Thousands of apps and updates come out each week, but the five products that piqued our interest this week offer time-lapse videos, an iOS edition of a premium first-person shooter, 64-bit browsing, free photo editing, and 1TB of storage.


Instagram introduced another iOS app this week, Hyperlapse, a free and seriously easy way to shoot and share time-lapse videos. There's just one button, Record, and other than playback speed, there aren't lots of settings or filters to fuss with. Read our Hyperlapse review, and see CNET's simple how-to and some best practices for great videos.


If you've ever wanted to weaponize yourself and everything around you, BioShock is your game. The first-person shooter has long been available on consoles but just landed on iOS. It's spendy at $14.99 (though did you know there's a soccer app called Barcelona vs Madrid that costs $299.99?). We'll have a review up soon to let you know if BioShock is worth the bucks.

Chrome for Windows, Mac, mobile

Google Chrome (version 37, if you're keeping count) now supports 64 bits for Windows, promising a bit more speed and security but, most importantly, stability. Please note: This version is not an automatic update; you have to download it. The 64-bit Mac Chrome is in beta, too, should you care to join that program.


Autodesk has released a new version of Pixlr for Windows and Mac. The free (starter) version of the photo editor has many of the same features of Pixlr Express, while upgrading to pro ($1.99 per month or $14.99 per year) gets you additional blending modes and masking tools, such as double exposure. Stay tuned for our full review.


Storage wars: They're not just for people playing locker-auction roulette. Online storage options keep improving in volume, features, and cost. This week Dropbox upped Pro accounts to 1TB of storage for $9.99 per month or $99 per year. Previously, $9.99 per month bought you 100GB, so that's a 10x bump. Dropbox is also offering more security for Pro users, including passwords and expirations for shared links and remote file delete in case your laptop or phone is lost or stolen. Dropbox's new pricing matches Google Drive's. If you have Office 365 Personal ($6.99 per month), that comes with 1TB of free storage, so that's a bit cheaper than Dropbox Pro. And we'll find out soon -- probably September 9 -- how Apple iCloud Drive stacks up.

Julie is managing editor of and has been cooking up tech editorial since 1996.