The best apps of week 40-2021 in App Missed

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In the weekly App Missed section you can read which apps from the past week are worth checking out. We always discuss about five apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac. These could be apps that you may not have known about or that are useful or just fun to try. And that can also be veterans who have received a major update and therefore receive some extra attention.

Discussed earlier this week on iCulture:

  • Halide now allows you to take macro photos even without iPhone 13 Pro
  • Apple releases stripped-down Apple TV+ app for LG TVs from 2016 and 2017
  • Paddle wants to circumvent Apple's in-app purchases with its own payment system

iCulture App of the Week: ActiveTab Are you using a Mac and have you recently updated to Safari 15.0? Then you must have noticed the new look of Safari tabs. Not everyone is happy with this design. In addition to the bugs in this version, according to users, it is also more difficult to see which tab is active. ActiveTab wants to do something about that in the form of a Safari extension.

To make it easier for you to see which tab is active, this extension displays a colored bar below the tab. You can set the color and thickness of this bar yourself. There's not much more to it, but it can simplify using Safari. The developer says it won't work if you have too many tabs open.

 

Thinkdrop 2

Are you quite chaotic or do you benefit from writing your thoughts off? With Thinkdrop 2 you can do that. The beautifully designed app was developed by the Dutch Hoye Lam and offers all kinds of interesting functions. You can write, leave a message or upload a photo to keep your log. Will you come back to a thought later? Then you can easily add something to it. With machine learning, the app tries to sense your mood. Unfortunately, the app is only suitable for iOS 15 and newer. If you cannot or do not want to update, then the app is not suitable for you.

 

PiPifier

We are discussing another Safari extension in this App Missed. This time it's one intended for your iPhone and iPad, because they can also run extensions since iOS 15. The idea of ​​PiPifier is very simple: it allows you to easily play videos in Safari via picture-in-picture. You can then watch a movie while doing something else on your iPhone or iPad. The video continues to play in the foreground.

 

Crossy Road+

Remember Crossy Road? This immensely popular game is now available through Apple Arcade. The app has been modified here and there so that you don't have to make in-app purchases. Also, there are no ads at all. In Crossy Road+ you have to cross roads, rivers and train tracks step by step. If you get hit by an object, you're out. Attention: very addictive!

 

Volv

For anyone who has installed tons of news apps and follows just about every journalist on Twitter, there is Volv. This app aims to collect all the news and put it in headlines that you read within 9 seconds. This way you stay informed of the same news, but faster. Of course you can always read more about a topic. Not only news, but also trending videos and stock memes are tracked. Volv is American, so not everything might be equally relevant to you.