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App of the Week: WifiMapper

WifiMapper is the Wi-Fi access point search tool you wish was built into your phone. The app lets you search any location for available hotspots, and lists helpful tidbits about each Wi-Fi zone, like if it’s free or password protected.

The app comes from the folks at OpenSignal (who already provide a great tool for cellular area coverage) and boasts the world’s largest Wi-Fi database. Best of all, the information is maintained and updated by the apps community (i.e. you and me). So if a free access point suddenly goes dark, you or someone else using the app can make a change to the listing.

And hey, if that’s not enough, WifiMapper also includes Foursquare comments so you can find out more about the hotspot’s establishment. You may just end up with a decent meal in addition to free internet.

WifiMapper is free and currently available on the Apple App Store. An Android version is incoming – you can sign up for updates on the official page or join the beta now.

App of the Week: Fyuse

Fyuse turns picture taking into an interactive experience. Where Google’s Photo Sphere only creates 360 degree panoramas, Fyuse adds a whole new level of animation into the mix. The app supports movement – tilting the device will cause aspects of the image to naturally move as they did when you were taking the shot.

They call it “surround view” technology and it’s unlike any photo you’ve ever taken before.

While Fyuse includes a social network similar to Instagram, you can share your “spatial photographs” on Facebook, Twitter and the web to encourage your friends to check out the app.

Fyuse is available for free on Android (4.3+) and iOS (7.0+). Check out some sweet snaps and learn more about the app in Kyra’s review below!

App of the Week: TripCase

TripCase aims to make your travel experience as painless as possible.

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or just looking to head home for the holidays, TripCase is definitely worth a download. After installing the app and making an account, email your itinerary to trips@tripcase.com and TripCase will pull all your travel info into its user-friendly app.

Open TripCase and instantly see all your flight information at a glance including your boarding pass, check-in times and plane arrivals. The app alerts you if your gate departure changes and includes some useful tools like airport maps and weather forecasts. You can also forward other confirmation emails which will automatically show up in your TripCase account, like hotel reservations or an event you bought tickets for.

TripCase is free and available on Android and iOS. Get a detailed look at the world’s most popular travel app in App of the Week below.

App of the Week: Checky

Are you glued to your smartphone screen? Can’t make it through a Facebook-free dinner without resorting to The Phone Stack?

If you think you’re becoming the next “Texting Teresa” or “Snapchat Steve,” Checky is your saving grace. This simple app tells you how often you wake your device every day, putting your usage in perspective to help you get back on track.

It’s available for both Android and iOS smartphones, and is completely free. If you think your phone usage is interrupting your everyday life, Checky could be the wake-up call you need.

Scroll down and let Kyra tell you more!

App of the Week: Yummly

Yummly is an Android, iOS and Windows Phone app that puts a world of recipes right at your fingertips.

If you know nothing about cooking and aren’t sure where to start… Yummly is exactly where you should start!

Share your social media profile and let Yummly pull together some meals you might enjoy based on your interests and interactions. Or, use the advanced search filters to specify exactly what you’re interested in cooking.

If you’re a picky eater or have to avoid certain foods, you’ll appreciate all the app has to offer. Whether you’re vegan, allergic to dairy or hate mustard, you’ll find tons of delicious recipes that are tailored to your taste buds.

Learn more about Yummly from Kyra in our App of the Week below.

App of the Week: Boot the Dispute

fingersborderIf you’ve ever been with a group of people who couldn’t come to a unanimous decision, you’ll appreciate today’s App of the Week pick.

Boot the Dispute is a useful app developed by BipolarDesign. The way it works is simple: Open the app and place a finger on your phone to get in on the action. Whoever wants a say can add their finger to be a part of the selection. After a few seconds of inactivity, Boot the Dispute will randomly pick a winner and instantly end the debate.

No matter what your indecision, Boot the Dispute can help. The app can be picked up for free right now on Android and iOS. Scroll down and let Kyra tell you more!