The Week in iOS Apps: Play ball!

This week's roundup includes two apps that help you live the thrill of baseball season.

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A home run!

This week’s roundup includes two apps that help you live the thrill of baseball season. Read on!



Trying to figure out which streaming service has that old James Bond movie you wanted to watch? AlertFilm lets you create a watchlist, then notifies you when your desired flick becomes available on several streaming services—paid and subscription—as well as when it hits theaters. (One service that’s missing: Amazon. But developers promise that will change soon.)



AnyRun lets you make groups for specific tasks—going for coffee, working out, and more—then check in with them once you’re ready to make your “run.” The developers note: “Once the run is closed, the orders becomes an order list. You can easily check off ordered items to ensure everyone will get what they requested.”



Filteract lets you selectively apply filters to photos, creating a splash of color or effect in a purposeful manner instead of applying a single effect to an entire pic. Each filter is adjustable.


GoodTask 3

GoodTask 3 is the latest iteration of the task manager app: It syncs with both iOS calendars and reminders. The app is free, but it costs $5 to unlock the app’s “pro” features. The latest version of GoodTask also features support for Apple Watch and iPad Pro.


MLB Manager 2016

Ever want to play video sports games, but without all the button-pushing and quick reactions they usually require? The $5 MLB Manager 2016 lets you sit back and coach—either take an existing team and guide it through a season, create your own fictional club to test out matchups, or choose a historic team—from 1919, 1939, or 2012—to play with. (Additional seasons are available for $1 apiece.)


RBI Baseball 2016

If you like all the button mashing and quick reactions, on the other hand, the $5 RBI Baseball 16 is back. And it’s a memory hog—it requires 1GB of RAM. The result? Rich graphics depicting each major league ballpark in its respective glory.



SoundCloud has joined the streaming music wars in earnest, creating the $13-a-month SoundCloud Go service that includes a newly expanded catalogue featuring both popular artists and more obscure indie bands. 


Trump Booth

And just because it’s election season: Trump Booth lets you take pictures of friends and family… and replace their faces with Donald Trump’s face. You are duly warned. 

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Others of note

Instagram now allows video uploads of 60 seconds … Real Boxing 2 now lets you fight as Rocky Balboa … Snapchat has added audio notes, voice and video calls.

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