We've got a nice balance going between utility and fun here in this round of the best iPhone apps of the week. Whether it's texting for free or shopping for, well, money, or catching up on the news and backing up your data, you'll be all set.

Reuters: Sure, there are news-finding apps aplenty out there. But sometimes you just want to check on breaking news, and for that Reuters is a very obvious source. Free

Picturelife: Losing a precious picture can be totally heartbreaking. Picturelife ensures you never have to feel that pain, by backing up and storing your photos from pretty much any of your online accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) securely in the cloud. Free

Swirl: The seasons are changing, or at least we hope they are. And that means it's time to update your wardrobe. Swirl will aid you in your shopping spree by letting you save items you want, check on clothing trends, and see when there are sales near you. Free

Piikki: How easy is it to stuff a receipt in your pocket and never think about it again? Piikki helps you be a little more financially responsible. It geotags pics of your receipts and lets you auto-upload them to Evernote, Google Drive, or Dropbox. $2

MessageMe: Want to chat with friends in other countries? (They're probably using WhatsApp). If not, here's another app that lets you text groups and individuals at no cost. Free