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Our Daily App Digest – May 24, 2012

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

My Eyes Only Pro

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My Eyes Only Pro is a new app that gives iOS users the confidence to keep necessary personal information close knowing that it’s protected from theft or loss. The app utilizes the most advanced encryption in iOS today, securing a user’s critical information with powerful 256 bit encryption, password protection and an additional layer of keychain security that other apps don’t have, and backing it up with secure cloud syncing. Information such as web site passwords, credit card numbers, banking information, insurance and membership account information, and any other personal information is both safe and accessible, combining convenience and peace of mind.

"The release of this app opens new possibilities for iOS users to securely carry with them all their important digital data." Says Joe Michels, the founder and president of Software Ops LLC. "In this mobile world people need to have their digital data with them all the time. My Eyes Only Pro ensures that their data is safe from loss or theft."

"We have introduced native support for the iPad and secure cloud syncing to ensure that our customers’ data is on all their devices." Continues Michels, "We have designed our cloud services to leverage the same encryption that protects your data on a device. Add to that the ability to add the data to one device and have it show up on all your devices, and My Eyes Only Pro is the superior choice for personal data protection on iOS."

The app has 14 built in data categories. Users can easily create their own categories using predefined elements designed to make the data entry experience as fast as possible. It even supports a BlueTooth keyboard for fast data entry on the iPad or iPhone.

Free/download

Mystic Pug Tarot

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As tarot card readers gather in celebration of World Tarot Day on May 25, 2012, the Mystic Pug Tarot app will have its own little merriment by holding a sale. World Tarot Day, which also coincides with the Memorial Day Weekend in the United States, will be marked by app users everywhere downloading the Mystic Pug Tarot app. Don’t let a weekend sitting by the campfire go by without letting the Pug help you predict the next 20 years of your life!

Since it was released in November 2011, the Mystic Pug Tarot has been downloaded in 65 countries, is currently at a five-star rating on iTunes, was featured on "New and Noteworthy" and "What’s Hot" in iTunes, received a Best Mobile App Design award from the Marketing NW awards, and won a Silver award as the Best Mobile App at the Summit Creative awards. Of course, the Pug predicted all of this good fortune!

The Mystic Pug Tarot was developed by EXCLAIM. Founded in Seattle, Washington in 1998, EXCLAIM is a full service, performance-driven advertising and public relations agency. Recognized in 2011 as the 4th best small company to work for in Washington state by Seattle Business magazine, EXCLAIM creates award winning campaigns for companies in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Free/download

Champion Moron

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Abigbang,  an established mobile application developer, has today announced the the recent update of Champion Moron for the  iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Champion Moron  is a memory puzzle game that provides mobile gamers with a visually engrossing hardcore puzzle experience in the same vein as FlipCards and Photographic Memory Training. With four  puzzle levels spread across unique difficulty settings, this app is accessible to complete memory  based  puzzle novices and seasoned whizzes alike! Champion Moron is currently available for download on the Apple App Store for free (trial) and $0.99 (full version) in the Games category.

Champion Moron is based on a well-known gaming concept and requires a good memory and good concentration skills. The player’s mission in the game is to choose the correct objects among selected on every any given level and pass all level in order to  escape from moron group. Levels in the game come in accompaniment of Monkey’s drum and voice. And perhaps most importantly, no two levels are completely different from one another. Seemingly an easy task, the game includes a number of rules that turn this task from a cakewalk to a mentally engaging puzzle juggernaut. The well-known gaming concept comes in a modernized version and stands apart from other mobile puzzles with richly themed game boards and several of levels ranging from easy to expert in difficulty. Champion Moron is genuinely addictive photographic memory based challenge.

With over numerous puzzles are spread around 4 difficulty levels, Champion Moron will keep any puzzle gamer entertained hour in and hour out. With so many difficulty levels offered, the game stays open to new or younger players while remaining appealing to even the most advanced numeric puzzle solving experts – in fact, level 4 is so complex that they’ve never been solved by human hands before! Meanwhile,  Champion Moron  is perfectly suited for gaming on small iPhone and iPod touch screens. Mentally engaging action is a must for modern mobile gaming aficionados, and there’s no better way to get a memory based puzzle fix on the go than with Champion Moron!

$0.99/£0.69/download

Maps 3D – GPS Tracks for Bike, Hike, Ski & Outdoor

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Smartphones and social media are nowadays revolutionizing people’s communication behavior and their everyday lives. With the smartphone, for the first time GPS receivers are finding their way into people’s pockets and are changing the way they orient themselves, how they plan and go about their outdoor activities for the weekend or for longer vacation tours, and how they ultimately share these experiences with friends. Among smartphone users, the classic city or hiking map in 2D is thus usually left at home in favor of a more favorable app.

Just in time for the outdoor season, Maps 3D comes up with an update. Ranked as the bestselling outdoor app for months on the iPhone in Germany, Italy, Austria and other European countries, Maps 3D is kicking off a feature offensive with numerous intelligent and innovative enhancements: ReverseTrack, intermediate destination and a comprehensive trip export function. With the latter, users can post their recorded routes along with waypoints and photos with a simple tap of a finger, email them, twitter them or share them with friends on their Facebook wall. A link in the email or from the wall takes those interested to the route, which can then be displayed either in Google Maps or Google Earth, as they wish. The photos taken along the route can be displayed by clicking on them.

New feature: Follow tracks in both directions

The movingworld team developed the ideas for ReverseTrack and intermediate destinations as part of a weeks-long hiking and programming retreat in the mountains. With ReverseTrack, walkers, hikers, bicyclists or horseback riders can follow downloaded tracks in both directions – an extremely useful function that no other outdoor tool provides. "You can almost always take a route in two directions – so it’s been annoying up till now when the route found ran in the opposite direction to your own," said movingworld’s CEO Moritz Gaupp getting to the heart of the solved problem. Only Maps 3D now displays the stretch of the route behind you in addition to the meters of altitude to go – and what’s more, in both directions.

New feature: Simplifying orientation with intermediate destination

With the intermediate destination function, movingworld is showing a new approach to simplifying orientation in the field – especially when there’s no ready-made tour available. As before, you can set a destination which is led to by a line. The distance to it is always precisely calculated. Now an intermediate destination can be set over which the line is redirected to the destination. Thus, distance and direction to the intermediate destination are always available without losing view of the overall destination. Both destinations are visualized in the compass. "Thinking in waypoints is much closer to the real needs of day-trippers: you want to know how far it is to the next museum, the next apple spritzer in the bicyclist restaurant or to the peak, and in what direction you’ve got to keep going," says Gaupp about the advantages.

$2.99/£1.99/download

FaRao

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Designed as the comprehensive Japanese music app for iOS and Android devices, FaRao provides an extensive and intelligent radio service, with playlists based on users preferred songs, artists and genres from a library of over 30,000 Japanese and international tracks. Including the latest hits and classics from Japan as well as extensive J-Pop, Anime, Visual-kei and Enka music, FaRao learns each users preferred music to create and play a customized personal radio station.

Categorized by genre, artist and release year, FaRao creates links between similar songs to find suitable tracks based on both user entered preferences and ‘likes’. Users can enter a favorite artist to automatically play tracks by both that artist and similar performers, while in-play ‘good’ and ‘bad’ buttons allow FaRao to continually learn musical tastes and fine tune the selected songs from the library. Radio output is played via a custom designed and intuitive playback interface, which displays album artwork, pause and volume controls in addition to a skip function, allowing users to move to the next track.

Favorite custom radio configurations can be saved for quick recall at any time, whilst an information button allows users to discover more information about a song or artist, search on google, or perform an image search to discover new album artwork or artist photography. For novices of these musical genres a ‘Hot 100’ category provides the latest and seasonal tracks selected by FaRao staff, allowing everyone to quickly start discovering great new music.

"Our aim was to create a Japanese focussed music service based on custom radio functionality already widely popular on mobile devices." commented Tak Uchida of Rightscale USA, Inc, "FaRao is the ultimate Japanese music application, intelligently creating tailored radio playlists by selecting songs from a library of over 30,000 titles based on a users musical preferences."

Free/download

Rhyme-N-Time

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Smart Apps 4 Kids announced the immediate availability of its new app called Rhyme-N-Time. The app, created for the iPad, combines a rhyming storybook and charming game wrapped in an educational learning tool. Rhyme-N-Time keeps track of how the child is performing with various statistics as they move throughout the game. The app allows the child to see uppercase or lowercase letters, plus the ability to use images and words or just the word for clues when trying to match rhyming words.

The educational app revolves around Jane and Blayne, who are twins, on a quest to find words that rhyme. There are four action screens and each one has a different task to complete based on finding rhyming or non-rhyming words. There are hundreds of different words used so repetition is not an issue.  Rhyme-N-Time also is sprinkled with positive messages like "always eat your vegetables" and "don’t talk to strangers". The goal is to collect enough coins for Jane and Blayne to buy a golden chain and great dane for their upcoming birthday.

Rhyme-N-Time comes without a lot of the features that concern parents when purchasing apps for their children. There is no data collection, ads, IAP (In-App Purchases), social media tie ins or links to other websites. Smart Apps 4 Kids wants to make sure parents feel comfortable about what they are getting and what they are not, when they acquire an app for their child. There are no "gotcha" events or annoying pop ups in this app.

"The most challenging part of creating educational apps is making them entertaining and a great learning tool for the kids. We think we have accomplished that in Rhyme-N-Time," says owner and creator Scott Kibby. The objective of Smart Apps 4 Kids inspiring apps is to help educate a child no matter how big or small while having fun in the process.

$1.99/£1.49/download

QuoteMaker Pro

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Independent developer Steve Weintraut today is pleased to announce QuoteMaker Pro 2.1 for iPad, an update to his best-selling business app, which allows users to easily create customized sales proposals and price quotes. Featuring both cost-plus and list-minus sell price computations, sales professionals can mix and match pricing methods on a product-by-product basis. QuoteMaker Pro 2.1 also provides highly customizable control over the appearance of the sales quote itself. This update offers optional PDF Attachment Support, Multiple Currency Calculations, and Advanced Excel and XML Export.

QuoteMaker Pro 2.1 for iPad makes the process of generating an accurate, professional-looking quote easy and enjoyable. Initial setup of the app consists of filling in all the empty text fields in Preferences, e.g., Company Name, Header Text, Footer Text, Default Tax Rate, Default Shipping Charge, Global Margin Type (Default, Cost Plus, List Minus), etc. Setup is completed by importing or entering items into the editable Product Database, which serves as the library containing all the products or services available.

Feature Highlights:
* Drag and drop sales quote creation on the iPad
* Built-in, user-definable, Product Database holds items and pricing
* Easily drag to arrange items in a quote by Line item or Category
* Set markups using cost-plus or list-minus sell price computations by Quote, Line item, or Category
* New 2.1 update offers optional attached PDF versions of the quote when emailed
* New 2.1 update provides optional Multiple Currency Calculations and text display
* New 2.1 update supports optional Advanced Excel and XML Export

$4.99/£2.99/download

WritePad

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PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces today the immediate availability of WritePad for iPad 6.3, the advanced handwriting recognition and notetaking software for iPads. The new version introduces new palm rest technology with smart context filtering.

The new WritePad Palm Rest feature (patent pending) allows users to place their palm on the iPad screen while writing in the full screen handwriting mode. To improve user’s experience, the slightly gray area of the screen indicates the palm rest area, while the area above it is reserved for writing. As a user writes, the writing area extends down as needed, allowing to utilize the entire screen. At the end of the each recognition session the palm rest area resets to its default size. The smart context filtering feature allows users to interact with the WritePad document below the palm rest area via single touch, touch and hold, and double touch gestures to position the cursor, select text, or access a popup menu.

WritePad is an advanced note-taker for iOS, which converts practically any handwriting into computer text. Notes created with WritePad can be sent via email or SMS, tweeted, saved, posted on a Facebook wall, printed, exported as PDF, translated to other languages, synchronized with Dropbox, Evernote, and iTunes, or exchanged directly between two or more iOS devices. WritePad also features integration with events, contacts, maps, and other iPad resources. In addition, the interface to the Bing Translator lets users translate WritePad documents to 16 supported languages.

$4.99/£2.99/download

Roulette Mobile

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App Street Software today is pleased to introduce Roulette Mobile 1.0 free for iOS, their new Roulette Game that includes single player gameplay, multiplayer gameplay via a local Bluetooth connection, or multiplayer gameplay worldwide via Game Center AutoMatch. Featuring more than 20 different types of bets, the elegant simulation offers 5 different tables from beginner to expert. The game has 40 Achievements, Game Center Leaderboards, and built-in roulette titles with 12 different crowns. Players start with $10,000 in chips and can earn additional chips through winning bets, invitations to friends, and posting on social networks. Chip packages are also available as one of eight different in-app purchases.

Feature Highlights:
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* More than 20 different kinds of bets
* Five different tables from beginner to expert, each with different betting limits
* Fully automatic gameplay, posting of spin results, and tracking player winnings
* Gameplay for single players, multiplayer via Bluetooth, or multiplayer via Game Center AutoMatch

Played in landscape orientation, players place bets on the roulette table by tapping on the table or dragging a chip onto the table. As a chip is dragged, the numbers corresponding to the bet are highlighted. Bets can be altered by dragging chips to a different position before the spin of the roulette wheel. Chips come in 15 different denominations from one hundred to one billion dollars. At more advanced tables, players may also wager on European "Racetrack" bets, which appear in a small oval above the traditional layout.

Free/download

Heroes And Zombies: Hack and Slash Action

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Time passes and things change, but there are things that never change.

The time passes by and you grow older, but you still have the undying passion for newer and better games. And you have to save your little iPhone heroes from evil creatures around the world.

You will try your best to save your hero’s world, and your hero will try his best to fulfill your passion for the game. But there’s one thing in the way: The D-Pad, the ancient artifact that covers half the screen just by its mere existence.

You might already be used to its ugly presence, but I recommend you try the "Heroes and Zombies". Heroes and Zombies will be the newest trend in Action RPG.

Crazy Ringer-Attacking Sensations:
It’s carefully designed to give you the best attacking sensations ever! Superb controls combined with special effects will absorb you right into the game.

Your hero attacks and moves to your touches giving you the intuitive sense of control that you’ll never experience anywhere else.

Of course you can also build up your hero to your own liking, creating new moves and such. You may even compete against your friends via the Game Center to see whose hero is stronger.

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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