The Week in iOS Apps: Picture perfect

We've got a whole range of new ways to help you make better images on your iPhone and iPad. And if you're looking for work? We've got suggestions there, too.

Picture Perfect

We've got a whole range of new ways to help you make better images on your iPhone and iPad. And if you're looking for work? We've got suggestions there, too.

Best Videos of Vine

Just what the world needs: A curation system for those short Vine videos you share via Twitter. Best Videos of Vine is a $1 iOS app that lets users view hundreds of the most popular videos, allowing them to sort through them and offer comments. Users can even save their favorite videos directly to their devices.


This may be the newest “it” game for iPhone and iPad: Dropchord is a $3 offering that asks players to manipulate a beam of light crossing a circle, dodging scratches while they collect notes on the way to the next track. It’s a musical game, obviously, “with meserizing visuals and an original electronic soundtrack.”


Do your vacation videos suffer from a lack of dragons? Efexio—which, yes, sounds like a Harry Potter spell—offers “Hollywood-style” effects to add to videos on the iPhone and iPad. The app itself is free, as are a couple of the effects. Users will have to pay $2 apiece, though, for effects like “Zombie Walk” and “T-Rex Attack.”


The LinkedIn app for iPad and iPhone now offers the feature you always hoped it would: Premium users can now apply for job postings from directly within the app—just press the “apply” button, and the app will submit your LinkedIn profile to a potential employer. Now one can job-hunt from the safety of a favorite park bench.

Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide

The free Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide brings hundreds of Kosher recipes to the iPhone and iPad, including baby lamb chops in red wine sauce, chocolate chip macaroon muffins, and vegan polenta tamale pie. Also useful: A calendar of Shabbat times and recipe-sharing capabilities. Mazel tov!

NFL Pro 2014

The free NFL simulation game NFL Pro is back for a new football season, updated to reflect how the league looks in 2014. Users can lead their team through the preseason and regular season to the 2014 Super Bowl; they can challenge each other to competition via Facebook. And the graphics? Improved. The great thing? This version of football can be enjoyed without worrying about the players suffering brain injuries.

SnappyCam Pro

The $1 SnappyCam Pro lets photographers use the shutter button on their phone to take a burst of photos—up to 20 pics a second on the iPhone 5—to capture the best possible action pics. Save the best shot, or pick one and quickly dispose of the rest.

Work Market

Experts say the economy is increasingly driven by freelance work. Work Market is a free iOS app that lets workers connect with employers for short-term gigs, negotiate terms, and accept work. Users post work profiles through the app, and can use it to manage their workflow remotely—checking in and out, messaging, and more.

Other apps of note

Google AdSense now has its own iOS app … Twitter (pictured) offers two-step verification … Instagram now allows importing pre-shot videos from the iPhone library.

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