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5 apps worth downloading this week

Including a way to get those secrets off your chest without revealing your identity, a iconic character in new surroundings, and an app that will help your wellbeing.

Image: Pac-Man Monsters/Google Play

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 way to get those secrets off your chest without revealing your identity, a iconic character in new surroundings, and an app that will help your wellbeing.

For: iOSAndroid
Cost: Free

- With May being Green Ribbon Month – and since it’s always important to look after your mental health –  Spunout.ie has released this timely app dedicated to improving your wellbeing.
- MiYo (short for Mind Yourself) lets you log your actions every day, and is broken up into three main segments: activity log, progress log and badges for any achievements.
- How much you get out of it is dependent on how much you use it. Detail what you’ve done, say how well you did it out of a ranking of five, and track your progress over the days and months.
- Logs are kept to a minimum – there are only six options to rank – so using it is quick and to the point.
- As time progresses, the app also provides tips and advice in case you need them.

MiYo Source: MiYo/App Store

Project Tripod
For: Windows Phone (iOS and Android in development)
Cost: Free

- As fun as it is to look at time lapses, making one that covers days (or even months) takes a lot of time and dedication.
- Project Tripod puts a twist to the traditional photo-taking by getting you to create time-lapses of the same location.
- The twist is that anyone with the app can add to the project. You don’t need to set up a tripod to get started, just be in the same location when the photo was taken and snap away.
- If the locations set don’t interest you, you can set up your own and work from there.
- Its success is based entirely on how many people take part, but it’s a fun experiment to take part in.

Project Timelapse app Source: Project Tripod/Windows Phone

For: iOS
Cost: Free

- There are some moments which you want to capture in video, but maybe there are parts of that clip that would have made for a good photo.
- Vhoto solves this problem by checking videos you record, or upload and picking out the best shots from it.
- It does a good job with it too. If you record within the app itself (the max video length is 20 seconds), it picks out a number of shots very quickly, although it won’t pick out shots from videos longer than one minute.
- Should you require them, there are editing tools to help improve your images, although it’s pretty standard having filters and saturation tools.
- It tends to work better when there are people in the shots, or a clearly defined subject, but it’s fun to use if you’re having trouble trying to capture the right moment.

Source: Vhoto/YouTube

For: iOS (Android version in development)
Cost: Free

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- It’s rare that we recommend an app purely on potential, but Secret could be a lot of fun.
- The premise is as you would expect. Share or confess to something anoymously, the only thing is it gives the general city/country you’re from. Anyone who remembers/visits Fmylife.com might feel the same way about it.
- Scrolling through it is fun, text fades in fractions to give it a element of curiousity and there are some gems in there. Whether you believe them or not is another thing entirely.
- It’s a bit sparse in secrets here at the moment (hence the disclaimer at the beginning), but for now, the entries coming from the US and UK makes it worth a download for now.
- Could be a fun app for dipping in and out off over time, but whether you’ll be coming back depends on how many people start using it here.

Secret Source: Secret/App Store

Pac-Man Monsters
For: iOS, Android,
Cost: Free

- Apart from the original, Pac-Man hasn’t really been in any memorable games.
-  Pac-Man Monsters isn’t the game to change that streak, but it’s actually a well-polished puzzle game disguised as an RPG.
- The bigger combos you perform, the better attacks you perform, it all ties in with the standard Pac-man formula. Getting the right combo and performing the correct attacks in the right order takes some time to get used to.
- There’s also elements of Pokémon in it as well, gradually adding more monsters to your party and levelling up. You might have to go through the tutorial a second time to get to grips with the system, but it gets addictive when you get the hang of it.
- In-app purchases are included, and a stamina bar prevents you from playing in long bursts, but there’s little or no evidence that you will have to rely on them when playing the game.

PacMan Monsters Source: Pac-Man Monsters/Google Play

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