The week in apps: Photo editors, games galore, and all the rest

Some good things happened in the app world this week.
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It’s possible that you couldn’t keep up with the wild world of app updates this week considering all the changes happening with Uber, including Travis Kalanick stepping down as CEO. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered.

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.

Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup of top apps.

L’Oral’s UV Patch

This UV patch can help monitor your family’s UV exposure.

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The company released the first UV patch last year, but the updated version is much more kid friendly. The little blue, heart-shaped patch is waterproof and can be stuck on the hand or wrist for up to three days. Just download the My UV Patch app on your Android or iPhone and snap quick shots of your family’s patches throughout the day.

Each person has their own avatar in the app, so it’s easy to keep track of everyone’s sun exposure. It even asks you about your skin type, the location, and the weather to make sure you’re getting the best advice. When you take a photo of the patch, My UV tells you things like when to put on more sun screen, what the UV levels on your patch are currently at, and what level SPF you should be using.

Interested parents can snag two free patches with the purchase of La Roche-Posay’s sun screen made specifically for kids. Or you can order one free patch here.

Priime RAW

Quickly edit high quality photos with Priime RAW.

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Priime RAW is a editing app for raw and high-resolution photos taken on DSLR, mirrorless, and other digital cameras. It has a wide color spectrum to showcase the true beauty of images you capture. Edits show up in milliseconds so you don’t have to sit around waiting for the transformation.

The app has AI smart suggestions to recommend which filters and editing tools you should be using. There’s even a full edit history, so you can go back if you change your mind and like a previous edit of the image. When all of your edits have been made, Priime Raw saves your photos in non-destructive, max resolution, no compression up to 120 megapixels. So you don’t have to worry about tainting your photos with this editing app.

Spearman

Throw spears for hours on end with this new game.

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Sometimes you just want a fun little game to keep you occupied for a while. The new game Spearman is free on iOS and Android and will keep your mind off other things for as long as you want it to.

You’ll work on your spear throwing finesse while countering enemies in the game. It’s pretty simple to use. Just drag and drop your finger to target and throw the spear at other stick people. The force of the throw doesn’t change, so all you have to do is aim in the direction you want your spear to go. Your own spearman will come into contract with a lot of other characters, including archers, javelin throwers, swordsmen, and magicians.

If you really get into the game, there’s a store where you can buy helmets, defensive skills, and an apple for healing.

Elsewhere

If That Then This (IFTTT), the app that triggers an action when something happens, launched a new project this week. The Data Access Project lets you add government agencies into your app so you’re more aware of what’s going on around you. You can get a text when the Department of State issues a travel alert, receive emails for Amtrak alerts in your city, or be notified if there’s a CTA red line alert during your morning commute. The app added over 40 agencies, so your options for new info are really wide open.

Jump away!

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Test your reaction with Three Jump. Just like the app sounds, it’s all about jumping over obstacles. Click one to three taps and get your ball rolling. Collect coins throughout the course to get as many points as possible. The course just keeps going, so play for as long as you want.

If you’re an Android user you’ll want to check out Camera FV-5. The professional camera app for mobile devices just got an update to support ultra wide aspect ration screens on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6. So start tailoring your raw pics at the highest level and post away!

That’s all for this week, folks! Check back in next week for all the latest and greatest app updates.

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