It’s time again for another edition of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week we have some great picks for you including a super smart trip planner, a new social media platform and an app that uses memes to teach you new languages. And as always, we’ve selected a fun new game for you to check out.
Una Travel: Smart Trip Planner
Summer is here, meaning it’s officially vacation season, and Una Travel wants to help you plan your next trip. It’s billed as a “smart travel assistant,” that pulls millions of activities and reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor, AllTrails and Lonely Planet. Get secret hotel pricing, browse curated itineraries and collaborate with friends and family. Most features are hidden behind a $7.99 per month subscription, but you can try the app for free to see if it’s for you.
I’m enjoying this recent run of innovation in the social media space, and today we add another one: Joenly. The twist with this app is that you can’t post on your own. So once you have your photo or video, you must first send to a friend and have them reply. Then it gets posted to both of your profiles. It’s like a peer-editing, co-signing mechanism that you can imagine would help clean up a lot of the negative social media activity. Will anyone use it? Time will tell.
memo: Learn Spanish with Memes
I think we’ve reached peak Gen Z with memo. It’s an app that aims to help you learn new languages by looking at…memes. The idea is that memes evoke emotion (happy, sad, angry, etc), thus creating stable chain associations in your memory. So instead of having to listen to boring lectures or practice old school phrases such as “I drink milk,” you can scroll through popular slang words and phrases like “I stan you.”
Test your brain power in this stylish and relaxing physics puzzle game that offers over 100 unique levels. The rules are simple: draw lines and shapes to help the ball reach the exit of each level to move onto the next. You’ll encounter a variety of traps, hazards and other mechanics along the way. It’s kind of a pinball meets puzzler meets physics simulator.