The Week in iOS Apps: Can Microsoft take a better selfie?

This week's roundup includes Microsoft Selfie, which promises to make you look better than those other apps can. Read on!

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Can Microsoft make a better selfie?

This week’s roundup includes Microsoft Selfie, which promises to make you look better than those other apps can. Read on!


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for iPad

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for iPad has been updated with support for the iPad Pro, but that’s not the most interesting new feature of this app. It now features five new “presets” that filter the photo before you take it—but don’t worry, you can adjust the filter settings even after the picture has been taken. The presets, though, are only available for later-generation devices—the iPhone 5s and the iPad Air, and beyond.


Animatic by Inkboard

Remember those old flipbooks where you could create your own animated cartoons on paper? No? Whippersnapper. Anyway, Animatic by Inkboard lets you do pretty much the same thing on your iPhone or iPad, and export the animations to GIFs or vieo. 


Laundry Day

The $1 Laundry Day is simple: Scan the tag on your clothes, and the app tells you the perfect way to wash that piece of clothing. It’s a great way to keep your clothes clean, and in shape for long-lasting wear.


Microsoft Selfie

Microsoft Selfie doesn’t just let you take selfies—it helps you look good in them. “The app takes age, gender, skin tone, lighting, and many other variables into account, applies different models automatically and finishes enhancement with just a single click. Users can transform average photos into more presentable portraits in seconds.” Let’s face it: We all need a little touching up.

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NOAA Hi-Def Radar Pro

NOAA Hi-Def Radar Pro shows “real-time hi-def animated weather radar images in vivid color” letting you easily track storms and hurricanes while they’re developing. It even shows you lightning strikes as they’re recorded, and offers the hourly forecast for the next 24 hours. Most new weather apps try to pare down the information to the essentials; this goes the other direction—it’s for real weather nerds.


Record by Under Armour

Record by Under Armour has updated with a number of new features. It lets you more easily track your food intake—you can choose between light, medium, or heavy calories consumed—and you can rate your sleep, fitness, step activity and nutrition to identify trends and insights. And, oh yeah, you can view the data on your Apple Watch.



Love comedy? NBC hopes so: Seeso is a $4-a-month service that lets you see an array of NBC comedies, as well as non-network classics like Monty Python and The Kids in the Hall. There will also be original content on the app from the Upright Citizens Brigade, the people behind Reno! 911, and more.


Star Trek Multiverse

Star Trek Multiverse isn’t available in the United States yet, but we’re told the new iOS game has “soft-launched” abroad. It lets you command starships, go on adventures, and generally boldly go where no one (except other Trek fans) have gone before. We can’t wait.


Others of note

Nom Nom Paleo has added new recipes … GrubHub has been redesigned … OpenTable can now be used to make restaurant reservations overseas … Sing! Karaoke (pictured) has added one-on-one and group messaging to its features.

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