The biggest news this week comes in the form of a statistic: 10 million. That's the number of downloads Angry Birds Rio received only 10 days after its inception in App Stores across the world. "Likely the majority of these are free installs from the new Amazon Android App Store" writes 148Apps Founder Jeff Scott, "but that’s still an impressive feat."
The day before Rovio Mobile made the announcement, 148Apps own Derek Walter awarded the application 4 stars, noting "If you are eager to take on new challenges with your favorite birds, then dropping $0.99 on Angry Birds Rio is a no-brainer." Read the full review here.
In other news, we'd like to raise awareness on SEGA's efforts to help raise funds for the tsunami and 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest recorded in history, that hit Japan earlier last month. Jennifer Allen reports: "SEGA announced just how much was raised [for its disaster relief efforts]: an impressive total of over $250,000, all of which will be donated directly to the Red Cross in order to help the Japanese people." If you weren't able to donate, you still have time and a wide variety of options, including purchasing eBay merchandise or giving directly to the Red Cross. Here's all the details.
Favourite Four took a turn to "our inner calm, and our outer flexibility" with our four favorite yoga applications currently available to download on the App Store. Chantelle Joy Duxbury personally tested out the applications, concluding that Authentic Yoga, All-in YOGA, YOGAmazing and Pure Yoga deserve a spot on your iOS devices.
You might have noticed that 148Apps changed its appearance on a certain day near the end of this week. "In what must have been the least convincing April Fool’s joke ever" writes Jeff Scott, "we switched our site to 148Farts for a few hours early today. If you missed it, screenshots are below." We announced that the site was changing direction to 148Farts, a site exclusive to fart applications and news. For our own personal amusement, as "an archive to our whimsy," we recorded the highlights which you can see here.
As always, a new episode of The Portable Podcast is available to download. Host Carter Dotson and Co-Host Dan Morgan of The APPera discuss Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP. 148Apps awarded the application 4.5 stars overall, 5 stars for its graphics and sound. "The experience is just so overwhelmingly great, that it is absolutely worth playing, worth seeing and experiencing for yourself" writes Carter Dotson in his review.
That's it for this week! Be sure to check out the Gear Store, where you can buy the latest (and most useful) accessories for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, right from your favourite app review site.