Now that the slow, languid summer months are far behind us, we're finally starting to see some major advancement in the app world. Whether it's a brand new payment system from the ubiquitous Square or something beautiful simply for beauty's sake, there's a whole lot of goodness just up ahead. And it starts right here.
Once you download the app, just log in with your Snapchat credentials, and you'll see a screen of all your past and current Snaps. The ones you have yet to pen will show a preview picture, which you can then click on to both view and download within the app. Because even if you open the picture within SnapHack, it will still read as unopened in the official Snapchat world. The app isn't perfect, though, and you'd have to really want it to use it on any sort of regular basis. Logging into SnapHack logs you out of Snapchat and vice versa. Plus, you can't receive any new Snaps while you're in the SnapHack app, so there's a whole lot of going back and forth to make it work. [$2]
If you put a task in your calendar, it's fairly easy to go back and check how long its been, but if not, you're out of luck. Recur! solves that problem by keeping track of how long its been since you did the tasks you enter. You can use it for recording achievements, or for checking the last time you cleaned the kitty litter. You can set reminders so once a certain amount of time has elapsed you're prompted to do the task again. Recur!, which is $1 on iTunes, is made by the same developer that created CARROT, but it's more about being straightforward and simple than about bringing the snark. Oh well. [$1]
Square just opened up an insta-payment system for everybody. Through a mobile app for Android and iOS, you type in an amount, and Square will send it directly to your friend's email address. Square Cash is tied to your debit card, so the money goes directly to your bank account after a day or two. There are no fees, either. So easy, so simple, and such a good reason to never owe money to anyone ever again. [Free]
An iOS developer has found the plastic cheese grater's silver lining with an iOS game that turns it into a fairly authentic recreation of Connect Four. Flipcase does require you to put the case on the front of your iPhone 5C—which the name of course implies—and partially block its display. But the pieces are all aligned to fall exactly into the various holes where the screen is visible. And you can play the free game without the 5C's case, but where's the fun in that? [Free]