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Daily App Digest – May 30, 2012

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Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes app store today…

Art Authority

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The creators of the award-winning "Art Authority" app line today announced a broad partnership with world-renown Bridgeman Art Library and printing experts The Image Collective, furthering their mission of making classic art more available in more ways. The initial result of the partnership, expected this summer, will be advanced, high-quality print-on-demand capabilities for select works from directly within the app, as well as through a co-branded Web site. Longer term, the partnership plans to provide Art Authority users with printable access to over 200,000 images from Bridgeman’s collection.

Art Authority and London, UK-based Bridgeman Art Library are joining with The Image Collective (TIC) to implement the highest quality print-on-demand available. Users of the Art Authority iPad app will be able to view retina-display quality images from Bridgeman’s library and seamlessly order framed or unframed copies of those works. Similar functionality will also be available through the Web site. Works will be printed at TIC and shipped directly to customers. The service will initially be available in the U.S. and Canada.

Not only does the partnership provide Art Authority users with the ability to own physical, large-scale reproductions of works they view through the app, but it also over time will significantly increase their access to great works of art, both in terms of quality and quantity.

"We feel honored to have been selected by Bridgeman to spearhead their U.S. print-on-demand services," said Alan Oppenheimer, president of Art Authority co-developer Open Door Networks. "The combination of Bridgeman’s library, our app, and TIC’s printing expertise creates the most comprehensive access to classic art anywhere."

"We are very pleased to be working with Art Authority as one of our print on demand partners. Making our unique range of world famous art imagery available through the Art Authority platform furthers Bridgeman’s aim to bring museum quality art to worldwide audiences whilst driving revenue back to the museums and collections we are so proud to represent" said Victoria Bridgeman, CEO of the Bridgeman Art Library.

$9.99/£5.99/download

Pyxwise

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Apps for Children with Special Needs is proud to Feature Pyxwise Apps on their Website. This is a breakdown of all 3 Apps that the developers have made videos for. They will also be making a video for the Lite version soon.

Simplex Spelling HD uses a multi-sensory approach to spelling. It is fun and easy to use and appeals to audio, visual, and tactile learners. Even students who have previously disliked spelling begin to enjoy it as they piece each word together like it is a puzzle.

Feature Highlights:
* More than 220 high frequency spelling words to help build literacy
* Spelling words that are spoken and used in a sentence to establish context
* A powerful phonics hint feature that sounds out each word and provides a list of possible phonograms for each sound
* Contextually relevant spelling rule hints that help explain why words are spelled in a particular manner
* Unique letter by letter feedback system that provides feedback while the student is in the process of spelling each word
* Guaranteed success on every word
* Support for multiple user accounts
* User stats screen that allows users to see at a glance words that have been mastered and words that require further practice
* Supports both lower and upper case letters
* Supports both alphabetic and qwerty layout for letters
* An approach that appeals to audio, visual and tactile learners
* Universal App that works on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices

Simplex Spelling HD supports languages for US English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Spell Phonics 2/$4.99/download

Tapose – Collaborative Content Creation

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The third week’s winner of the $100 iTunes gift card is Luca Brunoni, an independent filmmaker who has been using Tapose as a communication tool between himself and his crew. For an upcoming series of advertisements, Luca used the maps function to pinpoint locations for shoots and imported storyboard images and used the sticky notes and drawing features to add remarks. "For me," Brunoni told Tapose, "the killer feature is the ability to conveniently add my voice commentary and paste the little boxes next to the shots: reminders for me, crucial information for the crew."

Tapose received several other creative submissions, each of which utilized different unique features of the app, including a submission that tracked a first trip to Hawaii by keeping elaborate journal entries and organized photos. Another submission came all the way from Sweden and saw Tapose hunting for apartments by copying images from the web and pasting them to a Journal, using business cards to spot locations, and importing and organizing pictures and notes about each one.

Tapose continues to encourage users to showcase their creativity, as well as share different ways to utilize Tapose’s unique features. The fourth and final winner will be selected on Friday, June 1st.

Tapose saw a tremendous amount of support from the iPad community upon launch, and quickly reached a spot in the top five paid iPad applications. Tapose, which unites content creation with collaboration, attributes its initial success to hitting a sweet spot in the productivity market. The app has been featured by ReadWriteWeb, Gizmodo, and remains one of the highest ranking iPad apps in the App Store’s Productivity section.

$2.99/£1.99/download

Solitaire

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Have you ever played a solitaire game on a computer? It’s the simplicity of the game that pulls any casual gamer to the screen. Since many businesses are now moving on to mobile devices, many developers have attempted to push the boundaries of the classic card game by publishing their own versions of Solitaire on to mobile platforms such as the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. PiPlay, an emerging company based in Hong Kong, is striving to push the boundaries of how people view and play Solitaire by not only enhancing the overall gameplay but also creating an experience that no other Solitaire player has ever experienced before on their iOS mobile device.

Solitaire * is PiPlay’s newest mobile game currently available for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. Released into the iTunes store in June 2011, Solitaire * has been successful gaining numerous positive reviews from its users. The game currently has 36 games that are completely free to play, however users can  purchase the banner-free version of the game for a very low price.

The brilliant graphics and sleek and simple use of animation will hook card game fanatics as well as casual gamers. Not only does it offer brilliant graphics but it also allows you to play any kind of music of your choice while playing and many other features as well. Remember the days where you could only play a few card games on a green background? Install Solitaire * on your mobile device today and enjoy 36 free games on a sleek dark background.

Free/download

Cardio Lie Detector

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Do your friends seem to be trying to cheat you? Do you wonder if he or she likes you? Could you not get hold of your boy or girlfriend all evening, and when he or she told you they went to bed early, you didn’t believe them? Wouldn’t it be good if you had a reliable lie detector? In that kind of situation, check out Cardio Lie Detector!

Cardio Lie Detector is quite different from other applications that indicate at random without evidence. Using the camera and the flash, the phone can monitor changes in blood flow and heart rate. Using this, Cardio Lie Detector can determine the probability that someone is lying.

How it works:         
When you lie, your heart rate increases. Using the camera and the flash, the phone can monitor changes in blood flow at the end of your finger, which lets us detect variation in heart rate. Using this principle, Cardio Lie Detector makes sure you can’t be deceived.
Real lie detectors being used by law enforcement agencies are made using this principle.

Warning:         
Cardio Lie Detector can’t determine the probability of lying exactly, although, it can give as good readings as real lie detectors used by law enforcement agencies. Please enjoy this app just for fun, with your family, friend and the girl or boy you like.

$1.99/£1.49/download

CalcTape

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"CalcTape Calculator" turns the iPad into a calculator with a paper roll. The iPad implementation of the popular windows and iPhone tool lets the user perform complex calculations and still maintain a structured overview. All entries will be automatically recorded and saved on a virtual paper roll.

 

In a nutshell:
– Introducing a new app: "CalcTape Calculator" 1.0
– App just for the iPad
– Office calculator featuring all major functions
– Replacement / alternative for the desktop calculator
– Entries are displayed on virtual paper
– All entries may be modified at any time
– Records notes regarding the calculations
– Calculations are stored in the app
– Calculations may be send out via e-mail

$2.99/£1.99/download

Sound Wand

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Indie creative studio, Club 15CC, has just released Sound Wand 1.0.1, the first in a series of new apps for the iPhone 4+ and iPad 2+ which leverage the built-in motion sensors to create very unique and sophisticated virtual musical instruments. Sound Wand lets you create sublime, original music by moving your device through the air like a conductor. It’s like plucking invisible harp strings which surround you. The end result is that it is easy for anyone, even the youngest child, to create harmonious music, yet it is sensitive enough for seasoned musicians and even viable for live performance.

$2.99/£1.99/download

Tour the Finger Lakes

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CulinartMedia, Inc. today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Tour the Finger Lakes 1.0, its new travel app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. "Tour the Finger Lakes" features local author and leading expert on the region’s food and wine scene, Michael Turback. Using the latest mobile technology, CulinartMedia has developed an app with three simple criteria that users select from to create their own unique guided tour of local wineries, restaurants, and other scenic and historic points of interest.

No more wading through multiple, all-inclusive tour guides to plan a trip. With over 24 tours, 150 site descriptions with color photographs and mapping and satellite functions, "Tour the Finger Lakes" is designed to quickly provide users with a personalized travel experience around this must-see region, including the areas of Bath, Syracuse, Rochester and Ithaca.

$1.99/£1.49/download

livemapp

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All day, every day – everywhere in the world – there is something going on that other people want to know about. Livemapp is an innovative new way for iOS users worldwide to discover, create, share and see what is happening both nearby and around the globe – from hyper-local news and occurrences to events, landmarks and relaxing beauty spots, users can explore the world like never before, make and view recommendations and discuss their discoveries with the passionate livemapp community.

Users can browse livemapp via a beautiful and intuitive interface and quickly and easily add new locations either by taking a new photograph or selecting an existing picture from their photo library. Each submission can be categorized as either news, an event or recommendation and a custom title allows description of the location to the wider community. Submissions are also grouped by area allowing for easy scrolling through all nearby locations and a simple tap reveals more details and a comments area. One-click sharing sends the details to Facebook or Twitter and statistics can be viewed to show the popularity of each entry.

Beyond individual exploration, livemapp is already growing an engaged, passionate and intelligent community who can add comments, UpVote or share any location, ensuring that livemapp is as much a social network as it is a valuable tool of discovery. Updated in real- time, livemapp is a snapshot of the most interesting things happening right now, anywhere in the world, and is accessible on-the-go at any time from iOS devices.

Free/download

The Million

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Addictive Productions, an emerging mobile applications developer, is excited today to announce the launch of The Million – get rich in seconds – the studio’s visionary earnings, income, and instant personal net worth aggregation utility. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, The Million – get rich in seconds enables users to instantly synthesize their net worth, see how much money they earn every second, and where they’re at on the track to becoming bona fide Euro or Dollar millionaires! As helpful and enlightening from a financial perspective as it is entertaining, The Million – get rich in seconds is be available for download for free on the App Store in the Finance category.

Boasting a highly intuitive graphic interface, The Million – get rich in seconds enables users to input and store their annual income, add in other money making sources such as investments and extra earnings, subtract any and all capital losses and instantly calculate how much they make in a given second, minute, or hour. Furthermore users can easily review how much money they’ve made in a specific timeframe.

Staying motivated to make the big bucks is a snap within the app too as users can compare their income and money making potential head to head with famous politicians, celebrities, business moguls, athletes and the like. They can see how they measure up against the most successful people in their fields and see how much they’ll need to make to compete with them! To boot, The Million – get rich in seconds isn’t simply an entertaining finance tool, its an ostensibly social one too.

Free/download

iRuleThem

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It has often been debated if hold’em poker is purely a game of luck or a game of skill. IRuleThem – Hold’em Poker Simulator uses extensive mathematical formula and near real-time large scale experiments to analyze the outcome of any given scenario and prove that with the correct approach the underlying mechanics of poker describe a game of skill, where the probability of every outcome can be anticipated beforehand.

Rather than using purely theoretical calculations, iRuleThem creates extensively configurable large-scale tests in seconds based on user entered scenarios and extensive configuration to simulate the playing of thousands of hands. Offering input via either the custom created interface or specific voice controls iRuleThem can provide in-depth analysis faster than general speed-of-play, therefore allowing enthusiasts of the game to gain a better understanding of game dynamics in a variety of scenarios, even during online gameplay.

Scenarios are defined by entering hole cards for yourself and opponents as well as the turn card and river card. At any time all possible outcomes can be simulated and quick look icons show at-a-glance probabilities of different hands and winning positions, with values shown based on either drawing or not-drawing any further community cards. Outcomes can also be viewed in a series of bar and pie charts and full configuration supports simulation of up to 10 simultaneous players and also allows customization of the simulation size, probability format (odds, percentage, probability) as well as bet, call and possible win sizes.

Despite the complex underlying mathematics and fast optimized simulation, iRuleThem is a tool that is accessible to anyone with an interest in hold’em poker and extensive user guides, video demonstrations and instructions are available online.

$3.99/£2.99/download

gogoDocs

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Sounds Broken Inc. has announced gogoDocs 1.1.6, an update to their wildly popular Google Docs reader for the iPhone and iPad. This release adds retina display support for the new iPad and fixes issues related to Google servers vending empty documents. This release also contains a number of performance and stability improvements, making gogoDocs the fastest and most stable online / offline Google Docs reader available on iOS. Keep an eye on gogoDocs over the coming weeks for more updates and new features. The application supports reading documents uploaded using the "upload any file" feature of Google Docs. gogoDocs supports viewing most types of documents, listening to audio and viewing fullscreen video, as well as sending video and audio to the Apple TV and other devices via AirPlay.

gogoDocs 1.1.6 features:
* NEW – Retina display support for the new iPad
* NEW – Redesigned communications mechanism minimizes the "Empty Documents" errors some users were seeing
* Streaming to AppleTV for multimedia files such as mov, .mp4, .mpv, and .3gp MPEG-4 Part 2 video (Simple Profile) AAC-LC audio at up to 48 kHz, and MP3 up to 48 kHz, stereo audio as well as most image formats
* Full screen reading/viewing
* File support for MS Office and iWork files that were not converted to Google Docs format on upload
* In-application searching by document name
* Very Fast PDF reader built right in
* Document Sync – get instant anywhere access to any document, spreadsheet, presentation, or pdf you have synced. Great for flights, subway travel – any place your internet connection is unreliable
* Document Stars – ensure important docs are synced by just starring them. And change the starred status of docs right from your phone for streamlined management

$2.99/£1.99/download

Stress Breaker

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Berkshire Falcate Inc. is pleased to announce the release and worldwide availability of Stress Breaker, their funny stress relief game for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The title allows users to get rid of tension by beating up the offender with a wide range of sophisticated weapons.

Stress Breaker is a perfect tool for de-stressing any day that stands out with its user-friendly interface combined with carefully selected features. A gamer can take an amazingly true-to-life default picture of a boss or choose any photo from their Photo Library and let off some steam.

The application has a wide range of weapons starting from squishy tomatoes to ultimate guns. The user is not limited to just one weapon; to guarantee the ultimate stress-relief players are allowed to use the entire arsenal to punish the offender. Users will also get lots of satisfaction hearing funny smashing and cracking sounds of breaking, clashing and shooting.

"Stress Breaker helps handle the anger in a fun way," – said Muhammad Kathrada, CEO of Berkshire Falcate Inc. "While developing the game we kept in mind the feelings of frustration, irritation or desperation that from time to time overwhelm every person. Those fired by their boss, dumped by a boyfriend or a girlfriend or unfairly humiliated by some bad guys now can fearlessly get even in an entertaining and amusing way using Stress Breaker. The game is also lots of fun for those who are just seeking pure entertainment."
$0.99/£0.69/download

Clear Scales

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Ninebuzz Software, makers of top-rated guitar practice series for iOS, Guitar Jam Tracks, has launched ‘Clear Scales’, an app aimed at beginner guitarists wanting to master the art of guitar soloing.

Ninebuzz has become a major player in the guitar app world with their flagship series, Guitar Jam Tracks, a one-stop practice app for guitarists and bassists containing backing tracks, chord charts and scale charts, transposed in every key and adjustable on the fly. The well-designed Jam Tracks series boasts glowing reviews from top music publications such as Guitar World, Premier Guitar and various YouTube guitar celebrities including Rob Chappers. With a 4.5 star rating on the App Store and nearly 200,000 downloads worldwide, Jam Tracks are proving to be a must-have app for mobile guitarists of all skill levels.

Clear Scales, just released on the App Store, takes a sharper aim at the beginner guitarist market, offering an instructions section complete with music theory and general practice tips. The app does not include an audio component as in Jam Tracks, focusing the experience instead on scale comprehension and effective practice.

"We’re very proud to be number one for Jam Tracks on the App Store, and the warm reviews from happy guitarists never get old! Still, I know there are many beginners out there who need help, but don’t yet realize the benefit of backing tracks for practice. With Clear Scales, we’ve taken the awesome educational piece of Jam Tracks and built an entirely new experience specifically for beginners just starting their journey into scale practice. The fretboard can be daunting, but our apps take the scariness away. Clear Scales is the perfect place for a new guitarist to start exploring their instrument," says co-founder Rick Belluso.

Like Jam Tracks, Clear Scales focuses on the Pentatonic scale, which is arguably the most ubiquitous scale in modern music and generally the first one that beginner guitar players are taught, due to its familiar sound and "out-of-the-box" simplicity.

$0.99/£0.69/download

AppZappPush

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According to Apple’s recent keynote event there are 500,000+ iOS apps currently available in the App Store and keeping up-to-date with recent changes, sales, free promotions and highly rated products is near impossible for users using only the native iTunes App Store software. AppZapp provide iOS users with a platform to quickly search and receive updates on App Store changes instantly in-app, via email or with push notification – allowing quick discovery of the best sales, temporary offers, highly rated applications and more.

Updated in real-time, a variety of feeds show current sales, free offers, top lists (including: top newcomer, most viewed, most liked, most owned, top seller as well as traditional App Store charts), new apps, changes, categories or a live stream of all feeds. Search results are displayed showing previous and current prices, users rating, positive or negatives likes along with a link to download a product from the App Store, save in MyApps or receive an alert when that product goes on sale. Additional filters allow users to focus on specific devices, categories and price – to ensure quick retrieval of all relevant offers and product sales.

An active community of users encourages shared recommendations, community likes, as well as an at-a-glance rating to determine community opinions for any individual app. Connections can be made with friends and colleagues to view the apps they have downloaded or send recommendations, whilst user collections can be browsed or created – clearly grouping related applications for certain activities or functions. Additionally, for multi-device use an AppZapp profile can be created to automatically sync between iOS devices and Mac computers.

$0.99/£0.69/download

KoKoKo

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TinkTank, Inc. is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of its KoKoKo language learning app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. KoKoKo is based on a traditional Korean game contextualized for children 2-6 years old to learn body parts in English and Korean.

KoKoKo stresses a communicative approach to language, as children learn in context with a purpose. Even with limited knowledge of the target language, children will quickly pick it up via repetitive phrases, highlighted hints, and fun reinforcement responses to their inputs. Intermission pages will also help engage the children throughout the game. As a result, the children‚s vocabulary will grow and their ears will be trained to distinguish the target language sounds.

„Getting beyond the myriad of flashcards apps on the market, KoKoKo is graphically appealing and content driven,‰ said Noella Chung, President of TinkTank, who is excited to bring to market a product that is an engaging teaching tool without the loss of the fun component of play.

Features:
* Communicative language
* Option to play game in English or Korean
* Dynamic graphics
* Fun intermission pages

$1.99/£1.49/download

Pixorial

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Pixorial, the video storytelling platform for consumers, today announced a list of enhancements to exceed expectations for video quality, processing and the playback of consumer video. These latest improvements provide consumers with a rich video platform for collecting, editing and sharing life’s video moments.

With these new enhancements, users will notice an improvement in the processing speed and quality of all of their videos at the point of uploading, editing and sharing. Videos previously uploaded to Pixorial will be upgraded during a staggered rollout to ensure optimal performance for all Pixorial customers. Users who wish to move to the front of the line for the performance upgrade to existing videos can fill out a brief survey.

John Martyniak, SVP of Product Development and Operations, for Pixorial stated, "Pixorial is on a growth streak and with that comes a need to continually scale and enhance our infrastructure. We’ve removed the complexities that come with video to provide the best experience to collect, edit and share video memories without limitations."

Pixorial’s video performance upgrade includes the following improvements:

Optimized Video Quality:
* Delivers 16.9 aspect ratio for widescreen-quality video viewing across iOS and Android mobile devices
* Supports a wider variety of media formats so that consumers don’t have to worry about what video types are supported – it just works
* Provides increased playability and higher quality viewing for Apple TV and Google TV
* Shared and embedded videos now have greater playback quality regardless of how the content was collected (upload, conversion, recorded from mobile phone, shared via email, posted to blog, etc.)
* Greater video quality while in editing mode with Producer

Free/download

Puzzler Codewords emag

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Puzzler Codewords eMag is the ultimate way to enjoy your favourite puzzles, all wrapped up in an intuitive and easy to use eMag format. You can even turn the pages just like in a real magazine, view in landscape or portrait mode, quickly via the thumbnail pages, or instantly return to your last played puzzle.

What Puzzler is most excited about is for the first time, without any further connectivity requirements, you can fully interact with all puzzle pages, with automatic saving of state of play across all puzzles either part or fully completed within the eMag pages.
Simply download the FREE TASTER issue app from the Apple App Store and get a tantalising sample edition to see what all the excitement is about as this truly interactive edition of Puzzler Codewords contains a fantastic selection of exciting puzzles to test anyone’s code-cracking skills!

Within the ‘My Issues’ area, manage all purchased, downloaded and subscription issues, along with the ability to archive issues and sort issues by date, completion or competition date.

When the taster issue is complete and the puzzle itch has yet to be scratched, there are complete issues of the brilliantly engaging magazine for purchase in the ‘Store’ area of the eMag, including back issues and subscription offer details.
Free/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

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