If you believe in the forecasting power of Punxsutawney Phil, we are in for another six weeks of winter. For those of you in the Northeast, this was reinforced with the relentless winter weather. Also relentless is the steady stream of great, new apps hitting the App Store. So, glass half full right? Reporter, Threes and so much more. These are the apps of the week for February 8th, 2014.

Apps of the week

Reporter App

Reporter is a unique app that could better help understand different aspects of your life. As you make your way through your day, random samples and surveys will be asked. Your job is to report back to the app, providing details about your life. You’ll find illuminating details that otherwise would go untracked. How many cofffes do you drink daily or weekly? Charts will help bring to life the little details with great clarity through visualization.

Reporter app

The information remains private, but if you choose, there is an export option. Reporter can help unearth interesting data points about your life, though me personally, I’d be worried about that coffee chart.

Reporter app

Download Reporter App ($3.99)


At the core of ‘Threes’ is basic math.Using the provided 4×4 grid, you are tasked with combining like tiles (hint: having to do with threes). For example, you can only combine a 6 with another six. You have to keep on swiping and combining in an effort to keep the board blue. Once it fills up, it is game over.


Threes once again proves that simplicity can reign supreme when it comes to gaming. Who knew simple addition could be so addicting? If you are looking for a fun puzzle game that’s easy to pick up an play, check out Threes.


Download Threes ($1.99)


Losing weight is never easy. The AppStore has always had some great apps for losing weight, all of which try to encourage you through positive reinforcement, as you strive to reach your goal. And then there is CARROT Fit. Sure it will provide you with fancy tracking, but you need to lose weight or suffer her wrath.

Carrot Fit

CARROT Fit can be humorous and sadistic, providing for a lethal combination. You’ll be able to track your weight with ease, but be prepared for CARROT to pass judgement at every turn. In all seriousness, this is a well-done app that is both refreshing and fun as you start your weight loss journey. Prepare to be judged!

Download CARROT Fit ($1.99)

Paper for Facebook

Paper is a refreshing and highly visual riff on your Facebook content. It takes your newsfeed and displays it in a Flipboard-like format. In addition to posts from friends and family, you can add a news section with articles from a host of sources.

The app removes all of the clutter, choosing to focus on content. It all comes together with wonderfully animated navigation that gives it a nice mix of form and function. Having used Paper some this week, I’m not sure it will overtake the traditional app, but it is a nice break from the norm.

Download Paper (Free)


I’m from the school of thought that you can never have too many Twitter or RSS apps on my iPhone. This week we saw the introduction of Unread, a stellar new RSS reader from Jared Sinclair. RSS feeds can be overwhelming, further complicated by noisy apps. Unread is a deconstructed RSS app whose primary focus is allowing the reader to focus and enjoy reading. A full-screen mode using carefully selected fonts from Hoefler & Co helps do just that, likely striking a chord among those looking for a simple, unfettered interface for reading their RSS news.

Unread RSS

Download Unread ($2.99)

These our your apps of the week. 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!