The best podcast, feel-good, photography and AirPods apps this week

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Download this week's top apps, pronto!
Download this week's top apps, pronto!
Image: Cult of Mac

This week we control our AirPods from our Macs, listen to podcasts on our Apple Watches, and listen to our inner selves with our iPhones.

Castro Podcast Player

The Castro podcast player plays nice with Apple Watch now.
The Castro podcast player plays nice with Apple Watch now.
Photo: Supertop Software

The excellent Castro podcast player now lets you download podcasts to your Apple Watch, and listen to them from there, without the iPhone acting as a go-between.

The new feature builds on Castro’s queue, which is a clever triaging system for people who subscribe to too many podcasts. The Apple Watch sync mirrors this queue, so you alway have the podcasts you want most.

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Download: Castro Podcast Player from the App Store (iOS)

NeuraBoot

Reboot your neurons with NeuraBoot.
Reboot your neurons with NeuraBoot.
Photo: Sun Productions

Sponsored: NeuraBoot is an iPhone app that aims to improve your mental well-being. First, you log your moods using a dual slider. Then the app trains you to reduce stress, using “gamified emotional support and self-care.” Instead of firing up Instagram and feeling bad, you can open up NeuraBoot and feel better.

Combine the app with meditation and a support network, and you’re on your way to better times.

Price: Free

Download: NeuraBoot from the App Store (iOS)

Filmic Firstlight – Photo App

Filmic brings live analytics to its new Firstlight camera app for iPhone
Filmic brings live analytics to its new camera app for iPhone.
Screenshot: Filmic/App Store

Filmic Firstlight is a still photography app from the folks behind the best video app on iOS. The idea of the app is that you make adjustments while you’re taking the shot, to get it right “in-camera.”

To this end, you get some neat features normally seen only in video apps, like live, on-screen analytics.

Price: Free with in-app subscription

Download: Filmic Firstlight – Photo App from the App Store (iOS)

Noise Buddy

NoiseBuddy, a friend for your AirPods Pro.
NoiseBuddy, a friend for your AirPods Pro.
Photo: Guilherme Rambo

NoiseBuddy is a Mac app that lets you control your AirPods Pro from the Touch Bar or menu bar. It puts an icon in either spot, and when you tap/click on it, you toggle between the various noise-cancellation modes: Normal, off and Transparency mode.

It’s a simple app, that does one thing. If you need it, then it will probably be perfect for you. Plus, it’s free.

Price: Free

Download: NoiseBuddy from GitHub (macOS)