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First published in 1940 by Dorothy Kunhardt the touch-and-feel board book, Pat the Bunny is a nursery library staple. On April first Random House, publishers of the Pat the Bunny book app, are releasing an update to the beloved classic. It will be free for those who own the app, and a seasonal incentive for parents to get the award-winner for their kids as their parents may have shared the classic print version with them.

Aimed at toddlers through pre-schoolers the universal digibook already features 14 interactive pages with tons to touch and swipe as little ones play hide and seek with the bunny. There is a fun paint mode, and on devices with front facing cameras kids can see their own reflection, like in a book with a tinfoil mirror. The app has everything except the soft patches of fur.

Soon kids will see an Easter themed design and be able to join an Easter egg hunt. Once located, the eggs will yield surprises that should delight the youngest iOS users. The update will be available for a limited time only, so if there is a household with cute and chubby fingers that is without a copy this would be a good time to get it, and if it’s already a favorite don’t forget to watch for the update on the App Store to enjoy the holiday treat.

$3.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-04-13 :: Category: Books

News Corp.’s digital newpaper The Daily began life as a newspaper for tablets, hoping to get users to spend money on a daily digital publication. They’re continuing to try and make it work, but it appears that a new strategy is forming as time goes on.

The Daily has been increasingly partnering with various brands to publish apps that focus on a sole subject or piece of content that can also act as sponsorship opportunities. The recent Angry Birds Space guide is part of this push, but are not the first separate apps The Daily has done. They’ve also created special apps for the start of the NFL season, a guide to college football bowl games, and a holiday gadget guide.

The purposes of these apps are not just to generate revenue by working with corporate sponsors, but to also serve as ways to generate subscriptions for the main Daily publication, as these free apps help get the name of The Daily and its content out there to potential readers.

As well, the launch of the Angry Birds Space guide for iPhone may be a harbinger of the publication coming to the smaller screens at some point, which could help The Daily reach the lofty subscription goals that were laid out for it, as only a few months ago they were well below a level that would make the publication profitable.

HipGeo Review

HipGeo Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Travel blogging functionality that's simple to use and effective.

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The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
An essential companion for any Mass Effect fan.

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USA TODAY for iPhone Review

USA TODAY for iPhone Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Featuring award-winning writers, up-to-date news and some of the best photography around, the USA TODAY for iPhone app offers something for all.

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Pulse Goes Local With New Update

Pulse is about to pick up on what’s important locally for users, not just nationally. The new Local category in Pulse adds special local categories for users based on their current location. This includes sports categories provided by SB Nation, Bleacher Report, and CBS Sports, to help read up on local teams. Publications that track food reviews are also available, to find the newest delicious eats in the area. As well, deals from LivingSocial and Groupon are collected and available in the app. This is along with special categories for local publications that can provide relevant news and happenings in the local area, such as Gothamist for New York, and The Bold Italic for San Francisco users.

These categories appear identically to national sources in Pulse, and articles can be read and shared from them just as national publications, making for a seamless fit into the app. The free update is available now for both the iPad and iPhone/iPod versions of the app.

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-05-12 :: Category: News

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-07-01 :: Category: News

News sources are in abundance in this modern era, but none can beat the accuracy or the in-depth coverage that the award winning Associated Press can provide.

That accuracy and impressive content can be checked on the move courtesy of the redesigned AP Mobile app that features all the big stories as well as local coverage from over 1,000 different sources. It’s even an Universal app now for extra convenience.

Like all the best news apps, it’s possible to personalize the app to the user’s interests. It’s also just as easy to check video and photo content as it is written news.

For those with limited time, the “Big Stories” section covers major stories, told through many different forms of media. The US election and the Olympic Games are both set to be covered in this section in the future, along with any other major breaking news.

The Local News section means that users can check out the stories from local sources, all through simply entering a city or Zip Code.

AP Mobile is out now for free and it’s an Universal app.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: News

StreamGlider+ Review

StreamGlider+ Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
StreamGlider+ is a news reader with tons of interface options that don't quite make up for a lack of features.

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CrowdCloud Review

CrowdCloud Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Crowd sourcing local knowledge and general events, all via an easy to use social networking tool.

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One of the downsides of a landscape dominated by social media is the fact that the noise level is often through the roof. Thousands of links can fly through your feed in minutes, and it’s tough to know what’s important and what’s just fluff one of your friends posted up when drunk. For those of us who don’t have time for the clutter News.me is here to do the heavy lifting for us.

The app scans your Facebook and Twitter feeds and grabs links to articles that seem to be really resonating with your personal community. If you tend to associate with a more gamer-specific crowd then you’ll see a lot of stories revolving around video games; if you lean toward sports then scores and highlights from yesterday’s games will appear onscreen. News.me strives to deliver all the content you care about and nothing you don’t.

The app also supports offline reading so you don’t have to worry about having a signal, as well as displaying what friends are saying about each story on the feed so you can have your finger on the pulse of the conversation. With so much information out there we have to be smart with how we consume it, and News.me seems poised to be one of the best tools out there for doing just that.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: News

Chillingo released two new games this week. Well, maybe new isn’t the right term, one is a sequel to an iconic tower defense game and the other is a flash-favorite quirky platofrmer ported to iOS. Both are poised to be huge hits.

iBomber Defense Pacific

iBomber Defense Pacific is the sequel to Chilingo’s tower defense classic. Developed by Cobra Mobile the game brings new elements of TD to the Pacific ocean this time. The game has deeper strategic elements without giving up the classic gameplay, and the graphics and sound have had a serious makeover. The game is selling for $2.99 for a universal build and there is a free lite version to try before buying. For fans of the genre, this one is going to be a must have.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Games

Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants was co-developed by BorneGames and Over the Top Games is the first mobile iteration of the enormously popular Flash game. This is one of the most unique looking platformers with a hand drawn doodle feel and levels that surprise at every turn. Included in the iOS version are new weapons and plenty of new tricks to help Fancy Pants an save sister Cutie Pants from the “worst pirates ever.” The game is universal and selling for $.99


$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Games

Following a year long approval battle with Apple over it’s subscription service, Readbility made its App Store debut today. The web-based service that provides users with a stripped-down, clean view of any web article and allows saving for offline reading has been around for several years and is integrated into many apps, but a native iOS version was hard-won.

If you’re familiar with iOS 5’s reader option, now built into Safari, or if one has used apps like Instatpaper and Read It Later, there’s really nothing you haven’t seen before. The app is not as feature-rich as some alternatives, but it’s free, pretty, and handy. The app allows for URL input and minimal web searching, but using any of the browser plug-ins on a computer helps fill the reading list best.

Readibility states on their blog today, “We wanted to create something that makes it as easy as possible to queue up and take web articles anywhere you go on your iPhone or iPad. Our guiding principle was simple: get out of the reader’s way.”

Readability for iOS was born of a collaboration between the Readability team and Teehan+Lax. The typography, from Hoefler & Frere-Jones, looks sharp.

We’ll have a complete review for you soon, but in the mean time if you try it out, please let us know what you think in the comments.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: News

Fotopedia’s mission has always been to create a photographer and user-friendly Wikipedia for photography. Their iOS apps take a category and compile the best shots in a wonderful package. Their latest offering, Women of the World, a collection by Olivier Mantel, is free and “A tribute to the diversity, beauty and strength of women around the world.”

A joint project with the World Bank, the photos celebrate the indomitable strength of women all over our planet with hundreds of extraordinary images and a small selection of photo-stories that showcase women in traditional and decidedly modern roles. From a mosque in Senegal to a road works project in Vietnam and even on to Wall Street, the collection spans 35 years of women at home, at work, and on the go in moments of joy, contemplation, toil, and sorrow, but often doing everyday things in everyday settings, too.

The stories are updated: at present they focus on the “Women of Africa,” “Eternal Mothers,” and just added, “Forever Yours” – a look at marriage.

Like all Fotopedia apps, the interface is simple to use and the images sharp and striking. There are also lots of sharing options built in to help bring attention to, as World Bank president Robert B. Zoelick so aptly puts it in the app’s forward, “women [who] make up 50% of the global population, 40% of the global workforce, yet … own only 1% of the world’s wealth.”

Download this visual treasure trove and celebrate the world’s mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends, colleagues and inspirations.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-08 :: Category: Travel

California’s famed J. Paul Getty Museum houses one of the great collections of Greco-Roman and Etruscan art in its Palisades’ Villa and a vast array of objects d’art from the middle ages to the present day at the Getty Center in Brentwood.

Created in conjunction with their new exhibition The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display, which opened last week at the Getty Center, the companion Life of Art app offers users an in-depth look at curator’s criteria using four gorgeous examples: a lidded bowl, a silver fountain, a side chair, and a wall light.

The introduction explains the instalment and app’s intention. “From the time an object is made until the day it enters a museum’s collection, a work of art may be displayed, used, and perceived in different ways.” The app uses the included samples to illustrate the point.

Tapping on any of the four decadently beautiful examples gives users detailed information on on the object’s journey by discussing the style, use, history and detailing. The objects are presented in a rich 360 degree view and a tap on a specific area prompts the app to show that area up close with detailed information, factoids, additional images, even flaws.

For the would-be curator, museum lover, or as a companion to an actual visit, The Getty’s new app offers a beautiful interactive selection of The Life of Art exhibition.

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-07 :: Category: Education

February is Black History Month in the US. It’s a time to reflect on the past of a people who have journeyed from slavery to the Oval Office and look at the heroes, sung and unsung, who made the transformative journey possible. It is also a time to look forward, for people of all races and ideologies, and to continue the quest for true racial equality in America. Apps are great educational tools so we’ve collected our favorite four that look backwards and forwards at this epic struggle to show by word and deed that all men – and women – are indeed created equal. If we missed an essential please let us know in the comments.

Then and Now Series: Black History

A look at the lives of 100 historically important Black people in a simple easy-to-use app, Then and Now Series: Black History focuses on the people behind the struggles and successes. Seek out more information on the names you’d expect to find or browse to discover lesser known, but equally important, figures from Black History. The app also allows users to print or share their discoveries with anyone who also wants to learn more.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-08-11 :: Category: Education

Black History In An Hour

While Black History In An Hour is long overdue for an update it still allows those who want to learn more without investing too much time to get the most important facts on the most salient topics. This app goes beyond the US to the rest of the West and into Africa, but it focuses mostly on key events in the history of African Americans particularly during slavery. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive eBook, just a starting point for discussion or further study.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-08 :: Category: Education

Black History Facts

Another basic guide, Black History Facts does not focus on the struggle for racial equality in the US alone, but rather explores Black History from around the world. The app offers over 530 snippets of information including 15 that were added as recently as january of this year. The app’s stated purpose is to foster deeper inquiry and provoke discussion.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-15 :: Category: Entertainment

The Root for iPad

Brought to iPad by The Washington Post and The Root, The Root for iPad looks not at black history as recorded in the annals, but black history in the making. This app aggregates relevant web news as well as curated commentary from highly respected African American writers. The app tackles the current implications of race in American society and myriad related issues. It even has podcasts on hot topics. The newest of the apps on this list, it’s optimized for iOS 5 and incorporates a host of sharing features to spread the best stories around the web via social media to open debate… and minds.

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-18 :: Category: News

A new challenger has entered the news aggregation realm, as Streamglider+ has officially launched and is taking aim at the likes of Flipboard. The app seeks to aggregate everything that’s important to you, allowing you to mix in RSS feeds, YouTube channels, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more into one centralized app.

Streamglider+ boasts three different modes; lean-forward scrolls news and headlines across the screen, lean-back presents photos or news stories in a slideshow format and magazine mode presents fully stories just as they’d be found in a periodical, with no need to jump in and out of a browser. It’s all very slick, and the pro version is currently free so there’s really no reason not to check it out.

Of course the big question is can Streamglider+ dethrone the likes of Flipboard? It’s a very cool app, but when you come late to the game into a space dominated by a rival what are your odds of success? We’ll be interested to see how this slugfest plays out over the coming months.

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-10 :: Category: News

It may seem anathema in the early 21st century, but some people still prefer their news in-depth, thorough and well-written. But in a twitterpated sound-bite culture it’s difficult to find comprehensive news reporting much less an app that serves it without paying for multiple subscriptions.

A new iPad app on the news aggregator scene, Longform, is changing that, and doing so in a way that still feels very iOS.

Longform curates articles from numerous major publications including The NewYorker, National Geographic, BusinessWeek, Esquire and about a dozen more. Along with a Longform feed that culls from additional sources, readers select their favorites.

A tap on the periodicals, placed on the left sidebar, brings up headlines and excerpts appear on the right. Readers are then offered a web view or a beautifully Spartan page for easy reading in either orientation.

The app is closely integrated with Readbility for offline reading, but users can choose Instatpaper or ReadItLater in the options menu if they prefer. If one has used any of these services or Safari’s native reader, the look is much the same.

The app allows for multiple scalable fonts, page-formatting options, and favorite articles can be shared via Twitter. Facebook, Tumblr or by email.

I have a wishlist as long as my arm for additional sources, but Longform is a off to a tremendously good start both in terms of style and substance. It has already earned its place amongst my favorite news aggregators on the App Store.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-01 :: Category: News

Ah, Valentine’s day. That wonderful day where those in relationships set huge expectations for perfect romantic escapades that can seldom be met by their partner and singles wish they could share in the homage to Hallmark and Cupid. Finding the right thoughtful token or date locale doesn’t have to be an expensive ordeal, however. As always there are a bevy of holiday-themed apps that claim to help make the day either more special or more commercial depending on your point of view. We have collected our favorite four apps for singles and couples looking to make the most of February 14 without waking up broke on the 15th.

Build-a-Card Cupid Edition
Heartfelt words, to a lover, relative or friend, can make them feel special and cherished. Greeting cards are the most traditional way of sending sentiments, but printed brick-and-mortar shop cards are expensive and seldom say exactly what you want. e-cards are less expensive, but it’s still hard to find the right one and harder still to keep them out of spam filters. Build-a-Card Cupid Edition is packed full of love-themed templates and graphic elements to allow users to customize valentines with their own words and photos. These particularly pretty cards can then then be sent via email, Twitter or Facebook and you can send as many as you like for less than the price of a single dead tree card.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-01-18 :: Category: Entertainment

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-01-19 :: Category: Entertainment

iWrite Love Poems
If sending a card is touching, nothing is more romantic or traditional than sending an original stanza or three of romantic poetry to your beloved. Sadly, however, not all of us are gifted wordsmiths. If you are looking for some help in composing a grand romantic ode or a simple rhyming couplet, iWrite Love Poems, an App Store Valentine staple, can help. It offers eight types of poems from seductive to wistful, general style tips and if the creative juice still won’t flow, the app creates its own loving verses. The GUI would benefit from an iOS 5 makeover, but there is in-app email sharing to pass along the love notes.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-01-22 :: Category: Entertainment

Urban Spoon
A classy dinner date to a hot spot or intimate eatery doesn’t have to break the bank. With Urban Spoon’s apps, not only do dates have endless dining options worldwide, but all you have to do to impress and stay solvent is pick a location, cuisine, and price range. A shake or spin will provide a hip dining spot to enjoy and a way to impress that special someone with your culinary savvy.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category:

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-04-27 :: Category:

OK Cupid
We promised we would’t leave out singles, and we haven’t with card makers and restaurant suggesters, but if you are looking for a hot Valentine’s date, or for that perfect someone, OK Cupid, the app for the well-known dating site, can certainly help. Subscribers can access all the profiles and interact on the fly from the privacy of their palm. Based on the community size there should be someone for almost everyone. And if you still don’t find that perfect someone, at least not in time, there are a ton of valentine updates to popular iPhone games to tide you over until Mr or Ms right finds you.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-11-25 :: Category: Social Networking

57 years after Walt Disney first opened the gates to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, would-be visitors to Sleeping Beauty’s castle no longer have to travel to see the magic. Now there’s an app for that. OK, not really, very little beats the look in a child’s eyes when they first meet Mickey or a favorite princess on Main Street. But for those planning a trip, or those for whom one is still in the amorphous future, the folks at Disney have “Imagineered” an app: Disneyland Explorer for iPad. It takes virtual visitors on a pretty extensive tour of the entire California Disney experience.

Families can use a standard navigation menu, or simply swipe through the two parks – Disneyland and it’s younger sibling Disney California Adventure – to discover not just the rides, but also the restaurants, nightlife, shopping and hotels. There are 100 “touch points” in the app – that is 100 things to find and tap. Many just describe the associated attraction, but others offer photographs, short videos, and a few toggle some interactive treats kids will enjoy including a chance to choreograph a fireworks show or ride up – and then plummeting down – the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

This “happiest app on earth” is free to download and while its primary purpose is to get us calling our travel agents and packing our bags, as souvenir, wish, or a peek at what’s changed in oh, say, 35 years, it’s admirable as a stand-alone product. As always when Imagineers get behind a project, the presentation is slick, seamless, and will leave tourists past and future wanting more.




FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-01 :: Category: Entertainment

Fanhatten already offered TV and Movie fans tons of entertainment by providing ratings, general information and then linking users to popular streaming services from iTunes, Hulu Plus and Netflix to Crackle and PBS.

Now they have updated to incorporate the hottest trend in in online news – discovery. The app is now a one-stop shop for celeb 411, reviews and streaming, but also personalized news feeds and recommendations based on social networks and predictive algorithms.

Fanhatten now boasts over 60 major entertainment publication sources including Billboard, E!, Entertainment Weekly, TMZ, Rolling Stone, and People.

But the new Fan Feed is where to find the action. The app allows users to select favorite shows, actors, even directors and brings up content that is tailored to individual taste. As users spend time with Fanhatten and add more likes, the feed gets progressively “smarter”. If friends use Fanhatten too, the app offers a social component and shared recommendations as well.

Now that the already rich content comes with discovery and social components it should not only please its own existing fans, but create a new market for people who aren’t looking to stream necessarily, but who are looking for what – and whom – to watch no matter how they access the video.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-11-15 :: Category: Entertainment

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-06-01 :: Category: Entertainment

As we mentioned in our favourite four apps for keeping New Year resolutions, weight loss (as well as getting into and staying in good healthy shape) tops most people’s list of desired self-improvements. Few other goals are harder to achieve, however. We don’t have the secret formula, but we do have four iPhone apps that make getting into the right shape a lot easier. Hit the break for our favorite four apps to do just that.


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Ion Audio is getting a ton of press over the new iCades and my personal favorite their Guitar Apprentice, but Guitarlink Air looks pretty cool too. Announced at CES 2012, the system connects a guitar to Mac, PC, iPad or iPhone wirelessly. Guitarlink Air’s uses what it calls “high performance, low-latency technology.” The transmitter, a lightweight clip-on to a guitar strap funnels a 2.4 GHz signal that is amplified by an amp or digital output source without the annoyance or constraints of a cables.

Rockers can also use Guitarlink Air and an iOS device to practice with headphones or in conjunction with apps like AmpliTube and Garageband. and a free amp is included. The package, scheduled for a Q2 release, comes with Guitar Rig LE software that, according to Ion’s press release “shapes guitar sound with emulations of classic amplifiers and effects pedals.” No word yet on price, but its yet another one from Ion Audio for the wish list.

Aggregators are great, but for those who love print news, PressReader has a library of thousands of newspapers from around the world, exactly as they appear in print and in over 50 languages. PressReader has always been feature-rich, including auto-delivery of favorite papers, read-aloud, pinch-to-zoom, lots of sharing options and other features common to reading and news apps. In version 3.0, they have added the feature I have been hoping to see: SmartFlow.

SmartFlow gives readers a more polished and fluid iPad magazine feel. Stories are presented using the full screen to maximum advantage. Readers can now glide through the stories, expanding those of interest without page-hopping, allowing readers to focus on what is of interest and discover stories they may have otherwise skipped. Font size is scalable and changing it neatly realigns columns.

Papers from the vast catalog can be purchased singly or subscriptions open the entire library. For news from around the world and around the corner, PressReader brings print papers to iOS in an inviting fashion, and offers hope that newspapers don’t have to go the way of the Dodo.


FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-10-20 :: Category: News

Remember April Fool’s day 2010? ThinkGeek showcased a retro-fied iPad cabinet, complete with 70’s Mork-suspender’s striping as a gag. Well, the laugh was short-lived, as the product took hold and became a top seller. At CES 2012, as we reported, ION AUDIO, who make the real product, announced a new line-up of iOS gear including a line of streamlined iPad controllers with the same arcade style 8-point joystick and 8 buttons, and for the small iOS screens, a controller-case that most resembles the PSP.

But, as 148apps writer Jenifer Allen pointed out in her coverage of the Gametel Controller: There’s “no use [for add-on controllers] without good software support.”

Like many, I’ve been holding out for one very special arcade classic that screams joystick like no other: NAMCO BANDAI’s PAC-MAN for iPad. Actually I’m lying, I really want Ms PAC-MAN, which if the product shot from ION’s press release is any indication is coming soon, but I’ll more likely consider ponying up for just the little male yellow chomper. And now he and his ghostly nemeses are officially iCade compatible.

In the press release Fred Galpern, Brand Manager, at ION says. “It’s thrilling to add Pac-Man to the list of iCADE compatible games … adding this beloved classic is truly exciting.” Thrilling may be overstatement, but if this signals a general alliance with NAMCO BANDAI, and other old-school gamehouses, the exuberance on ION’s part, and mine, is well founded.


$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Games

Griffin, well known accessory manufacturer, and Crayola, the preeminent name in kid’s crafts, have teamed up before to offer young iPad users some neat stuff. At CES 2012, they are paired up again to showcase cases for iPod touch specifically as well as products for the whole iDevice line.

There are two new Crayola-branded headphones coming for kids: Crayola MyPhones Earbuds come in bright colors with padding for small canals, and MyPhones Headphones sport traditional over-the-head design, come in multicolored options with stickers for customization.

Also in the way of accessories are three new iPod touch cases. Crayola Case Creator sounds like the most fun. Slated to go on sale this spring, at a price of $29.99 the product is part app, part case. The child designs the skin using an app that allows for drawing and other creative tools and then prints out one-of-a-kind art that slides into a Griffin case that affords protection.

Crayola Color Clickers, at $24.99, will offer kids mix-and-match striped pieces, 28 in all, to create a protective and unique look every day. Crayola Crayon Classic Cases make iPods look like very wide flat crayons with the traditional Crayola striping available at the same price.

On the app front, Crayola Lights, Camera, Color HD is already on the app store for $1.99 – it allows kids to take photos and turn them into custom coloring pages, which can then be adorned digitally with crayons, colored pencils, markers, even stickers. Yet to be released, Crayola Sill Face Swaps HD will come with coloring pages, and kids can use existing photos or ones snapped with the iOS device to fill in faces for silly creative fun.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-03 :: Category: Games

Newser Tablet Review

Newser Tablet Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
News aggregation all in one easy to navigate app.

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FOX News Review

FOX News Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A news app that shows other news apps how it should be done.

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CNN App for iPhone Review

CNN App for iPhone Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Watch domestic, international, politics and entertainment headlines and live CNN with a cable subscription.

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OK, so it’s already five days into 2012, and if you are like some of us, it’s very likely you are already off track, or about to get there. But, of course, there are a slew of iPhone apps that can help. Whether you are looking to make a proactive change for the better or eliminate an old habit, now or any time of year, here are our favourite four apps to help.

Commit

Commit is a new app, and we love it. The simple iPhone offering is all about keeping the most important commitments: the ones we make to ourselves. There is little to this great app – upon launch users are greeted by a simple fill-in-the-blank. “I will ___ every day.” Just pick something, jogging, writing, mediation, whatever, and set a reminder time. A push notice will prompt the action, and the app will log streaks. The unobtrusive GUI makes it fun to try again too.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-12-22 :: Category: Productivity

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

If there is one resolution that is repeated annually – almost ritually for every big occasion in fact – by most everyone it is losing weight and to getting into or staying in good, healthy shape. No app makes all that possible, and does it as well, as this one by MyFitnessPal. It’s easy to use, has a vast database of calorie counts and other important nutritional information on food choices, and has 350 exercises for strength and cardio fitness goals. The app is social, feature packed, as has so much important information anyone serious about health should check it out.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-12-07 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach – Dare to Quit Smoking

Ok, so in 2012, are people even allowed to admit they smoke anymore? It may not be on TV and in movies much today, at least not here in North America, since there are laws in place making it costly to show people doing it, but statistics suggest the reality may be better than 20 years ago, but millions worldwide are still hooked on coffin nails. No one really needs to tell a smoker why quitting is a good idea, but cancer avoidance tops most lists. So what better branding, and in this case, a system and an app worthy of it, to help make the very difficult process easier than LIVESTRONG. MyQuit Coach helps identify triggers, set a realistic quitting schedule, has social network support and even game-like achievements to reward progress.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-08 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Ideal Me

Ideal Me is ideally suited to anyone who anyone wanting to stop or start a common or wholly unique habit or goal. The app has some suggestions for a broad range of users from students to travelers, to those facing serious addictions, but encourages us to create our own aspirations as well. After a goal is set, the app allows users to create a step-by-step plan including a time frame, for, say the stages of writing a novel, or adhering to a work out regimen, and positively reinforces reaching benchmarks – their apt term for not just starting a New Year’s resolve, but getting it done too. A free “lite” version is available too.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-08-03 :: Category: Productivity

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-12-22 :: Category: Productivity

This Week at 148Apps, December 26-30

Happy New Year to all of our readers! We had a great end to 2011 across all of the 148Apps sites. At our flagship 148Apps.com site, writers Rob LeFebvre and Carter Dotson posted a series of articles counting down the “Favorite 50″ apps and games of 2011. The lists cover every genre and type imaginable, but if you want to cut to the quick, take a look at the top five apps or the top five games. Whether you agree or disagree with our decisions, we feel sure you’ll discover a few new apps along the way.

Over at GiggleApps, writer Amy Solomon continued her mission to review the best new apps for children by reviewing Kids Food Adventure. Solomon writes, “Kids Food Adventure is a very nice universal app that is geared towards encouraging children to try new foods.

The foods included in the application can be searched by season, as one can look at a calendar where each month of the year has seven foods that are in season, and I like how one can pre-select an area of the world – be it North America or Europe – to make the food selections offered, which are accurate in terms of seasonal availability.”

Read the full review on GiggleApps.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-09-21 :: Category: Education

Finally, on AndroidRundown, Carter Dotson commented on why Android phones currently have OnLive, while iOS users are still out in the cold. Dotson says, “So, here we are, two weeks later, and OnLive is still only on Android. It was announced to be released for iOS along with the Android version, but no real reason has been given as to the delay of the iOS version, beyond that Apple is still examining it for approval.
Without firsthand knowledge of the process, I can only assume that Apple is not likely to approve it because it will not fit their policies. See, OnLive’s client is all cloud-based; even the interface and menus to choose games are streamed from their servers. This also means that buying new games comes from operations occuring on their servers.”

Read Carter Dotson’s full commentary on AndroidRundown.

So here’s to a fantastic 2012 for everyone. We’ll stay with you throughout the year, covering all of the latest iOS news, reviews, sales and more. If you want to stay on top of all the happening, plus get plugged into giveaways, follow us on our Twitter and our Facebook streams. Happy New Year!

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