It’s been a long week so let’s just get right to it with our latest round of Apps of the Week selections. We have the hot new note-taking/writing app Bear, a new app for finding cool places to work from, and an app for listening to personalized, short-form news and entertainment audio clips from ex-Netflix employees. And as usual, we have two cool new games for you to check out.
Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes or really whatever you feel like writing. It’s essentially a complex, feature-packed writing app disguised as a pretty, minimal notes app. Features include rich previews, in-line image support, advanced Markup editor that supports 20+ programming languages, cross-note links and hashtags, interactive todo buttons and so much more. You’ll have to pay $1.50 per month (or $15 per year) to access some of the more advanced features, but the app itself is definitely worth checking out. Bear is available for free.
Tired of working in your cubicle? Or in your cold, dark home office? Switch it up with Workfrom. This new app/community allows you to discover places around you where you can work remotely. This includes cafes, coworking spots, coffee shops and other alternative spaces. Over 26K members have scouted more than 1,200 cities to find the best locations. Good Wi-Fi? Check. Dogs allowed? Check. I feel like we featured a similar app a few months ago but Workfrom has a wider scope and a seemingly more active community, thus making it worth checking out. This app is available for free.
60dB offers personalized, short-form audio covering a wide array of topics such as news, sports, business and entertainment, from a variety of publishers. The goal is to combine the best of what people like about listening to the radio with the personalization of digital content, with a focus on brevity. Tap the Quick Feeds link to get a playlist of short-form audio clips you’ll learn from and enjoy—side note, some of the 60dB team members are former Netflix engineers who helped build its personalization engine, so yea. If you’re looking for entertainment this weekend, this is a must-try. 60dB is available for free.
Looking for a cool new game to pass the time this weekend? Check out The Trail. You’ll join pioneers on a vast journey across country unknown to explore, craft, collect, trade, discover and eventually settle and build. Yes this is a free-to-play title with some annoying IAPs, but it’s worth noting that it was built by the legendary God Game genre designer and creator Peter Molyneux. The graphics are gorgeous and the gameplay is expansive and addictive. Whether you’re a fan of the RPG/explorer genre or not, this game is worth checking out. The trail is available for free.
For those looking for the exact opposite of the above game, allow me to introduce Nekosan. Developed by the makers of the hit Mr. Jump, Nekosan is a simple platformer/runner in which you must help a cat and his friends get the stars back from the mice who stole them. To do this, you must run, slide, wall-jump and fly through dozens of levels of an evil dungeon. Are you up for the challenge? There’s only one way to find out. This game is available for free.
More apps to check out
- Review: PDF Viewer does not stand out from the pack, but delivers on its promise
- Surenix releases Power 2, an iPhone battery life companion app for Apple Watch
- Apple’s free app of the week: Lost in Harmony