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The most awesome new apps you might have missed this week

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It’s the weekend, which means that Cult of Mac is ready to bring you a roundup of the last week’s best new app releases and updates for iOS and Mac.

From the week's best new iOS shooter, to a significant live-streaming app update to Twitter, to a gorgeous new Mac Twitter client, we've got what you need to make your next week an 'appy one

Pun fully intended!

Opener solves a problem many users have with web-links on iOS: namely that links routinely ignore the native apps users already have installed on their phones. As an example, tapping a news article featuring a tweet will likely direct you toward Twitter’s mobile site as opposed to the Twitter app.

Opener gives you the option of choosing which native apps you want to open each link with. Apple may well add this feature to a later version of iOS but, for now, Opener is your best available solution.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $1.99

Download: App Store

Sure, live-streaming app Periscope has been around for more than the last week, but it got a pretty significant update over the past seven days.

Anyone who has used Periscope knows that the search function is one of the app’s weakest points. This week’s 1.1 update gives you the ability to sort streams by location using a new map view which appears on the ‘global’ tab. It also now lets you replay streams immediately after they end, rather than having to wait until users upload them.

Bit by bit, Periscope is becoming the game-changing app we want it to be.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Speaking of games, Square Enix’s Hitman: Sniper is up there with the week’s most anticipated releases. Putting you back in the shoes of Agent 47, Hitman: Sniper asks you to stealthily dispatch targets with your trusty sniper rifle across a whopping 150 missions. Following on from the fantastic mobile Hitman: Go game, Hitman: Sniper is a whole lot of fun. Albeit perhaps not one for the kids.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $4.99

Download: App Store

Some apps flashily announce their presence. Others just run quietly in the background, while providing us with incredibly useful functionality. TrakCar is an example of the latter. Designed to help you find your way back to your vehicle after you’ve parked it, the app automatically records your parking location when you arrive somewhere, and then guides back there when you’ve finished.

On top of this you can enter manual parking locations where required. The only downside is that running GPS in the background on your iPhone can have an effect on battery life. But, hey, so can walking around for hours without remembering where you left your car!

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Our last recommended app of the week is an update to the popular third-party Mac Twitter client, Tweet. Not only does Tweetbot support features like GIFS, group DMs and embedded video (which Twitter’s official app doesn’t), but it looks just plain beautiful on OS X Yosemite — with the kind of streamlined UI we can only dream of Twitter adding.

To put it simply, if you use Twitter on your Mac, this is the app you want to use to do it. ‘Nuff said.

Available on: Mac

Price: $12.99

Download: Mac App Store

The NHL hates your Meerkat and Periscope videos

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The NHL isn't happy about all your livestreaming, hockey fans. Photo: Meerkat / Periscope
The NHL isn't happy about all your livestreaming, hockey fans. Photo: Meerkat / Periscope

You can be a fan of hockey, and you can be a fan of iPhone live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat, but according to the National Hockey League, you can’t be both. The NHL has just laid down the proverbial banhammer on Periscope and Meerkat.

A look at the first Apple Watch apps plus Periscope vs. Meerkat on The CultCast

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This week on The CultCast: With Apple Watch apps now hitting the store, we discuss some of the most popular ones. And if you want an Apple Watch you absolutely need to preorder — we’ll tell you why and how. Plus: Periscope! Learn all about it and why it’s way better than Meerkat. All that and so. Much. More…

Our thanks to lynda.com for sponsoring this episode! Learn virtually any application at your own pace from expert-taught video tutorials at lynda.com.

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Full show notes ahead!

Twitter takes on Meerkat with live video app Periscope

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I asked my colleague Killian Bell to come up with an image to show the battle between Twitter and Meerkat. This is what he came up with. The monster. Photo: Cult of Mac
Twitter is hunting Meerkats. Well, sort of. Photo: Cult of Mac

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard of Meerkat: the live-streaming social media phenomenon. Well, Twitter has too, because today it launched its own would-be Meerkat killer: a standalone live-streaming video app called Periscope.

Currently available only for iOS devices, the app was acquired by Twitter back in January for a reported $100 million. Unlike Meerkat, which works on the same disappearing media idea as Snapchat, Periscope allows users to save live streams and then replay them later.