The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday.
Stash – Find Interesting Things Around You by Stash, Inc. (Free, 8.1 MB): This social event discovery app makes it easy to find, save, share, and discuss fun things happening in your neighborhood and city. Because it’s primarily crowdsourced, including staff picks, there can be anything from dive bar events and public classes to concerts and openings. For already posted activities, you can bookmark and note an interest, inform others of your attendance, and leave a comment or question. If the event is something not yet listed, create a new stash card for your own reference and to share with the community. Each stash cards allows a photo, description, location, date, time, and the aforementioned social interaction features. The app requires a Facebook or Stash account and many areas are only beginning to show involvement.
LiveLens by Shahar Hajdu (Free, 6.4 MB): Share great moments easily using this streaming video app for Facebook. Much like Ustream, you can begin and stop a broadcast at any time, inform friends and fans via a link automatically posted to your Facebook wall, as well as stay apprised of comments and “likes.” The app adjusts the streaming protocol depending on network bandwidth availability and will even save videos when no Internet connection is present. As a note, the feed has a viewer delay of about one minute based on personal tests.
Strike Fighters by Third Wire Productions (Free, 148.8 MB): Experience the rush of aerial dogfighting with this action-packed flight simulator. In each of the four missions, the objective is to pursue and destroy all enemy aircraft. Because the missions span several decades, you’ll be able to pilot a vast array of popular fighters starting with the USAF F-100A Super Sabre. The game features Unity-powered 3-D graphics, dozens of legacy and modern fighter jet models from around the globe, aircraft specifications, a star rating system as well as Game Center leaderboards and achievements. The non-mission specific models are paid upgrades, and any in-app purchase removes the ads.
Social Scrapbook Pro by Katherine Tremblay ($2.69, 80.8 MB): Rather than bundled in rubber bands, boxes, and envelopes, a record of our notable moments is neatly stored online in timestamped social shares. This automatic archive makes it easier than ever to create scrapbooks. For each page, the app allows you to add specific items from both Twitter and Facebook to the temporary bin before assembly. You construct pages using simple touch gestures to resize and move photos, move and edit text, as well as add optional background patterns and frames. The app supports multiple book creation, storage, and sharing. A free trial version is also available.