The best new apps you might have missed this week

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The App Store is a busy place, and it’s easy to miss an awesome new release, much less an update to an old app that makes it worthy of re-downloading.

That’s why we’ve done the work for you and collected the very best new app releases from the past week.

Spotify

Spotify made headlines this week with a massive update that brings video content, podcasts and tempo-adjusted running tracks to its iPhone app.

In an effort to beef up its service before Apple unleashes its Beats redesign this summer, Spotify is making headway by differentiating itself with more features. News publications like Vice and BBC are offering video content through Spotify now, and the app also lets you find and play fine podcasts (like The CultCast).

The temp matching for running is a little silly, but cool for runners who really like Tiësto (the popular DJ is doing custom upbeat tracks for the feature). Spotify’s overall app design changes a little too with this new update, and if you don’t have it already, it should be hitting your App Store soon.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free (monthly subscription unlocks Spotify Premium)

Download: App Store

Instacast

One of the most popular third-party podcast apps released its Apple Watch app this week. Instacast now lets you control playback from your wrist, and its implementation is pretty slick. If you’re itching for a good podcast listening experience on the Watch, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Available on: iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

This entry brought to you by Wondershare, maker of Video Converter Ultimate.

Billed as "the most powerful video converter ever," this multi-featured Mac tool can edit, download, convert and burn all your videos and handle transfers between hard disks, optical media and the web.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate converts files quickly and supports more than 150 different video formats. It converts videos 30 times faster than competing apps and makes it easy to watch camcorder clips on your phone or tablet. It also lets you download videos from YouTube and other popular sites. It's perfect for getting your home videos off your camcorder and onto your smartphone or tablet.

Available on: Mac and PC

Price: One-year license costs $39.95; lifetime license is just 10 bucks more.

Download: Mac (.dmg) and Windows (.exe)

Apple Store

The official Apple Store app added Touch ID verification for viewing orders, accessing EasyPay receipts, and making Genius Bar reservations this week.

Two-step verification support was also added, which makes it nearly impossible for your Apple ID to get hacked. The Apple Store app is now available in several more countries too, including Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan, Malaysia and Philippines.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Currencies 2

Currencies 2 is a completely rethought take on currency conversion, and it’s optimized for the Apple Watch.

If you’re an international jet-setter who deals with different kinds of money frequently, you may find the new Today View widget helpful. The app tracks your location and shows the local currency as an added connivence, and the Watch app uses dictation to convert values quickly.

Available on: iPhone/Apple Watch

Price: $4.59

Download: App Store

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Snake Rewind and other awesome apps you might have missed this week

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The App Store is a busy place, and it’s easy to miss an awesome new release, an update that makes an old app worthy of re-downloading, or a hidden gem you didn’t even know you even wanted.

That’s why we’ve done the work for you and collected the most awesome new apps from the past week.

Snake Rewind

One of the most iconic games of all time has been reborn.

Snake Rewind combines elements from the original classic with updated visuals and touch-friendly modern controls. There are 10 levels with distinct challenges and music, and you can compete with others online. Relive your childhood and download this one.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Bleep

Worried about the NSA peeking at your nudie pics? Bleep is a peer-to-peer voice and text messaging built by the people behind BitTorrent.

You create a username that can be shared with anyone, and that’s it. No other details about yourself are given, and your messages are encrypted both ways. It’s kind of like Snapchat in that images can disappear after a few seconds, but the app is designed to be totally decentralized. That means you don’t have to put faith in any one private company to keep your data safe.

Available on: iOS/Android/Mac/Windows

Price: Free

Download: Bleep

Encrypto

In line with Bleep’s focus on private messaging, what if you could easily encrypt any file on your Mac?

That’s the idea behind Encrypto, a simple OS X utility that takes any file and applies AES-256 encryption with a required password. There’s even a way to embed password hints for the intended recipient, and files can be sent through Mail, AirDrop, Messages, and third-party apps like Dropbox.

Available on: Mac/Windows

Price: Free

Download: MacPaw

Duet Display

Duet Display has been on Cult of Mac before, and this week it got a noticeable upgrade. Already the best app for creating a secondary display out of an iPad, Duet Display now supports Windows PCs.

“The story for us really revolves around the iPad and what its purpose is for people,” explained Duet Display engineer Rahul Dewan and former Apple employee to Cult of Mac. “If you look at the top 10 paid/grossing apps, they're almost always games. It's been pretty difficult for many creators to use the device effectively.”

“I’m sure at some point iOS will become more powerful and capable of helping people work, but it's just not there yet. I'm hoping with duet, the branding and use cases will change by being able to use it as a powerful productivity device (while still getting the consumer benefit of an iPad). And because it comes with touch and is cross platform, it's not like a regular DisplayLink or USB display.”

You’ll need a free Mac and Windows companion app to use Duet Display with an iPad.

Available on: iPad

Price: $9.99

Download: App Store

Paper

Paper has been a staple app for creatives on the iPad for years, but now it’s starting to bring that creativity to the world of enterprise.

A major update to Paper brings Think Kit, a collection of three new drawing tools that let you easily create charts, presentations, and custom graphics to express your ideas in the boardroom or with clients.

Shapes intelligently snap together and become movable, and a freeform color tool lets you create detailed trend lines and pie charts. If the features themselves don’t sell you, Paper’s great video might.

Available on:iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

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A few awesome apps you might have missed last week

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Awesome apps you might have missed

The App Store is a busy place, and it’s easy to miss an awesome new release, an update that makes an old app worthy of re-downloading, or a hidden gem you didn’t even know you even wanted.

That’s why we’ve done the work for you and collected the most awesome new apps for iOS and the Mac from the past week. We’ve got brand new Mac and iOS apps along with some killer updates this go around.

Redacted

When well known developer Sam Soffes started making Redacted, he didn’t do it to make money. He made it to solve a problem he had: quickly blacking out or blurring parts of images and documents.

Tools like Photoshop can do this already of course, but Redacted makes it dead easy. It’s the perfect example of a well done Mac app doing one thing and one thing well.

Soffes got a lot of attention in the news last week for sharing his surprising sales numbers for Redacted in the Mac App Store. You can find out the gritty details here if you’re interested, but suffice to say that it didn’t make anywhere near as much money as expected.

Luckily, Soffes isn’t sweating. “If I break even on the time I spent working on it, that would be great,” he later told Cult of Mac in an email. “Not a big deal if not though.”

Available on: Mac

Price: $4.99

Download: Mac App Store

Flickr 4.0

Flickr has been steadily improving as a service since Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo in 2012, but lately it’s become a little stagnant. That’s because a huge update has been in the works, and it finally launched to the world last week.

The biggest improvements are shared across the web and mobile app, but to really take advantage of your free terabyte of storage you’re going to want to download the new Uploadr tool on your desktop. It works basically like Dropbox by finding photos and uploading them in the background to a private Flickr album you can manage further whenever you please.

Beyond that, you’re going to notice smarter search, a greatly improved user interface that includes a new Camera Roll timeline of photos, and more.

Available on: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, web

Price: Free

Download: Flickr

TripMode

You’ve probably been there: you’re on the go with your Mac and no WiFi connection. What do you do? Tether from your iPhone, of course.

The problem is that tethering to your computer and quickly suck up a bunch of data, and if you’re not on an unlimited cellular plan, you could be in trouble.

That’s where TripMode comes in, a handy new OS X menubar app that monitors your network activity when your Mac is connected to a mobile hotspot. You can even turn off internet access temporarily for individual services, like Dropbox.

Available on: Mac

Price: $4.99 (launch sale, will go up to $7.99 — free trial available)

Download: TripMode

Dropbox

Dropbox has been getting better and better as a service, and now its iOS app is really getting some good attention.

One of my biggest qualms with Dropbox on my iPhone has been the inability to see a list of recent files, which has thankfully been added in this most recent update. The new home view on iPhone and iPad is now a list of the files you’ve interacted with recently, a welcomed change.

Commenting has been added to the iOS app as well, which means you don’t have to be using Dropbox on the web to add a comment on a file anymore. Like Twitter, just @ mention someone’s name or email address to bring them into the conversation.

Dropbox is clearly getting into Google Docs territory, as it’s planning to let users create full Microsoft Office docs in its app soon.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

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Flashlight and other awesome Mac and iOS app updates you might have missed last week

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Flashlight

Spotlight got a major upgrade with OS X Yosemite, but what if it could do even more?

The new 1.0 release of Flashlight is so good that Apple hired its developer, Nate Parrott, to work as an intern on Spotlight.

Flashlight is a little like Alfred and LaunchBar, expect it hooks directly into Spotlight and adds over 160 actions. That means you may need to never use a third-party app launcher utility again, although many power users will likely stick with their current setup.

So what exactly can Flashlight do? The list is too long to put here, but some options include: creating calendar events, creating reminders, opening URLs, translating text, calling numbers, sending iMessages, checking the weather, ejecting disks, copying emojis, and turning on a screensaver.

Available on: Mac

Price: Free

Download: Flashlight website

Kong

The selfie and GIF obsessed will take great interest in Kong, the latest iPhone app from Path. It’s simple to use: take a quick GIF selfie, add a filter and some text, and share privately with friends or publicly in what the app calls “channels.”

There’s also sharing with Instagram, Twitter, iMessage, and more from within the app. Kong will be on the Apple Watch when it ships too.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Tumblr 4.0

Tumblr recently updated its iOS app up to version 4.0. Along with a new icon, plenty of stuff in the app has been improved to make it a more full-fledged blogging tool.

You can create secondary blogs on the fly and submit to other blogs right on the iPhone. There’s also a new Today view widget for your recent blog activity, feed updates, and what’s trending.

Posts can be filtered by type, videos can be posted simply by pasting URLs, GIFs load faster, the iPad experience has been improved, and so much more. For hardcore Tumblr users, this is an update that can’t be missed.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Google Chrome

Google Chrome got a considerable update on iOS last week that added the first instance of a helpful Today view widget for a browser. Two buttons for opening a new tab and performing a voice search are readily available from Notification Center along with the option to open a link in your clipboard.

The app itself also has pull to refresh for webpages and iOS 8 app extension support for integrating with apps like 1Password.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Final Cut Pro X

Along with Motion and Compressor, Apple released a big update to Final Cut last week that includes 3D titles, improved masking, additional camera formats, and easier options for exporting and sharing projects in the iTunes Store.

Available on: Mac

Price: $299.99 (free trial available)

Download: App Store

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The best apps you might have missed this week

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all of the new apps you might have missed throughout the week.

The all-new CleanMyMac is here to... er.. clean your Mac, an update to the best app finder out there, a crazy awesome app for mixing drinks, and a great language translation app made it into this week’s roundup.

Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!

CleanMyMac 3

CleanMyMac is like having a swiss army knife for diagnosing and making OS X run better. Version 3.0 was released this past week, which is a major update.

The new menubar interface lets you easily free up RAM, check battery health, drive usage, etc. The app is also great for freeing up hard drive space in unexpected places, so especially if you’re running low on storage, give it a go.

Available on: Mac

Price: $19.97

Download: MacPaw

Product Hunt

If you’ve never heard of Product Hunt, it’s basically what App Store discovery should be. Hot new apps and startups are submitted and voted on Reddit style, and you can create collections and read about the inside stories behind the products from founders.

With the new iPhone app, you can finally follow other users, curate collections, bookmark products, search, and use the new discovery interface for finding cool stuff. It’s every app geek’s dream.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Highball

Studio Neat already makes great tools for creating cocktails, and now they have an app to match. Highball is a recipe app for making delicious mixed drinks, and it allows you to even create your own and share with others on social media.

The design is gorgeous, and the card interface for swiping through drinks is fun to play with. If you’re interested in becoming your own bartender, it’s a great way to get started.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

iTranslateVoice

iTranslate Voice is already one of the best translation apps, but this week it got even better with the addition of Phrasebook, a feature for quickly saving frequently used phrases and translating them into another target language.

There are also 17 new localizations, so pretty much every language you can think of is supported. Don’t go on your next international trip without this app on your iPhone.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $4.99

Download: App Store

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Adobe Slate

Adobe’s latest app is a powerful brainstorming and publishing tool for laying out words and images in a beautiful web layout. Whether you’re a student working on a project or a businessman creating an office presentation, Slate is designed to be flexible with pre-installed themes and plenty of tools.

The easiest way to summarize Slate is a dumbed-down version of InDesign for the iPad. It’s nice to see powerhouses like Adobe continuing to invest in the tablet as a content creation tool. For an example of what you can make with Slate, check out this gorgeous story on Snowy Owls.

Available on: iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Office Lens

Originally only available on Windows Phone, the favorably reviewed Office Lens app launched on iOS this week.

Office Lens is like a swiss army knife of scanners. It can scan everything from paper documents, business cards and whiteboards and then format it into a PDF, PowerPoint, or Word document. Printed text is scanned with OCR to make it editable like a normal document, and save options include OneNote or OneDrive.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Todoist

Version 10 of Todoist is a big update. It’s got Fantastical-style natural language parsing for adding tasks, a new quick add experience for adding tasks and notes on the fly, and multi-task editing.

There’s also the addition of start and end dates, collapsable list views, and 10 new themes. Bottom line: if you’re looking for a cheap, well designed, feature-rich todo app, you’d be crazy to not at least consider Todoist.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free (certain features unlock with Premium in-app upgrade)

Download: App Store

Riff

What if you combined the viral nature of Vine with the mini-story capability of Snapchat? That’s what Facebook is trying to do with Riff, a new app that was released in the App Store this week.

Created by Facebook’s Creative Labs (the same group behind Paper, Groups, Rooms, etc.), the Riff app lets you create a 20-second video, post it, and have your friends add to it with short videos of their own. The idea is the same snowball effect that made the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge such a viral phenomenon; you keep a video meme going by letting others pile on.

Will it catch on? The odds aren’t too great when you consider how crowded the market already is for this kind of app. But there’s no harm in giving it a test run to see if it’s got potential.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

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The most awesome new apps you might have missed this week

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all of the hot new apps you might have missed throughout the week.

Twitter sets the live video world ablaze with Periscope, a couple great iPhone photography apps, the best way to calendar on the Mac, and some others made it into this week’s roundup.

Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!

Periscope

Periscope got a nifty update this week.

Photo: Twitter

Everyday

Take a photo of yourself everyday. That was the simple premise behind Everyday for iPhone four years ago, and it still is today.

This week indie developer William Wilkinson released version 2.0, a major overhaul that introduces a couple big features. First, the interface has been redesigned to fit the modern iOS aesthetic. There are multiple timelines, so you can take photos of yourself and your baby and have them separated. Daily reminders are smarter, and Dropbox backup support has been added.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $1.99

Download: App Store

Fantastical 2

Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for Mac this week to much fanfare, and if you’re in the market for a calendar app on the desktop, look no further.

Our full walkthrough goes into more detail, but here are the highlights: a completely redesigned interface, new standalone app experience beyond the menubar, calendar lists, smarter natural language parsing, and more.

It’s definitely a little pricey compared to what most are used to paying, but for the absolute best calendar experience on the Mac, it’s worth every penny.

Available on: Mac

Price: $39.99

Download: App Store

Filters

Developer and designer Mike Rundle may be entering a crowded market with Filters, but he’s still managed to set his app apart.

Filters for iPhone is a photo editing app, which are a dime a dozen these days. But Filters gives over 800 effects to chose from, an offering most apps can’t make. You can chose from “fully adjustable authentic vintage film recreations, hand-painted textures, vibrant colored gel overlays, special multi-effect adjustments (Shine, Luna, Color Boost, Intimidate and Smart Fade) as well as standard image adjustment tools like brightness, contrast, color temperature, exposure and more.”

It’s a lot to take in, but it helps that the app is gorgeous to look at and intuitively designed. The best part? Only $0.99 for everything. No in-app purchases.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $1.99

Download: App Store

Over

Staying with the photography side of the App Store, Over released a big update this week that allows you to put PNGs on photos.

The feature lets you easily add branding, logos, watermarks, custom artwork, images from the web, etc. overtop pictures from your Camera Roll.

If you haven’t heard of it, Over provides a lot of customization options already, including a rich library of custom fonts, for adding text to photos.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $1.99 (with additional fonts available for in-app purchase)

Download: App Store

Napkin

In our original review of Napkin, we called it an essential Mac app for editing and annotating images.

After this week’s 1.5 update, that’s more the case than ever before.

Designed for OS X Yosemite, the interface is much cleaner now. Napkin also has support for third-party app extensions, which means it will be easier to quickly import images from all kinds of places.

Feature wise, you can finally crop images and screenshots directly in the app. The Pixelate and Blur make it easy to redact sensitive information, you can paste to match the style of text, and much more.

Available on: Mac

Price: $39.99 (free update to existing users)

Download: App Store

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NeuBible and other awesome apps you might have missed this week

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all of the hot new apps you might have missed throughout the week.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Can reading the Bible be sexy? There’s a new app from an ex-Apple designer that argues it can. We’ve also got the snakiness weather app you ever did see, the long-awaited return of an App Store reject, and other indie goodies you don’t want to miss.

Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!

NeuBible

Kory Westerhold’s goal in making NeuBible was to “get rid of everything between you and scripture,” to make the experience of reading the Bible frictionless.

A former Apple and current Twitter designer, Westerhold partnered with a Yahoo designer to create NeuBible, an app that easily the best way to read the Bible on the iPhone.

Even if the Bible isn’t your thing, it’s hard to not use NeuBible and appreciate its design, from the beautiful fonts to intuitive navigation. For more on the app and the path to its creation, be sure to check out Fast Company’s feature.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $1.99 (with in-app purchases to unlock themes and more translations)

Download: App Store

CARROT Weather

CARROT Weather makes checking the forecast an entertaining affair, thanks to its extreme snarkiness and twisted way of depicting outside conditions. You might see dancing nuclear smokestacks when it’s hot out, or flying sharks when there’s a tornado warning. Cause why not, right?

Powered by the excellent Dark Sky, CARROT Weather joins the family of other CARROT apps, including CARROT Fit and CARROT Hunger. Weather is a unique combination of being actually helpful (with minute-by-minute forecasts and detailed weather predictions) and being just plain funny.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $2.99

Download: App Store

Launcher

Six months ago, Launcher was kicked off the App Store. The reason? Apple decided that it didn’t like the way it used iOS 8’s Notification Center.

Widgets were new on iOS, and Launcher allowed you to create customizable shortcuts to your favorite apps. A quick pull down from anywhere meant you were only a tap away from a shortlist of apps you used frequently.

It turns out that Launcher would be one of the first in a long list of similar rejections surrounding iOS widgets that did too much in Apple’s eyes. After months of back and forth with Apple, Launcher has returned with the functionality that got it banned. You can create shortcuts for contacts, apps, and even URL schemes. All in your Today view.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free (‘Pro’ version available with in-app purchase)

Download: App Store

OmniOutliner

The Omni Group’s OmniOutliner has been on the iPad for years, but this week it become available on iPhone as well.

What exactly can you use OmniOutliner for? Anything that’s structured text. The app has detailed outlining capabilities, flexible column types, and embedded attachment support. It’s used for everything from lecture notes to screenplays. Omni definitely makes pro apps at pro prices, but that’s what you get if you want the best.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $29.99

Download: App Store

Blink

If you’re a member of the iTunes affiliate program, you know how much of a pain it is to generate links to content in the iTunes and App Stores.

Blink makes it super easy to generate links through the app itself, iOS 8 extension, or URL scheme. The extension is extra slick with it’s Markdown support and ability to generate a preview on the spot.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $4.99

Download: App Store

TouchTone

“TouchTone is a puzzle-game-with-a-purpose produced by a fictional government organization intent on ridding the world of terrorists through crowd-sourcing. Laser/tile puzzles stand in for complex encryption algorithms, when once solved, allow each player to determine if the content unlocked is harmful to national security.”

A unique logic-based game with a compelling story, TouchTone is worth playing even if you haven’t been following the Edward Snowden/NSA leaks. It’s a great example of how gaming can be art even on a mobile platform.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $2.99

Download: App Store

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Enlight and other awesome apps you might have missed this week

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It’s the weekend again, and Cult of Mac is here to bring you all the app awesomeness you might have missed throughout the week.

Nokia has its own maps app for iPhone, a hot new photo editor has arrived, Google Calendar gets a sexy iOS app, and more.

Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!

Here maps

After disappearing from the App Store for over a year, Nokia has re-released its Here maps app for iPhone with an entirely native redesign.

The app is surprisingly good with a friendly interface and several features Apple Maps doesn’t have: like offline mode and public transit directions. It has all the expected bells and whistles, including live traffic info and photos of most locations.

If you’re looking for something besides Apple Maps or Google Maps, Here maps is worth checking out. It definitely has a better offline mode than Google Maps that includes turn-by-turn directions.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Enlight

There are plenty of great photo editors for iOS, but a new one called Enlight is especially good.

Made by the creators of Facetune, Enlight is designed to be a one-stop-shop for editing pictures on the iPhone. Its simple interface is primarily controlled by swipe gestures, and while there are a lot of options to take in a first, a helpful walkthrough guide makes getting started relatively easy.

Enlight is a lot more powerful than most photo editors in the App Store, and if you love mobile photography, it’s worth checking out.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $3.99

Download: App Store

Wunderlist

If you know anything about to-do apps, you’ve probably heard of Wunderlist. The popular task manager received a big update this week with redesigned iPhone and Mac apps.

Folders are finally supported for categorizing tasks, and the iPhone gets "Quick Add,” a new feature that uses natural language (meet John for lunch) to automatically add due dates and reminders.

Available on: iOS, OS X

Price: Free

Download: iOS App Store, Mac App Store

Google Calendar

Google finally brought its Calendar app from Android to iPhone this week. It of course works with Gmail, but also iCloud and Exchange.

The plus of using Gmail is that the app can search your inbox and automatically turn stuff like flight or hotel bookings into events. Google’s Material Design feels slick and responsive, and the overall experience is much better than Apple’s stock Calendar app.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

GAget

What if you could view your Google Analytics right in your Mac’s Notification Center? That’s the premise of GAget, a simple widget that displays page views, bounce rate, new visitors data, average time on site, and more.

The design is well thought out, and it’s a great example of a useful little indie app. The designer’s explanation of how he made GAget is worth a read too. If you like it on the Mac, there’s a great iPhone version as well.

Available on: Mac

Price: $2.99

Download: App Store

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath

“In the dusty, undeveloped wastelands of Western Mudos, cantankerous townsfolk find their settlements besieged by belligerent outlaws. Along comes Stranger, a drifter turned bounty hunter, with a unique double-barreled critter-firing crossbow.”

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is a critically acclaimed mobile game that’s finally on the Mac. The artwork looks incredible and gameplay is solid. At only $10, it’s a steal.

Available on: Mac

Price: $9.99

Download: App Store

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It’s the weekend, and Cult of Mac is here to bring you a roundup of all the app awesomeness you might have missed from the last week.

There’s a hot new video streaming app called Meerkat that’s taking the tech world by storm, a fun new game that’s totally free, a widget-based app to keep you on top of the news, the Microsoft Office 2016 beta preview, and more.

Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!

Meerkat

The hottest app of the week in tech was Meerkat, a live video streaming service. It’s the talk of the town in Silicon Valley, but it hasn’t really caught on in the mainstream yet.

The idea is simple: you can start a live stream from your iPhone, and by linking with your Twitter account, automatically tweet a link for people to come watch. You can then chat with viewers directly in the app while streaming. Following people in the app means you get a push notification whenever they’re sharing video.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Duplicates Expert

This entry is brought to you by Nektony, maker of Duplicates Expert.

Most Mac users' hard drives are clogged with space-wasting duplicate files. You accidentally create dupes when you copy a folder to a new destination without removing the original folder, download the same file twice, or back up your hard drive, among other ways.

Now you can find all those unneeded files with Duplicates Expert, the advanced duplicate finder. The Mac app scans your hard drive and any external drives, then provides a simple yet informative report about duplicate files and folders. It even flags similar items for inspection.

After scanning your drives, Duplicates Expert provides a visual report showing how much space each duplicate takes up, with the largest ones listed first. Then the app provides you with useful cleanup recommendations for fast, easy removal.

Duplicates Expert is loaded with great features that could speed up and simplify your Mac's performance: You'll find skip lists for files, folders and extensions; always/never select preferences; customizable scanning size options; and many more. It's the most powerful duplicate files finder around.

Available on: Mac OS X 10.9 and higher

Price: On sale for $1.99 for a limited time (usual price is $4.99)

Download: MacApp Store

Lastronaut

“The year is 2015: Mankind has created it's first sentient machine: a humanoid robot. If we only knew what would happen next, we probably could have saved ourselves. Now, we’re abandoning the only planet we’ve ever known.”

That’s the story behind Lastronaut, the latest endless runner worth playing. With its delightful retro design and soundtrack, it feels like a throwback to the kinds of games you grew up on.

Best of all: it costs nothing. No ads or in-app purchases. Its creators wanted it to be “love-letter” to the gaming industry. You can read the great story behind the pricing decision on Medium.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Breaking

The latest app from the fine folks at Robocat is Breaking, a slightly different take on RSS.

You can add news sources by name (Cult of Mac, for example) and have the site’s last few posts displayed in a Notification Center widget. Simple. And if it sounds like something you could use, convenient.

Available on: iPhone/iPad/Mac

Price: $2.99 for iOS, $4.99 for Mac

Download: iOS App Store, Mac App Store

Momentum

Momentum is a new todo app that’s designed to help you achieve goals and track your goals. It’s more of a long-term experience than checking items off a list each day.

The Today widget showcases the app’s unique interface, which is designed to show you trends and how close you are to reaching your targets.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Imgur

Imgur’s new iPhone app is a great way to browse its never-ending trove of silly GIFs and photo collections.

Photos are presented in swipe-able cards organized by what’s the most viral any given day, and you browse randomly or by new submissions too.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

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Wiper

It's Wiper - your basic messenger between two people - text, videos and pictures - as well as HD voice calling. At any time, either party can hit the wipe button - totally wiping it from their screen, the other user's screen and wiper's servers. Permanently. There's no queue - it's done instantly.

They just integrated Bitcoin directly into Wiper to take Bitcoin mainstream. Each Wiper account now comes with a Bitcoin wallet. Essentially once you fill your wallet (you can do so from Coinbase) it's as easy as Venmo or Squarecash, but with Bitcoin.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Office 2016

Microsoft released Office 2016 as a free beta this week, and it’s actually not bad.

The suite’s first major update on the Mac in five years brings the infamous ribbon menu, improved Retina graphics, OneDrive integration, and new features for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Available on: Mac

Price: Free (while the beta lasts)

Download: Microsoft

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