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Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Lenmar's Thunder Boasts a Sound That Will Make The Heavens Shake.

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Lenmar Thunder ($129.99)

4 out of 5 stars

These days much of my entertainment gets broadcast through a Lenmar speaker. While still a relative newcomer to Bluetooth speaker production Lenmar has been quickly gaining recognition for making excellent and affordable Bluetooth speaker options that don't sacrifice sound quality despite their competitive pricing.



Learning and Animating on the iPad with “iPad Animation” and iStopMotion for iPad

Learning and Animating on the iPad with “iPad Animation” and iStopMotion for iPad

Integrate iMovie, GarageBand and djay into your iStopMotion for iPad animation workflow with Craig Lauridsen’s new media-packed iBook, now available on the iBookstore

Puchheim, Germany – December 11, 2013 – Craig Lauridsen’s eBook “iPad Animation” is more than a “how to” book; it’s the most comprehensive guide to making stop motion movies on the iPad available. Featuring Boinx Software’s iStopMotion for iPad, “iPad Animation” teaches hopeful animators how to weave together story, pictures and sound to create amazing stop motion animations right from the iPad. Readers will learn how to use iMovie, GarageBand and djay in conjunction with iStopMotion for iPad. “iPad Animation” is available now through Apple’s iBookstore.


Spread Holiday Cheer With Updated FotoMagico 4.4

Spread Holiday Cheer With Updated FotoMagico 4.4

The most significant update to version 4 yet, Boinx Software gives slideshow program major under-the-hood enhancements; vastly improves end-user experience


Free App from Apple Offers 12 Days of Free Gifts

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Apple has now made available its 2013 12 Days of Gifts app for free download in the App Store. In the past Apple has offered this app in other countries, but for the first time this year it's also available for download in the US. From December 26 to January 6, you'll be able to download a free gift each day: songs, apps, books, movies, and more. Each gift will only be available for 24 hours, so you'll want to check the app every day to see what's available.



Appy Xmas iOS App - Post a Festive Song to Facebook & Twitter Friends

Appy Xmas iOS App - Post a Festive Song to Facebook & Twitter Friends

The new festive app from BoxTree Media Ltd is available only throughout December. Everyone posts pictures and text messages to their Facebook friends, but Appy Xmas lets you post a festive song to both your Facebook and Twitter friends. With Songs for Christmas and, of course, Auld Lang Syne for New Year, it's a really unique way to send a special wish through your favourite social media sites. Available for download in December, get your copy of Appy Xmas from the App Store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appy-xmas/id744291082

Danny Rhodes, Creative Director for BoxTree Media, has been a singer by trade, for the last few years and has sung internationally. He said "We wanted to use my singing background to make the app really unique".


Whimmy - The music app with your emotions in focus

Whimmy - The music app with your emotions in focus

EFDapps has announced the app Whimmy for iPhone. This is the app that links music with emotion. It lets the user categorize Spotify and iTunes music by adding songs to emotions.
The heart of the app is the four emotions; Happy, Sad, Angry and Love. The user taps the emotion that fits her current state of mind and just the right music starts to play.


Rube Goldberg App Is an Elegantly Complex Invention!

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I've been a fan of Rube Goldberg's drawings of overly complicated inventions since I first saw one. Now, through the magic of the iPad and Rube Works ($2.99), you can recreate some of his inventions, using an elegant, sophisticated interface.

If you're not familiar with Rube Goldberg, you owe it to yourself to do a Google search. Basically, he takes simple tasks, like an alarm to wake you up, and combines a plethora of obscure devices and even animals to accomplish the task! Rube Goldberg machines are far more complex than they need to be, and that's the point.



Skilled Artist Plus Procreate iPad App Equal Best Portrait Ever

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How does a picture of actor Morgan Freeman wind up featured here on iPhone Life? Well, while he is undoubtedly a respected and immensely gifted performer, the reason you see his face here is because this image was created with only fingertips, talent, an iPad, and an amazing app called Procreate ($5.99). It really is a painting, though the detail rendered is mind-blowing, even when you zoom in on it. As an artist in my own right I can honestly say I've never seen such an amazing portrait, much less one created on an iPad.



Hollywood-like sounds for iPhone videos: Giggler closes App Store gap

Hollywood-like sounds for iPhone videos: Giggler closes App Store gap

Hollywood-like sounds for iPhone videos:
Giggler closes App Store gap

Apple´s App Store offers a wide range of photo and video apps. But anyone who has ever tried to score with the perfect video has so far not been able to do more than to apply a mere filter function. While that is of course an optical improvement to the video, it is actually the sound that defines the atmosphere of a movie. With Giggler, a new app has now been included in the App Store. Invented by the music professionals of Donnerblech GmbH, it is the first video sound app of its kind.

Cologne, November 2013. We all know and love them – those typical sounds in TV sitcom classics: hearty laughter, compassionate “ohhs” and thunderous applause. They are just as much a part of it as the firework of gags.


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