Daily App Digest – February 22, 2012

Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes App Store today…

Accounts

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JAS Applications today is very excited the announce the release of Version 1.0 of their new iOS App Accounts. Accounts is the must have App to keep control of your finances!  Intended to replace a paper-based checkbook log, Accounts maintains a list of Income and Expenses to your accounts! When you enter a new transaction, you have options to enter a name, date, amount and type. All the transactions are displayed in an elegant, color-coded table and the total balance is constantly generated at the bottom of the App.

You can edit each transaction at any time you wish and can also delete transactions that have been completed or not needed any longer. Accounts incorporates multiple currencies so wherever you are in the world, Accounts is a perfect tool for stay on top of your finances.

All the transactions are incorporated into a stunning pie-chart displaying how much money you have spent from your budget and how much you have left.

$1.99/$1.49/download

PocketBracket

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PocketBracket 2012 allows users to create unlimited NCAA(R) Men’s Basketball Tournament brackets, organize pools, and follow tournament games on your mobile device during March Madness(R).

Brackets are automatically scored and ranked. Users can create and join pools to compete among friends, family, and co-workers. Follow the tournament games and scores with up-to-the minute scoring. PocketBracket is the only March Madness(R) application to offer all of these features in one application and across multiple platforms.

PocketBracket 2012 is available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. This year’s version includes several new features such as a real-time tournament bracket and GameTalk. PocketBracket prides itself on including additional features in response to user feedback. PocketBracket plans to release an upgrade including support for iPad and a free HTML5 web app that allows users to create a tournament bracket in the coming weeks.

$0.99/£0.69/download

MoneyWiz

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SilverWiz is proud to announce the release of the greatest update so far for their personal finance assistant – MoneyWiz for iPhone and iPad. MoneyWiz 1.3 brings over 50 new features. The most notable of them being:

* A whole new design for MoneyWiz for iPad – aesthetically subtle, crafted with beauty and minimalism in mind
* Entirely new reports section – 4 new interactive reports (totalling in 9 reports), full screen viewing, peek reports, PDF and CSV exporting
* A special calculator keyboard for MoneyWiz for iPhone – just swipe the normal numerical keyboard, and the calculator one will appear
* Translations in Simplified Chinese, Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Polish

"People have long been afraid of the complexity of personal finance software…", said Iliya Yordanov, founder of SilverWiz, "…I believe we’ll change that today! We went far beyond imagination during the redesign of MoneyWiz. We’ve made it so simple that there are screens with just a single button and an arrow pointing to it, explaining what that button does. It’s that simple! What’s really amazing though is that we’ve managed to add more functionality while simplifying the experience of using it."

$4.99/£2.99/download

Audiolio

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Escape Velocity Apps (EVA) today is thrilled to announce the release of Audiolio 1.9, which now offers the ability for users to draw sketches which can be added to their notes. With this release, college students now have the ability to draw a sketch and attach it to the lecture they recorded, while business people can record their meetings and attach both written notes and sketches of concepts that were discussed.

Audiolio is an audio bookmarking, recording and note-taking app for iPad, useful for adding notes and bookmarks to recorded audio. Audiolio provides an easy, intuitive way to take minutes during business meetings or notes during school lectures and then share those notes via Dropbox, email or iTunes file sharing.

For a limited time, Escape Velocity Apps is also lowering the price of Audiolio from the normal price of $2.99 to $1.99. This will give more students the ability to benefit from Audiolio before this school year comes to a close.

"Audiolio has become very popular among college students and business professionals, and the ability to add sketches was a feature highly requested by both groups," said Vince Oswalt of EVA. "The drop in price to $1.99 from $2.99 will hopefully get Audiolio in the hands of more students and business people, improving their note-taking experience."
$1.99/£1.49/download

Best Session Ever

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Van Egle, partner at the best session ever iPhone app project, is proud to announce that Best Session Ever 1.0.1 has now been downloaded in over 57 countries worldwide in less than 90 days. To celebrate the Best Session Ever iPhone apps success for surfers and extreme sports athletes worldwide will be offering a Free in app upgrades during the ASP world surfing tour Gold Coast event dates of 25th Feb and 7th March 2012.

App Features include:
* Free to download
* Simple info input adrenaline menus
* Easy to read data, cool graphics, weekly, monthly, yearly reports and stats
* Geo-locate your session including a "street view" function for the skateboarders
* Attach notes, spot names and photos
* 6 in 1, record up to six different extreme sport logs all in one app, including skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding

Free/download

Speed Damon

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Sunikazu Games, today, is pleased to announce Speed Damon 1.5 for iOS, an update to their side-scroller racing Game, where players must drive an off-road motorcycle the greatest distance possible by jumping over obstacles. Players have three touch options: a ramp/jump, a mid-air or street level bridge, and the ability to destroy obstacles by touching them. Featuring all black, white, and gray graphics and animation, small color accents lend style to the game. Speed Damon is designed for one to three players, displays dramatic silhouetted objects and requires quick reflexes to reach distances over 250 meters.

Played in landscape orientation, this side-scroller employs four layers of animation, which produce a convincing sense of depth. The three scrolling layers include the foreground in black silhouette, the midground in light gray, and the background in dark gray. Objects in the foreground seem to move by faster than those in the midground, and much faster than those in the background. The fourth layer contains the player’s black motorcycle, which remains center screen and moves only in the vertical direction, and the black cars, which speed by moving only in the horizontal direction.

The action takes place on a suburban highway with stores, houses, and gas stations along the road. The player’s motocross bike maintains a constant speed, and always remains in the horizontal center as the background rushes past. Driving at street level, the bike keeps both wheels on the road, but at all other times players perform wheelies while executing take-offs, jumps, and landings.
$0.99/£0.69/download

Buddy’s Garage

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Kelp Mobil, a small German mobile app developer, today announced the release of Buddy’s Garage, a well-rounded Top Trumps game for iPhone and iPod touch, featuring 32 classic cars built from the 60ies to the 80ies. Users can chose to either play as single players or with their friends on a Bluetooth connection. The game offers a photo-realistic UI and other power features, like a tunable player strength. Kelp Mobil previously had released their successful first Top Trumps game, Gaz Guzzlers.

An easy-to-use UI:
Buddy’s Garage offers a clean tabbed UI sticking to iPhone standards, which lets users immediately focus on gaming activity instead of keep searching for features. It comes with elaborate animations, e.g., after each draw, both cards flow in from the sides, played values get highlighted and upon pressing the OK button, both vanish to the winner’s side. All gaming action is backed by sound effects, so users are not forced to focus the screen any time they play. Game sounds may be switched off without affecting other personal device-specific audio preferences.

Its infinitely adjustable player strength is a unique feature amongst card game apps presently on the market. While playing versus the iPhone or iPod, users may fine-tune their personal player strength from "Beginner" level throughout to "Formula-1-Champ". The higher the level they choose, the stronger the opponent’s values are selected. This setting even affects running games.

Scores, dates and duration of the last 16 games played are listed under the highscore tab. Score counts earned by each draw are calculated on a time-based algorithm: the longer the player needs to play a card, the fewer points he will earn. The single player mode also factors in the computer’s player strength when calculating the points.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Planet Minesweeper

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Tapnik quietly launched "Planet Minesweeper" for in the iTunes App Store in early December. Since then, it has been downloaded over 130,000 times. Players have completed over 1.7 million games – that’s over five years of combined playtime. What makes this game so addicting? "I played until my hands were numb," says one reviewer.

Planet Minesweeper takes the familiar minesweeper puzzle mechanic and wraps it around a spherical planet. It features cutting edge ES2 shaders and includes support for retina and HD iPad graphics, including an extra-large "Huge" planet size available exclusively on iPad. The game boasts a custom soundtrack from Hyperduck Soundworks, and Game Center leaderboards let players compare their best times with others. Packed with variety, Planet Minesweeper has three difficulty levels, from "normal" difficulty which offers a well balanced challenge to "insane" level, of which fewer than 0.1% of games result in victory. Planets span four gorgeous art styles and background themes.

A fresh update released this week brings tighter controls–including smooth planet rotation physics–and a newly redesigned "fast flag mode" to make flagging spaces simpler than ever.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Morotobi’s Adventure

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Morotobi’s Adventure is the iTunes App Store’s newest heartwarming storybook sensation. The sweet and silly app tells the engaging tale of a small boy who gets more than he bargained for when he goes looking for adventure.

Delightful art direction and programming polish make this new App Store contender a treat for both the young and the young at heart. The universal tale of the overly curious little boy who stumbles into something out of this world is given fresh new life with impressively creative illustrations and a vibrant color palette. Everything that makes storybooks magical is packaged with inspired animation and touchscreen interactivity, using technology to bring readers closer than ever to the action.

Already ramping up record downloads, Morotobi’s Adventure has been hailed as an entertaining and educational way to encourage a love of reading in little ones. Adults reading and playing along will be no less enamored with the little hero’s antics, as Tinrobot Corporation has done a fantastic job of finessing the story’s gentle humor with subtle sophistication. Grown-ups and children alike will enjoy exploring the story’s environment with taps, shakes, and slides to find every easter egg hidden in the app.
Free/download

BeyondDead

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From Monster Robot Studios creators of Bridge The Gap & GravCat comes SZC Beyond Dead Chapter I:
Something has gone wrong with terraforming project 1470, and it’s up to Tank and Vera, a team of mercenaries, to discover the truth. Travel to the Asteriae system and explore astroid facility in this massive open world adventure like classic SNES games such as Super Metroid! Each update of Beyond Dead will contain a new chapter expanding on the storyline, world map, adding new weapons, items, enemies, and other extras.

SZC: Beyond Dead Chapter I features:
* Totally customizable control systems, use intuitive touch screens to walk, jump and shoot, switch to classic old school buttons, or use some of each
* Awesome auto save, play for 5 minutes or 45 mins, you start right where you left off no matter what
* Tons of cool weapons, collect energy cells to buy new weapons and items and upgrade the ones you already have
* 12 in-game achievements to test your skill
* Awesome boss battles and puzzles
$0.99/£0.69/download

Wind expert

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Wind expert 1.2 for iPad and iPhone is the only app that brings together a large range of wind turbine products, and enables wind farm performance and financial analysis. The app also features a comprehensive database of links to relevant associations, toolkits, government incentives and in-depth market reports.

Wind expert provides wind intelligence readily available in the palm of your hand. It is an essential tool for wind energy professionals, and an ideal companion for renewable energy students and enthusiasts. At a minimal cost, Wind expert can assist decision-making and boost a wind project return on investment.

There is a sense of secrecy about the performance of wind energy. Manufacturers tend to present their product specifications in different formats and use different performance measures. As a result, comparing products from different manufacturers can be very difficult. This is now for the first time collected in a consistent format – integrated with key energy and financial metrics tailored to particular sites.

Wind expert allows users to build their own wind turbines or select a product within the app built-in database (over 270 to chose from). A simple and efficient user interface has been devised to go through project specification and detailed analysis including power curve, energy production, return on investment and cost of energy. A selection of tools and links are also available to provide a full overview and understanding of the wind energy market.

$8.99/£5.99/download

Farkle Solo HD

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Smart Box Design today is pleased to announce Farkle Solo HD Free 1.1.1 for iOS, a fun, fast-paced, customizable version of a popular dice game played with six dice. The goal of this Old West themed, exciting, quick tempo dice game is to score the most points in ten rounds to be the star of the saloon. Using classic Farkle Dice rules, players try to beat their best score or outscore friends. Farkle Solo HD – Free is available in the app store under the Games: Dice category for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch as well as for Android phones and tablets.

In each round of Farkle Solo HD – Free, players roll all six dice in an effort to earn points with rolls of 1′s, 5′s, 3 of a kind, 3 pairs, or a 6 dice straight. Players pull scoring dice out of play and either pass and bank points or roll the remaining dice to earn additional points. If none of the dice rolled earn points, players get a "Farkle" and lose all unbanked points. Three "Farkles" in a row cause players to lose 1000 points. Risking multiple rolls can help players score big.

Farkle Solo HD – Free allows game setting customization enabling players to turn on and off or adjust points earned for: 4, 5 or 6 of a kind, The Break In Score – or Minimum Score accepted, Three Pairs Score, Triple Farkle, and more. A comprehensive Game Stats board allows gamers to easily access their own scores and share scores with others on Facebook, twitter, or email, via the "Brag" feature. Compete against others and compare scores via Game Center’s Leaderboard. Farkle Solo HD – Free uses 100% dice randomization to prevent cheating. Each roll uses a robust randomization engineer-created algorithm.

Free/download

Destiny Defense: Angel or Devil

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Mobicrew today is pleased to introduce Morisoft’s Destiny Defense: Angel or Devil for iOS, an action adventure game that immerses gamers in an epic battle of good versus evil. Destiny Defense Angel or Devil is a tower defense, side-scrolling adventure where players compete in battles against an onslaught of enemy attackers. This game gives players the option to battle as either Angel or as Devil, choosing to be the hero or villain. This single player adventure Game, takes players on a journey through a rich fantasy landscape on a quest to defend the player’s castle from an offensive attack by fierce opponents.

Varied weapons, flying controllable Unit Commanders, and upgradeable defenders enable players to bolster their defenses and attacks against opponents in battle. Players must strategically employ the correct number and type of defenders and weapons to prevail against the aggressive enemy onslaught. Unit Commanders have specialized skills and abilities, including: summoning defenders and deploying medical potions to restore health to defenders. Unit Commanders are controllable with a touch joystick. To have the greatest effect on game play, players use skill and timing to position the Unit Commander in the correct area to release positions.

Destiny Defense: Angel or Devil entices gamers to engage in "The Greatest War in History: Angel vs. Devil" to decide who will be the ultimate victor in this timeless battle. Players must employ defensive strategies to prevail in battles and win Destiny Defense Angel or Devil. Players traverse intricate landscapes and battle conditions across The Lava Zone, The Soul Forest, and The Sky Garden in multiple game chapters on the way to the final battle for victory. Players also have the opportunity to play as the villain in the advanced "Devil Mode," flipping the game around to battle as the aggressor.

Level 1, set in a desolate fiery landscape, starts players at their own castle, flying Unit Commander at the ready to summon defenders. Defenders may be released according the number of required Soul Points the gamer has acquired. Each type of defender needs a different amount of Soul Points for deployment. When defenders are released, they march towards the enemy’s castle and engage in battle with each enemy combatant they encounter. Successful defenders march on to the enemy’s castle, while unsuccessful defenders die, and new ones must take their place.

$2.99/£1.99/download

Indie Track

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Josh Lord, an innovative independent mobile application developer focused on creating iOS applications, is excited today to announce the launch of a newly available business app, Indie Track for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Indie Track is an original new app that allows users keep a database of clients and associated transactions in an easy to use iOS native app.

Eager to fill the role as the most invaluable app for independent contractors and small business owners, Indie Track delivers a service that puts the power of quick and easy financial statements at the fingertips of its users. Armed with the ability to quickly track revenue over time, and to get reports of current expenses, Indie Track will be a must have for any business owner.
When used as a finance app, Indie Track lets users track financial transaction on specific intervals (daily, weekly, monthly, or annually). Plus, Indie Track will generate reports and estimate tax and credit card fees incurred during the course of the year. This is exciting for any independent contractor or small business owner, who needs to quickly track earnings and expenses for any given time period.

Equally capable as a client tracking app, Indie Track excels at quickly identifying you’re best and most frequent clients. Quickly list every transaction that you’ve ever had with a client. Use the built in contacts list to store your clients’ phone numbers and email address.

$1.99/£1.49/dowload

Tweeticide

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Sepia Apps today is thrilled to announce that their latest application, Tweeticide is now available as a universal application for both the iPhone and iPad. Tweeticide allows users to wipe their Twitter account clean without having to create a new account. User’s screen names, followers, and direct messages are preserved while all tweets can be deleted.

Twitter has always been an open place where people can speak their minds. All too often users find themselves tweeting something that they just shouldn’t have and quickly delete their tweet. Tweeticide allows users to forgo deleting each tweet one by one by allowing users to bulk wipe their accounts of all visible tweets. Allowing them to eliminate all of their unwanted or embarrassing tweets; essentially starting over from scratch. No other application allows for a quicker and more efficient clean up of one’s account.

$0.99/£0.69/download

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