Tired of your current apps? Check out some of these new ones. Almost all of them are free, and each one has its own special niche. Try them to see if one fits your lifestyle.
- Gallery Doctor
Is your phone cluttered with photos? Who has the time to weed out the ones that are too blurry, poorly lit, or too weird for you to share? Gallery Doctor, a free new app on iOS and Android, skims through your photo library and picks out all those duplicates and faulty photos that you really don’t want. It makes the bad batch available for you to browse, or you can choose to trust the app and scrap the whole batch. Check its handiwork the first few times to get a feel for what it keeps and doesn’t keep. Once you get in the groove with this app, it can save you hours and give you back a lot of data storage.
- The Occupant
It’s not for the faint of heart, but for Halloween fans and thriller junkies, this app hits the spot. It’s a free iOS game that invites you to roam the halls of a high-rise hotel, solving problems and finding items. The sheer terror of getting caught by the horrifying Occupant is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. This one’s not for the kids, folks!
- Parama Math 1
Many apps try to turn math into a game, and this one succeeds. Free for iOS users, it features various scenarios and problems to solve, along with quirky, colorful characters and objects. You just might see a boost in your math-challenged kid’s grades after this learning adventure.
Getting ready to take a vacation on your own? Download Tripr, free to Android and iOS devices. You can network with people you know or people you just met during your travels. Ask about the must-see sites, the best-kept secrets of small towns, or the most delightful eateries. You can also check in on events like plays, concerts, and other gatherings to see which of your acquaintances will be there. The app makes traveling less like a solo pilgrimage and more like a shared adventure.
Too busy to find time for the salon or massage parlor? Book a professional to do your beauty services at home. Through StyleBee, you’ll find experts at makeup, massage, hair-styling, face-painting, and other beauty and health services. StyleBee serves the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas currently, but plans to expand during the coming year.
- Hotspot Shield Free VPN
If you’re anxious about security while your Windows phone is online, try Hotspot Shield Free VPN. It has unblocking features for accessing specific content, and it offers high-level encryption to keep your private information safe, even as you’re doing mobile browsing.
- Pocket Physics
Got a super-intelligent kid who asks you a bunch of scientific questions all day long? Or maybe you just want to brush up on your physics facts. Either way, Pocket Physics is perfect for dredging up those long-forgotten but necessary facts about force, motion, and energy. For those who want a full-scale course in physics, the app’s publisher, Gecko Solutions, promises that additional chapters are on their way.