It's the end of summer and a holiday weekend, and apparently all the app makers are on vacation. As a result, we've only got a small haul of new apps this week. But maybe they're enough to help distract you from the annoying guests at your Labor Day cookout.
Why just be a casual sports fan when you could have ALL OF THE SPORTS coming to your phone in a customized feed? SportsManias' free app lets you cultivate a customized list of teams, players, and sports writers across all the major pro sports, bringing you real-time news, scores, stats, and updates as fast as technologically possible. It's like plugging into the matrix. [Android] [iOS]
There are plenty of translation apps out there, but SpeechTrans has something particularly neat in-app purchase: Interprephone, where the app performs real-time translation on your phone calls. The app also translates via typed input, microphone, or photograph, and has a bunch of handy features to help you keep track of currency, flights, and more while you travel. [Free]
You don't need a fat stack of cash to start investing. Acorns rounds your individual transactions to the nearest dollar, investing the spare change in a diversified portfolio you can track from within the app. Downloading Acorns is free, but the app charges $1 a month plus 0.25-0.5% of your Acorn assets annually. Still, that's a hell of a lot cheaper than a stock broker, and it doesn't involve much more than the spending you already do. [Free]
NFL's official companion app brings all the interviews, breaking news, and behind-the-scenes access you ever wanted right to your smartphone. Plus, with a paid subscription, you'll even get real-time highlight video and unlimited access to the NFL's deep video archive. [Free]