It’s OK, you survived, February is done and March is upon us. The next Valentine’s Day is 350 days away.
Before you jump headfirst into almost-Spring though, there’s just time to check out 11 of the best new and updated featured iOS apps from last month – spanning productivity to the future of news. Maybe.
As with last month, we’ve severely cut back on the number of apps that make it into these monthly roundups – so only the best new launches or most notable updates from the month get through.
That’s right, it delivers all your news in a conversational SMS style.
Admittedly, it’s not the fastest way to get through the news, but if the thought of static text and multiple paragraphs are just too much to bear (congrats on getting this far, if that’s the case) then Quartz will be the only news you read.
Using either your own on-device library of tracks or those stored in Spotify Premium, you can set it to create you a mix based on a particular order or tempo – that opens it up to creating mixes that don’t necessarily sit next to each other stylistically, rather than relying on a genre.
There’s an algorithm to determine the optimum moment to move from one to the next, and transitioning effects smooth over any audio cracks.
There are so many to-do list and productivity apps available for iPhone and iPad that you could easily stress yourself out trying to work out which one to use.
Doo is another contender – but it takes an ultra-simple approach to helping you get through all your notes in a neat card format.
Given that the whole ethos of Doo is to break down your unmanageable to-do list into smaller, more achievable steps, there’s not a lot of point in entering a huge long instruction for each card. If you do, it’ll just suggest you break it down into small chunks anyway.
Each time you open the app, it shows just one thing – the next task you need to take care of, which you can then mark as done, or snooze.
Productivity comes at a price, however. $4.99, to be exact.
Unlike podcasting, which gives the impression of lasting a significant amount of time, Anchor encourages short bursts of commentary, more akin to a blog post on the Web.
It takes a minimal approach to design, and once you’re all signed up, you can dive into the discussions based on categories (US elections, tech, etc.) and those from people you follow on Twitter who also use Anchor.
Listeners can also record replies to send back too.
If the thought of taking photos of your food perplexes you, then you can skip straight along to the next item in this list. If not, read on to find out about Line’s new camera app for food photography fans.
Available for both Android and iOS, the (free) app has a couple of features designed to help you take better shots. Like, for example, letting you know when your phone is exactly horizontal over a plate of food by changing to a spirit level-like display.
As well as aiding the perenially intoxicated in snapping level images of their dinner, the app also lets you easily apply a depth-of-field-like blur effect and a whole bunch of filters designed just for photographs of food.