This Week’s Must-Have iOS Apps: Klout, Norton Identity Safe, Dark Sky & More [Roundup]

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Apps: Klout, Norton Identity Safe, Dark Sky & More [Roundup]

Klout finally makes it way to the iPhone, Norton provides us with a great way to store our passwords, and LinkedIn finally gets iPad support.

If you visited the site yesterday, you’ll already be aware that Cult of Mac’s weekly must-have apps and games roundups are now back. This is where we choose our pick of the best new releases and updates to hit the App Store in the past week.

This week’s feature includes the official Klout app, which has finally made its way to iOS; a great service for storing and syncing your passwords from security specialists Norton; a beautiful weather app, and more.

Klout — iPhone (Free)

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Apps: Klout, Norton Identity Safe, Dark Sky & More [Roundup]

Klout, the free service that provides you with a rating based on your online influence, has finally made its debut on the iPhone. This free app gives Klout users the ability to view their score anytime, anywhere; and discover new people and new content that promises to “enhance your social experience.”

The app offers some nifty features like the option to display your Klout score on your home screen at all times, and push notifications to alert you about changes to your online influence.

Norton Identity Safe — Universal (Free)

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Apps: Klout, Norton Identity Safe, Dark Sky & More [Roundup]

Security specialists Norton have created an incredible new tool that provides you with a way of storing and syncing all your usernames and passwords to your favorite websites. It’s simple to use; all you have to do is input all of your credentials for all of your online services.

It’s completely safe, so you don’t need to worry about anyone stealing your data, and once your details are saved, Identity Safe will sync them to your Mac or PC and other mobile devices so you always have your passwords with you wherever and whenever you need them. This ensures you don’t need to keep resetting your passwords when you forget them.

Dark Sky — Universal ($3.99)

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Apps: Klout, Norton Identity Safe, Dark Sky & More [Roundup]

Dark Sky is a beautiful new weather app that takes things back to basics. It’s designed to tell you simply what the weather is like right now, and what it’ll be like in an hour, “so you’re free to walk the dog or play another set of tennis,” safe in the knowledge that you’ll stay dry.

Dark Sky promises that it can provide accurate minute-to-minute predictions for your precise location.

Groove 2 — Universal ($1.99)

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Apps: Klout, Norton Identity Safe, Dark Sky & More [Roundup]

Groove 2 was already my favorite music app on iOS, but with its latest update, it’s even better. It now supports the new iPad’s high-resolution Retina display, meaning it looks even more gorgeous than it did before; and provides the ability to shuffle albums and playlists for those who (like me) don’t like to listen to things in order.

Its developers have also resurrected the old ‘Playlist End Action’ feature which allows you to specify how you’d like Groove 2 to act when it reached the end of a playlist. If you haven’t already downloaded Groove 2, I highly recommend it.

LinkedIn — Universal (Free)

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Apps: Klout, Norton Identity Safe, Dark Sky & More [Roundup]

LinkedIn got a huge update this week, finally introducing support for the iPad, with high-resolution Retina display artwork for Apple’s latest device. The app already provides quick and easy access to your professional network while you’re on the go, allowing you to find and connect with over 150 million users worldwide.

The app also provides access to your groups, the latest industry news, and gives you the ability to share content with your network from wherever you are. A new calendar feature in version 5.0 also lets you see the LinkedIn profile information of the people you’re scheduled to meet.

Screenshot Journal — Universal ($1.99)

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Apps: Klout, Norton Identity Safe, Dark Sky & More [Roundup]

Cult of Mac’s reviews editor Charlie Sorrel accurately describes Screenshot Journal as “like iPhoto for your iOS screenshots.”

The (universal) app does one thing: gather all the screenshots from your camera roll and organize them for your viewing pleasure.

On launch, Screenshot Journal parses your camera roll for screenshots, filtering from all the Instabreakfast and Instadoggie photos cluttering it up. The resulting thumbnails are sorted by month.

Tapping a thumbnail takes you to the viewer. Here, you can zoom in way more than you can in the photos app (200%, 400%, 800%, 1600%, and 3200%), and without the fuzzy pixel interpolation added by Apple. Instead, you get sharp-edged pixels (essential for inspecting UI components) and you can even overlay a grid.

What’s Your Favorite?

So that concludes our list of this week’s must-have iOS apps. If you’ve picked up something that you think we should have included, be sure to let us know about it in the comments.

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  • Jason Velazquez

    Dick move suggesting the grooveshark clone.

  • xMoonDevilx

    You’re a Cult of Mac writer? Must have Apps? All of the paid ones have app counterparts for free that do the same thing. An app for Klout….egomaniacs and Epeen users? Norton Password storage….an app forcing and requiring the user to use a non-Apple based browser, to provide mandatory use for keychain access?

    How the hell did you get this job? More like ‘must have apps because I am desperate to fill my quota’.

  • ApplePr0n

    Some of them are ok I guess, nothing i feel i “must have” though

  • technochick

    The only thing on this list that catches my eye is Klout. not because I would ever use it but because my little brother just finished a book report for school on the realities behind the books Uglies and Extras from the Westerfield quartet and Klout sounds like it could have been ripped out of the latter one to a degree.

  • pawelratajczak

    Screenshot Journal review is here http://www.pawelratajczak.pl/archives/3330

  • likethepear

    Norton’s not available outside the U.S.

  • lwdesign1

    I’m not sure I’d trust Norton for anything, especially passwords–and this is years since I removed every trace of Norton products from my Macs due to their chronic tendency to slow down and crash. Back in the days of OS 7 and 8, Norton Utilities was essential for keeping my Macs running well and perky. Then Norton changed its focus, stopped developing Norton Utilities and concentrated on virus/malware protection for the Mac (surprising because of the well-known security and lack of malware for the Mac). Norton Antivirus was buggy, awful and unneeded software that created MANY more problems than it solved. They got rid of a supremely useful tool and kept a dog. Now they want me to trust them for protecting my passwords? Nope.

  • Clark Wallace

    How does Norton Identity Safe compare to 1Password?

  • sonofsci

    Are these the weeks best apps or the weeks best sponsored apps? Cuz….these kind of suck.

  • John Johnson

    Klout app? Check out SocialLadder – the iPhone app that not only shows you how you rank against others in terms of influence but also gives you the ability to get exclusive local deals – all based on your score.

  • KillianBell

    You’re a Cult of Mac writer? Must have Apps? All of the paid ones have app counterparts for free that do the same thing. An app for Klout….egomaniacs and Epeen users? Norton Password storage….an app forcing and requiring the user to use a non-Apple based browser, to provide mandatory use for keychain access?

    How the hell did you get this job? More like ‘must have apps because I am desperate to fill my quota’.

    Er… you’re missing the point. This is a list of must-have apps that were released or updated within the past week, as it quite clearly states in the first paragraph. The whole point of these features is to keep them fresh, otherwise they’d pretty much be exactly the same each week.

    Sure, some of them may not be must-have apps to you, but they will be to other readers.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the UK. He has an interest in all things tech, but most enjoys covering Apple, anything mobile, and gaming. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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