The Week's Top Android, iOS, and Windows Apps

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's pretty chilly at the moment, which is never a good thing. Nobody likes waking up to a cold bedroom and having to gear yourself up just to get out of bed. Or having to sit around all cold while you wait for the heating to kick in properly. Someone should hand out Galaxy Note 7s to provide some instant warmth, it could help save some money on the heating bill!

Anyway let's get up to this week's dose of apps. There are a few doozies this week.

Bubble

Free: Android | iOS

Think of this as Uber, but for babysitters instead of taxis. It connects parents and babysitters via mutual contacts, letting you browse available babysitters that are trusted by people you know. Pay them through the app, message them throughout the night using the app, and more.

Exacto

£2.49: iOS

Getting the background out of an image can be a little bit difficult, but this one is designed to make the whole process simple and streamlined.  The whole process is optimised for touch, and all you have to do is place dots around the image you want to cut out. It's that simple.

HealthView

£1.49: iOS

If you rely on Apple's Health app to keep tabs on your personal health, you may have found that that the dashboard isn't the greatest way to stay on top of things. HealthView has come along to make that process easier, offering a dashboard that Apple should have included in the first place. Everything is designed to be presented nice and cleanly, so you can digest your data quickly and easily - without needing a degree in advanced statistics.

Inkitt

Free: Android | iOS

One for the readers, letting you browse and read through thousands of fiction books without having to a penny. You won't find any big names, however, since Inkitt is designed to help aspiring authors get their work published. That's not to say it's full of crap though, because all of the books are hand-picked by the people behind the scenes. It also includes offline reading, personalised recommendations, and has content from pretty much every genre imaginable.

Inkodo

Free: Windows

One for taking notes, doodling, annotating, and so on. Inkodo is an app for creating on your screen, without having to resort to the keyboard and mouse (unless you want to). It has support for stylus input, fingers, the mouse, and any combination of them. It also has the option to beam your screen to another device to make it into a whiteboard-type thing, plus handwriting recognition to turn your notes into raw text.

My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter (Update)

Free (With optional subscription): Android | iOS

It's half way through the month, and many people will already have ditched their fitness resolutions, but if you're serious about it My Fitness Pal's calorie counter has an update to help. Not only does it have a notification inbox to make everything a bit more streamlined, it's also added the option to add photos to your custom meals. That way you can keep better track of what you've eaten, and get some inspiration next time you're getting ready to cook dinner.

Sworkit: Customised Workouts

Free (with optional subscription): Android | iOS

It's easy to get into an exercise rut and find yourself getting bored of the routine. Or worse, you might have no clue what to do and get everything wrong. Personal trainers are one option but they're pricey, and that's where apps like Sworkit come into play. It's a video coach that offers customisable and personalised exercise routine, designed to match your goals and fit around your schedule. There's no need for any equipment, and you won't be stuck not knowing what to do.

Terminology (Update)

Free/£1.49: iOS

This one is basically a dictionary and Thesaurus rolled into one (Oxford, not that dastardly Yankee abomination Merriam Webster), and it's just had a big update that cleans up the interface to make things easier to use. Not only is it easier to look up words and research terms, Terminology lets you bookmark certain words and keeps your searches saved in case you need to come back to them later.

Terminology is now free, but you can cough up £1.49 to remove ads, add a Dark Mode, and custom action editing that lets you search the web and other reference apps.

WebWatcher Parental Monitoring

Free: Android

In a digital world it can be difficult to keep tabs on what your kids are up to. It's not like back in the old days when they were lucky to get an hour of television after school. WebWatcher specialises in software that lets you keep tabs on your kids via their devices, whether that's seeing what they're up to online, seeing who they've been calling/texting, or keeping tabs on their physical location. Parental Monitoring is a central hub for parents to keep track of all that information, so you don't always have to use a web browser.

This app itself is free, but it's pretty useless if you don't have WebWatcher's software installed on another device. That requires quite a pricey annual subscription.