Here are 15 mobile apps you need to download this week

Our picks of the best apps out this week

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IFTTT’s Do apps

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Most apps are pretty straight forward in what they do. They have one task that they’ve mastered and we use them for that specific thing and nothing else. IFTTT has been bringing these simple services together to create more powerful programs by helping them speak the same language and automating actions between them. The latest step in IFTTT’s attempts to bring apps together in a more cohesive way is a trio of automation apps labeled as “Do.”

The Do buttons are one tap shortcuts to common tasks that you want completed with minimal effort. The Do button is for on-demand actions that would normally take multiple steps but have been distilled down to a single tap. The Do Camera can be used to connect camera actions to other apps, like automatically importing a snapshot to a photo editor. Do Note turns text into whatever you need it to be—a tweet, an event on your calendar, a note in Evernote. All of the buttons serve to make daily tasks easier and require fewer steps, and that’s a function we can get behind.

iOS, Android

Storm by Weather Underground

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How about this weather we’re having? It seems like extreme storms are becoming more common, and Weather Underground has built the ultimate app for keeping track of the powerful and potentially dangerous weather fronts. With high-definition radar that gives up to the minute visuals on how a storm is progressing, real-time warnings and updates, and advanced tracking tools, it’s the ideal app for anyone afraid of getting caught in the path of a bad patch of weather. Do your storm chasing from the safety of home.

iOS 

Keadle

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Is anyone making apps that aren’t photo-centric anymore? It seems like every service has some sort of photo functionality built in, but Keadle is actively doing something different and interesting with its service. Users can snap pictures and attach messages to them and leave them places for friends to discover and retrieve. The only way to view the photo is to psychically go to where it was taken, allowing the photo taker to leave a virtual trail for friends to follow and see where they’ve been and what they’re up to.

iOS

The Outcast

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The world is not as it appears. What you see in real life and what’s taking place in the world of the Outcast are entirely different realities. The Outcast isn’t like normal games where you sit and play it to kill time—it prompts you with events that occur as you go about your day. The story is told with gorgeous images and you’re presented with difficult decisions that you must go about making when you least expect it. The passive adventure will surprise you, both in the choices you’ll have to make and when they show up.

iOS

Alto’s Adventure

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You’re no doubt familiar with the endless runner format—the simple style of game that serves the mobile platform well because requires just bite-sized periods of time to play, depending on how long you can keep your character alive. But you’ve never seen one quite like Alto’s Adventure. Outside of the enjoyably simple premise, it’s packed full of some of the most brilliant art you’ll see in any game. You’ll want to get further in the game just to see what the next stunning visual landmark will be.

iOS

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