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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a way to bring your inbox to zero, a solution for those constantly forgetting to do stuff, and selfies.

Image: B612/App Store

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

This week features a way to bring your inbox to zero, a solution for those constantly forgetting to do stuff, and selfies

For: iOS
Cost: Free

- Email is boring and after the likes of Mailbox came out, there haven’t been many original takes on such a traditional format.

- Zero wants to make sure all your emails are read and so presents them all in a card-based format.

- You’re presented with different emails individually, and you can decide to archive by swiping up, keep in your inbox or just get rid of them.

- It’s about giving you a better idea of what an email is about instead of judging it on the subject line. If you want to read, you just swipe left to read it and see attachments (you can also view a traditional inbox format if you wish which has its own swipe gestures).

- For those who you’re overwhelmed by unread mail and need a better way to sort through them.

Zero email

For: Android
Cost: Free

- It will happen to you, but there are times where you promise to ring or text someone and you will completely forget about it.

- ClickMe helps you create impromptu reminders for anyone you have to call back.

- It’s pretty basic. You choose the contact (taken from recent calls) or create a reminder and say how much time you want to pass before a reminder appears.

- What’s nice about it is it’s much faster than general calendar apps. You just set the reminder and you’re off. That’s it.

- For those who just need a useful solution for remembering things.


For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Cost: Free

- Love them or loathe them, selfies are here to stay and if you’re in the latter camp, well it sucks to be you, huh?

- B612 comes from Line, the messaging app that has a large following in Asia, and helps you become a little more creative with your selfies.

-  You have the standard features. Filters, swipe options, record video and set a timer, or you can take advantage of a selfie stick option. You can use the rear camera as well if you want to mix things up a little.

- You can also create a collage with different photos or videos of yourself or your friends and there are enough options there to cater for those who want a bit of customisation.

- Do we have to say who this is for? Really?

For: iOS
Cost: Free

- Listen to podcasts but can’t stand Apple’s official app? Lucky for you, there are enough alternatives out there that you can use.

- Overcast takes the standard features that you would associate with podcasting and brings a vast number of features to help improve it.

- And it’s packed with extra customisable features like Twitter recommendations, smart speed (which shortens any silence moments), voice boost and smart speed (it boosts it without distorting the voices).

- The app is free, but you can support its maker by becoming a patron (it’s €2.99 for three months, €5.99 for six months and €11.99 for a year).

- A lovely and clean podcast app that will impress you with just how much it can do.


For: iOS, Android
Cost: €3.99

- Twitch-style gameplay, rapid-fire levels, a pumping soundtrack and gorgeous art style? Count us in.

- HoPiKo takes place inside different devices where you must dash around stages and free your friends from viruses. But you’re not here for the plot, you’re here for the fast and reflex-heavy gameplay.

- Each stage is broken up into five sections that you need to navigate. Dying brings you back to the first one, and you will die a lot, but reflexes and quick thinking will get you to the finish.

- All your jumps are controlled by swipes, and you can’t mess around either as you ping-pong through each stage. It’s never feels frustrating as it’s rarely unfair, and you get used to what the game throws at you.

- Put your headphones on and get ready for a tough, unique, but ultimately satisfying game.

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Quinton O'Reilly

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