Bonk!, tldarling, Jam Looper, and other apps to check out this weekend

August 27, 2016 by macjeff

We’ll keep things short and sweet this week. The latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup includes a fun new photo editor from Jimmy Fallon, an app that auto-summarizes long web articles, a minimal music-maker, and of course two new games for you to check out.


The digital team from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has turned a popular segment into a hit app. Bonk! is a photo editor that uses state of the art “facial squish technology” designed to bend and bulge faces in just the right places. This kind of reminds me of the effects you see in live face filters on Snapchat and elsewhere, except they aren’t live. Just take/load up your photo, line up the face and press “BONK.” Is it groundbreaking? No. But it should provide some light entertainment this weekend. This app is available for free.


Here’s an interesting concept for an app. Tldarling does exactly what its name implies: summarizes web articles for you. Just pop in the source URL, tap the button, and within seconds you will get the tldr (too long, didn’t read) version of the article. The app uses a customized version of the keyword-ranking TF-IDF algorithm to create its summaries, and it even has an app extension, so you can access them from within other apps. Admittedly, the edges are still rough here, but it’s still worth checking out. This app is available for free.

Jam Looper

Looking for an app to coerce the inner musician out of you? Check out Jam Looper. This minimal music maker is well designed and super easy to operate. It features smart automatic looping and multiple channel recording, so you can create a beat from a variety of sounds or instruments, loop it, and then go back and add vocals or harmony to it. The whole thing makes for a seamless, pleasant experience that is a dramatic departure from the more pro-focused apps that have complex UIs filled with buttons and sliders. Jam Looper is available for free.


The concept of Six! is simple: You must move a hexagonal block down a tower of blocks, by tapping on the blocks and making them disappear. The twist is, as the blocks are destroyed, the hexagon will start to wobble and roll, and the tower will begin to tilt. It is your job to keep the tower balanced, and the hexagon from gaining momentum and rolling off. All of this makes for beautiful chaos, and some addictive gameplay. If you get bored this weekend, you might want to check this out. Six! is available for free.

Space Marshals 2

The sci-fi wild west adventure in outer space continues with Space Marshals 2. This tactical top-down shooter puts you in the shoes of specialist Burton in his struggle against the criminal elements of the galaxy. This isn’t your ordinary dual-stick shooter. The emphasis is on tactical combat and stealth, rather than just spraying bullets, and there’s a story! This is the type of game you can really dive into, making it perfect for a Saturday afternoon or a lazy Sunday. Space Marshals 2 is available for $5.99.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 08/26/2016

August 26, 2016 by macjeff

Teeter – Endless Arcade Balancer , Blox 3D Junior , Blox 3D and more


Relax Rain ( $1.99 → FREE )

Relax Rain offers a soothing way to unwind. It includes eight different rain sounds: Forest Rain, Heavy Rain, Light Rain, Rain on Tent, Rain Shower, Sprinkle, Thunderstorm, and Wind and Rain. All sounds were recorded in high definition. Just swipe to choose your sound, set the timer, and relax.


Teeter – Endless Arcade Balancer ( $1.99 → FREE )

Teeter puts you in control of a bar with a ball safely resting on top of it. You’re able to lift each side of the bar by tapping on the sides of the screen. The objective is to get the ball safely into the correct hole. It may sound easy, but as you progress through the game new dangerous holes are added along with objects that will impede the bar. The game includes 120 levels, multiple themes, and 3D Touch enhanced controls.

Blox 3D Junior ( $1.99 → FREE )

Blox 3D Junior’s intuitive control scheme allows anyone to create. They start off with a single block, and they can build from there by tapping and pulling to create new blocks. Make sure your child creates their base and moves upwards first, otherwise it can be difficult to navigate the blocks. The blocks can be rotated with a swipe and zoomed in on with a pinch. Double-tap to delete any blocks that have been created. Your child’s creations can be played out within the app or saved to the photo library. There are four pre-built modes included for inspiration.

Blox 3D ( $2.99 → FREE )

Blox 3D’s intuitive control scheme allows anyone to create. You start off with a single block, and you can build from there by tapping and pulling to create new blocks. Make sure to create your base and move upwards first, otherwise it can be difficult to navigate the blocks. The blocks can be rotated with a swipe and zoomed in on with a pinch. Double tap to delete any blocks you’ve created. Your creations can be played out within the app or saved to your photo library.

True Skate ( $1.99 → FREE )

In True Skate, your fingers act as your feet. The flick controls work exactly as you would expect them to, allowing you to pump, ollie, flip, and grind with little effort. The tutorial at the beginning of the game will walk you through the basics to ensure you get the hang of things before taking on missions. The game includes realistic physics, the ability to challenge other players, replays, slow motion, and the ability to unlock loads of additional content.

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Apple’s free app of the week: MindNode

August 25, 2016 by macjeff

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app MindNode. This means from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the powerful mind-mapping app on both iPhone and iPad for free—a huge savings of $10.

Mind maps are a visual representation of your ideas, starting with a central thought and growing from there. MindNode allows you to brainstorm, organize and share your thoughts in an intuitive way, so you can really focus on the ideas behind them.

From the App Store Editors’ Notes:

Big ideas have hundreds of little components. If you want to start a business, run a marathon—anything—tracking all the pieces can be tough. That’s why we’re digging MindNode. Its simple layout helps us visually connect all those moving parts, which helps us organize it all. Plus, MindNode’s got an awesome Apple Watch app, so we can always check out our ideas on the fly.

And here’s a video of the app in action:


MindNode is available in the App Store for free.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 08/25/2016

August 25, 2016 by macjeff

PrintCentral Pro , Coinverter – The Currency Converter , Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up – How to Construct Robots Games for Free and more


Coinverter – The Currency Converter ( $0.99 → FREE )

This super simple currency converter will take the pain out of travel. There’s no need for an internet connection unless you need to update conversion rates. All you need to do is enter a value and all of your selected currencies will reflect the change. You’re able to add and reorder currencies to put your most used near the top, and you can copy values with a tap and a hold. The app includes a total of 160 currencies to choose from including Bitcoin.


Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up – How to Construct Robots Games for Free ( $2.99 → FREE )

Today only: Disable ads free of charge. Simply tap the icon in the top left corner and confirm your action. Let the battle begin! The app provides you with a basic dragon robot template, and it’s up to you to prepare it for battle. You’re able to customize the design of the armor, mask, gloves, pants, top, shoes, and emblem. Different backgrounds are also available. When you’re finished with your design, save it to your iDevice or share it with the world.

ElectronShock ( $1.99 → FREE )

ElectronShock is from BrainFeverMedia, the same people that brought you the popular visual effects apps LensFlare and Alien Sky, so at least you know you’re in for a visual treat. In each level you’re provided with a limited amount of energy particles. You must fling them from the launch zone towards the atoms without connecting with the orbiting electrons. A direct hit will not only destroy the atom but also leave behind a beautiful blast of light. The game includes a variety of modes and bonus levels.

Notes.xls tiny spreadsheet (Excel edition) ( $2.99 → FREE )

Notes.xls is like having Excel in your pocket. You’re able to use it to calculate daily expenses, track bank accounts, construct budgets, or deal with any other numbers you come across. If you already use Excel on a daily basis, you’ll be happy to know that the syntax formulas work exactly the same. The app also includes two columns, gesture controls, the ability to insert and delete rows, and the ability to share spreadsheets via email.

iOrnament: draw creative geometry art ( $3.99 → FREE )

Anyone can be an artist with iOrnament. As you draw strokes on the screen, iOrnament repeats them according to rules of symmetry. You're able to choose from 17 design groups and 10 colors, and customize the parameters of your pen via sliders. The app also includes unlimited undo and redo, the ability to change the symmetry type on the fly, classic ornament samples, zoom, and the ability to share your work via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

PrintCentral Pro ( $7.99 → FREE )

If you have a wireless printer, you don't need to install any additional software. If you have a printer connected to your computer, you must first install the free companion software offered by the developer. After you're all set up you can view, store, and print documents, emails, photos, contact information, items from your clipboard, and entire web pages right from any iPad. PrintCentral also supports all of your favorite cloud services, and it doubles as a file manager.

Nature Maestro Rainforest Day ( $1.99 → FREE )

Nature Maestro Rainforest Day drops you into the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest. It allows you to compose soundscapes by dragging and dropping elements into place on a timeline. Your completed projects can be recorded and shared. The app also features fun animal facts, 185 hand drawn images, 213 audio files, and a audio-visual matching game.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 08/24/2016

August 24, 2016 by macjeff

Photo & Video Collage Maker (Pro) for Instagram, Vine & YouTube , Calendarium – Everything about this day , Subtraction Flashcard Match Games for Kids in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade and more


NoLocation - Easily remove EXIF data from your photos ( $0.99 → FREE )

NoLocation allows you to quickly and easily remove EXIF data from your photos. The data can be removed from new photos taken within NoLocation, or you can import any photo from your library. Keep in mind that NoLocation doesn’t overwrite the original photo. It simply makes a copy of the photo without any of the EXIF data included.


Photo & Video Collage Maker (Pro) for Instagram, Vine & YouTube ( $1.99 → FREE )

Choose one of the more than 70 different collage layouts and populate it with related photos and videos. The frame’s thickness and edges can be adjusted via sliders, and you’re able to apply a wide variety of colors and textures. You’re then able to select a song or record audio, add a title with a custom font, and preview how your video looks before sharing it with the world.

Calendarium – Everything about this day ( $0.99 → FREE )

Calendarium helps you live in the present and the past. The top portion of the screen displays today’s date, the week of the year, sunrise and sunset times, and the number of days that have passed and are left in the year. The bottom portion includes all of the historical events and major holidays that occurred on this very day. Tap and hold on an event or holiday to share it via Twitter, Facebook, Messages, or email.

Subtraction Flashcard Match Games for Kids in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade ( $3.99 → FREE )

Subtraction Flashcard Match Games creates a fun environment for your child to practice subtraction in with its eye-popping visuals and positive encouragement. Your child can work on matching problems to their answers or matching problems to other problems. The difficulty can be adjusted by changing the number range and by showing the cards or keeping them face down. The game also includes a bubble popping reward after each round.

Shift - Create Custom Filters with Textures, Gradients, and Blends ( $0.99 → FREE )

Shift allows you to tap into your inner artist. Take a photo from within the app or import one from your camera roll. You’re then able to drag the three points on the screen to adjust the filter, pinch and pull to focus on different points, and dial in the color and intensity via sliders. If you like what you see, tap the favorite button to save the filter for later use. There’s no limit on the number of filters or the looks you can create. There’s also a shuffle button in case you’re having troubles coming up with something on your own.

Perfect Me - the best manager self-control and daily tasks. ( $0.99 → FREE )

Perfect Me is all about self improvement. The idea is to create a list of things you want to accomplish each day. Your list can be as long or as short as you wish. Then choose a convenient time to review your list, and you’ll receive a push notification. Go through each item on your list answering if you’ve completed it or not. The app keeps track of how efficient you’ve been through general stat tracking and a calendar.

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