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PSFK Picks: Top Five Apps Of The Week

Android users can draw on photos they tweet while Microsoft works on mood-changing earbuds.

Sara Boboltz
Sara Boboltz on October 27, 2013. @sara_bee

Each week PSFK features many new and innovative apps. To highlight the some of the best, we’ve compiled a roundup of the most interesting and creative apps written about on the site these past seven days:

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Twitter Launches Snapchat Competitor With Illustrated Tweets

An app for Android users lets Twitterers draw on their photos before tweeting them, or start drawing on a blank canvas. Twitter specially called out this feature as compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 Edition.

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Microsoft Earbuds Monitor Wearers’ Health To Help Pick Next Song

Capable of monitoring biorhythms like heart rate and temperature, Microsoft’s project Septimu aims to bring consumers a set of earbuds that can choose songs to cheer you up when you’re down. They’d work alongside an app developed with help from University of Virginia researchers.

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Smartphone Menus Replace Customer Service Voiceovers To Ease Frustration

Zappix can replace traditional audio prompts from customer service hotlines, making it a lot easer to ask a question and get a response without the wait.

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Urban Planning Tool Empowers Locals To Improve Their Cities’ Walkability [Video]

The app Key to the Street encourages people to connect with their communities by redesigning public spaces — doodling in playgrounds or adding greenery — and sharing their ideas with others.

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Craigslist For Instagram Turns Social Photos Into Viable Marketplace

Hashbag scans everyone’s Instagram feeds for the tag #forsale, and puts them all in once place on its site. You can now shop or sell your old things through the app.

 

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