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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a way to bring livestreaming to your tweets, a handy browser that takes inspiration from Facebook chat heads and another addictive drawing game.

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 livestreaming to your tweets, a handy browser that takes inspiration from Facebook chat heads and another addictive drawing game.

For: iOS
Cost: Free

- Unfortunately, Meerkat isn’t actually about meerkats. Instead, it’s all about live streaming through Twitter.
- The twist is its similar to Snapchat in that once you start broadcasting, the live stream is tweeted out to everyone who follows you.
- When a live stream is in session, people can tune in and comment on it. You can also build anticipation by firing out a preview of what you’ll be live streaming
- We did find the app zooms in a little bit when it’s recording something so you have to account for that, but it’s actually pretty fun to play around with and simple to use.
- It may sound like a silly idea, but the spontaneity (and silliness) of it will bring you back.

Meerkat Meerkat / App Store Meerkat / App Store / App Store

The Impossible Path
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free (€0.99 for full version)

- Do you feel like your memory and concentration skills are pretty good? Then you may enjoy this.
- The premise of The Impossible Path is to trace a line from point A to B and collect all stars along the way. The catch is the obstacles are hidden away and you have to remember where they are.
- It starts off rather easy to get you used to the mechanics of the game, but it does ramp up the difficulty somewhat by adding new obstacles like moving objects.
- Only the easy levels and some of the medium ones are available initially. If you want all 100 levels, you’ll have to pay.
- But if enjoy a good mental exercise, you probably won’t mind that.

The impossible path The Impossible Path / Windows Phone The Impossible Path / Windows Phone / Windows Phone

For: Android
Cost: Free

- If you find the idea of clicking links on Twitter and Facebook and being brought away from the app itself annoying, you may be in luck.
- Flynx brings with it a minimalist and clean layout allowing you to read articles without distraction.
- The real draw is it helps you open up links from any app you use. Once you tap a link, it loads in the background until it’s ready. It’s similar to how Facebook Chatheads works, and that’s a good thing.
- The purpose is to ensure you’re not taken away from apps like Twitter, Whatsapp or Facebook and has other features like offline reading, night mode and other customisation features.
- If you’re heavily invested in social apps or have a slow connection, this is very useful. but if you want a more browser-centric version, try Linkbubble instead.

Flynx / YouTube

Fifty Photo Shades
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free

- Fifty Photo Shades is a rather simple app allowing you to adjust the highlights and colour tones after you change an image to black and white.
- The interface is rather basic, there’s only an edit and a camera button to use when you start, but it does make up for it with the editing options available.
- When you dig into the editing side of things, you are presented with a number of sliders to help you adjust highlights, shadow, and lighting.
- There is a little bit of lag when you’re trying to save photos. Also, some images end up with little blotches which aren’t noticeable on the small screen but are when blown up.
- If you love the idea of monochrome photography, this may be worth a look.

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Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire
For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

- Nitrome is developing a reputation for creating simple but great smartphone games to play and it’s done it again.
- Magic Touch is the latest release from it and it’s another simple but addictive game to download.
- Taking inspiration from Impossible Draw, you are tasked with drawing shapes to help prevent the enemy from invading your castle.
- It has an easy learning curve, but it soon becomes more difficult as it throws more complex shapes to draw. There’s also a degree of strategy involved as well as you unlock spells and learn patterns.
- It will frustrate you regularly, but you won’t be able to put it down.

Nitrome / YouTube

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