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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a real way of identifying those battery hogging apps, an easier way to create panorama photos and your opportunity to control a tentacled blob.

Image: Tentacles: Enter The Mind/Windows Phone

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 includes a real way of identifying those battery hogging apps, an easier way to create panorama photos and your opportunity to control a tentacled blob.

TouchRetouch
For: Windows Phone
Cost: €0.99

- While there are many photoediting apps out there, the majority focus on brightening, cropping or filters. You have to look elsewhere for more advanced features.
- It’s best to think of TouchRetouch as a mini version of photoshop. If you want to clone out unwanted objects from a picture, you can.
- The interface is simple and even if that isn’t straightforward enough, there are video tutorials which will show you how to use it.
- For the most part, it’s quite decent. Since you’re editing for the small screen, you will have to look closely to spot an edit although it doesn’t have traditional editing features like cropping or brightness adjusting.
- A nice complementary apps for when traditional tools just won’t do the job. Just be sure to trial it first to make sure you find it useful.

TouchRetouch Source: TouchRetouch/Windows Phone

SpinMe Alarm Clock
For: iOS, Android
Cost: €1.79 (iOS), Free (Android)

- Smartphone alarms are becoming smarter, waking you up at the right moments, but sometimes that still not enough for you to actually get out of bed.
- SpinMe puts a (literal) twist on this, instead of tapping or swiping to turn off the alarm, you have to physically get up and spin around.
- Chances are you don’t want anyone to see you while you’re doing this. You will look silly doing this although hopefully they’ll be too sleepy to notice
- The alarm is very basic, mind. There’s little room for customisation except what time you want to get up at, but if it gets you out of bed, is that really a problem?
- If you have a serious problem with oversleeping, you probably need this.

SpinMe Source: SpinMe Alarm Clock/Google Play

Google Photo Sphere
For: iOS, Android (part of Google Camera)
Cost: Free

- It’s always strange when a Google or Microsoft product ends up being better on iOS, but in this case, it really is.
- As the title suggests, Google Photo Sphere lets you create 360 degree panoramas of an area you’re in.
- It takes a few tries to get a panorama right, but the directions are straightforward and creating a sphere is pretty easy if you’re not a perfectionist
- Once it stitches everything together, you can share it to Google Maps or elsewhere.
- If you’re looking for a more straightforward method of creating panoramas, give this a go.

Google Sphere Photo Source: Google Photo Sphere/App Store

Tentacles: Enter the Mind
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free (includes in-app purchases)

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- If there’s one way to describe Tentacles: Enter The Mind, it’s trippy. Not just in the visuals but the gameplay too.
- Controlling Lemmy, you have to make your way through the mind of Dr. Phluff, a insane dolphin that’s… well, we did mention it was trippy.
- The gameplay has you tapping your surroundings as you move Lemmy around a 3D world, collecting coins, secret eggs, eyeballs and obtaining new powers.
- The world is neatly designed and while it takes a minute or two to get accustomed to the controls, Lemmy moves really well and it’s always clear where to go.
- A game that’s as fun as it is bizarre.


Source: Rune Dittmer/Vimeo

Normal
For: iOS
Cost: €0.89

- If there’s something all smartphone users complain about, it’s battery life. Everyone has problems with it and they never seem to last long.
- There are enough battery monitors out there, but Normal separates itself from others by being user-friendly and a different approach to identifying battery hogs.
- It gathers data on all the apps you’re running and analyses them, comparing them to data collected from other iOS devices.
- From there it pinpoints which apps are draining your device and whether it the same for other users.
- Definitely worth getting for properly picking out problem apps.

Normal app Source: Normal/App Store

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