This Week's Top Downloads

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.

Journaling might seem silly on the surface, but a journal is extremely useful as both a permanent record of your thoughts and as a cathartic release. Regardless of how you plan to use a journal, our favorite on the iPhone is Day One.

Everyone’s favorite building game, Minecraft, is now up and running on the $9 C.H.I.P. computer and its $59 handheld counterpart.

Android: For those who root their phones, custom recoveries are a godsend. Few are as useful or as popular as the Team Win Recovery Project (or TWRP), and now you can download a TWRP installer straight from the Play Store.

Android/iOS/Echo: Inspired by the way people on Star Trek talk to the ship’s computer, Notion is built to teach your Amazon Echo to read your emails aloud, and give you a completely hands-free, anywhere-in-the-house way to reply, snooze notifications, and check your messages.

The newest Raspberry Pi operating system, PIXEL, is pretty slick, but it was always limited to just the Raspberry Pi. Now, you can test drive it on a Mac or PC too.

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “pay yourself first.” The idea is to save your money before you have a chance to spend it. And apps like Qapital and Digit make it easy to do just that. They review your spending and make automatic deposits into your savings account. You set it, forget it, and your nest egg grows over time. Let’s compare the two.

Duet Display is our favorite “second screen” app for iPad that extends your desktop computer’s screen to your iPad. Today, Duet Display gets an update that adds in Touch Bar support, which means you can emulate the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar on any iPad.

Android: If you have multiple Bluetooth speakers in your house, you need to manually switch to different speakers every time you want to play audio somewhere else. Bluetooth Speaker Switch gives you a handy widget to do it instead.

We’ve seen a few different ways to add Slack-style emoji search to your Mac, but Rocket’s probably the simplest way to do it.

iOS/Android: The beautiful thing about music is that you can hear it, but in a way, you can also feel it. BW Dance turns music into vibration signals and flashing lights so the deaf and hard of hearing community can visualize, feel, and dance to music.

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