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9 apps that enhance iOS 8's camera

iOS 8 gave the iPhone's camera app a major upgrade: automatic straightening and cropping, one-touch light and color adjustments, built-in filters and editing tools, time-lapse videos, and the iCloud Photo Library, among other improvements. But for iPhotographers who want more manual control over their photos, sharing options, and storage, here are our nine picks for photo apps that play well with iOS 8.

More features for control freaks

VSCO Cam

When you're out and about, you don't want miss an important shot because you're searching through a cluttered app. VSCO Cam has a streamlined, minimal interface … Read more

Apple's new iPhones, Watches, and apps

Today Apple announced a bushel of new products: not one but two iPhone 6s, three Apple Watches, iOS 8, Apple Pay, and assorted other apps. Here's what you need to know about the goods.

iPhone 6

What: iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen; iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display.

When: September 19 (preorders begin Friday, September 12).

How much: iPhone 6: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, $399 for 128GB; iPhone 6 Plus: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, $499 for 128GB -- those are US prices, all with a two-year contract. (Bargain hunters can now … Read more

eBay launches Sell Your Phone campaign

iPhone 6 will be available starting September 19, so future adopters have a little over a week to sell their old phone and get in line for the new iOS 8-compatible phone. But if haggling with sketchy strangers from Craigslist over the best price for your existing phone isn't your cup of tea, then let eBay do the work for you.

Let eBay unload your phone

Check the eBay tracker to see how much your device is worth. The price calculator covers a variety of brands: Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and more. Choose your phone model, carrier, color, extra … Read more

Data Recovery for iPhone for Mac review

Data Recovery for iPhone lets you access items that you may have accidentally deleted or those that were lost from your device after a jailbreak. Once you've completed a scan, you can view the recovered files to find the ones you're looking for, and then you can save them straight to your computer.

Pros

Intuitive interface: This program features a clean interface with tabs across the top of the main viewing window to facilitate navigation. Clicking these tabs lets you move from one type of recovered file to another, so you can quickly find the types of files … Read more

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone review

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone is a flexible note-taking program that lets you save all kinds of important information in one place. Photos, text, and links are all searchable in this app, and you can organize your notes into different notebooks and pages to make things as easy as possible to find later on.

Pros

Checkable lists: While the blank page you start writing your notes on may look just like a regular document or piece of paper, there's a lot of functionality lurking just below the surface. For instance, you can insert checkboxes into lists, and then check them … Read more

SimpleMind for iPhone review

SimpleMind for iPhone is a program to help you map out all kinds of projects and ideas efficiently, so you can stay organized. It features multiple customization options and many tools to make the mind mapping process as smooth as possible.

Pros

Sync with desktop: When you sync this app with the desktop version, you can work on your mind maps in both locations whenever it's convenient for you. This is also a nice option because the larger screen of the desktop will let you zoom out and see the big picture, while the mobile app means you can … Read more

VLC Media Player review

VLC Media Player is an open-source program that lets you play all kinds of media on your iOS device even if they're in formats that are not normally supported. Just download your music and videos to your iPhone or iPad, and you're ready to enjoy them wherever you go.

Pros

Multiple transfer options: When you're ready to move files from your computer to your VLC library, you have several options. You can connect your device directly to the computer, and then complete the transfer through iTunes, or you can connect both your computer and your device to … Read more

Splashtop - Remote Desktop for iPhone & iPod review

Splashtop - Remote Desktop for iPhone and iPod lets you stream your desktop to your mobile device and control it from there. When you're using this app, everything you do on your phone is instantly reflected on your desktop, and everything you do on your desktop is instantly reflected on your phone.

Pros

Total synchronization: Whether you're browsing the Web, editing a PowerPoint presentation, or writing a report, you'll have total access to everything on your desktop from your mobile device. And because you're streaming from your computer, you don't have to have the programs … Read more

Skype for iPhone review

Skype for iPhone brings the iconic service to your mobile device, so you can take advantage of it no matter where you are. Keep in touch with your Skype contacts or use the service to connect with friends on traditional telephone service using your Skype Credit.

Pros

Widely used: Calls to any other Skype users are free, no matter where they are in the world. And since so many people use the service, there are probably quite a few of your contacts you can reach this way.

Not just Wi-Fi: Unlike FaceTime or some other services that provide free video … Read more

Facebook review

Facebook is an app that gives you full access to your Facebook account from your iPhone, making it possible to keep up with friends while you're on the go. You can do everything from adding photos to viewing status updates with this handy app, and you'll soon find it's an invaluable addition to your app library.

Pros

Fully functional: Whether you need to edit your profile or send your friend a birthday message, you can do it all quickly from this app. There's no part of your Facebook profile you can't access, including Privacy Settings … Read more