Best new Android, iPhone and Windows Phone apps of February 2015
Which is your favorite new app?We start the selection with the new official National Geographic app (unfortunately, it's iOS-only), which we love for serving us curious and visually-stunning digest of what's going on around the world from a refreshingly non-political perspective.
There are plenty more great new apps, so with no further ado, we leave you to the best new Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps of February 2015. Which one is your favorite?
Nat Geo View
Nat Geo View is a new daily digest from National Geographic, featuring the day's best pictures, stories, and videos. Every day, our editors will select the pieces that wow us and share them with you here in an elegant, easy-to-use app you can tap into wherever you are. It's National Geographic on the go. Each issue of Nat Geo View will feature a different mix of content.
Picturesque Lock Screen
“Picturesque Lock Screen, a Microsoft Garage project, brings the beautiful Bing home page images to your android lock screen. The app allows you to easily change the image (from the past 6 days Bing homepages) with just a shake of the phone or by swiping to the right. You could see your missed calls and text messages at a glance on the lock screen and also search directly from the lock screen without unlocking your phone. Picturesque also brings your current weather, news and Indian regional calendars on your phone lock screen.”
The YouTube Kids app is stuffed to the gills with cartoons and educational programming that sits around YouTube, and filtering out all the nasties. Not only that, but YouTube Kids offers a child-friendly interface, too, with big cartoonish icons, so that the kiddos can easily locate favorite episodes of Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends, and Dreamworks, online hits like Mother Goose Club, TuTiTu, and Super Simple Songs, among others.
Palabre is one of very few well-done RSS clients. Coming from the author of the popular Twitter client Plume, Palabre comes with the modern material design, integrates with Feedly, and is free.
"Do..." apps by IFTTT
IFTTT specializes in "script" apps, if we could call them so (IFTTT calls it "recipes"). The idea is that a single tap can be programmed to do a few different actions. For example, Do Camera can be set to instantly share the photos you take to select social medias / email. Do Note can save your note to Evernote and/or post it on a social media of choice as soon as you save the note. Do Button can be programmed to control your smarthome appliances (set thermostat, lights, etc.) with just the push of a big onscreen button.
IFTT's first app – IF – is also worth checking out – it executes automatic scripts, such as controlling your smarthome appliances automatically, based on your location (turn lights on as you approach), can send you text notifications about a forthcoming weather change, or post for you on all your social medias, if you only post on facebook.
USA Today Sports
The new USA Today Sports app for iPhone and Android is a curated application with a clean, modern style that brings the most essential sports news to your handset. It comes with the following features: game alerts, sports news alerts, human scoreboard that ranks all the games based on what to watch. Then, you also have a stream of trending sports news, formatted for phones, trending topic streams to catch up on what everyone is talking about, and more.
If you live in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Mexico City, London, Manchester, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Berlin, Hamburg (more coming as well), Citymapper will help you find your way with urban transit.
Calcbot is a smart new calculator and unit converter app that features auto-updating conversion rates that are always up to date. It comes with a history tape, expression view, intuitive conversion, and more. Conversion work with over 500 units across 22 different categories. You can also rotate your device into landscape mode to gain access to common scientific functions.
Scanning documents with the added benefit of good optical character recognition (OCR) by Abbyy is a great capability to have, and the new scan me app brings just that.
ScreenPop Lockscreen Messenger
Introducing the fastest way to communicate. Pop a pic to your friends' lock screens and it will be the first thing they see.
Seene is a neat new app that transforms your images in a 3D-esque stereoscopic pictures that are a lot of fun to view. It adds depth and movement into a shareable 3D photo, video or gif to achieve that effect.
An app for the tweakers, Plug-in (it requires Tasker to run) is meant to create a full complement of Pushbullet with the following capabilities: intercept notifications, send notes, send links, send addresses, send lists, quick reply, and use variables to select the device.
Use iAnnotate to read, mark up, and share PDF, DOC, PPT and image files.
SoundHUD is a highly customizable volume panel replacement that doesn't require root access. And maybe best of all: It comes with a true silent mode for Lollipop users.
Chances are most people have some sensitive, private photos or videos that no one else ought to see when they pick up their phone. If you want to lock your pictures and videos from prying eyes, AppLock is a new solution that allows you to lock multiple images and/or videos.
From useful and entertaining how-tos and hacks, to delicious recipes and outrageous inventions. Instructables is the place to explore, document, and share your creations. With over 100K tutorials in Technology, Workshop, Living, and more, we have the largest collection of do-it-yourself projects created by others just like you.
Zipongo is an app that helps you find delicious and healthy recipes tailored to your food preferences and allergy restrictions.
A huge update over the existing appo, Camera360 Sight is a great camera replacement tool with rich editing options.
Windows Phone has so far lacked in customization options, but with this new #TileArt app you get to place an image over all of the tiles in your home page, making for a more immersive and rewarding customization experience.
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