The Week in iOS Apps: Browse around

The latest roundup brings you two new and updates apps to let you roam freely across the Internet.

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Firefox and Opera update their offerings

The latest roundup brings you two new and updates apps to let you roam freely across the Internet. Read on!

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Boom: Music Player

The free Boom: Music Player app for iOS promises to let you hear your tunes in highest-quality stereo, promising 3D Surround Sound, a 16-band equalizer, an “intensity slider” and more. One warning: It only works for your downloaded music files, not streaming music. 

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Earny helps you save money on big purchases by utilizing the “price protection policy” offered by most big stores and major credit cards: If an item you buy goes on sale soon after, the store or card issuer refunds the price difference to you. Earny tracks those purchases and prices so you don’t have to.

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Gboard keyboard from Google has the usual features—GIFs, emojis and more—and this standout feature: Google Search is built right in.

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Google Translate

Google Translate launched Version 5.0 this week and here’s the best new big feature: It now translates—52 languages total—even when you’re offline. So when you’re away from Wi-Fi or cell range when traveling, translation services are still available. 

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Launcher, one of our favorite widget apps, has launched version 2.0—you can now install up to six launch widgets in your phone or tablet’s notification center. You can also set up different widgets to show up at different times of day, like morning or night, or in different locations, like home and work. 

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Personal assistants are all the rage these days: Lexi brings Amazon’s Alexa to iOS, letting you more easily re-order Amazon products, get a quick news update—including sports and weather info—and control the “smart” devices in your home.

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Opera VPN

Opera VPN lets you surf the web anonymously—blocking ads and stopping trackers from following your journeys across the Internet.

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Snapp Guides

Snapp Guides is a recommendation app, with this twist: It’s for photo buffs, offering suggestions on the best place to grab the most beautiful pics possible. Some of these place you know; some are way off the beaten path.

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Others of note

Instagram has a new, non-skeuomorphic icon … Firefox (pictured) has launched Version 4.0 of its iOS browser … YouTube now has a messaging feature that allows users to share videos.

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