We’re always looking for the best iOS apps we can find, testing out applications and games, browsing among millions of applications in the store, to see which fits our needs best. There are must have apps out there that every user should install once they get their hands on an iOS device, but there are other apps which exist purely to make our experiences with technology more fun and more interesting. Those are the best iOS apps that you can find, but they are truly hard to come across. I’m going to try and keep you up to date with these kinds of apps periodically, and my lists will include both paid and free apps.
Today’s list will include free apps and temporarily free apps. Aren’t free apps the best iOS apps anyway? Well, we’ve got some good news, but you’re going to have to hurry up and grab these suggestions if you’re interested, because we don’t know how for long you’ll be able to get them. For free, that is, because usually, the apps below cost some dough, but for some reason, they’re free today on iTunes. I will try and stake out the app stores for both iOS and Android and let you guys now when promotions like these show up, so keep in touch.
Let us know which are the best iOS apps in your opinion, or if you’ve come across any apps that have sparked your interest. We are always glad to hear from you, so let us know if you love or hate the apps I suggest, so that I can get a feel of what our readers love and what they loathe. Feel free to make suggestions of your own or tell us if any of these apps haven’t been as good as advertised. We hope you like this best iOS apps for February list, as it is a short list of most recent apps that are free for the moment.
1. Those days – download
Everybody is nostalgic at a point in their lives, and this calendar app is betting on that. This is one of the best iOS apps I’ve come across lately, and it’s completely free right now on iTunes. Usually, it costs $3 save for a cent, but it’s always better to get things free, if possible. Those Days is a calendar application that doubles as a journal, reminder and photo application all at the same time. You can add photos to days of the calendar, which then show up as a tile in the calendar itself, which to me, looks like my childhood. I always liked scrapbooking and doing creative calendars, so Those Days struck a chord with me. Still, it’s a pretty easy to use, comprehensive and customizable calendar app, worthy to be called one of the best iOS apps of February. Hurry up and grab it while it’s free.
2. Until Ago – download
If you like lists, dealines and checklists, this is the app for you. Until Ago is a very simple app that exploits your need for timelines: it counts down to stuff. You can create events, like a Valentine’s Day date, and set the app to count down until you have to reach the bus, until you have to buy the tickets for the Paris trip you’ve planned for your sweetheart or until you find an actual date, whichever. You can also count the days you quit smoking, left your job, kept your job, finished university so that you can keep track of your overall progress in life. I classify this as one of the best iOS apps out there because it truly shows you how important time is. And it’s still free (it used to be $1), so hurry up.
3. WireShare – download
Office apps are a necessity for most iPhone and iPad users, so we couldn’t leave one off the best iOS apps list for the month. Especially since some of you still have school work to keep up with. Spring break is still ahead, though. Until then, you can use WireShare to read all kinds of text, image and audio files, so that you can stay up to date with things. The neat thing about the app is that it can import files through email, Wi-Fi direct, iTunes, Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, Google Drive and many more, which makes it a pretty comprehensive tool with which you can share your notes from class or that funny photo you took of the teacher scratching their… butt. It’s got an integrated PDF reader and browser, so you’ve got things covered. It’s still free on iTunes, as it used to be $4.
4. Benjamin Afterburner – download
Sorry guys, but this is a game. Still, I can’t leave it off the best iOS apps list because it’s a huge opportunity you shouldn’t miss. This game is usually like $30, but now you can get it for free, although I can’t say for how long it will stay that way. Anyway, Benjamin Afterburner is a fun arcade jet fighter combat game, perfect for the 15 minute break between assignments or classes. It’s got decent graphics and fun gameplay, if you’re into combat in thin air. The game emphasizes the morphing these jets do, which is fun to watch. It might not be worth its original price, but you can try it out for free right now, to get the hang of it.
Mobile apps from Threads make profile switching easy
Twitter rival, Threads, owned by Meta, now allows account switching without logging out.
This Thursday, the social networking app announced that users can swap accounts on its mobile apps by long pressing the bottom right profile icon. Tap “Add profile” after the long press to add a profile.
Users can easily switch between work and personal profiles. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri did not say if the profile-switching feature allowed you to add a limit of accounts.
On the same day as Facebook allowed multiple personal profiles on Blue, the text-based social networking app announced its profile feature.
Threads keeps adding features three months after its launch. It began testing full-text search in New Zealand and Australia late last month. The company launched global search this month.
Threads’ competitors ship features in a competitive social media landscape. Mastodon released version 4.2 this week with improved profile and post search, automatic quick action suggestions in the search box, a new web interface with thread indicators and article previews, and a Privacy and Reach settings tab.
Elon Musk said X will collect ‘a tiny monthly payment’ for its service
X owner Elon Musk suggested today that Twitter may no longer be free. Musk said the business was “moving to a small monthly payment” for the X system in a live-streamed meeting with Netanyahu on Monday. He suggested such a tweak to address platform bots.
Musk said, “It’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots.” According to him, bots have a high effective cost due to their low cost (a tenth of a penny), even though they require a few dollars. Each bot creator needed a new payment method to make another bot.
Musk said the new subscription price would be a “small amount of money.”
Musk also announced that X now has 550 million monthly users and 100 to 200 million daily postings. Musk’s stats may include automated accounts, either good bots like news feeds or malicious bots like spammers.
This figure couldn’t be compared to Twitter’s pre-Musk user base, which was computed using mDAU, Twitter’s own metric. This earlier statistic identified Twitter users who may be monetized by adverts. Twitter reported 229 million mDAUs in Q1 2022.
Musk did not specify when he would charge for X. Since Musk took over the network last year, it has been pushing users to subscribe to X Premium (formerly Twitter Blue). This $8 per month or $84 per year subscription service lets you modify posts, reduce the ad load, prioritize search and conversation rankings, make lengthier posts, and more.
X doesn’t divulge its paying subscribers, but independent research shows X Premium doesn’t attract most customers. X Premium has 827,615 subscribers, according to one estimate.
Musk has considered charging everyone for X. In fact, Platformer claimed last year that Musk was considering a Twitter paywall.
Though hate speech on X came up, Musk and Netanyahu discussed AI technologies and regulation today. Musk called himself “against antisemitism” and “anything that promotes hate and conflict.” Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League, which has accused Musk and X of antisemitism, in his latest fight.
X launches government ID account verification
For paid users, X, formerly Twitter, has implemented government ID-based account verification to prevent impersonation and provide “prioritized support.”
Social media partner Au10tix provides identity verification solutions from Israel. The ID verification pop-up says the Au10tix can store this data for 30 days.
X’s verification support page says ID verification is available in “numerous countries,” but not in the EU, EEA, or UK. The region’s strict data protection laws likely explain this.
ID-based verification seems unnecessary and rarely beneficial. The company may age-gate content based on ID age.
“X currently focuses on account authentication to prevent impersonation and may explore additional measures, such as ensuring users have access to age-appropriate content and protecting against spam and malicious accounts, to maintain platform integrity and healthy conversations,” it said.
Users who pass the verification badge will receive a government ID verification note. Only clicking the blue checkmark on the profile page shows it. The company said ID-verified users will get “prioritized support from X Services,” but this is unclear.
The company allowed paid users to hide checkmarks from their profiles last month.
X plans to speed up checkmark reviews if users verify their IDs. Plus, they can frequently change their names, usernames, and profile photos without losing the checkmark.
Only paid users can use ID-based verification. Ironically, X promotes impersonation and spam reduction but doesn’t offer verification tools to all users.
Twitter discontinued legacy verification and removed account checkmarks in April. However, the company reinstated the top account checkmark after much chaos.
“This will additionally help us tie, for those that choose, an account to a real person by processing their government-issued ID,” X told Bloomberg. “This will also help X fight impersonation attempts and secure the platform.”
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