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Times Square on New Year's Eve -- free app takes you there

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If you have a hankering to be part of the festivities on Times Square during the big New Year's Eve celebration, download the free Times Square Official New Year's Eve Ball App - 2011. According to the press release, features iinclude the live, six-and-a-half-hour, commercial-free mobile stream of New Year's Eve in Times Square powered by Livestream, including a performance just before midnight by multi-platinum pop sensation Taio Cruz, other live musical performances and the ability to participate in the celebration.



A Traditional iPad Christmas

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It’s hard to give these two apps from XIMAD, The Twelve Days of Christmas ($1.99) and Twas The Night Before Christmas ($1.99), too much praise. 



When poodles fly

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This is a great little story for the iPad, I really appreciated the inspiration and the creativity both in the story and the illustration.  Flying Poodles, great idea!



O say can you Say What You See?

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I really wanted to finish this latest game before I wrote my review, but at this pace, it may be next Christmas before that happens.  I pride myself in my movie trivia knowledge, something that can make me both interesting and annoying at parties.  But "Say What You See" has been a challenge!

 



Magic Window - Living Pictures Review

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Time is a very popular category for many iOS applications. Most of these types of apps focus on scheduling time, though a growing number have been designed to view time in an attractive and novel way. One such application adopting this approach is Magic Window - Living Pictures.



The Daily Show App Has Arrived!

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TV news has changed quite a bit in the last number of years. When a comedian takes over Walter Cronkite's "Most Trusted Name In News" title, I can only shake my head and wonder. That being said, I love the Daily Show. So much so, I download it from iTunes to watch it on my iPad, since I don't have cable. I think it is a bargain at $10 for 16 episodes.



*<<<<+ Means Christmas!

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I like LRN the Lingo (.99), I think it does what it says in a straight forward and easy to use way. 



Make music with Magic Fiddle!

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Do you know how to play the fiddle?  Want to learn... on your iPad?  Smule may have outdone themselves this time with the introduction of Magic Fiddle ($2.99) because I think they've really created a new instrument, not just an electronic fiddle.

Though having studied violin for a short period in college, little skill remained, that is until I bought Magic Fiddle on a whim.  I can not put it down and have been practicing constantly, even giving my family a short recital on Thanksgiving day.



Money Scan x2 -- new app uses the camera to help you detect counterfeit money

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Today's batch of press releases brings yet another app for my in-progress article on creative uses of the iPhone camera. Money Scan x2 ($0.99) is an app that helps you detect counterfeit money. What will they think of next? The description says that it works with all currencies. It appears to simply magnify and illuminate the currency, rather than itself detecting counterfeit bills.



Heart Rate - Free -- app uses camera to measure your heart rate

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Heart Rate - Free is a newly released app that actually measures your heart rate using the iPhone 4 camera. (The app only works with iPhone 4.) You simply put your finger over the camera lens, and the app measures the minute changes in skin color caused by the ebb and flow of blood in your finger. They say that the app isn't intended for medical use (standard disclaimer) but that it provides an accurate measure of your pulse. This is one more app for my forthcoming article on the innovative uses of the camera.



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