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Get travel time for frequent destinations on your iPhone

I don't drive around Boston a whole lot — the perks of working from home and living in a fairly walkable city — but when I do, it's often to specific locations: my roller derby league's practice space, "Fort Independence," for example, or my boyfriend's house. Apple provides an easy way to add bookmarks for frequent destinations, but the Maps app isn't so great at being able to see quick traffic estimations on the go. Asking Siri "How long will it take me to get to X?" will get you directions from the Maps app, but there's no quick way to preview travel time or routes.

Enter ETA: the $1 app and accompanying Notification Center widget not only stores your frequent locations, but gets accurate walking or driving time estimates for you from your favorite map app, too.

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Outlook for iPhone or iPad could be the mail app we've been waiting for!

Outlook is Microsoft's relaunch of Acompli, the iPhone and iPad email app they acquired last December. It's been rebranded but it still supports not only Microsoft Exchange and Outlook mail accounts, but Google, iCloud, and Yahoo as well. For file storage, you can instantly hook into Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box. There are focus lists and scheduling options to help you get through your inbox faster, and your calendar is only ever a tap away.

Not only does Outlook support all these services and perform all these tasks, it does so exceptionally well. So well in fact, it may be the mail app you've been waiting for.

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Take back that swipe: Tinder Plus to see U.S. launch in March

It looks like Tinder users in the U.S. will soon be able to undo those unfortunate accidental left-swipes. Tinder said today that the launch of its Tinder Plus service, which allows users to undo their last swipe by paying a monthly fee, is set to launch sometime in March.

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Outline for Mac offers OneNote alternative for note-taking

Gorillized's Outline was developed to be a OneNote alternative before OneNote hit the Macintosh last year. It was originally designed as a mere reader of OneNote files on iPad, but turned into a full-blown editor and has since added Mac support too. That makes it an interesting alternative to both OneNote for people who don't want to part of Microsoft's ecosystem, and to Evernote for people who want something different.

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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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