An awesome app to simplify your day or secure your data [Awesome Apps of the Week]


Awesome Apps of the Week
With over a billion apps in the app store, we’ve found a few that we think you should know about.
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There really are apps for everything at this point. Whether you’re a coffee snob aiming to simplify your brewing experience, or simply looking for a tool to ease the frustration of your digital life, there is an app here for you. If you have other awesome apps to suggest for future installments, email your suggestion or tweet them over!


Filtru Coffee 3.0 screenshots
Filtru takes the guesswork and memorization out of even the most complex of coffee concoctions.
Screenshots Filtru

If you consider yourself a coffee person, but only every drink a venti iced triple caramel macchiato with soy and cold foam, this one is probably not for you. But if you like pouring a single origin from a small-batch roaster, or keep an aero press in your travel bag, you need Filtru in your life.

Designed to help you make the perfect cup of coffee, track your favorite beans, and even calculate coffee extraction, Filtru is a coffee-lovers digital companion.

Want to try a new brew method? Filtru has guides for the most popular options, plus a huge collection of user-created guides that are roast or flavor profile specific. Looking for a special new coffee to try? Shop the Filtru store. Want a truly immersive coffee brewing experience? Check out Filtru’s all-new “Pro” AR mode for making the perfect cup. It’s coffee nerdery at its finest.

Price: Free (with in-app subscription to unlock “Pro” features)

Download from: App Store


Sponsored:  It might seem hard to believe, but for some people, it can be extremely difficult to meet new friends and make real connections. Whether it’s your personality, busy work or personal life, or just uncertainty about approaching new people, it can be tricky. The Soone app offers a platform for meeting new people, for any purpose — and quickly.

Based on the popularity and success of various dating apps, Soone helps connect you with dates, friends or people for your network. Simply create your profile, answer a few onboarding questions, and start exploring the area around you. From there, you’re well on your way to meeting new people and having real-life conversations and interactions, without waiting for pieces to fall into place (or the stars of friendship to align).

Once you find a potential connection, send a request to connect and see what makes Soone different. If the person responds within 30 minutes, you have two hours to form a plan and connect in real life. No “internet pals” or “online friends” — just real-life interactions. Get started now with Soone, and go meet somebody very soon indeed.

Price: Free

Download from: App Store

1Password 8

1Password app sign in with FaceID
1Password can increase your security in a powerful, quick, and simple to use tool.
Photo: 1Password

It’s weird to think that a password manager could be considered “awesome.” But when it comes to the feature set, the ease of use, the control, and the integration with Apple’s OSes, 1Password is actually pretty awesome.

I’ve been a 1Password user for the better part of the last 10 years (if not longer). It has become my go-to place for storing secure notes, passwords, important personal information, credit card details, and more. Now, with 1Password 8, you get all those same things, plus a more robust set of personal security auditing thanks to Watchtower.

On top of that, you get a personalized dashboard that keeps your newest or most user passwords quickly accessible. What’s more, the 1Password 8 Safari extension can automatically prompt you and auto-fill your credentials as you browse the web. It’s a little thing, but it can make a huge difference in your overall digital life.

Price: Free

Download from: App Store


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