This week in apps: Watch videos with friends and island hop with UberBOAT

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It’s completely possible that you weren’t able to keep up with app updates this week considering all of the speculation of what the iPhone will look like in 2020. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered.

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Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop. Here’s what caught our eye this week. (If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup.)

UberBOAT

Uber has been on a wild ride lately. And on the last day of June, the company launched a new service.

If you find yourself in Croatia in the near future, you can now hail an Uber speedboat. Yes, that’s right. Uber has expanded beyond the road and is heading to the water. The concept, called UberBOAT, has gone through trials in Istanbul and Miami. Croatia is the latest location to see the operation for the summer tourist season.

The boats can hold up to 12 people and will travel back and forth around tourist hotspots on the Adriatic coast. Not surprisingly, your boat ride won’t come that cheap it’ll actually be hundreds of dollars.

Magic Painting

Paint away in AR.

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Coloring isn’t just for kids. It’s a good way to get rid of some stress and have fun at the same time. But until now, we’ve just had regular old adult coloring books to rely on enjoyable, but still 2D on paper.

Magic Painting is a new app that lets everyone enjoy the wonders of coloring with a super special flare. The ~magic~ of this app is the AR technology it uses. The app combines what you actually color on paper with its AR tech to make your pictures come to life. Just print one of the options available and scan the finished product on the Magic Painting app. You’ll be treated with a photo that jumps out of the page at you.

Greenie

No matter what anyone (including the president) might tell you, climate change is very much real and happening. And since the whole world isnt working together to mitigate climate change, its up to each of us to make our own impact. Greenie wants to help.

The app gives you advice on things normal people can change in their everyday lives to lessen the blow of climate change. You can buy and have a tree planted to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. And the app automatically tracks your actions to calculate how much CO2 youre adding to the atmosphere. It will then give you suggestions to reduce that number, helping the natural world while saving you some money. You even earn Greenie badges along the way to track your progress and live a little competitively.

Elsewhere

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Audio network app Anchor has a new feature that allows you to make and publish podcasts directly in the app. The company is trying to “reinvent radio” and adding native podcast publishing is a big step in furthering that goal. Making podcasts is not difficult, but distributing them can be confusing. Anchor’s new update takes the guesswork away from that.

Uptime, the video watching app, just got an update users have been wanting for quite some time. You can now watch music videos, see what’s on right now, find friends to connect with via Facebook, and watch with friends WITHOUT invite codes. So start watching away.

Mad Jet Racer hit the App Store just in time to give you something fun to do over the holiday weekend. Youll fly around trying to avoid other jets and UFO spaceships in a 3D sci-fi environment. You can choose from a variety of jets in different colors and styles, while electronic music plays in the background. The further along in the game you get, the more jets you can unlock. Have fun playing!

That’s it for this week. As usual, check back next week for the latest changes to the App Store and Google Play Store.

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