Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.
Android/iOS: Earlier this year, Google announced a couple new messaging apps (like it does every year, it seems). One of them is a 1-to-1 video chat app called Duo. Now, it's finally rolling out to users.
Discord is a newcomer to the chat scene, but it's made a big splash. The app provides voice and text chat for groups, with an emphasis on gaming. However, it's so sweet I've already started using it for everyday chat.
Android: It's been a while since we checked in on Tasks, an open source clone ofthe gone-but-not-forgotten Astrid to do app. Tasks has come a long way, too, and is even more powerful than ever -- and still free for everyone to download and use.
Mac: We were big fans of Radio Silence when it initially launched several years ago because it was one of the easiest, cheapest way to keep an eye on Mac apps secretly phoning home. A recent update makes Radio Silence a bit easier to use, and it now shows you traffic in real time.
Mac: An app like F.lux is great for adjusting your screen's temperature, but not everyone wants to stare at an orange screen just to make it more readable. Lumen's a tool that automatically adjusts the brightness without fudging around with the temperature.
This desktop comes to us from our Flickr desktop show and tell photo pool, and is a great example of how sometimes busy and dyamic desktops are great, and other times simple and iconographic are great as well. If you like the look, here's what you'll need to set it up.
iPhone: When it first launched, we were fans of the simplicity of Castro, which was great for people who only listened to a handful of podcasts. Now, with Castro 2, the app rethinks organisation again, this time putting the focus on episodes instead of subscriptions.
Mac: When Evernote changed up its pricing plans, the appeal of Microsoft's alternative, OneNote, skyrocketed. Unfortunately, the only way to import your notes from Evernote into OneNote was through a Windows-only tool. Now that tool's on the Mac.
If you're trying to start a family, fertility apps like Glow, Clue, and Ovia predict the times of the month women are most likely to conceive. Using them should help you get pregnant -- if you know how to enter your information, and if your app is accurate.
Android/iOS: Microsoft has had separate two-factor authenticator apps for its consumer and enterprise users for a while. Now, it's combining the two into the new Microsoft Authenticator and adding a few new features while they're at it.