The best Apple Watch apps you probably haven’t heard of

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There are already more than 3,000 apps for the Apple Watch, which makes it difficult to find all of the hidden gems. How do you find the best Apple Watch apps?

Luckily, there are plenty of third-party Watch apps that deserve attention, whether they tell you when it’s going to rain or help you get stuff done. Apple is promoting Watch apps heavily in the App Store, and while the big players (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) are obvious downloads, we’ve been on the lookout for some of the other apps for the Apple Watch you might not know about.

Here are some of the best Apple Watch apps to trick out your wrist.

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Your Apple Watch may arrive earlier than expected

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When shipping estimates for the Apple Watch fell to June in only a matter of minutes, many preorder customers were left frustrated and in despair.

But there’s hope yet: Apple is already preparing to ship Watch orders that originally weren’t slated to arrive for over a month.

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Adobe’s new Lightroom 6 is the best Aperture alternative

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Today Adobe released Lightroom 6, cementing the photo editor as the best alternative to Apple’s now-extinct Aperture.

For Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers, the new app is called Lightroom CC. While perhaps the biggest enhancement is related to speed and performance, there are also a few new features users should find helpful.

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Beyonce shows off Apple Watch band you can’t have at Coachella

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The latest celebrity to flaunt an Apple Watch is none other than Queen B herself. Today Beyonce posted photos of herself at Coachella wearing the 18-karat Apple Watch Edition and a custom band you can’t buy.

One of iTunes’ most beloved artists has a solid gold link bracelet for the Watch that Apple doesn’t sell officially. And it probably costs more than the Edition itself.

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Flashlight and other awesome Mac and iOS app updates you might have missed last week

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Flashlight

Spotlight got a major upgrade with OS X Yosemite, but what if it could do even more?

The new 1.0 release of Flashlight is so good that Apple hired its developer, Nate Parrott, to work as an intern on Spotlight.

Flashlight is a little like Alfred and LaunchBar, expect it hooks directly into Spotlight and adds over 160 actions. That means you may need to never use a third-party app launcher utility again, although many power users will likely stick with their current setup.

So what exactly can Flashlight do? The list is too long to put here, but some options include: creating calendar events, creating reminders, opening URLs, translating text, calling numbers, sending iMessages, checking the weather, ejecting disks, copying emojis, and turning on a screensaver.

Available on: Mac

Price: Free

Download: Flashlight website

Kong

The selfie and GIF obsessed will take great interest in Kong, the latest iPhone app from Path. It’s simple to use: take a quick GIF selfie, add a filter and some text, and share privately with friends or publicly in what the app calls “channels.”

There’s also sharing with Instagram, Twitter, iMessage, and more from within the app. Kong will be on the Apple Watch when it ships too.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Tumblr 4.0

Tumblr recently updated its iOS app up to version 4.0. Along with a new icon, plenty of stuff in the app has been improved to make it a more full-fledged blogging tool.

You can create secondary blogs on the fly and submit to other blogs right on the iPhone. There’s also a new Today view widget for your recent blog activity, feed updates, and what’s trending.

Posts can be filtered by type, videos can be posted simply by pasting URLs, GIFs load faster, the iPad experience has been improved, and so much more. For hardcore Tumblr users, this is an update that can’t be missed.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Google Chrome

Google Chrome got a considerable update on iOS last week that added the first instance of a helpful Today view widget for a browser. Two buttons for opening a new tab and performing a voice search are readily available from Notification Center along with the option to open a link in your clipboard.

The app itself also has pull to refresh for webpages and iOS 8 app extension support for integrating with apps like 1Password.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Final Cut Pro X

Along with Motion and Compressor, Apple released a big update to Final Cut last week that includes 3D titles, improved masking, additional camera formats, and easier options for exporting and sharing projects in the iTunes Store.

Available on: Mac

Price: $299.99 (free trial available)

Download: App Store

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