Image Blender, Flipboard, Google Search

updated 11:19 am EST, Thu January 30, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Image Blender 2.0 ($2) - Image Blender is a tool for combining images with masks and different blend modes. Within the app users can specify exactly where images should be blended, and personalized filters with overlays can be saved for later use. Version 2.0 has been updated for iOS 7 and includes full 64-bit support. The option to always save as PNG has also been added, along with Adonit Jot Touch support and URL-schemes. [Download - 7.4MB]

Flipboard 2.2.3 (free) - Flipboard aggregates stories shared by friends across social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as from pre-selected news sources. Users can also save content that interests them into personal magazines. The v2.2.3 update lets users add bookmarks to their Safari Reading List as they are browsing through Flipboard. Websites can also now be added to Flipboard by coping the URL from Safari and then opening Flipboard. [Download - 16.5MB]

Google Search 3.2.1 (free) - Google Search can be used to find a wide variety of information. Google Now automatically provides users with important weather throughout the day, such as weather, news and traffic, while the search page lets users perform standard web searches. The latest release is a minor update that adds a Winter Olympics 2014 Google Now card with medals and the upcoming events, as well as a few other minor improvements. [Download - 28.4MB]

Evernote 7.3 (free) - Evernote is a documentation tool that allows users to create notes that are automatically synced across all of their devices. Support is included for creating both text and voice notes, and premium users are given the added ability to store notebooks offline and to lock the app with a PIN. In v7.3 users can now choose from three color themes, Light, Dark, and Classic. Support for adding, removing and rearranging sections is also included in this update, along with the ability to show or hide details for each section. [Download - 36.7MB]

Launch Center Pro 2.2 ($3) - Launch Center Pro can be used to create shortcuts that can launch apps or perform certain actions. Three new actions, Dropbox Text, Text-to-Speech and Dictionary Lookup, are included in this update, along with new VoiceOver support. Users can also now move actions between groups, and various bugs have been resolved. [Download - 18.2MB]

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