App stores are crowded places these days, and because storage space on your phone is often at a premium, you’ll want to find and fill it with not only the best, but also the most helpful apps out there. Because they come and go quicker than the latest fashion trends, and digging through Google Play, the iTunes App Store, or any of the others is such a mission; a little nudge in the right direction is often very welcome. Here are the apps we think you need to check out this week.
Privacy is becoming increasingly more important, especially when it comes to communicating with people online and using mobile devices. Having control over your words, where they show up, and who sees them is important. VaporChat is a new app that gives the person sending a message newfound power when it comes to what happens after it leaves their phone.
What VaporChat provides is a self-destruct option the sender can activate at any time. It’s not timed like Snapchat—it’s just an additional precaution that can pull back everything that had been said. Delete a single message, delete an entire conversation, just decide what you want gone and destroy it. You can also control what text can be copied and the app will give you a notification if anything is captured in a screenshot. And, because it is the age of Snapchat, you can add the secret-agent-style timer to messages as well.
Ever since Apple announced that it would allow third party keyboards, many different versions have been released inside the App Store. But you haven’t seen one like AudioShot. It’s a keyboard more in the musical sense. Pop up AudioShot in any app—Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc.—and you can insert your favorite songs directly into the conversation. Grab tunes from Spotify, SoundCloud, or your music site of choice and turn your tracks into conversation pieces.
Meerkat looks like it might be the next big thing on Twitter. In an age where live streaming is becoming more popular – just look at gaming channel Twitch for evidence – Meerkat is looking to find its place as the streaming service of choice for Twitter users. All you have to do is press the “Stream” button and your live feed automatically goes out to all of your followers. They can watch and comment as it happens and even retweet to share the feed to their followers. But you have to be there as it happens—there is no replay feature in Meerkat.
If you reach the end of the day and feel like you have no idea what’s happening in the world, then you’ll be well served by BriefMe. It digs up the ten most popular stories from the day, gathering data on what gets shared and talked about, and presents the headlines to you. If you want to read more about the particular topic, you can dig in and learn about everything you may have missed. Essential if you don’t want to feel left out when you get to the water cooler the next day.
If you’ve been on Twitter lately, you’ve probably seen a lot of screenshots. It’s the easiest way to share specific parts of long articles and texts. OneShot makes the process easier than ever. You can snag a screenshot of any article on the web, resize it to focus on a specific passage, highlight the text that you find most important, then post it on Twitter for your followers to see. The app automatically grabs the article URL so you can even properly credit the source.