April is upon us already, and you’ve just about survived the barrage of the worst April Fools’ puns the Web can throw at you, but before you close your browser in disgust, check out the best of last month’s new and updated iPhone apps.
As always, only the best apps each month make it into these roundups, so no skipping ahead.
And when you’re done, you can let us know your favorite ones I missed out in the comments below.
You get a feed of popular movies across the user base, things that your friends watch and reviews on how much they enjoyed them. Once you’ve watched a film, you can then mark it as watched (and leave your own review).
Naturally, you can also scan through the catalog by ‘most popular’ or for searching for a specific item.
However you find something, it’s got to be better than sitting there saying ‘what shall we watch’ for hours on end.
Available for iOS and Android, the app not only shows your exact location, but also any points of interest that you’re passing over. If you see anything that particularly excites you, you can dig further into the data.
And no, you won’t need the (often pricey) in-flight WiFi for the app to work – it uses GPS and cached data to work out your position.
In a nutshell, it’s a keyboard for iOS devices that lets you type out your message, attach any images you want to include (if applicable) and then it generates a secure link and sends it to the recipient.
You can set the message to expire either based on a timer, or based on the total number of views it gets.
It’s probably not going to be your everyday messaging app, but if you need to send info to an entire group of people, it could well come in handy.
It then suggests programs of goals to achieve those ends, or you can set up your own custom ones.
Handily, it’s also free to download on both Android and iOS – though a Premium subscription that gives access to in-app courses on things like leadership and stress management will cost you a not inconsiderable $8.99, making it about the same price as Spotify or Netflix.
All you need to do is scan the barcode on the CD case, and the album will be imported into your playlist. If the same version isn’t available on Spotify, the app will look for a different version of the same album.
It’s perhaps not going to give you the same results as hiring, say, an actual designer, but it’s worth a look if you’re after some templates with pre-loaded fonts and support for things like layers and rounded logos.
If you fancy having a play around with it to see what it can do, it’s free to download and also useful for things like stickers, if you don’t have a company brand to conjure up right now.
All you do is enter a ‘signal’ with the sort of people you want to get in touch with and wait for the responses to roll in, or so the theory goes. Responses are initially public, but can be made private to exchange contact details.
Each Signal fades away after 24 hours, and the app currently supports filtering by city – but only for 19 cities. If you’re not in one of those, you can enter your location manually.
Whether or not it will succeed in such a competitive space remains to be seen, but it’s an interesting approach in an age of information overload.
For some people this will sound like a nightmare, but Shorts allows you to look at any photo on any friend’s Camera Roll – and in exchange, they get to look at all of yours.
If you’ve always wanted access to endless pictures of photos that have been deemed not worth sharing publicly, and presumably more dinner shots than you can imagine, then Shorts is free to download on the App Store.