Awesome apps you might have missed this week

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



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.

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

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

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 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

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