Top Apps in US, UK and China-April - Adrian Fleming
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Top Apps in US, UK and China-April

Top Apps in US, UK and China-April 16

Top 10 Paid (not games) – UK, US, and China

  • Facetune- Facetune provides easy-to-use, powerful tools (previously reserved only for the pros) to perfect every photo or selfie, making each one look like it came straight out of a high-fashion magazine.
  • Sleep Cycle alarm clock By Northcube AB- Waking up made easy.
  • An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Sleep Cycle helps millions of people to wake up rested!
  • Afterlight By Simon Filip- Afterlight is the perfect image editing app for quick and straight forward editing. Our simple design, paired with powerful and snappy tools, will give you the look you want in seconds.
  • ThemeLab- This app adds an image of a colored dock, colored status bar, and slide to unlock button to the regions behind them to create the effect/appearance of colored docks, status bars, and slide to unlock bars.
  • Waterlogue- See the world like an artist! You don’t need to paint to create beautiful watercolor images—Waterlogue captures the essence of your photos in brilliant, liquid color.
  • Mextures- Mextures is the best app for applying film grain, textures, light leaks and beautiful gradients to your images in seconds. No app is faster. And with our revolutionary non-destructive workflow, you can can make changes at any time during your editing process, fine tune your edits with photo adjustments and then save and share your style for future use.
  • Pimp Your Screen- Pimp Your Screen is an award-winning app that helps you customize the look of your device by giving you an exclusive selection of specially designed backgrounds, icon skins, app shelves, neon combos and many other eye candies.
  •  Smart Alarm Clock- Our ergonomic algorithm has been designed to optimise your sleep and help you achieve full rest. Our technology tracks your sleep cycles and chooses the optimum time to wake you gently. Revitalize as you wake up every day feeling well-rested and full of energy with the one-of-a-kind Smart Alarm Clock.
  • 1Password- Have you ever forgotten a password? 1Password can remember them all for you and keep them secured behind your Master Password. You remember your Master Password and 1Password will remember the rest.
  • Run with Map My Run+- Easily track pace, distance, calories, time with audio alerts and much more!

Top 10 Free (not games) – UK, US, and China

  • Snapchat- Experience a totally new way to share today. Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll view it, laugh, and then the snap disappears from the screen – unless they take a screenshot! If you want to share a Snap with all of your friends, add it to your Snapchat Story, where each Snap lives for 24 hours until it disappears, making room for the new.
  • Facebook Messenger- Instantly reach the people you care about.
  • Messenger is a fast, free and reliable way to stay in touch. It’s just like texting, but you don’t have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).
  • Instagram- It’s a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments on your iPhone. Customize your photos and videos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.
  • YouTube- Catch up on your favorite videos and playlists from around the world on the couch, in the kitchen or on the go.
  • Google Maps- Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.
  • Facebook- Keeping up with friends is faster than ever.
  • Pandora Radio- Great music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and we will do the rest. It’s easy to create personalized stations that play only music you’ll love.
  • Printer Pro for iPhone- Printer Pro is the application that lets you wirelessly print from the iPhone. It can print directly to many Wi-Fi printers and to any printer attached to your Mac or PC via helper application installed on your computer.
  • Kik Messenger- 100 million people love Kik, the smartphone messenger with a built-in browser. And since your Kik username – not your phone number – is your Kik identity, you’re in complete control of who you talk to on Kik.
  • Pinterest- Pinterest is a tool to help you discover and plan things you want to do. When you find something that looks interesting, just Pin it! Pins are visual bookmarks that you organize and share the way you want.

New in Top 100

UK

1. Mathematician-built app promises to banish jet lag

Jet lag is one of the major drawbacks of long-haul travel, and has been accepted as an inevitable drag for years now in spite of attempts to knock it on the head. Mathematicians from the University of Michigan are attempting to change all this, however, by releasing an app they claim will help you banish jet lag in record time. Read more…

2. RelateIQ’s iOS App Brings Relationship Intelligence To Your Inbox

On the heels of announcing a new $40 millionround of funding, relationship manager RelateIQ is debuting a brand new version of its iPhone app which provides a deep integration with your inbox.

RelateIQ uses large-scale data-mining technologies to automate relationship tracking in the enterprise and CRM world. The company focuses on simplicity on the front end, eliminating the manual data entry required to get more insight into professional relationships.  Read more…

3. Team Management App Weekdone Now Reports To Android

I’m a big fan of the consumerization of the enterprise, which is seeing a host of startups crop up and build apps for the corporate world that take a consumer approach in terms of design, simplicity, social-esque features and a single-use focus. One product that falls squarely into this camp is the team management app Weekdone.

Late last year the Estonian startup released a very well-recieved native app for iOS, adding to its existing desktop and mobile web-friendly versions, but an Android app was notable by its omission. That’s now been rectified with the release of a dedicated Weekdone client for Google’s mobile OS. Read more…

US

1. Sportsetter Is A Fitness Experiences App That Helps Tackle Gym Apathy

You decide it’s high time you got yourself fit. You take out a gym membership as a way of commitment and enthusiastically attend a few times. Sooner or later, however, gym apathy begins to kick in. You skip a week. Then two. Suddenly you aren’t going to the gym very often. Or at all. Before long it’s time to renew. “This time it will be different,” you say, guilt stricken and carrying a few extra pounds. And, like the sucker you are, you part with your cash and the cycle starts over again. Read more…

2. Zoute Brings Its Real-Time Transit App To iPhone, More Markets

Zoute, a transit application that combines real-time departure info and fixed route schedules, is now available for iPhone usersin eight major markets across the U.S. Originally launched on Android for those in the Bay Area, the company has since expanded to New York, Boston, Chicago, L.A., D.C., Philadelphia and Portland. Read more…

3. HotelTonight Adds Projected Pricing And Availability To Its Last-Minute Booking App

HotelTonight is introducing a new feature that should make users feel a little more confident about whether they can count on getting a room through the same-day booking app.

With the new feature, HotelTonight users can now tap the “Look Ahead” button, which will show them estimated rates and availability for the next seven days. It will also display events, such as big conferences, that will probably affect the demand for hotel rooms. Read more…

China

1. BTC China Launches ATM Web App

BTC China, one of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges by trading volume, released a new mobile-friendly Web app called thePicasso ATM today. The Picasso ATM allows users around the world to exchange the digital currency for cash without having to find a physical ATM. Read more…

2. China’s Baidu launches mobile payment app

Baidu Inc, China’s leading internet search provider, has launched a mobile payment and wealth management platform after its main domestic rivals launched similar products.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (IPO-ALIB.N), through its mobile payment arm, Alipay, launched Alipay Wallet in January 2013, which included a money-market investment product, Yu’e Bao, marketed as a high-yielding substitute for traditional bank deposits.

3. iOS App Driving Curve Is A Fitness Tracker For Your Car

iOS app Driving Curve is an easy way to track your driving performance without having to fiddle with additional devices.

Some high-profile driving apps, likeAutomatic, a Y Combinator alum and Techstars-backed Dash, offer their own hardware to connect with smartphones. Other use a Bluetooth-enabled on-board devices (OBD), which plugs into an adapter under the steering wheel. Read more…

New in to Top 100 in Business

UK

1. Enterprise File-sharer Egnyte Opens London HQ To Meet Euro Security Demand

Egnyte, the Valley firm specialising in an enterprise file-sharing platform, has expanded in Europe, opening a London HQ. This will compliment its existing Amsterdam data center and design office in Poland. It aims to hire 100 new staff in London over the next 5 years. Read more…

2. Labelux aims for Jimmy Choo share offer this autumn-sources

Privately owned luxury group Labelux has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to advise it on a possible London market flotation of Jimmy Choo this autumn that could value the upmarket shoemaker at over 900 million pounds ($1.5 billion), industry and financial sources said.

Market conditions permitting, the listing could take place towards the end of the autumn, in November, with Labelux seen selling a 25 percent stake, the sources said. Merrill Lynchdeclined to comment. Read more…

3. Starbucks to relocate European headquarters to UK from Netherlands: The Times

Starbucks Corp said it decided to move its European headquarters to the United Kingdom from the Netherlands following criticism over its low tax payments in Britain last year, The Times reported.

The world’s largest coffee chain said the relocation was primarily to get closer to Britain, its biggest and fastest-growing market in Europe, the British daily reported, quoting Starbucks’ president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Kris Engskov. Starbucks was not immediately available for comment. Read more…

US

1. Yahoo shares surge despite falling profits

Shares in struggling internet search giant Yahoo jumped 9% despite a 20% fall in first quarter earnings.

The company’s profits of $312m (£187m) still beat expectations.

Yahoo also said revenue from display advertising increased by 2% to $409m, the first rise in some time. Overall, first quarter revenue was $1.1bn, the best since 2010.

“I am really pleased by our first quarter performance,” said chief executive Marissa Mayer in a statement. Read more…

2. Rising food, housing costs push up U.S. inflation

U.S. consumer prices firmed a bit in March, as food and housing rental costs rose in a possible sign that a disinflationary trend had run its course. The increase should allay concerns among some Federal Reserve officials that inflation was running too low, although the rise was mild enough to suggest the central bank could keep benchmark interest rates near zero for quite some time. Read more…

3 .Intel’s quarterly net beats Street, CEO talks up tablets

Intel Corp’s first-quarter net profit exceeded Wall Street’s estimates as the chipmaker wrestles with slow demand for personal computers and its chief executive officer said an ambitious goal to stake out market share in tablets was on track.

With personal computer shipments falling for eight straight quarters through March, some analysts believe the industry’s decline is close to hitting bottom, potentially giving Intel breathing room as it struggles to develop better processors for mobile and wearable devices. Read more…

China

1. Sequoia-Backed Chinese Retailer Jumei Files For $400M U.S. IPO

Beijing-based online retailer Jumei plans to hold its initial public offering in the U.S. In its SEC filing over the weekend Jumei, which offers daily deals on fragrances and cosmetics, said it wants to raise up to $400 million, but did not disclose which exchange it will list on. The company was founded in 2009 and its investors include Sequoia Capital. Read more…

2. Google Cloud Platform Expands To Asia Pacific With 2 New Compute Engine Zones

The Asia-Pacific market is quickly becoming a battleground for cloud computing vendors. Amazon has always been very active in the region. Microsoft is investing heavily there and made Azure generally available in China last month, for example. Today, Google is joining the fray by launching its first two Compute Engine zones in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more…

3. China gold demand to rise, World Gold Council says

China’s demand for gold is set to rise by about 20% over the next few years, the World Gold Council has estimated, as the population becomes more wealthy.

The council estimates private sector demand for gold in China will rise to at least 1,350 tonnes by 2017. Chinese customers bought 1,132 tonnes of gold last year, in jewellery as well as gold bars and coins for investment. The forecast comes as China becomes the world’s largest gold-consuming nation since last year, overtaking India. Read more…

New in to Top 100 in Lifestyle

UK

1. Alex Ferguson’s wines expected to score with buyers – Christie’s

To take his mind off the pressure of “the beautiful game”, retired Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson collected vintage wines that will be sold at auction starting in Hong Kong in May, Christie’s said on Wednesday. The collection of about 5,000 bottles assembled by one of soccer’s most successful managers will be sold along with memorabilia signed by Ferguson and has a pre-sale estimated value of 3 million pounds ($5 million), the auction house said. Read more…

2 .Is This Mystery Artwork the Latest Banksy?

Banksy, the acclaimed but still anonymous UK street artist, is thought to be the source of a new piece of artwork that was found on the side of a home in southwest England. The piece, which surrounds a telephone box, features what appears to be three spies dressed in identical brown trench coats holding recording equipment. Read more…

3. Muggles Rejoice: Hogwarts Is Offering Online Classes

No need to look for Platform 9 3/4 — now Hogwarts will come to you. Superfans of the book and film series have launched their own online version of Harry Potter’s alma mater: Hogwarts is Here. The site offers a full catalog of Ministry-approved classes for “all aspiring witches and wizards” across the world. Read more…

US

1. Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzers for U.S. spying coverage

The Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying.

Reuters won in international reporting for its coverage of the violent persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar who in efforts to flee often fall into the hands of brutal human-trafficking networks. Read more…

2. Gay couples wed in Michigan want state to recognize marriages

Ohio must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed legally outside the state, a federal judge ruled on Monday in the latest in a string of decisions supporting an expansion of gay rights.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black in Cincinnati had said earlier in April he expected to enter a ruling striking down Ohio’s ban on recognizing legal same-sex marriages as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he planned to appeal the decision once it was handed down. Read more…

3. Two in three Americans do not plan to follow soccer’s World Cup

When the U.S. men’s soccer team lines up in Brazil to play their first game of the soccer World Cup in June, their home support may be tepid at best. Two in three Americans do not plan to follow this year’s tournament, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll. Only 7 percent said they anticipated following it closely. Read more…

China

1. China angered by Britain’s report on human rights, cancels talks

China on Tuesday condemned Britain for interfering in its domestic affairs, in response to a human rights report, a day after the British government said Beijing had called off human rights talks.

Britain listed China as “a country of concern” in its annual human rights report last week, saying it had observed increased curbs on freedom of expression, association and assembly in 2013.

2. To Sell His Honey, Chinese Man Covers His Entire Body in Bees

Covering yourself in bees is one way to generate marketing buzz. She Ping, a Chinese beekeeper and honey merchant, covered his body in more than 460,000 bees in a publicity stunt designed to increase sales of his honey using a technique called “bee bearding.” Read more…

3. Shaolin monks seek 10,000 calligraphers to copy texts

The monks of China’s Shaolin Temple have called for 10,000 calligraphers to come and help them copy Buddhist scriptures by hand, it appears. The temple, which was the birthplace of the Kung Fu martial arts discipline in the central Henan Province, has recently built a giant depository to keep sacred texts, the Xinhua news agency reports. It is 6m (20ft) high and has 520 drawers – and is apparently capable of storing 10,000 documents for as much as 1,000 years. Read more…