Every three months, I look back at the Android and iOS apps I recently reviewed and pick my favorites. Most were new or recently updated apps at the time I looked at them. A handful struck, and continue to strike, my fancy.\n\tThese are my favorites since my last best of post back in July 2013\u2014the apps that I\u2019m not going to delete, no way no how\u2014in alphabetical order.\n\tOverall Favorite: Circa News for iOS and Android\n\tIf you\u2019re a news junkie and just want a quick fix, download Circa immediately. The app delivers top headlines; gives you context; is good looking; and it's easy to read on a smartphone. Circa is perfect for today's busy, short-attention-span culture. The developer\u2019s team of editors and journalists do a bang-up job delivering what you need to know, when you need to know it. The app is free, there are no ads, and it\u2019s available for Android and iOS.\n\tKey Rings Reward Cards for Android and iOS\n\tI ditched all the loyalty cards in my wallet and on my key ring, thanks to the aptly named, and free,\u00a0Key Rings Reward Cards app for Android and iOS. The app scans each of your loyalty card\u2019s barcodes. You can also take pics of a card\u2019s front and back as backup. Then, when you\u2019re at the checkout counter, just fire up the app and let the cashier scan the appropriate loyalty card barcode.\n\tOne Today for Android\n\tThe premise of this free Android-only app is simple: Make micro donations with one click. One Today by Google (free) lets you choose between several projects, to which you can donate $1. The app is attractively designed and easy to navigate, making charitable contributions to worthy causes not only easy but a pleasure, too.\n\tSlydial for Android and iOS\n\tNeed to return a friend\u2019s call but don\u2019t really have time or don't want to talk? Slydial them. The free Android and iOS app dials directly into a mobile phone\u2019s voicemail, so you can leave a message directly. I\u2019ve had good luck with this app, but I\u2019ve seen reviews from disgruntled users of both the Android and iOS software, so experience may vary.\n\tSpeakingPhoto for iOS\n\tSpeakingPhoto for iOS lets you add short audio snippets to photos. It\u2019s practical; I can see real estate agents snapping photos of properties and making verbal notes for their clients (or themselves). And it\u2019s fun. Adding a voice-over to a friend\u2019s picture (and sharing it on Facebook) offers all sorts of potential for mischievous ribbing. SpeakingPhoto for iPhone and iPod touch\u00a0is free.\u00a0SpeakingPhoto HD for iPad costs $3. (As of this writing, it hasn\u2019t been updated since Nov. 2012.)\n\tTripIt for Android and iOS \n\tTripIt\u2019s iOS 7 update added a cool Google Now-like card interface to this indispensible app for frequent travelers. Swipe through the cards to view your airline, hotel and car-rental reservations before you travel. While you\u2019re on the go, the app displays relevant notifications and cards automatically. When you land, for instance, your hotel and rental car cards pop up. As of this writing,\u00a0TripIt for Android\u00a0(available for free or as an\u00a0$1 app\u00a0without ads) doesn\u2019t have the card-like interface. TripIt for iOS is also available for free or for $1 without ads.\n\tWhat are some of your favorite apps you found during the past few months?