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Daily App Digest – 08/16/10

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Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…

Trick Your Ride

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XL Mobile Applications has announced the launch of the first "Tricked Out" contest for users of their popular iPhone app, Trick Your Ride. Open to iPhone and iPad users, the monthly contest will give away 3 iTunes gift cards to users who receive the most votes for photos of their custom car creations. Trick Your Ride is available on the iTunes App Store.

Trick Your Ride turns the iPhone into ultimate auto customizing tool, allowing users to alter actual photos previewing costly upgrades, or to simply create the car of their dreams. Users simply import photos directly from their iPhone, their photo library or one of the app’s 10 built-in vehicles and then let their imaginations run wild. The app includes over 100 accessories including wheels, spoilers, exhausts, decals, vents and more. A free-hand drawing tool gives users unlimited ways to customize their vehicle and the erase feature allows for elements of the original photo to be removed, adding even more flexibility.

Backgrounds can be added separately from the primary vehicle image, allowing users to overlay photos from their library or add one of 10 exotic locations included in Trick Your Ride. Once complete, users can save their work and share it via text message, email or even directly post their creations on Facebook.

Deadline for the first "Tricked Out" contest is September 15. For more information, visit the iTunes App Store or the XL Mobile contest page.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
*Requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later
* 9.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Trick Your Ride 1.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Return to the Cave of Time

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Expanded Apps and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, today announced the first U-Ventures(TM): Return to the Cave of Time application available on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad as a multimedia, interactive reading experience. Simon & Schuster worked closely with software developer Expanded Books(TM)/Expanded Apps and Edward Packard, a creator and principal author of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure(R) book series. The application, which is the first of three in the U-Ventures(TM) series, can be purchased on iTunes for $3.99. The second story, U-Ventures(TM): Through the Black Hole will be released later this summer with a third,U-Ventures(TM): The Forbidden Castle, releasing in the fall.

"When Edward Packard’s books were first published they changed the way kids perceived books and reading," said Justin Chanda, Publisher of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. "The interactive book was groundbreaking back then, so it is only fitting that Edward is the one breaking new ground today in the digital arena."

"Readers of the original Choose Your Own Adventure(R) books had to turn to a particular page to make a choice," said Edward Packard, a creator and principal author. "In U-Ventures(TM) apps, they tap the screen. Plot progression is seamless. Our developer, Expanded Apps, added sound, light, and other special effects, even music and alien voices, and I introduced a lot more variations and endings and special situations: for example, where what happens depends on whether the reader remembers a secret word. In the original books, the reader was illustrated as a boy – sometimes a girl. U-Ventures(TM) are illustrated from the point of view of the reader: What you see is what you’re looking at. It’s neat."

"Edward’s books from this classic series inspire fond memories from adults who grew up reading them, and we are thrilled to bring the books back to life for them and also introduce the idea of an interactive text to younger generations. Our goal with this application and all the Expanded Book(TM) applications we create is not to merely port over the text to a mobile reading device but, instead, focus on creating new, immersive experiences for readers. We add functionality that takes readers far beyond the words on the page," said Skye Van Raalte-Herzog, CEO of Expanded Books(TM)/Expanded Apps.

"Especially when developing reading applications for children, we recognize the importance of reaching them on the mobile devices they are comfortable using that will encourage and inspire them to keep reading," said Todd Stevens, President Expanded Books(TM)/ Expanded Apps.

About Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing:
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints: Aladdin Paperbacks, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Libros para niños, Little Simon(R), Little Simon Inspirations(TM), Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, Simon Scribbles, and Simon Spotlight(R).

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 70.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
U-Ventures: Return to the Cave of Time 1.5 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

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My Steam 1.0

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Supportware, developer of popular apps like My Football and WikiMe, today presents My Steam 1.0. A practical application for viewing various information about the Steam games platform from Valve. On May 12. 2010 Valve released Steam for Mac. With millions of active users, Steam offers cross-platform gaming for anyone with a PC or Mac computer. My Steam lets you access information about your profile, friends, favourite servers and Steam news directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device.

Features:
* View your profile information
* Add servers to view realtime stats (servers can even be added by clicking a source server link in safari!)
* View realtime information in your friends profiles, watch what games your friends are playing and where
* View steam news articles
* Retina display support

Supported servers:
* Counter-Strike
* Counter-Strike Source
* Counter-Strike Condition Zero
* Left 4 Dead
* Team Fortress 2
* Day of Defeat
* Day of Defeat Source
* Half-Life 2
* Garry’s Mod

Server stats:
* Server name
* Current Map
* Players online
* Player list
* Online Time
* Frags

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 2.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
My Steam 1.0 is just $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment and Utilities categories. There will also be a free version available, which will display ads throughout the app.

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HollywoodHelper 2.1

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de/creative has announced that their HollywoodHelper actor’s app for iOS has been updated with audio tools and iTunes file sharing for iOS4. This release adds user requested features to the industry first "app as lines coach." With automated search and hilite, text reformatting for small screens, floating sticky notes, and myVerbs verb association, HollywoodHelper strives to enable a high quality rehearsal experience for the aspiring actor.

With the new release of HollywoodHelper 2.1, associative audio clip editing is now available to actors rehearsing lines with de/creative’s category-defining app for script rehearsal. The actor may associate any number of audio clips to any portions of his script text by dragging clip icons anywhere on the text. Then, she can record/edit/and play these clips individually or in sequence while viewing the script text on the phone at the same time.

The app also supports the tried and true method of quickly associating single active verbs with dialog, to provide reminders of the forward motion that needs to be conveyed to the audience in a given passage. The actor can record clips for herself or other characters in a scene to facilitate the rehearsal process, leaving appropriate "dead air" pause clips where necessary.

Also with this release of the app on iOS4, File Sharing with iTunes is enabled. The actor can transfer her plain text script files directly to the app through the USB connection and not have to bother with the somewhat cumbersome WiFi connection process as was necessary in the past. This release of the app is compatible with iOS4 and up, on iPhone and iPod devices.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 0.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
HollywoodHelper 2.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. There are no added fees to access advanced features.

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Tarot mini

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"Tarot mini" is a divination application for iPhone/iPod touch by tarot cards. Spread is a method for divination by several tarot cards. You can also interpret originally because you can read the individual explanation of the appearance card.

Feature of divination (Nature):
* Quick response
* Unique answer

Feature of divination (Kind):
* One Card Oracle – predict within one week, include quotes
* 7 Card Hexagram Spread – predict your subject, can input words
* 5 Card Gypsy Spread – predict your love, can input and save lovers name
* 10 Card Celtic Cross Spread – predict your subject, interpret originally

Feature of sound:
* Several sound effects
* The ON-OFF function of the sound

Supported Languages:
* US English and Japanese

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later
* 6.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Tarot mini 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Beam Me Up 1.0

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Clamp Horn Island has released Beam Me Up 1.0, their new utility app for iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4 devices. Beam Me Up allows you to quickly inform somebody of your current location. Just like the standard Maps application, Beam Me Up will find your position as accurately as it can from the GPS satellites or telephone signals – but then with Beam Me Up you can manually move the location pin for increased accuracy.

Then, unlike the Maps application, you can send your location via SMS to a friend’s phone so that he knows exactly where you are – without any need for cutting and pasting location details. Alternatively, if you have emails set up on your iPhone, you can send an email to his PC. Once your location details have been received, your friend simply clicks on the message content to open up his Maps application and know exactly where you are – he doesn’t even need to have an iPhone, just a phone with a Maps app.

Think how useful this app will be when you want to meet your friends in town or get your parents to pick you up after a day out. There’s also the facility to bookmark places so that you can return to them later. For example, save the location that you parked your car so that you can find it again after the shopping trip.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 0.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Beam Me Up 1.0 is only $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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Evolution Defense 1.0

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The viruses are coming! They’re evolving rapidly and they’re out to attack you – with more than 16 million possible combinations of virus DNA, the threat is almost never-ending as viruses evolve new strengths and special abilities. Only you can stop them – by strengthening your defenses through intelligent placement, continuous upgrades and exposure to fighting viruses, you can build the immune system to fight these virulent foes. You’ll need all the tools at your disposal to stop them in time before the infection level becomes critical and you are overwhelmed.

Hone your defensive skills by playing against the AI in single player mode and then challenge a friend using the powerful two-player mode. This really takes things to the next level as you unleash wave after wave of constantly evolving viruses against each other and then scramble to update your defenses to deal with the new threats. The powerful genetic engineering tools allow you to mutate and combine your most successful creations to unleash new surprises on your opponent – then it’s down to survival of the fittest.

* High quality graphics and sound
* Over 16 million possible viruses to defend against – using a unique DNA-based system, the viruses gain special appearances, attributes and specialisation so that no 2 games will be the same
* 3 base towers plus 3 booster towers
* Towers grow stronger as they successfully fight viruses and can be upgraded with one of 4 special effects (slow, poison, splash and chain) and upgrades can be made to their 3 basic attributes (damage, range and speed)
* Play multi-player and use the genetic engineering lab to evolve the viruses you unleash on your opponent
* Track statistics of games played, won and lost

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 11.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Evolution Defense 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Big Brother

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This is not a prank application. It really works, and takes pictures of anyone trying to access your iPhone. Big Brother is the only iPhone app which sets off an alarm AND takes a photo if the user presses the home button. Want to know if someone has been sneaking a peak at your iPhone 4? Turn on Big Brother, LOCK it, turn off your iPhone, and you’re set! Whenever a person enters an incorrect password, the device will take two photos! Whenever a person quits the application (that’s right!), the device will take two photos!

Easy to use:
* Start Big Brother
* Change your passcode (from 0000)
* Set your email address
* Set your sound settings
* When you’re finished, press LOCK

Features:
* Passcode Lock
* Sound alarm
* Image capture
* GPS location
* Time stamp
* Email notification

Records the following events:
* There is an incorrect passcode
* There is an application quit
* The device is turned off
* There is a correct login

Receive an email notification if:
* There is an incorrect passcode
* There is an application quit

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone 4
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 3.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Big Brother 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Big Brother will only work on iOS devices with a forward facing camera (currently only iPhone 4).

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4-LawnMower Man 1.0.1

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4-LawnMower Man game is rated a 4+ by Apple, a rating indicating the game has no objectionable material meaning that the game is safe for everyone at all ages to play the game. Apple approves and rates all applications before applications are put on iTunes for sale. This game has action at every turn. The player is challenged to steer the lawn mower using an electronic joy stick to accumulate points while not losing points to any of the obstacles on the course. The game plays like a dodgeball on wheels, you will need quick reactions to change directions to cut as much lawn as possible while stopping the pesky gopher from digging holes and avoiding skunk spray or running over the constantly darting in and out skunk.

The game’s main character is about 4-LawnMower Man who loves to mower lawn, to compete, loves the color purple, and the number 4. The game introduction starts with 4-LawnMower Man sleeping as the gopher chews through the garden hose. Rudely awakened by the gopher the 4-LawnMower Man wearing his purple number 4 jumps on his purple number 4 lawn mower ready to cut lawn and do battle with the gopher and other obstacles on his lawn.

The object of the game is to cut as much grass as possible within a five minute window of time while avoiding contact with objects and animals. You will be challenged to move quickly but yet skillfully around trees, rocks, sheep and old building remains as you stay inside the property lined by a white picket fence. While moving between objects if you hit any of the objects, a sound effect will be heard for each object. Hitting one of the sheep brings on an instant cry of Baaaa, the most sickly sound is that when running over the skunk, iPhone players will feel a vibration. This is a great action game meant for anyone in the family to play.

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Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 9.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
4-LawnMower Man 1.0.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Gyro Air Drums 1.0

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The iPhone 4 uses a vibrational gyroscope, called a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gyroscope. This in addition to the existing accelerometer allows the Gyro Air Drums to detect three dimensional (roll, yaw, and pitch) rotation as well as device tilt. Gyro Air Drums transforms all the sensor data into an enhanced, fun drumming experience for the user.

Using Gyro Air Drums, a multitude of drums are arranged at two vertical levels in a 300 degree setup around the user. Tilting the iPhone 4 upward allows users to hit the upper level instruments, the hi-hat, crash, and cowbell. Holding the device level allows users to hit the snare and toms. Pointing the device in any horizontal direction around the player brings differing drums into view as if the drum set were actually set up around them.

Features:
* Gyroscope Control
* Close-able hi-hat
* Snare Drum
* Finger controlled bass pedal
* High and Low Toms
* Cowbell
* Crash
* Taiko Drum
* Orientation Reset
* In app instructions and video

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone 4
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 5.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Gyro Air Drums 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category and is currently at an introductory price of $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies).

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IdSideOut 1.0

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Mindwarm Incorporated, the developers of Swip, has released the first Android and iPhone app that reads your innermost thoughts and displays them for you and your friends to see. Shine a light on the dark corners of your mind – expore the outer limits of your inner self!

Wander through the fantasy Freudian back-roads of your you. The bubbling caldron of your Id lies just below the serene surface of your personality. IdSide-Out exposes these secret dreams and hidden fears, your saintly hopes and animal urges, as well as your deepest nightmares.

Are you driven by sex?

Are you afraid of love? Or lipstick? Or carrots?

And Why?

It is a strange and misty world.

Interpreting these visions may not be as easy as you first assume.

Reception is best when broadcast directly from your forehead.

These captures are so insubstantial that only one replay [<] can be retained.

But this is sufficient for you to see what your friends just saw projected from your forehead. Have fun examining the possible interpretations of these scenes from IdSide-Out, your window to the mind. IdSideOut is played when you hold your phone to someone’s forehead, tap or shake the phone, see the images, then when the replay symbol "<" appears, bring the phone down and show the replay to your friend.

Device Requirements:
* Android device with OS 1.5 or later
* iPad, iPhone or iPod touch 3.2 or later

Pricing and Availability:
IdSideOut 1.0 is only 99 cents (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. idSideOut1 and idSideOut2 are available worldwide through the Google Market in the Games (Brain & Puzzle) category.

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SwipSwap 4.01

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The app is perfect for those wishing to swap or share information, break down contact details or export them to other programs. Thanks to the user-friendly interface and increased speed of the application, it can take mere seconds to use, meaning a busy person’s efficiency is not hampered in any way. In fact, SwipSwap adds organization to anyone’s schedule.

SwipSwap can easily let an entire group of people share contact information using its unique meeting feature, which only requires a few screen touches no matter how many people are in the group. SwipSwap meetings can be optionally PIN-protected with a four digit number to preserve privacy in public places Once a user has selected the information to send, there is a chance to preview and edit before pressing the ‘send’ button. This can help with double checking of details and address.

Features of SwipSwap:
* Free
* Fast start up
* Bluetooth and WiFi peer-to-peer support.
* Easy navigation, touch responsive
* Social networking support for Twitter, FriendFeed and Shizzow
* Ability to automatically tweet to social network when meeting someone
* Animation while changing screens
* WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface
* Meetings feature to allow an entire group of people to exchange contacts
* PIN-protection of meetings for privacy in public places
* Filter profiles to view specifically desired information
* Send any contact from your address book
* Share information with peers in-person
* Optional time and location stamping of each contact exchange
* Track and analyze swap and meeting history for free

Simple and easy is always good, which makes the interface of this app a refreshing feature. All of the information is presented in the same way that it will send, using SwipSwap’s WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) format. SwipSwap is the first contact data management app to offer WYSIWYG.

Anyone looking for another reason to love SwipSwap doesn’t have to go far. Developers offer optional registration online for users to set up a private account to track and analyze SwipSwap swaps and meetings for free. By logging on to the SwipSwap website, they can see a history of who, what, when and where their information is swapped. Did we mention that it’s free?

SwipSwap can also post updates to social networks when a user meets someone. Meetings can be optionally auto-tweeted to Twitter, FriendFeed and Shizzow. SwipSwap is fully compatible with SwipHD and receives all information SwipHD can send. SwipSwap shares all of a user’s selected contact information. Upgrading to SwipHD adds email and the ability to configure contact settings as saved Profiles.

SwipSwap is the must-have app for anyone who is busy or wants to move contact information around without having to retype it into multiple applications. It makes short work of an important part of the networking process. Users only have to see it, share it and they’re done.

Supported Languages:
* US English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 1.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
SwipSwap 4.01 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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ScoreCard BasketBall SM 1.1

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Good Game Apps has released ScoreCard BasketBall SM 1.1 for iPhone 3g, 3gs, 4 and iPod touch. ScoreCard BasketBall was built from the ground up to be fast and simple to use. The purpose of this app is to keep track of stats while Games are in progress. User Interface allows you to create multiple teams, multiple players for each team, you can create multiple games per team and keep track of the stats in a simple clean interface. It also lets you email stats and view a summary page for each game.

Some of the Features include:
* SQL Lite to store all team, players, and stats for historical Data
* Create Multiple teams
* Add, Delete, and Modify players on each team
* Create Multiple Games per team
* Delete any Game
* Add and remove players from the game. This allows you to keep track of Minutes played per game
* See the statistics on the screen to keep track of stats in real time
* Select a player and choose from over 14 stats
* App keeps track of each play, make a mistake and its easy to swipe and delete.
* Removing a play deletes the stat and lowers the score if needed
* Mail the stats right from the application
* View a summary of all the players that were in the game

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3g, 3gs, 4 and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 0.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
ScoreCard BasketBall SM 1.1 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category.

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AutoCrush 1.0

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Who doesn’t like to play "I’m crushing your head!"… Nobody, that’s who! But sometimes it can be tiring. Let AutoCrush, No Tie Software’s newest app, automate the finger flexing action, and give your hand a rest!

Using the iPhone’s built-in camera, users aim to select an opponent to crush. Options include crushing or pinching, male or female hands, on, off, or slow.

Inspired by the hilarious "The Kids in the Hall" routines, AutoCrush goes above and beyond by offering Crushing and Pinching, and in the next free update, Squeezing!

The update, already submitted to Apple, also includes hilarious audio clips, selected at random just by touching the preview area.

AutoCrush was released August 14th, 2010 and is available exclusively on the iTunes App Store for $0.99 (or equivalent). AutoCrush requires an iPhone as it uses the built-in camera for viewing your opponent. The update will allow iPod touch and iPad users to pinch/crush/squeeze using an included image instead of using the camera view.

AutoCrush may reduce the likelihood of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by eliminating repetitive gestures. If you suffer from Arthritis, your doctor may prescribe AutoCrush. Use as directed. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while using AutoCrush. Please consult your doctor if you plan to begin a regimen of finger crushing. Side effects include compulsive laughing, wetting one’s pants and getting beat up by "crushed" citizens. If your AutoCrush session lasts more than three hours, call some friends.

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Virtual Air Hockey 1.0.1

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Spinning Head Software has released Virtual Air Hockey 1.0.1, their realistic Air Hockey game for iPhone, iPod touch and now iPad. Played from the players perspective, Virtual Air Hockey gets you as close to the real experience of Air Hockey as you can get on a mobile device.

Gameplay runs at a silky smooth 60 frames per second with 3 AI difficulty levels to suit all levels of gamer. Use your finger to move your bat / paddle about the table as you attempt to score goals while simultaneously defending your goal from attacks by your computer controlled opponent. Choose to play games to 3, 5 or 7 goals.

Social gaming is provided via OpenFeint, with Achievements and Leaderboards enabling you to compete with you friends or even the world to get the best score in the fastest possible time. Achievements can be shared with friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter respectively.

Features:
* Gorgeous full 3D Air Hockey table, paddles and puck
* Players Eye View
* Silky Smooth Gameplay even on older devices
* Real Air Hockey sound effects
* Achievements and Leaderboards via OpenFeint
* 3 difficulty levels

Coming soon:
* Enhanced visuals
* 2 player (Bluetooth / Wifi)
* New Game Modes (timed game, multi-puck etc.)

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 6.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Virtual Air Hockey 1.0.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Balloon Animals Lite 1.01

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LEARN2MAKE LLC, the company behind the popular iPhone app LEARN2MAKE Balloon Animals, has released a free version of the app titled, LEARN2MAKE Balloon Animals Lite for iPhone and iPod touch.

Emilia Queiroz, Owner of LEARN2MAKE LLC explains, "We feel the timing is right to release this free version of the app in the Education category of the App Store. There are already apps with Balloon Animals that you can play and interact with on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, namely Balloonimals and the recently released Balloonimals HD. LEARN2MAKE Balloon Animals Lite is different than those apps. It teaches how to make Balloon Animals with true to life instructions. Because the app is free, more people will have the opportunity to learn the joys of Balloon Animal Twisting!" Since its release 2 days ago, the app has been featured as "New & Noteworthy" in the Games->Educational category of the App Store.

The app includes 2 animated balloon animal instructions; a Dog and a Sword, and 2 animated instructions for basic twists; the Sausage Twist, and Tulip Twist. The basic twist instructions include animated hands to help the user understand how to successfully twist the balloons without popping them or having them come undone.

Balloons and Inflation pumps are readily available. Queiroz shares the reasoning behind the app this way, "There are Balloons for Twisting in nearly every pharmacy and grocery store. Usually these balloons come with an inflation pump, but no clear instructions about how to make the animals. With LEARN2MAKE Balloon Animals Lite, everyone with an iPhone or iPad will now have good clear instructions to twist balloons into a Dog or a Sword. Hopefully once people experience the joy of creating simple shapes, they will be interested to learn more shapes with the full version of ‘LEARN2MAKE Balloon Animals.’"

"LEARN2MAKE Balloon Animals Lite" has been optimized and compressed for faster downloads. It is just under 20 mb and so it can be downloaded over the wireless network of the US iPhone carrier AT&T. The app can also be downloaded over wifi directly to a device. Desktop users can download the app through iTunes.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 19.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
LEARN2MAKE Balloon Animals Lite 1.01 is available free of charge and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Because the app is instructional in nature, LEARN2MAKE will send members of the press balloons and an inflation pump upon request to aid in reviewing the app. Visit LEARN2MAKE online for details.

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SOS LED 1.0

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Redbits has released SOS LED 1.0, a new app for iOS devices with flash LED. SOS LED is much more than a handy flashlight. It’s a useful app to help deal with many everyday inconveniences or nuisances. SOS LED can emit SOS pulses of either light, sound or both. Discretely sends an email to designated recipients containing a pre-defined text and subject; optionally with the current GPS location and link to Google Maps. Calls a pre-defined phone number.

In settings the user can choose between three types of SOS pulses (slow, medium and fast) and three modes of operation: maximize the number of pulses, maximize the battery life or an adaptive mode that monitors the battery level and adjusts pulses to the residual battery life.

When in adaptive mode, the app is able to send SOS pulses for many hours. This app unique feature is that it sums SOS pulses and flashlight with emergency call and email into one handy app. In the upcoming 1.1 update, a second type of signal has been added for situations where the international SOS signal can’t be used because it’s reserved for severe distress conditions.

Supported Languages:
* US English and Italian

Device Requirements:
* Requires a device with a LED torch
* Compatible with iPhone 4
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 2.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
SOS LED 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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Mazespace of the Vor

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Concern Wormwood has released "Mazespace of the Vor," their debut app for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Available as a free download, Mazespace of the Vor is a casual puzzle game with a "space maze" theme. It comes with an initial "recruitment" game mode designed to introduce the central game mechanic to new players, as well as with In App purchase of additional game modes available.

The app is designed for all currently shipping iOS devices, supporting iOS 3.1 or later. On the iPhone & iPod touch, the gameplay will feature smaller levels with more of an action feel. Such game play is designed for quick five minute games, or for "round robin" contests with other players. On the iPad, the app will feature larger levels with more of a puzzle slant. This is intended for longer play sessions of about ten or fifteen minutes, for players more demanding of a challenge.

"Mazespace of the Vor" also has features for the recently released iPhone 4: full support for the Retina Display, and compatibility with Fast App Switching (by automatically pausing the game). The app is being released as an "Universal" iOS App, using the App Store "non-consumable" purchase model; this allows players to make a single purchase to cover all the devices the user might own.

For more details about the app itself, visit us at our website by searching for "Concern Wormwood" from either Bing or Yahoo, or entering simply "concernwormwood" in the browser location field. Screenshots and a gameplay video are available, with future announcements and customer support provided via @ConcernWormwood on Twitter.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 8.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Mazespace of the Vor 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

Download from iTunes

Cuppa-Time Version 1.0

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Nigel Green has released Cuppa-Time Version 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. Cuppa-Time stores the personal preferences of people in regards to how they take their tea or coffee. This effectively means that it is no longer necessary to ask the same people over and over which beverage they prefer to drink and how they take it, doing away with those hastily written lists on scraps of paper.

Some examples of where Cuppa-Time can be used are at the office, family get-togethers, when unexpected guests drop in, events and functions, or any other gathering. In addition to being able to record their name and preferences, a "Special Request" option is included and is especially useful for when people have difficult to remember requests such as "Extra hot", "Half cold water", "Weak", "Strong" or "Add milk first". Preferences are chosen using a quick and easy step-driven selection process starting with whether the person wants tea or coffee. Each step is progressively made based on the previous selection until all the required information is gathered.

Cuppa-Time displays people’s preferences on what is called the Master List, using easily recognisable images to represent these choices. Each person from the Master List can be selected individually to be added to a custom-made list called the Order. To quickly select or deselect large amounts of people, "Select All" and "Deselect All" buttons are provided. The Order is a read-only list containing the preferences of only those people selected from the Master List. At the bottom of the Order screen is the total number of tea’s and coffee’s required and also the total number of cups.

Features:
* iOS 4 multi-tasking is available for supported devices
* Special Requests can be entered in the Preferences screen and are shown along-side each person’s name on the Master List and Order screen
* Easily identifiable images of how each person takes their tea or coffee
* A Reset Preferences button for starting over

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 0.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Cuppa-Time 1.0 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively on the App Store in the Productivity category. For more details please visit the Cuppa-Time Support
Purchase and Download

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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