Wow, is it July already? Fancy that. In just a couple of days (literally!) we’ll be celebrating July 4th…not that the App Store hasn’t already released a slew of sales in the name of Independence Day.

Here, though, we’re concerned with new releases from the past week. Without further ado, I present…our weekly Friday Five! Hope you find them interesting!

Diptic
Diptic is a simple little photo app that lets you combine two or three images, creating a diptych or triptych, respectively. It also includes brightness, saturation, and contrast tweaks, as well as custom border controls and five different layouts. The function is simple, but then, sometimes simple is what you need. Diptych and triptych creation is a rather popular means of making photos more “meaningful,” especially among teens, so I expect that Diptic will see some use.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-23 :: Category: Photography

Cineast
Cineast is a “movie companion app” that allows you to search for movies or people, watch trailers, find release date or cast info, and more. You can also mark movies and people as “Favorites,” to easily return to them later. It relies on the website themoviedb.org. Cineast is a universal app, so iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users alike can get in on the movie-info action.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-29 :: Category: Reference

The Twilight Saga – Memory Quest
Love it or hate it, the Twilight series is a hit. (Just look at the performance of Eclipse, which released this weekend.) The Twilight Saga – Memory Quest is a tile-flipping memory-match game featuring the stars of the series. You can play as Bella, Edward, or Jacob. Presumably this game is relying heavily on rabid fans…still, it looks like a decent tile-matching game.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-24 :: Category: Games

The Elements for iPhone 4
The Elements was one of the highlight apps for the iPad at launch, and now it’s got an iPhone incarnation..though only for the iPhone 4. Phooey. Still, if you’re the lucky owner of a brand-new iPhone, you can take advantage of The Elements and its highly visual, comprehensive periodic table. You can examine each pictorial representation of each element, and extensive information is pulled from Wolfram Alpha’s database.

$13.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-23 :: Category: Books

Tap Tap Revolution HD
…and this has nothing to do with Tapulous, or the other Tap Tap Revolution games, or even music games in general. Tap Tap Revolution HD is a rather amateurish-looking app for the iPad which features a large, red button. And guess what? The “game” is all about how quickly you can tap that button. Kudos to them for grabbing the Tap Tap Revolution HD moniker, though…looks like Tapulous missed the boat – for now.

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-06-29 :: Category: Entertainment

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