The Verge - Best New Apps: must-have downloads for your phone, tablet, and more 2014-04-03T10:45:02-04:00 2014-04-03T10:45:02-04:00 2014-04-03T10:45:02-04:00 Best New Apps: 'FTL' for iPad <img alt="" src="" /> <p><em>FTL: Faster Than Light</em> is one of the most addictive spaceship simulations you can play &mdash; and it turns out it's even better with a touchscreen. <a href="">First released in 2012</a> for Windows, Mac, and Linux, <em>FTL</em> tasks you with delivering some very important data to the Galactic Federation headquarters. Standing between you and your goal, though, is a whole lot of space, filled with hostile aliens and treacherous asteroid fields. Your hyperspace drive lets you quickly jump from one star to the next, and along the way you'll do battle with space pirates, barter for fuel, and explore abandoned relics, all while trying to move fast enough to avoid the fleet of rebel ships that's on your tail.</p> <p></p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Andrew Webster 2014-02-20T14:00:03-05:00 2014-02-20T14:00:03-05:00 Best New Apps: Poki <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Pocket lets me save articles so I can read them across all my devices, but a lack of official Windows Phone support means I&rsquo;ve been searching for a good alternative for months. I&rsquo;ve tried a variety of third-party versions like <a target="_blank" href="">Owl Reader</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">Pouch</a>, but none strike the perfect balance of features and design like the official Pocket apps for iOS and Android. The latest contender, Poki, blends the flat "Metro" design of Windows Phone with the basic features of Pocket and mixes in some rather unique additions of its own.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Tom Warren 2014-02-11T11:30:04-05:00 2014-02-11T11:30:04-05:00 Best New Apps: Hello SMS <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Ever since Google clunkily <a href="">integrated SMS into Hangouts</a> and killed off the standard SMS app, I&rsquo;ve been on the hunt for a better text-messaging app. I&rsquo;ve tried Textra, Sliding Messaging, and even newcomers such as Evolve SMS, but they&rsquo;ve all let me down in one way or another. Fortunately, I&rsquo;ve found <a target="_blank" href="">Hello SMS</a>, a straightforward, simple SMS app that&rsquo;s good-looking and easy to use. It fully replaces the built-in messaging app on your Android phone and feels like something Google itself could have built.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Dan Seifert 2014-02-07T11:11:01-05:00 2014-02-07T11:11:01-05:00 Best New Apps: Dark Sky <img alt="" src="" /> <p><a href=";mt=8" target="_blank">Dark Sky</a> has been around on the iPhone for <a href="">almost a couple of years now</a>, but the recent redesign for iOS 7 makes it worth a second look &mdash; even at the relatively steep price of $3.99. Its raison d'&ecirc;tre is telling you what the precipitation is going to be down to your exact location and, more importantly, by the hour. That means it has the unenviable job of conveying a lot of information in a way you can quickly understand &mdash; and given the <a href="">current state of weather apps</a>, it has to look good. Though a few have <a target="_blank" href="">offered some constructive criticism</a> of the design choices, the overall aesthetic works as a nice example of how to redesign for iOS 7's general feel without dogmatically adhering to it. Most importantly, Dark Sky does what it sets...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Dieter Bohn 2014-02-04T13:30:04-05:00 2014-02-04T13:30:04-05:00 Best New Apps: Storehouse <img alt="" src="" /> <p><em>Here's the thing: most apps suck. And not only does that make bad apps hard to avoid, it makes the good ones hard to find when there are hundreds of thousands of apps out there. So in this series, we highlight our favorite apps on every platform, whether it's for your phone, your tablet, your laptop, or any other device.</em></p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Casey Newton 2013-12-05T11:36:01-05:00 2013-12-05T11:36:01-05:00 Best New Apps: Level <img alt="" src="" /> <p>I&rsquo;ve spent years "managing" my money using <a href="" target="_blank"></a> &mdash; creating budgets, renaming transactions, tracking spending month over month, and using precision labels like "Alcohol / Bars" to see how much I&rsquo;m boozing. But I couldn&rsquo;t put a finger on why I was doing all of this: I felt a <em>little</em> safer being able to see a dashboard of all my money on the screen in front of me, but I hardly ever took action based on the results I saw. Only once I tried <a href="" target="_blank">Level</a>, a new app for iPhone, did I realize that the question I truly cared about was this: how much money can I spend today, or this week, or this month?</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Ellis Hamburger 2013-11-14T14:00:03-05:00 2013-11-14T14:00:03-05:00 Best New Apps: 'Tilt to Live 2' <img alt="" src="" /> <p>There are plenty of great touchscreen mobile games, but few that use tilt in a way that feels right. <em>Tilt to Live</em> was a rare exception, a frantic arcade game that had you tilting your phone to avoid deadly dots while using all kinds of weapons to destroy them. Now the game has a sequel that features the same core game mechanic, but with one important difference &mdash; it's absolutely insane. Just like before, tilting your device moves a tiny arrow around, and after a few short seconds the screen will become flooded with red dots. It only takes one touch for them to kill you and your only hope is the weapons floating around, which will help clear away the dots to give you some breathing room.</p> <p></p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Andrew Webster 2013-10-15T13:00:01-04:00 2013-10-15T13:00:01-04:00 Best New Apps: Frax HD <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Frax HD is intimidating at first. It's all about fractals; visualizations of complex mathematical equations that twist and turn to create beautifully strange images. The technical explanation is enough to make your head hurt, but thankfully you don't really need to understand any of that. All you need to know is that Frax HD is an incredible tool for crafting bizarre and fun landscapes. There are 42 different landscapes you can interact with &mdash; and close to 200 if you splurge for the "pro" upgrade &mdash; and you can alter them by playing with their color, lighting, and texture to create something new. Meanwhile, the familiar pinch-and-zoom lets you explore their massive scale.</p> <p>The touch controls mean that you don&rsquo;t actually have to deal...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Andrew Webster