The Week in iOS Apps: Old timey pictures in TinType, Bitstrips meets emoji, and more

This week's app roundup includes TinType, an app that tries to reproduce the look of photos taken before your grandparents were born.

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Old timey pictures in TinType

This week’s app roundup includes TinType, an app that tries to reproduce the look of photos taken before your grandparents were born.



If you want your emoji to be more personalized expressions of your feelings, well, here’s your chance. Bitmoji lets you create a cartoon avatar of yourself, then choose from a library of moods and comic scene, which can then be used in a number of messaging apps.



Just a few tweaks to this iPhone radio app, but they’re significant: iHeartRadio can now be accessed as a widget in the Notification screen, letting users choose from one of their recent stations to restart the music. And travelers whose cars are equipped with Apple’s new CarPlay equipment can use this app—iHeartRadio is now CarPlay compatible.


NIke+ Running

Lots of cool new features in the update to Nike+ Running, the free iPhone fitness app. Among them: Elevation tracking, taking advantage of new features in the iPhone 6. The app also connects to HealthKit in iOS 8, and is sporting a redesign that makes it easier to control your music, track your stats, and enjoy your run.


Phone 2 Go

It’s been so long since we had a landline that we forgot real, actual people still use them. But they do! If you’re a customer of Time Warner Cable, you can now tie your home service to your iPhone or iPad—just use the new Phone 2 Go app to access your landline service on up to five different iOS devices.



ProShot has been a popular DSLR-style photo app for the Windows Phone platform. Now it’s available on iOS, so we’ll see if it can compete in Apple’s universe, as well. Spoiler alert? It can.



Hate going to the barber? Make the barber come to you. That’s exactly what this free iPhone app does, but only (for now) if you live in New York and, uh, you’re willing to pay a premium price to have the barber make a house call.

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Sing! Karaoke by Smule

Most of the Macworld editors are big karaoke fans, so the latest update to Sing! Karaoke by Smule is right up our alley. Version 4.0 introduces video, so now you can record a video to go along with your song. Even better, you and a friend can connect and do video duets from each person’s iOS device. And of course, you can share your karaoke jam videos when you’re finished. Seriously, with this update, who needs a karaoke bar?



Someday soon, we’ll start seeing apps that convert pictures into old cave paintings. Until then, your old-timey picture needs might best be served by TinType, a $1 iPhone app from Hipstamatic that tries to replicate the look of daguerrotypes, tintypes, and other forms of photography that were already out-of-date when your grandparents were born.


Ski & Snow Report

This free app for iPhone has been completely overhauled for iOS 8. Version 4.0 includes new features, including regional weather forecasts delivered to the app’s inbox, deals and discounts from ski resorts, breaking news from the ski industry, and gear section guides, along with resort photo galleries, ratings, and reviews from fellow skiers.


Others of note

Paper by Fifty Three has new social features … NHL 2K has launched for the 2014 season …  Facebook has updated for speed and reliability.

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