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Top 3 App Deals of the Week


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!

Watch Your Neck App Helps You Avoid Text Neck


With over 2.19 trillion text messages sent annually, there’s a little known condition that is plaguing smartphone users known as "text neck." The injury involves stiffness in your neck and shoulders and typically is caused by excessive smartphone usage.

A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics found that 53 percent of mobile phone users suffer numbness or neck aches. Another study led by Erik Peper of San Francisco State University showed that 84 percent of subjects reported some hand and neck pain during texting. Moreover subjects also displayed other signs of tension, like holding their breath and increased heart rates.

Interview With the Developers of Slync, the New App That Tracks Shopping Trends


Are you curious about what your trendy neighbors are buying and where they're buying it? I recently interviewed Peter Babiy and Surge Stefoglo, two of the founders of a new app called Slync. The app allows you to discover what others around you are purchasing. Users post a picture, the price, and the location of the item purchased. Whether it's your daily coffee, a new pair of sneakers, or a new iPad, Slync helps you find it near you. 

In this interview we discuss:

iPhone Life Bloggers' Choice Awards: Best Apps of 2013


We know you've come to rely on the bloggers at iPhoneLife.com for helpful reviews of all the best offerings in the App Store. With over 1 million apps for your iPhone and over 475,000 apps for your iPad, deciding which apps to download can be overwhelming. That's why we asked all of our bloggers to vote for their favorite apps released or updated in 2013. Here are their top three in seven categories!

PSOFT MOBILE Releases egobird for iPhone (Free). Offers 33% Off Premium Version.

PSOFT MOBILE Releases egobird for iPhone (Free). Offers 33% Off Premium Version.

Sendai, Japan – PSOFT MOBILE announces the release of “egobird” (free), an innovative Twitter search client for the iPhone making searches fun, easy and efficient. To celebrate the release, the upgrade to the Premium version is available at 33% off its usual price for a limited time.

App Outline
egobird is an innovative Twitter search client making searches fun, easy and efficient. Users simply follow the instructions flow to easily create even complex search queries. Queries can also be registered to be able to look at the results as soon as the app starts.

Top 11 Apps Optimized for A7 and M7


The iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and new iPad Mini are now all packing the famous A7 microprocessor. This magnificent beast of engineering brilliance not only outperforms its predecessors in speed and battery life, it is also the first mobile 64-bit “system-on-a-chip” designed for mobile computing. What this means for fellow Candy Crush addicts (we have a Google Hangout every Sunday night) is the main CPU, graphics, and motion processor all sit together in a small cubical in the principal’s office and work together. Instead of delving deep into technical specifications of version numbers, register counts, cluster configurations and the like, let us assume the A7 is “the complete package,” doing everything a savvy person needs for updating Twitter or Facebook at a red light about the genius in front of you painting their toenails on their dashboard instead of updating Twitter or Facebook.

Try the Proposition App, if You Dare


I like apps that are open ended enough to adapt to the user's personality. Proposition is one such app. If you are a professional, by the book, no nonsense kind of person then Proposition could reflect that. If you are a prankster, happy go-lucky adventurous risk-taking type, then you will find Proposition will match that. It's almost a psychological test of your personality. Basically, Proposition is like Truth or Dare, with emphasis on the Dare part, and leveraging social networking and mobile technology.

Skype Releases New Version with iOS 7 Theme


Skype has now released a new version of their popular calling/videoconferencing/chat app, giving it a new look and feel in keeping with the design of the new iOS 7 software. A post on the Skype blog also outlines new features that enhance accessibility:

Snap Videos, Add Music & Share with SnapVerse


I must admit, when I first learned of SnapVerse (free), based on the name, I was worried that it was another anonymous texting app in the vein of SnapChat, and I had no need for that.

But I was wrong. SnapVerse is more like Vine plus GarageBand, as it lets you take videos up to 20 seconds and mash in your favorite music and sound effects. Videos can be full size or square, as with Vine.

Add Text to Photos for Instagram and Facebook with WordsOn for iOS

Add Text to Photos for Instagram and Facebook with WordsOn for iOS

Bits&Coffee has released WordsOn 1.0, a free, universal iOS app that lets users create beautiful and engaging messages by adding words on photos and then sharing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or via Email.

What makes WordsOn special is the attention to detail, great design, and the fun experience it offers when using it. The application features a great collection of fonts, colors, and background templates that enables users to create stylish designs in a matter of seconds.

The texts are fully customizable with a great selection of fonts, a beautiful color palette, and effects like shadow, stroke, or transparency. The text can be easily placed, scaled, or rotated with simple taps, and the rotation algorithm will snap to 90 degrees increments for convenience.

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