Skip navigation

App of the Week: Pluto TV

Pluto TV is an app (and website) that broadcasts hundreds of live TV channels, completely free. While it’s not exactly network television, you’ll find curated streams for all sorts of shows, videos and events, including news, music, children’s programming, comedy and sports.

If you’ve opted out of cable TV but still enjoy throwing something on while you make dinner, Pluto TV is perfect for the job. From documentaries you’d never find on cable TV to R Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet, Pluto TV has something for everyone.

Pluto TV is available for Android and iOS, with support for Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast as well.

App of the Week: YouTube Kids

kidsgoYouTube Kids is the perfect app for young children looking to browse YouTube on their own terms.

It’s designed specifically for kids, complete with big buttons, age-appropriate videos and curated playlists. Tons of classic favorites including Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and National Geographic Kids are available inside the app for instant streaming at no cost!

The app’s parental controls let you set a timer to limit screen time, remove the search bar and more. While it’s password protected, it’ll currently only keep out very young children; kids older than five or six will likely be able to bypass this screen.

YouTube Kids is available for free on Android and iOS (both smartphones and tablets). Get the run-down in Kyra’s review below!

App of the Week: Crossy Road

Today’s App of the Week is for lovers of simple arcade smartphone games. If you had a hard time putting down Flappy Bird or Timberman, you’re in for a treat.

Crossy Roafrankensteincrossyroadd calls itself an “Endless Arcade Hopper,” which is really just a fancy way of saying “Frogger spinoff”. The game’s goal is simple: the further you go, the more points you get. While the mechanics are identical to Frogger, you only have one life and you can collect coins along the way to help you unlock a ridiculous amount of characters.

From animals like a duck, pigeon and crab to mythical creatures like Frankenstein and Doge, you’ll be discovering new units for months. Each character adds its own unique touch to Crossy Road, but keep in mind that these features are all cosmetic.

If you’re looking for an endlessly replayable game, Crossy Road is where is at. It’s free to play and available on Android and iOS, so head to your respective app store and give it a shot!

App of the Week: Glympse

Glympse is a quick and easy way to share your location on your own terms. Whether on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, any Glympse you send can be viewed on a map with no download required.

Glympse lets you share your location with only the specific people you choose and only for as long as you decide. Compared to apps that want to keep tabs on you at all times, it’s a breath of fresh air.

The app is super simple: Send a Glympse request to anyone you wish using email, text, Hangouts, iMessage, Facebook, Twitter and more. Once connected, you are able to see each other’s location for the limited time period that you choose.

Made plans to hang with a friend but they’re running late? Request a Glympse to know exactly how long they’ll take before arriving. Trying to locate your friends at a packed music festival? Use Glympse to instantly share locations for an easy way to meet up!

Check out Glympse in action and learn more about this useful app in Kyra’s review below.

App of the Week: Drippler

Drippler helps you make the most of your smartphone.

The app displays tech articles, called “drips”, that are tailored to your specific device. Unlike the fire-hose experience of a traditional newsfeed, this app literally drips (see what they did there?) device specific points of interest to your phone. Anything from phone features, troubleshooting tips, buzzworthy apps to more advanced reading like Android and iOS hacks.

Even if you’d consider yourself to be on top of all things mobile, there’s tons of worthwhile content to be found inside Drippler, with posts from heavy-hitters like Gizmodo, Business Insider and Android Central.

Drippler is available on both Android and iOS. Scroll down and let Kyra fill you in on the full details!

App of the Week: Wordament

Like competition? Like word games? Today’s App of the Week is for quick thinkers looking for some fast-paced fun.

Wordament brings Boggle to your smartphone. Play against thousands of players at the same time in a two-minute word search frenzy. These short rounds make it easy to pop in and play a couple games without having to commit to a long match or pause your progress.

If you have an Xbox Live account, you can even sign in to earn Gamerscore and achievements. All your stats are tracked as well, showing off your total words found, best word, best ranking and more.

Wordament is free and available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Pick it up now and start competing with the best! Check out the app in action in our video below.