Daily App Digest – January 17, 2012

Latest apps and updates to hit the Apple app store today…

MyGuardianAngel

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This app allows a person, with the push of ONE button, to send an emergency alert to several contacts, capture video evidence, be tracked by GPS and through streaming audio from the phone update ALL emergency contacts, at the same time, as to exactly what the situation is and exactly what type of help is needed.

How many of the countless news stories about someone disappearing without a trace could have ended differently if the victim could have, in a few seconds time, pushed the "Help" button on this app?  Consider that one out of every five college women are sexually assaulted during their time in college. Many are afraid to report the crime or call for help for fear of the social ramifications. One push of a button on this app can alert friends to come to the aid of a potential victim without anyone knowing they called for help.

The myGuardianAngel iphone app also gives a person the ability to call 911 with the push of one button while simultaneously sending a message to each emergency contact stating that 911 was just called along with the location of the event. This is a huge time saver in an emergency.

No longer does a person have to wait for something bad to happen before they call for help. At the first sign of danger the "HELP" button can be pushed.  Should it be a false alarm simply saying "everything is ok" into the phone lets ALL emergency contacts know that everything is ok. If something bad happens then there are people who care, with the location, ready to provide the help that is needed. The app sends all information to a secure web site for viewing so destroying the victim’s phone does not destroy the evidence. All of this technology is available with the push of one button at a price of only 99 cents. It begs the question: Can you afford not to have this app?

$0.99/£0.69/download

WeatherPlan USA

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Unit Networks today is thrilled to announce the release of WeatherPlan USA 1.3, their custom weather notifications app for iPhone and iPod touch. The latest update adds notifications of NOAA Watches, Warnings, Advisories and Statements to the already comprehensive customizable weather alerts.

With the functionality to monitor weather forecasts for a custom combination of specific weather criterias, WeatherPlan USA has the ability to deliver notifications about the weather which the user actually care about.

Feature Highlights:
* Combine weather parameters to create individual weather alerts
* Weather parameters include temperature, precipitation, cloud cover, humitidy and more.
* Limit WeatherPlans to specific hours of the day
* Weekdays and the number of days ahead configurable for each WeatherPlan
* Exclusively using forecasts from NOAA

Free/download

RubberBalls

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Ralf Chille, an independent game developer and designer is excited to announce its new smartphone app – RubberBalls! The app is part of a suite of interactive element-based games which are currently being built for both the App Store and Android Market. PLAYwRRM (Play with Renewable Raw Materials), is the brainchild for the Berlin based project aimed to allow smart phone users to experience the properties and characteristics of raw materials straight from their smartphone. However, RubberBalls is more than just an experimental side project.

The object of the game is simple – combine four rubber balls with similar colors to make them disappear and gain points. Sounds easy right? Wrong! Although the introductory levels are designed for novice gamers, each round gets more and more challenging and causes the gamer to use the properties of rubber to complete each round. Balls are dispensed from the top left of the screen at preset intervals or at the user’s discretion by simply double-tapping the background. During the higher levels, other objects such as wooden blocks and springs are introduced to make the game more thought-provoking. The real-life response to each raw material in the game is enough to make you appreciate the app. Rubber Balls is a game of physics as much as it is a game of skill. If you can master the physical traits of rubber, then you can master the game!

The app’s sleek interface and high quality graphics make it inviting to all smartphone owners. In addition, RubberBalls has an ample amount of in-app guidance to help users as they play. In the background, futuristic music sets the tone as users navigate throughout all screens of the app. It even has a local and worldwide "Hall of Fame" so you can see how you rank compared to other gamers. With over 40 levels of game-play, this tetris-like app will guarantee you hours of fun! Play with Renewable Raw Materials is looking to develop a collection of touch-based games to allow people to experience their qualities on interactive devices. You can expect to see games that will allow users to experiment with wood, cotton and even bamboo in the near future! Download this fun and addicting game in the Apple Store or the Android Market today.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Defen-G Astro

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Defen-G Astro, an action game for the iTunes market, officially released a new version of the app last week called Defen-G Astro POP. This version offers three new in-app weapon purchases: Red Scorpion, Black Turtle, Apple Cannoneer. "Defen-G Astro POP is Defen-G Astro with different items," said the Defen-G Marketing Team.

"We released it in order to let more people download and enjoy Defen-G." Defen-G development company innodis stated that the reason for the new version is to add new, exciting features to the app at a lower cost. "We developed this new version in order to give more people an opportunity to download Defen-G with a lower price, but with different in-app-purchase frame," said the Defen-G Marketing Team.

The Defen-G team sees the new version as a chance to re-vamp the game without stepping on the toes of existing users. "If we just update the original Defen-G Astro, then the former downloaders have to buy some units which they were using for free before," said the Defen-G Marketing Team. "We will not remove Defen-G Astro from the store because the users have their right to the original version in its old in-app-purchase system."

Defen-G Astro also released a holiday edition of the game called Defen-G Astro White in late December. Defen-G White and Defen-G Astro POP are both currently live in the iTunes market today. "Defen-G Astro POP is a Defen-G Astro with different items," said the Defen-G Marketing Team. "We released it in order to let more people download and enjoy Defen-G."
Free/download

Repeat Time Pro

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Released only two months ago, Repeat Timer Pro has already established itself as the best replacement for the stock iPhone timer – a consensus among all app reviews to date. This week, version 1.1 hits the App store and brings a hefty upgrade that is sure to delight the thousands of current users and those who are yet to discover this excellent utility.

Repeat Timer Pro is a beautifully simple timer app with an interval timer and repeat functions. Encompassed in a gorgeous interface and tasteful sound effects and animations, this well thought-out utility app is a truly universal timer that just works.

Aside from being the perfect everyday timer with a simple interface and intuitive controls, Repeat Timer Pro features a repeat setting that loops the timer up to 100 times and a secondary interval timer that runs between main timer cycles. This versatile functionality sets it above other timers and makes Repeat Timer Pro the perfect app for anything and everything that needs timing: use it as an exercise timer for interval training, a yoga or meditation timer with gong and chime sounds, a convenient reminder for taking medications or a Pomodoro technique timer to stay focused on work or studying. Applications afforded by this app are virtually limitless.

Version 1.1 of Repeat Timer Pro brings 3 independent timers and customizable labels, increasing the app’s usefulness and convenience. The timers can run simultaneously for multiple tasks or used as presets. Aside from letting the user easily identify their timers, custom labels also appear in alert notifications it is always clear which timer has run down.

$1.99/£1.49/download

Roads of Rome

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Realore Studios today proudly announces the release of Roads of Rome for iPhone. The iPad version of the game ranked #1 in Top Overall category on Appstore in 12 European countries. In Strategy category Roads of Rome dominated the charts in 35 countrues. Now this critically acclaimed fan-favorite strategy becomes more portable than ever. In Roads of Rome players have an opportunity to experience a story set in ancient Rome with a blend of building simulation, casual strategy and time management gameplay in 40 challenging levels.

The game is based on a romantic love story where every player can become Victorius, a brave Roman general, who has fallen in love with the daughter of Caesar and has to take up challenging tasks, so that the mighty leader lets him marry her. Players’ mission is to expand Rome’s road system into unknown and dangerous areas, explore barbarian lands, win recognition and achieve victory.

All the features that made Roads of Rome one of the best games in the genre are intact and perfectly adapted to fit the iPhone screen. All four lovingly crafted episodes in widely varying landscapes boast extra sharp graphics. Smooth character animations, wonderful weather effects and realistic sound complete special involving atmosphere. The landmark feature of Roads of Rome is its perfectly balanced gameplay that involves lots of strategic planning and thinking ahead providing hours of absorbing playtime. Four unlockable mini-games add variety to the fun action.

$2.99/£1.99/download

WritePad

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PhatWare Corporation is pleased to announce today the immediate availability of WritePad 6.0 for iPad, enabling vastly improved text input in the user’s own handwriting. WritePad 6.0 features new multilingual handwriting recognition technology supporting seven languages, including English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. WritePad now also allows users to look up word definitions in its dictionary, and comes equipped with improved Twitter support.

WritePad is an advanced note-taker for iOS, which converts practically any handwriting into computer text. Notes created with WritePad can be sent via email or SMS, tweeted, saved, posted on a Facebook wall, printed, exported as PDF, translated to other languages, synchronized with Dropbox, and exchanged directly between two or more iOS devices. WritePad also features integration with events, contacts, maps, and other iPhone resources.

With WritePad, users can:
* Create and edit text documents using the advanced handwriting recognition engine or iPhone keyboard for text entry in landscape or portrait mode
* Improve productivity by using inline gestures, spell checker, context analyzer, and shorthand features
* Improve overall handwriting recognition quality using WritePad’s Statistical Analyzer, which addresses common recognition errors. When enabled, this WritePad feature learns and adapts to the user’s own handwriting style
* Email, Tweet, print, or post Facebook updates directly from WritePad. Version 6.0 supports system Twitter accounts
* Synchronize WritePad documents with Dropbox, Evernote, and iTunes, or upload documents to Google Docs
* Translate documents to 13 supported languages using Bing Translator
* Change WritePad’s appearance by manipulating text, page, and ink colors using the customizable Styles feature

$9.99/£6.99/download

Shadow Era

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Wulven Game Studios today is pleased to announce that pre-orders of physical cards for the Shadow Era trading card game have far exceeded expectations. In the first week since becoming available, more than 700 people have placed orders totaling over $30,000.

Shadow Era is a digital trading card game now with 2 million players worldwide on iOS, Android, PC, Mac and online in a web browser. Hailed by Touch Arcade as a "fantastic representation of what freemium games should be," it has proven to be a hit with players and generated a large loyal community.

"It’s great to see the support we’re getting for physical cards," explained Wulven CEO Kyle Poole. "It allows us to break into other mediums and create a high quality product, and also give something back to our biggest fans."

Using "crowd funding" to raise money, Wulven is offering bonuses to all pre-orders when certain funding goals are met. At the current level, people will get free copies of every foil card made, redeemable codes for in-game currency in the physical decks, and an immediate bonus of matching their purchase amount with in-game currency, essentially making the physical cards free. Future bonuses include playmats, posters, collector’s tins, and special tokens and counters.
Free/download

Easy Spending Expense Tracker

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Tekton Technologies has announced the enhanced version and immediate availability of Easy Spending Expense Tracker 2.0, their comprehensive and easy-to-use expense tracker for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It comes with a beautiful and clutter free user interface.

Based on Great FIVE STAR reviews and Feedback from our user base of 500,000  and counting, we have added these great new features and still more awesome features on the way:

* Now You Can Just Flip through the Account pages to view other accounts
* Back-Up and Restore all your data via E-mail
* You can STORE all your personal finance data for many years and easily searchable using our FAST search technique

Cool Features:
* Bill Reminders
* Multiple Account Summary in a single screen
* Store your Data for many Years
* Nice reports

You can easily switch between multiple accounts with the single touch. Export your data with different filters to Google Docs account. And if you like this app tell your friends through Facebook. Overall a user friendly app, Yet priced very low compared to similar apps.
$0.99/£0.69/download

Timelapse Video Recorder

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codeSTREAM today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Timelapse Video Recorder 1.0, its newest productivity app for the Apple iPhone(R). Timelapse Video Recorder makes it possible to create beautiful, butter smooth 1920x1080p time lapse video, taking full advantages of Apple’s highly advanced iPhone 4S(R) camera and rivaling one of Android’s flagships, the Galaxy Nexus, main selling point.

Timelapse Video Recorder is the intuitive, fun and easy way to create beautiful time lapse videos in full HD resolution. Easily record videos on your device with just one tap. It provides a pleasing clean interface to simply adjust settings like video length and speed up factor, and saves the finished shoots right in your device’s library.

Timelapse Video Recorder is unique as it works great with the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 and allows recordings with up to 1920x1080p resolution. Videos are made with 60 frames per seconds for the extra smoothness. Creating exciting HD time lapse videos on your iPhone has never been easier and a more fun experience. Start recording now.

$0.99/£0.69/download

USCode

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lunaform {software} is pleased to announced the release of USCode 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. With a focus on ease-of-use, USCode lets you search and browse through all the Titles (appendixes not included) of the United States Code. Comprehensive Data is included within the App, so the user never needs an Internet Connection. This makes USCode the perfect companion for lawyers, law students and many more who need a reliable source of data on the go.

Powerful Search:
Use the Powerfull Search Engine to search for any Item you want to look up, either in a Full-Text Search, by Citation, or by a Sections Heading. For easy navigation, results will be highlighted in the Sections Text. You can even refine your Search, by choosing the Titles you would like to include.

$7.99/£5.99/download

My Football Pro HD

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Supportware, developer of popular apps, today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of My Football Pro HD 1.0.1, an update to their popular football app for Apple’s revolutionary iPad device. With new features and an upgraded look, this app is definitely a great addition to any football fans app collection. Within days from the release, My Football Pro HD has claimed the top spot as bestselling iPad sports app in many countries.

Providing an incredible amount of data from over 800 leagues from all over the world (Mens & Womens leagues), My Football Pro is without a doubt the most extensive football app available in the App Store. Follow your favourite teams as they play live matches, with directly updated information about scored goals, penalties, cards and substitutes. Now even more clearly available on the big screen. With free PUSH messages.

$2.99/£1.99/download

RetroLabel 2600

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Mentz Hill Studios has released their latest app, RetroLabel 2600. The app lets fans of the old Atari 2600 console create their own fake cartridge labels and share them with friends or on social media networks. The app is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch devices.

RetroLabel 2600 includes the following features:
* Create your own retro 2600 cartridge labels
* Customizable title color
* Add your own copyright text
* Add your own images from your photo library or camera
* Share your creations on Facebook and Twitter
* Publish photos to Flickr or TwitPic
* Send them via email, too

$0.99/£0.69/download

palmPEDi – Pediatric Emergency Medicine Tape

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PalmER Worldwide LLC today is pleased to announce the release of palmPEDi: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Tape 1.1 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Featuring a one touch interface, healthcare providers can quickly access the medication dosing and equipment sizing they need when caring for children with life-threatening emergencies.

According to a recent article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the incidence of medication dosing errors is 300% higher in pediatrics than in adults. palmPEDi aims to help decrease the incidence of these events.

palmPEDi provides weight, length, age, and color-code based dosing of critical life-saving medications and equipment sizes for EMS personnel, nurses, and doctors caring for children with emergency medical conditions. Medication dosing is provided for emergencies including trauma, anaphylaxis, seizure, asthma, croup, hypoglycemia, procedural sedation, pain management, and cardiac arrest.

palmPEDi is in use in over 30 countries. The app is currently rated 5 stars by users and was featured by Apple as "New and Noteworthy" and "What’s Hot" in the iTunes medical category. palmPEDi is a universal app, taking advantage of the iPad’s extra screen space as well as supporting the unique features offered for the iPhone and iPod touch.

$1.99/£1.49/download

BerryMover

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BlackBerry to iPhone switchers can now transfer contacts, calendars, text messages, email messages, etc. more stably with the latest update for BerryMover, an iPhone app. The 1.2 update adds support for Mac users’ data and improves the support for SMS messages.

The need for this app seems huge. In a United Sample survey last year, over 66% of Verizon-based BlackBerry users said they would switch to an iPhone when it became available. Therefore, the numbers are staggering.

"BerryMover transfers contacts from BlackBerry to iPhone," Tim Goggin, Co-Owner Of PocketMac said. "Until this app, if you owned a RIM smartphone, you were stuck. But now, all you need is a recent BlackBerry backup, iTunes and BerryMover. And you’re all set to transfer all your data."

BerryMover works by reading backup files. It then gives the user the option of choosing which data they want to import.

Goggin added, "Our 7 years working with the BlackBerry gives us the know-how to import this data and work with backup files. In fact, for many years, Research In Motion licensed our Mac-BlackBerry sync software."

$9.99/£6.99/download

The Hero

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In events that seem straight out of a James Bond or Bourne Identity film, three Iranian nuclear scientists have met untimely demises at the hands of faceless assassins. A fourth scientist barely escaped a separate attempt on his life, and each attack is linked by an identical MO – a bomb magnetically placed on the target’s car.

Who is behind these black ops and what is their ultimate goal? In the wake of such mysterious deaths, a flurry of finger-pointing and threats have been levied across the world. While the US and Israel deny any involvement, Iran’s top cleric, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei places the blame squarely on their shoulders.

But if the US and Israel were either individually responsible or partnered in the effort, why would they bother to admit complicity when there’s no evidence to implicate either? Is each death an attempt to cripple Iran’s nuclear program? Or is something more sinister in motion, such as Iranians killing off their own top scientists before they can defect?

International Crimes Division:
The International Crimes Division is a small intelligence agency that investigates just such events. Renowned for uncovering cases of corruption, hunting down war criminals, and monitoring global corporations, the ICD exists to protect the innocent and uncover the truth at all costs.

Through a revolutionary iPhone application simply titled "The Hero", ICD has tapped into an extensive task force comprised of civilians who are passionate about supporting world security and integrity. Users gain incredible insight into agency activities and can submit intelligence tips, keep an eye on vital global events, and even play central roles in operations. Unceasing surveillance and the bravery of their agents equip the ICD to defuse hostile situations just like the ongoing killings of Iran’s scientists.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Kids Painter

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NBA Mania today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Kids Painter 1.0.0 for iOS devices (iPhone / iPad). This app made a download ranking #8 in the Korea android market, LG U+ OZ Store. Kids Painter is a coloring book application. Both children and adults can enjoy the cute and funny coloring.

As a child there is nothing I enjoyed more than escaping into a coloring page with this app. Now I want to share that experience with your children. A very friendly and intuitive application enables your child to easily create extraordinary pictures. Only a touch of a finger and the selected element of the coloring will be filled with colors.It is also possible to save the masterpieces of your child in the image gallery. Then the child will be able to place them on the Flickr. You don’t need to register the account and buy the new images.

Features
* 4 category (People, Army, Animal, Flag)
* Total 89 cute images
* Save your images and Share using the email / Flickr
* Easy and Simple User Interface
* Multiple Language (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese)

$0.99/£0.69/download

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Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com. A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Photography. Joanne is also a Columnist for Vogue Magazine and is Contributing Editor to LensCulture.