Monday, March 2, 2015

5 can't-miss apps

5 can't-miss apps: 'Sheepop,' Clinique, Nat Geo View and more

Between freedom-loving llamas on the loose in Arizona and the dress that broke the Internet, you may have overlooked some of this week's best new apps.
Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.
This week's list includes a new photo-focused app from National Geographic, a game calledSheepop that challenges you to throw sheep, and an app to help you manage all your subscription services.
Check out the gallery, below, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, take a look at last week'sroundup of can't-miss apps.


Clinique came out with a revamped version of its flagship app this week that includes a fresh new design and extra personalization features.
The new stuff: The app now uses your location to provide personalized “skin forecasts” that recommend skincare routines and products based on your location and skin type. Clinique also stepped up its consultant feature, giving you the ability to video chat with one of its many makeup consultants. Available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, the consultants provide expert advice, product recommendations and tips on how to change your daily routine to fit your needs.
Keep an eye on: The app’s many tips and tricks, articles and quizzes, which provide a daily refresher on the dos and don’ts of how to get the most out of your products.
Pro tip: Take the app’s skin diagnostic test to get even more targeted recommendations for your specific skin type.

Nat Geo View

Nat Geo View, the latest app from National Geographic, offers a daily digest of some of the publication’s best photos and video, as well as the story behind those images.
Why we like it: One of the best parts of National Geographic is its stunning visuals, and this app provides some of the best it has to offer in an easy-to-view format. The app also includes just the right amount of context without being overwhelming.
Keep an eye on: Archival photos that go back more than 100 years and a dedicated Instagram section, which showcases some of the best pics fromNational Geographic's feed, taken by its photographers around the world.
Pro tip: Miss a day? The menu in the app's right-hand corner enables you to go back and view posts from the previous week


If you have a paid subscription to multiple apps, SubscriptMe can help you keep tabs on all of them -- whether you signed up for a free trial, or have a recurring payment you regularly make.
How it works: SubscriptMe automatically detects all the apps on your phone that use a subscription model. Select the ones you pay for, and the app will set up a tracker that keeps tabs on how much you pay, when your bill is due and how long you’ve subscribed to the service.
Keep an eye on: The app’s insights, which provide a detailed report breaking down exactly how much you spend on apps each month and year.
Pro tip: SubscriptMe also lets users rate and review services, so if you’re debating whether or not it's worth shelling out extra money for a premium tier, check out the featured section, which shows the most popular apps and services and how others have rated them.


Sheepop's premise is deceptively simple: "just keep throwing the sheeps,” according to its App Store description.
We like it for: Jumping sheep plus large bodies of water equals whimsical sweet spot. Really simple, yet addictive gameplay makes for the perfect subway companion.
Watch out for: It might just be the most maddeningly addictive game since Flappy Bird. You could very well go crazy trying to beat your high score of “3."
Pro tip: We don’t even know. Try to get more than 3.


OneMinute aims to crowdsource the answer to one question: What is everyone doing right now?
How it works: Each day, all the app’s users receive just one notification. It occurs at a different time every day, all users get the notification simultaneously. Once you receive it, you have just one minute to start snapping photos of whatever is around you. Once that minute is up, you can view what everyone else captured in the app’s feed.
Keep an eye on: The lower-right corner of the photos in the feed, where you can see the city in which the image was taken, is your only hint of the photographer's identity.
Pro tip: OneMinute crops the photos into narrow rectangles, so make sure you position the camera wisely during the one-minute window

About the Author

Prejeesh Sreedharan

Author & Editor

I am a Biotechnologist very much interested in #SciTech (Science And Technology). I closely follow the developments in medical science and life science. I am also very enthusiast in the world of electronics, information technology and robotics. I always looks for ways to make complicated things simpler. And I always believes simplest thing is the most complicated ones.

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