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The Week in iOS Apps: Selfies made easy

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New apps for your iPhone and iPad

The newest apps on the block include a personal library tracker, software for DJs, and a train game. Read on!

VoiceCam
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VoiceCam

VoiceCam (free, iPhone) lets you go hands-free when taking selfies—just prop your phone where you want it, yell “action!” when you’re ready for the picture (you’ll need an Internet connection to use the voice recognition feature) and then smile for the camera. You’ll never need a selfie stick again.

Bookout
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Bookout

Bookout (free, iPhone and iMessage) lets you track your personal library and your reading habits. The makers say: “You can scan your books or simply search for them online to add them to the app, from there you can track to whom you lend them, add favorite quotes and thoughts, and see insightful data that can help you improve or read even more.” An in-app purchase of $4 lets you unlock extended “pro” features.

Conduct This!
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Conduct This!

Conduct This! (free, iPhone and iPad) puts you in charge of the rails, letting you command trains, switch tracks and avoid collisions. Progress through the levels to unlock new trains, new regions, and earn awards.

Djay Pro
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Djay Pro

Djay Pro ($5, iPhone and Apple Watch) is finally available on the iPhone, complete with the DJ interface, Spotify integration, four-deck mixing and more that made its big brother app on the iPad so popular.

Pet Monitor
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Pet Monitor

Pet Monitor ($4) is like a baby monitor … only for dogs. Monitors in your home send you alerts when your dog is barking, then use the app for two-way audio and video communication so you can reassure your pet, even if you’re hundreds of miles away from home.

Viber
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Viber

Viber (freemium, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) updated this week with several major new features. Among them are instant video messages—just tap and hold the instant video icon to capture a 30-second video, then release to send. Also new: You can add up to 250 people to group chats.

Timepage
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Timepage

Moleskine’s Timepage ($5, iPhone and Apple Watch) was already acclaimed; now it’s launched in Version 2.0 with new features that make it easier to add events, and include new colors, new animations, better syncing and better notes. You expect elegance from Moleskine’s notebooks; the company’s apps offer more of the same.

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Travelear

Just a few weeks ago Detour was named one of the best iOS apps of the year for taking users on a walking tour of some of the world’s most beautiful cities. Travelear (free, iPhone and iPad) does the traveling for you—stay at home and listen to “soundscapes” recorded by professional audio engineers. Say the makers: “Let our sounds immerse you into an environmental narrative and make you feel like you are actually there.”

Duet Display
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Others of note

Facebook Messenger has added group video chat to its roster of features…Duet Display (pictured) has added MacBook Touchbar support for the iPad…DurantEmoji gives you a Kevin Durant to express all your feelings.