Every Monday in Digital Playground, we give kudos to the game-changing apps that we can't live without. This week, tour Picasso's Paris, jam like Ringo, and annotate your world.
Function: Transforms your iPhone into a drum machine.
Best Feature: The self-proclaimed "world's easiest programmable beat maker" is not only easy to use, it's also beautifully designed.
Why We Love It: You don't need to be Dave Grohl to use Drummer. We've never touched a drum kit before, and were making music in seconds.
Travel by Art
Function: Take a trip back in time with this guide to the City of Lights as seen by its famous artists, writers, and philosophers.
Best Feature: Don't lose your way going to Picasso's studio or Sylvia Beach's bookstore, thanks to the app's offline map.
Why We Love It: We always wanted to drink like Hemingway, now we can.
Price: Free, but some tours require in-app purchase.
Function: Record memories of your favorite places and annotate your world with this new take on geolocation.
Best Feature: You can keep your notes private, share with a few friends, or make them public, adding to the Findery community's location-based travel guide.
Why We Love It: We use it while traveling to find great local restaurants, bone up on a city's history, and document our trip, all in one place.
Available: iTunes, Google Play
Function: Reinvents your phone's contact list.
Best Feature: Add details about each person (where you met, how well you know them, where they live, where they work) that you can sort by later.
Why We Love It: It puts the "smart" in smartphone, organizing contacts by how frequently you interact and your current location. It also lets you know how many friends you have in common with each person, making both networking and dating a breeze.