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Friday app roundup: personalized fitness and mood diaries

Freshen up your phone for the weekend, add some fresh new apps. After all, why not try something new. You can only spend so much time posting useless status updates that no one will read to Facebook.

This week’s app roundup includes: an app to help you design your fitness regime; a social video watching app; the perfect app for serious hikers; and an app to help you track your moods.

App: Intervalsinterval iOS app

OS: iOS

What is it? Working out a fitness routine that is right for you and your schedule can be tricky. Intervals makes the process of creating personalized fitness routines much easier. You can choose everything from your exercises to your warmup routines and even which music is used. It can help you find the workout routine that is right for you and your needs.

Best review quote:  Tap to create a custom workout and give it a title. Then define the number of sets in your workout, add as many exercises as you like, and define your warmup and cool down periods. Exercises can include custom durations, colors, and specific music. – AppAdvice

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: CabanaCabana universal app

OS: Android

What is it? This Tumblr-made app is just the thing to bring you and your friends together over dumb YouTube videos. It’s designed for you to video call your friends so you can watch the same silly cat video at the same time. It’s a uniquely different way to be social without ever leaving your room.

Best review quote: Ever wanted to hang out with friends and watch some silly YouTube videos without actually having to hang out with friends watching silly YouTube videos? Well, you’re in luck, as Yahoo-owned Tumblr has just released Cabana for Android. First launched on iOS in April, the app allows you to video call your mates and watch the same videos together at the same time. – AndroidPolice

Get it now: for your Android.

App: Natural Atlasnatural atlas iOS app

OS: iOS

What is it? This app gives you everything you need to plan and take a hike. It offers trail maps on and offline. It can help you find various campground amenities like boat launches and hot springs. It is the perfect replacement for an outdoor guide, providing you stay mostly within cell service.

Best review quote: Natural Atlas provides you with all of the information you need for any outdoors adventure. It offers a topographical map, provides hints for great hikes, and has a database of thousands of campgrounds and national and state parks. You can also access essential guidebooks to purchase for even more information. – AppAdvice

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Mood Diarymood diary iOS app

OS: iOS

What is it? Understanding your moods can be an excellent tool in helping you maintain your mental health. By filling out a basic mood diary daily, you can get a better sense of yourself and your feelings. It is such a small and insignificant way to attempt to improve your mental health.

Best review quote: Are you happy? Mood Diary empowers you to track your mood over time.- BGR

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

Sources: AppAdviceAndroidPoliceAppAdviceBGR

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Friday app roundup: coding for kids and social running

Don’t forget that it’s Father’s Day this weekend. It’s time to take your dad out and spend some time together, whether it’s on a golf course or at a coffee shop. It’s also time for our Friday app roundup and while we don;t have anything for fathers specifically, we’re sure yours is bound to like at least one of our suggestions.

This week’s picks for our four best and most intriguing apps include: an app to take all the hassle out of meeting up with pals; a game to get your kids excited about coding; an app to give you the social support you need to run regularly and the messaging/CRM app that you never knew your small business needed.

App: FringleFringle Android app

OS: Android

What is it? This an app designed to take the hassle out of meeting up with groups, whether they’re friends, family, colleagues or some mix of those categories. It’s a private, temporary location sharing app. Most location sharing apps, will share your location with more people than actually need to know where you are. So instead Fringle gives you control over who sees your location, helps you with directions, gives you ETAs for the people you’re meeting and it can also recommend locations for you and your pals to meet up. It’s great for showing you where the person you’re meeting is and their ETA, so you have a better idea of when to expect them. It can be used for meeting up with people or as an emergency resource in case of an accident or similar situation where your loved ones would want to know where you are. Keep in mind, that because you’re sharing your location with friends, it only works as its intended if you and your friends both have the app installed. So I hope all your contacts have Androids.

Best review quote: Whether you’re out with a large group for dinner, or about to carpool on the way to work, or even pick your loved one off the airport, or guide someone new to the city, use Fringle to bid adieu to all the hassles involved in getting there. – Android and Me

Get it now: for your Android.

App: Box IslandBox Island iOS game app

OS: iOS

What is it? One of the hot parenting trends is to have your kids learn how to code. It’s taken as a given that in the future, coding is an area of expertise that everyone will either need to understand and/or there will be a shortage of skilled workers in this field. Who can say yet if that’s truly the case, after all the pitch this year has been that we are moving beyond apps into chatbots. But no matter what the future does hold, your child learning to code isn’t going to be a bad thing. Education will do them good. Entertaining education is even better. So with that in mind we have Box Island which is a story driven way for kids to learn the building blocks of coding by solving puzzles. It supports 20 languages with bright colours and interesting characters to keep kids engaged and happy to learn. Its App Store page includes a convincing pitch from the late Steve Jobs about why your kids need to know how to code: Everyone should know how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think!

Best review quote: “If your first experience with coding isn’t fun from the get-go, there isn’t going to be any learning,” says Vignir Gudmundsson, CEO and co-founder of the game’s maker Radiant Games. “Box Island is about sparking that interest. It’s an exciting start, and we hope that future coding geniuses look back on Box Island as how they got their start. Really, the goal is to get kids to be driven to learn more about computer science”. – TechCrunch

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: We RunWe Run Android app

OS: Android

What is it? When it comes to making and keeping a commitment about your health and fitness, social support systems play a larger role than you might think. It’s harder to cheat and skip out on exercise, if you have someone else to guilt trip you into attending. That same fitness pal can also be great to commiserate with to distract you from the physical challenge of exercising. Not everybody has easy, ready access to potential fitness pals. We Run is designed to fill that gap by connecting you with other running buddies from around the world. You can run with an online running buddy in real time through the app and you can send each other encouraging messages. Everything is handled through your headphones so you don’t need to spend your run peering at your phone and it’s still compatible with you listening to music while you run too. All in all, it’s a great way to bolster your running goals with a tangible support network of like-minded people.

Best review quote: Do you like running, but miss the support of a running mate? Or do you lack the time to meet up? Get motivated with We Run and get in shape. We Run is a free social running application that connects you in real-time with another runner during your trainings. – Android and Me

Get it now: for your Android.

App: HeyMarketHeyMarket iOS app

OS: iOS, (Android version still in Beta)

What is it? This is an app that you and your employer may not have realized that you needed. Basically, it’s a separate app that can be used to keep in touch with your clients, but it’s a bit more than that. For one thing, it sends your messages from a separate number without you having to change your device’s number or set up a VPN, making it more secure and professional. It also offers built-in basic client resource management tools, making it easier for you to develop a relationship with your clients. You can build client lists to send larger marketing campaign messages to, construct detailed message templates, archive/export text messages and get unlimited text messages period. It’s built to work best with teams and keep everything unified, so if an employee leaves, you still have an up-to-date record of their client interactions. It makes scheduling and photo sharing easier, as well as making it simpler to get customer feedback. Unlike some other professional apps, it’s built with small businesses in mind. In spite of its focus on SMBs, HeyMarket also counts BestBuy as one of its customers.

Best review quote:  As a CRM, HeyMarket offers analytics that wouldn’t be available to businesses that simply text with customers. Professionals can see which photos were viewed and get impression feedback on messages. Users can quickly identify which leads are hot and which are cooling and could use a followup with lists and reminders. – TechCrunch

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

Sources: TechCrunchAndroid and MeTechCrunch

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Special Thursday app roundup: dinner dates and s’working it

Happy Easter to those of you that will be celebrating it this weekend. If you can, I hope you are enjoying your extra days off, if you have to work, I hope your customers are reasonable people. So given that today is an honourary Friday, we’re bringing you the app roundup a day early. This week’s app roundup includes: an app that will whip you into shape for summer; an app that will keep you entertained on your flight to wherever; an app that solves the problem with dating apps (yes, another one); and a powerhouse music video app (that I should have mentioned before.)

App: SworkitSworkit universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? Nothing is a longer struggle than staying in shape, it’s a constant battle. What’s worse is that your app stores are absolutely awash in potentially helpful fitness apps. This app is hands down, one of the most versatile ones around. You choose the length of your workout, 5 to 60 minutes, the type of workout (strength, cardio, yoga or stretching) and then the app will give you a video of a trainer detailing your workout. It’s simple to use and it can be customized to suit your needs. It has everything you want in a fitness app.

Best review quote: Sworkit has the added benefit of having some research to back it up. In a survey of 30 popular fitness apps, researchers at the University of Florida ranked it the best when looking at its aerobic, resistance, and flexibility components. – Business Insider

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: Flyover CountryFlyover Country iOS app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? This app is amazing and it’s brought to you by the National Science Foundation. It works for more than just flights, but hikes, road trips and any other travel needs. It uses GPS to show you interactive geological maps of where you’re traveling as well as nearby fossil sites, Wikipedia articles about the area and offline base maps. If you are flying or driving it also tells you where you are, your speed and altitude. Best of all, you don’t need in-flight WiFi to use it!

Best review quote: The aim of Flyover Country is to educate people, not just scientists, about the world around them, so it’s a fascinating tool to have on your phone and to be able to dip in and out of. – The Next Web

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: DineDine iOS app

OS: iOS

What is it? It seems like every couple months, some startup says they have a solution for all our terrible dating app experiences. This is another one from Tokyo this time, but it sounds like an excellent idea. This app is designed to help you skip the endless chatting and instead get you right to the first date. This is exactly what needs to happen, you don’t want to feel disappointed because you wasted a couple weeks chatting with someone before figuring out that you’re not a match after all. It also autosorts your profile pictures based on which ones are proving to be most popular.

Best review quote: After filling out a profile, you pick three restaurants or bars (there’s Yelp integration) where you’d want to go on a date. Dine then shows you two to five people a day, and which places they chose, and you can request to go on a date there.

Once you send someone a date request, and they accept, a chat box opens so you can get some sense of whether you have any chemistry. But the act of having the restaurant or bar right there at the start makes it feel much less nebulous than chatting on Tinder. – Business Insider

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: VevoVevo universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? You know who Vevo is even if you don’t have the app. They sponsor, I’d estimate roughly 30% of the music videos on YouTube. When you see their logo, you’ll realize you’ve seen them many times before. Why get their app, instead of sticking with YouTube? Well, it now uses Twitter, Spotify, machine learning and YouTube itself to deal you recommendations just for you. When recommended videos are done wrong (looking at you Spotify) it can really sour your opinion of that app. Also, when you can’t afford concert tickets (you do get access to live performances of your favourite artists) or you just prefer a multimedia music experience, this is definitely the app you need.

Best review quote: Vevo first asks you to select your favorite music genres. That allows it to then present artists from within that genre (or genres), instead of just presenting some of music’s more popular names. Plus, as you move through your artist selections, Vevo will take into account each choice you make then adjust the next set of recommendations in real-time, the company also says. – Tech Crunch

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

Sources: Business InsiderThe Next WebBusiness InsiderTech Crunch

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Friday app roundup: Lonewolves and BlackBerry-flavoured YouTube

TGIF, dear readers. The weekend is nigh and it looks like a rainy one, so here are some apps that can help you pass the time, if you’re cooped up indoors. This week’s app roundup includes: an app that lets you see what it’s like to be a celebrity on Instagram; a mobile game that immerses you in a gritty noir world; an app that brings YouTube content to your BlackBerry; and an app that proves seven minutes and a chair are all you need to work out.

App: BeingBeing iOS app

OS: iOS

What is it? This is the app that made headlines this week. Much of that hype can be attributed to the app’s uniqueness. Instagram is in a way all about selfies particularly celebrity selfies. Being taps into that by letting you see Instagram as a specific celebrity would see it. If an Instagram account is public, you can plug it into being and experience the Instagram feed of that person. It’s pretty neat. So go ahead, walk a mile in someone’s Instashoes.

Best review quote: “It’s amazing what you can discover about someone by viewing Instagram from their perspective. I learned that Lady Gaga is into muscle cars, that Donald Trump follows only Trump-related companies, and I even momentarily felt like I was part of Taylor Swift’s #girlsquad,” Being founder Adam Mashaal wrote on Medium. – Business Insider

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: LonewolfLonewolf iOS Android app

OS: Android, iOS

What is it? This is a mobile game that aims to bring that gritty 1950s Noir feel to the world of mobile gaming. You slide into the shoes of an assassin who works for a mysterious organization known as the “Assembly”. It includes over five hours of immersive story and 3o some odd missions/kills to complete for the “Assembly.” Be warned, this slick update on the classic Noir genre will have you totally hooked.

Best review quote: 1 Minute: Your mental-noise has calmed down. It’s just you and your weapon.
2 Minutes: You feel the wind, you know the distance, you sense your target’s movements
3 Minutes : You hear the echo of your gunfire… You made the first kill. Silence.

Get it now: for your Android or for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Perfect TubePerfect Tube BlackBerry app

OS: BlackBerry10

What is it? You might not be aware of this if you don’t have a BlackBerry, but if you do, you know that there is no native YouTube app. This is unacceptable. Fortunately, that’s where Perfect Tube comes in, offering a stripped down version of YouTube compatible with your BlackBerry so you don’t always have to awkwardly try to watch YouTube videos in your browser. It even includes a low resolution mode in case you’re burdened with a slow connection.

Best review quote: As a basic app, Perfect Tube does not offer login support or more in-depth settings. However, it offers background playback, playlists, and videos play smoothly. – CrackBerry

Get it now: for your BlackBerry.

App: The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout AppThe Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout iOS Android App

OS: Android, iOS

What is it? Not everyone can afford a gym membership and in truth, you don’t really need one to get in shape. This app offers short and simple workouts that can be completed in 7 to 16 minutes with nothing more than yourself and a chair. It’s a great way to supplement your running regime with some quick and easy cross training. Every little bit of exercise helps.

Best review quote: It caters for beginners and fitness veterans alike, so you can choose the level of intensity that works best for you and each routine is accompanied with a short video from a personal trainer to help. You can also create and save your own custom workout if you already know what you want to do. – The Next Web

Get it now: for your Android or for your iPhone/iPad.

Sources: Business Insider, Android and MeCrackBerryThe Next Web

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