June is over, which means we are halfway through the year of 2014. We saw a great many thing this past month, like Google's bizarre yet genius cardboard VR headset, the UK release of Google Glass, the World Cup, the suggestion of a national roaming scheme, and let's not forget the possessed Cornish cars. We've also had a lot of amazing apps. Seriously, it was very difficult to whittle the list down to four per platform.
Fotowics: This one is a real-time photo-sharing platform that's a little bit like Twitter, but with the main focus being on sharing photos (or "twics") rather than status updates. Functionally it's exactly the same: you upload, you hashtag, you reply, and you retwic. It's a little different from everything else out there, and if you're bored of the likes of Instagram, this isn't a bad alternative. [Free]
Inky Mail: A simple email app that helps to organise your inbox and minimalise clutter, letting you find your important emails quickly and easily. The new update lets you download your old emails via Wi-Fi, edit your signature, and adds more space between the buttons so that typing is much easier. [Free]
Photoshop Mix: A version of Photoshop designed for easy use on an iPad. The basic features include enhancements, image cutting, and mixing. Connect to your Creative Cloud account and you can unlock even more features like accessing individual layers from PSD files and opening Lightroom files. [Free -- with optional subscription]
SKRWT: The folks who made SKRWT realised that there is one thing holding mobile photography back: crooked lines caused by the phone's wide angle lens. SKRWT is here to stop that from happening, and all it takes is a swipe of your finger. There's also some very basic image editing included (cropping etc) to ensure that the final product is the best it can be. [£1.49]
Read our updated list of essential iOS apps here.
Mobile Compare: Looking to buy a new phone but don't know what to look for? Comparisons are great but you might not be able to find the right one for you. Fortunately, Mobile Compare is there to make sure you're informed. The best part is it'll transform all that confusing technical jargon into descriptions you can understand. [Free]
Parallels Access: Many remote access apps are focused on one type of computer, but you might have more than one. Parallels Access will give you full access to the software on either a Mac or a Windows PC. So wherever you are, or wherever your files are, you'll be able to access them from anywhere. [Free -- with subscription]
Flynx Beta: You'll never have to worry about waiting for pages in a browser to load again with Flynx. The app will take a page and load it in the background while you do something more productive than stare at your screen in anticipation. But don't worry, it'll tell you once it's done. [Free]
Copy Bubble: The problem with a smartphone's standard clipboard is that you can only copy and paste one thing at a time. Copy Bubble gives you an easily accessible copy menu where you can store everything ready for when you need it. No more jumping around to get every little thing you need. [Free]
Read our updated list of essential Android apps here.
Windows Phone Apps
Kobo Books: One for the readers out there, Kobo gives you access to over four million free ebooks and comics from your phone. With cross-device syncing and a customisable style, it's a nice way to improve your reading library with little effort. [Free]
Moovit: Public transport is a bind sometimes, especially when it's busy, or the traffic is bad. Moovit is here to help your public transport experience go smoothly. Using real-time data, Moovit will help you find the fastest, least-crowded service along with schedules, arrival times, and service data. [Free]
Kabbee: Looking for a cab but want to make sure you're getting the best deal? If you live in London then you're in luck. Kabbee will compare the prices from over 70 minicab companies and will show you the best ones in the vicinity based on price, user rating, and reliability. You can also pay with cash, card, or even from your pre-paid Kabbee account. [Free]
Time of My Life: Ever wonder where the day went? What exactly did you spend your time doing? Time of My Life is designed to log where you've spent your time, and how you've spent it. With daily, weekly, and monthly graphs, it's a handy little way to visualise how you're spending your time. [Free]