The spirit of a collaborative effort is evident in many of this week’s top iOS apps, starting with Vyclone, an app that combines videos shot in the same location by multiple users into one fully edited film. Highlight and Raved also use social collaboration to provide unique services of their own. If sharing isn’t your thing, we also feature an app that will keep your reading list synced across multiple platforms and one to check out the historical spots around your neighborhood.
With the right user support, Vyclone may be the next big video editing app thanks to its social take on video recording. When users take a video with Vyclone, the app looks for other users shooting video nearby and then edits the video clips together so the same footage can be seen from multiple angles. Ideal for large events like sporting events or concerts, Vyclone could create a new socially-focused video editing standard. While there will no doubt be a few kinks to work out along the way, there’s incredible potential in this intriguing app.
Highlight update (Free)
Vyclone isn’t the only app focused on bringing people who are near each other together. Highlight recently received an update that now allows you to send group messages to the people standing nearby, so you can message that intriguing stranger without seeming too invasive. You can also write notes about your friends on their profiles, in case you feel like they’ve neglected to mention their best features. Highlight’s notification system has also been improved to showcase more relevant information.
Raved might look like just another recommendations app that tries to tell you where the best of everything is located (and it is that), but it isn’t using a crazy algorithm to arrive at the options it offers up. Instead, it uses your friends. The app is tied to networks like Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp and Pinterest in a way that will showcase the places your friends love to go. Raved users can opt to share places they like with their friends or keep them private, but if the more friends share with each other over the app, the more new places they’ll have to discover themselves.
Pocket update (Free)
If you were a fan of Read It Later but haven’t enjoyed its latest incarnation, Pocket, the app has been updated with some fixes that might make it worth checking out again. Numerous bugs that were causing crashes when booting up the app, opening an App Store URL, and tapping the retweet button within the app have now been fixed so it is running better than ever. While not too much has changed feature-wise, Pocket still lets you sync articles, videos and anything else on the web from your iPhone to your iPad and Mac with ease.
HISTORY Here (Free)
Imaging firing up your Maps app and seeing a bunch of notable locations marked off and then being able to click on the location to see photos, videos and a bevy of information about the point of interest. That’s the goal for HISTORY Here, a map-based history app from the History Channel. HISTORY Here boasts thousands of points of interest but you don’t have to be nearby the POI to check it out. Users can perform a custom search to see info on places that are miles away from where they stand. Locations can also be shared via Facebook, Twitter and email.