The Week in iOS Apps: Money matters

This week's roundup includes apps that help you save money and file your taxes.

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Money matters

This week’s roundup includes apps that help you save money and file your taxes. Read on!

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Audible has introduced a nifty new feature to its audiobook app: Clip sharing. When you like something you hear, tap the clip icon, choose your start and end points, then share with friends via email or social media.

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Deezer Music

Deezer Music isn’t quite as well known as Spotify or Apple Music, but it does pretty much the same thing—music streaming—only for a somewhat narrow audience: It’s only available in the U.S. through Cricket Wireless subscribers, or if you’re tapped into the Sonos or Bose ecosystem. If you do use the service, though, good news arrived this week: The app now has Apple Watch support, letting you choose your tunes straight from your wrist.



Digit is a variation on the idea behind the popular Acorns app—the idea in both cases is to help you nickel-and-dime your way to savings: “Every few days, Digit checks your spending habits and saves a few dollars from your checking account if you can afford it.” Typically the amount will be between $2 and $17, and the service promises that it will never be more than you can afford.



ProtonMail is for the security conscious—you can send and receive encrypted emails, and if you’re really nervous about prying eyes, you can even program outgoing messages to self-destruct after a set period of time. The app is free; if you like it, you can donate to the developers, or purchase a premium account, which starts at $5 a ssmonth.



The seemingly ubiquitous Slack office communication app has updated with some new features, including support for 3D Touch, improved search, the ability to add, remove and view pinned items, and—our favorite new touch—the ability to mute individual channels.

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The $3 Stack the States 2 app helps your kids learn geography and have fun: “As you learn state capitals, cities, shapes, landmarks, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.”



You still haven’t filed your taxes? What are you waiting for? Taxfyle connects you quickly to a licensed CPA—in just a minute, you can be connected to your own accountant, and chat and share files with him or her using in-app communications. And when the forms are done? Just sign them on your phone, and the CPA will file the taxes for you.



The sometimes-controversial Uber ride-sharing service has added a new wrinkle to its app: Family Profiles that let you share your Uber account with a loved one.


Others of note

Microsoft Outlook has updated with Touch ID protection … Scanner Pro has updated with text recognition … Overcast podcast player (pictured) now supports streaming.

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