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Weekly Apps Roundup – May 14, 2016

Check out the new and notable apps we think you should be downloading this week.

Bushido Bear

Price: Free ($4.99/£3.99 without ads) • Version: 01 • Size: 113 MB

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An original action game from the makers of the excellent word puzzler Alphabear, thrusting the cute but angry Bushido Bear into frantic hack-and-slack combat with evil demons. Collect and level up an army of sword-wielding ninja bears with special abilities, to help defend your forest!


Nowhere: Lost Memories

Price: $2.99/£2.29 • Version: 1.0 • Size: 130 MB

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A first person mystery adventure game in the vein of the genre defining classic Myst. Waking up lost and along, you’ll need to explore an unsettling, immersive location in order to learn who you are and why you’re here.


The Roll

Price: Free • Version: 1.0 • Size: 21.5 MB

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Tired of scrolling endlessly through the hundreds or even thousands of old photos in your camera roll? This app tries to improve that experience by analyzing your entire photo library and automatically sorting similar pictures together. So those forty near-indentical shots take up just one ‘slot’ in The Roll. It also uses an algorithm to auto-tag your photos, so you can search for keywords to find stuff quickly.


Emoji Shakespeare

Price: Free • Version: 1.0 • Size: 4.0 MB

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2016 marks four hundred years since William Shakespeare died, and what better way to celebrate the Bard’s great legacy than with a round of Emoji Shakespeare. Fill in the blanks of famous sonnets, speeches and soliloquies with the correct emoji to progress. It’s a modern-day take on the classics, and a great refresher of his life’s work.


Lumi News

Price: Free • Version: 1.0.2 • Size: 14.9 MB

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Lumi News is an algorithm-driven personalized news feed with a Tinder style swipe mechanic to teach the app if you like or dislike pieces of news. Gradually it will learn what sort of stuff you like to read and automatically curate only the news you’re most interested in. It covers all major news publishers as well as indie blogs!



Price: $1.99/$1.49 • Version: 1.0.3 • Size: 14.9 MB

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A personal digital speech coach, to help you improve the clarity and pace of your communication while stripping away all of the “umms,” “likes,” and “y’knows.” Great if you want to practice a presentation or a speech, or if you just want to improve your general conversational style! Ummo can record you talking and give useful data driven feedback.


Opera VPN

Price: Free • Version: 1.0.1 • Size: 24.0 MB

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Opera VPN blocks ads and lets you change your virtual location. Blocking ads can speed up browsing and save data, while changing your location can allow you to access region-locked content. If that wasn’t enough, this secure app from Opera blocks nasty web trackers too!