15 Awesome Tech Products the Internet Loved Last Week

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If you’re constantly on the lookout for the most innovative new apps, tools, and websites to test out and share with your friends, look no further. Each week, we look at the crowdsourced links posted to a website called Product Hunt, where users post their best finds and the community discusses and votes for their favorite new apps and tools. (In case you missed it, here’s last week’s edition.) Between 600 and 800 venture capitalists reportedly use the site — a great testament to its ability to surface products that would otherwise fly under most people’s radars — and Product Hunt recently raised $6 million in funding, with Andreessen Horowitz leading the round.

Product Hunt offers a look at what’s new every day on its homepage, and anyone can submit a product. Users can either sign up for emails to be updated on the community’s best finds or can check back each day to see what turns up. The products posted each day collect upvotes, which partially factor into the order in which the posts are ranked at the end of the day.

Each day’s posts are kept separate from the next so that users can return to look back at what’s been popular over the past week or month, or check the site each day to see what’s new. Each listing includes a link to the product’s website, as well as related links, like its page in the App Store or recent media coverage. Users can also join a discussion in the comments section for each product, and founders often join in on the conversation to answer questions.

We looked at the top-ranked new apps and innovations on Product Hunt last week and checked out the top two products that surfaced each day. (We added a bonus one to make 15, adding the product with the most upvotes that wasn’t in first or second place on the day it was posted.) Upvote counts do change constantly, but all of ours were recorded as of the time of writing on Monday.

Wrap

Source: Wrapmydesk.com

1. Wrap

Wrap came in first on Sunday, with 220 upvotes as of Monday. Wrap is a flexible film that is custom-fit to the user’s desk to make the entire surface dry-erasable. Wrap is applied with an adhesive backing, which is low-tack, removable, and re-positionable, and the product is intended help office workers, students,  and executives redefine their workspaces. Wrap was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which reached $43,817 in funding, far above its original $4,000 goal.

Yosemite UI Kit

Source: Yosemiteui.com

2. Yosemite UI Kit

Yosemite UI Kit came in second on Sunday, with 199 upvotes as of Monday. The Yosemite UI Kit is a free kit designed for Sketch 3, and includes accurate UI elements, Retina-ready elements, and a guarantee that the kit will be “futureproof,” as its creator, designer Keir Ansell, will keep it up-to-date with any changes that Apple makes, “up to and including the final release.” The kit is free, and users can sign up with an email address to be notified of updates.

Noizio

Source: Noiz.io

3. Noizio

Noizio came in first on Saturday, with 405 upvotes as of Monday. Noizio is a “subtle companion” that acts as an ambient sound equalizer for users to relax and increase their productivity when they have work to concentrate on. Noizio is a free Mac app, and makes starting quick and easy with icons that represent different ambient sounds, and a slider that enables users to increase or decrease the volume of the sound, so that they can choose a dominant sound in the background. Users can set Noizio to run as soon as they start the computer, and choose whether they want to see it on the dock. It works on all Mac devices with OS X 10.7 or later.

Justinmind

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4. Justinmind

Justinmind came in second on Saturday, with 267 upvotes as of Monday. Justinmind is a tool that enables the teams behind web and mobile apps to “prototype faster” and “communicate better.” It aims to serve as the “one application prototyping solution for all screens,” and enables users to prototype mobile apps, websites, web products, enterprise apps, and more. Justinmind Prototyper enables users to share and test designs that run on real devices, and create wireframes with interactions, animations, and data without technical expertise or programming knowledge. The tool includes more than 500 web and mobile widgets, the ability to test from any iOS or Android device, testing for web interactions and mobile gestures, the ability to publish the entire wireframe experience online to get feedback, and more.

5. GluePrint

GluePrint came in first on Friday, with 381 upvotes as of Monday. The tool enables users to turn any design mockup into a floating guide so that they can “align pixels with ease.” Glueprint is distributed as a free tool so that the team can fully focus on its prototyping tool, Framer, a Mac app that enables users to build interaction and animation prototypes.

Prism

Source: Prismmoney.com

6. Prism

Prism came in second on Friday, with 212 upvotes as of Monday. Prism enables users to painlessly review, manage, and pay all of their bills for free with an iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, or Kindle app. There is no cost to download the app and no monthly charge, and users can pay their bills directly from the app with a debit card, credit card, or directly from their bank account. They can receive notifications when a bill has been created and again before it’s due. The service will also “keep an eye on your autopay services and never bother you unless we think there might be a problem.”

Airdroid 3

Source: Airdroid.com

7. AirDroid 3

AirDroid 3 came in first on Thursday, with 349 upvotes as of Monday. AirDroid 3 enables users to fully access their Android phones from a PC or Mac. They can respond to calls and send SMS messages from their computer. They can also receive notifications from their phone on their computer, and move files between devices without a cable. With the desktop client, a user’s Android phone, and Windows or Mac computer can “work like one.”

Breakout List

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8. Breakout List

Breakout List came in second on Thursday, with 539 upvotes as of Monday. The site features a list of the fastest growing startups, compiled through conversations with investors. The list is intended as a resource for engineers considering where to work, and while the site notes that “the people involved in Breakout List do not think people should join a company purely because it is growing fast,” they should often choose a faster growing startup over second-tier startups. The startups are categorized with tags like “on fire,” “momentum,” and “small killer team.”

Wire

Source: Wire.com

9. Wire

Wire came in first on Wednesday, with 589 upvotes as of Monday. Wire is an app for phones, tablets, and desktops that delivers “a communication experience like no other.” Users can talk, message with pictures, SoundCloud, or YouTube, or ping someone to get their attention, and “write, talk, share pictures, music and video with people on phones, tablets and desktops.” They can switch from messages and pictures to HD voice, and they can create conversations and groups. Conversations are synced from phone to tablet to desktop. The app is “battery friendly,” and interactions are secure and comply with European privacy laws. The iOS, Android, and OS X versions are available now, with the Windows and browser versions coming soon.

Front

Source: Frontapp.com

10. Front 2.0

Front 2.0 came in second on Wednesday, with 575 upvotes as of Monday. Front reimagines email workflow with teams in mind. It enables users to create shared inboxes for email, Twitter, and SMS so that they can receive messages from multiple channels “without having any of them fall through the cracks.” Front helps information flow to more parts of the organization, and helps companies centralize engagement, keep messages organized with tags, delegate messages with assignments, and discuss messages with comments. The software helps teams deliver faster, more efficient responses with notifications, message snooze, canned responses, and detailed analytics. The service is free on Mac, Windows, web, and mobile.

Status

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11. Status

Status came in first on Tuesday, with 624 upvotes as of Monday. Status is an app for iOS and Android that gives users a lightweight way to let others know about their current state — whether they’re at work, at home, in a meeting, out of town, driving, sleeping, off the grid, unreachable, or even if the battery on their phone is low. As founder Kulveer Taggar explains on Product Hunt, “Status is a simple status app that delivers updates automatically from your phone. You choose who to share state with, and the app gives you an instant glance at who’s free and busy.” Status works automatically in the background to tell friends that a user is busy. Users can set up notifications for when a friend leaves work, or see someone’s status in real time while they call. Status uses information from the phone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass to determine if the user is walking, biking, or driving.

Typed

Source: Realmacsoftware.com/typed

12. Typed

Typed came in second on Tuesday, with 334 upvotes as of Monday. Typed is a writing app and Markdown editor for Mac, created by the designers and developers at Realmac. Typed aims to improve users’ focus so that they can create great content, and it features a Zen Mode with “relaxing soundtracks that help you concentrate.” Typed’s site explains that the app is the result of the Realmac team’s work to define the ideal writing app. It features a minimal interface, auto save support, HTML preview and export, a word count tool, Zen Mode, and keyboard shortcuts. Typed currently costs $19.99 and offers a free trial.

Coupons at Checkout

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13. Coupons at Checkout

Coupons at Checkout came in first on Monday, with 744 upvotes as of the following Monday. Coupons at Checkout is a browser extension (for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari) and an iOS app that automatically finds coupons at thousands of online stores. Users don’t need to search for coupons; instead, Coupons at Checkout uncovers them automatically. The site explains that the browser extension and app versions of the service can find coupons at more than 100,000 stores, including Target, Domino’s Pizza, Macy’s, ThinkGeek, Nike, Groupon, Asos, and more. The site notes that distributing coupons at the point of sale helps retailers increase conversion rates, sway undecided buyers, and drive more sales.

Mail to Self

Source: Mailtoself.com

14. Mail to Self

Mail to Self came in second on Monday, with 478 upvotes as of the following Monday. Mail to Self is an iOS extension that enables users to send themselves emails from any app. Once installed, the extension adds a Mail to Self icon to the share menu so that users don’t have to type in their email address to send themselves a link to read or share later, or lose track of their links in long lists of bookmarks. Mail to Self works with all iOS apps that support extensions.

reCAPTCHA

Source: Google.com

15. No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA

Google’s No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA came in third on Wednesday, with 367 upvotes as of Monday. The new reCAPTCHA system enables users to verify that they’re human with a single click, and without solving a CAPTCHA — which for years has asked users to read distorted text and type in the letters and numbers to confirm that they aren’t a robot or a script. The new API simplifies the process for users, and makes sites more secure. Artificial intelligence technology can now solve even the most difficult distorted text at 99.8% accuracy, so Google developed a risk analysis engine that considers the user’s engagement with the CAPTCHA to confirm that the user is valid. The new API enables Google to experiment with ways to make reCAPTCHA more mobile-friendly.

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