Looking for ways to pass the time before next week’s holiday mayhem? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a great list of apps for you to check out this weekend including a service for anonymous communication, a quick and easy reminders app, and a new private web browser. And as always, we’ve also picked out some awesome games for you to try.
Listen provides you with a free phone number that you can call and text from—similar to Google Voice. And with the iPhone app, you are not only anonymous in your communication, but you can also take control of the conversation. So you can do things like disable voicemail, mute contacts, set auto-responses, and more. The UI looks kind of quirky, but still very clean, and early user reviews say the service is very reliable. If you like to sell things on Craigslist, or have any other reason to use an anonymous number, it seems like Listen is worth trying out. This app is available for free.
In the market for a new reminder/todo list app? Check out Later. This app has a unique interface that allows you to quickly schedule reminders in a natural way by tapping on preset times like “this evening” or “next week.” Compare this to the typical app that wants you to manually input the date, time, etc.—essentially fill out a form—just to set a reminder. You can customize presets, snooze your reminders, and sync with the Later Mac app, but other than that there aren’t a ton of features here. Later is available for free.
The folks at Mozilla released a new app for iOS this week called Firefox Focus. It’s a fast, simple web browser with a focus on privacy. Focus offers users “next-level privacy” by automatically blocking a wide range of common web trackers and erasing your history—including passwords and cookies. You get all of this without have to mess with any settings, or enabling/disabling options. If you use the Private browsing feature in Chrome or Safari with any regularity, it’s probably worth checking out this app. Firefox Focus is available for free.
Neon Chrome is an infinite twin-stick top-down shooter with procedurally generated levels and destructible environment. Choose your character, enter the elevator and try to bring down the Overseer – again and again. We are talking about a high-end game here, filled with massive explosions, destructible environment, countless bullets and rich AI behavior. It’s playable with older devices, but for the best experience you’ll want to use a more recent iPhone or iPad. 50% limited-time launch sale. This game is available for $4.99.
If you’d rather kick back with an easy-going platformer, check out Super Cat Tales. Its graphics may have drawn nostalgic inspiration from Super Mario World, but the game controls were designed for modern devices. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to climb, swim, jump and run—just use your 2 thumbs to tap on either the left or right side of the screen. The game features 6 cats with unique abilities, more than 50 fun levels to enjoy, lots of hidden secrets and achievements + leaderboards. Super Cat Tales is available for free.
More apps to check out
- Apple’s free app of the week: Tayasui Sketches Pro
- A quick look at upcoming “TV” app on Apple TV
- Microsoft is bringing integrated developer environment Visual Studio to the Mac
Apps updated this week
- Twitter for iPhone and iPad gains support for rich notifications on iOS 10
- Workflow updated with redesigned UI, search, profiles, and more
- Google revamps Play Newsstand, adds For You recommendations, rich media, web app & more
- WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted video calling
- Pixelmator for Mac gains Touch Bar and P3 color support, tabs, full Sierra compatibility & more