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Daily App Digest – September 12, 2011

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Latest apps and updates to hit the app stores today…

Crocodile Crossing

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Elevate Entertainment and Playpen Games has announced the release of Crocodile Crossing for the iPhone and iPad. Crocodile Crossing combines danger, excitement, and loads of humor in this new casual game for kids and families. The pigs need your help to make it home! Bounce the pigs across dangerous waters to get them to safety and keep them from becoming crocodile dinner. Adventure to three locations to help save the pigs and try to unlock all six characters.

Free/$1.99/£1.49/Download

Castle Hustle

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Castle Hustle is an excellent example of blend of old & new – the classic idea with a new twist. Player must find a way to escape the castle he’s trapped in. To do this he need to explore the whole castle and collect six gemstones to activate exit portal. There are lot of obstacles on the way, but, with a bit of persistence, they can be overcame easily. Although the game is designed for easy playing, sometimes you need to react quickly to get through.

Free/Download

Weather Router

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JAS Applications today is very excited the announce the release of their latest iPhone App ‘Weather Router’. At any second, use Weather Router to find an accurate, informative weather forecast for every postcode between you and your destination. Weather Router even works worldwide! Simply enter a place name or postcode for the place you are setting off from and your destination and Weather Router will make sure you don’t go taking your sun-screen if it will be pouring down with rain.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

Tejo World Tour Pro

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Big Teeth media S.A.S. today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Tejo World Tour Pro 1.0, the company’s first iPad game on the market. Developed to represent local idiosyncrasies, Tejo or as the locals call it “Turmeque” was created by the indigenous communities in Colombia, and declared a national sport on June 2000 by Colombia’s Congress.

This sport has been played in Colombia for more than 500 Years, and part of their heritage. It is based on throwing a metallic disc in the middle of a metallic cylinder. It is played in groups of three people. The app is programed so that the player plays for one of the groups which consist of three players.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

Snake Wars

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Jinix is pleased to announce that Snake Wars for the iPhone and iPod touch is now free for a limited time on the App Store. Snake Wars is a modern version of the classic snake game that we all love. The game includes a multiplayer mode with support for up to 4 players and a single player mode with 25 Levels:

Multiplayer:
Collect food pellets to grow longer, but avoid running into your own or your opponent’s body. Try to be the longest snake by collecting the most pellets, and use your length advantage to trap other snakes. The last snake standing or the first to eat 10 pellets is the winner.

Single Player:
Collect a set number of pellets without running into your own body or any obstacles to advance to the next level. Each level has a different map layout with progressive difficulty. After each level is completed, the survival mode for the level is unlocked. Try to stay alive for as long as you can in survival mode.

Free/Download

Very Simple Game

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The free iPhone app “A Very Simple Game” continues to puzzle thousands of new users daily. It has enjoyed success as a top Entertainment app in several countries including the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Deceptively appearing easy, A Very Simple Game takes great attention and focus to keep track of each answer, as many users are finding out. It includes three “simple” levels of varying difficulty and highscores via Apple’s Game Center.

There are currently over 50,000 people playing around the world. Some proclaim it to be a genius game, while others hate it, because they can’t figure out the solution. Whether users love it or hate it, this free iPhone app is spreading quickly to iPhones, iPods and iPads everywhere.

Free/Download

Carma

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CustomEgo has announced Carma 1.0.556, a new mobile app that allows users to score other drivers based on their performance on the road. Report drivers for good, bad, and even “humorous” behavior. Simply select their state, type in their tag number, and select a report. Click the submit button, and the game is on!

Carma has a simple interface with easy to use navigation. This app is not meant to be used while operating a motor vehicle. Users can view the map and see pushpins representing reports around them with numerous options available such as report type filters and pushpin display radius. One can also view their score, awards and achievements. There are over a hundred awards and achievements that are able to be unlocked upon reaching certain goals in the game or being reported numerous times for specific good report types which encourages good driving habits.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

Zepi

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OstinGames has introduced Zepi 3.1 for the iPhone/iPod touch. The application features the same adds-on introduced in Zepi:Classic HD 1.1 for the iPad released on September 02, 2011. The SuperBall power-up, multitouch to name just a few. The new elements of the gameplay are aimed to help Zepi fans score even more bringing more excitement, relax, and fun.

The players are challenged to form long strings of same-color skins as quick as possible by tapping or sliding their finger on them. As soon as the gamer makes a pause, the bright chain flashes and bursts accompanied with nice sound effects. The GameCenter Leaderboard records points for the eliminated bubbles (different in size orbs carry different numeric value) and more objects move in quickly onto the screen to replace the burst ones.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

FaceConnect

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FaceConnect is a FaceTime social networking application. Experience meeting new people without hiding behind text and images. FaceConnect allows you to directly connect to people across the globe with the iPhone 4, iPod touch and iPad. Experience your friends laugh when you tell them a joke instead of “LOL” or “ROFL”. Of course if they are rolling on the floor laughing, you must send us a picture of them.

FaceConnect is designed to bring people together using FaceTime, found on Apples iPhone 4 and new iPod touch that possess video conference calling capabilities. FaceConnect is Secure – Only talk to people you want to. Stop giving out your FaceTime ID on forums, Facebook pages and Twitter. Meet existing friends and make new ones – Its really easy to find other FaceTime users.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

AZAN

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Permeative Technologies, one of the leading iPhone application provider in India has introduced AZAN for iPhone 1.0, for iPhone users who follows Islamic, to ease the daily prayer on their comfort. Azan is a Prayer Application for Islamic people which helps them to get alert about prayer timing with the ability to set six different timing with their comfort. Azan is a Prayer application for Islamic community, which helps them to manage their prayer schedules by alerting them with ringing alarm on preset prayer timing.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

Cradle Of Rome

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Cradle Of Rome HD invites the player to build ancient Rome, the most legendary city of all time, by swapping tiles and matching three or more in a row. It’s a breathtaking journey though five historical epochs where the player’s mission is to reconstruct masterpieces of Roman architecture such as the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Temple of all the Roman Gods and more.

“We are very happy to announce our best-selling long-liver is available for the iPad now,” said Oleg Rogovenko, Awem studio’s CEO. “Cradle of Rome for PC was released in 2007 and became the Best Puzzle Game of the year. It was a real hit among people and now we are very excited to see how it will perform on the App Store.”

$2.99/£1.99/Download

NxtApp

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NxtApp, the popular math number-sequencing game originally released for iPhone and iPod touch, has been re-designed to run in HD on the iPad. The iPhone and iPod touch version of NxtApp was released seven months ago and topped the charts in the educational games category of App Stores worldwide in July.

Described by the Washington Post as “the perfect app for mental math,” NxtApp exercises the brain while letting players have lots of fun with numbers. Now with a single purchase, players of this popular app can experience it natively on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The universal update is free for those players who previously downloaded the app.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

The I Ching or Book of Changes

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Flat Earth Studio has announced a new app, The I Ching or Book of Changes, now available from the iTunes App store. This app includes Princeton University Press’s all-time bestselling edition of The I Ching, or Book of Changes, by Richard Wilhelm, edited by Hellmut Wilhelm and translated by Cary F. Baynes. The New York Times says, “Princeton’s Bollingen edition [is] still regarded as the best and most authentic by I Ching aficionados.”

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, includes many interactive features, including a coin and yarrow stalk oracles, an integrated journal and advanced options for analyzing the structure of the hexagram. The complete Wilhelm/Baynes text from Book I is provided for interactive readings. Books II and III are available for additional in-app purchase.

$4.99/£3.00/Download

PingPongSolo Anaglyph 3D

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Turn on your iPhone to the Table Tennis paddle. Feel the new emotions of the game emulator with the implementation of visual stereo, which is becoming more and more popular since James Cameron’s Avatar movie. Following Cameron, we invite you into a magical world. Not into the Avatar world, but into the ping-pong world. Here you can feel the excitement and intensity that invariably sizzles when a stray ball begins to collide with the paddle. Only now, the game is becoming more exciting due to the expansive Anaglyph stereo graphics.

If the earlier 3D effects spectator was intended to simply entertain, the creators of the Avatar movie have managed to settle the audience into a new world for two hours and at the same time to forget about that you’re looking at the world through extraordinary spectacles.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

Great Poems For All Occasions

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Internet Design Zone, an iOS application developer company, today launched a new free iPhone/iPod app: Great Poems For All Occasions. This app has over 270 original poems for over 60 occasions or reasons to share with near and dear ones. If someone needs to quickly text a poem or write one on a greeting card, this app works beautifully.

Need a poem to send to your Grandpa on his Birthday? Or a poem to write on someone’s anniversary greeting card? How about a poem to wish someone Happy Thanksgiving or Happy Halloween? This app has them all. Get the perfect poem to share your sentiments and feelings in a few seconds.

Free/Download

Easy Slot Machine

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Easy Slot Machine consistently ranked in the Top 25 with more than 5 million downloads worldwide in Apple iTunes App store.

“The new verion of Easy Slot Machine added local support, no internet connection or WIFI needed anymore. this will dramatically increase the speed, and run much faster with no more hiccups.” said by Willie Shi, founder of Daypick Inc.

Key features of Easy Slot Machine include:
* Immersive real Vegas experience
* True casino simulated slot machine game
* Easy to use user friendly design
* Realistic casino simulated sounds
* Never lose a dime
* No need to buy any chips when you lose them all
* Play them forever and lifelong update
* No Internet Connection or WIFI Requirements

Free/Download

Remotix

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Nulana LTD today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Remotix for iOS and Android. Remotix is the fastest VNC client, ninety percent written in native code and NDK (native development kit).

Here are some of the advanced features of Remotix:
* Full support for Apple adaptive encoding, that gives users the best performance on slow connections
* Extended keyboard layout and international keyboard support, including ability to send Unicode symbols via clipboard
* Full set of multitouch gestures: two finger pan, scrolling, pinch/zoom and right click
* Flexible server connection configuration
* Optional server-side scaling
* Nearby server search and setup without user intervention

$9.99/£5.99/Download

Wake N Shake

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The Wake N Shake alarm clock app for iOS includes the following features: display of time remaining till the alarm, 24 creative alarm sounds, unlimited alarms, app runs in the background, quick naps, shuffle alarm sounds, vibrate function, animated alarm clock character, and red neon numerals for viewing in the dark.

One glance at the Wake N Shake alarm clock and it is clear that this is an app with a sense of humor. Alarmi, the red neon, alarm clock cartoon character stands above the large, numerical readout. Silently, he smiles, blinks, dozes off, scratches himself, chews bubble gum, thinks, and snores. Setting the alarm is easy using the Apple picker, that lets the user dial in the exact time they want the alarm to go off. Unlike most alarm clocks, Wake N Shake then displays the hours, minutes, and seconds remaining until it is time to get up and shake the iPhone. A quick glance at the clock in the middle of the night instantly reveals how many more hours of sleep remain (normal time readout is also available).

$0.99/£0.69/Download

Back & Forth

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Larry Snyder today announces the release and immediate availability of Back & Forth 1.1 for the iPhone/iPAD ($0.99 US). Back & Forth is unlike any word game you have ever played. Highly addictive, remarkably innovative this is not your mamma’s word search!

Use the power of gravity, in every direction to dynamically change your board as you spell words forward, backward, vertically, horizontally & diagonally. With a simple twist of your device, gravity pulls on the tiles and drops them in new patterns. 

Rearrange your tiles further through the signature “Back & Forth” move where one simple swipe forces two tiles to swap places.

$0.99/£0.69/Download

Button Smasher

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OmNom Apps has announced Button Smasher 2.0, a significant update to the semi-finalist in the inaugural AppMadness Tournament. Button Smasher is a fast-paced game that will leave you wondering what you should press next. Touch the buttons at the bottom of the game screen to clear the highlighted shapes at the end of the loop. It’s that easy.

The update included:
* The addition of power-ups
* New sounds and graphics
* Counting score
* Game over screen
* Slight tweaks aimed at improving game play

$0.99/£0.69/Download

The Adventures of Voltan

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CarmaWorks has introduced The Adventures of Voltan 1.0, for iOS devices. Voltan is designed as a real musical experience: the player actually plays the drums, triggers the sounds, and becomes the drummer. Each mission presents a new rhythmic challenge with fun characters to chase and collect. CarmaWorks has done extensive tuning of our proprietary rhythm engine to give the player extraordinary timing accuracy and low latency feedback. Playing through 5 Levels and 20 musical missions the player is challenged to learn and perfect the magical drum rhythms of the spirit animals.

Play the drum patterns to perfection and be showered with cash offerings. Collect the offerings and buy your supplies. Gather the food items needed to entice the spirit animals to come listen to your music. Tame them and receive their blessings. Now use this musical wisdom to defeat the dark magic that has deafened your village to the joy of music.

$1.99/Download

Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley

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Just in time for the harvest travel season, Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, has announced the release of an innovative new iPad travel app: Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley 1.0. This app delivers Wine Spectator’s world-class editorial content on Napa Valley in a unique format that blends the reading experience of a magazine with the interactivity of a digital travel guide.

Built for wine lovers who wish to plan their perfect trip to Napa Valley or learn more about its wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, its star player, Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley combines editor recommendations on the top hotels, restaurants, attractions, and wineries of the region with rich articles, stunning photography, and special access to over 400 of Wine Spectator’s gold standard Napa Valley wine reviews, including more than 200 Cabernets.

$4.99/£2.99/Download

Emma and the Inventor HD

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Tricky Software has introduced Emma and the Inventor HD 1.0, for the iPad. What would it be like to arrive in the countryside, at your grandfather’s house, just to find that he was no where to be found? In fact, the outside gate is locked, and you really need to get inside and figure out where he is and what’s happening! Well, that’s exactly the situation you’ll find yourself in Tricky’s latest adventure game, Emma and the Inventor.

From the beginning Tricky Software has taken the time to handcraft their latest adventure game for the iPad. The game play and controls work wonderfully on the touch screen, and the graphics look crisp and vibrant. Every screen comes to life as the story unfolds before the player.

Free/Download

Troll Blaster

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Mobile software development firm eMobiSoft Inc. is gearing up to launch their physics challenge game Troll Blaster 1.0, which sets out to claim its place among iOS classics. Troll Blaster is a projectile destruction game which has players strategically select from a choice of weapons to destroy structures holding the “evil” trolls. The player then pulls the weapon back selecting power and trajectory and then launches it smashing into the structures.

“We thoroughly enjoy projectile destruction type games such as Crush the Castle, Cannon Cadets and Angry Birds. They were certainly our inspiration in making Troll Blaster which was an incredible experience. We believe players will love what we’ve done with this game, it’s quite different from all of the games in its genre while at the same time being simple to pick up, learn and start playing.” said owner of eMobiSoft Inc. Lucky Gupta.

 

Kids First Game

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Advance Corp has introduced Kids First Game 1.0, for iOS devices. It’s a fascinating and simple puzzle for the kids. On the playing field there are three spinning reels, that can be rotated by swiping up or down. The reels present different parts of funny little animals, sea inhabitants and birds. The main task is to compose the full picture. If you pick up all parts right, then you can see the name of a beautiful animal. Once you composed the full picture you can hear the sounds the animal can make, or some sounds of its habitat. Simply tap the picture and the laughter of your baby will be heard everywhere.

This informative and very simple game will allow even the youngest to expand their knowledge of the inhabitants of the world. Your children can send you their favorite pictures via e-mail, facebook, twitter or store them into the photo album on the device. So kids, let’s have fun!

Free/Download

The Sound of Nature

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Orlando Software has introduced The Sound of Nature 1.0, for iOS devices. The largest value of music is its ability to stimulate emotions. music is nature or, if you prefer, nature is music. The Sound of Nature consists of taking the ‘voice’ of either some natural events or/and sounds of animals (especially birds) to recreate relaxing ambiance in the background. There probably are not many things more relaxing than a sound of beach or a sound of rain.

The application’s purpose is to receive the relaxing feeling of being immersed in a natural environment to support activities such as sleep, meditation, biofeedback, and so on.

$1.99/£1.49/Download

Hello Farm for Kids

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Digital Media Interactive has announced the arrival of baby’s next animal app, Hello Farm, a fun and educational iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app for infants and toddlers, and sequel to the world renowned Hello Zoo. Designed to engage young eyes from the moo-ing cows to the colorful and engaging artwork, this app is sure to entertain for hours.

Touch anywhere in the landscape background to trigger snorting pigs, flying owls, bouncing bunnies, and more. Animals from around the farm jump from the screen, say hello with signature movements and sounds, and run or zoom off into the distance. Swipe the screen, and the background changes to a new and exciting farm scene for kids to explore. Within minutes, a child will learn the basics of operating an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Short and engaging bios paired with beautiful farm scenes make for a parent-interactive experience. Children can scroll through areas of the farm, see which animals live there, and learn about their furry friends before a trip to a farm or petting zoo.

Free/Download

Mozart

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Mozart is a program designed to aid in the process of learning how to read music. It does that in form of a game. Once the game is started via the toolbar notes begin streaming from the right side of the screen. These notes have to be identified in the order of their appearance with the current input instrument (i.e. piano). In addition to regular notes there is an array of game characters including bonus notes, flyers, jumpers, bombs, and many more. Once a note gets too close to the clef on the left side of the screen it disappears in a cloud of vapor and the player loses one life point. For each note named in time the player receives one or more points. The further the game progresses the more notes will appear and their range will widen to potentially include many ledger lines above and below the staff as well as accidentals. Once a player has depleted all of his or her lives the game is over and he or she may receive a high score.

$9.99/£5.99/Download

Great Monster Trouble

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NuOxygen Game Publishing has announced the release of Great Monster Trouble for Mac, their new realtime strategy game with amazing 3D graphics. Developed by Magic Dream Games S.r.l., Bologna’s leading iOS development studio, this high definition, 3D, multi-touch implementation of the “Game of the Week” created by the company that reinvented the Tower Defense genre brings real time action and strategy in a fully and smooth 3D addictive game.

When it comes to gameplay Great Monster Trouble isn’t all conventional – you can’t sit down and watch! You must build your defenses using a variety of wooden and brick structures then populate them with a cast of characters ranging from farmers to hunters. When monsters die you have to quickly snatch up the loot they drop before it disappears, and sometime you must take action by dropping some sort of grenade and blow the little guys or the big boss.

$5.99/£3.99/Download

iSheetMusic

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Auman Software, a design, development, and strategic consultancy focused on iPhone(TM) and iPad(TM) applications, has announced the successful development and launch of iSheetMusic, a revolutionary sheet music application. iSheetMusic, LLC hired Auman Software in 2010, to design and implement a mobile app that would allow users to access a vast library of “licensed” sheet music and render it specifically for the mobile experience. iSheetMusic is now available in the iTunes App Store worldwide.

“It is possible I could have created iSheetMusic without the participation of Auman Software, but I can’t imagine how many resources it would have required. The depth of skills, creative solutions and sheer brilliance that has been brought to bear on this project has exceeded my wildest dreams,” said Matthew Sutton, President of iSheetMusic LLC. “Paul, Karen and their team are truly top tier in the work they do, the professionalism they bring to work. I will continue to work with them for many, many years to come!”

Free/Download

KizQuiz

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KizQuiz is the world flags quiz app with OpenFeint (social game network) that can kill your time and improve your endorphin. This app is fairly basic, but great fun and worryingly addictive. It may be used for testing and educational purposes for people well-informed about the countries of the world. This app supports three quiz about 181 countries and a high score leader board and supports the simple & easy interface.

Each question has 4 possible answers. When you tap one of the answers, the funny sound effect is played. You have three attempts to give right answer. If you give it at the first attempt you will receive 100 points, at the second attempt – 80 points, at the third – 60 point. Play the “KizQuiz – World Flags Quiz” quiz now to test and improve your knowledge of the flags around the world. About 100,000 people including android smart phones users are enjoying this app. Don’t care about the timer. Just focus your iPhone.

Free/Download

Flower Village

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Ideas Framed Solutions, a leading mobile application development firm, has today announced the release of Flower Village for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Flower Village is a vibrantly beautiful and eminently leisurely app that allows users to explore their own private digital flower garden straight right on their mobile device. A central feature of the app is its unique 3D bouquet gifting feature, which gives users the power to collect custom bouquets of flowers from their virtual garden and send them via social network to friends, family, or even that special someone! Flower Village is currently available for download on the Apple App Store for free in the Games category.

In many ways Flower Village is an app focused on unbridled creation. In the shoes of the virtual gardener the user is free to design the garden of their dreams, picking and choosing flowers based on colors, styles, and lengths to match their sensibilities. Since the app is fully rendered in 3D users and tilt and zoom, move from one location to another, and admire their digital flower bed how ever they please. Flower Village comes complete with diverse music for user to listen to while within the app, and they can always create a playlist from their iTunes music library to listen to instead should they choose to as well.

Free/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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