Ever type in your passcode, stare blankly at your smartphone screen and wish you could just shut it back down and return to a simpler time? Perhaps one in which you could just send a succinct “Yo, B*tch!” text to your buds? Well, guess who has a solution for you and your digitally overloaded ways? Aaron Paul, that’s who — with a delectably Jesse Pinkman-like spin on a Yo-like app. His app isn’t the only one we’re downloading this week, but it’s in good company with an app that’s like a new Tinder, another that’s like a better Amazon, one you’ll like more than Facebook and another to make you the ultimate meme master.
1. Bumble: What’s Tinder, you ask? Why, it’s an app
I use — what? #noshame the kids are using these days to meet and fall in love and date and stuff. Launched by former Tinder execs, Bumble is here to replace your go-to with a more Coffee Meets Bagel-type approach to easy app dating. Bumble’s angle is simple — it’s that it’s better/safer/less creepy than Tinder. The swiping situation is about the same, but once you swipe right, the app acts like your wing(wo)man, shepherding you through the hardest part — actually getting the conversation going. It’s ladies’ choice in opposite sex pairings and if she doesn’t say anything in those first 24 hours, the connection disappears FOREVER (dun dun dun).
Cost: Free on iOS
2. Canopy: If you can shop through a to do list on Amazon without glazing over and coming out of the experience hundos in the hole, you should write a book about shopping on Amazon for Dummies and send us a copy because we do NOT know how you do it. Oh! Maybe with this app? Canopy sifts through the noise, streamlines the Amazon experience and serves up a curated selection of the best the online big box store has to offer in a clean, easy to search, scroll through and shop design.
Cost: Free on iOS
3. YB: Remember Yo? This app takes Yo’s basic premise, adds a few more bells and whistles (one of those, btw, is Aaron Paul’s voice) and delivers up a download so simple, yet so genius. Choose from a list of phrases — from the effective Yo, B*tch to the encouraging Hooray, B*tch — designate a contact and press send to deliver the greeting in Aaron Paul’s voice. Now we know what Jesse’s been up to since [INSERT SPOILER].
Cost: Free on iOS
4. MemeTV: The maker of the next big meme could be sitting where you’re sitting, reading what you’re reading, wearing what you’re wearing (dude, you) right now. This app lets you create and share your own GIFs using TV clips of your favorite shows. The above YouTube video makes it look so easy, but it’s actually an impressive app. According to Gigaom, the app can identify what you’re watching LIVE, queue up the last couple minutes of what you just saw and from there, lets you edit it down to a 10-second clip that you can add text and filters to. You can then share your DIYed meme in the app and your social TV water cooler of choice, look through more from your favorite shows and even revisit them to find a direct link to watch that episode again within each homemade GIF.
5. Status: This app answers the question of “what’s up” without anyone having to ask it… or you having to manually answer it. The app works ambiently in the background, understanding what you’re doing — when you’re in a meeting, when you’re out of it, when you’re driving home from work — and sharing that info with friends for you. If you scroll through your contact list and see that Lisa’s driving home or out ‘n’ about, you can request her (my!) location to see if you’re in the same hood and want to link up. On Android phones, your Status status will show up when your friends go to call you. Nifty!
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