New iPhone apps worth downloading: Mobli and The Washington Post for iPad updates, Dragon City

by Phil Hornshaw

Start out your daily app downloads with Mobli, a photo- and video-sharing app that brings you lots of options for the memories you capture. We've also got the newly updated and redesigned Washington Post for iPad for all your news needs, and Dragon City, a management game in which you build a city, raise dragons, and use them to fight other dragons.


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Mobli update (Free)

MobliWhat’s it about? Share photos and videos better with Mobli, a social network that doesn't crop your photos or limit the length of video you can share on it or other networks.

What’s cool? The main function of Mobli is to share your life as it's happening. The app makes it quick and easy to snap photos and shoot videos, lay down a quick caption, add some hashtags to make the image easier to categorize, and share it with others. Mobli is a social network unto itself, but you can also easily share what you snap or shoot on other networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Best of all, though, there's no limit on the size of photos or the length of videos you post, and includes its own photo and video filters, smart hashtag suggestions, and even filters that are specific to certain locations and events in the Mobli community. The app's latest update beefs up its privacy controls, adds new filters, enhances social sharing on Facebook and Twitter, and adds new camera features for photos and video.

Who’s it for? If you're a fan of capturing everything with your iPhone or iPad, Mobli will help you do it, as well as help you share it.

What’s it like? Try Instagram for more photo-sharing power (and a huge, growing social community), and SocialCam for a more video-focused approach.

The Washington Post for iPad update (Free)

The Washington Post for iPadWhat’s it about? The Washington Post brings its newspaper to iPads with the help of Apple's Newsstand feature, bringing users their daily dose of news.

What’s cool? The Washington Post doesn't need a ton of introduction – if you're familiar with newspapers, you're familiar with one of the biggest in the U.S. – but its iPad app deserves a place on your radar. The digital version of the paper brings everything print subscribers get, with all the day's top news, videos and other multimedia, more than 40 comic strips, blog posts and instant access to Twitter, as well as an offline mode for reading when you don't have an Internet connection. The Washington Post's latest update brings it into Apple's Newsstand, with a whole new design that brings the entire print edition into an interactive digital format and adds all the Washington Post blogs from its website. The app is also offered for free as a promotion until this summer.

Who’s it for? Fans of The Washington Post in print shouldn't miss the chance to read it on their iPads for free.

What’s it like? For more great digital versions of newspapers, check out USA TODAY's and The New York Times' apps.

Dragon City Mobile (Free)

Dragon City MobileWhat’s it about? Part management sim, part pet battle game, Dragon City has players building and maintaining a – you guessed it – dragon city and then using the dragons raised there to fight other dragons.

What’s cool? Making the leap from Facebook to iOS, Dragon City puts players in the role of the manager of a city with a number of structures dedicated to raising dragons. Your job is to use your city to earn money that can be spent to expand it, and as you do so, you'll get new dragons to collect and use in battles against other dragons. The battles are turn-based, just like favorite monster battle titles such as Pokemon, and Dragon City has the benefit of being completely linked to the Facebook version – so if you're a fan of that, you can still interact with friends and continue the city you've been building on the social network.

Who’s it for? If you like free-to-play management games, check out Dragon City.

What’s it like? Check out Monster Life and Pocket Summoner for some more monster-battling action.

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