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Daily App Digest – February 20, 2012

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Latest apps and updates to hit the Apple App Store today…

Chronosoft Pro

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FDBI has released Chronosoft Pro 1.3, its sports based timing application for iPhone and iPod touch. Chronosoft Pro is the only solution functioning on this kind of device which times and displays results with digital minute format. This is only one of the many advantages of this application in the professional world. Avoiding tedious manual inputs is certainly the greatest benefit of using Chronosoft Pro. Yes, you heard correctly: No manual input.

Timing in the traditional way requires:
* Timing in the workshop with a classic stopwatch, then writing the results on paper. This is the first manual input
* Back in the office, times need to be inputted in a spreadsheet or database. This is the second manual input

Timing with Chronosoft Pro offers a much-faster and more efficient method:
* By using Chronosoft in the work place, recorded times are saved by using the Chronosoft SQL built-in database
* Timing session data is exported through email. An enclosed file contains the data within a text delimited format
* Back in the office, data id easily transferred onto a spreadsheet or database
* No manual input is required for the whole process and, furthermore, input errors are avoided

$5.99/£3.99/download

PowerTumblr

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adaptIO LLC today is thrilled to announce the release and immediate availability of PowerTumblr 1.0, its new HD photo app for iOS devices. Offering introductory pricing for the month of February, PowerTumblr is a highly responsive, striking, and focused app for iOS devices that greatly facilitates the following:

1. Browsing Tumblr Dashboard images
2. Sharing Tumblr images with the most popular social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter
3. Saving Tumblr images to the iOS device photo roll
4. Emailing images to contacts

All of the sharing and saving operations are done with original quality files. iPad users in particular will be dazzled at the level of detail afforded by rendering images in original resolutions.

PowerTumblr is the second application that was developed by mobile app development firm, adaptIO LLC in Central New Jersey, USA. The first application delivered from this company was iGongyo. iGongyo, released in early 2010 is the most popular Buddhist chanting app for iOS. iGongyo currently supports chanters in over 37 countries all over the world. By delivering this second app, PowerTumblr it is expected that a much larger group of app users will enjoy using their mobile devices to be more productive with the popular site, Tumblr.

$1.99/£1.49/download

Friendly Tip Calculator

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Rivera Labs announces the release of Friendly Tip Calculator, a restaurant tip calculator app for iPhone and iPod touch. The app offers an exciting new approach to do custom split adjustments. Other tip calculator apps split the bill evenly between a group. The Split Adjustments feature provides users with the option of informally splitting a check into separate values. The app will automatically calculate the tax and tip when the values are entered. Human beings are social creatures and everybody enjoys a good meal in the company of friends and family. The goal of Friendly Tip Calculator is to help people split the bill fairly between friends to avoid problems and let them concentrate on having a good time. In addition, Friendly Tip Calculator features a beautiful chalkboard themed design.

Full List of Features:
* Beautiful chalkboard themed design
* Split Adjustments provide the option to split the check into separate values
* Custom number pad with big buttons
* Multiple rounding options
* Tax support
* International currencies (Dollar, British Pound, Euro, Swiss Franc, and Krone/Krona)

$0.99/£0.69/download

Shakie Percussion

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Blue Prophet today is thrilled to announce the release of Shakie Percussion 1.2, a musical instrument app for iOS. Shakie uses a realistic physics engine to model and animate pellets to simulate maracas, bells, shakers, tambourines and more. Shakie is a new type of instrument made possible with an iPhone or iPod touch’s palm sized, motion sensing display.

When the user tilts or shakes their iOS device, Shakie’s on-screen pellets respond and trigger a number of high quality sound samples. Every subtle motion is picked up and animated. This gives the app a really natural feel and makes playing fun. A real-time pitch shifter lets the user shift the pitch as they swirl and shake the pellets. The interface is beautifully clean, simple and ready to pick up and play.

Version 1.2 of Shakie brings the ability to change the shape of the pellet container, providing different spaces for the pellets interact. The update also makes the volume more sensitive to the velocity of individual pellets, increasing the richness and nuance of the sound.

$1.99/£1.49/download

BlinkMaster Lite

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AppChakra LLC is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of the updated version of BlinkMaster Lite for iOS. The update brings the well-known app quiz with an interesting twist to the iPhone and iPod touch. Now users can enjoy this unusual trivia game on all iOS devices including iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

BlinkMaster Lite takes the traditional concept of trivia games to a whole new level. This fun and engaging game is based on associations that a human mind visualizes when a person sees a certain image. BlinkMaster Lite uses the principles of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller Blink – the Power of Thinking Without Thinking. According to the book, a blink of an eye can give enough information to draw a conclusion and one doesn’t always need a complete set of information to get to the big picture. BlinkMaster is built on that premise where connections are made between visual clues and famous people, movies, books, places etc.

Each round of the game offers nine visual clues leading to a famous personality, place, movie or novel. For a split second, it’s possible to see these clues before they’re hidden behind tiles with different points depending on how closely connected the clue is to the actual answer. Each visual clue, once unveiled, includes an explanation of why it’s there which is educational in some cases.

Almost 300 questions are included in the full version so there should be enough to keep most players entertained for a while. The smooth and clean graphics along with great educational value of the game makes it perfect activity for parties and family gatherings.

Free/download

Mr. Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes

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Blue Quoll Digital is thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of Puss in Boots the Great Adventure storybook on the 25th of February 2012. To celebrate the event, the storybook App, Apple-featured, Mr Wolf and The Ginger Cupcakes by Blue Quoll is going to be available as a Free download from the AppStore until the 27th of February 2012.

Mr. Wolf and the ginger Cupcakes captures the charm of the traditional children’s book ‘The little Red Riding Hood but transports the reader in a whimsical world where all sorts of funky characters cohabit in harmony at the sound of dreamy jazz music.

With the recent release of Mr Wolf 2.0 and the introduction of the feature "PopUp Tap and Discover", children can now interact with each page and discover all the hidden balloons and sounds with a simple tap. On each page there are multiple spots children can interact with and each reveals something funny, joyous and quirky about the characters or what’s going on in that page. There are more than 150 hidden balloons to discover overall.

The main features of Mr Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes include:
* 34 pages illustrated in watercolor and pencils by acclaimed Australian Illustrator Lucia Masciullo
* Seven languages to chose from: English, Italian, French, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Japanese and Spanish
* Professional voice narration in each language
* Universal App, works on all your Apple devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch)
* Soft background Jazz score helps settle your children
* The book ‘comes alive’ with soft enhancements. Pages swipe, birds chirp in the background and, on the iPhone, delicate page animations highlight details of the images
* High quality audio and sound effects
* Beautiful and kid-friendly user interface

Free/download

Hudriks Math

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Fancygames has announced the release of a new educational game "Hudriks Math" that helps kids with learning numbers and basic mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The aim of the game is to make learning fun and enjoyable for kids by turning it into a kind of adventure game with different worlds, enemies and bosses.

Hudriks Math has two sections. At the beginning you have a chance to practice counting, addition, subtraction and even multiplication and division of various levels. The second part is based on a story of a Viking family that was called to help to save the world from red dragons. On the way they must overcome challenges by giving the correct answers to mathematical questions. Tasks are given in ascending order of difficulty illustrating the basic principals of mathematical operations. Colourful graphics, visual effects, cartoon-like 3D animations and short video clips are very engaging, and make children want to spend more time playing the game, and motivate them to learn more.

$1.99/£1.49/download

Easy Learning – The Study Helper

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Coffee Team today is pleased to introduce Easy Learning – The Study Helper for iOS, their new education app that provides a structured, 5-part program that allows the user to effortlessly optimize their brain function for learning and study. Employing safe, proven, binaural stimulation through headphones, the app provides five different sessions, including: Pre-Study, Study, Break, Tired-Study, and Post-Study. Following many months of development and testing, Easy Learning is destined to become one of the most popular apps ever designed for students. The advanced technology in Easy Learning will also be of benefit to speakers, workers, or anyone who must learn and remember facts and ideas.

Five Sessions Included in Easy Learning:
* Pre-Study: designed for students who find it difficult to concentrate during study, its calming effect improves their ability to concentrate
* Study: primary session in the app to be used during the study, effectively improves the creative, decision making, and memory functions
* Break: helps the mind during the break to recover energy and to revive the creative and memory mechanisms that weaken with each passing hour
* Tired-Study: session that helps the mind to overcome fatigue during study, users will be surprised – after hours of study, the mind is still willing to learn
* Post-Study: the mind continues to work after studying – it consolidates and clarifies the material learned and tries to sort and store it

It is an established fact that brain function affects learning. Easy Learning offers a more effective and healthy alternative to large quantities of sugar and caffeine and all-nighters. The app’s five audio sessions help induce the optimal brain state for each of the various stages of the study process.

Research in neurophysiology has proven that it is possible to enhance particular brain wave frequencies and enliven selected areas of the brain through sound. Stereo sound can be reproduced through either speakers or headphones, but binaural sound can only be reproduced through headphones or ear buds. Easy Learning uses natural sounds, such as the ocean or birds, controlling the exact phase between right and left ears, which is only available using binaural recording and playback.
$2.99/£1.99/download

In My Own World

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Words of Mercy today is pleased to announce In My Own World free for iOS, their award-winning, animated eBook for families with kids who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Originally published in softcover in 2007 by Words of Mercy, it succeeds as a poetic and inspirational narrative, joyously exploring the world that the autistic child inhabits. It was the Winner of the 2007 DragonPencil Award for Superior Illustration, and the eBook includes both an animated Read To Me mode with voiceover and a Read Myself mode with swipe page turns. Catherine Cruze of Mount Carmel Guild Academy, a school known for providing a supportive learning environment for elementary school age children with severe behavioral and learning disabilities, was deeply moved by My Own World. "This book not only illustrates the world in which autistic children live each day, but also lets us know that we need to be as much a part of their world as we want them to be
a part of ours. The book brought a smile to my face and joy to my soul. Thank you so very much."

ASD is defined by Wikipedia as, "The term ‘autism spectrum’ is often used to describe disorders that are currently classified as pervasive developmental disorders. Pervasive developmental disorders include autism, Asperger syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. These disorders are typically characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, and/or cognitive delays. Although these diagnoses share some common features, individuals with these disorders are thought to be ‘on the spectrum’ because of differences in severity across these domains."

The book’s enlightened approach, honest yet optimistic, is evident from its first page. "I’m in my own world / my mama will say / but it’s a good place to be / at least for today." In perfect resonance with the narrative are the unusual illustrations of the book. There are none of the colorful, fanciful drawings, which have become identified with the genre of children’s books. Instead, the illustrator has made a radical departure, using unretouched photographs instead of drawings. It is the framing, the context of the photo that makes it work so effectively as an illustration.
Free/download

Word Fusion

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AlgoCrunch is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Word Fusion game for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. This challenging word-based game combines two incompatible processes: learning and fun.

Word Fusion is a fast paced word game with vibrant graphics and intuitive controls that will take users on adventure with Otto and his magical chemistry set. Its beakers must be filled with knowledge before the experiments explode to discover the mysteries that await. To win, players need to be fast and smart.

Word Fusion develops speed and accuracy skills while being entertainment for all ages. The game will educates users to spell and write words in a fun and unique way by encouraging players to find as many words as possible on the game board to get bonuses. There are three multiplayer modes to compete against family and friends: via Game Center, Bluetooth and on the same device. Word Fusion features 22 levels with progressed difficulties of challenge and family fun.

"AlgoCrunch is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives in the best way it knows how. Creating fun and exciting games for everyone to enjoy!  Word Fusion brings a new twist to word games. This high quality, fast paced game is sure to excite everyone who loves the genre!" – said Martin Hortsman, co-founder of AlgoCrunch.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Easy Darts Scorer

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Announcing that One Geek Army, the developers of Easy Darts Scorer, has released the updated version of Easy Darts Scorer 1.3.4 for iPhone. Easy Darts Scorer allows you to play a game of darts when you don’t have an electronic dartboard to calculate the score. Designed to be operated with just one hand, Easy Darts Scorer is capable to manage up to six players with customizable names and full scoreboard. Most popular darts games are included as well as many variations or optional rules.

How many times have you wanted to play a game of darts but you didn’t have an electronic dartboard to calculate the score?. Easy Darts Scorer allows you to focus on the game without having to worry about scoring and making calculations.

Easy Darts Scorer includes most popular games and variations. Just pick a game, choose variations and optional rules and start to play. Easy Darts Scorer will do the hard work for you. You can enter player names for clarity if you want. You have two modes to enter throws. Normal Mode makes difficult to make a wrong annotation while Fast Mode will be the preferred option for experienced users. Check the progress of your game at a glance just rotating the device to landscape. Did you make a wrong annotation?, no problem. Just shake your iPhone to have the option to undo last throw. That easy!. Now you know why it’s called Easy Darts Scorer.

$1.99/£1.49/download

Fit’em Right Windows

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Fit’em Right Measurement Applications today is pleased to introduce Fit’em Right Windows for iOS, an update to their Reference app that serves as a complete guide for window replacement and installation, putting the expertise of a contractor on an iDevice. Providing step-by-step instructions, tips on accurate measuring, instructional videos, a database of window types and sizes, and sharable, printable reports, Fit’em Right Windows, eliminates the need for an expensive contractor. The comprehensive app takes the guesswork out of measuring, choosing, and installing new or replacement windows.

Fit’em Right Windows provides detailed instructions on everything a homeowner needs to know about window types and measurements. Featuring step-by-step instructions, in-depth how-to videos, and detailed information on types of windows and window openings, with Fit’em Right Windows, a ladder, a tape measure, and an iDevice, do-it-yourselfers and contractors alike will accurately record measurements for new or replacement windows, on-site.

In window replacement, small measurement errors can cost thousands of dollars. Fit’em Right Windows saves consumers from making costly mistakes in window measuring with detailed instruction and information, such as the differences between window frames, j-trim, windowsills, and brick mould. Utilizing Fit’em Right Windows, users easily identify the correct parts of the window to be included in measurements.
According to Consumer Reports, homeowners may save up to 25 percent of their energy costs, with replacement windows. Utilizing Fit’em Right Windows to aid in window replacement, users will have all of the knowledge of a contractor at their fingertips, saving additional money by cutting the cost of a contractor, while still maintaining the accuracy of a contractor’s measurements. With accurate measurements in hand, users may price shop for windows with ease, ready to order the correct windows at any time, broadening the selection of window options beyond a contractor’s specific supplier.

$1.99/£1.49/download

Rhythm Studio

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Pulse Code today is pleased to introduce the third major update to its premier universal electronic music making app, Rhythm Studio.

The third major update has many features requested by users. These features include WIST sync which enables you to sync the start and stop of two iOS devices playing Rhythm Studio or other WIST supported apps. Bluetooth file sharing allows you to wirelessly transfer songs to a friend without going through the hassle of connecting a computer or using email. The Phoenix Super Saw synth is included which has 7 detuned oscillators that allow you to create huge synth string sounds to heavy bass sounds.

Main Features Include:
* Full music production studio
* Emulations of classic synthesizers and drum machines
* 5 synthesizers, 2 drum machines, & 15 effects with more added free with updates
* Easy to navigate workspace
* Multiple ways to make music to suite your creative process

Update Features Include:
* WIST sync
* Bluetooth song sharing
* Background audio support
* Phoenix supersaw synth

$0.99/£0.69/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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