The Week in iOS Apps: Make faces with MSQRD

This week's roundup includes an app that helps you make funny faces—and possibly terrify children.

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Making faces

This week’s roundup includes an app that helps you make funny faces—and possibly terrify children. Read on!


Blackwell 5: Epiphany

Blackwell 5: Epiphany ($4) is the final game in the Blackwell series, carrying this description: “A dead man’s soul cries out against the force of a ferocious blizzard. He cries for help. He cries for answers. Then he screams as he is torn apart like damp tissue paper.” Join Rosa Blackwell and Joey Malone as they solve the spooky mystery.



The free Divvio app lets friends (natch) divvy up bills by tracking group expenses, as well as who paid whom for what. It’s ideal for outings, or for tracking bills with your roommates.



Fetch! is a new Microsoft app, both fun and useful: Take a picture of a dog, and the app will identify the breed. The developers warn that Fetch has some trouble with mixed breeds—but that problem should even out as the app is exposed to ever-more examples.


Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator hasn’t gone to the dogs, though. The app already enabled users to get quick translations—and have conversations—in 50 languages. This week’s update adds to the app’s functionality: It can translate words from images, making sure you don’t get lost.



MSQRD lets you record video selfies and adds effects—sometimes creepy, frankly—turning your face into a monkey or Hillary Clinton, say, or enlarging your eyes beyond normal. It terrified my child for a few minutes, admittedly, but it’s also hard to put down.



parkOmator remembers where you park, how long you have left on your meter and, when it’s time to return to your car, tells you the fastest route back. The $2 app includes Apple Watch support.


My Blend

My Blend turns your “email newsletters, blogs and brand promotions into a personalized, curated, visually stunning magazine.” It’s like Flipboard for your junk mail.


SoundCloud Pulse

SoundCloud Pulse is made for the creators of music, podcasts, and other audio work, letting you reply to comments on your tracks, get up-to-date stats on the performance of those tracks, and follow other SoundCloud users.


Others of note

Netflix is now optimized for iPad Pro … Same with YouTubeTodoist has updated for iOS 9 compatibility.

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