New calendar options
This week’s roundup of apps includes one new calendar offering, Streamline, and one older one with a new twist, Sunrise. Plus, new and updated games, news, and productivity apps.
BitTorrent Bleep lets you chat via text, voice, or “whisper.” What’s that? “Sending a whisper to a friend means your messages disappear after they are read. Whisper it, read it, and move on.” Also intriguing: No account is needed to use the Bleep app; you can sign up with an email address or mobile number—or just go “incognito.”
Empires & Allies
Empires & Allies is similar to other strategy games like Clash of Clans and Game of War: Fire Age—if you enjoy those games but wish you could use and deploy more modern weapons like tanks and helicopters, this might be for you. Beware: Also like those games, there are lots of opportunities for in-app purchases to aid your gameplay.
Grim Fandango Remastered
We’re suckers for games that have unique artistic and graphic sensibilities, Grim Fandango Remastered, with hits afterlife affectations and roots in Mexican folklore certainly meets that criterion. “Grim Fandango’s epic story of four years in the life (or death) of Manny Calavera, travel agent to the dead, has been remastered to look, sound, and control even better than it did during its original launch in 1998.”
The great thing about the newest version of NYT Now? It’s free. If you love the paper’s in-depth coverage but don’t have time for all of it, this is probably the best, cheapest way to get your fix on a daily basis.
Everybody has loved Paper as an app that spurs and shows off your creativity, but now its developers are getting more work-minded. The newest features are grouped together under the label “Think Kit”—users can now create flow diagrams, org charts, axis lines, and wireframes, create freeform color fills for trend lines and pie charts, and cut to rearrange shapes and create patterns.
Rdio now offers a “Rdio Select” subscription option—just $4 a month lets you have two dozen songs downloaded to your mobile device at one time; plus your music plays commercial free. The “Rdio Select” option is available only on mobile devices.
It’s amazing, but people keep finding new ways to do calendars. The $2 Streamline app defaults to showing your agenda as a streamlined event list. It’s compatible with Google, Exchange, Yahoo, Facebook, iCloud, and more.
Here’s an older calendar app—Sunrise is launching in Version 4.0—but it does have one new twist: It uses the new Meet keyboard for iOS 8 that makes scheduling quicker and more intuitive. “You get to pick available spots in your week from your keyboard and send them to anyone through one short link. When the person on the other side picks the time that works best for them, the event is automatically added to both your calendars.”