As the summer draws down and the back to school rush begins, pens, pencils and backpacks shouldn’t be the only thing on your shopping lists. This week, we get our Gordon Gekko on, walk with the dead, rick-roll our friends with a single tap and welcome a veritable classic to our stable of iOS games. It’s time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for August 29th, 2014.
Hyperlapse from Instagram
The über popular social photo share site wants to help you create stunning videos and they’ve got just the app to help you. Hyperlapse puts the power of breathtaking video-making in the palm of your hands. You can shoot amazing time lapse video, all with your iPhone. Instagram brings cinematic quality to your videos.
The app utilizes their in-house automatic stabilization feature, so you aren’t limited to carefully shot handheld videos. You’re on the move and Hyperlapse lets you shoot great videos whether you are walking, running, jumping or falling. You can adjust the speed up to 12x, so your Facebook friends won’t have to wait a half hour to experience that incredible sunset. Using the simplified interface, you’ll be sharing awesome life moments lapsed to 30 seconds in no time flat.
The only limit is your creativity!
Download Hyperlapse from Instagram – Free
Contact Center – Group Text Messaging
From the makers of Launch Center Pro, one of our favorites, comes a new app specifically designed to help you keep in touch with the people who matter most to you. It brings the beloved shortcuts of LCP, but with a more narrow focus. Contact Center provides shortcuts for the various ways we contact our friends and family. With ease, you can set up a one-tap favorite to send a group text, access a WhatsApp contact and more.
You create contact shortcuts and there are no limits to how you can customize Contact Center.
- Send a group message or email
- Search and share animated GIFs
- Quickly message or email a photo
- Use FaceTime or FaceTime Audio
- Automatically paste your clipboard into an email or message
- Save time with canned messages
- Jump right to a contact in WhatsApp
- Search and call any contact
- Dial a number using the keypad
- Display contact details
When you get past all of the awesome functionality, there is a lighter side to Contact Center. You can share animated GIFs using the built-in Giphy search. Grab Contact Center today and rick-roll your friends with Rick Astley gifs all day long.
Download Contact Center – Group Text Messaging – Free
What typically happens to your spare change? Does it live for an eternity in the cup holder in your car or a jar at home that rarely gets cashed in. Acorn is a radical new app that lets you invest your spare change from purchases. With it, you can create a portfolio that is managed by a team of expert financial advisors. The next time you buy a grande coffee from Starbucks, the spare change can help build a portfolio. Let’s face it, spare change won’t exactly become a retirement fund, but it can help you do more with your money.
Once you invest, Acorn charges you a small $1 per month fee, which seems like a bargain for professional portfolio management. They use the Modern Portfolio Theory to diversify your risk. And if you decide to cash out, there are no withdrawal fees. You can also add money, either on a one-time basis or recurring transaction.
Download Acorns – Free
The Walking Dead Pinball
When two things like zombies and pinball come together, it’s hard not to shed tears of joy. The game is inspired by Image Comics version, so you won’t find Rick or Michonne. What you will find are the familiar grunts and groans that can only mean a zombie apocalypse. Join that with realistic pinball play and you’ve got a winner.
You can pick up the game itself or grab the free Zen Pinball app, where you can find all sorts of different boards including Marvel and Star Wars, available as in-app purchases.
Download The Walking Dead Pinball – $1.99
As one of the most critically acclaimed first person shooters of all time, Bioshock needs no introduction. After years of spending time in Rapture on consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360, that same experience can now be found on iOS.
Some may raise an eyebrow at the high price of admission, but fans of the classic are more than happy with their purchases.
“This port offers a true-to-its roots version that looks and plays as well as it looks.”
“It’s amazing they were able to port an amazingly detailed game like this to iOS.”
“I cannot believe something of this scale is running on a phone.”
“Pure perfection. I will pay any amount of money to play these games on my phone.”
With support for MFi controllers, Bioshock is yet more evidence of the gaming potential on iOS. Unfortunately, the game is compatible on these devices only: iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5.
Download Bioshock – $14.99
These our your apps of the week for August 29th, 2014. The App Store is brimming with new apps each and every day. Did you spot a great new app this week that we missed? Share it in the comments!