Daily App Digest – 04/14/11

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Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…

Worldictionary

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Penpower Technology has released their latest mobile application in the App Store, Worldictionary 1.0.0, a translating tool that uses the iPhone’s native camera to recognize text and translate on screen. Using Google translating services, Worldictionary has the ability to recognize thousands of words on any surface from street signs, books, restaurant menus to recipes and translate from nine different languages to over 50 other languages in a matter of seconds, it is literally an interpreter on-the-go.

Worldictionary is not just for real-time translations, it also works as a dictionary and thesaurus. To know more about the usage of a particular word, simply snap a photo of the text, select & highlight the word of you choice. The app will show you etymology, phonetics, synonyms and other valuable information.

$4.99/Download

ABC’s for Kids 2.0

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Third Chicken Inc is pleased to announce the release of ABC’s for Kids – Fun Games for Kids Series 2.0 app for the iPad. This is the second game released as a result of a partnership with ZunZun Books. The original artwork from Ronnie Rooney in ABC’s for Kid makes learning about the alphabet fun and exciting for kids. Learning where to place the letters in alphabetical order has never been so easy.

"The original artwork for ‘ABC’s for Kids’, was created by Ronnie Rooney," says Bernadette Szost, President of ZunZun Books. "We are very excited to partner with a dynamic company like Third Chicken Inc., whose focus on fun is surpassed only by their determination to produce the highest quality educational apps."

$1.99/Download

Gemcraft

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In GemCraft, an evil wizard has summoned hordes of monsters to run amok throughout unsuspecting villages, slaying the innocent, and razing buildings. Players come to their defense, wielding an ability to summon gems and towers which, when combined, hurl colorful bolts of magic down upon waves of minions. Gem abilities differ by level and quality of gems that players unlock: slowing or poisoning enemies, hitting multiple targets at once, enabling rapid fire, and more.

$1.99/Download

Water Ludo

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Softmines, a developer and publisher of games for the Apple iOS platform, today announced that their first Unity 3D engine based game title, Water Ludo 1.0, is available for immediate download on the App Store. This is their sixth title and after the success of Bloody Hell and Kooka, developer is pretty confident that people will love this title. Bloody Hell was their first game that reached the number one spot in more than 18 countries and Kooka followed it up with a top 50 ranking in many countries.

Water Ludo is an underwater theme based game that is all about precision, timing and control. Guide a ball over ramps, moving platforms and through brightly colored & challenging environments containing water mines, golden fishes, sharks, and a host of other features all in an attempt to reach the safe haven of a basket while scoring the best time. The player solves a variety of puzzles, saves the balls from a variety of sea monsters and safely navigates them across a variety of suspended platforms to complete each level.

$2.99/Download

Master Gardener’s Buddy

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APPinspect inc. today is pleased to introduce Master Gardener’s Buddy (MGB), a multi-map, multi-field, garden planting map app for iPad. Starting with a user created sketch, photo or map uploaded into the iPad via iTunes, MGB allows the gardener to create graphical overlays of 9 different plant icons, viewed by Layer (trees, bushes, bulbs, perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables, plus borders and water) or all at once. Save as many gardens, with as many different garden layouts in each, as you wish. Within a garden layout folder Gardening Days are created, consisting of a layout and the ability to enter your planting points upon them, in many different plant layers, each with its own scaling icon.

$4.99/Download

Nighty Night! HD

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hape Minds & Moving Images is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of their first application Nighty Night! HD 1.0, an interactive bedtime story book for iPad. Being designed especially for children aged 1-4 years, Nighty Night! HD facilitates the daily go-to-sleep ritual by allowing kids to interact and be a part of the bedtime story.

Every parent knows how hard it is for kids to get to sleep. Nothing can compare with a captivating and interactive bedtime story to settle a child down and have a little special time with their parents before bed. Heidi Wittlinger (Oscar Nominee of 2002 for best animated short) in collaboration with Shape Minds & Moving Images has developed a wonderful interactive bedtime book that is easeful enough to lull even a fanciful kid into dreamland.

$1.99/Download

Rack Stare

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Venevi Enterprises, the creators of the Fit or Fugly application, which has had huge success on the App Store are pleased to announce the availability of a new Rack Stare update. The app is designed for people who can’t keep their eyes off the beautiful lady they are sitting next to or may come across. Users playing the game will be challenged while their patience and stealth are put to the test.

The original version of Rack Stare quickly became popular on the App Store due to its innovative technology, enabling users to control real footage with just their fingers. Users play the role of a ladies’ man who is sitting next to a gorgeous girl with a great rack. The challenge is to stare at her breasts for as long as possible without getting caught. The quicker users stare, the more points are awarded and more achievements can be gained.

Free/Download

Pain Care

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Apps For All, LLC has announced today announced its selection for Caregiver App of the Month, Pain Care.

Once in a while new iPhone apps come along that portend a pivotal change in specific areas of healthcare. One such app is Pain Care, developed by Dr. Vishal Kancherla, an Interventional Physiatrist specializing in the non-operative management of lower back and neck pain.

Despite the widespread incidence of varied causes of pain, tools that help individuals better manage their pain are needed. Dr. Kancherla has his patients use Pain Care to track the degree and frequency of their pain. The app helps someone in pain determine: personal triggers for pain, the side effects of medications, and the effectiveness of treatment of medications. They then email him the results at planned intervals so he can track their progress.

Free/Download

CalReader

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Imaja announces CalReader 2.0, an upgraded calendar/productivity app for iOS/iPhone/iPod touch, providing refined readability, filtering, time calculations and event listing export for calendars, supporting sync with iCal, MobileMe, Google and Yahoo CalDAV calendars.

CalReader 2.0 functions have been reorganized for more efficient navigation to the expanded functionality. The Filter settings, Actions, Display, Calculations and Extras sections are quickly accessible.

Calendar event listings can be exported by e-mail as attached CSV (Comma-Separated Values) or TSV (Tab-Separated Values) files. The new Done button provides direct return to the main CalReader view from nested function views. Event listings now include the duration for each event. The export text generated by the Copy Text With Calculations command now includes a header with the current calendar names, date range and optional search text.

$3.99/Download

Color Blaster

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Paper Corn Media Inc has released Color Blaster Game 1.0, an universal application for iOS devices. Color Blaster Game is a mix of simple everyday physics and fun. The game is easy to get started, not too difficult to master once you figure out the tricks. The instantly addictive Color Blaster Game starts with easy levels making sure you can practice before getting into more complex stages. The game is enabled for retina graphics with HD quality graphics and animation.

Color Blaster Game is enabled for Apple’s Game Center and OpenFeint for social gaming. It features 5 leaderboards and 16 achievements. You can share your scores with your Facebook friends or invite friends from Twitter and Facebook to compete with you.

$0.99/Download

Balance Guide

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Why is Balance Guide different from other apps? Balance guide, asks you to provide details about your important transactions from the previous month to produce a forecast. Then you can correct your balance each month, providing a guide to your financial status.

Why? Most people know that they spent x, y and z at the store yesterday, but they don’t remember the sum of all their important bills. Balance Guide does what it says on the tin, it produces a quick guide, something you can use when you’re away from your desk or computer. Not only does Balance Guide provide a quick guide to your finances, but it can also be used to count every dime. The beauty of this app is that it fits around you, not forcing you to fit into what an accountant wants.

$0.99/Download

Perplexo Words

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Perplexo Words, by Carried Away Games, is an original word-building game that combines elements of word search, crosswords, anagrams and other popular games in the word genre. Perplexo Words features head-to-head play through Game Center, giving players the chance to test their English skills against a friend or random opponent. You can also play through the 48-level, single-player campaign. The design promotes the replay of game levels resulting in many hours of word-tinkering fun.

In the game, you examine the game board, identify good places to spell words of four letters or greater, and then rearrange the letters by tapping the letter, and then the destination. Utilize the Pool, like your hand of letters in other word games, to save important letters for use later. Spell as many words as possible (left-to-right and top-to-bottom) before your Moves run out.

$0.99/Download

Task Timer

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Task Timer is an easy-to-use project management tool that allows users to track time spent on an unlimited number of projects and tasks. Users can start and stop time via a status menu that is available even when Task Timer is not the active application. Task Timer generates reports using a specified data range, and users can easily view weekly, monthly and yearly totals in unique chart settings. Task Timer conveniently synchronizes data on each user’s computer with a database server, so it even tracks time when users are away from the office. It even allows multiple users to synchronize to a centralized database server.

New in version 5 is the ability to synchronize your project and task data between the desktop version and the iOS versions. This is accomplished by initiating the sync on your iOS device when you are in your local WiFi zone. Simple security settings keep your data private.

$Free/Download

iSoundGrid Kids Edition

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Mobz technologies today is pleased to announce the release of iSoundGrid Kids for iPad 1.0, a new edition to the iSoundgrid product line. This edition has been made with kids at home or kids at school in mind. The Kids edition of iSoundGrid offers a wide range of animal sounds and funny object sounds. Combined with the newly introduced icon buttons, it will allow kids to hear, play and learn. Let them discover the sounds each animal makes. For having even more fun, a piano keyboard has been added so kids can play with the sounds and pitches in a musical way.

iSoundGrid developer and Mobz technologies owner Marc van den Dobbelsteen explains, "This kids edition has been on our wish list for a long time. The release of this edition will introduce a new way of using our successful sound effects players. We tried to design this edition from an educational point of view with of course kids in mind. The fact that out younger users are not able to read, made us introduce the icon buttons, a way to describe what the sound of each button belongs to. We also wanted to introduce some way of triggering the musical interest of kids. We think the newly added piano keyboard will be a nice way for reaching this goal"

$1.99/Download

Slango HD

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Extremely easy-to-use, Slango provides quick access to over 5 million definitions of the latest in urban culture. Culture warriors can easily search for any word or phrase and receive a list of matching terms, grab the latest "Word of the Day" or catch up on the past week’s words. Users can bookmark their favorite words for offline viewing at any time. Additionally, Slango’s sharing support allows users to share any word they find over Facebook, or email them to friends and family.

Feature Highlights:
* Access over 5 million definitions of the latest in urban culture
* Search for any word or phrase and receive a list of matching terms
* Browse the most popular terms ordered alphabetically
* Get a "Word of the Day" and catch up on the past week’s words
* Save your favorite words for offline viewing
* Facebook (share any word found over Facebook)
* Twitter (share any word found over Twitter)
* Tumblr (share any word found over Tumblr)
* Email (share any word found over email)

$1.99/Download

Elemental Rage HD

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Free the Elemental Spirits and save a dying world! Elemental Rage is an adventure platformer that every metroidvania fan will love. Devan, a powerful dark sorcerer, has captured the Elemental Spirits, source of all life in the planet, and created an army of soulless dark creatures that spread his reign of evil. Only a small group of brave soldiers lead by Talis, the Spirit Guide of Water, is putting up a fight against Devan’s tyranny. They are just a handful, but they have a secret weapon – you. Take the role of Huna, a young Spirit Guide in training, free the Elemental Spirits and save the world from a dismal fate.

$6.99/Download

Math Testing Prep

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965 Studios has announced the release of their Math Testing Prep Series. Students across the country are preparing for the state testing taking place at the end of the school year. Parents and teachers are preparing their students in many different ways from sample tests to flash cards. To help with preparation for the upcoming tests, 965 Studios has developed a series of math testing apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. With hundreds of questions geared toward specific grade levels and the appropriate concepts learned at each level, these apps allow students to practice using the technology that is becoming a prominent part of education.

$1.99/Download

Box Rush HD

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Logical skills will play important role to place objects at proper place so that you will be able to carry all falling object. And challenge is you have limited time to move the crate to its destination and obstacles like humps can dislodge the objects if you are not able to control it. You need to improve your skills as you proceed to higher levels with challenging obstacles.

It’s going to be a lot of fun and find out how much few seconds can make a difference. Find out in this challenging Box Rush game.

$0.99/Download

Space Encounter HD Lite

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Dumadu Games announced the release of its free game Space Encounter HD Lite 1.0 for iPad in App Store. Now explore the domain of endless space on your voyage.

Space Encounter is a fast paced action game in which your brilliance will be at quest. All you have to do is to explore the galaxies and destroy the enemy spaceships by using laser cannon or luring them into reefs of collision with other enemy space ships or asteroids or Chunks of destroyed ships.

Every strategic move made by you will be countered by an equal and challenging move from the opponent, so get ready for the turn based chase.

Space Encounter with logical and strategic game play will keep you insanely hooked on to your iPad for hours. So get ready for Space Encounter see where you stand in the galaxy with the highest score.

Free/Download

Filmaster

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Filmaster Mobile is a movie check-in and recommendation service that connects cinemagoers living nearby and provides daily-updated top movie suggestions in their area that fit their personal taste thanks to the powerful social recommendation engine. It’s been dubbed "foursquare for film" for its focus on geolocation and personalization, but calling it "grindr for movie buffs" would not be far from true, either, thanks to its social features.

Free/Download

Wild Ants

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"Wild Ants is an addictive game with it’s stunning graphics and effects. It is built with extremely fast smashing respond", says Mr. Narasimha Reddy, MD of Dumadu Games. Wild Ants for iPhone is a game with full of fun, stunning graphics and effects. It brings you to the forefront of the battle against the worlds bugs!

Wild Ants are ready to attack your food grains, and they appear in different colors and different forms. Each has a style of attack, and can tackle your moves at ease. This keeps you head over heels to kill them and save your food grains.

Free/Download

Matching Animals

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Minimax Games has updated Matching Animals for Kids to version 1.0.2. Matching Animals is developed especially for kids. Kids have to reveal colorful cards and find animal pairs. Matching Animals features a great collection of animal cards and lots of game modes. The game can be played by toddlers without any assistance by adults.

What’s new:
Since version 1.0 we added new animals into the game. A tiny blue bird & a cute egg cracking bird was added. Matching Animals has now 22 Animals, and more animals will be added in future updates.

$1.99/Download

mX Croatia

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Mobiexplore has released mX Croatia 1.0 for iOS. mX Croatia lets you discover this favorite vacation spot of Roman emperors and British royalty. Recent media speculation, prompted by Daily Mail, hints that Croatia – CNN’s top celebrity destination, may be chosen for the Royal honeymoon of Prince William and Kate Middleton. mX Croatia lets you discover what is so enchanting for royalty and celebrities in the country with a thousand islands and authentic Mediterranean charm.

Free/Download

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