Shazam Encore, Pocket Casts, Clear

updated 10:53 am EDT, Tue October 29, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Shazam Encore 7.1 ($7) - Shazam Encore is a music tagging tool that can identify songs simply by listening to them. In the latest release the Shazam Friends feed is now called News, and provides users with updates based on what they have been tagging. Users can also still see a live feed of all their friends’ tags, and a bug with posting tweets on the iPhone 5s has been fixed. [Download - 24.4MB]

Pocket Casts 4.2 ($4) - Pocket Casts is a podcast manager that allows users to keep track of all their favorite podcasts. Version 4.2 reintroduces the large skip buttons, allowing users to skip back and forth by tapping either side of the album artwork. Unplayed episode founds are also now shown on pod cost artwork and podcast titles can now be sorted by latest episode date or title. [Download - 12MB]

Clear 1.3.1 ($1) - Clear is a list-keeping app that lets users create an unlimited number of lists. The v1.3.1 update adds support for iOS 7’s Background Refresh feature, meaning that lists in Clear will be kept up-to-date more often. [Download - 5.2MB]

Air Display 2 2.0.2 ($10) - Air Display 2 can be used to turn an iOS device into a wireless display for any Mac or Windows computer. With the latest release, rendering performance is now faster on all devices. Support has also been added for using the A7 processor and OpenGL ES 3 found in the latest iOS devices to further improve performance. [Download - 40.8MB]

1Password 4.3.1 ($18) - 1Password is a password management app that allows users to store and organize multiple passwords. A built in password generator can also be used to create unique passwords for every site. A problem that could cause the software to stop syncing has been addressed in this update. [Download - 24.8MB]

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Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com

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Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop

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PopChar X 7.5 arrives

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