Where I live in Sacramento, CA this weekend is going to be the first hot one of the year. I’m looking at triple-digit weather. I’m planning on staying indoors with my technology as much as I possibly can.
If you are like me and are looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend, you may need a list of apps to keep you occupied. Whether you are in the mood for watching short films, TV shows, or just don’t know what you are in the mood for, we have a list of apps to help get you through the weekend without having to spend too much time in the sun…
I have to admit that I didn’t know anything about Norman McLaren until a few days ago when I found out that this app was going to launch in the App Store. Now that I am aware of his work, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of him before. Luckily for me, and anyone who downloads this amazing app, you can watch 51 of the filmmaker’s shorts, read his biography, and even create your own McLaren-esque short film in the Paper Cut-Out Workshop. Even if you don’t know who the Scottish-born Canadian is, you’ll spend hours in this app watching, reading, and creating art. This app is available for the iPad for free.
Fans of the PC build and battle game will be happy to know that Total Domination is now available for iOS. Take to the skies as you redevelop a land ravaged by alien forces. Build titanium and uranium mines, research and develop aerial defenses, and create trade connections with real life players. Fortify your base by researching technology and building powerful defenses, while also mining as many resources as possible. You will be able to team up with other players to defend against invading aliens, or go it alone to become the ultimate leader. This game is available for free.
If you are looking for a new mail client for your Mac to replace Sparrow, you may not have to wait any longer. Now, you can log into all of your various mail services and view them in one, classy looking app. Airmail lets you access different accounts and keep them all in one inbox. Plus, you can make adjustments to individual account settings, change aliases, have a different signature for each account, and more. Get notifications via the alert banner and automatically save attachments to Dropbox. Say “goodbye” Mail.app and welcome a brand new email interface into your life. This app is available for $1.99.
If you are an avid Travel Channel watcher, you’ll be happy to know that you can now take your favorite shows with you where ever you go. The Travel Channel just launched a new app that makes it possible for cable subscribers to watch their favorite shows from their iPhone or iPad. Once downloaded, enter your cable subscription information and watch full episodes of the network’s most popular shows. If you’re like me and don’t have cable, don’t worry. You can still watch clips of more than 40 different programs to keep you entertained. This app is available for free.
Do you ever find yourself mindlessly clicking through channels, scrolling the iTunes movie database, or browsing your Netflix queue, looking for something to watch? It is almost like having a closet full of clothes, but feeling like you have nothing to wear. Vidora makes it easier for you to decide what to watch by telling you what you should watch. By selecting from a list of movies and TV shows that you like, the app generates a list of suggestions based on popular digital streaming services. If you find a movie that you like, tap the play button and it will open up the app that you choose, like Netflix or HuluPlus so you can watch it right on your iPad. This app is available for free.
If you are tired of opening your iTunes window on your Mac every time you want to know the name of a song, or can’t remember the name of the band whose song is currently playing, download Muzzy. This iTunes companion sits snugly in your menu bar and gives you quick access to a song’s title, album art, and length. If you have lyrics already in iTunes, tap the dropdown menu to read them right in the app. If you want to listen to a different song on the album, flip the cover over to see the tracks and double click the one you want to change to. You can even skip around within the song just by clicking on the album art. This app is available for free.
Camera apps are fairly prevalent in the App Store, so it is always nice to find something that stands out in the crowd. This app features a tuned monochrome filter that makes your photos so much more than just black and white. For high-contrast stunning imagery, this app has what it takes to turn mundane into mesmerizing. Sure, it only does one thing, but it does that one thing very well. If you don’t like wasting time rummaging through filtering apps with dozens of different versions of black and white effects, take it easy with an app that doesn’t have too many features. This app is available for $1.99.