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The Week in iOS Apps: A new look for some old friends

This week's roundup of apps brings plenty of old favorites, renovated with new looks and new features to ensure your iOS device stays central to your life.

A new look for some old friends

This week's roundup of apps brings plenty of old favorites, renovated with new looks and new features to ensure your iOS device stays central to your life.

Comet ISON

Comet ISON is due at the center of the solar system before the end of the year and will hopefully provide a spectacular show for nighttime sky watchers across the planet. This $1 app for iPhone and iPad helps make the experience more educational, providing 3D renditions of the comet, along with an archive of facts and figures about it. Best of all: When you hold your iOS device to the sky, the app will help you find the comet's location.

Interesting

The $2 Interesting app is a tech news aggregator for iPhone. Version 2.0 launched this week, with a redesign for iOS and additional news sources—including Reddit—to make it a must-have app for anybody staying abreast of the tech scene.

IFTTT

This free productivity app for iPhone has updated with much deeper iOS integration—including the ability to post photos direcly to your device’s Photos archive and to add new items to the Reminders app. There are also new swipe gestures, and a redesigned user interface to keep things fresh.

Google Search

Do you love your iPhone or iPad, but really wish those devices ran Android? The latest edition of Google Search brings that, er, fantasy closer to reality, with a long list of new features: notifications, reminders, and the ability to say “OK Google” to begin your vocal query. There are also new “cards” to help you organize reservations, plane tickets, and a schedule of local events.

Instapaper

This $4 grandaddy of read it later apps has received an overhaul of its iPad version, with improved sorting and filtering, better organization to find and view videos, a “browse” mode that allows users to search for new stuff to read, a “darker” dark mode, and more.

Romans from Mars

We’re big fans of silly games, and Romans from Mars fits the bill. “You are a Roman soldier, and you and your crossbow are all that stands in the way of the God of War, Mars, and his invading Martian army,” developers say. Luckily, Jupiter (bringer of jollity) has given you powers of “fire, ice, earth, and lightning.” Can you save Earth from the alien hordes?

Spotify

The free Spotify app now lets users search for touring information about the artists they’re listening to, part of an overall improved search function for the app. And the app now offers Japanese, Russian, and Indonesian options for use by international listeners.

QuizUp

QuizUp is brand new, but already bills itself as the “biggest trivia game in the world,” with 250 topics and more than 100,000 questions. Friends can even compete with each other in real-time games.

Other apps of note

Apple’s Remote app has been updated for iOS 7 … the Apple Store app now lets users buy and sell gift cards from within the app … LoseIt! has slimmed down its design for iOS 7 … and RunKeeper now tracks activities in the background with support for Apple's M7 chip.

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