The Week in iOS Apps: Play music from Notification Center, order takeout, and more

This week's roundup of apps includes great new ways to order food—or just think about it—and new options for playing your tunes. Plus, games and project organizing apps, as well.

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Dinner and music

This week's roundup of apps includes great new ways to order food—or just think about it—and new options for playing your tunes. Plus, games and project organizing apps, as well.

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This collaborative workspace app has updated in both its free iPhone and iPad versions. In both cases, it’s now easier to create and assign “To-Dos,” and both apps are more easily searched. The iPhone version lets you see the day’s tasks directly from the widget screen. Best of all: If you finish using Basecamp on one device, you can pick up the other device and immediately begin working where you left off.

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Caviar is like GrubHub, but with a couple of wrinkles. First, each item on a restaurant’s menu is represented with a full-color picture, so you can see what you’re ordering. Second: You can track a dish’s arrival minute-by-minute that’s to the app’s GPS tracking feature. And third, when your meal arrives, you can use Apple Pay to complete the purchase.

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Frontline: The Longest Day

Be like Ike: Frontline: The Longest Day is a $3 iOS game that lets you command the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, to begin the liberation of Europe from its Nazi occupiers. The makers say: “Players are faced with tough decisions and will have to think through the options to take advantage of terrain, use their combat techniques wisely and make sure they leverage the special ability of each unit to overcome the enemy and get Europe back in safe hands.”

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Yeah, yeah, we know: You already have the Instagram app and could never live without it. But big changes are coming to the app-based service, which recently crossed 300 million users. To keep all them organized, Instagram will now offer verified user badges—and also begin weeding out “spammy’ accounts, to create a purer, better user experience.       

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It seems we’ve been comparing a few apps lately to Pinterest, but sometimes the pinned photo fits. Kitchenbowl is a free iPhone app that aims to be a social community for foodies, who can use the app to share and discover step-by-step photo recipes.

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Marvel Contest of Champions

Thanks to various movie-rights issues, you’ll probably never see Wolverine and. Hulk on the big screen together, bantering about the bad guys. Marvel Contest of Champions, though, brings everybody together. “An Elder of The Universe known as The Collector has summoned you to a contest of epic proportions against Marvel super villain Kang The Conqueror.” The game is free, but you’ll probably end up wanting to make in-app purchases ranging from $2 to $20.

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Music Center

This free app does one thing: It creates a widget that lets you view and play your entire music library from the Notification Center on your iPhone’s lock screen.

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If, on the other hand, you insist on actually opening an app to play music, you might consider using Shazam after its latest upgrade. Instead of just identifying music, Shazam helps you play it, too. You can now listen to full tracks in any Shazam playlist, or add a Shazam track to any of your Spotify playlists. The app also features Rdio integration as well.

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Others of note

Carousel is now available on the iPad … Instapaper unveiled numerous improvements and bug fixes … Tynker has fixed crashes in its puzzle games.

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