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New Android apps worth downloading: MyScript Calculator update, Hushed, Ikaruga

by Phil Hornshaw

With MyScript Calculator you can write math problems on the touchscreen rather than typing them in, making it highly intuitive and natural to use. Next is Hushed, an app for creating temporary phone numbers. Finally, bullet hell game Ikaruga fires a crazy amount of mayhem your way.

MyScript Calculator update (Free)

What’s it about? Simply put, MyScript Calculator is a calculator app that recognizes handwriting, allowing you to write out equations that the app can solve using your device’s touch screen.

What’s cool? It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Imagine writing down a math problem on a piece of paper, only to have the problem solve itself. MyScript takes the workings of a calculator out of using a calculator, allowing you to do so much more naturally just by writing. The update to the app is pretty huge, adding a lot of higher-level mathematics, like trigonometry. You can also fix mistakes by using the redo and undo buttons.

Who’s it for? If you find yourself solving math problems, either for school or just everyday life, MyScript Calculator can help.

What’s it like? Pick up RealCalc Scientific Calculator for a more traditional approach to calculating.

Hushed – Anonymous Calls, SMS (Free)

What’s it about? Hushed allows you to make calls and send texts from your Android device from disposable numbers, allowing you to hide your real number and protect your information should you ever lose your phone.

What’s cool? You can give out a Hushed number to a new acquaintance or someone you’re considering dating, then dispose of the number if the person turns out to be a creeper. You also can attach numbers to Android devices and use them for as long as you like, allowing you to make calls from a preferred area code or what have you. Each number has voice mail and SMS attached, so you’ll get all the features you would with a normal phone number.

Who’s it for? If you’re the kind of person who has to give out their phone number a lot, use Hushed for an extra layer of security.

What’s it like? Both Ghost Phone and Extra Phone Number offer similar services to Hushed.

Ikaruga ($9.00)

What’s it about? Making the jump from Xbox Live Arcade to Android, Ikaruga brings its crazy “bullet-hell” shooter action to the small screen.

What’s cool? In addition to gorgeous graphics and frantic shooter action, Ikaruga has a mechanic that helps set it apart. Incoming fire is all either red or blue, and you can use the corresponding color’s shield to neutralize the attacks. That means you’ll be dodging fire and strategically switching colors back and forth to avoid damage.

Who’s it for? Arcade shooter fans, Ikaruga is one of those big games that’s worth your attention.

What’s it like? There are even more bullets to be dodged in Shogun and Danmaku Death.

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