This week in apps: Retro photos, better email, and more

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Too caught up in the battle for net neutrality to keep up with all the new apps and updates this week?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is making our lives a lot easier.

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Something for both Apple and Android users! The email service just made replying a little easier. Now, group conversations automatically open to the first unread message, so you don’t get lost. You can also tag people you’re chatting with by typing the @ symbol. There’s also a new account picker, so if you have email accounts with Gmail, Outlook, and Office365, you can easily access the one you’re looking for much more quickly.

Google beauty booking

Book spa and salon appointments with Google.

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Making an appointment at a salon or spa is smart, but not everyone loves picking up the phone and actually doing it. Fear not, Google is here to save the day. Just look for the “book” button on the business listing. Choose a time, put in your information, and get excited. Just keep in mind that this service is only available in the U.S. so far.


Who doesn’t love a fun, cute game? BotHeads is free and it’s all about the action. Fly around, spin, and do twists. And the best part is that your little robot does all of this to music.


Drawing is easier with photo referencing.

Image: Arty/itunes

There’s a free app for all of the creative iOS users out there. Arty lets you easily refer back to photos on your phone when drawing. The latest update lets you match colors in your photo to your colored pencils so you get the most accurate drawing. Users can also create a color swatch, overlay a grid, turn your phone into a lightbox to trace the image, use filters, and more. And everything is automatically saved so you don’t have to worry about losing the perfect edit.

Catch the killer with this app.

Image: Criminal Case: Pacific Bay/itunes

Detective apps are apparently all the rage these days. Criminal Case: Pacific Bay is a new game that lets you be a part of the police force and search for clues, question subjects, and analyze who you think the real killer is.

Get that retro photo look back.

Image: gudak cam/itunes

Bring the old times back with analog camera app Gudak Cam, which limits you to 24 shots per day with a limited viewfinder, and forces you to wait three days to see your photos. The goal is to bring back the “thrill of choosing and cherishing moments.” And you’ll even get little charms like dust and light leaks in your photos to make them look extra retro. It just might be worth the dollar it costs in the App Store.

Well, folks, that’s all. Be sure to check back next week to get all of the latest and greatest in the app world.

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