Awesome Apps of the Week

Nightshade app ‘poisons’ AI models copying your art [Awesome Apps]

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Researchers at the University of Chicago have given artists a tool to fight AI models imitating their artwork.
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Artists have every reason to fear artificial intelligence (AI) models that might train on their artwork online without permission, essentially imitating it and potentially diluting its value.

A new free app called Nightshade — yeah, after the poisonous plant — is here to mess with AI models to deter trainers from doing that.

Explore worlds old and new with Aztec Mystery Magic AI app [Awesome Apps]

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Ancient Aztec Mystery app
It's a fun way to engage with an AI chat.
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The new Aztec Mystery Magic app for iPhone and iPad released Thursday dresses up artificial intelligence (AI) chat in a cool Aztec costume.

It doesn’t do a whole lot, but it looks cool and it’s free. It answers questions, makes predictions and offers ancient Aztec riddles you can solve to get amulets. And hey, you might learn something.

Zoom video-chat app launches on Apple TV [Awesome Apps]

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You can now make Zoom calls on your biggest screen via Apple TV.
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From the “better late than never” category, a version of the Zoom video conferencing app has launched for Apple TV. This means it’s now easier to make Zoom calls using a TV’s large display.

Turns out the long wait was actually Apple’s fault.

AI generates weird and wonderful wallpaper for Mac [Awesome Apps]

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Gemoo AI Wallpaper Generator
Type in a descriptive prompt and get that wallpaper on your Mac desktop.
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Sick of the same old desktop wallpaper on your Mac? Developer Gemoo recently released a free AI Wallpaper Generator app that lets you replace your screen’s background visual with pretty much whatever you can think of in terms of a prompt, and with your choice of artistic style.

With 10 wallpaper prompts per day on the free version, it’s fun to play with. And if you need more, you can get the Pro version — once Gemoo settles on a pricing plan for it.

Be the ‘King of Digital’ with cool new synth app [Awesome Apps]

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AudioKit King of Digital synth app
Retro-obsessed audio mavens: Don't miss this one.
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If you love the synth sounds of the ’80s, we have something for you. AudioKit Pro launched a brand-new hybrid synthesizer app for iPhone and iPad Wednesday for those who love the sounds of the 1980s, ’90s and early 2000s.

And while the developer said the synth app usually costs $19.99, right now you can get it for $3.99. And by the way, it’s currently rated #1 in Music on the App Store.

Get your news, blogs, YouTube and webcomics all in one place [Awesome Apps]

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NetNewsWire on iPhone and Mac
Keep up with everything from NetNewsWire.
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NetNewsWire is a delightfully simple RSS reader for Mac, iPhone and iPad that syncs over iCloud. What’s an RSS reader? It’s the best way to keep up with your news, read blog posts, get YouTube videos, read webcomics and follow anything online.

NetNewsWire is an app I leave open perpetually on my Mac and open dozens of times a day on my iPhone. Since its relaunch a few years ago, it’s become one of the most important, core apps for my work and relaxation. Best of all, it’s totally free and open-source with no ads or tracking.

Why Glass is a great social network for photographers [Awesome Apps]

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I don't miss Instagram since moving to Glass.
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Glass is a return to the simplicity of Instagram circa 2012. It’s a social network specially tailored for looking at and posting beautiful photography. I have a thing for niche social networks, I guess.

I was an early adopter of Instagram, which initially was a picture-first social network. It’s lost focus in the years since, getting crowded with Stories, Reels, shopping and countless more half-baked features that don’t make sense. I now avoid it at all costs.

You don’t need to be a professional photographer to use it — although you do need $30/year.

Awesome apps for work and a great game for play

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Showcasing some of the best, coolest, most interesting new apps and app updates.
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I rely on my devices for everything. Whether it’s my recipe book, my alarm clock, to help me get work done, or entertain me during my downtime, my devices are a critical piece of life. Having apps that help me in those situations (or just make them a little more fun) is key.

This week, an app that makes short work of dealing with obscure files, a way to manage your favorite color collections, and a delightful game to enjoy. As usual, if you have something you want us to check out for a future Awesome Apps post, be sure to email your suggestion or tweet them over!

Awesome Apps for every kind of moment in life

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Your iPhone goes nearly everywhere you go, so why not let it help you with life’s biggest moments?
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Life is all about what you make of it. Or at least that’s how the saying goes, I guess. This week, we have an app that helps you make the most of your time, an app to help document it, and an app for the times in between. As usual, if you have something you want us to check out for a future Awesome Apps post, be sure to email your suggestion or tweet them over!

An awesome app to simplify your day or secure your data [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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With over a billion apps in the app store, we’ve found a few that we think you should know about.
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There really are apps for everything at this point. Whether you’re a coffee snob aiming to simplify your brewing experience, or simply looking for a tool to ease the frustration of your digital life, there is an app here for you. If you have other awesome apps to suggest for future installments, email your suggestion or tweet them over!

Apps to make you more creative and productive [Awesome Apps of the week]

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With roughly 2 millions apps available in the App Store, sometimes all you need is something to tell you what’s good.
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While we anxiously await a flurry of new and updated apps coming for iOS 16, a few great new apps and updates have hit the scene recently.

From being more productive to being more creative, this week’s Awesome Apps are sure to help you feel accomplished. And if you have something you want us to check out for a future Awesome Apps post, be sure to email your suggestion or tweet them over!

3 great apps to make your life a little bit easier [Awesome Apps]

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Awesome apps to try All starting with letter P This haiku ends here
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Another week has passed, and even more of you have come through with your app recommendations and suggestions! This week, a bit of a grab bag of new apps, new features, and new discoveries. From a shopping app to simplify your life to an excellent replacement to Apple’s infuriating TV app, we’ve got some awesome apps for you. And as always, if you have an awesome app to share, email your suggestion or tweet them to me!

A great new game, camera controls and a better budget app [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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Whether you're interested in a fun iPhone game, a better way to budget, or want to master your camera controls, this week's Awesome Apps has something for you.
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The last time we published an Awesome Apps of the Week roundup, I asked for you (or your friends) to email me or tweet at me with new apps (or app updates) worth checking out. And, as evidenced here, some of you came through. Also, it seems like there have actually been some cool/interesting new apps coming out lately. Thanks to the combination of those two things, we’re back with a great camera app, a super-fun new game, and an app that’s helping me budget better!

Useful utilities, an excellent batch photo editor and a great game [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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With billions of apps in the app store, it’s always a delight when more awesome apps turn up.
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Every time I think I can’t possibly discover other awesome, useful or fun new apps, I find a game or utility that makes something in my life just a little better or easier.

This week, a couple of great utilities, a way to simplify your photo editing process, and a ridiculously addictive game all managed to impress me. But surely these are the last good ones out there, right? (Want to tell me about another awesome app? Send me an email or find me on Twitter at @IanFuchs.)

Direction without directions, Magic Eraser for iPhone and more [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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With roughly 2 millions apps available in the App Store, sometimes all you need is something to tell you what’s good.
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From an easier way to meet up with a friend, to betting on a fight night, to cleaning up a photo, this week’s awesome apps are, well, awesome. We have a great app for dabbling in fantasy sports, a clever and simplified alternative to using GPS, and a way to bring the power of the Pixel 6 to the iPhone.

Share your memories, think creatively, and enjoy photography again [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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With roughly 2 millions apps available in the App Store, sometimes all you need is something to tell you what’s good.
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

Whether you like great time-wasting games, want to experience the beautiful photography that was once popular on Instagram, or want to preserve your favorite memories in video, this week we have some awesome apps to check out.

Extensions to make Safari even better [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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iOS 15 brings plenty of new features to iPhone and iPad. Safari Extensions in iOS 15 make Safari the best mobile browser.
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iOS and iPadOS 15 have been out for a couple weeks now, and as with most new iOS releases, they usher in plenty of new apps to take advantage of the latest features. This week, we’re talking all about iOS and iPadOS Safari extensions.

Picture-in-picture, video editing in your pocket, and another great email app [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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YouTube finally gets a much requested feature, Clips can make you a short-form video star, and another email app is a contender.
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Maybe it’s the impending iOS, iPadOS and macOS updates, but in checking out the App Store this past week, everything seemed to be “bug fixes and stability improvements.” Those are great things to have, but they aren’t as cool or exciting as fresh features or hot new apps!

Fortunately, a long-awaited feature is finally coming to the YouTube masses. Plus, I found another email app worth checking out. And, if you’re hoping to become an influencer, we’ve got an app to help you level up your videos in this week’s Awesome Apps of the Week.

One of Apple Arcade’s best games, a great notes app, and the best Twitter client [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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There’s plenty to love in this week’s installment of Awesome Apps!
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Whether you’re a gamer, a social media junkie, a productivity geek, or just love adding personality to your device, this week’s Awesome Apps of the Week offer something for just about everyone.

For those of you that don’t feel like any of those describe you, some of this weeks apps may still check a box or two for you.

Track pins, identify birds and boost your productivity [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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Awesome Apps of The Week for Aug. 8, 2021
Whether you want to bring technology to your hobby or boost productivity, this week’s Awesome Apps are worth checking out!
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The “Shazam for bird sounds” and a genius way to digitize your pin collection kick off the “Awesome Apps of the Week” series this week. On top of that, a couple of interesting new productivity apps to simplify your calendar, task list, email, and notes. And best of all, they’re all free, so you can’t go wrong with any of them.