New in weather and photo-editing apps
This week’s app roundup features new apps for editing your photos and tracking the weather. Yes, that’s often true, but it’s really true this week!
Angry Birds Fight!
Angry Birds Fight! is the latest entry in the franchise—a series of “match three” challenges that let you augment your character’s health, power, attack effectiveness, armor, and more. And yes, there are Monster Pigs to contend with.
It’s true that we could probably feature a new weather app here every week—but darn it, they’re so much fun to look at! Atmos is a $3 iPhone app that is built for folks with wanderlust: You can arrange tiles that show the weather in your favorite spots on earth. And if you’re traveling, you can easily share a status about your great weather with the folks back home.
During my son’s pre-K years, the Endless Alphabet game provided unending learning and joy for him. Endless Wordplay for iOS builds on that foundation for older children, providing three spelling lessons—a total of nine words—but additional lessons can be obtained through in-app purchases.
The iPhone has produced plenty of big-hype, low-adoption apps that promise to get you together when your nearby friends. Free is the latest such effort: It lets you share your availability and location with friends on your contact list, regardless of whether they have the app or not. Set your status at “Going Out, Flexible, or Busy.” And yes: Those statuses are designed to remind you of old-school IM status updates.
The $2 Formulas is another photo filter offering—but most of the filters here help create the impression of using your iPhone to take 1860s-style tinotypes. Everything new makes things look old again, right?
Google Slides has a number of improvements in its newest iteration, but the most important is probably this: You can now display presentations via Chromecast or AirPlay.
The free Hotel Tonight app has a pretty nifty new feature in its latest version: “Escape” lets you know the best hotel deals within driving distance, letting you get away quickly for the weekend without costing a fortune.
The popular SwiftKey third-party keyboard app is back, with a bunch of new emojis—and a wide variety of skin tones for those emojis. Cooler yet? There’s now a “live long and prosper” Vulcan emoji.