On this episode of I’d App That, we start off talking about Facebook Messenger launching instant games and Netflix letting you take your movies on the go. Then, we look at the Travel Apps (Tripcase, Tripit and XE Currency) and finally in Peter’s Pick we get his impressions of the GasBuddy app.
Facebook Messenger launches Instant Games
Bored while you wait for someone to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant Games. Available right from your message threads, the games load in seconds because they’re built on the HTML5 and not downloaded like clunky native apps.
Facebook hopes some friendly competition will get you to spend even more time in Messenger. You compete via high scores instead of directly at the same time. Instant Games has launched in 30 countries including the U.S., with 17 games from classic developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, and Taito as well as newer studios like Zynga and King.
Netflix finally lets you download shows and movies to watch offline
You can finally take Netflix with you onto a plane or the subway. Today the company announced that it’s launching offline playback for “many of your favorite streaming series and movies.” Right now, that selection includes stuff made by Netflix (Stranger Things, The Crown, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, etc) but also a lot of other random choices. You’ve got Breaking Bad, Mad Men,along with… Paddington and Minions and Kung Fu Panda 3. This is going to be a huge deal for parents.
Other movies available include Boyhood, Pulp Fiction, Nightcrawler, Good Will Hunting, Hot Fuzz, and more. Netflix says more content will support downloads in the near future.
TripCase Travel App: Manage Itineraries, Trips & Flights
Organize all of your trip details and travel plans into one streamlined itinerary. TripCase lets you manage flight itineraries, hotel bookings, and rental car reservations in one app. Get airport terminal and gate information in one glance on your phone, and receive notifications on your phone, tablet or smartwatch if there is a change to your flight. Great for business travelers and frequent fliers.
TripIt: Travel Organizer
TripIt® from Concur instantly organizes all your travel plans in one place. Simply forward your confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instantly, TripIt will create a master itinerary for each of your trips with all your travel details in one place. And you can access them anytime, anywhere—for free.
Need to calculate currencies on-the-go? With the XE Currency App, you can access live exchange rates, view historical charts, and calculate prices on your smartphone or tablet. With over 40 million downloads worldwide, this FREE app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Firefox OS devices.
This week’s Peter’s Pick is the GasBuddy app.
GasBuddy is the world’s largest community-based fuel app, with over 60 million downloads worldwide. We outsmart the pump together, using information provided by our users. Join drivers in your areas and start saving!
With GasBuddy, you can:
- Find the cheapest gas—no matter the type—near you
- Find gas stations by distance or price
- Report gas prices to help others find cheap gas
- Earn points and achievements for reporting gas prices
- Enter to win $100 in free gas—every day!
- Use GasBuddy on your Apple Watch to see the closest or cheapest gas prices near you
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