Skorch, Leap Second, Wagcam and other apps to check out this weekend

This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features an app for finding the hottest spots in your area, a video montage-maker, and a camera app focused on helping you take better pet pics. Plus, as always, we’ve selected two great new games for you to check out.


Skorch is an interesting app that helps you discover the most happening places in your area. No weak drinks or bad food here—Skorch only recommends the “buzziest” spots including restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more. So let’s say you’re visiting a new city. It works like a heat map, the warmer the color, the hotter the place. Create your own hotlist so followers can keep up with your favorite places. Only a handful of major cities are supported right now, but the developers promise more are coming soon. If you travel often or are looking for new hangout spots in your current city, this app is worth checking out. Skorch is available for free.

Leap Second

Leap Second is the only one-second video app you’ll ever need! Capture your favourite memories and showcase the finest moments of your life in style. We make it super easy to trim your videos and stitch them together to form a mini montage of your life. Sure there are similar apps out there, but I like this one because of its sharp UI and features like automatic sorting, full iCloud support and in-app editing. Leap Second is available for free (with some IAPs).


If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably experienced this problem at some point or another: you go to take a cute picture of your puppy but they either won’t look at you or won’t stop moving. Never fear, Wagcam is here to help. The app has a handful of built-in sounds—a horn, squeak, meow, footsteps, eating, etc.—that encourage your dog to look right at the camera so you can take your pic. And that’s really all there is to it. There’s nothing groundbreaking here but again, for pet owners, I thought this was worth checking out this weekend. Wagcam is available for free.


HQ is a live trivia game show developed by the folks behind the hit social media app Vine. It’s exactly what it sounds like: every day there is a live trivia game show played through this iPhone app at 9pm (EDT). You can join in epic multiplayer games, chat with other players, compete for a spot on the leaderboard and even win really money that can be cashed out via PayPal. Early App Store reviews give the app 5-stars, so even the folks not winning money appear to be enjoying the games. I’m not sure if the trivia game shows are played on the weekend, but either way this is an app worth checking out. HQ is available for free.

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking is a puzzle game about relaxing moments in nature, as you prepare meals over a warm fire. Discover the joy of cooking on a stick and test your problem-solving skills with some challenging campfire puzzles! The latest creation from Layton Hawkes is guaranteed to make you feel clever, hungry and eager to book your next woodland escape. There are over 100 meals to prepare, a great cast of characters and tons of exotic trails to discover. This is an extremely polished puzzle game that’s worth checking out. Campfire Cooking is available for $4.

More apps to check out