4 New Apps You Should Not Miss, From Yahoo! to Twitter

New apps are borne out every week and you may find it hard to keep up. Luckily, we got you covered, as we round up the most excited new apps that give a whole new experience for your mobile device.

Twitter #music

Twitter launches its new standalone iOS app after Vine. Twitter Music (pictured), stylized as Twitter #music, lets users discover new songs based on whether they are trending on the popular microblogging app. It also provides a platform for musicians that you could follow, as well as listen to their music using Rdio and Spotify.

Do note that these two streaming services are not available in many countries, even in places where Twitter is uber-popular. In that case, you could preview the songs via iTunes.

A number of users have complained about how “following” these artists automatically adds up to your following list, wishing that the new app could have some other way of getting updates from artists without clogging their Twitter feed. Why not do it the old-fashioned way: going to the artist’s Twitter profile and add them to a list (which does not require you to follow them to do so)?

This app is now available for free on the App Store.

Yahoo! Weather

The web pioneer unveiled a new standalone weather app for the iPhone. It makes use of location-specific images from Flickr to display close-to-real-time weather conditions anywhere in the world.

The images (and the names of the Flickr user who uploaded it through the site’s Project Weather) are displayed full-screen, with the weather information overlaid in two ways. There’s the basic details such as present forecast, temperature highs and lows, and the current temperature. Swipe the screen vertically and the background photo blurs out in favor of more elaborate weather details such as hourly and 5-day forecast, wind pressure, moon phase, and chances of precipitation. There is also interactive radar, satellite, heat, and wind maps, as well as sunrise and sunset times.

Although Yahoo stated that the new app works for the iPad, it may not be optimized for the bigger screen. Available for free on the Apple App Store.

The 2014 Road Atlas by Rand McNally

The iconic atlas is celebrating its 90th birthday this week. Rand McNally released an e-book version and an interactive iPad app of its 2014 Road Atlas. The new app includes updated maps of United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, as well as detailed inset maps for larger cities and national parks.

Another cool thing about the new app is that online connection is not required after downloading it, so you can rely on this interactive map whenever you need it. This app comes with pinch-and-zoom functionality, a seamless user interface, and easy navigation between maps.

Now available on the App Store for $4.99. A Nook version will be released soon.

Yahoo! Mail for Tablets

A new version of Yahoo! Mail has been optimized for iPad and Android tablets. It now comes with a full-screen reading mode that displays emails containing photos, newsletters, and other shared files appear in full display at the tap of a button. There are also advanced triage options such as automatically grouping messages according to sender, delete social media notifications, star messages from friends, and move messages from family into folders.

The iPad version also has extended support for a number of European and Asian languages such as Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, and Greek.

Available for free on both iOS and Android.

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