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Be My Eyes, Due 2 and other awesome apps worth checking out

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There’s a lot of cool stuff that gets submitted to the App Store, but rarely does an app try to make such a profound impact on humanity as Be My Eyes.

The idea is simple: volunteers help the blind complete tasks by literally lending their eyes via the iPhone’s camera. When someone needs help, you get a push notification. If you have time, you can answer and have the person guide you through what they need help with. If you’re busy and ignore it, the next volunteer in line will get a notification. For a better idea of how it works, check out this great promo video.

The app, designed by the excellent Danish software studio Robocat , is built like like a social network for quickly connecting those in need with helpers. It’s a non-profit initiative with a great cause, and probably the easiest way you can be charitable without giving money (although Be My Eyes also accepts donations).

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

You’re probably familiar with Google Translate, but what you may have missed is that Google bought the fantastic Word Lens app last May.

In an update last week, the Google Translate app got Word Lens’ marquee feature, the ability to translate text on the fly through a phone’s camera. The technology is something you have to use to experience, and as someone who’s used it overseas, I can attest to how magical it feels.

Another cool feature addition is automatic language detection when using the microphone to translate. So by setting the two languages you want the app to translate between, the app can act like a real time translator.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

One of the best reminder apps received a huge makeover for iOS 8 and the bigger iPhones last week. Due 2 is kind of like Fantastical meets Apple’s Reminders app, only with more of a focus on making you actually get stuff done. Fine-tuned auto-snooze and reusable timers are its bread and butter.

It won’t replace your main todo app like Omnifocus or Things, but Due is a sleek, robust tool for setting and completing persistent reminders and timers. Support great indie apps and check it out. Existing Due users get version 2.0 for free.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $4.99

Download: App Store

As the social currency of our times, ‘likes’ are more important than ever. A new app from AOL called Starlike is the command center for likes on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. After logging in, you can seething everything that your friends are liking/faving. You can even like directly from the app and have it show up in your account for the corresponding social network.

It’s kind of a novel idea, but if you’re constantly faving and liking stuff anyway, why not have a place where you can see it all together?

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store