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Daily App Digest – June 8, 2012

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

Pixorial

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Pixorial Inc., the video storytelling platform, has added cinematic visual effects to its iPhone app, Pixorial 1.2. Pixorial’s iPhone video app provides access to 17 real-time video filters, making it easy for anyone to transform videos in a fun and easy way. The latest update changes the dynamics for videography on the phone with adjustable effects that provide unlimited real-time video capture possibilities. With the addition of the filters, anyone can instantly create a black and white film, a warm sepia movie or an artistic sketched video – just to name a few options.

With the Pixorial iPhone app, users control how their videos are shared. Videos can be posted publicly to a large list of social networks, or privately with friends using Pixorial’s unique Share to Crowd feature.

This news follows on the heels of a performance upgrade, which provides wide-screen viewing and faster processing of all videos shared with Pixorial’s web-based platform.

"At Pixorial, we want to provide the tools that make it easy and fun to share the most important moments in life using video," said Andres Espieira, Pixorial’s founder and CEO. "The latest announcement of real-time filters provides our iPhone users with creative features for transforming those moments as they’re captured on video."
Free/download

iLoveCheck

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mobivention is proud to announce iLoveCheck, which analyses the compatibility of flirtatious people and lovers through "scanning" their fingerprints. The fun app comes with an update which offers an improved overall design and iPad support. The latest version of this flirt application is now available for iPhone, iPod and iPod on iTunes.

Just a flirt or love of life? iLoveCheck helps its users to find out if they and their crushes are made for each other. For singles it is an enormous flirt aid. Go to your crush and let the app do the rest. A quick "scan" of finger prints, followed by a short calculation and iLoveCheck provides its users with a short prediction about how good the chances with their crush are.

For an even higher flirt factor the outcoming score can be pre-defined before scanning the fingerprints. So the chances of an positive outcome are 100% if you set the value accordingly!

The fun application iLoveCheck by mobivention is available now for $0.99 in Apple’s AppStore for iPhone, iPod and iPad.
$0.99/£0.69/download

Agent Higgs

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TestTubeGames today is pleased to announce the release of Agent Higgs 1.0, a new puzzle game for iOS devices. With the world’s largest particle accelerator (the LHC) searching for the Higgs particle, the forefront of physics is often in the news. This engaging game aims to give the players a background in the Standard Model of Particle Physics, which in turn will lead to a better understanding of current discoveries. The game assumes no prior knowledge and is accessible for all players.

The story of the game is that Agent Higgs needs the player’s help to stay hidden from view. The player moves pieces that are the particles of the Standard Model: electrons, neutrinos, muons, and more. The rules of the game are based on the fundamental physical forces. Use the Weak Force to get particles moving, or to make them decay. Use the Electromagnetic Force to make particles attract or repel. The physics introduced in this game even extends to matter-antimatter annihilation and neutrino oscillation.

The game centers on a sliding-block mechanic. By swiping the screen, players slide particles horizontally or vertically. The goal is to use the obstacles and other particles to get a block to Agent Higgs. As more particles and more physical laws are added, the puzzles get increasingly difficult. The game is handcrafted to be challenging and yet engaging.
$0.99/£0.69/download

Disney World Mobile Guide

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TimeStream Software announces the update to version 1.5 of its Disney World Mobile Guide iPhone app. Touted as one of the top apps for Walt Disney World Resort by USAToday, MacObserver, DigitalDisneyWorld.com and others, the Disney World Mobile Guide Version 1.5 is updated with the newest park information, an additional 100 new photos, wait times enhancements, new Fantasyland attractions, updated "Annual Events", "What’s New" and "What’s Coming" sections, and photos and information for Disney’s new Art of Animation Resort.

"Walt Disney said his theme parks ‘would never be completed, as long as there is imagination in the world.’  They’ll always be changing," said Mike Westby of TimeStream Software. "Our Disney World Mobile Guide iPhone app keeps Guests up-to-date with all the changes and everything that is happening at Walt Disney World Resort, all in a fun, colorful and informative way."

With accurate Wait Times, Interactive Maps, Restaurants, Menus, Park Hours and Event Times, Attractions, Hotel Information, Phone Numbers, Tips and more, complete with more than 600 exclusive high-quality photos, the "Disney World Mobile Guide" iPhone app is one of the most comprehensive mobile vacation planners and in-park guides available for Walt Disney World Resort today, covering nearly every aspect of the entire resort and all four theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom(R), Epcot(R), Disney’s Animal Kingdom(R) and Disney’s Hollywood Studios(TM).

$4.99/£2.99/download

Beer Kings Ultimate Drinking Game

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Bronron is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Beer Kings Ultimate Drinking Game version 3.6, from the creators of top apps such as Sonaip and other hit iPhone apps.

Beer Kings is a fun awesomely addictive drinking game. Beer Kings is not about complication. Just the romance of being so close to the action. Players are pitted against each other to reveal cards, each card has a corresponding rule that must be enforced after reveal. Players are kept on their toes as each card is turned with high anticipation. All players of this game are guaranteed to have fun and have lots of laughs. Do you like playing drinking games? Are you always looking for things to do with friends? well, this is the game for you.

Beer Kings is the new drinking necessity.

For a limited time only, Beer Kings Ultimate Drinking Game version 3.6 is on sale 50% OFF and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. This game today has had over 25,000 downloads and is not going to be on sale for long. Get it quick while it is only 99 cents!

$0.99/£0.69/download

Flashcards for iPad

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Parents and pre-school educators searching for an ideal iPad app for young children that will give them a learning advantage to last a lifetime can now download the fun, effective and innovative Flashcards for iPad app from INKids.

Flashcards for iPad uses hundreds of flashcards in a variety of categories and loveable, interactive hand-drawn animal characters to help preschoolers (ages 2-5) learn how to pronounce letter sounds and recognize words. It’s designed to educate and inspire fun and laughter at the same time.

Parents and pre-school educators can also record their own sound files for any word or letter, or choose from hundreds of existing audio files, including words, sound effects and musical themes produced by professional sound engineers, voice over artists and language experts.

Plus, Flashcard for iPad also features innovative second language support, which makes it an ideal iPad learning app for teaching Spanish, French, German and Italian.

"The key to giving toddlers a learning advantage that will last their entire lives is to make the learning process fun, creative and memorable," commented John McCann, co-founder of INKids. "And that’s precisely what we’ve done with Flashcards for iPad. It’s a precisely-crafted blend of iPad Education, fun, and creativity. And now with second language support, it’s a fantastic way for toddlers to learn Spanish, French, German and Italian, and really get a head start in life. And of course, incredible hand-drawn characters, great music and fun sounds make it a joy for adults, too!"
$1.99/£1.49/download

Virtual Ice-Cream

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People with a sense of humour and an uncompromising love for ice cream can now enjoy as much of the frozen treat as they want thanks to the exceptionally quirky and delightfully creative new Virtual Ice-Cream app for iPhone.

Designed by the zany brains at Monkey Experience Ltd., Virtual Ice-Cream features six mouth-watering flavours: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint, banana and blueberry. Users simply pick the flavour that fits their mood and virtually lick away, as they enjoy stunningly realistic graphics, playful music from Nazca, and sound effects that will certainly make them smile – while driving their family and friends crazy (which will make them smile even more).

Users can also look forward to a fun, gratifying bonus for finishing their treat, and then boast about their experiences and achievements on Facebook.

"Virtual Ice-Cream is unlike anything that iPhone users have ever experienced," commented Petteri Kolehmainen, Founder and CEO of Monkey Experience Ltd. "It’s more than just a game or a way to stave off boredom. It’s quirky and hilarious way to enjoy ice cream without the calories!" People who want to celebrate their love of ice-cream without adding inches to their waistline can download Virtual Ice-Cream now in the App Store.
$0.99/£0.69/download

Fireworks Photography Field Guide

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Where In Disney World? announced the release of its new iPhone App for photography. The Fireworks Photography Field Guide provides quick references for setup, gear, composition, and examples. This step-by-step guide, created by Paul Gowder and Matt Pasant, is always at your fingertips. Fireworks Photography Field Guide includes four different sections to instruct photographers on photographing fireworks – Field Guide, Gear List, Composition, and Examples.

The Field Guide section of the app takes you through each setting of your camera including setup, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, focusing, and shooting techniques. The Gear List features a checklist and explanation of each piece of equipment needed. The Composition section helps the photographer tell a story with their fireworks photos by describing how to compose a compelling image. With the Examples, the photographer can browse through twelve photos the include tips to achieve a similar photo.

$0.99/£0.69/download

GeoCam Free

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SITIS mobile, a leading mobile application developer, is excited today to announce the recent update of GeoCam app for iOS and Android devices. An innovative new photo management solution, GeoCam is a centralized mobile hub that lets users do anything and everything geophoto related all from a single place. The app is a one-stop geophoto sharing, editing, and storage that lets users tap directly into many of their online accounts to download, upload, and organize pictures, send geophoto to friends  and create generated GeoCam Report in PDF format.

GeoCam is socially integrated photo sharing taken to the next level.The app is seamlessly connected to many the most popular photo sharing engines in world including Flickr and Facebook, ensuring that users can show their photos to friends from anywhere in the world whichever way they’d like to and  letting know your friends, relatives or business partners where exactly you are and what surrounds you.

The app’s camera  mode provides users with the power to make photos supplied with additional information, such as geographic coordinates, camera orientation at the moment of shooting, comments as well as determine location of the photographed objects and estimate distance to them. Users can get detailed info about their photos and other useful info such as shooting location on the map, camera orientation at the shooting time, geographic coordinates, direction of shooting and be sure in accuracy of these parameters on the screen. Meanwhile Gallery mode allows users view or delete previously made geophotos, keep albums and photos organized, the app features a unique automatically generated GeoCam Report in PDF format system that nearly guarantees users will never lose track of where and when the photo was made.

GeoCam was designed to turn photo management into a simple and enjoyable undertaking, rather than a tedious, cumbersome chore. Its user interface ensures that regardless of whether users want to do edit, safe, organize, or share geophotos they can do so in the least number of steps possible. You’ve got enough on your plate, you don’t need to spend hours organizing your geophotos, and with GeoCam you’ll never have to again.
Free/download

Combat Mission: Touch

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Get out of your armchairs and from behind your desktops, wannabe generals! War is a dirty business, and it’s time to get your fingers dirty! Battlefront.com is proudly announcing Combat Mission: Touch for the iPad 2, The New iPad, iPhone 4/4S and iPod touch 4th Gen!

Combat Mission: Touch allows you to command American and German troops during and after the invasion of Normandy, June 1944! It mixes fun and realism for a unique, hands-on, 3D wargame experience.

Combat Mission: Touch is the result of a collaboration between Battlefront.com, the critically acclaimed creators of the genre defining Combat Mission series of wargames for now over 10 years, and Dromedary LLC. Using Combat Mission’s unique WeGo turn-based play mode of simultaneous planning and execution phases, and a vast 3D environment, it combines the fun of fast paced action with the strategy of turns. Make no mistake, fun as it is, Combat Mission: Touch is a true wargame, with a number of mind-blowing features that were available, until now, only on the desktop.
$4.99/£2.99/download

Emross War

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iFree Studio is pleased to announce Emross War 1.41 for iOS. One and a half years after Emross War was released, another brand new major function of Scenario is about to launch to enhance game play. The upcoming feature will give players a whole new game experience, as well as an abundance of rewarding items or hero experience, so says the producer of Emross War.

Emross War’s new scenario function gives players ten different scenes, each presenting a distinctive story as well as a corresponding region map. The new scenario provides several to dozens of locations on the map, and depending on the location route players chose to take towards the final level, number of locations to take are different. Each location is occupied by newly-introduced enemy units, with or without leadership under a special enemy hero.

To finish a scenario, players needs to make their way to the final level in a given time by taking the locations one by one, before facing the scenario boss. Players may dispatch two of their heroes in the quest of a scenario. While players cannot switch the heroes, units lost in the scenario battles can be replenished, given sufficient back-up in the player barracks camp.

Free/download

The Big Spill

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Best Apps For Kids is proud to announce the review of The Big Spill book app. This book is educational on a global and environmental level. Based on a true story of an oil spill, kids learn about the damages as well as what they can do to help. Learning how to make a difference and develop fundraisers for support is a valuable lesson.

The Big Spill is an amazing tale for kids and adults as well in a book app format. The cartoonish African Penguins are caught up in an oil spill and in great danger. Help arrives from near and far and it is a happy ending for the main characters. This is with the help of many volunteers and tracking devices to be sure they made it through the big swim home.

It is based on a true story and the book app is a fundraiser for the people who help penguins. BestAppsForKids.org urges parents and teachers to buy this app!  This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to participate in helping protected species from all over!

Schools, Churches, and Families alike can put their heads together and set a goal, pick a fundraiser, and make a difference!  What better way to raise your kids’ social awareness and self esteem? You can see some of the wonderful things that can be done in the review, as well as contact information for the penguin organizations.
$2.99/£1.99/download

ABCs with Animals

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Educational apps for toddlers and preschoolers usually tend to be either too difficult to use with complicated functionalities or are built with practically no quality in the content. Both aspects make the app uninteresting for the young user. Learning is a time-consuming process and it needs self-engagement and it has to raise questions. ABCs with Animals fills these gaps with three fundamentals:

1) Professional content. ABCs with Animals is an interactive photo book with 170 stunning professional photos of many common and exotic animals. All photos support Retina graphics for a detailed experience never seen before, and colors and photo setups are exciting and sure to raise questions by the youngster. All photos are displayed with narration, which is presented with a clear voice, optimized for the small tablet loudspeakers.

2) E-A-S-Y to use interface. Parental supervision is not necessary. Young users can launch the app by themselves and start watching the photos and listening to the narration. Interesting content will keep the user focused on the app for hours. Learning occurs with the child not even noticing it.

3) Seamless Wikipedia integration. "What do polar bears eat?" might pop up all of a sudden. Kids learn things by asking – all parents know that, even to the point of frustration sometimes. When using ABCs with Animals, a Wikipedia page about polar bears is just two taps away. A Wikipedia link collection is opened in an internal browser session inside the app, so the learning process won’t break because of first starting Safari externally and then having to find content from the internet. All info is there in the app, seamlessly integrated and .easy to access.
$1.99/£1.49/download

Goal King 12

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In Goal King 12, anyone can show if they have what it takes to be the European champion. The game is dedicated to the dramatic side of football: the penalty shoot-out. Players can either kick their team as ice-cold penalty kickers or bring the opposing team to the point of despair as goalkeeper and be celebrated as heroes.

Free/download

Airplanes.

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1Tucan is pleased to introduce Airplanes. 1.0 for iOS. Fans of retro gaming will be rubbing their hands with glee at the news that Activision classic River Raid has been relaunched for iPhone, iPad and Android users. The highly addictive Atari shoot-’em-up which had thousands of gamers stuck to their screens back in the 1980’s, has been given a 21st-Century makeover. Now, those Atari and Spectrum gamers can relive their youth, while a new generation of fans can sample a true gaming icon.

Original River Raid fans can rest-assured that the game stays true to its Activision roots, and this new version will take them right back to those good old days. It’s an epic nostalgia trip which will bring out the child in all of those gamers who knew RR the first time around, and it’s guaranteed to transport gamers right back to the first day they ever played it and couldn’t put down their joystick.

The formula of the game remains true to its 1980s origins. As the pilot of a jet fighter you traverse the world’s rivers (yes RR fans, in this version there is more than one ‘World’ to enjoy!), protecting the world from the bad guys, blasting enemy ships, balloons and helicopters into oblivion.

Refuelling stations appear every so often, giving you the opportunity to fill up on much-needed juice, and as you progress up the river the action becomes more intense, with enemies appearing more often and opportunities to refuel decreasing rapidly. Just like the original it’s still a game of accuracy and speed.
$0.99/£0.69/download

Hairstyle PRO

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KBMSoft today is pleased to introduce Hairstyle PRO 1.0 free for iPad, the latest addition to their suite of apps that lets users see how they would look in different hairstyles. Using a frontal photo from their Photo Library, a newly taken picture, or on one of the six built-in models, the app’s facial recognition technology perfectly aligns the new hairstyle over the old one. Users can easily compare different styles, lengths, and hair colors for both men and women. With a virtual hairstyle makeover instantly, users can avoid actual hairstyle disasters.

The results with Hairstyle PRO are so good, even an expert would have difficulty distinguishing real from virtual hairstyles in final photos. Most surprising is how much a hairstyle can affect a person’s appearance. Only when one can see comparison photos, one after another, is the overall effect of a new hairstyle so dramatic. The free app includes 15 hairstyles, and users can purchase 300 of the latest hairstyles for women in short, medium, or long lengths to try on. Also available as an in-app purchase are more than 180 current hairstyles for men to try on, including shaved and bald looks. Each hairstyle is an actual photo, not a computer generated simulation.

Feature Highlights:
* Free app includes 15 hairstyles
* Option to buy a package with over 300 of the latest hairstyles for Women in short, medium, and long lengths to try on
* Option to buy a package with more than 180 current hairstyles for Men to try on, including shaved and bald looks
* 50 different hair color options for every style
* Relevant hairstyle information for every style
* Take a photo, or use your photo album
* Understand what suits your face shape
* See what hair color suits your complexion
* Actual, high-resolution, real hairstyles
Free/download

Blogshelf II

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gdiplus today is pleased to introduce Blogshelf II, their free RSS reader application specifically designed for the iPad, which collects blog entries and new stories in an RSS feed. RSS, or Resource Description Framework Site Summary, is often called "Really Simple Syndication" for the ease with which it allows the publication of and subscription to content. This app is an aggregator that collects frequently updated published works and provides the user with a collection of blogs, and news articles from pre-selected sources. Specifically created for moms, dads, seniors, photographers, bloggers and non-technical users who love to read short articles on subjects of interest, Blogshelf II is an intuitive, fluid, and easy to use application in the News category.

Feature Highlights:
* Read favorite blogs with an uncomplicated user interface
* Import for Google Reader
* Share via Instapaper, Pocket, Facebook, and Twitter
* Retina graphics support on the new iPad
* Ad-free reading experience
* Touch-screen gestures make navigation easy
Free/download

Nature Painter

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Lucky Martian is proud to announce the release of Nature Painter for the iPad. Nature Painter is a topnotch digital oil painting app. The app is unique in that it teaches users the basics of landscape painting. The painting techniques are straightforward and easy to apply and result in beautiful artwork.

Nature Painter is intended to be a way to relax and take time out from a stressful day.

"Whatever your circumstances, life can be difficult," said the app’s developer, J. Marvin. "It’s important to have creative outlets, and I hope Nature Painter provides that."

Nature Painter is both powerful and easy to use. A novice dabbler or professional artist, people of all skill levels can use the app to learn, create, and have fun. All one needs is a sense of wonder and adventure. Hiking boots and beret are optional.
$0.99/£0.69/download

PlayBC

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Developer Andrew Shapuro is pleased to announce a sale on his renowned Interactive Alphabet app. PlayBC price drops from its average $2.99 to $0.99 for the weekend. The sale starts June 8th and ends June 11th. The app is based on a letter-picture association principle. Each letter is represented by an object, plant or animal that responds to various actions in different fun ways.

Kids can interact with a realistically bouncing ball, pilot a plane, make a volcano erupt, play with musical notes, put together a puzzle, throw snowballs etc. PlayBC is an effective yet simple educational tool that allows children learn the ABCs while playing. The alphabet is presented in both uppercase and lowercase to help kids better recognize the letters. Two "test yourself" options and a kids-friendly interface make PlayBC an app that children can use even without their parents’ supervision. It is truly educational, easy to use, fun and good for road trips. PlayBC is a universal app available on both iPad and iPhone.
$0.99/£0.69/download

Arcane Shores

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Anansi Mobile is proud to release Arcane Shores to the App Store for Apple iTouch, iPhone, and iPad devices. The development team has worked tirelessly to create a game filled with magic and whimsy, while providing quality gameplay and variety.

Unlike other social games currently out on the market, Arcane Shores focuses on its Synthesis gameplay mechanic. This system allows players to combine up to two to four different items in order to discover new and higher-grade items. These items form the basis for creating certain types of buildings, decorations, and building upgrades. The Synthesis mechanic adds a new element of gameplay to the common social games formula.

In addition to Synthesizing, players have free reign over where they wish to place their buildings and decorations. Players will be scored by the game based on how well they are able to design their island. The game will track the player’s progress and compare it to players worldwide with updated rankings. Player’s can also interact with others by trading and gifting items to each other and visiting other islands. Doing so will reward players with valuable resources that are difficult to obtain elsewhere.
Free/download

runandgo Altimeter

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Atom Studios is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of runandgo Altimeter 1.0 for iOS, the perfect companion for hiking, routing, biking, climbing or just walking. Based on their previous experience making sports apps (like Bike CycloComputer HUD, featured by Apple as ‘New and Noteworthy’), Atom Studios have developed one of the best altimeters on the AppStore.

runandgo Altimeter measures height using GPS and compass sensors on the iPhone giving you an awesome and perfect precision. It also features terrain maps, road maps, satellite and hybrid views and full screen map browse. It also gives you the weather forecast, including wind speed, wind direction and temperature. The app is optimized for a perfect battery comsumption making a smart use of the GPS and also supports multitasking options. runandgo Altimeter offers many unique features:

* High precision altitude measurement
* Terrain maps (with height marks), road, satellite and hybrid
* Full screen map browse
* Map autozoom or manual navigation
* Feet and meters measuremente
* Latitude and longitude
* Elapsed time
* Wind Speed (miles or kilometers)
* GPS signal quality
* Graphic Compass
* Compass indication in degrees
* Total distance
* Weather Forecast
* Temperature indication (C o F)
$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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