Droid Rage: Our Favorite Android Apps for April
This American Life [$2.99] Want to know what babysitters actually do while mom and dad are out enjoying date night? Interested in hearing about the drunken misbehavior at America’s biggest party schools? We are, and so is Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, an hour-long weekly radio show produced by Chicago Public Radio. Enjoy hours and hours of Glass’ unmistakable voice with 400-plus archived shows and myriad video extras. Read blog updates and view staff favorites while creating your own personal playlists. Search everyone from David Sedaris to Joss Whedon to find the show’s most irreverent programs. (Recommended: “Enemies,” which centers on two childhood friends who became sworn nemeses after a rumor surfaced that they’d been knocking boots.)
Galaxy Tarot Pro [$5.15] Thank your lucky stars: Galaxy Tarot Pro now makes awkward trips to Madame Durga’s house obsolete. The app provides precognition enthusiasts with a full deck of mid-15th– century cards to navigate their mental and spiritual geography. Opt for a full reading or choose a single card from the deck. Need to brush up on your tarot-reading skills? The tarot dictionary can help you figure out if you’re on the verge of meeting your true love or seconds away from an untimely demise. Either way, the whole thing’s a real (crystal) ball!
Turner Classic Movies [$2.99] Whether you’re a seasoned cineaste or a budding film buff, Turner Classic Movies will satisfy all of your vintage celluloid dreams. The app is an optimized version of the TCM database, with synopses, trivia, and credit info on hundreds of big-screen talkies. Enjoy film clips and behind-the-scenes commentary from actors and filmmakers—many of them with one foot in the grave—and peruse TCM’s photo gallery for original production stills and promotional shots courtesy of the channel your grandparents just won’t quit.
Team Coco [Free] A wise man once said, “This week, Disney opened its first-ever theme park in China. More than 10,000 children showed up on opening day, and that was just to make the T-shirts.” That same wise-ass now has an app! With Team Coco, view Conan O’Brien’s most recent episodes—including monologues, behind-the-scenes footage, guest appearances, and photographs of the universally adored ginger.
Pocket Yoga [$2.99] Beach season is just around the corner, but who has time to treadmill from flab to fab? Your workout just got a whole lot easier with Pocket Yoga, which has everything you need to build strength, endurance, and long, lean muscle definition from the comfort of your home. It’s like having a personal trainer in your living room, without the pressure (or weird grunting noises) of crowded studios. Pace yourself with three different styles, levels, and durations, all equipped with visual guides for optimal results. Of course, your third eye will be so focused you won’t need it.
Dream Journal [$.99] They say that if you document your dreams every night, you can train yourself to have lucid—or, more likely, lurid—dreams in no time. With Dream Journal, sheep counters can record their nocturnal adventures and revelations in a mnemonic diary. Explore exactly what’s lurking in your subconscious and decipher what your dreams really mean, or what dreams may come.
B*nksy Style [$3.14] At this year’s Oscars, Justin Timberlake joked that he was Banksy, the elusive street artist who might actually be James Franco. The former ’N Sync frontman, however, is obviously not, as was proven by the collective groan inside Kodak Theatre that night. Even though his identity remains a secret, Banksy and his oeuvre are now available to you wherever you go. From the streets of London to the fuzzy interior of your coat pocket, get the infamous artist’s best work on demand.