Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…
Game developer Metaversal Studios is celebrating one week after releasing its newest iPhone/iPod touch game "Updraft Jack". The free game debuted on January 9th and achieved over 70,000 App Store downloads in its first week, rising to the Top 100 Games and Top 200 Overall Apps.
"We had a great launch, and we’ve got a ton of new content on the way in the coming weeks," said Matt Sughrue, VP of Product Development at Metaversal Studios. "Player response to the game has been phenomenal. We’re looking forward to making ‘Updraft Jack’ even better with every update."
Metaversal Studios has already released version 1.1 of "Updraft Jack", an update that included the addition of a transitioning day-to-night cycle to enrich the player experience. The update also incorporated immediate user feedback on ease of use and improved the player interface layout.
The team at Metaversal has another update (version 1.2) scheduled to be released in the next week that adds new content to the game including additional player costumes, downloadable device wallpapers and more.
MovieLog is an app for your iPhone/iPod that tracks the movies you’ve watched or are going to watch. Free version can keep up to 20 movies on the list. For unlimited version, you’ll need to pay a low price. It’s so user-friendly, we had to dismiss our support team, ’cause no-one needed any help. MovieLog downloads movie info from an online database and has it ready for you at all times. Sort by alphabet to easily find a movie by its title, or by rating to see which movies are most popular.
Chobbigames has launched "Simple Life" – a unique hybrid app for the family, with relaxation modes, mini-fun modes and gameplay modes. Play as one of the Chobbies in this original title as you immerse yourself into their unique environment, while stunning retina graphics and captivating soundtracks help set the mood for atmospheric gameplay. Available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Innovative use of accelerometer capabilities with simple touch and tilt controls
* Game Center Leaderboards
* Beautiful Retina display graphics and engaging
* Appealing gameplay and fun suitable for all ages
TNT Creations announced the release of their free TransFire IM for iPhone and iPod touch, an instant translation chat application.
TransFire IM brings the first and only Instant Messaging App with real-time Translated Chat. The app allows to every iOS user to eliminate the language barrier from social networks and stay connected with friends and family across the world.
Transfire IM features a custom designed interface, fast message delivery, support to over 50 languages, and many options to connect with friends and contacts. The fast and accurate translation is made possible by integrating Google Translate with TransFire’s own custom Instant Messaging service enabled with Push Notifications.
TransFire IM users come from a wide range of places for a wide range of uses. This app can be enjoyed by social chatters, travelers, international business, language students, and more.
Mega Free Apps
As of 2011, the App Store has over 500,000 apps in its inventory, which over 84,000 are games. According to a recent study from DigitalBuzzBlog, 61% percent of mobile phone users play games on their smart phone. With the popularity of mobile gaming on the rise, mobile phone users are always on the hunt for new and exciting titles to add to their gaming collection. However, purchasing games for the iPhone and iPad can quickly add up since prices for top paid iOS based games range from $0.99 to $6.99.
Offering a cost effective solution to find paid iPhone games for free, MegaFreeApps.com allows visitors to browse new free game titles each and every day. The site is updated daily and posts paid game titles that are now discounted to be free. Titles ranging from strategy type games to racing games, the website has something for everyone of any age group.
"Many people don’t know that within the iPhone app community, there are numerous paid apps that go on sale for free, as a way for App Developers to expand their reach to new users," explains Linda Martinez of MegaFreeApps.com. "However the problem is that many iPhone users are unaware of these limited time free promotions and can end up buying it after the offer has expired," continued Martinez.
T-Short project is announcing the release and immediate availability of T-Musical application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. T-Musical is one of the applications of T-Short project. It is 50 minutes compilation of musical films, musical fantasies and music videos. From Classical music to Satiric Chanson. From Hip-Hop to Rock. From Country music to Japanese folk. From Tango to Brit Pop. From Instrumental music to Electronic.
T-Short is a unique project for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch which includes highly professional animated films from all over the world featuring different genres and animation techniques. The presented films in T-Short applications have taken part in various International film festivals and many of them have been granted various awards (Oscar, Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Annecy, Anima Mundi, Krok, Bimini and etc.).
Especially for audience have been prepared and will be shown the following thematic programs: T-Comedy, T-Love Story, T-Humans, T-Criminal, T-Horrors, T-Black Humor, T-Abstract Surrealistic, T-Experimental, T-Tales and Legends, T-Musical, T-Slice of Life and T-Best of the Best. Periodically, T-Short team will submit on the App Store new applications with the thematic programs.
Vivendo Software today is thrilled to announce a new timer/stopwatch app called VersaTimer. As the name implies, this timer app is very versatile and offer many ways to customize the timer for specific needs. The unique rule system makes this app different from similar timer apps.
At the basic level, it works as a simple timer or stopwatch. In timer mode it can be set to play a sound when the timer reaches zero. You can also add an interval sound that will be played at a certain interval, like every minute. There are a selection of sounds to choose from, ranging from beep-sounds to alarms and fanfares. Instead of the sounds, the time that is left (or has passed) can be announced with speech.
At the most complex level the rule system comes in play and up to five rules can be defined. Each rule can play a different sound (or announce the time left/passed) at different intervals. Using rules, you can "build" the timer functionality that you need. You can for example have a timer that plays a sound every minute, then a different sound every 15 seconds for the last minute, and finally count down the last seconds from ten to one.
Timer settings and rules can be saved to a timer profile, and there is no limit to how many timer profiles you can save. Other functions are the repeat mode, where the timer will repeat the cycle once it reaches zero, and the "shake to start/stop" option, where the timer can be started or stopped by shaking your device – could be convenient when your hands are busy with other things.
Independent developer Fidel Lainez, creator of the innovative app TiltShift Video, today is pleased to announce the release of VideoGrade, a color grading app for iOS. Taking advantage of the latest technologies introduced in iOS 5, VideoGrade allows to edit videos in a fast, easy and flexible way. Available for $1.99 on the App Store, the tools it provides can be used to adjust the video images in subtle ways, correcting problems like bad lightning, or to produce dramatic changes to achieve a cinematographic look. With eight different adjustments, the possibilities are endless.
All of the adjustments are highly configurable, providing a wide range of outputs; some of them feature an advanced mode that can be used to apply different transformations to each of the video areas (highlights, mid-tones or shadows), giving a great control over the final result.
The most immediate use for VideoGrade is to improve the image quality of the videos: it can easily correct frequent issues like bad lightning, poor contrast or incorrect white balance. The Recovery adjustment gives the possibility to selectively recover blown-out highlights or enlighten shadows, while the Color Temperature adjustment gives an easy way to correct wrong white balances.
Additionally, VideoGrade can be used to totally modify the look of the videos, changing their mood or giving them any of the cinematographic looks of the most popular films.
Nynix LLC is pleased to announce the latest release of their popular reference app, Knots 3D, on the Apple iTunes store. Knots 3D makes learning knots fun and allows interaction with the knot on screen like no other app in the store today. Each of the 50 featured 3D knots can be drawn, rotated, zoomed and flipped. The beautifully rendered knots can be paused at any time during the drawing to be studied, then advanced, and then paused in a repeating fashion to learn how a knot is tied. The knots can be rotated a full 360 degrees so they can be viewed from the side, back or any angle in-between.
This app is an invaluable reference for scouts, fishermen, boaters or other outdoors enthusiasts. The 50 knots are listed by usage category and knot classification and each has descriptions of usage, strength, and helpful tying tips.
Mobile smart phones are changing the way we live, socialize and do our businesses. Our phones have replaced many other once-common tools, from GPS devices to handheld gaming consoles, notebooks, calendars, point-and-shoot cameras, newspapers and portable audio players.
At a local technology event in San Jose, Nexscience, a California based startup, announced the release of a new mobile application called ‘Scanner Pro’ for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The app is the latest in a series of innovative ideas introduced to the Apple users by the developer community. Click
The new application allows the users to Scan, Print, Download, View and Share files on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It supports Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF, Text and wide variety of sound and image file formats. Users can download files from virtually anywhere : from the internet, from a computer in their wifi network, through a USB cable or from an external file management system like Dropbox or Google Docs.
Vlad Polyanskiy today proudly announces the release of iTerminal HD ultimate remote command line utility. iTerminal give you an ability to use your PC command line processor remote from your iOS device. You will be surprised with the convenience and simplicity of this application.
Simple And Clear Design:
* White CMD view
* Black CMD view
* Additional selected backgrounds
* Minimalistic and very simple interface
Today, Downshift Interactive proudly presents the latest addition to our growing list of products. Quote Seeker for iPhone is the best way to get the Quotes that you want, when you want them, and is chock full of features – including Wikipedia links – to ensure that users, both student and professional, have quick access to the information they need. With over three thousand quotes from the most famous people in history – Abraham Lincoln, Confucius, Steve Jobs, to name a few – Quote Seeker hits the ground running. However, it doesn’t stop there, the heart of our products is driven by user generated content and interaction. Users can submit their own quotes, favorite, rate, and comment on any they choose.
Whether you are writing a paper, blogging about your cat, or trying to meet an important deadline, finding that perfect quote has never been easier. By choosing author you can search through our entire database. And once you have found that perfect quote, sharing is just a click away. Your friends, coworkers, and loved ones will be amazed when you always seem to have an inspirational quote to share. Just select any quote and post it to Facebook or Twitter. Quote Seeker features a clean and intuitive interface, and is optimized for ease of use and convenience in that the app does not require an internet connection.
Coil Devs today introduces Tristis 1.0 for iOS, their new cosmic, magic squares, logic game with four levels of play and more than 300,000 puzzles. Set against a background containing a rotating spiral galaxy amidst a twinkling starfield, players must solve 5×5 magic squares, where the sum of each row, column, or major diagonal equals 65. Purple tiles from 1 to 25 are dragged from the right to the left square and can be moved to any empty square at any time during gameplay. Purple number tiles can also be returned to the right square and stored until needed. At the start of play, the left square already contains some grey tiles, which are immovable because they are already in the correct position to solve the current magic square. Sums are automatically displayed along the top and left margins, immediately reflecting changes as users move tiles.
A popular puzzle in recreational mathematics for thousands of years, most magic squares seen in newspapers and magazines are of the simpler 3×3 or 4×4 variety. All the magic squares in Tristis are five cells wide and five cells high, with a total of 25 cells. Only one chip or tile can occupy a cell, and cells with grey tiles cannot be changed. All 5×5 magic squares have "65" as their magic number, and the five cells in every column always add up to 65, as do the five cells in every row, as well as the five cells in both major diagonals.
Appcon today is pleased to introduce FingerMusic Player 1.0 for iOS, their new Music player app designed to work without the user needing to look at the screen. The built-in, iOS Music Player app requires that the user touch a small forward arrow at the bottom of the screen to begin play, but FingerMusic Player lets the listener touch any part of the screen to start or stop music playback. The user can simply reach for their iDevice and start playback by touching any part of the screen with their thumb or other finger. Thousands of traffic accidents per day are related to the use of mobile devices while driving, and FingerMusic Player is the perfect solution for distraction free driving.
Ordinarily, the controls on the screens of iOS mobile devices provide a convenient, touch sensitive GUI. However, with hundreds of millions of people listening to music on such devices, there are bound to be times when operating ordinary touch controls is too distracting. Whether driving, cycling, jogging, or walking while listening to music, allowing one’s attention to be diverted to the touch controls on a small screen is risky, possibly dangerous behavior. FingerMusic Player completely eliminates the need to look away, however briefly, to start or stop music playback. The user can operate their device completely by touch, without looking away for a moment.
Touch control of the FingerMusic Player app includes start, stop, change track, and volume. Users can initially set the app for repeat or shuffle, and music playback resumes automatically after taking a call. For music lovers everywhere, this app, which turns the entire screen into a Play or Pause control, is the ideal way to safely enjoy their music while on the go.
MobileChamps today is pleased to introduce Valentine Camera+ 1.0 for iOS/Android, their Photo & Video app that offers 20 different Valentine themed, lovely frames for photos shot on any camera-equipped iOS/Android mobile device. Photographers can see the subject inside the frame as they shoot, or they can put a lovely frame on any photo in their Photo Library. Offering four types of frames: Love Hearts, Red/Purple Roses, Rainbow of Lights, and Love Ornaments, the app produces memorable Valentine photos instantly that may be saved or shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter. MobileChamps is well known for its 50 iOS/Android apps and Valentine Camera employs their latest technologies to achieve professional results easily.
On launch in portrait orientation the app displays four different rectangular frames, also in portrait orientation. The back facing camera is activated by default, and amazingly, all four frames contain the exact same camera view. Aimed and centered on a subject, the photographer can compare all four photos to select the best one, or they may shoot all four simultaneously, creating a kind of photographic tetraptych. There are five different pages of frames available, accessed by swiping right to left, and picture takers can sample all of them, scrolling the frames horizontally while viewing their subject in the camera viewer. Having decided on a single frame, the user just touches it, and the frame fills the screen, while the camera shutter button is ready in the bottom tab bar.
The results are remarkably good. There are no fuzzy borders where the frame and photo meet, and the colors are bright and true. Particularly impressive are the delicate wisps of roses and hearts that remain razor sharp as they gracefully frame the subject. Usually every rose has it’s thorn but, it seems, with this amazing app the users have only roses to indulge in. No thorns! Valentine frames have been selected after due deliberation and keeping in mind the taste of young and old alike. Included within several of the 20 different frames are built-in photo effects, such as: black and white, sepia, mirror images, etc.
D-MagiK announced the release of its much anticipated sheet music reader, SheetRack. Successor to SheetRack Lite, the lite version that had several tens of thousands of downloads, SheetRack is one of the fastest sheet music readers out there. With original and useful features such as blowing to turn pages, music page previews, metronome, high speed page turning, and an ever growing library of sheets available for free, SheetRack is ramping up to become the iPad Musician’s favorite companion.
SheetRack was designed for the iPad and iPhone with speed and user-friendliness at heart. It will give you a unique sheet-music reading and score-on-the-go experience. Its light interface is the only among competitor apps that strikes the right balance between simplicity and power, with absolutely no compromise on speed and performance.
Unlike most other music reading apps, SheetRack allows you to download as many sheets from the database as you want, and import as many of your own sheets, all for free.
SheetRack makes it very easy for you to import your own PDF sheet music and/or download free sheet music of all kinds from our library, and provides you with several great features that will make your music reading experience even more enjoyable. You can benefit from a very organized (and iPod-like) view of all the sheet music you’ve downloaded, complete with a book-like image index. Some of the features included in SheetRack are a metronome (both audio and visual), a flexible search by sheet, composer or genre, sheet statistics such as number of pages and number of times you have read a sheet.
123 Color: Talking Coloring Book
Independent developer Steve Glinberg makes international news with the launch of the International Edition of his popular education app, 123 Color: Talking Coloring Book, for iPad/iPhone, which teaches numbers, letters, and colors, voiced in 17 languages and dialects, to kids ages 2-10.
123 Color, International Edition, Talking Coloring Book exploded onto the international market this past weekend, instantly becoming a top 10 education app in 40 countries worldwide, and hitting #1 in China and 6 other countries.
123 Color International includes more than 350 cartoons, drawings, photos, and handwriting guides in all, to be painted by freestyle finger painting or touch-to-fill, along with voice-overs of letters, numbers, and colors in 17 languages and dialects including:
* Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
* English (American, Australian, and British)
In celebration of its release, 123 Color: Talking Coloring Book 2.0 is Free (full price of $9.99 USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
BirdsCorp today is pleased to introduce AirForShare 1.0 for iOS, their free Productivity app that allows multiple users of iOS devices to wirelessly share text, links, and files between all their iOS and OSX devices that are on the same Wi-Fi network. Files can be shared not only across Apple OS devices, but also between Windows computers and mobile devices. Files to be shared are uploaded to the free, web-based, AirForShare server, where they can be downloaded without a password or registration by any user on the Wi-Fi LAN. An ideal wireless service for file sharing between local users, AirForShare is completely free, easy to use, cloud based, and ad free.
As an online clipboard service, AirForShare eliminates all the obstacles to instantaneous file sharing, including: wired connections, special software, licensing, registration, an email address, or sync functions such as those provided by iTunes. As long as mobile devices and computers are in proximity of the same Wi-Fi hotspot or network, they can trade files effortlessly.
AirForShare is a clipboard service intended to provide temporary storage of relatively small files. Uploaded text and files remain on the AirForShare server for only 30 minutes, and there is a maximum file size limitation of 5 MB (text and data files rarely approach this size, and most photos are less than 5 MB in a compressed format). Once files have been uploaded, they appear as labeled thumbnails, and users can choose to download any number of files. Of course, only compatible downloaded files can be opened, so Windows-only files types such as .exe will not open on Apple devices, and .qxd files will not open unless the user owns a copy of the QuarkXpress application. The most commonly seen file extensions (.pdf, .jpg, .txt, .gif, .mp3, etc.) can be shared without difficulty between devices and platforms.
Boy Loves Girl
Grubby Hands are head-over-heels in love with their new and updated ‘Boy Loves Girl’, available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and in the App Store now. Help Boy please the girl he loves as we approach Valentine’s Day.
Love-struck Boy must travel to the end of the world and beyond to find the perfect present for the hard-to-please girl. To win her love, Boy will need the touch to traverse treacherous clouds, travel tricky terrain, catch adorable animals and carefully carry the moon on a string. Travel seven wonderfully wicked worlds, complete over 50 lovely levels, crack more than 100 cheeky challenges, earn lots of beautiful bonuses and collect millions of smiles!
The new update features lots of new surprises: if you’ve got sweet skills to complete the story mode levels you’ll discover a dazzling new ending whilst over in the endless mode you’ll now find lots of new challenges to complete. To help you along your way, the early levels now include tutorials and, just in case the love makes your head get all forgetful and fuzzy, you can now view the challenges in the pause screen.
The game has also got a whole lot prettier with a gorgeous new icon, many presentation improvements and gameplay balance improvements too. Boy Loves Girl has lots of love to offer existing as well as new love bugs of the game. It’s every boy’s dilemma, every girl’s dream and the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day.
Kimico Ltd., a leading provider of high quality applications for iPhone and iPod touch, is thrilled to announce today the release and immediate availability of BookBuddy 4.0, a highly anticipated update for the leading book management application for iPhone and iPod touch. BookBuddy 4.0 now utilizes advanced scanning technology, allowing users to add books to BookBuddy in an easy and intuitive way.
BookBuddy users are now able to add large quantities of books to the program in a matter of minutes. By employing the iPhone’s high resolution camera to scan and add books in one easy step, users can quickly and accurately create a complete book catalog. BookBuddy processes each scanned barcode and uses the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to retrieve the full book details from Google Books.
"Enabling users catalog an entire book collection using scanning technology is a major leap forward for BookBuddy," said Mr. Adato, President and Founder of Kimico, Ltd., "Our customers find that this new feature is very quick, accurate, and easy to use."
VeprIT today is pleased to announce Photo Sense 1.1 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users. Photo Sense is a powerful, but very easy to use photo editing software for Mac OS and iOS. The new release for iOS offers a native iPad user interface and improved automatic photo enhancement algorithm.
VeprIT Photo Sense is designed to make photographs more attractive quickly and easily, without spending a lot of time and money on learning, purchasing, and using professional photo manipulation software. Photo Sense enhances photos automatically, and allows users to customize results to their liking by choosing what automatic adjustments (such as exposure, contrast, saturation, color correction etc.) to apply. In addition, Photo Sense offers a number of creative effects.
In more detail, Photo Sense 1.1 for iOS enables the user to:
* Take a photograph either with the built-in camera or from the Photo Library.
* Automatically apply professional image enhancement techniques to the photograph.
* Compare the photograph before and after processing.
* Adjust processing options to improve automatic results.
* Improve composition using non-destructive cropping and straightening.
* Give the photo an artistic finishing touch by applying creative effects.
The unique automatic photo enhancement algorithm implemented in Photo Sense embraces everything its developers learned during over 4 years of professional photography experience. The only shortcoming the application has compared to manual processing is the lack of human vision, which sometimes can lead to a suboptimal choice of automatic image processing parameters.
Today, Downshift Interactive introduces BroBot. Have a life-changing question? Well, we have an app for that. Ever wondered what your life would be like if your Jiminy Cricket was a drunken bot? Or what if you could carry your wisest of bros and tap his infinite knowledge. Grab your coldest natty ice in one hand, your phone in the other and read on.
Tired of looking at your horoscope? Find magic 8 balls a bit outdated? Then when you find yourself at a loss on an incredibly important decision, you now have BroBot at your disposal. He brings experience only 8 years of undergrad partying in college can bestow. Never hesitate making a choice again, just one click or shake and you will be rewarded with a certainty only BroBot can provide. Full disclosure, as a drunken partygoer his answers should be taken with a grain of salt.
* Answered by a true bro
* Vocal answers
* Shake or tap to ask
* Answer difficult questions
Fortune bots feature a clean and intuitive interface, and they are programmed for ease of use and convenience. Bro Bot is available for Free at the App Store, in the Entertainment category, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Note BroBot he is the first of many to come, in the works are a familiar green version and a more heroic bot.
Nimbus Littling & the Flu from Nebtune 2
Parents and Children Love Nimbus Littling App. Critics and parents are hailing "Nimbus Littling & the Flu from Nebtune 2" one of the most "original and enchanting stories to hit the App Store". Nimbus Littling has maintained a perfect 5-star rating since its debut and features:
* Immersive, Enchanting Story
* Beautiful, Engaging Soundtrack
* Full High Definition Illustrations
* Professional Narration
* Lovable, Unforgettable Characters
* Rhythmic & Clever Wording for Young Readers
Ebook Quarterly awarded the Nimbus Littling App with its most prestigious "Best Ebook for Children" title for children between the ages of 4 and 8.
JAS Applications has announced the release of version 1.0 of their successful iPhone and iPod touch App ‘SocialBox’ for iPad. SocialBox HD is a fantastic App to update your friends with messages across Facebook, Twitter, Email and SMS. Type out the text once and post to all Facebook, Twitter, Email and SMS or just the ones selected with just the click of a button!
SocialBox HD allows you to connect with friends and contacts whenever you want and wherever you are in the world! With a beautiful, elegant interface, SocialBox HD saves a lot of time as instead of having to open separate Apps to post to friends, you can do it all in one!
* Post tweets to Twitter
* Post Statuses to Facebook
* Send Texts via SMS within the App
* Send Emails within the App
* Save a lot of time
* Beautiful, clean interface
Deep Space Lander HD
Husband and wife indie developer, Hot Mustard Studios today is proud to announce the worldwide launch of Deep Space Lander HD 1.0, its physics based space lander game for the iPad. Relive that classic arcade style space lander from your childhood. Maneuver your ship across the galaxy while collecting resources and returning them safely to your base. New and exciting obstacles make this a fun and addicting game from the start:
* 25 Beautifully designed levels
* Challenging for all skill levels
* Gravity based physics control
* Expert "tilt" mode.
Use the on-screen controls or accelerometer to maneuver your ship. Collect all of the bonus crystals to unlock the landing zone. Be careful not to run out of fuel. Use your shield to protect your ship from meteors. Shields consume a large amount of fuel and can only be used every 20 seconds, so use wisely.
"I used to love playing this style of game when I was a child. I looked all over the App store for a good classic lander," said Brad London, president of Hot Mustard Studios. "I just couldn’t find the right one for me. When my wife and I first thought about building an iOS game, It did not take us long to decide on what it would be… "
FireBlink today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Two Towers 1.1 for the Apple iPad. Two Towers is a consummate, perfect card game, full of fantastic hand-made draw in pencil cards and excellent music creating a thrilling atmosphere that will capture the player’s attention for hours.
This game is a real challenge to player’s logical thought, although Two Towers is rather easy to understand and to play. Players can choose any castle he/she will fight for, can invite any person from all over the world to fight with. Two Towers demands from user patience, persistence and a strategy to win. During the game players should take care not only of his/her castle but also of his/her stock.