The Week in iOS Apps: Version 4.0 of Flickr arrives

This week's roundup includes a major update to the Flickr photo app, as well as a new hide-and-seek game, an app for ACLU supporters, and more.

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Version 4.0 of Flickr arrives

This week’s roundup includes a major update to the Flickr photo app, as well as a new hide-and-seek game, an app for ACLU supporters, and more.



Addapp takes the input from all your wearables—like Fitbit and Jawbone, along with a whole range of health-related apps—and converts the information into daily, personal insights about what you’re doing to get healthy, and what you can do to improve. It’s not just feedback—it’s affirmation.

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After its debut on Android, Camera51 arrives on iPhone and iPad with a reputation as an app that helps you create the very best photos. It “sees” the lines in your photos to help guide your framing decisions, notifies you of peripheral objects that may sneak into the frame, and lets you tap an object on the screen to determine the best framing, focus, and exposure. It’s also pretty good at selfies.



Remember when new podcast apps appeared in the App Store almost every week? Those days are behind us, it seems—which makes the introduction of the $3 Castaway app a pleasant surprise: It’s chief distinguishing feature seems to be that it makes it easy to sample new podcasts without subscribing to them. Your casts are divided into those you’re subscribed to and those you aren’t, letting you date around awhile before you get married, podcast-wise.



Dropbox keeps evolving: Version 3.9 has new features focused primarily on file-sharing and work between collaborators—you can comment directly on files, or bring new teammates into a conversation with @mentions. There’s also a “recents” tab to keep track of your latest activity, and 1Password login extension support.



Version 4.0 of Flickr launched this week with new ways to help you get the most out of your 1000 GB of free photo storage. The user interface has been overhauled, the auto uploader improved, and there are new editing and filter features. And when you’re done perfecting your pic, you can send it directly to Instagram.


Ekko Player

Ekko Player is a “voicecaster”—the app “lets you use spoken commands to access news and web content on the go. It offers you the ability to take your eyes off the screen and listen to news and other web content spoken to you.”



GotchApp basically facilitates real-world games of hide-and-seek—hunt and tag other players, as well as virtual targets like drones and checkpoints, all using the GPS features of your phone.


Mobile Justice

Here’s a timely app as #BlackLivesMatter protests continue around the country. Mobile Justice is California-focused, but it lets users record encounters with police and send the video directly to the ACLU. Hopefully, all your encounters with law enforcement will be positive and/or professional. But if they’re not, your iPhone might be your ally.

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On the Apple Watch

Lifeline has been praised by Time Magazine as “the best game on the Apple Watch” (and we like it a lot, too) … DirecTV lets you control your TV from your wrist … Wunderlist helps you stay on task.

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