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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a new way to shop, a slick app that helps keep your life organised and one of the best photo editing apps out there.

Image: Any.do/Cal

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

We’re going to assume that you already have a lot of the most popular apps, so let us do the hard work for you and pick out the latest apps that are deserving of your time.

This week includes a new way to shop, a slick app that helps keep your life organised and one of the best photo editing apps out there.

Any.do Cal
For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

Why should I care?

- If you’re an iOS user, chances are you’re not a fan of what Apple did with calendar in its latest update.
- Cal is not only an improvement on both iOS and Android’s calendars, it’s also very pretty looking.
- Swipe gestures, large photos and easy navigation means you won’t actually mind scheduling events.
- Also syncs with its other task app, Any.do (also available for iOS and Android) so you can really keep on top of things.
- This is the part where Android widgets really comes in handy. Set it up on your lock screen and you’ll never forget an appointment again.



VSCO Cam
For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

Why should I care?

- Do you take photos? Then of course you should care about this, especially if you’re Android.
- Minimalist design hides what is actually a very powerful set of editing tools.
- Special mention goes to its filters or ‘Presets’. These aren’t like Instagram, these are professional grade filters you’re using.
- There’s also VSCO Grid, which is all about viewing and admiring photos. Apparently it’s coming to mobile too which is a good thing.
- It might take a little getting used to but if you’re any way serious about your photos, it will be worth it.



Around Me
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free

Why should I care?

- Think Soundwave crossed with Instagram and you’re on the right track.
- All photos have metadata saying where the photo was taken. Around Me takes this and show you photos taken in the area.
- Search tool allows you to check the area close to you, should you be looking for any scenic spots.
- Photos from Flickr, Instagram and 500px and Panoramio are shown as well.
- If there’s a photo you really like, you can set it as your lockscreen background.

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(Image: Around Me/Windows Phone)

Mallzee
For: iOS
Cost: Free

Why should I care?

- Considering it’s *that* time of year (and coming up to the January sales), clothes shopping is probably going to come up sooner or later
- Mallzee takes mobile shopping and gives it its own twist by factoring in your friends’ opinion.
- Find something you like and pick your friends to get their opinion.
- If they approve, then you’re free to buy it. If they don’t, the app prevents you from buying it.
- The more you use it, the better it gets.



SidePlayer
For: Android
Cost: Free, €1.29 for pro version

Why should I care?

- Majority of music players for Android require you to either go into the app or bring down the notification bar to access it.
- SidePlayer gives you a minimalist floating panel for you to control any music players.
- Swipe from the right edge of the screen to bring it up & again to hide it.
- Light version is rather limited but the pro version only costs €1.29
- Pro version gives you more scope for customisation, you can practically change every feature if you wish.image

(Image: SidePlayer/Google Play)

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