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Interesting New Apps for Android and IOS

There’s so many new apps launching everyday, it gets hard to keep track of which ones failed their purpose and which are actually nice.

We’ve created a small list of recent app launches that we think are amazing.


1. Grasshopper

Grasshopper, a new app created by Google’s startup Area 120, is an easy and engaging way for beginners to learn JavaScript. 

The app functions like a game, guiding you through different levels – each teaching you a bit more on JavaScript. You’ll be presented with an example, followed by a partially finished piece of code. When starting out, you’ll be able to pick from block containing elements of code to finish the full piece. As you’re progressing through the levels, you will start to actually write the code yourself. In this way, you will become more and more proficient in using JavaScript – and will eventually be able to use it independently. 

The app is great to learn more about JavaScript, as it’s being used more and more. Even if you’re completely unfamiliar with programming, the app is suitable for you!

The app is free to download from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.


2. Google Tasks

Whilst Google Task is basically a simple task manager app, it is extremely useful for those who use Gmail or Google Calendar as it synchronises with G Suite. Google Tasks works with easy to understand cards, including subtasks, due dates, and additional notes.

However, like mentioned before, Google Tasks’ power is derived from the synchronisation with G Suite apps. If a due date is created in a Google Task card, it will automatically be added to your Google Calendar.Google Tasks is also integrated in your Gmail, so it can be used on desktop. It can be found on your right-hand sidebar. Rearranging tasks is done by simply dragging them into a different position.

Google Tasks is still a very simple app, with little multifaceted functionalities. For example, the app does not allow you to share cards with others, or to make tasks recurring. Nevertheless, the app is useful and it likely to grow into something that can be used on company levels.

The Google Tasks app is available to download in both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.


3. Do Not Disturb Companion

Do Not Disturb is consistent of both a Mac and iPhone app that will help you check whether your laptop is still closed and disconnected. The app is useful if you find yourself leaving your macbook unaccompanied at times. If your laptop gets opened, the iPhone app will show a notification. After such a notification, you are able to activate your MacBook’s camera to see who is active on your laptop. 

Additionally, you can set up the MacBook app in such a way that it logs all activities on the laptop while it is deemed ‘unaccompanied’. Also, via the iPhone app, you can shut down the MacBook, and activate a possible disk encryption to secure your data.

The app is developed by Digita Sescurity, a company owned by former NSA-employee Patrick Wardle. You can try the app for free for one week, after that it will cost $0.99 monthly or $9.99 annually. 

You can download the app in the App Store.

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