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Week’s best apps: Enlight, Fallout Shelter, and more

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It's the weekend -- and have we ever got some great apps to help you fill up the next two days!

From nuclear bunkers to photo-editing suites, and Apple Music playlist importers to run-and-gun actioners, check out our picks for the week's most newsworthy apps. You won't regret it!

Pixelmator has become one of the standards when it comes to editing photos on your Mac or iOS device. This week's 2.0 update adds a slew of new features, such as the ability to easily change your brush size using your fingertips, a faster and more accurate repair function, and generally bolstered list of available tools.

If you're into photo editing on your iPhone, you really can't go wrong.

Available on: iPhone/iPad (iOS 8.3 and later)

Price: $0.99 (usually $4.99)

Download: App Store

Okay, Fallout Shelter isn't new this week, but I'm including it here on the back of the news that its addictive qualities allowed it to pull in a massive $5.1 million in two weeks.

The game, if you haven't yet played it, is a vault-building sim, in which you protect a population of nuclear survivors from fires, radioactive insect infestations, and attacks from outsiders.

The game is free-to-play, meaning that there are in-app purchases available, but Fallout Shelter doesn't force them on you, and the game's so much fun you won't mind throwing a few dollars its way.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Enlight is one of the year's best photo-editing apps.

The arrival of Apple Music means that you may be reconsidering the existing streaming music services you use. But what if you've spent the past several years compiling the ultimate playlist outside of Apple Music? Fortunately that's where this nifty tool from coder Lupin comes into play. In short, it'll seamlessly extract your Spotify and Deezer playlists and transfer them over to Apple Music. Best of all, it's totally free.

Available on: Mac

Price: Free

Download: Lupin's homepage

I'm a big fan of the Mission Impossible franchise, which is why I was happy to hear about the arrival of a new MI game on iOS to coincide with the release of this summer's Rogue Nation movie.

This free-to-play action title from developers Glu Games puts you in charge of tracking down Ethan Hunt. If you're looking for a bit of mindless run-and-gun action this weekend, this game will provide it.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $4.99

Download: App Store

Super-secret-agent shows that will thrill Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans

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Ugh, piss off, Ward. Nobody likes you.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back from its mid-season break to resolve some cliffhangers — and introduce new ones, because absolute closure has no place in TV shows based on comic books.

If you don’t like waiting a week between episodes and want to fill that time with more stories about secret agencies, government-sanctioned or otherwise, that are charged with sorting out the crazy junk your civilian brain just couldn’t even handle, we have a few suggestions for you. Kick your TV into super-secret-spy mode with these shows and movies that are guaranteed to give you your daily allowance of secrets, acronyms and people in suits with guns.

How Much Does Mission Impossible 4’s Director Love Apple? Let Us Count The Ways

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol hits theaters everywhere tomorrow. Surprisingly, the movie actually got really good reviews and is positioned to be one of the top movies of the holiday season. We went and watched the film this weekend at IMAX and enjoyed the dose of big-budget popcorn entertainment that reminded us how huge action movies used to be a lot more fun than the annoying and cringe-worthy action flicks that hit the screen en masse nowadays. Thanks a lot Michael Bay.

The success of Mission Impossible 4 shouldn’t come as a huge surprise though to anyone who is familiar with the director Brad Bird. Having worked at Pixar for a number of years, Bird has directed popular films such as The Iron Giant, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles, as well as leading the creative teams behind Toy Story 3 and Up. Being a Pixar alum, Bird had the opportunity to work with Steve Jobs and remarks that, “he wasn’t about making something that was going to be cool next week, he was about making something that was going to be cool 100 years from now.”

As a fan of Apple, Bird places Apple products throughout his newest movie and uses them as tools for Ethan Hunt and his team to do some really awesome stuff. Here’s some of the coolest uses of Apple technology in Mission Impossible 4 (we’ll try and keep the spoilers at a minimum).