Editor’s Picks: 11 apps we think you should try

Editor's Picks for 7/23/2016

Hey everyone! Sorry for the late posting, but here are this week’s Editor’s Picks! Hope you enjoy!

Pokemon Go

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Play this one for more than an hour and you’ll see the appeal. After little more than a week with Pokemon Go I have found myself walking considerably more, meeting and chatting up new friends in my town, and having a great time. It’s the perfect summer game; you can get out of it exactly what you put into it. I’ve enjoyed killing a few hours with my wife and son and we’re learning quite a bit about the Pokemon lore. A few small server issues aside, I’m completely satisfied with this release. I can’t wait to see how it evolves.

Download Pokemon Go in the Play Store

SmartNews

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I’ve been using Smartnews for a few weeks now because of the nice design and swift animations. It’s customizable and doesn’t smash ads in my face when I use it. My favorite part of the app is “Smartview” that allows for an alternate viewing experience for articles. It’s great because it saves data and makes reading articles easier with less clutter

Download SmartNews in the Play Store

Fire TV Remote

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I have 3 Amazon Fire TV devices in my house. If you have one you have inevitably lost the tiny remote that came with it. Mine always ends up in the couch or in some spot where I know I will find it next time but never can. Maybe the batteries have run out and you don’t have any AAA’s to replace them. The Fire TV remote app is the solution all of these problems. It works over your WiFi network to connect your phone to any of the Fire TV devices in your house.

This app gives you the ability to use the voice commands to open all sorts of content with no typing needed. it also includes a Keyboard so you can type instead of clicking the screen keyboard on the fire tv it self. This is the main reason i love this app. Being able to use the keyboard on my phone to type on the Fire TV ,makes using apps like plex and SPMC so much easier then using the on-screen keyboard that Amazon provides.

Download Fire TV Remote in the Play Store

Naturespace

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“If sound quality matters to you, then you owe it to yourself to try Naturespace. Naturespace is the ultimate headphone listening experience! Our immersive and spatially accurate 3D recordings from some of the most beautiful locations on earth will relax and rejuvenate you like nothing else. They truly must be experienced to be believed. With 6 free tracks, no ads, a simple interface, and a vast catalog to choose from, it’s easy to get started. Find out what millions of others have discovered: the amazing world of holographic audio.

At Naturespace, we record incredibly relaxing, immersive outdoor environments in 3D using proprietary holographic microphone techniques drawn from classical and field recording practices. When audio is recorded in 3D, the entire hemispheric sound field is preserved, including the sounds that occur in front, behind, beside, and above the listener. It’s mind-bendingly lifelike and remarkably soothing– a true revolution in sound.

The spatial accuracy of Naturespace’s nature recordings are so convincingly real that they create an immediate positive impact on the listener’s state of mind. Providing the brain with spatially realistic, benevolent natural sounds taps into deeply instinctual parts of the mind to ease tension, stress, anxiety, and insomnia. It is a powerful tool for aiding focus and concentration, relaxation, meditation, masking noise, jumpstarting the imagination, evoking memories, and fueling creative processes. It’s an excellent alternative to white noise.
We are unique in that we capture, mix, and master all of our audio ourselves. Our obsession with holographic audio has led us to create a diverse and growing catalog of over 120 nature soundscapes, recorded by us across several continents in some of the most remote locations on the planet. Naturespace’s thunderstorms, oceans, fields, streams, meadows, snowstorms, winds, and avian wildlife sounds are unmatched in the world for their realism.
On his 2014 album Upside Down Mountain, famed indie songwriter Connor Oberst (Bright Eyes) titled his track “”Night at Lake Unknown”” in homage to the Naturespace recording of the same name.

Naturespace is the perfect tool for increasing productivity, clarity, and focus and decreasing anxiety, stress, and distraction. It is a fantastic aid for those who need help with sleep and insomnia issues. With our powerful catalog of ambient nature tracks, all you need to do is put on your headphones, relax, and close your eyes.”

Download Naturespace in the Play Store

Word Teaser

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Word Teaser takes the usual word search game and adds multiple levels of interest, using a color-coded hint system to simultaneously guide and distract you from your goal.
It’s rather well-done, and both the graphics & music are there but mainly stay in the background, letting the experience shine.

Download Word Teaser in the Play Store

Orbot

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Orbot is the Android version of the popular Tor Browser. It is not actually a browser, however, but offers a secure connection that routes all your traffic through Tor servers like the deep web traffic. It’s basically a hardcore VPN, that offers advanced and in-depth settings to suit your security needs. It is super easy to use, and is packed full of features.

Download Orbot in the Play Store

ISS Detector

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Have you seen the International Space Station? It is visible with the naked eye!
If you like space or astronomy, you will like this ISS locator app.

ISS Detector will tell you when and where to look for the International Space Station or Iridium flares. You get an alarm a few minutes before a pass. You will never miss a pass of the International Space Station and you will never miss the bright flashes of the iridium communication satellites. ISS Detector will also check if the weather conditions are right. A clear sky is perfect for spotting.

Extensions will enhance the functionality of ISS Detector. With an in-app purchase you can add comets and planets, amateur radio satellites and famous objects, like the Hubble space telescope or the Chinese space station Tiangong.

ISS Detector combines data from Nasa, Heavens-above.com, minorplanetcenter.net and weather from yr.no to show you exactly when a celestial body will be visible! Any space enthusiast should check it out.

Download ISS detector in the Play Store

Fandango

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Fandango is a movie tickets and times app that’s second to none. If you’re looking for what’s playing in your local theatre, Fandango will usually have the info, and the option to purchase your tickets. The best part of Fandango is the perks of using them to buy your tickets. OFten, you’ll get access to VIP rewards and bonuses like digital copies of movies, coupons, and free mp3 downloads related to the film you picked. It’s my go-to app for movie tickets.

Download Fandango in the Play Store

LastPass

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LastPass is a password manager that allows you to create and store secure passwords for all of your favorite apps and websites. It also allows for seamless PC and mobile integration so no matter where you log in, you always have your passwords handy. LastPass autofills passwords for apps, as well as webpages so you will never worry about forgetting a password, and they are encrypted and secure so nobody can easily access them. If you’re concerned about privacy, LastPass is a great app to help you feel more secure.

Download LastPass in the Play Store

Google Fit

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Google Fit is a fitness app that connects to your fitness tracer or smartwatch to help monitor your health and stay in shape. IT collects data and displays them in attractive and easy to read graphs that chart your daily and weekly progress in steps and calories, as well as sleep and heart rate. Google Fit provides a unified location for all your fitness data that may otherwise be fragmented among your various smart devices and fitness trackers. If you’re looking for a great way to stay in shape this summer, Google Fit is a great app to help you out.

Download Google Fit in the Play Store

Steam

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This is a mobile app for Steam, the PC marketplace for games run by Valve. If you’re a PC gamer and use Steam, Steam mobile is a excellent companion to the service on your PC. You can access everything from the mobile app, like the store and friends list, as well as a 2-step authentication system for logging into your account. The Steam app enhances and simplifies your Steam experience while adding another layer of security to your account. If you’re a Steam user, you owe it to yourself to try out Steam mobile.

Download Steam in the Play Store

Thanks everyone and be sure to check out all the awesome apps we feature here on Editor’s Picks!

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