New iPhone apps worth downloading: Beamr, Summly update, Outlaw

Nov 6, 2012

Today’s new apps start with Beamr, a cool way to share photos in the form of a digital magazine. Next is the totally redesigned Summly, which provides you with summaries of news articles so you can get the gist of them fast. Finally, shooting gallery title Outlaw will keep your thumbs busy.

Beamr (Free)

What’s it about? Social photo app Beamr arrange the photos you shoot into cool-looking, interactive digital magazines. You can create a magazine out of your images, complete with a cover, to share with your friends through social networks.

What’s cool? The novelty of Beamr’s presentation takes it a long way. The digital magazine you create lets you choose the image for the cover and the text displayed there, and makes sharing a group of photos really fast and easy.

Who’s it for? Social networking junkies who take a lot of photos will have a good time with Beamr. It’s great for events like weddings and parties, giving you a novel way to share your pictures with your friends.

What’s it like? You can create printed items similar to what Beamr creates digitally with Mosaic by Mixbook, and of course, you can share tons of photos through apps such as Facebook.

Summly update (Free)

What’s it about? Summly gathers up news articles from lots of different sources, arranges it into categories, and then makes it easy to quickly read summaries of those stories if you don’t have time for the full articles.

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What’s cool? The latest big update to Summly sees the whole thing redesigned from the ground up, and the result is a great user interface that’s easy to use. Full of quick swipes and taps to execute actions, you can quickly read a summary of an article, refresh for more, get a more in-depth summary or even read the whole story.

Who’s it for? If you to try to stay up on news but have trouble making the time to read articles, Summly is definitely for you.

What’s it like? Check out Flipboard for another cool news app, and try Pocket or Instapaper if finding time to read stuff on the Internet is difficult for you.

Outlaw (Free)

What’s it about? A shooting gallery reboot of the 1978 Atari title, Outlaw has players taking down bounty hunting targets as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What’s cool? Outlaw is a bit on the simple side, but the longer you play, the more it ramps up in difficulty. The title has players aim their gun at outlaws as they pop up from the background, in an attempt to take them down to earn as many points as possible through accuracy. Wait too long, though, and the outlaws fire back, so you need to be quick on the draw. As you earn money from your bounties, you can buy better guns that present different strengths and weaknesses in each level.

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Who’s it for? If you like shooting gallery games, you’ll like this one. It’s simple enough that you can pick it up immediately, but deep enough to stay interesting.

What’s it like? Try Westbang and RAGE HD for a couple of similar shooting games.

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