WHAT’S HOT IN THE APP STORE
Slingshot (Free) Facebook's hot new Slingshot app allows users to quickly share photos or videos depicting their day by “slinging” them at friends and family. Like with Snapchat, the message isn't permanent—you'll swipe it away into cyberspace once you're done looking at it. Unlike Snapchat, Slingshot requires users to sling a picture or video of their own before viewing messages sent to them. Essentially, the app has found a way to require participation in a way that feels like a game.
Storybook Reading (Free) There's nothing sweeter for a child than being read to by a parent. A new app called Storybook Reading aims to recreate this experience for those times when parents aren't close by. The app instructs users to take pictures of each page of a book and record themselves reading as they work their way through the story. Once each book from a child's library is complete, he or she will be able to listen to the stories at any moment.
Yo. (Free) This absurdly simple app reached one million users within four days of its release, surpassing even Slingshot in popularity. But why? And how does it work? Well, users correspond with one another using one word— “yo.” As the app's creators explain, “Wanna say ‘good morning'? Just ‘Yo.' Wanna say, ‘Baby, I'm thinking about you'? Yo.'” So whatever you're thinking, clearly “Yo” is the answer. We're still scratching our heads over this one.
Little Moments ($1.99) Ranked in the Top 20 paid Photo & Video apps within a month of its release, Little Moments makes for the perfect photo-aday companion, aiming to help you document your life in daily images. You'll never miss an assignment again with this app's inspirational prompts and daily reminders. It's fun, inspiring, and bound to help you improve your photography skills over time.