The Week in iOS Apps: Time for Fraggle Rock!

We've got some of your favorite Muppets in this week's roundup of new and updated iOS apps; there's also games, note-taking, and productivity enhancements. Check inside!

Time for Fraggle Rock!

We have some of your favorite Muppets in this week's roundup of new and updated iOS apps; we also offer up games, note-taking, and productivity enhancements. Check inside!

Color Splash for iPad

This $2 app for iPad has always added a (natch) splash of color to black-and-white photos. The latest update gives users the ability to more finely hone the editing of their pics, including the ability to adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation of an image, as well as the option to give the black-and-white portion of the photo a sepia or blue tint.

Fraggle Friends Forever

Fraggle Friends Forever is a $4 interactive storybook app for iPhone and iPad from the fine folks at Jim Henson Digital. The app includes three modes: “Just A Book,” which your child can read; “Read To Me,” in which a narrator tells the story, and “Read and Play,” which offers games and activities throughout the narrative. Time to get away! (Clap clap.)

The Loop Magazine

The Loop Magazine is an offering from former Macworld editors Jim Dalrymple and Peter Cohen, an extended version of their Loop Insight website, full of commentary about music, technology, design, and all things apple. Subscriptions are $2 a month.


The latest version of the Netflix iOS app imports some functionality from Netflix’s Web service—namely, if you’re watching a TV show, Netflix assumes that you want to binge-watch, and automatically begins playing the next episode in a series after you’ve finished one. If you’re watching a movie, you’ll be given three recommended flicks to jump to immediately after. It’s almost as if Netflix wants you to never stop Netflixing.


This beautiful sketching app was updated this week with a nifty new feature: a pinch-and-zoom function that lets users do close-in detail work on specific parts of sketches that they choose. Other features include faster rendering of your drawings, and a new “Made With Paper” feature that offers ideas from other artists.

The Pocket Scavenger

If you ever wanted to do a scavenger hunt without all the hassle of planning, the $5 Pocket Scavenger app for iPhone and iPad should help. Completed scavenger hunts—including photos—can be shared on Facebook and Twitter, and users can see who else is playing nearby.


This $2 list-making/reminder app for iPhone lets your filter your to-do list by up to nine categories. And now it’s available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Russian languages, with more to come soon.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

The guy who created the beloved Civilization franchise has a new offering for iOS: Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol, a strategy game that takes place during the bloody air battles of the first World War. Lead the British air fleet into action, and use your skills to win or lose, and turn the tide of the war.

Other apps of note

PDF Expert has updated with the ability to cut and past your document annotations … Office2 HD now lets users hide and unhide presentation slides. Packing Pro 9.0 (pictured) lets users filter their travel lists track every item in every single bag you carry.

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