Awesome apps of the week

Firefox for iOS, YouTube Music, and other awesome apps of the week


Having an 'appy weekend?
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The weekend may be halfway over, but you know what isn’t? The imagination of app developers.

This week’s collection of awesome apps encompasses everything from new web browsers for your iOS device, to a great new music app, to two spectacular games. Check below for our picks of the most noteworthy downloadables of the past seven days.

You won’t regret it for a second!

YouTube Music

Sure, Apple Music and Spotify may be more readily associated with streaming music, but YouTube has slowly but surely staked its own place as one of the Internet’s go-to services for accessing tunes. That mission statement took the next step this week thanks to the YouTube Music app, which offers song recommendations, personalized stations based on your tastes, plenty of music and lyric videos — and all with the handy ability to save files locally to listen to offline.

While YouTube Music does contain ads, it’s possible to remove them (or “amplify your experience”) by subscribing. There’s even a 14-day free trial to help you get started.

Cost: Free (with optional subscription)
Available for: iPhone and iPad
Get it from: App Store

Firefox Web Browser

Firefox has finally made it to iOS.
Firefox has finally made it to iOS.
Photo: Mozilla

Firefox has been available on Android for more than three years, but this week it finally arrived on iOS as promised.

Mozilla’s web browser offers a bevy of useful features including a private browsing mode, predictive searches and, naturally, support for existing Firefox users — allowing you to import Firefox bookmarks, saved tabs, passwords, and web history.

Certainly worth a download if you’re looking for an alternative to Safari.

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone and iPad
Get it from: App Store

Google Chrome Web Browser

Google Chrome is making the jump to iOS.
Photo: Google

This week was a good one for non-Safari fans with iOS devices thanks to not one, but two new web browsers debuting for iPhone and iPad. In addition to Firefox, Google also released a beta for its Chrome iOS Web browser using Apple’s TestFlight.

Available for invitees only (sign up at the link below), the beta offers the ability to sync your tabs and bookmarks across all devices, mobile data savings of up to 50 percent while browsing, Google-powered voice search, translation features, unlimited tabs, an Incognito mode to browse without saving your history, and 3D Touch integration for users with an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone and iPad
Get it from: Google

Mozart 2 Pro Music Reading Game

Mozart has been around since the earliest days of the iPhone. Mozart 2 Pro gives us an update worthy of the eight years which have passed since Apple’s debut handset first shipped — adding new features, graphics, and an overhauled game engine.

The game concept will be familiar to anyone who has played a title like Guitar Hero, but the fact that Mozart actually has some educational content — helping kids to learn to read actual music — certainly makes it a valuable tool. And fun, to boot.

Cost: $3.99
Available for: iPhone and iPad
Get it from: App Store

Dark Fear

Seriously, did you watch the trailer above? A great pixel art point-and-click adventure with a genuinely scary feel, Dark Fear may be too late for Halloween, but it’s certainly the perfect unsettling title to dive into as the evenings continue to draw in. Awesome soundtrack too!

Cost: $2.99
Available for: iPhone and iPad
Get it from: App Store


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