Smell that in the air? It's the smell of the weekend. The scent of freedom. And the aroma of this week's best new apps. Mmmm, stings the nostrils.
If you're a heavy Android user, you probably know Fleksy's slick, intuitive keyboards. This most recent update adds My Fleksy Cloud, linking all your devices to make sure any keyboard you touch will have your most up-to-date preferences for keyboard layout and custom gestures. [$4]
Hot off the app-presses, Lingua.ly brings language learning to the grubby touchscreen you're usually staring at anyway. Like the browser-based version, it offers flash cards, a dictionary, and quizzes, and presents you with news articles matched to your reading level to help you learn by context. [Free]
If you've got your music haphazardly strewn across both a Windows computer and an Android device, MediaMonkey will help you keep it all together. With wireless sync (for paying customers), powerful organization features, and navigation that makes finding any track a breeze, this app makes your Android device into a dedicated music player that just happens to do a bunch of other things. [Free, Pro version $3.59]
Your iDevice's built-in stopwatch is okay, but it's not built for intervals, and running multiple timers at once is basically a pain. Timerlist gives you a large-format set of timers you can read across the room—they'll even talk to you through your device's speakers or your sound system via Airplay. [Free]
If you love old-school print journalism, but don't want to receive old-school printed newspapers, NYTNow has you covered (that's a newspaper joke, kid). It brings you the day's top stories, hand-selected and summarized by real NYT editors and a morning briefing of the day's top headline stories. The drawback? While the app is free, if you want more than 10 NYT articles a month you'll have to pay an $8 monthly subscription. The Times is great, but it's up to you if it's that great. [Free-ish]
Theoretically, sharing your location on social media is fun. Sometimes, though, you only wanna tell some people where you're at. That's where Tag comes in, letting you send your location to a select list of friends. You can even attach pictures or videos, y'know, to really show off to your friends all the fun things you're doing. It's like a group text with a built-in map. [Free]
The only official Facebook app for Windows Phone is still in beta, but this week's update brought redesigns to live tiles, chat, events, groups, and photo albums. And with added improvements to messaging and faster, less buggy notifications, this beta's on its way to being a rock-solid build. [Free]