The week in iOS apps: Movie mayhem

Our latest roundup features game apps associated with two of our favorite franchises: The Martian and The Walking Dead. Read on!

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...plus, the latest update from Fantastical

Our latest roundup features game apps associated with two of our favorite franchises: The Martian and The Walking Dead. Read on!

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Adobe Photoshop Fix

Adobe Photoshop Fix is a free photo “retouching” app for iOS. “Heal, smooth, liquefy, lighten and make other edits and adjustments that give you the precise look you’re after,” the makers say. If you subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud, you can use it in combination with other desktop and mobile apps from the company.

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Fantastical

The $5 Fantastical 2 for iPhone and $10 version for iPad incorporate a bunch of iOS 9 tricks into what was already one of the best calendar apps around. The phone version gives you access to 3D Touch features and Apple Watch complications, while the tablet version can be used in the iPad’s split-screen multitasking mode. Each features numerous design tweaks and bug fixes, as well.

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Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories is a free video cookbook, full of step-by-step instructions for tasty meals that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. The app received an update this week with support for the iPad’s picture-in-picture mode and multitasking, found in iOS 9, plus an overhauled user interface that makes it easier for you to create and share your own recipes.

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Pic Scanner

Pic Scanner lets you take pictures of your old print pictures so that you have digital access to treasured memories. Version 3.0 launched this week, now allowing users to view photos as a slideshow, post photos to Instagram and WhatsApp, and send photos via Messages. The update also offers higher-resolution scans of the original pictures.

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Sunshine

Another week, another weather forecasting app. Sunshine claims to be an improvement over competitors, though, using “the sensors in your phone to provide you with real-time weather updates.” Your input validates and improves the accuracy of the forecasts—it is weather forecasting with you, increasingly, playing the part of the forecaster.

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The Martian

Everybody, it seems, loves new Matt Damon movie The Martian. Now The Martian is available as a $3 iOS game—you play the role of a NASA communications specialist helping guide “Mark,” a lone astronaut stranded on Mars, on a pathway to survival and eventual return to Earth.

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The Walking Dead: No Man's Land

What is there to say about The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, the new game for iOS? We have just one question: Do you have the braaaaaaaaains to play and win?

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WageSpot

You’re not supposed to compare salaries with co-workers, right? WageSpot  lets you “Share and compare your salary to real people in real time based on real locations, industries, companies, job satisfaction” and more. Want to gauge your true worth in your job? Here’s a way to get started.

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Others of note

Google Photos lets you merge “face groups” …. HBO Now (pictured here) offers picture-within-picture capabilities … Lifesum has updated with Apple Watch support and integration with iOS health-tracking data.