Packing is a pain, no matter how proactive you try and be to get it all done in advance. Unpacking is even more of a pain, because you can't remember where anything is. In fact the whole 'moving house' thing is a pain in the arse, but it has to be done. Otherwise we'd stay in the same place forever, probably with our parents and grandparents. Who needs that?
Anyway, back to what you all care about: the applications. Here's a look at what you can download this week.
Android: Flyperlink (Free)
Opening links from apps in your phone can be hard word. It doesn't matter what you do, they end up having to be opened in a brand new app and that disrupts your flow. Enter Flyperlink, which immediately sends those links to a little floating bubble so that you can deal with them when you're good and ready.
That's the basic gist of the whole thing. Each bubble can be moved around the screen if it's in the way, and there's a little bit of artwork to help you figure out what's what. If the site has a logo, that will then show up and if not you'll just see a letter. Tapping a bubble takes you to a fairly cut down web browser that doesn't have any navigational tools. You can tap around the links on-screen, but if you want to do anything more you'll have to tap the button that opens things up in your default web browser. There's also an option to set Flyperlink to open links in a cut-down version of Chrome, so any passwords and information you have saved there is easily accessible.
There's also a redirect function, that tells Flyperlink to ignore certain things and let a different app deal with it. So if you hit a link to YouTube, it'll open up in the main YouTube app rather than the browser. Another point to note is that the bubbles don't go away when you finally get round to opening them. While closing them manually might seem annoying to some, it means you don't lose things if you accidentally open up a link before it's ready.
It might not be set to replace your usual browser, but if you're ever irritated by the fact that you get redirected to your browser every time you want to access a link then this is a great option to have installed.
You should also try:
PayPal (Update): A decent update to PayPal this week, coming with a brand new design that makes it even easier to send and receive money from your phone. [Free]
Secretflix: We all know about Netflix's secret categories by now, but who has the time to keep on top of them all? With Secretflix you don't have to, letting you access all 3,500 categories easily and quickly. [Free]
Opera Max (Update): This one helps you keep track of your mobile data, and compressing it where possible to save every bit possible. The new version now notifies you when apps are sneaking to much background data, and lets you deal with them accordingly. [Free]
iPhone: Quartz (Free)
This one is kind of interesting, since it tries to make it easier to digest news content but not in the way you'd expect. Instead, Quartz turns news into more of a texting-like conversation. You can't have proper conversations with the app, but that's the way it's laid out.
How it works is this: You tell the app what sort of news you want to see (in terms of importance, rather than topic), and Quartz sends you the headline when it becomes available. It then gives you an option to hear more, or skip ahead to the next topic. If you ask for more, it gives you more and more information about the topic a hand until it runs out and moves onto the next thing.
It's nice and easy to use, and literally all you have to do is head into the feed and tell the app what you want to happen next. Apparently it's all sorted by humans too, so you're not at the mercy of algorithms and bots deciding what you should be seeing.
There isn't much more to it, but for those on the go it's a handy way to digest the basics of what's going on in the world without having to read through masses of unnecessary text.
You should also try:
Everalbum: Tired of having to compress your photos to store on the cloud? No longer. Everalbum gives you free unlimited storage for full-resolution photos, so you can keep them safe in all their glory. Subscribing also lets you back up your videos as well. [Free -- with optional subscription]
Movebubble - Rentals in London: Moving is not fun, but moving in London is something else entirely – oh so many 3' x 6' 'flats' that would be too small for the smallest of people. Movebubble hand picks the best properties on the market, so you don't have to waste your time. [Free]
iPad: Annoying Things (Free)
We Brits do love to moan about things that don't really matter that much, and piss everyone else off in the process. If it was a crime, the prisons would be full and I would likely be public enemy number one. It also clogs up social media feeds, and while you could argue that's what they're there for not everyone agrees. Enter Annoying Things, a social network specifically created for us all to have a good moan.
It's actually remarkably simple to use, a bit like how Twitter was back in the day. You sign up, you pick a username, and once you're done you can leave statuses complaining about things. You also have the option of adding photos for extra context. The last feature is a timeline of things other Annoying Things users are annoyed with. Anything you like can be liked, as expected. Sadly I can't see a way to filter the timeline and choose whose complaints you see.
It's pretty simple, and it's not got much on Twitter or Facebook, but if you want a place to vent and moan about various frustrating things in the world then this is for you.
You should also try:
Product Hunt: An app designed to help you find the best apps, games, podcasts, and books every single day. Now officially available on the iPad.
The Pigeonhole: A bookclub for the smartphone world, offering a selection of serialised books for you to enjoy whenever you have time. [Free]
Catawiki: A brand new online auction house, for those of you who are sick of eBay. [Free]
Windows Mobile: Network Data (£1.09)
Windows 10 Mobile has a setting for tracking network data, but it's very basic. You see how much you've used and which apps used it all. If you want something with a bit more detail, then give Network Data a try. It's so detailed, in fact, that it's capable of seeing the data you used even before you installed the app on your phone.
You select the time period you want to look at (past hour, day, week, month, or all time), and Network Data will break down how much data your device downloaded and uploaded – splitting up between different data sources (wi-fi networks, mobile data, etc). Selecting one of these sources visualises your data usage. Circle graphs set it up within set time periods, as before, and the bar graphs tell you how much data you used on individual days.
Unfortunately what it doesn't do is break down data usage by app, but then again Windows does that by itself. Hitting the settings button in the app will instantly take you directly to Windows' own Data Usage menu, so that's not really all that relevant anyway.
It's another basic app, but if you don't have an unlimited data plan (like most people) then it pays to be able work out exactly how much you're using and where. Network Data just takes it one step further than what Microsoft gives you.
You should also try:
Unstream (Update): A third-party Twitch app, supported by ads, for Windows Mobile users because Twitch hasn't released an official app. Everything you can do on Twitch you can do here, on your phone. [Free]
Near by: Looking for what's around you? Whether it's a petrol station, bank, post office, or whatever, Near by has you covered. Saves you from having to open up your maps app and waiting for it to load up. [Free]