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The Week in iOS Apps: Help the blind with Be My Eyes, laugh at Funny or Die's weather app, and more

This week's roundup includes a brand-new way for sighted folks to help the blind. Plus games, music, a bunch of app updates from Google, and more.

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Help the blind with Be My Eyes, laugh at Funny or Die's weather app, and more

This week's roundup includes a brand-new way for sighted folks to help the blind. Plus games, music, a bunch of app updates from Google, and more.

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Be My Eyes

This free app is for two kinds of people: Blind folks, and sighted folks who want to help them. If a blind person needs help identifying something—say, the “sell by” date on a carton of milk—they can start up a live audio-visual connection and aim the iPhone’s camera at the object they need help with. Sighted folks—volunteers who download the app—will be alerted that help is needed, open Be My Eyes on their iPhone, and see what the camera’s aimed at. Then they can answer the blind person’s question. It's a pretty incredible app, with a great purpose. 

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Disney Inquizitive

Ever take those Facebook or Buzzfeed quizzes, like “Which Disney princess are you?” Disney Inquizitive is full of those kinds of surveys, and each week brings new content. All of it Disney-themed, of course.

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Funny or Die Weather

Do you love looking at the forecast, but wish that checking the weather wouldn’t distract from your constant stream of comedy podcasts? Funny or Die Weather mixes climate with comedy, fun with forecasting, the weather with waka-waka-waka!

 

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Lego Movie Video Game for iOS

Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team! Everything is awesome, when you’re playing the $5 Lego Movie Video Game for iOS.

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Lovely Handwritten Cards

Choose a template—some are free, some paid—from one of six categories: Holiday, Birthday, Congratulations, Love, Everyday, and Anniversary. Add your own photo, then add your handwriting—either by finger or stylus—and finally share your Lovely Handwritten Cards via email or social networks.

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NBC Sports Live Extra

Want to watch the Super Bowl for free on your iOS device? This app is how you do it. Really! (Oh, and you can watch coverage from other live sporting events on this app as well.)

 

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Rdio

Two big new features were added to this subscription music app: First, a “New Music” radio station that lets you listen to a selection of the week’s new songs from Rdio’s catalogue of new releases; also you can press and hold while listening to any track, album, playlist, or station in order to share them with friends.

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Simplenote

Updates to one of our favorite note-taking iOS apps include a new optional dark theme, Touch ID security to keep your notes private, and a number of bug fixes.  

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Others of note (Google edition)

Chrome for iOS is sporting a new user interface design … Google Docs now has Touch ID support to keep documents private ... Google Maps now filters searches for restaurants by cuisine type.