Daily App Digest – 04/11/11

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Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…

NIOSH Chemical Hazards

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The ‘NIOSH Chemical Hazards’ application version 2.1 is an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad application from Random Support, LLC implementing the 2010 edition (publication 2010-168c) of the ‘NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Safety’ from the CDC and NIOSH. In addition to the complete contents of the traditional Pocket Guide it includes quickly accessible and fully searchable indexes by Chemical name, CAS Number, RTECS Number, and DOT / UN Number as well as the ability to easily create a custom index containing your most frequently used reference chemicals.

Users of the traditional paper version of the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Safety will find that this application makes using this reference guide significantly easier. Searches can be done on any portion of a chemical name, trade name, synonym, CAS, RTECS, or DOT/UN number and frequently used pages can be set as favorites for quick access.

$2.99/Download

iLuaBox

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Lua is a powerful, fast, lightweight, embeddable scripting language. It has been used in many industrial applications, with an emphasis on embedded systems and games. iLuaBox is a full-featured implementation of the Lua Programming Language thats been optimized for iOS 4.2+ and all of Apples iOS 4.2+ compatible devices.

iLuaBox lets you create, edit, debug and run Lua scripts right on your iOS device, says Tom Skwara, company President. In-App purchases of toolboxes that expand iLuaBox depth and functionality will give our users the choice to invest only in those features critical to their needs.

$9.99/Download

iMimic

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Independent app creators Fernando Sciessere and Everson Siqueira have released iMimic 1.1 for iOS. The 80’s are back! And your memory will be challenged by this retro-style electronic game. Repeat the sequence of tones and lights played by iMimic – it starts with a single tone and every round the sequence gets one tone longer – how far can you follow iMimic?

The faster you tap the sequence the higher you score. Climb yourself up the leaderboards. Collect all achievements.

Free/Download

Bdrive

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Bdrive Inc., an emerging mobile technology company formerly called MacroData, has announced a recent update of Bdrive for the iPhone and iPod touch. Newly available to iOS consumers, this file access utility allows users to view files located on their personal PC’s directly from their mobile device without the need to sync their devices or worry about depleting their mobile storage space by actually importing files they want to view. Furthermore, all the basic features of this useful tool are completely free. Currently supporting only iPhone/ iPod touch – to – PC file access operations.

This application was developed with the simple purpose of letting users always have a mobile resource from which they could access their personal PC files with a few clicks, any place and at anytime. Bdrive hurdles the need to keep important data in generalized cloud systems or to hold space-wasting personal files directly on a user’s mobile device if they need to access and review them. Instead, the app turns the user’s PC into a personal cloud network, which they can access with ease from their mobile device.

Free/Download

Self Defense 101

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Gentlemen’s Mixed Martial Arts Wear announced the release of Self-Defense 101 v1.0 for iOS. GMMAW created this application as an easy and effective way for women, of all ages, to learn quick and easy self defense moves to protect them against an attack.

According to National Data provided by the website, Violence Against Women; Information for Health Care Providers:
* One in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused sometime in her life.
* One in six women has been the victim of rape or an attempted rape.
* Every nine seconds a woman is beaten in the United States.
* Women between the ages of 20-34 endure the highest rate of domestic violence.
* Sexual assaults usually occur early in life. Fifty four percent of rapes occur before the age of 18 and twenty two percent occur before the age of 12.

$0.99/Download

Look Again!

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Smappsoft today announced the release of version 1.1 of Look Again!, a Top 10 Puzzle Game App in the iPhone App Store. This free update brings the game to the iPad as a universal app that runs on all iOS devices. In addition, the new version includes several new options that give the user more control over game play.

Look Again! challenges your brain to quickly recognize patterns and shapes while playing a fast paced, addictive puzzle game. Simple to pick up and play, this unique puzzler has plenty of variation and difficulty to provide weeks of enjoyment while training your brain. In each puzzle, you are presented with a pattern composed of overlapping shapes; your job is to identify the shapes before time runs out. Sounds easy? Think you’ve got it? Look Again!

$9.99/Download

Operation Wow

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Ivanovich Games have announced the release of the 1.2 update of their game Operation Wow. Operation Wow, which is actually a new version of the legendary game Operation Wolf, the first multi-touch shooter in the market and is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad.

The update features are:
* Local scores: You can now check your personal best score
* New endless mode: Easier than the Ultra-hard endless mode
* Endless mode also reports how many seconds you survived
* New retry option to play the mini games or endless mode again without going back to the main menu first

Operation Wow is the first multi-touch shooter for iPhone, iPod and iPad, featuring the novel multi-touch fire system that enables us to shoot our enemies using all our fingers at the same time. The game is a new version of the legendary 25-year-old game Operation Wolf.

$2.99/Download

Push Panic

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Appular announces the latest update for their exhilarating color-matching puzzle game, Push Panic, which adds full iPad compatibility with the transition to a Universal app, along with numerous additional changes. Rated as a Top 25 App of 2010 by Metacritic, Push Panic introduces 25 new levels, a revamped live ranking system and new achievements for users to unlock through Game Center.

Push Panic delivers intense challenges in four action-packed gameplay modes. Players must create explosive color-coded combinations by tapping the boxes to push the groupings off-screen before the vibrant squares reach the red panic bar. Random power-ups include chain-links to combine multiple color strings, point multipliers, time freezes, bombs, and an arrow block that pushes the panic bar when players need a quick breather.

$0.99/Download

Easy Alarms

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RogueSheep today announced that its new iPhone application, Easy Alarms 1.0, is now available as a free download from the App Store. Easy Alarms allows you to quickly create and store alarms and timers on your iPhone or iPod touch.

"I’ve always been frustrated by the native clock app’s inability to allow me to skip alarms when I don’t need the reminder," said RogueSheep President and Co-Founder Daniel Guenther. "I’m happy to be able to say RogueSheep has provided a free solution for this problem."

Free/Download

iCharlie

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The new application consists of 56 audio quotes on the iPhone version and 60 audio quotes on the iPad version. The user simply taps on the sound they wish to play for themselves or their friends and family. The user can tap on the same sound again to stop the sound from playing.

This application is meant for any Charlie Sheen fan or anyone who enjoys a good laugh or wants to make people laugh. It is perfect for the college student who wants to make their friends laugh or the busy businessperson who wants to get a laugh from their co-workers.

$0.99/Download

Friends Aloud

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Apple iOS device owners can now access and listen to their Facebook news feed via Friends Aloud 1.0, created by VoiZapp, Inc. It is the first iOS app to bring optimized state of the art text-to-speech technology to Facebook on all iOS devices.

Using Friends Aloud, a user can:
* Read aloud their latest Facebook news feed posts and their associated comments in a pleasant, easy-to-understand young woman’s voice
* Scroll through each post on screen or tap around to read posts at random
* Automatically switch between reading existing posts in sequence or just reading new posts as they arrive for as long as desired
* Play, pause, and skip forward/back using intuitive controls, just like the iPod
* Continue reading aloud while in the background, just like the iPod
* Understand and read common computer jargon such as smiley faces and texting-style abbreviations (LOL, ROTFLMAO, happy/sad faces, etc.)
* Choose to limit the number of comments read aloud

$2.99/Download

Royal Wedding Essential Guide

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BlueYellow has released Royal Wedding Essential Guide 1.4. It is the perfect companion for anyone visiting London for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The app’s showpiece is an interactive map showing locations connected to the wedding. A special feature is the Royal Personality Test, a quiz that determines which member of the Royal Family you align with most.

Brush up on your Wills and Kate trivia. The app includes biographies of William and Kate, the story of their courtship, the wedding day schedule, details of the service, the best places to view proceedings and a Royal Family tree. You’ll find a gallery of royal photographs and features a bird’s-eye 3D tour of the wedding procession route through the London streets. The app’s Royal Wedding Twitter feed keeps you updated on wedding proceedings while you’re on the go.

For the royal stalker in you, the searchable map contains hundreds of points of interest that plot the history of the couple’s lives and their royal romance, including where they worked, partied, got engaged and even where they buy their groceries!

$0.99/Download

Paranormal Recorder

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"Abnormal electromagnetic fields are associated with most reported paranormal phenomenon" said developer Ben Williams. "It occurred to me that if EVPs [Electronic Voice Phenomenons, i.e, unexplained ghostly recordings] are caused by paranormal forces there are likely electromagnetic fluctuations occurring during these communications."

Paranormal Recorder only records audio when the electromagnetic fields around the device fall outside of normal limits. Just as a motion activated light helps detect possible intruders, the electromagnetic activator recorder helps the paranormal investigator detect a ghostly visitor. An entire nights worth of recording can be reduced to a dozen minutes of audio that had high electromagnetic fluctuations associated with it.

Since it’s release in March of 2009 paranormal investigators have claimed to discover dozens of clear samples of EVP with the app. With the newly released version 3.11 of Paranormal Recorder these recordings can finally be shared and scrutinized by investigators and skeptics alike at the audio sharing site SoundCloud.

$2.99/Download

Cam Capture

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This useful utility allows users to make quick visual copies of all their important documents straight from their mobile devices, and additionally can organize and save them. Ever flexible, the app can be utilized to store and manage mobile photos of friends, family, and everything in between as well. Within first days of release Cam Capture dominated its market category reigning as the #20 Business app at its peak. Taking advantage of Apple’s many camera equipped mobile devices, Quick Capture Cam is now available for download on the Apple App Store for only $1.99.

Straddling Apple’s Business category, this app defies being pigeonholed as a "single use" app. Quick Capture Cam, though an immensely user-friendly photo utility, is firmly geared to be both practical and flexible enough to cater to even the most business minded user. The app itself works on iOS devices with a front facing camera — such as the iPad 2 & iPhone 4 — utilizing this handy photographing feature. Furthermore, since Quick Capture Cam’s premise is eloquently simple all users can rest easy knowing this is not the type of app only App Store gurus would enjoy or be able to use practically.

$1.99/Download

Speed PRO

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Designed originally for GPS-equipped iPhones, Speed PRO is a GPS-based speedometer that gives users a digital view of their current speed, average speed, top speed, distance traveled and elapsed time and allows them to save their routes. The most significant features are: presenting speedometer information in an easy to read digital format; Saving Routes with breadcrumb trails; Pausing/Resuming tracking; sharing speedometers and routes with friends; and a customizable speedometer interface.

$0.99/Download

Remoter VNC

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RafSoftware has announced Remoter VNC 2.02 for iOS, their productivity app that enables users to remotely control Mac, Windows, or Linux computers from their iOS device using the platform-independent VNC protocol version 3.8. The app uses Bonjour and NetBIOS to make setup a cinch, and it features a novel "virtual trackpad" that allows to control the mouse cursor intuitively. Telnet and SSH support are available as in-app purchases. SSH also allows for secure VNC over SSH.

The app offers one of the fastest implementations of the VNC protocol on the iOS platform. Operation is intuitive, with a well thought out interface that allows users to either tap on the screen and have taps converted into clicks on the remote system, or use a unique "virtual trackpad" that gives users precise control, and ease of use. A drag or stylus mode on the iPad version is also provided, this gives users the ability of easily drag items, or draw on their computers by using a stylus, or their fingers, on the iPad.

$0.99/Download

Phrase Phrenzy

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New Wave Digital Media’s new iPad game, Phrase Phrenzy, has released version 1.1 in the AppStore with 300 additional new quotes and 3 added leaderboards. Players are hooked, calling this game original, addicting, unique, and challenging.

Beta testers testify, "It’s an addictive, original game and fun to play." "It has the same type of enjoyment as Sudoku." One reviewer stated, "Great new word based game idea using iPad in the way it’s intended. I could see crossword and Scrabble(TM) junkies adding this as another fun game to the cache."

$0.99/Download

Soundbox Deluxe

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Panorama Concepts has announced the global release of the Soundbox Deluxe app for iPhone, iTouch and iPad. Fans of high quality sound effects will enjoy having this app on their device. The app is great tool for:

1. Wake someone up with the "Cock" of an "M16" if he/she has misbehaved.
2. Tease your pets with other animal sounds such as "Lion", "Duck", "Pig".
3. Vision yourself in the war-zone with the extended "Battlefield" sound effect and imagine yourself fighting for your Country.

"It was so exciting to develop Soundbox Deluxe because I have always dreamt of being the imaginary Director when I was a kid. With Soundbox Deluxe, users can create their perfect scene based on the collection of sounds available. I believe this app can also be used as an educational tool for all ages, parents, kids, everyone." said Alan Kong, CEO of Panorama Concepts.

$0.99/Download

Rotary Ring

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Panorama Concepts has announced the global release of the Rotary Ring app, designed specifically for the iPhone. The app is a combination of amazing rotary phone designs and the nostalgic memories of the 1950s-1960s.

Before downloading the app, you may wonder, Why do I still need Rotary Dial Telephones? True! In this age of cellular technology where we have video conference calls, 3G, an old rotary dial phone is about as useful as morse codes. Though, we should not forget that a phone’s major task is still: place and receive calls. This is one task the Rotary Ring does quite well and in a stylish and elegant fashion. Also, with this mechanical dialling, you can think twice whether or not to make that call!

"It was so exciting to develop Rotary Ring since I was always fascinated by the Rotary Dial Telephone era. It has always been my dream to travel back that specific era and enjoy the mechanical feel of dialling numbers. As such, I asked the team at Panorama Concepts to design 8 Retro-Stylish themes and most importantly, ensure authentic dial sound effects in building this app. I hope the new generation will also cherish calling people in the Rotary Dial way." said Alan Kong, CEO of Panorama Concepts.

$0.99/Download

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OCG Studios announces the release of Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure 1.0. Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure is an interactive journey and an exciting combination of a book and a game that the whole family can enjoy. You start by car, find your way through the different land- and cityscapes, and stumble upon challenges where you might have to use planes, boats or balloons to continue into this a-MAZE-ing adventure. Along the way, search for letters, penguins, numbers, ice cream trucks and lots of other cool surprises.

The art was created by Roxie Munro, in conjunction with OCG Studios’ creative team. The American author/illustrator of 35 children’s books, including five on mazes, Roxie’s books have been translated into many languages. She has received numerous awards for her work including the "New York Times" Best illustrated award, "Best Children’s Book of the Year (TIME Magazine), and many starred reviews.

On the OCG Studios website you can see how this beautiful and a-MAZE-ing app was created, starting from scratch with the first hand-drawn sketches in the ‘making of the app’.

$4.99/Download

Tactical NAV

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Tactical NAV, a military-grade iPhone app created by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, a battalion fire support officer with the 101st Airborne Division, has successfully been used in combat to help destroy a Taliban fighting position in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province near the Pakistan border.

As troops were patrolling along a main supply route leading to a U.S. base, soldiers in the convoy came under heavy machine-gun fire from an enemy fighting position nearby. While troops were in contact, a call for fire was initiated by the forward observer on the ground, and Tactical NAV was used to help direct 120-mm mortar rounds onto the Taliban fighting position. After the mortar rounds were observed impacting safely onto the Taliban’s position, all enemy contact ceased. No U.S. troops were wounded during the attack, and the mounted patrol was able to return to base following the completion of their mission.

"This is exactly why I created Tactical NAV," said Springer, who is still deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne. "I set out to create an inexpensive and accurate tool for the Warfighter engaged in the fight, and I’m happy to report that it works as described."

$5.99/Download

Addition & Subtraction For Kids

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Addition & Subtraction For Kids helps small kids practice their basic math skills on the iPhone or iPod touch. A kid can spend hours on this fun educational game all alone. It is suitable for kids in grade 1 and grade 2 (in the age group 3 – 6 years). The app has a colorful underwater theme with lots of attractive fishes to keep the kids hooked. All questions and answers are spoken aloud so that the child can learn better.

For each addition/subtraction question, a number of fishes are shown on screen which the child has to count and answer. The child has to choose the correct answer from the three options provided. After the child submits his/her answer, the correct answer is displayed and also spoken aloud by the voiceover. To cross a level, the child must answer at least 7 out of 10 questions correctly. A child would love to play the game again and again till he/she crosses all the five levels.

Free/Download

Keyboard 2

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The keyboard features an ABC and numeric layout, complete with common punctuation marks on the main keyboard. Users can customize configurations for ease of use. Numbers are presented in a typical keyboard layout that includes all the accompanying special characters. The keyboard is semi-transparent and content is displayed behind the buttons. Users can adjust the level of the keyboard’s transparency, text color, font size and button color to accommodate a variety of personal preferences.

Keyboard 2 allows users to type in content before posting to a variety of platforms. After content is entered, user can post to their Facebook account, send SMS and email messages and Google It. Users can copy to the clipboard and use it anywhere else. The application is also compatible with third party apps. Keyboard 2 contains a multi-tasking feature, allowing users to easily switch between apps and utilize Super Keyboard for Twitter, Awesome Notes, TO-DO and similar functions.

With Keyboard 2, there’s no need to put off responding to messages or posting on social media sites due to a small keyboard. The application allows users to respond and post on the spot without the frustration of using a small keyboard. Some messages deserve immediate attention and can’t wait until the user is in front of a computer with a large keyboard. The utility provides an easy way for users to take care of important business in a timely manner.

$0.99/Download

COOL CITIES

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teNeues Publishing launches COOL CITIES Travel Apps. The Apps are based on the bestselling Cool City Guides and offer a curated selection of trendy restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping and highlights in major metropolitan cities. More then 300 photos, videos, an audio guide and sophisticated search and navigation features make this visual guide stand out of the crowd of travel apps.

Travelers and locals alike will be able to quickly navigate through a curated selection of trendy restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping and highlights in metropolitan cities. The travel Apps are highly image driven so it is easy to determine if the atmosphere will suite a travelers style.

Free/Download

gotchacha

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girapha studios today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of gotchacha 1.0, their best prank app ever and spy utility for iPhone and iPod touch. gotchacha is for everyone whose friends, sibling, parents, partners, etc. are taking their iOS device without their permission. gotchacha can imitate other working applications and when someone touches the screen it will play an alert sound. If the user sets it so, it will also show an alert message. Additionally, if a user has an iPhone 4, it will take a picture with the front camera. So they will have proof of intrusion.

With a focus on ease-of-use, gotchacha features a great design with cute devil and angel mascots. Using the application is very simple. Launch gotchacha, set up the fake screen, alert message and sound effect. Tap the screen and gotchacha is armed. Now, leave your iPhone somewhere and wait for a victim. When he/she touches the screen, gotchacha show alert message, play alert sound, scare the victim and take fun picture (iPhone 4). gotchacha serves as the perfect spy utility or just like a prank.

$0.99/Download

Poker 88

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Code Redman today is pleased to announce the availability of Poker 88, the third in a range of card game apps exclusive to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Poker 88 is a version of the popular casino game video poker. Poker 88 is a free download.

The objective of the game is to build your pile of playing chips by betting smart on getting a poker hand from two deals. Poker 88 follows the popular Jacks or Better rules and pays out on 9 different hands. It also has the high payouts of 9x on a Full House and 6x on a Flush. This implementation of the classic game includes large fully illustrated and animated playing cards, simple gameplay and optional sound effects.

"Poker 88 is our third card game in the series. The previous games, Pontoon 88 and Blackjack 88, proved popular with mobile card game players" said Chris Redman, founder of Code Redman. "Poker 88 is similar in that if you’re good and the luck goes with you you’ll be able to play it free forever. If not, the game gives you a few chips to play with after half an hour. You can buy more chips in the app allowing you unlimited play."

Free/Download

Texas Hold’em Poker

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Being in the forefront of the latest trends, Viaden Mobile today is pleased to announce a new product for iPhone/iPad that is sure to win the hearts of many gambling fans all over the world. Texas Hold’em Poker is more than just an online casino multiplayer, it’s also an excellent socializing tool.

Realizing the importance of games’ social aspects, the company made sure that users do not only take pleasure in their casino experience but also enjoy mixing with other people. The app is equipped with plenty of features that make Texas Hold’em Poker a great fun to play. The app intelligently takes advantage of the multiplayer technology to let players worldwide meet up with their friends and make new ones at a poker table.

Unlike many other offerings from a multiplayer perspective, Texas Hold’em Poker allows users to log into the game in several ways: using an account at Facebook or Game Center, registering a new account or playing a test game as a Guest. Profile data from Facebook and Game Center are automatically used for the in-game account.

Free/Download

iHikeGPS

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James Associates Inc. announced an update to their popular iOS app, iHikeGPS. iHikeGPS 2.3 is the only App for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch which includes access to both the USGS 24K topo maps and the US Forest Service 24K topo maps. iHikeGPS turns your iOS device into a high-performance GPS receiver with waypoints, tracks, GPX import and export, and automatic map positioning. It does all this in the wilderness with no cell or WiFi signals, using high-resolution maps you have previously downloaded.

$7.99/Download

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