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Daily App Digest – January 3, 2011

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Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…

Face/Off

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Imagine Interactive today is proud to announce the release of its first photo app named "Face/Off". The main idea behind the application is about taking your face off your picture and putting it on a template. Templates are categorized in 6 different categories including Men, Women, Kids, Movies, Muscles and Military.

Face/Off is an amazing app for having lots of fun with your friends and family. With Face/Off you can make yourself a movie star, a sport player, a monk, an old man, a cute girl, an attractive woman, or anything you want to be. You can start making a new you using your camera or a picture from your photo roll. Face/Off has a very functional High Resolution user interface that supports iPhone 4 retina display.

After taking or selecting your picture, you can adjust its size, rotation, colors (by using a built-in color correction utility), brightness and even apply pre-packaged filters like polaroidish, greyscale, sharpen and sepia to give more realistic look for your pictures. When buying the full version of the app, you can save and share you creations via email, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr or just copy it to paste it anywhere. Purchasing the full version will also remove the ads too.

Free/download

Track

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7sols today is pleased to announce the release of Track, a realtime route tracking and sharing app for iPhone. The route can be tracked by others in realtime using a web browser, on any device. No additional software to install, no sign-ups and no new social network to manage.

Users can track their first half-marathon and share their progress with their friends. They can let their family track them when they’re on vacation. Running late? They can just share and let friends watch them arrive. The possibilities are endless.

Feature highlights:
* Track current location and route using GPS
* Share using Messages, Mail, Twitter and Facebook
* The route can be tracked using a web browser on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android smartphones and tablets
* View a history of the routes, including total viewers, time and distance traveled
* Four different tracking modes to balance between tracking accuracy and power usage
* Track routes even when offline
* Export routes to GPX

$2.99/£1.99/download

CheeseMan

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CheeseMan is a 2D Platformer where you play with that little piece of cheese called "CheeseMan". CheeseMan’s quest is to save the Cheese Land from the evil "Professor Mousky" with the help of "Cheesette", a tough cheese girl who doesn’t need a plumber to save her. There are 42 fast-paced levels, divided in three worlds from veeery easy to veeery hard. You have to deal with spikes, saws, cannon balls and other nasty things. At the end of each world you will encounter a Boss.

$0.99/£.069/download

Bob the Rock

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Bears That Fly, an app development company based in Vienna, Virginia, launched a new iPhone app today called "Bob The Rock." B.T.R. is a quirky, arcade-style game in which the user flicks rocks around the room to gain points and advance to other levels. Once certain scores are reached, panels of a Bob The Rock comic unveil to display the story of Bob The Rock.

Steven Kennedy, BTR owner and lead designer, states that he created the app because there is a mass audience of users who love to play simple and entertaining games.

"Some of the most popular games in iTunes are simple, fun, and addictive," said Kennedy. "We’re simply giving the public what they want: an entertaining and engaging app with fun gameplay and no learning curve."

Bob The Rock has multiple levels of difficulty, a play-by-play comic strip, settings to control music and sound effects, and Game Center interactivity. Game Center creates interactive competition between friends, which is sure to be a highlight of this casual game.

BTR is a fun for all ages app that is available today in the iTunes store, just in time for the new year. For more information on BTR or Bears That Fly, please visit our website.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Cloud Nine

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In an age of hyper digital inter-connectivity, mobile phones manage their owners’ lives by keeping them organized, plugged in, entertained and informed. However, for as tethered as everyone is to these modern mechanical marvels, are they doing anything to help anyone live a measurably happier life?

Cloud Nine – Combining iPhone Technology With Positive Psychology:

That’s precisely the question that prompted an Emotional Intelligence expert and a former tech CEO to create Cloud Nine. Now, smartphones can also act as centers for balance and well-being by combining iPhone technology and research of positive psychology in one simple happiness fostering iPhone app. Cloud Nine tracks 12 different elements related to well-being, including measurements of achievement, gratitude, kindness, exercise, sleep, mood and meditation. Plus, the app automatically and privately charts complex correlations between these traits and offers touch button tools such as a gratitude log and techniques to dispute pessimism and manage exercise – all in a user friendly package that takes little time to use.

$3.99/£2.49/download

My Band Studio

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CappsDev has introduced My Band Studio, a full featured music creation application which includes an intuitive yet complete interface to work on. My Band Studio uses powerful audio frameworks to mix, edit and play sounds in the most efficient way. There are multiple different ways to add sound to your song with My Band Studio by either recording yourself, selecting one of the many different pre-loaded music loops or even selecting a song from your iPod library. In just a few taps and gestures the sound in each track can be adjusted the way you want. Finally exporting your song by email is as simple as it could possibly be.

My Band Studio Features:
* Unlimited number of tracks
* Precise volume adjustment for each track
* Choose from 7 different instruments tracks
* Multiple loops for drums, guitar and piano and more to come
* Access to iPod library
* Lock and mute individual tracks
* Position sound in each track with a simple scrolling interface
* Manage your recordings
* Realtime adjustments while playing
* Offline help within the app
* Export your song by email
* Intuitive interface
* High resolution Retina display graphics

$0.99/£0.69/download

UFOlocaust

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Priware Entertainment has announced they will slash the price of UFOlocaust. 1.2 from $2.99 to Free this weekend (from 6th to 8th January) on Apple’s App Store. Don’t miss the chance to get this incredible game! After the free weekend the price will be dropped to $0.99.

Earth is being invaded and you’re our last hope! An alien race threatens to conquer the only inhabited planet in our solar system. You will be at the helm of our last line of defense, an arsenal created many years ago in order to contain an invisible threat that most thought would never come to pass. Keep the alien spacecraft from abducting the last surviving citizens of Earth, destroy the aliens, and save the planet. This arcade game blends the gameplay of Tower Defense with the classic Space Invaders and will provide you with hours of endless fun.

Features:
* High-definition graphics for iPhone 4 / iPad 2
* 25 incredible levels that will take you all around the world
* More than 20 different weapons
* Over 40 different weapon upgrades
* More than 20 different enemy types
* Excellent soundtrack and sound effects
* Set of achievements all compatible with Game Center

$2.99/£1.99/download

MetroTimer

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ONYX Apps today is pleased to announce MetroTimer 2.0 free for iOS, their Music app that provides the most accurate metronome function of any app in the App Store. Ideal for musicians at all levels of expertise, regardless of instrument or style of music, MetroTimer provides highly accurate audio and visual feedback, and it can be set to any number between 40 and 240 beats per minute. The app employs technology developed for their iKeepTime app, which measures a musician’s timekeeping abilities. A paid Pro version of the app adds complex rhythms.

There are many useful approaches to developing greater musicianship, but metronome practice is among the most valuable. MetroTimer is a free app that has been measured to be more accurate than any other metronome app for iOS. Most app store metronomes are derived from Apple sample code included with the iOS SDK (Software Development Kit). And regretfully, this code fails to account for all the factors that can cause small inaccuracies to build up over time. MetroTimer, created by a software company that specializes in time measurement and regulation, is guaranteed to meet laboratory standards for accurate timekeeping.

Free/download

Love quotes for Moods

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1tucan has answered the millions of mobile users with the release of Love quotes for Moods for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Do you feel like "love u" texts are not always good enough for your darling? Make your lover swoon by sending heartfelt words. You can also find the perfect thing to write in a card. If you are mad at your sweetheart, read some thoughts about love to remind you and feel inspired to be tender. Many of the sayings are also appropriate to express love to your mother, sister or grandmother. Show your loved ones your favorite sayings by sharing them on Facebook.

Are you in a relationship with someone who appreciates love notes, but you struggle to find the right words? Maybe you feel silly pouring your heart out but want that special someone to feel your love. Send a note through xlove and they will be so excited to see you! Can you believe it is just 0.99? Are you a great romantic destined to be remembered along with the Bronte sisters or Cassanova? Send in your love quotes to be published in the app. The object of your affection will feel SO special when your love is immortalized forever.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Mock Job Interview

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Tap To It has developed a unique simulation of a real job interview in their new iPhone app called Mock Job Interview(TM). This app has a compilation of some of the toughest, most commonly asked interview questions and utilizes the iPhone’s built-in video recording feature to capture all aspects of the user’s answer to each question – everything from the answer itself to the person’s facial expression and tone of voice.

To make the app experience even more realistic, all questions presented to the user are random and cannot be chosen beforehand. After each question is answered in video format and saved to the app’s "Saved Interviews" page, videos can be replayed for self-review or can be shared via Facebook or e-mail to receive valuable feedback from others. Mock Job Interview allows users to "See yourself as others see you" according to its slogan.

"It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which mistakes we make during a job interview or understand what makes us look silly, inexperienced, or unprepared. However, when we can see our flaws for ourselves and prepare in a setting that accurately replicates an actual job interview, we can master the art and science of a successful job interview. We believe Mock Job Interview can help job seekers blow away the competition, which is crucial for landing those hard-to-come-by jobs," says co-founder Janet Ferguson.

$1.99/£1.49/download

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