This is an interesting productivity app that presents your calendar and to-do lists in a vertical view. It's a neat way to present the stuff you want to get done, and has a fair bit of functionality with good calendar tools and ways to differentiate between tasks. There are coloured tabs or boxes you can check when something is done. I do like that it's an all-in-one tool, as opposed to, say, Apple's preloaded separate Calendar, Reminder and Notes apps that come on every phone. It's a cool design, but is not particularly intuitive to use and doesn't spell out how it works well. The draw here is the layout — which might appeal to visual thinkers — but otherwise there doesn't feel like there is enough here to pull you away from more widely used programs that integrate better with other tools like email.
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)
Long available for iPad, this robust sketching app is now available for iPhones and is aimed at design types who want to be able to jot down the concept for their next million-dollar invention. It comes with a standard series of pencils and brush, but also many neat tools, including adjustable vector strokes and a lasso function to capture and move images around. It also has the ability to export in formats like CAD. The creators have done a good job with how-to videos and an online manual, and send out weekly tutorials, tips and videos via email. Check out the free version, as there are various in-app purchases, including a Pro Version, which costs $8.99, that has several more tools for the design-minded who might make use of this on the go.
With the death of Zite, you might be in the market for a new news source, and Wildcard might just fit the bill. Now also available for Android, it uses a card format to break up news into quickly read bite-size pieces. Stories have numbers in the corner, to let you know how many subsequent pieces of information they contain. It can sync with your Twitter account to personalize the feed, and will also send notifications about major developments in stories that you have read. Users can press and hold to save cards for offline viewing later. There's also a good search function to check topics that may not be surfacing for you. It's an interesting and fast way to get caught up on the news that matters.