s one of the best ways to fill the time gap until you can binge the second season. Built a lot like the video games most of you grew up playing–or the games that the kids from the show would have played–Stranger Things: The Game is a top-down action adventure that sees you exploring Hawkins and its surroundings as you solve puzzles and collect items (Eggos and Gnomes, obviously). If you want to be a part of the world of Stranger Things while also being transported to your own childhood, download this game immediately. iOS | Android


Smartify

Billed as the “Shazam of the art world,” Smartify uses image recognition technology to scan and identify famous works of art at galleries across the globe. Finding the creator, date and maybe a little blurb of information is as easy as walking up to the art and reading the plaque in most cases, but Smartify takes the discovery process one step further by giving you access to an entire database of information, including interesting facts and history for the piece you just scanned. Think of it as a guided tour that you don’t have to pay for. iOS | Android


Movies Anywhere

We don’t imagine anyone is ever going to take down Netflix, but Disney is still going to try with their new Movies Anywhere platform. The house of mouse joined forces with Warner Brothers, Universal, Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox to create the “simple. seamless. digital entertainment platform.” Movies Anywhere takes all of your purchased movies from Amazon, Google, iTunes and Vudu and makes them accessible from one easy to use dashboard. Linking your accounts will give you access to the more than 7,000 movies currently in the database, and Disney is so confident in the service that they’ll even give you five movies for free just for linking those accounts. iOS | Android

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Ah, the waffle weave. Looks cool, feels great, reminds us of toasted Eggos. You’ve seen them before–probably in a fancy store or hotel–but Parachute’s brand new Waffle Towels are different. They’re spun using innovative Aerocotton Technology, which basically means they’ll be dry by the time your significant other finally gets out of the shower and realizes you stole their towel. Parachute’s Waffle Towels come in two sizes and two neutral colors. Plus, their 100% cotton construction means they start soft and only get softer with time. Even Kevin McCallister would approve.