While you’re sitting in the movie theater waiting for a showing of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck or Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, why not check out what’s happening in the app world this week? Who needs to pay attention to those pre-movie filler packages anyway? While there isn’t a coloring book option this week, there are a ton of great apps that cover the spectrum. There’s another fitness pal (are you up in the gym workin’ on it?), the latest Uber/Lyft competitor, an app that will prevent you from being a dumb American in a foreign country, one to help you become a pro in the kitchen and a video app to always keep you connected to your furry kids. Pace your phone, because you’ll want to DL all these apps and we don’t need a meltdown to happen.
1. Misfit: If you don’t have a wearable… are you even a millennial? This accompanying app for the Misfit wearables tracks everything from your activit and sleep to weight and food intake, and it lets you challenge friends like the rest of ’em. The coolest update from this co though is that you can use the Misfit Flash as a smart button to do things like control your music, advance slides and even take a selfie. Wow, now we don’t need that Apple Watch.
2. Gett: Yep, there’s another contender for your money in the rideshare market. This on-demand service, available in 50 cities in the US and abroad, offers fair + predictable pricing (i.e. NO SURGE PRICING!), flat rates to the airport and super-fast pickup times at any time of the day. Better yet, the app recently got an update to better serve its visually impaired users, making side-by-side transportation with a person’s service animal a breeze through voice commands. You win this round of the ridesharing wars, Gett.
3. FailPop: The days of looking like a fool while traveling may finally be gone thanks to this handy app. Filled with more than 100 travel tips on successfully conquering your time abroad — where to eat, what to wear, how to meet people, etc. — your adventure is bound to be fool- and fail-proof. Since tips obviously aren’t enough (are they ever?), the app is also packed with GIFs and the ability to share those fail-preventions with friends so they don’t go overseas without a few hints. This is definitely gonna be your wanderlust survival kit.
DL It: Free on iOS
4. Blue Apron: No need to fear the kitchen any longer, though all of our food tutorials should have done that trick for you ;) Regardless, the ingredient + recipe delivery service just debuted an app to help users discover seasonal recipes every single week, follow how-to videos easily master dishes, lets you upload and share your creations and even makes managing your ingredient deliveries an easy task. You’ll be saving time in the kitchen and creating masterpieces for your plates in no time.
DL It: Free on iOS
5. Petcube: Pet owners, you don’t have to stress out and worry about what mischief your cat or dog is getting into while you’re gone for the day at work — or even out of town for the weekend. Instead of just getting a few random pictures from the pet sitter/dog walker, you can now check in on them live throughout the day with this crazy cool app, powered by the Petcube Camera ($199). With the camera you can livestream your pet’s actions, talk to them and even play with them through the camera’s built-in laser pointers. Other cool features include the ability to access other Petcube users’ cameras to say hi to pets throughout the community, which also includes more than 20 different shelters throughout the country. No pet owner or future pet parent needs to feel alone again <3