VR Movies

☀☀ VR Movies didn’t make the top 10 list on The Guardian, and I can see why. I couldn’t shift my head and have the video follow. This is crucial for detail-oriented journalists. Most of the videos I tested, like “Hang Glide Over Yosemite National Park in 360 Degrees” and “GoPro VR: Danny MacAskill – Cascadia in Virtual Reality,” had this problem. Objects (such as the edge of a hang glider) showed up on each side of the video. — Sarah Hunt


☀☀☀☀☀ Collaboration is hard without a common workspace, but Quip offers a digital alternative. It helps office teams keep files organized and work together from anywhere. Users can create documents and spreadsheets within the app and then export them into Microsoft Office or in PDF or HTML formats. Quip also has a team chat room to make communication easier. This app would be useful for journalists who are collaborating on a project. It’s free for personal use, but goes up in price for team use.  Cat Supawit


☀☀☀ Prisma is not your typical photo editing app. Instead of offering ways to tweak brightness and contrast, Prisma gives the user the ability to turn any photo or video into art. The app offers a variety of filters, from comic-style to Picasso. The app also offers an in-app feed where users can share their art. Unfortunately, photojournalists will not find Prisma useful; it filters photos to the point where the result is unethical. — Cat Supawit


☀☀☀ There is no reason to be fooled anymore by fake news. Hoaxy, an online platform in beta designed by Indiana University, takes the hassle out of fact-checking. With a simple search, a user can get a list of claims and fact-checks about a topic of interest, and a graph illustrating how misinformation is spread. DigitalTrends went more in-depth into how the website tracks Twitter posts to plot the spread of fake news. The website seems a tad overwhelming, but the benefits for journalists and news consumers are enough to keep them coming back. — Cole Feinbloom


☀☀☀☀ Tedious note-taking and script-writing just became an afterthought. Bear allows journalists to house their notes, scripts, and even contact information and to-do lists all in one free app. A bonus for broadcast journalists: the tool provides an estimated read time for scripts. A reviewer for The Verge chose Bear over Evernote, noting that Bear contains fewer features, but saying it is “exponentially faster and more pleasant to use.” This product is available only for iPhone or Mac users, so Android users must wait on this easy-yet-powerful app. — Cole Feinbloom


☀☀☀☀ Making professional quality videos from your iPhone is easy with Videolicious. Videolicious Academy provides users with “video recipes” and tips. My favorite is a recipe showing how to create a video business card, helpful to anyone in the job market. The app claims millions of users, including major news companies. Covering policy changes within an education system but have no experience on this beat? No problem! The academy has specific tips for journalists in your situation. The basic Videolicious app is free from the Apple store, but special features must be purchased.  — Dillion Eddie


☀☀☀☀ Anews is a news app broken up into categories. You pick the subject matter you want to follow and stories pop into your feed. The app gets good user reviews; as of this writing, it was ranked in Russia by SimilarWeb but not in the United States. News apps help journalists stay up to date, and there is a variety to choose from. Anews is available free for mobile devices running Android or iOS. Julia Bashaw


☀☀ CircleMe consists of a motley collection of news stories. I didn’t see a single article in my feed that I was interested in or that seemed important. Instead, I got stories about cars from a Shanghai car show, self-promotions from a company called Starlight PR and a link to the Forbes welcome page. Additionally, some of the top-listed articles were years old. The app runs well enough and the layout is certainly user-friendly, but for journalists the obscure and outdated content detracts from the point of having a news app. It’s available on Google Play and iTunes. Leah Soto

AP News

☀☀☀☀ AP News, “where the news gets its news,” helps users stay up to date with The Associated Press and other trustworthy news sources. Easily explore local, national and global news. Enable notifications and save favorite news stories. In comparison to other news apps, AP News is usually first at getting news out. Another good feature: news is readable in both Spanish and English. Journalists can utilize this tool to quickly be notified of breaking news. The app is available for both iPhone and Android. Nisa Ayral

Word Flow Keyboard

☀☀☀☀ Typing can be difficult on the go. Microsoft Garage has sought to change that with its application Word Flow Keyboard. It has an innovative design featuring an arching keyboard that allows for easier one-handed typing. It also will detect your typing patterns to complete words the more you use the app. Michael Simon of MacWorld.com gave the tool a 4.5/5 because of the sleek design, easier to use, he said, than an iphone keyboard. Journalists will prefer this tool to go hand in hand with their on-the-go lifestyles. — Ben Jacobs