This week brought tons of great new apps. From a long-distance relationship app that allows you to “thumb kiss” your partner from far away, to a new app for storing your sketches, notes and other thoughts and sharing them on the web — there was plenty of new app action in the past seven days to download on your favorite smartphone or tablet.
Some of our favorites this week also include a new space discovery app that combines 3D graphics with video, text and photos and allows you to explore seven different realms: Subatomic, Atomic, Solar System, Stars, Milky Way, Galaxies, and Universe.
If you’re interested in exploring other countries rather than space, Babbel’s language-learning apps are now available for Android. And if you prefer to keep your travels a little closer to home, another new app this week lets you explore the art available on NYC’s transit system, as well as plan your own transit art tour.
When it comes time to pay your friends back for your portion of the dinner bill this weekend, this week brought with it an app that lets you send cash via PayPal by just tapping your phone against theirs.
Check out our favorite new apps from the week.
If you’re in a long-distance relationship, then Pair is an app you need to own. The app creates a private shared timeline for couple, allowing them to swap photos and share videos photos and their locations. The app also includes “thumb kiss” feature that vibrates the screen when both people touch the same part of their iPhone screen.
When PayPal updated its mobile app in mid March it removed one way you were able to pay others: Bump. This week Bump introduced its own standalone app Bump Pay, which allows you to pay others via PayPal by simply “bumping” your phones together.
Fuze updated its video conferencing software this week, now optimizing the experience for the new iPad’s retina display, A5X chipset, 1080p camera and 4G data. Fuze HD offers multi-party video conferencing for up to 10 users at once, where all of the parties on the call can not only been seen, but also interact with video, text, images, and other media during the presentation.
Babbel for Android
Babbel announced Android support this week for its language apps. Babbel Android apps are now available for French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian and English, and offer audiovisual learning material with 3000 vocabulary words, sounds, images, speech recognition and a personalized review manager.
MTA on Meridian
NYC’s transit system is actually the cities largest museum. This week the MTA became part of theMeridian app. The Android and iPhone application provides comprehensive details on the wide variety of permanent artwork installed throughout the subway and rail system in New York. You can use the app to browse art of a particular line or plan your own transit system art tour.
Paper is a new app that allows users to create diagrams, illustrations, sketches and notes and then share them with others on the web. The app is designed to work as a journal of sorts, allows you to keep all your thoughts in one place.
Wonders of the Universe
If space is your thing, then HarperCollins’ new app Wonders of the Universe is the iPad app for you. The app lets you explore space through 3D graphics and visuals, and incorporates 210 full-color articles, hundreds of photos and two and a half hours of video from Brian Cox’s award-winning series of the same name into a single space discovery app.
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