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By Daniel Sadjadian | A fresh selection of the latest smartphone applications.

Overcast Podcast App Gains New 'Black' Dark Theme, End of Episode Sleep Timer, and More

Popular third-party iOS podcast app Overcast reached version 4.0.1 on Thursday, bringing some much-requested features including a new true-black dark theme and sleep timer option.<p>The new Black theme, shown above, joins the existing Light and Dark themes, and has been designed with the iPhone X in …

iOS

10 best nature apps and nature sound apps for Android

Nature is all around us. Most people enjoy it that way. There is no digital experience that beats just walking outside and enjoying the sunshine. However, technology can help you enjoy such experiences a little more or help you enjoy them when it’s otherwise not an option. Here are the best nature …

Walking

Animal Crossing Debuts on iOS a Day Earlier Than Expected

This past Friday, Nintendo America announced via Twitter that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp would be available on iOS worldwide on November 22nd.<p>Instead, the game showed up unexpectedly early on November 21st. This isn’t the first time Nintendo has surprised fans with an early release. In September, …

Animal Crossing

Popular writing app gets major update with Scrivener 3

For those of us who do a large amount of writing whether for a living or just for fun, there are a few different apps to choose from. As of today, one of the top choices is getting even better with a huge update. Welcome to Scrivener 3.<p>Scrivener has historically had a smaller, but almost cultish …

Scrivener

HabitMinder: The Healthy Habit Reminder and Tracker [Sponsor]

Forming good habits can be hard, but if you do, it can change your life. HabitMinder makes it easier to form new, healthy habits than ever before.<p>Each goal you set in HabitMinder has a dedicated screen. There are so many built-in habits that you’re likely to find one that suits your needs, but you …

Scrivener 3 for macOS Is More Flexible and Powerful Than Ever for Long-Form Writing

Many text editors are just that – text editors. They take a document-focused approach to writing that centers on creating text. It’s an approach that works for most kinds of writing. However, long-form writing is a different animal altogether that benefits from a project-based approach that also …

Scrivener

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 218th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:<p>UC Browser hit a bit of trouble this week. The app disappeared from the Play Store entirely. Allegedly, the developers used some fairly shady and misleading techniques to increase their download numbers. …

Android Apps

The 20 best apps to improve your smartphone

Whether you want an alarm that syncs with your body clock or a to-do list you can speak to, these are the apps you’ll need to make your smartphone smarter<p>The latest generation of smartphones comes with a panoply of apps to get you started, from email and photography to navigation, weather and …

Yahoo

Lookmark Now Tracks App Updates

Lookmark is a bookmarking and monitoring service for iTunes content. It’s an excellent way to save apps, movies, books, and other media for later. Users who purchase a subscription can also use Lookmark to track price changes for apps, which is useful for bargain hunters. Today, Lookmark released …

TouchArcade iOS Gaming Roundup: Reigns: Her Majesty, Animal Crossing, Sky, PUBG Knock-Offs, and More

Apologies for missing last week's iOS gaming roundup, but I've got a good reason: I was in Jordan judging Middle Eastern and North African mobile games for the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA). It's an organization that for <i>fourteen</i> years now has been hosting international competitions …

Animal Crossing

Nintendo Sets 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' Release Date for November 22

Nintendo on Twitter today confirmed that the company's upcoming iOS game, <i>Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp</i>, will launch worldwide on November 22. The confirmation of a release date comes nearly one month after the game was first unveiled in late October, after which it soft launched on the Australian …

Animal Crossing

These four iPhone camera apps help you take better photos

The iPhone camera is great in its own right, but these four apps help take it to the next level.

iPhone

Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities

Facebook wants to turn mindless, passive video consumption into “time well spent,” and now it’s giving social media stars a powerful tool to foster communities around their content. Today Facebook launches Facebook Creator, offering influencers Live Creative Kit for adding intros and outros to …

Facebook

RAW Power for iOS Review

Earlier this year, I reviewed RAW Power for macOS and was impressed by its power and flexibility. Yesterday, Gentlemen Coders released a no-compromises version of RAW Power for iOS that matches the macOS version’s features and adds the ability to manage your photo library and make Depth Effect …

iOS

Google Maps got a redesign

Google Maps is getting an upgrade.<p>The company said in a blog post that it has updated driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight information that the company thinks will be most relevant. That means, gas stations when you’re driving or more prominently featured train and bus …

Google

Zyl is a photo management app with a few AI-powered tricks

Meet Zyl, a smart photo app to view, manage and share all your photos. Formerly called Comet, the French startup is now using deep learning to go beyond the endless grid of photos and replace the default Photos app on your phone.<p>While Zyl started as an app to create collaborative photo albums, the …

Artificial Intelligence

Firefox Quantum vs. Google Chrome: Which browser is faster?

Firefox Quantum is here. Firefox's new web browser is the most interesting thing to happen in the browsing space in a long time, and, yes, it will …

Software

Firefox Receives Speed Bump and Design Refresh

I was an original supporter of Firefox in 2004. At the time, the Internet was in desperate need of change. The web browser market was dominated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which was clunky and becoming an increasingly closed, proprietary system. Firefox found immediate success because it was …

Software

SongShift 3.0 and Switching Between Apple Music and Spotify

For the better part of this year, I’ve been using both Spotify and Apple Music. In my opinion, each service does a few things exceptionally well, but, unfortunately, I can’t have <i>all</i> of them in a single music app.<p>Spotify’s discovery tools for both old and new songs are simply unparalleled in the …

Apple Music

Playground AR: A Physics Sandbox for Freeform Play

One of childhood's simple joys for many of us was getting our creative juices flowing by playing with building blocks. It's one of those tactile, imaginative outlets that adulthood features far less of. Blocks also brought the added benefit of getting to destroy the work you'd built – a task …

Physics

Today’s Best iOS & Mac App Deals: Haze, Photo Scanner, more

In today’s best iOS and Mac app/game deals we have another solid list of discounted titles including Haze, Photo Scanner, Venture Towns, Magazine Mogul and more. You’ll find a complete list of today’s absolute best apps curated by hand down below:<p>Today’s Best iOS/Mac App Deals:<p><b>iOS Universal:</b> …

iOS

This $1 App Fixes the iPhone X’s $1100 Problem

If you’ve read anything about the iPhone X, or if you own one already, you’ll know its “notch” has a purpose: it houses all the sensors to enable …

iOS

4 Apps You Should Delete From Your iPhone RIGHT NOW To Save Battery

There's nothing worse than watching your iPhone battery die. But, did you know that your battery life is suffering because of the apps you've …

iOS

Doodle your way to relaxation with Patchwork [App of the Week]

Generally, the apps we use on our phones provide the opposite of relaxation.Twitter shows us all the horrible news you’d rather avoid, Facebook is …

Amazing

Game Day: Flipflop Solitaire

Zach Gage has a reputation for messing with the rules of classic games with releases like Bad Chess and Sage Solitaire. With Flipflop Solitaire, Gage is back with another take on solitaire that’s simultaneously familiar and disorienting. The result is a fun, addictive game that breathes new life …

Board Games

The 9 best VR apps for iPhone

Guess what? Your iPhone can do virtual reality! All you need is an inexpensive headset and these cool apps.<p>When it comes to phone-powered VR, the iPhone is scarcely mentioned. Google's Cardboard and Daydream get most of the attention, though Samsung's Gear VR is in the mix as well. But Apple? It'll …

Virtual Reality

Clips 2.0 Introduces Selfie Scenes for iPhone X, Star Wars Content, iCloud Syncing, and More

In a major update released today, Apple's Clips app for iOS received a redesigned user interface, Star Wars stickers and scenes, iCloud support for syncing clips between iPhone and iPad, and a big iPhone X feature exclusive: Selfie Scenes.<p>Selfie Scenes<p>If you have an iPhone X, Selfie Scenes are …

iOS

The App Store Adds Weekend Deals Feature

Apple has introduced a new feature in the Today tab of the App Store called 'This Weekend Only.' Each Thursday, one app will offer an exclusive deal to users that lasts through Sunday.<p>The new feature is being kicked off with five deals instead of one:<p>Hotel Tonight - up to 40% off original room …

App Store

Facebook Rebrands Standalone 'Events' iOS App as 'Facebook Local'

One year after launching the standalone "Events" app for iOS and Android devices, Facebook today announced a rebranding and relaunch of the app that will also bring bars, restaurants, and nearby attractions to your attention. Now called "Local from Facebook," or simply "Facebook Local," the app …

Facebook