Instead of wading through the massive amount of new app releases searching for a few diamonds in the rough, let us be your guide. This is a collection of the best new apps for both iOS and Android for your downloading pleasure.

HiHello

HiHello is the latest in a long line of smartphone apps designed to replace business cards with a simple contact exchange on your phone. HiHello succeeds where many others have failed because it’s built for side hustle and privacy conscious people just like you. Instead of just having a single digital business card, you can create multiple options with different information so you only share the details you want to with the person you’re giving your information to. And since all modern phones have QR code scanners built-in, your new friends/collaborators don’t need to install an app on their end. It’s a helluva lot easier than carrying around five different business cards for each of your projects. iOS|Android


Pocket City

The SimCity series of city-building games are some of our favorite video games ever created. We could have done without most of the spin-off SimEvertyhing titles, but the original games that had you designing and constructing your own metropolis occupied more hours than we care to count. Unfortunately, it was one of the few classic video games that never really got the proper mobile treatment. Pocket City is the open-ended city-building mobile game we’ve been waiting a decade for. It has all the building, the disasters and grandeur of the classics but it’s been re-imagined by Codebrew Games for mobile phones. This will quickly become your latest mobile game addiction, which is fine in this case because it’s fun as hell, and there are no micro-transactions. iOS|Android


Dark Sky

For as long as we can remember, Dark Sky has been the undisputed champion when it comes to getting weather data on your phone. We’ve tried dozens of the best weather apps out there, and we always come back to Dark Sky because it presents a colossal amount of information without making it difficult to use. Dark Sky just completely overhauled the platform with an all new interface that’s even better than the version you’re familiar with. The biggest change is the new unified timeline that puts all the weather details for the next hours and days front and center with an easy-to-read, scrollable timeline. The best just got better. iOS|Android


Karma

With all of the work and personal responsibilities everyone has, it can be hard to find time to do some good in the world or in your local community. Karma can help with that by connecting you to local nonprofits and charities so you can make donations or sign up as a volunteer. It’s kind of like a combination of Kickstarter and GoFundMe, so the entire process is streamlined to make it easy for all the organizations that benefit and the people looking to help. Regardless of how you want to help, there are options ranging from the Worldwide Orphans Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club, to animal shelters and Meals on Wheels. iOS|Android


Mei

While we certainly don’t plan on handing complete control of our conversations over to a computer any time soon–assuming, of course, we have any say in the matter–we’re intrigued enough by the proposition of a built-in AI relationship assistant designed to improve conversations. Google’s suggest replies buttons in their apps are huge time savers, so just think about what you can do with an AI that interprets communication in real-time and suggests responses accordingly. Mei also gets bonus points for end-to-end encryption and the ability to make messages expire or explode if you want. Android


Animatix

Code Organa originally ended up on our radar because of their effective and easy-to-use HDR shooting app Relight. They recently added to their portfolio of photo apps with a picture animating app dubbed Animatix. Built to “set your photos in motion,” Animatix lets you make the perfect .gif, video or Live Photo by animating your shots with 24 different animation styles and a whole slew of cartoon, comic, sketch and art effects. Unlike other apps in the space, Animatix can help you produce cool, artistic pieces in a variety of different styles that don’t have to feel cartoony… unless you want them to. iOS


Cammeleon

We’ve all sent or received a few private pictures that have no business being seen by anyone other than the intended recipient. The safest way to prevent them from being seen by others is obviously not to take them at all, but where’s the fun in that? With the new app Cammeleon, you have a lot less to worry about. Using the centuries old technique of steganography and modern encryption, Cammeleon lets you hide a private picture within an innocuous one before storing it securely on your phone. Send that picture along to the intended recipient and they can decrypt it using Cammeleon and whatever password you set for the image. Bonus points because, in addition to doing its job admirably, it makes you feel like a spy. iOS|Android


Ticked 2

The first time you launch Ticked 2 you’ll be presented with a My Lists header, an empty white area and a plus sign in the top right. Click that plus sign to create a new list for groceries, daily to-do lists, or anything else you need a list for. Add items to those lists, share them with friends/family/coworkers using iCloud, and get started checking things off all of the lists. It’s an incredibly simple, easy-to-use and minimally designed app that does only one thing but does it incredibly well. If you need a quick to-do list app with collaborative functionality, Ticked 2 is it. iOS

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[Shop]  You don’t need to be an international man of mystery for there to be value in the ability to pick a lock. Whether you have a penchant for forgetting your keys or just want to be there for friends and neighbors, learning to pick locks is a worthwhile skill. But that doesn’t mean you should go practicing on your front door; officers might not like that. Instead, get yourself this Lock Pick Training Kit, which includes a set of tools and a see-through padlock so you can watch what’s happening while you practice. Not only will you come to understand the inner workings of a lock, but you’ll gain the skills necessary to pick one with ease. And don’t worry, there are keys included in case you get frustrated.