The Week in iOS Apps: Keep things organized, from your Amazon list to your Camera Roll

This week's roundup includes apps to help your organize your life, buy cool stuff, read good books, and go see the latest movies.

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This week's roundup includes apps to help your organize your life, buy cool stuff, read good books, and go see the latest movies.

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This free iPhone app is kind of like Pinterest, but for Amazon. You can shop by categories and brands, and build a “collection” of items you wish to buy from the online retailer. The Canopy staff curates the best deals and products from the Amazon site to get you started. You can follow other users whose tastes you like, and also see what the “community” likes to help inform your buying decisions.

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Here’s another get-things-done app for iOS that lets you make to-do lists and to-do lists within to-do lists, but Centrallo lets you add videos, photos, voice notes, links and more to items, letting you create a robust universe of information to guide you as you go about your daily routine.

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The cool thing about the $2 FingerKey app for iPhone? It lets you unlock your Mac computer using the phone’s Touch ID. The bad thing? There’s a bug right now causing connection difficulties on the app in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But it’s a cool idea if they can issue a bug fix.

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Google Play Books

The folks at Google have apparently decided they want their Books app to be, you know, useful and competitive on iOS—Version 2.0 has launched with a redesign, the ability to sort books in your Google library, and the option to upload and read your PDF and EPUB files. You can also access free samples of recommended books through the app.

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It will not surprise you that we at Macworld go through roughly a gazillion screenshots a year constructing slideshows, videos, stories, and whatnot. So Screeny now has pride of place on our app menu: “Screeny is an utility app that helps you save space consumed by screenshots. It screens your camera roll and helps you to filter and delete screenshots that are no longer necessary.” Oh, thank goodness.

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Weather or Not

The $3 Weather or Not app pairs your calendar with a seven-day hourly forecast so you can see if, say, it’s likely that your picnic is going to be rained out. The developers promise: “Never attend a rained out concert again!”

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Wire is a bit like Skype for messaging and audio chats, only a bit more versatile: The iOS app lets you integrate pictures, links, SoundCloud music, and YouTube videos into the conversation. It’s available with a companion app for OS X, so you can converse however you’re online.

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The official Yellow Pages app now lets you directly access movie times and purchase movie tickets from Fandango. (And if you’re hungry, well: The app already had GrubHub integration.)

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Others of note

Golf Ball Finder is updated for iOS 8 … Pandora updated with some bug fixes … Dropbox updated with a number of in-app editing tools.

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