Apps

Vine Kids serves up child-friendly entertainment six seconds at a time

Vine has released a kid-friendly video app called Vine Kids for iPhone. Developed by two engineers during Vine's Hack Week, Vine Kids does away with most of the elements of the original Vine app, showing only videos that are appropriate for children.

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How to upload a non-square photo to Instagram

Ever take a really awesome photo on your iPhone only to find out it doesn't translate well to Instagram as a square photo? Yeah, we've all been there. While you could always settle for a cropped version, you don't have to. With the help of another App Store app you can post your photos to Instagram in their original aspect ratio.

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Eight marvelous music players for iPhone

What music playing app do you use on your iPhone

Apple builds the Music app right into the iPhone. It lets you browse and search your songs, create playlists, and access iTunes Match and iTunes Radio all from one, unified place. The App Store has several music app alternatives, however, that focus on different features or simply offer different takes. Whether you want more playlist options, social integration, or a safer option while driving, there are a lot of other apps to choose from.

If you're still looking for a Music app, here are some of our favorites. And when you choose — or if you've already chosen — let us know which one you went with in the poll!

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Best mail apps for iPhone

What mail app do you use on iPhone?

Apple has built Mail right into the iPhone, with universal inbox, multiple draft support, gesture actions, and more. Yet the App Store is home to many other email apps as well, some focused on a particular service, others on workflows like "inbox zero". Which is the best iPhone app for you use depends as much on personality as feature set.

If you're still looking to supercharge your email, check out the list we've compiled. And when you choose — or if you've already chosen — let us know which one you went with in the poll!

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iTunes for OS X updated with notification center widget, improved syncing

Apple has updated iTunes for OS X to version 12.1 today. Coming along for the ride is a new notification center widget, along with performance improvements for syncing with your iOS devices.

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Adobe PaintCan for iPad transforms your photos into handpainted masterpieces

Adobe has added another iPad app to its growing library called PaintCan. Instead of providing finely detailed artistic tools, PaintCan allows amateurs and pros alike to add broad, artistic filters to photos. These brushstrokes are added selectively to areas you want. Parts of the image can remain as sharp and detailed as you like, while the rest around it can look like it's been handpainted.

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How to quickly get directions to any address on your iPhone

Apple's taken a bunch of steps in the past few years to make it easier to find directions for any given address, including data detectors that intelligently make addresses tappable in Messages, Maps search suggestions in Safari, and more. But the system isn't perfect, and I often find myself executing far too many steps every time I want to get directions for a location — even more so if I want to use Google Maps.

Instead, I offer a simpler solution: Using Workflow, you can quickly get directions to any address from your clipboard. Friend didn't format their address in a way iOS can parse? Don't want to go through the hassle of copying and pasting an address from one place to your Maps app of choice, waiting for directions to load, and so on? This fixes all that.

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Scanbot update adds reminders and 1Password integration

One of our favorite document scanning apps for iPhone and iPad, Scanbot, has been updated to version 3.5 with quite a few imporovements. For one, you can now set tasks and due dates related to documents you take a picture of through the app, provided you're running the Pro version.

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SoundCloud for iPad redesigned with cleaner UI, better controls and more

SoundCloud revamped the user interface of its iPhone app last year, and is now bringing the changes over to the iPad. Version 3.7.1 for iPad features a cleaner layout with an emphasis on album art, simplified controls for navigation and playback, and consolidation of your likes and playlists in one location.

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Outlook for iPhone and iPad is here — Office fans rejoice!

Microsoft has released a new Outlook app for iPhone and iPad, rounding out the Office experience on iOS. It's a fully featured email client, lets you connect not only to Office 365 but Gmail, iCloud and standard email accounts as well, and is worth downloading if you use the desktop version and enjoy Microsoft Office products. This new Outlook is based on Acompli, which Microsoft previously acquired.

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