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The Week in iOS Apps: Outlook lands on iOS, TurboTax reminds you about tax season, and more

This week's roundup contains new and better ways to organize your email, your calendar, and even your flight schedule. Don't worry: There's a game or two in here as well.

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This week's roundup contains new and better ways to organize your email, your calendar, and even your flight schedule. Don't worry: There's a game or two in there as well.

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Adobe PaintCan

The folks at Adobe want you to know that this experimental app for iPad is not just for placing a paint-effect overlay on your photographs—rather, it lets you paint using photographs as a base. The developers explain: “PaintCan helps you paint, with smart brushes that configure themselves based on the image you are painting on.” Take pictures of your real world and make them a little more colorful. 

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Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0

It seems like the folks at Disney are cranking out a billion new apps a week. The latest? (Well, as of this writing.) Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 for iPhone and iPad. Pick from the universe of Disney and Marvel heroes—you can collect more than 60 characters overall, but only the first three are free—to make your own custom games within the app. It’s compatible with PC and console versions of the game, so you can pick up on one device where you left off on the other. 

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Hopper

Want to take a cheap trip? Hopper might be for you. “Hopper constantly monitors prices to find the lowest fares, and notifies you the instant you should buy. It’s like having a super-fast, all-knowing travel agent in your pocket.”

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Microsoft Outlook

The new Microsoft Outlook email app is … actually pretty great. It triages email for you—there are “focused” and “other” inboxes depending on a message’s likely level of importance. Swipe to the left and you can either archive or delete a message; swipe to the right and you can shedule an event based on that email. Works with Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. 

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Shifts

This $2 iPhone app is built for folks who work varying shifts—just glance at your calendar in this app to be reminded if you’re working the morning, evening, or overnight shift. You can use the app to share that information with family, friends, and co-workers as well.

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Soundcloud

Soundcloud for iPad giveth and it also taketh away.  The latest version is overhauled, giving users an easier method of discovering and collecting new audio tracks, and also allowing the creation of podcasts. But you can no longer directly record your own music, podcasts, or other audio using the latest version of the app. Soundcloud, on iOS anyway, has decided to cast its lot with consumers than producers.

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TL;DR

Desperate to get to the fabled “inbox zero?” This free Gmail-compatible app for iPhone limits your view of the emails you send and receive to 30 words apiece, letting you “ go through your emails as fast as read your social feeds, and only dive into what really interests you.”

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TurboTax

Yes, this iOS app has been updated—but honestly, those updates are just an excuse to remind you that tax season has arrived! The TurboTax app can help you do your taxes! That is all.

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Others of note

Tumblr now lets you swipe notifications on the lock screen to like posts or follow people … RunKeeper is now integrated with Spotify Premium … Scanbot has added 1Password support for simpler handling of logins to cloud services