The best coffee-brewing, SoundCloud-uploading and old-person-helping apps this week


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Something for (almost) everyone.
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This week we keep old folks safe, brew perfectly measured coffee, celebrate Photoshop’s 30th anniversary, and complain about SoundCloud.


The new Object Selection tool works like magic.
Photo: Adobe

Photoshop for iPad got a nice update for the groundbreaking software’s 30th birthday. This version brings type tools and object selection to the quintessential photo editor. The latter uses Adobe’s Sensei AI tech to pick objects out of your image, while the former brings a lot more of desktop Photoshop’s type tools to the iPad.

Price: Free with in-app subscription

Download: Photoshop from the App Store (iOS)


DooriGo helps keep folks independent, without hassling them.
DooriGo helps keep folks independent, without hassling them.
Photo: DooriGo

Sponsored: If you’re an older, independent adult who wants to stay that way, DooriGo is worth checking out. And if you’re the son/daughter/younger friend of a fiercely independent senior citizen, then you might also like this app. It sends regular messages to the user. If they don’t reply within six to 72 hours, emails go out to emergency contacts.

Price: Free

Download: DooriGo from the App Store (iOS)

Microsoft Office

It’s Office, but made easier.
Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft’s unified Office app is now available on the iPhone. Instead of requiring three apps when you go into the shower, uh, office, you only need one — it combines Word, Excel and PowerPoint into one app. Handy.

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Download: Microsoft Office from the App Store (iOS)

SoundCloud – Music & Audio

Who needs a computer?
Photo: SoundCloud

The truly awful iOS SoundCloud app now finally lets you upload your music to SoundCloud from your iPhone or iPad. It uses the built-in Files app to let you pick any audio on your device, and send it up to SoundCloud. What took them so long?

Price: Free

Download: SoundCloud – Music & Audio from the App Store (iOS)

Simple Ratio

simple ratio
How could it get any simpler?
Photo: Simple Ratio

Simple Ratio is a great — and super-simple — app for coffee nerds. Did you ever struggle with doubling your recipe? No, probably not, but Simple Ratio lets you get way more complex than that.

The app calculates the correct ratio of ground coffee to water. You can adjust any of the parameters, and the other one changes automatically. That’s it. You swipe the screen to spin the dials, and the iPhone version utilizes subtle haptic feedback. Nice and simple.

Price: 99 cents

Download: Simple Ratio from the App Store (iOS)


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