New apps of the week
Experimental musician Brian Eno says of his new app: “I wanted also that this music would unfold differently all the time—‘like sitting by a river.’” Read on!
Brian Eno: Reflection
We’re not sure how to explain Brian Eno: Reflection ($40, iPhone and iPad), the pricy new app from the acclaimed experimental musician, so let’s give him a shot: “My original intention with Ambient music was to make endless music, music that would be there as long as you wanted it to be. I wanted also that this music would unfold differently all the time—‘like sitting by a river’: it’s always the same river, but it’s always changing.”
Ready to get your finances fixed in the new year? Clarity Money (free, iPhone and iPad) tracks your expenses and offers advice on how to lower bills, cancel others, create a savings account, and transfer money between accounts. You can even check up on your credit score for free.
Believe it or not, Netflix still runs a DVD service—DVD.com—though you can’t access it from Netflix’s beloved streaming app. DVD Netflix (free, iPhone and iPad) hearkens back to Netflix’s early days, letting you checkout DVD and Blu-Ray movies, organize your viewing queue, and get viewing recommendations.
goBaby (free, iPhone) is like Uber, but for baby strollers. Traveling parents can ditch the big accessories when they leave town—for selected cities—and rent strollers, car seats, and other items from local parents at their destination. (If you’re a parent in one of the destination cities, this is a good opportunity to make some cash.) The service is available in, among other places, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, and Austin.
High Space ($1, iPhone and iPad) lets you “explore the endless vastness of space through gorgeous galaxies, teeming with terribly cute aliens.” There are 160 levels to explore, along with 15 species of aliens and and countless “amazing boss fights.” To infinity and beyond!
Just Sing! (free, iPhone and iPad) comes from the makers of Just Dance! It’s iOS-based video karaoke—pick from 10,000 tracks, sing or lip-sync along, then create a music video to complete the project. You can collaborate with other users, or spend hours watching the creations they’ve made. And, of course, you can share your own videos with the crowd.
Live by Night: The Chase
Live by Night: The Chase (free, iPhone and iPad) is based on the forthcoming Ben Affleck gangster movie. “Your job is to rob multiple banks throughout the Florida area and escape with cash in hand.”
Warp Shift (freemium, iPhone and iPad) lets you play as Pi, a little girl with a magical companion, as she navigates through “maze-like confines” to try and return home. It includes six different worlds each containing 15 levels.