Ramp, SideNotes, Chill, and other apps to check out this weekend

It’s time for another installment of our Apps of the Week roundup, where we bring you a handful of new or interesting apps we’ve come across recently. This week we have a financial companion for business owners, a universal note-taker, and an app for sharing music. And as always, we’ve selected a fun new game for you to check out.


We are starting things off here with a bit of niche, boring app, but for the folks that need something like this, Ramp seems like an excellent option. Of course Ramp the service has been around for quite a while, but this mobile app is brand new. It puts finance automation in your pocket, allowing you to do things like track expenses, submit for reimbursements, auto-match receipts to transactions, and much more.

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Finding the perfect note-taking app is like looking for the perfect calendar or task manager. You want something that works everywhere, auto-synchronizes, and most of all, you want something you’ll use. Today, I submit SideNotes for your consideration. As a Mac app, SideNotes lives in a transparent bar on the side of your monitor, making it better-looking than sticky notes and more agile than other text editors. This new mobile app lets you take those notes with you to view, edit, and add to on the go. It’s pricey, especially given all the free options in the space, but I still felt it was worth pointing to.

Download for $10

Chill – Your friend’s songs

This one is kind of cool. Chill is a social app that allows you to easily share your favorite music with your friends. It’s essentially a big search engine for songs, with a bunch of social features attached. Here’s how it works: find a song in the app, share it, and then if your friend likes it they can add it to their playlist. The app connects to your Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer or YouTube account, making it easy to build new playlists with newly discovered music. Chill also has friend lists, emoji reactions, and it tracks how many songs you’ve sent and received.

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So you might not like regular golf, but I’m willing to bet you’ll like Shankstars. In it you play as an exotic character—pirate, astronaut, etc—and you must conquer incredible courses with hazards like tornadoes and active volcanoes. The game kind of reminds me of that HotShots Golf game from back in the PS2 days. Anyway, all the necessary features are there: upgradeable abilities and equipment, collectible items, and both solo and head-to-head game modes. Foooooouuuuuur!

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