Voodoo magic: 7 unique apps that seem impossible, but actually work

Voodoo magic: 7 unique apps that seem impossible, but actually work
Between everyday apps that barely get the job done, and ones that pray on the naive by offering them the keys to the kingdom only to disappoint later, it's natural that the smartphone community has grown skeptical and untrusting of apps. Especially if they claim to do something that we can't wrap our minds around.

But some apps do beat the odds, and while their descriptions may sound a little like voodoo magic (especially if you're new to smartphones), they do actually deliver on their promise — as amazing as that may sound. In fact, most of them can be explained fairly easily even to laymen, though most would still prefer to test them out on their own before lowering their guard. You're invited to do so for this selection.

We sat down and thought, "What are some of the apps that initially led us to raise eyebrows, but delivered in the end?", and decided to share some of them with you. And don't worry — there's no unholy magic going on here, just some unusually clever algorithms and a few ingenious approaches to tough concepts.

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18 Comments

1. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Cortana and even Bing can also recognize songs Siri should be able to do that to since it's dedicated to Bing so not so magical.

14. NinjaBanana

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

Siri can, if you ask her what a song is, she will listen to it and guess what it is (She uses a Shazam engine)

2. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i also like SoundHound and trackID(by sony) as an alternative to Shazam

5. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I've always thought that Soundhound was far better than Shazam. It's a shame that more people don't know about it.

8. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

soundhound is great...i came preinstalled on my old htc...been using it since

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Do you mind telling me its standout features please?

15. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Anything Shazam can do, plus you can hum a song to it to recognize it. Works great when you are trying to remember the name of an old song, or who sang it, or you don't really know all the words and hum part of it.

16. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That's great, the humming part. I will give it a shot just to see how good it IDs the hum, or I can simply Google parts of the lyrics I know.

3. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

The last one is brilliant.

4. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I've always thought that Soundhound was far better than Shazam. It's a shame that more people don't know about it.

6. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Wrong reply thread. Why can't we delete our posts?

7. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

lol...delete option only lasts for 4 mins

10. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

But I tried to delete it after about 15 seconds and it wasn't there.

9. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Do you not have a delete button? Oh wait, I don't have one too. Seems like they removed it.

12. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Many apps can detect and identify music including GNow. I can't remember if Shazam does it, but Google now can also listen to your TV (even during commercial) and tell what you're watching. Now THAT'S impressive. I wonder if that works if you're not live on your show/movie?

13. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Well, I thought about getting Hudway, but it doesn't have very good reviews.

17. crazymonkey05

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I think coolify is really (no pun intended) cool ;)

18. olatgf

Posts: 37; Member since: May 02, 2015

HTC One M9 need this Coolify app; who knows it might be enough to quench the smoking hot SD810.

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