The week's best new apps
This week’s roundup includes a new app that lets you watch great 1970s movies like “Shaft” and “Foxy Brown.” Read on!
Houseparty (free, iPhone) is kind of a group version of Snapchat—when you and your friends are in the app at the same time, you’ll see each other’s availability. Tap, and you’ll be in a video chat with one, two, or all of your buddies.
Ingage (free, iPad) is the latest app to help you build presentations for your boardroom or classroom. It comes from Scrollmotion, an experienced creator of books, magazines, and textbooks for iOS devices. It features templates to help you tell your story, Shutterstock integration so you can find the right pictures to illustrate it, and MailChimp integration for sharing.
Ready to keep your New Year’s resolution? Jillian Michaels ($4 a month, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch) offers exercise guides and meal plans. Workouts range from beginner to advanced, meals are targeted at omnivore, paleo, and vegan eating preferences, and there are plans to help you reach your fitness goals in 30, 60, or 90 days.
Lunaform ($1 download, iPhone and iPad) “is a puzzle arcade game like breakout, but instead of destroying all of the blocks you’re trying to fill them up. Swap the hexes just in time to catch stars of the same color, and fill up the grid to complete the level.” Sound easy? It gets more complicated the more you play.
Here’s an alternative to “read it later” favorites like Instapaper and Pocket. PaperSpan (free; iPhone and iPad) lets you save webpages for later reading—or, if you desire, later listening. You can highlight articles, send them to your Kindle, and check a dashboard for your reading stats.
Do you browse the web on your phone a bit too obsessively? We’ve all been there. Self Control ($2, iPhone and iPad) lets you block specific distracting websites, at least temporarily. Say the makers: “Self Control allows you to temporarily block distracting websites on Safari browser. You can always unlock them again but it requires that you think twice before doing so: ‘Do I really need to browse funny cat pictures right now?’”
TripActions (free, iPhone) is built for business travel, letting you find and book flights, hotels, and cars, while accumulating points for your favorite airline, hotel, and car programs. You can use the app to book Uber or Lyft trips to your hotel, and receive alerts for flights delays, hotel check-out times, and more.