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Archimedes

Cash-strapped chemistry and physics students, rejoice! This $5 app can replace a high-end scientific calculator (though probably not a full-on TI-8X model) for only five bucks. Just don't try to use it during a test.

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Archimedes is a scientific calculator truly designed for touch. It's much simpler yet more powerful, made with attention to the tiniest detail. It's the calculator reinvented for the 21st century. Enter formulas and equations as you'd write them on paper, beautifully presented and fully interactive. Answers appear while you are typing, both in numeric and exact/symbolic form. Roots, fractions and sines are all automatically simplified.

Archimedes Calculator
Archimedes Calculator
Developer: Niels Andriesse
Price: Free

LibreOffice Viewer Beta

LibreOffice is a popular desktop office suite, a free alternative to Microsoft Office, and a successor to OpenOffice. This app allows you to view (but not edit) files created in and supported by LibreOffice, including Open Document files and Microsoft Office files like .doc and .xls. If you don't want to keep a heavy office suite on your phone or tablet, this is a nice alternative.

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LibreOffice is the world's most popular Open Source office app - and now it's on Android. This app is in active development, and not yet stable. Feedback and bug reports are very welcome. For now, do not use it for mission-critical tasks – it may misbehave.

Supported files:

- Open Document Format (.odt, .odp, .ods, .ots, .ott, .otp)
- Microsoft Office 2007/2010/2013 (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx, .dotx, .xltx, .ppsx)
- Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP/2003 (.doc, .ppt, .xls, .dot, .xlt, .pps)

Liftshare

This app is essentially an even less formal version of Uber, allowing anyone to offer rides from anywhere, to anywhere. It's intended to be more of a carpool service than a taxi alternative: the idea is that someone is already going somewhere, and wants to offer a cheap ride in their spare passenger seat. The same series of driver reviews are present, plus drivers can specify rules for their car, like "don't touch the radio." Looks like this one is UK-only for now.

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Sick of high petrol prices? Need a ride? Join over 400,000 Liftshare members enjoying cheap travel by sharing car journeys. Find a lift or offer your spare seats to save money with our free app, while helping the environment.

FIND A LIFT – The Liftshare app helps you find cheap spare seats quickly
• Get from A to B for less. Manchester to Birmingham can cost £92 by train. With Liftshare it’s less than £15, and a lot more social too.
• Simply enter a destination – your work, a gig, music festival or sports event, and see which drivers are going your way. Book a seat and get ready to save.
• Choose the best driver with in-app messaging and verified profiles, complete with user reviews and additional information.
• On the day of your lift, reminders and departure updates take the hassle out of travel.
• The app keeps you in control – confirm your payment with one tap when you are happy with your lift, and leave driver reviews to let them know how well they did.

Liftshare Companion
Liftshare Companion
Price: To be announced

Conversations (Jabber / XMPP)

XMPP-Jabber is an open instant messaging and chat room protocol. This app uses that protocol to enable instant messaging and chat rooms. That's about it, really - Conversations is a port of a desktop client of the same name. That being the case, it's impressive that the developers have made an attempt to adhere to Android design standards.

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Conversations is an open source XMPP/Jabber client for Android 4.0+ smart phones.

• Be as beautiful and easy to use as possible without sacrificing security or privacy
• Rely on existing, well established protocols
• Do not require a Google Account or specifically Google Cloud Messaging (GCM)
• Require as little permissions as possible

• End-to-end encryption with either OTR or openPGP
• Sending and receiving images
• Intuitive UI that follows Android Design guidelines
• Pictures / Avatars for your Contacts
• Syncs with desktop client

 

Conversations (Jabber / XMPP)
Conversations (Jabber / XMPP)

Cloudex

Cloudex connects to multiple cloud storage and social networking services to let you view your stored photos. Pretty much all of those services already let you view those photos in their own apps, but if your photos are spread out over multiple logins and identities, this could be a handy way to see all of them in one place.

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Cloudex is a service that connects your phone to the photos and videos in your cloud storage. The simple goal is to help you easily view your favorite memories that are saved in different places online. After installing Cloudex, you can use HTC Gallery to connect your Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr and Google Drive accounts. Your photos and videos from each connected account will appear as space-saving thumbnail images in Gallery. You can choose to download the full-size photo or video at any time.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

Gumroad

Gumroad is a digital store that lets authors, directors, musicians and the like sell their stuff to you directly, without any studios, publishers, or labels in the way. It's basically the Play Store, but filled exclusively with indie content, and buying it gives the majority of the money directly to the people that made it. Of course the selection on Gumroad is dwarfed by pretty much everything, but you might find a few pieces of niche content not available elsewhere.

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Gumroad, the most powerful platform for enabling creators to sell directly to their audiences, now has an Android app. With it, you can easily read, listen to, or watch all of the products you buy via Gumroad on your Android devices. Your library of videos, music, books, and more is now with you everywhere you go. Access your workout plan from the gym or stream a film on your bus ride.

Gumroad
Gumroad
Developer: Gumroad
Price: Free

LinkedIn Connected

God, do I hate using LinkedIn. It's not so much a "professional's social network" as it is an annoying obligation, like raking leaves or getting a prostate exam. Perhaps this Android app that focuses on events in other people's lives will make it better. Probably not. But it will enable you to bother people in new and exciting ways, especially if you're trying to contact strangers who work for Android blogs to push apps for your PR clients. Ahem. Check it out.

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The new LinkedIn Connected app is a fast, easy, and smarter way to strengthen your professional relationships. Why is that important? Because most opportunities come from the people you already know, and fostering genuine relationships can help you be more successful. Connected gives you relevant updates about the people you know, so you can reach out when it matters most. So invest in your connections today for opportunities tomorrow.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

theScore eSports

"eSports" is a misnomer. Video games are not sports, and never will be. If you're ready to email me with a nine-point presentation on exactly why I'm wrong, then this app for covering the pro-level competitive scene for the various games that have paid or high-profile competitions is for you. It's basically the standard scores/news/highlights formula for any sports app. Only this one's not for sports. It's for video games.

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theScore eSports is the ultimate mobile eSports experience on Android. It’s the best way to follow breaking news and live scoring coverage from League of Legends (NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK and LPL regions) as well as real-time news coverage of Dota 2, Counter-Strike: GO, Call of Duty, StarCraft II and Hearthstone. TheScore eSports seamlessly combines mobile-first breaking news, live scores, stats, push alerts and links to video highlights and streams from across the world of eSports and competitive video gaming.

theScore esports
theScore esports
Developer: theScore, Inc.
Price: Free

Seene

This app uses multiple photos to create a kinda-sorta 3D image. It also does some fake depth of field tricks, and exports photos into videos, GIFs, or Google Cardboard-compatible 3D galleries. Neat, if not all that useful. Naturally it includes an Instagram-style social network and gallery built in, with (of course) plenty of image filters.

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Seene lets you capture and share the world in lifelike 3D by combining image, depth and movement into a shareable 3D photo, video or gif. Seene supports Google Cardboard for viewing your 3D photos in VR.

• Capture lifelike 3D photos in under a second
• Tap to refocus and blur your photos after taking them by adjusting the depth of field
• Apply creative filters to enhance your shots
• Share special photos, videos, and gifs of your 3D seenes
• You can save the hi-res original photos to your gallery, too

Taking a seene on your phone is quick and simple. Point your phone or tablet at your subject and move smoothly in one direction – the app will do the rest. See around your subject by tilting your phone in your hand.

 

 

The app was not found in the store. :-(

ClickLight Flashlight

Remember that flashlight app that let you trigger your phone's LED with three taps of the power button? This one lets you do it in two. It also has a widget and a notification option.

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ClickLight provides the fastest way to turn on your device's bright LED flashlight. There's no need to unlock the phone, open an app, or find a widget. Simply double click the power button at any time to toggle the light on or off. Please make sure the double click actually turns the screen from off to on, then back to off (or vice versa). Of course, the flashlight may also be toggled from a widget, from an optional notification, or from inside the app.

ClickLight 🥇 Fastest flashlight
ClickLight 🥇 Fastest flashlight
Developer: TEQTIC
Price: Free+

Manufacturer and Tie-In Apps

App Shortcuts for Fire TV

Android Police coverage: App Shortcuts For Fire TV Is A Stupid-Simple Way To Launch Apps On Fire TV Or Fire Stick From Android

Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV stick make pretty great set-top boxes, but the basic launcher is optimized for content, not apps. This smartphone (not Fire TV, though you do have to side-load the host app) app lets you remotely launch apps with some custom-made shortcuts. The app itself isn't exactly a looker, but it's free and it gets the job done.

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Use your Android device to launch apps or games right on your Fire TV. Tired of navigating through menus to launch that side loaded app? App Shortcuts works great with Kodi and many others.

What is it:

  • Quickly switch between apps without using your remote
  • Easily launch side loaded apps
  • View all installed apps in an easy to read list

How it works:

  • Install the App Shortcuts Remote on your Amazon Fire TV and enable the service.
  • Download and install App Shortcuts on your Android device.
  • Enter your Fire TV's address.
  • Tap on any app to launch it on your Fire TV.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

NetSuite

NetSuite offers a range of services to business users, particularly those who do a lot of traveling or hourly billing. This app ties into the cloud version of that service, which is very handy if your boss insists on using it.

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The official NetSuite for Android app enables unparalleled access to the #1 Cloud Business Software Suite – One unified business management suite, encompassing ERP / financials, CRM and ecommerce. Named by Gartner as the world’s fastest growing financial management system with more than 20,000 global organizations. This app offers mobile-only features that are tightly integrated with NetSuite –allowing employees to manage their time and expenses whilst away from their PC.

NetSuite
NetSuite
Price: Free

NBA All-Star NYC App

Android Police coverage: NBA Releases Standalone All-Star App, Aims To Help Attendees Make The Best Of The Experience

Heading to the NBA All-Star game? Then pick up this app before you leave. It includes all the usual info on the stadium, plus features for the game itself like instant replays and news on the players. There's even a "history of NYC basketball" section, in case you'd like to do some themed sightseeing.

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The NBA All-Star NYC App is your guide to navigating NBA All-Star Events in NYC. In addition to event schedules and ticket information, the app includes point-to-point directions with maps and public transportation info to help guests get around NYC. It also includes links to content from NBA Game Time and exclusive in-arena content.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

SkylinkNet

Nice try, Machines. You won't fool me into handing my automated home over to your management app, even if it is free and surprisingly versatile. I won't be taken in by your soothing app name - just adding "link" to the middle of it can't disguise the fact that it's Skynet. Even if it can connect to multiple devices at once and manage all of them in an appealing way, you'll never get me to turn my house into a Terminator.

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SkylinkNet allows you to monitor your home with your smartphone. With the built-in alarm features, you can remotely arm, disarm, and monitor various activities with this app. Create a smarthome by adding home control modules to control lights, electrical appliances and other household devices. The Internet Hub sends you push notification when sensor is activated, allowing you to monitor your home remotely. With the surveillance camera, you can see live action of the area you want to monitor.

SkylinkNet
SkylinkNet
Developer: Skylinkhome
Price: Free

adidas Confirmed

Do you love sneakers? I mean, really love sneakers? Then this app is for you. It lets you find and reserve sneakers (specifically the ones made by Adidas) before you buy them. Sneaker fixation must be a fast-growing market in New York, because that's the only place that this app works for the moment.

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adidas Confirmed is the best way to get access to the most anticipated sneaker releases from adidas. Use the app to reserve your shoes right from your phone, and then complete the purchase at a specified local retailer. The first launch through adidas Confirmed will be exclusive to the New York City area. Supply for all launches will be limited. Future launches will be available in additional cities so keep notifications on to know where the next big release will be.

adidas CONFIRMED - Sneakers
adidas CONFIRMED - Sneakers
Developer: adidas
Price: Free

Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!

If you have an application in mind for the next issue of the roundup, feel free to send us an email and let us know.

Important: there are 2 requirements in order for the app to be considered, listed below.

  • the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago
  • it has to be original, ground-breaking, well-reviewed, interesting, fun, etc - the cream of the crop

Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: [email protected].

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