CareKit, Word Flow Keyboard, and other awesome apps of the week

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all of the hot new apps you might have missed throughout the week.Twitter sets the live video world ablaze with Periscope, a couple great iPhone photography apps, the best way to calendar on the Mac, and some others made it into this week’s roundup.Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!
What are this week's hottest apps?
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Looking to get up to speed on the week’s hottest apps? We’ve got your back!

Since my colleague Evan Killham has already covered the latest hot iOS games, I’m focusing on non-gaming apps this week: whether that’s an all-new custom keyboard, relaunched Q&A platform, or an update to an existing live-streaming favorite. Check out our picks below.

Check out our store’s best deals for April [Deals]

Get 200% charge with the thinnest battery case ever made
Get 200% charge with the thinnest battery case ever made
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Spring is here (finally) and that means we’re clearing out our Cult of Mac Store. Below you’ll find some of our favorite gear and other goodies going for at least half off of their normal price, from an ultra thin battery case to a private VPN service to a massive bundle of top notch apps that you can name your price for.

Take a gander:

Why Apple is optimistic, a one-year Apple Watch appraisal, and killer Instagram tips

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Why is Apple so optimistic?
Why is Apple so optimistic?
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Apple’s executive team is optimistic about the company’s future, despite a bleak earnings call. And why wouldn’t they be? Apple’s slump brought in more money than most other tech companies out there.

Read all about the positive spin in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, along with a trick to making your iOS folders look round with no jailbreak required, a frank appraisal of the Apple Watch one year in, 8 killer Instagram tips, the world’s biggest Apple Museum and much, much more.

Here are the top stories for this week.

Spring into action with these hot new iOS games [Reviews]

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New iOS games April 2016
We have a little bit of everything this time.
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April has arrived, which means that the cold and snowy weather is ostensibly behind us. In my case, I’ve traded it in for cold and rainy weather. But it’s still an improvement, so I’ll take it.

And if you’re looking for a way to celebrate the slightly improved temperatures, what better way than taking some cool, new iOS games for a spin outside? Just go to a park, sit in the sun, and jam your nose into your iPhone or iPad and ignore all of the beauty and wonder that surrounds you. Because we live in the future now, and that’s what we do.

Plus, these games are really good. Check them out.

Apple’s support site gets a much-needed makeover

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Get help faster and more easily with the new Apple Support site.
Get help faster and more easily with the new Apple Support site.
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Apple released a redesigned support site for desktop and mobile Friday afternoon, using its official Twitter account to call it out.

Now you’ll spend lest time trying to figure out the support site itself, Apple hopes, and get to the help you need faster, whether you’re using your iPhone, iPad or your Mac.

The week in apps: streaming video, HDR photography, and more [Deals]

Easily capture your screen, burn digital media and enjoy new features like audio Enhancement
Easily capture your screen, burn digital media and enjoy new features like audio Enhancement
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Another week, another round of super useful apps priced to move. And this is a diverse bunch: HDR photography, finance management, streaming video capture and more. We wouldn’t share them with you if they weren’t useful, and they’re all available for at least half off: