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500,000 Apps Now Available in App Store

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In a press release today that was mostly about the App Store for the Macintosh, Apple also gave salient figures for iOS: over 500,000 apps avialble, over 18 billion total downloads, and over 1 billion apps being downloaded per month. Of course, with all those apps it's a challenge to find the ones that meet your needs. Check out the iPhone Apps Starter Kit, which gives you a good basic selection of apps to check out.



The Votes Have Been Tallied: Apple's Rewind List 2011

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The Following Apps were voted Apps of the Year 2011 in the Apple Rewind List.  This is a list Apple puts together this time each year.

The iPad App of the Year for 2011 is Snapseed.  This is a great photo editing application.   The iPhone App of the year was a photography app as well called Instagram.  It allows users to share photos with others also.  The users may then vote and comment on each users photos.  Both apps come from the photography category section. 



Hot Culture Review

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The Hot culture app is the app arm of the culture.pl website which offers the latest in news and information concerning the Polish culture and events.  This app is beautifully designed and has an impressive amount of information which is updated every day.  Whether you’re looking for information about the latest polish singer or just an update on what is going on in the news, this app has everything you could ever want to know about the Polish culture.



It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year—For Shopping Apps!

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It’s the holidays, people.

I’ve got my credit card out and I’m ready to hit the shopping mall, baby! Let’s do this!

Not.

Really.

More like, I’ve got a thermos full of “special” hot chocolate in my coat pocket and an intense hatred for parking garages, filthy men’s rooms, and interminably long lines.

Oh, and bleeding money for a month solid? I’m not a fan.

Holiday shopping makes weep like Frosty the Snowman on a sunny day, but I managed to find a few apps that make it a little less painful, and I thought I’d share them with you today—just in time for you to hit the mall.



EA Shift 2 Unleashed FREE TODAY!

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Man the Apps store is like going down the rabbit hole. Every time I open iTunes or go there on the iPad/Pod, I end up downloading 3 or 4 apps and ebooks I didn't know I needed (most freebies). It can trigger more impulse-shopping than a trip to Staples or Home Depot. Anyway, today EA has SHIFT 2 Unleashed up there for free, and I found that out using another freebie app called AppsCube Explorer (3-D app explorer which is cool all by itself), which I'll swing back and post up more info on in my next "What I Played" edition.



White Christmas App Review

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Since the holidays are coming; it only makes sense to produce an app that will adhere to the jolly season.  Everlasting memories naturally occur during Christmas time and are usually enhanced by unique and beloved photos.  This is why White Christmas was created!  This is where you can take as many pictures as you want with some highlighted seasonal features that can make them more than just memorable.  In fact, it’s a great way to take a simple family photo and add some Christmas cheer to it! 



FlamingIgloo iPhone App Review

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The Flaming Igloo game is a fairly enjoyable yet challenging game.  The basic premise is you have to put out fires on your igloo by throwing snow balls at it.  If the fire goes on to long you’ll have to throw a large piece of ice at the igloo to fix it.  The makers of this game did a good job with the physics of the game making it challenging to throw the ice or snow at the right spot on the igloo.  There are many levels which get more challenging as you go and add in additional options. 



Kogeto Dot captures the big picture

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Kogeto: The name is inspired by, and reminiscent of Cogito Ergo Sum, Latin for "I think, therefore I am."  But the phrase that comes to mind when I tried Kogeto's DOT camera gizmo is "A picture is worth a thousand words."  Indeed, the Kogeto is worth more, because it lets you create panoramic views that are really interactive videos.  You can swipe your finger to pan in any direction and see the view as if a videocamera was pointed in that direction, at that time.  This is accomplished through a special lens attachment that snaps right on to your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.



NewsQuakes - Get the latest earthquake news in your neighborhood or around the world

I love living in California, but I am always waiting for the next 'big one'.

The app, NewsQuakes, will not predict this, but it will show you the latest quakes in your area. You can see earthquakes that have happened in past day, hour or week. You can see these listed in detail or by push pins on a map. It also includes volcano alerts from around the world.

It has a wealth of interesting video and audio clips from USGS, along with a calendar of upcoming lectures on related subjects in California.

The interface of this app is very smooth and appealing. It works on both the iPhone and the iPad. The iPad app is a full screen version.

For just 99 cents, it is definitely worth adding to your collection.



Fishlabs and Volkswagon release FREE Sports Car Challenge!

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More free stuff to report hitting the app store. This time the developers of the awesome Galaxy on Fire 3D space shooter team up with team Volkswagon to bring you an awesome single player driving experience. Get behind the wheel of 6 of the finest automobiles in the world in Sports Car Challenge. Read on for full PR info below or grab it at the provided iTunes link.



Best iPhone Apps, iPad Apps, iPod Touch Apps | iPhone Life Magazine

We review the Best iPhone Apps, iPad Apps, and iPod Touch Apps.  Whether you want to play a game (like Chillingham Manor), navigate with GPS, or discover new apps, you can easily get lost.  There are so many on the market and the number is increasing on a daily basis.  So where to begin?  The following examples are just a few of what is out there.

The Head Finder is one of the iPhone apps around. It is a task management or schedule management that helps you organize all the different things you have to do.  It has a very simple user interface and it seems they designed all the most common functions to be done with as little tapping and typing as possible which is a real time saver.  Several time management apps, in the past, have seemed to waste more time entering events and tasks into the app than you might save by being more organized.  With Head Finder you can have a new task entered in less than thirty seconds with their quick three tap process to create a reminder.

Another one of the best Iphone apps we've seen is The JumiCam. This app allows you to view streaming video from any web cam you want with ease.  It's easy to set up the software on your PC and then connect your phone to see what's going on at your house.  The JumiCam also works very well on either a 3G connection or WiFi. This app allows you to connect to as many different web cams as you want so you can monitor your entire house while you're away if you want.  It can really take the place of an entire security service if you wanted it to.  There are many ways to use this, from keeping an eye on a babysitter while you're out on a date to making sure your pet is safe at home while you're at work.

As the name describes, U.S. Traveller is made for travelers that call the United States their home and travel to countries outside their own. In opening the iPhone app, on the "Countries" tab, you are presented with a list of countries & their correlating flags. The added flags next to the country names are a nice touch, especially since most people can quickly find a country based on visual representation versus textual representation. You can travel from the U.S. to numerous countries - Chile, Argentina, Germany & Italy to name a few. This may not adequately prepare you for the countries you visit, but this will for sure help you. The amount of information and the ease of access it gives to people is incredibly invaluable.