New Mobile Applications That Are Worth A Look

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Here is a selection of some recent iPhone and Android apps that are worth a look.

Meerkat

This app created a lot of excitement at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin and has managed to gain even more traction since. Meerkat lets you live stream a video from your phone and use your Twitter followers as a distribution base for it.  When you begin a live broadcast, a link to the stream is tweeted to any of your followers who have downloaded the app. They can then tune in, watch and comment via @reply tweets. When the broadcast is over, the live stream disappears from your feed,  although comments remain visible.  If you don’t have a Twitter account, don’t worry; the app will still let you follow other users and watch their videos via its interface.  Meerkat is available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Smarter Paris

If you are lucky enough to be preparing for a trip to Paris, this will help you get better acquainted with the city of lights. A “Parisian’s guide to Paris”, the app includes nearly a thousand reviews for landmarks, restaurants and bars that are off the beaten track, as well as a lot of exclusive content about the city. You can find out what exhibitions will be open during your stay there, what the weather is going to be like, as well as what kid-friendly activities will be available. Whatsmore, the app has some very useful features that will help you explore Paris easily. The most important of these is offline availability of all content and maps, which means that you won’t have to pay roaming charges every time you just need to look something up. The integrated Dictionary and Phrasebook are absolutely invaluable, and the currency converter will help you avoid missteps. There are also premium access features like a cookbook with Parisian recipes and a form for making restaurant reservations. The Smarter Paris  app is available for the iPhone and iPad.

Swipes

Swipes is a simple daily task planner that will help you organize your crowded to-do list. Your Tasks will be divided into three categories according to their level of priority: Current focus, Scheduled and Completed tasks.  Scheduled tasks can be snoozed so you can focus on the rest while tasks that become urgent will be moved up to the ‘Current focus’ pile. This might seem like a very intuitive way of organising your work, but having an app to nudge you and send reminders can really help you achieve a better workflow and finally get things done.  Swipes is available for Android and iOS devices.

Atari Fit

Another addition to the wide range of fitness-focused apps, this one comes from a company that is best known for its video games.  Its aim is to bring gamification to fitness activities by rewarding its users for their workout efforts with coins to unlock popular games.  There are more than 100 exercises and 30 workout plans available to choose from, or even collaborate on with friends. The app also allows you to connect it to fitness-tracking devices like Fitbit and Jawbone. Atari Fit is available for iOS and Android devices.

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