It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means. That’s right! It’s time for another Apps of the Week roundup. This week we have some great selections, including an app for easily ordering same-day gifts, a great new chart and graph-maker, and an app for creating awesome lip-sync videos.
Here’s a cool idea: Spoil is the easiest way to send same-day gifts anywhere in the US. I think the service has been around for a while, but just recently launched its mobile app. Anyway, the point is that within a few taps you can order a wide variety of gifts including candles, cupcakes, flowers, stuffed animals, and even hand-written notes and have them delivered that day. If nothing else, tuck this app away for a rainy day. Spoil is available for free.
There are two ingredients to a great presentation: a powerful storyline and the data to back it up. Meet Chartistic, the app that allows you to create great interactive charts on the go. It comes with an assortment of bar, line, area and pie charts, and has a unique data-powered clipart visualizer that is sure to drive your points home. Create the perfect chart in minutes, export as an image and embed it into your emails, tweets, documents, and more. Chartistic is available for free.
Here’s another kind of cool concept: Serial Box Publishing. Serials are like books, but more fun! You can read or listen to weekly episodes by best-selling writers. Serials run for 13 weeks, with new episodes released each Wednesday, and last around 40 minutes. The Serial folks believe that reading should be as convenient and captivating as the best TV shows. The downside: first episodes are free, but beyond that each one costs money. And the pricing is rather steep. This app is available for free.
Now you can join in on the fun seen on the popular TV show Lip Sync Battle. The official app allows you to lip-sync along to your favorite songs and record awesome videos that you can share with friends. Choose your song from a library of hits from major artists, add a mask and other props, record your video, add fun post production effects and filters, and share your creation within the app, via social media or even via text. You can also vote on your favorite performances and participate in contests. Lip Sync Battle is available for free.
If you really want to like chess, but the lack of chaos turns you off, this game is for you. Really Bad Chess is very similar to the age-old classic, but the twist is: you get totally random pieces. So you may end up with 8 Knights, 4 Bishops and only 3 Pawns. Crazy, right? The game includes an AI mode, a Freeplay mode, and Daily and Weekly challenges. A single in-app purchase removes ads, displays captured pieces and lets you choose alternate colors. Really Bad Chess is available for free.
More apps to check out
- Apple’s free app of the week: Shadow Bug
- 8 great iPhone and iPad games to get you in the Halloween spirit
Apps updated this week
- You can now stream Facebook videos to your TV while browsing your News Feed
- Periscope update brings camera and sharing improvements & more
- Google Photos for iOS gains new features that suggest rotations, resurface images & more
- Pokémon GO updated with catch bonuses, easier gym training, improvements to gameplay
- Snapchat launches Story Playlist, no longer automatically loads the next Story
- Dropbox for iOS gains iMessage app, PDF signing, iOS 10 widget, PiP video & more
- Skype for iOS picks up new contact notifications & iOS 10 CallKit toggle