August 22, 2014

APPTEASERS: 15 great Android apps you should know this week (July 18)

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APPTEASERS is a collection of apps and games that are new to Android, recently updated, discounted, etc. Whatever the case, we think they’re worth exploring and are willing to bet that many of you would enjoy a few of them.

We understand that we won’t get every single app that crosses our path but we hope to filter things a bit and pass them along to you, dear reader. What you’ll find below is a quick plug for apps and games, occasionally using the developer’s own words to describe the title.

Note that this column is not intended to be a list of “must have” apps but more of a random assortment of titles you might not already know about. No, these are not always new titles. Yes, they can be from big name developers and little indie teams as well.

Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as we showcase different apps over on our social network streams.

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Cartwheel (by Target)

Sign in with your Facebook profile and you’re on way to a bunch of savings and exclusive discounts ranging from 5% up to 30% off. Use these specials as often as you would like before they expire and pair them with the Target REDcard’s 5% savings as well! FREE

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Floating Touch

Floating Touch is a customizable button that sits atop your other apps and home screen (like Facebook Chat Heads) and provides quick access to commonly accessed toggles or apps. Want a shortcut or folder to some of you favorite first person shooters? How about a button that pulls up recent apps or Bluetooth settings? Maybe you want to do a Google properties folder. Whatever – go for it! FREE

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Recipe Search

We’re smack dab in the middle of the summer and things are heating up; you got the grill going, right? Pore through more than 150,000 free recipes by simply saying the ingredients you have on hand and see what comes up. Upload your recipes and pictures and get feedback on that special burger concoction! Bonus points for real-time chat. FREE

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Pictarine

A picture is worth 1,000 words right? Why bother reading that many words over and over when you can get the story via photos. Follow your friends from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and 500px only with photos. Select a few topics that interest you and let Pictarine curate the best photos in each category.  Sit, back, and relax! Indeed, you can also leave comments and share as well. FREE

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MLB.com At the Ballpark

Headed out to catch a baseball game this summer? Install the official companion app from MLB.com and enhance that real world experience. Details include check-ins, offers, rewards, integration to social media accounts, and interactive concourses and directory. Need to order a hot dog but don’t feel like missing any of the game? Some ballparks feature ordering from within the app. FREE

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Camera 2

Enhance your photos before you even snap the shutter button with this handy utility. Feature more than 25 filters and effects with looks that call to mind pretty much any decade over the last 100 years. Tweak and modify your pictures and then share them with friends and other Android apps. $2.99

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Song Rush

Touted as a “refreshing, cartoon-style musical 2D runner game”, your levels are generated based on the music that you happen to be listening to at the time.  Featuring hip, urban graphics and aesthetics, your game changes every time you play it; obstacles are generated randomly by an algorithm. FREE

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Hello Kitty Carnival

Casual time management game featuring the trademark ultra-cute art style that fans expect from official Hello Kitty. With 9 levels of fun game-play, you’re in charge of helping set up attractions and rides as well as interacting with nearly one dozen characters. FREE

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LastPass Password Manager Premium

Free to download and install with a 14-day trial, this is the Android version of the popular password managing system. Features include a secure password generator, built-in browser that fills in your details from saved LastPass sites, and automatic form fill in.  Try it out for a couple of weeks and then keep it going for only $1 per month. FREE

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Seamless Food Delivery/Takeout

Why bother picking up the phone to place your takeout order when you can just as easily purchase directly from your Android? Order food delivery from local restaurants across more than 12,000 locations in major metro areas such as New York, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. Keeps your address and credit card details private and saved for future purchases; 24×7 tech support for any issues. FREE NOTE NEW CUSTOMERS: $5 off your first order of $12 or more through Seamless – Enter code at checkout: App5,     Expires 8/31/13

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Hidden Object Wilderness

You know those books you see in waiting rooms that have all of those wonderful hidden pictures? Here’s an app that gives a similar experience. Play a dozen levels over three different modes (NORMAL, CASUAL, CHALLENGE) and search for words using words, pictures, or silhouette. FREE Cough up a couple of bucks and scoop another 8 levels in the full version ($1.99).

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income.io – Money Saving App

Get a handle on those runaway finances and expenses with this free app. Designed for all members of the family, this one breaks down how much is being saved and spent with rich charts and tables. How much are you spending on groceries versus video games? Glad to see your head is in the right spot. FREE

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Digisocial

Share not only pictures of yourself but also voice and text with users around the globe. Add voice and sound to image and text posts or just record a standalone audio post. After 4 million downloads on iOS we suspect this one could become quite popular on Android. FREE

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My Work Hours

While it might not be the sharpest looking app on the platform, this one could be conversely handy for some of you guys. Keep track of how much time you spend at work, log hours over the course of a month, and even calculate your salary. It’s possible to modify and clean up your records; export to Microsoft Excel using .CSV format. FREE

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True or False – Test Your Wits

You think you’re pretty smart, do ya? Time to prove it. This free game is nothing more than thousands of trivial bits of information. It’s up to you to figure out which are true and what’s a bunch of hooey. Play alone or take on a friend using the same phone or tablet. Topics include geography, science, film, music, sports, and a host of other random stuff.  FREE