The Week's Best Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone Apps

By Tom Pritchard on at

There are some upsides to this apocalyptic weather: I live in the North so there's no need to retrofit my car to make it submersible, and the other day I saw a woman unable to get onto the pavement because the wind was so strong. That was, of course, hilarious. But in these desperate times we need our routines, so here is your weekly dose of appy goodness:

 

iPhone Apps

Catchr: You never can be too careful with your phone nowadays, especially with all the sensitive information we trust them to hold. But how can you be sure some nefarious individual isn't using your phone when you're not looking? Catchr will log when it's been used, what apps have been accessed, and it will even map where the phone has been. Perfect for all you people with chronic paranoia. [£1.49]


Pica Pica: One designed to make the most of where you are, this app has comprehensive lists of places of interest around you. Whether it's eating, drinking, or shopping you'll be able to find the best options available. The app has recently been redesigned from the ground up, and now has a to-do list so that you can keep track of what there is to discover. [Free]


Weather Underground: A community powered weather-forecast app that utilises user reports, alongside satellite and radar info, to produce a personalised, local forecast. The new version has much faster loading speeds, now lets you customise the app's homescreen, hazard reports (pretty useful right now, eh?), and share forecasts with friends. [Free]


Science Today: A channel from the California Academy of Sciences dedicated to stories on space, the Earth, scientific innovation, and the Academy's research. It would be ideal for those of you out there who want to stay at the forefront of scientific research and want to get the info straight from the source. [Free]


Sooshi: I'm not one for fish when it's cooked, let alone when it's raw. Shockingly, my opinions are usually at-odds with the world at large, thus Sushi is rather popular. Sooshi is designed to make your raw-fish-with-rice experience as informed as possible. It includes info about different kinds of Sushi, recipes, and a restaurant tracker so that you can find your nearest Japanese cuisine emporium. [£1.49]

 

iPad Apps

Flow Guitar:  The main focus of this app is to teach you to play the guitar effectively. Specifically it helps you to learn how to transition between chords effectively and make the music more of a seamless melody. Currently there are nine backing tracks for you to play along to, with many more to come in subsequent updates. [£2.99]



We Cook It: An ideal way to teach the children in your life how to cook. The aim of the app is to make it as fun and interesting as possible, while at the same time ensuring that they're learning some useful kitchen skills. There are 15 recipes included, with the option to purchase more in-app. While it's great for kids, it would also be ideal for any adults who lack necessary cooking skills. [Free -- with in-app purchases]


Mufli Homes: Moving is a pain, especially if you're looking at multiple properties and have to keep track of each one. Mufli Homes is designed for you to keep tabs on all the intricate details each property has to offer, all kept in one easy to access location. You've got room for usual details like pricing, amenities, number of rooms, but you can also include notes, pictures, and video--so you don't forget anything important. [£1.49]


Polyfauna: A really quite creepy, almost disturbing-looking, app from the folks behind the band Radiohead. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but it has definitely sparked my interest. It describes itself as, "a window into an evolving world," specifically a world based on the imagery in the band's 2011 album 'The King of Limbs'. [Free]


Toast Time: A more positive and upbeat option to balance Polyfauna, Toast Time puts you in control of an 8-bit toaster named Terry. Terry is tasked with defending against intergalactic beasties who want to ruin Monday morning toast time. At your disposal you have a variety of breakfast paraphernalia including coffee, crumpets, and of course toast. [£0.69]

 

Android Apps

Time Pin:  A nifty way to ensure people can't watch and learn your phone's precious PIN (believe me it happens). Time Pin will ensure that the security number to unlock your phone changes regularly, based on either the current date, or time. It is a cool way to keep access to your device restricted, but obviously telling other people about the app turns it into a massive hole in your security. [Free]


Dyce: Fancy going out for dinner or drinks but don't know where to go? Dyce will take all the hassle of making a decision away. Simply decide what distance you're willing to travel and it will pick six random places, then roll the dice and voilá, instant decision. Annoyingly you do need to log in, and using Facebook is the only option, but then again that's a small price to pay to solve your chronic indecisiveness. [Free]


BBM: A nice big update for you BBM fans this week, changing it from your basic messaging service to one that could dominate the market. You can now send people photos, files, or notes from either your phone or Dropbox account. You can also make voice calls (sadly only via Wi-Fi for now but it's a start), and use the new 'Channels' service--a social media-esque tool that lets you find conversations based on a chosen topic. [Free]


The Domingos: A cool little puzzle game, using domino physics in a Wild West setting. The premise is simple, use cannons to knock down the dominoes and the bandits that have invaded the town. With 65 levels to play through, this should keep you occupied for a while. [Free]


Superbeam: This is a very clever little app that I think could revolutionise file-sharing. Superbeam will let you share files via Wi-Fi through the magic of QR codes. Those of you who choose to pay 93p to go pro will also get the bonus of sharing via NFC. This is great, no more hassle with lousy Bluetooth connections or online storage to share your files. [Free]

 

Windows Phone Apps

Sword vs Sword: A medieval-based fighting game with the goal of anticipating and outwitting your opponent. You choose two zones to defend, one to attack, and hope the computer's choices play in your favour. There are upgrades to give you that extra competitive edge, and even online multiplayer to challenge the world. [Free]


Dukdik: Not exactly a professional photo editing tool, Dukdik is a fun app that allows light embellishment of images. You can add a selection of stickers and stamps to your photos to give them a little bit of a custom edge, then share them with your friends. [Free]


Flappy Bird: Flappy Bird never got an official Windows Phone release, not that it stopped someone from porting it. Since this wasn't an official version (like far too many Windows Phone apps), it was never pulled. So you lucky Windows Phone users don't have to manage with cheap rip-offs. [Free]


Dubstep Pad: A pretty basic app to create dubstep beats on your phone. With 12 different tiles, each with a unique sound, you can record your own beats. It's not aimed at professionals, instead being a basic app for those of you who want to have a mess around with some wobbly bass sounds. [Free]


Mobile Yahoo: Those of you who get your news from Yahoo will want this. The app allows you to personalise your news feed based on the numerous categories Yahoo News has to offer. You can save stories for later reading, and the push notifications mean you'll never miss a thing. [Free]