Social Speaker, 8Stem, Clown Spotting and other apps to check out this weekend

Apps to check out this weekend

It’s been a long week here at iDB, what with Apple’s big Mac event and all. So we’re ready to kick back and relax this weekend with some new apps and games. The latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup includes an app that enables Siri to read you tweets, and an image editor that adds clowns to your photos. And as always, we’ve selected a few new games for you to check out!

Social Speaker

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Ever wish Siri could read you your Twitter feed? Now she can. Social Speaker allows you to listen to tweets in the car or anywhere else you need to be hands-free. Simply open the app and select your Timeline, mentions or a specific list and say “Hey Siri. Read my Social Speaker messages.” Siri will read your most recent tweets and ask if you’d like to reply. Saying yes saves the tweets in the app so you can reply later. It’s a bit limited—it appears Siri can only read up to 10 tweets at a time—but definitely a cool concept. Social Speaker is available for $1.99.



This is an interesting app for folks who have dreams of becoming a music producer/DJ or who just like to play around with creation software. 8Stem allows you to pull a song apart and play with it—take out the drums, bass line, vocals and swap out with different sounds—or even your own voice. There are tons of effects and filters to play with and the interface is fairly straight forward. There’s even a social aspect to it that allows you to share songs and comment on others. Unfortunately you can’t just upload your own music—you have to choose from their tracks—but they say new content will be added frequently. 8Stem is available for free.

Clown Spotting


It’s Halloween weekend, so let’s get weird! Clown Spotting is a photo app that allows you to add a variety of clown images to any selfie or picture, and then share with your friends! The app includes 10+ comical and silly clowns, and then there is an IAP for scary and creepy clowns. And that’s about it. There’s not a whole lot to this app—oh yeah it does feature sticker support for iOS 10. Clown Spotting is available for free.



From the award-winning developers of Smash Hit and Does not Commute! comes PinOut! Described as “pinball reinvented,” PinOut has you race against time in a continuous journey through a mysterious canyon of pulsating lights and throbbing retro beats. There is no upfront cost or ads, but an optional IAP upgrade is available that enables the ability to continue from checkpoints. PinOut! is available for free.

The Forgotten Room


Looking for a good holiday-themed game? Check out The Forgotten Room. In it you play as paranormal investigator John “Buster of Ghosts” Murr as he explores yet another mysteriously creepy house. This time he’s on the case of Evelyn Bright, a 10 year old girl that went missing whilst playing hide and seek with her father. Will John solve the mystery of the missing girl and discover what really happened in the forgotten room? You have to play to find out! This game is available for $1.99.

More apps to check out

Apps updated this week