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Best apps of the week: Swarm, Thomas Was Alone, Afilter, Hyper Square, and AskForTask

It's another week and another batch of great new apps and games for iPhone and iPad. We've got a healthy mix of games, including one very well-respected indie title, some photography, and a bit of social stuff. Ready to load up on the best iOS titles of the last 7 days? Dive in!

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iTunes 11.2.1 review

iTunes 11.2 arrived on Thursday along with Apple's release of a new version of Mavericks (10.9.3). The new version of iTunes has some changes that will be welcome for podcast listeners, along with other enhancements and improvements designed to improve performance and reliability. The initial release also created a bizarre problem involving iCloud's Find My Mac feature and the local /Users folder. On balance iTunes 11.2.1 is an adequate improvements, but iTunes itself is a mess.

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Apple releases iTunes 11.2.1, fixes hidden /Users directory bug

Apple has pushed out iTunes 11.2.1, a bug fix update to yesterday's iTunes 11.2.0 release that, for some people, caused their /Users directory to become hidden. If you had the problem, check out Software Update or the link below and get with the downloading.

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OS Experience for jailbreak brings Mission Control to the iPad

OS Experience is a new jailbreak utility available for iPad that not only offers multiple windows β€” a feature only rumored for iOS 8 β€” but adds multiple desktops in the same way Mission Control does on the Mac.

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Word Lens developer snapped up by Google

Google has purchased Quest Visual, the company behind Word Lens, an app that translates text in the world using the iPhone's camera. The technology from Word Lens is expected to be incorporated into Google Translate. The Word Lens language packs will be made free during the transition to Google, according to the Quest Visual website:

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Apple being sued because someone forgot to turn off iMessage when they switched to Android

A scorned ex-iPhone user is suing Apple over lost text messages that she is not able to receive after switching from an iOS device to a smartphone on another platform. Apple's iMessage service doesn't de-activate the iMessage service when a user switches to a non-Apple phone. In this case, messages do not get delivered and the service thinks that the message should be routed as an iMessage rather than a traditional SMS or MMS, meaning that switchers away from Apple would not receive messages from their iOS counterparts.

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Official Titanfall Companion app from EA lands on iOS

EA has launched a batch of official apps for Titanfall, the popular next-gen first person shooter (FPS) game. The companion app – available on Android, iOS, Windows 8 and Windows Phone – keeps players up-to-date with everything Titanfall when not at the gamepad and enjoying the destructive power of their titan.

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Apple releases iTunes Connect 3, adds iOS 7 design, music, movie, TV management

Apple has updated their app for iTunes Connect, giving it a new design in line with that of iOS 7, as well as a new icon. The bigger news is that Apple has also added music, movie, and TV show management to the existing app and iBooks categories, making iTunes Connect a one-stop-shop for developers and media producers on the go.

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We've updated our Android app with some important fixes

A quick heads up for those of you rocking the official iMore App on Android β€”Β we've pushed out an update today with a number of important fixes. You're going to want to make sure you download this one, particularly if you've seen increased data usage or are using the widget on your home screen. The fixes apply to all the editorial (ie not the Tapatalk-esque one) apps for all our Mobile Nations sites, including Connectedly, CrackBerry, Android Central and WPCentral.

Here's the deal:

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Apple updates Podcasts app with browsing improvements, Siri support

Apple has updated their Podcasts app to version 2.1 today, adding several enhancements to browsing and playback, along with CarPlay support. Many of the changes are focused on making it easier to find something to listen to.

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