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Fresh Android Apps for Oct. 14: Thoora, Pocketmags, iBlast Moki

by Ian Black

You made it through another week! Note down this list of fresh apps to try in your spare time over a relaxing weekend. Filter the ever-changing web with Thoora, brush up on your reading with Pocketmags Magazine Newsstand, and challenge your kids with the game iBlast Moki.

Thoora (Free)

This tablet app comes optimized for Honeycomb-based 3.0+ Android devices. If you feel overwhelmed by Facebook, Twitter, and other endless feeds, give this aggregator a try; it’s free.

Choose from among many pre-loaded topics like US economy, alternative energy, gadgets, and many other trending subjects, or create your own by entering a title and some keywords. Then, Thoora performs its magic to filter the river that we call the web. Thoora’s creators say the app learns what you like the more you use it.

Pocketmags Magazine Newsstand (Free)

Tablets and digital magazines go together like peanut butter and jelly. This app delivers a large selection right to your Android device.

Get free issues, purchase subscriptions to your favorites, use credits you earn to purchase back issues, read offline, read across multiple devices, download new issues in the background, and enjoy a host of other features. Magazines offered by the service include Good Homes, Women’s Fitness, Outdoor Photography, Superbike Magazine and many others. You’ll even find magazines from the UK, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

iBlast Moki ($2.99)

This kid-friendly physics game won awards on the iOS platform and now its fresh on Android.

Your job sounds simple – blast a round Moki character like a rocket so that he’ll pop a big balloon. As is the trend with such games, it won’t be as easy as you might think. You might sneak past the first few rounds without much trouble but then – look out! You’ll encounter boulders, cliffs, holes, and many other obstacles. In some cases, you’ll need more than one Moki and you may need to delay the blast off with a special timer.

See if you can pry the game away from your children.