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Penny Time Updates, Compete for a Penny Skateboard

Posted by Kevin Stout on May 30th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WORTH EVERY PENNY :: Read Review »

Penny Time, the side-scrolling action game by Penny Skateboards Austrailia, has just updated with its first free content update. The new update has added a new mode, accessories, and a new character.

While a new character and accessories need no explanation, the new mode added to the game is a competition mode. In Competition Play, players compete head-to-head with other players from around the world. Winners in the competition will receive one of 15 original 22" skateboards from Penny. The competition ends in a little over a week. Check out the leaderboards here.

Penny Time is a skateboarding game from the Austrailian skateboard manufacturer, Penny. The game is a side-scroller where the player rides a Penny skateboard in search of points and multipliers while doing tricks. And to add the the fun, the skateboard has the ability to freeze time! More, free downloadable content is planned including even more characters, accessories and mode.

Last Chance To Win in Contest for Chillingo's Superman

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 4th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: SUPERPOWERS :: Read Review »

Chillingo, popular iOS game publisher, and Comic Vine have created a special contest to celebrate an upcoming update to their popular Superman game.

The winner of the contest will receive a commissioned Superman drawing from comic book artist, Frank Quitely. The winner will also received a copy of the Superman game for iOS and Chillingo stuff (stickers and that sort of thing). There will also be a second place winner and ten third place winners. Second place receives 20 random Superman comics, Superman for iOS, and Chillingo stuff. And the third place winners will all receive a copy of Superman for iOS.

To enter, go to Comic Vine and reply in the comments with a short paragraph about a villain and scenario that should be in a Superman game. The contest is only available to contestants living in the U.S. and are over 18.

Details on the update haven’t been released but the update will be available at the close of the contest tonight, 12 am PDT, April 5th.

iPhone Silent Film Festival Launched By MacPhun And Silent Film Director

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 20th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

I had a lot of fun with Silent Film Director last year, upon its initial release. Since then, we've seen the movie world lit up by the huge success of silent film The Artist, ably demonstrating how there's still plenty of love for films without any spoken dialogue.

Creative types inspired by The Artist now have the perfect opportunity to demonstrate what wonders they can create with Silent Film Director, thanks to the launch of the iPhone Silent Film Festival.

Shoot a video through the app, submit it to the contest and possibly win an iPad or one of numerous other prizes. It's as simple as that. For further inspiration, check out Silent Film Director's YouTube channel, offering plenty of examples and contributions. Below is one of our favorites.

Participants have until May 28 to get their entries in. Full details regarding the Contest are available on developers MacPhun's site. Good luck!

Apple Starts the Countdown to 25 Billion Apps

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on February 17th, 2012

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[/caption]Today is a momentous day, as Apple is counting down to the 25 billionth app downloaded from the App Store. Take a moment to wrap your head around this, that's roughly 3.5 apps for every single person on the planet Earth. You can check out Apple's countdown clock and watch it tick towards the magic number: how else are you going to spend a Friday afternoon? Working? Pah, that's for chumps.

Also, Apple is goosing things along by promising that whoever nabs the 25 billionth app will win a $10,000 App Store gift card. While that won't buy you every single app ever released it will go a very long way to ensuring you have the most robust collection of games, tools and utilities this side of Cupertino. You better act fast though, because that ticker is moving awfully quick and we fully expect the winning app to be downloaded within the next few hours.

So let us just say congrats to Apple on this momentous occasion. Now if only they would give us a dollar for every app downloaded.

Canadian Air Miles App Gets Redesigned and Relaunched

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on February 16th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Air Miles, the premiere rewards program for Canadian frequent fliers, has announced a revamped and relaunched version of their app. The new and improved app will offer users easy access to their account balances, as well as improved browsing of the rewards catalog and tons of opportunities to take advantage of in-store bonuses at sponsor locations. A new map feature even allows users to quickly spy all nearby sponsor locations and get vital info such as phone numbers or directions.

Perhaps the biggest new addition is the Air Miles Check-in Challenge, which is scheduled to run until April 30th. The contest will pit Collectors against one another to see who can manage the most check-ins during a given month. The top 50 power users will receive double rewards points for the month, allowing them to save up for that nifty prize they've had their eye on that much faster. Everyone loves a rewards program, but they love it even more when there's a shot at double points. The update is available right now so stop wasting time if you're in Canada, and go earn double points!

Start 2012 Off Right With 148Apps and iPhone Life Magazine

Posted by Chris Kirby on January 12th, 2012

Did you get that long-coveted new iPhone 4s or iPad 2 for Christmas? Not sure what your new miraculous devices can do to improve your life? Or, maybe you've had an iOS device for quite a while and want a fresh perspective on its capabilities and the latest apps available for it. In either case, 148Apps and iPhone Life Magazine want to give you a chance to start 2012 off right by winning one of five magazine subscriptions to iPhone Life.

What do you have to do to enter? It's simple! Just visit the following site: http://www.iphonelife.com/contest As a bonus, you'll receive a free browser issue of iPhone Life.

That's it! The contest will run until January 25th, and Winners will join iPhone Life's over 500,000 readers in learning the latest news about iOS devices and apps. Learn more about the magazine by Liking them on Facebook, following them on Twitter, subscribing to their YouTube channel or visiting their web site at http://iphonelife.com/. Good luck!

This Week at 148Apps, November 14-18

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 20th, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

This week at 148Apps.com, site founder Jeff Scott welcomed the Kindle Fire into the tablet fold with an overview of his impressions of the device. Scott says, "...while the Kindle Fire is around 40 percent the cost of a base level iPad, it’s capabilities are even less. It just so happens that those capabilities match up well with what a typical consumer uses a tablet device for. Because of that, the Kindle Fire will be a strong competitive device to the iPad. When it comes down to it, it’s the cost that matters to a very large portion of the buying public, not the capabilities."

Read the full review on 148Apps.com.

Meanwhile, our sister site, GiggleApps, took a closer look at a new educational app for children, iLuv Drawing Animals. Reviewer Amy Solomon writes, "iLuv Drawing Animals is a nice choice for kids who are interested in learning the very basics of drawing cartoony animals that are cute and relatively easy to draw. I like how these illustrations are broken down into smaller shapes that kids will easily understand and have had experience with, and the narration is pleasant and easy to follow."

Read the full review on GiggleApps.

Finally, on AndroidRundown, Carter Dotson announced the public availability of Google Music, an interesting development for all music lovers, no matter the device. Dotson writes, "Most importantly, this means that Google is now in the business of one of the big pillars of media, and it addresses a gaping hole in the Android Market. With videos and books already addressed, now the store is complete with music to go along with apps. Google is directly putting themselves in competition with iTunes, and they are making their operating system much closer in terms of features to iOS devices. This was a necessary move for Google."

Read more of Dotson's commentary on AndroidRundown.

As we head into the week of Thanksgiving here in the US, remember that you can still enter to win an iPhone 4S, courtesy of 148Apps and Gameloft. To enter, just become a 148Apps and Gameloft Facebook fan – www.facebook.com/gameloft and www.facebook.com/148apps.

Or you can follow both of us on Twitter as well at www.twitter.com/148apps and www.twitter.com/gameloft. Then, write the following public tweet: “Upgrade to a 4S yet? Follow @Gameloft & @148Apps & RT for a chance to win an iPhone 4S! Gameloft gaming on the 4S: http://glft.co/uIR3Y1″

See you next week, true believers! Start thawing that turkey!

This Week at 148Apps, November 7-11

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 14th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

We're heading towards the holidays, and this week at 148Apps.com we premiered a new Gameloft contest for the ultimate holiday gift - a brand spankin' new iPhone 4S. To enter, just become a 148Apps and Gameloft Facebook fan – www.facebook.com/gameloft and www.facebook.com/148apps.

Or you can follow both of us on Twitter as well at www.twitter.com/148apps and www.twitter.com/gameloft. Then, write the following public tweet: “Upgrade to a 4S yet? Follow @Gameloft & @148Apps & RT for a chance to win an iPhone 4S! Gameloft gaming on the 4S: http://glft.co/uIR3Y1″

For a link to the official rules, plus more information, read the full article on 148Apps.

Our GiggleApps sister site featured a new review of Transport Jigsaw Puzzles 123 for iPad from writer Amy Solomon. She writes, "Transport Jigsaw Puzzles 123 for iPad is the terrific sequel to the original app, Farm Jigsaw Puzzles 123 for iPad. Seven scenes are included here that wonderfully introduce many vehicles and means of transportation, both traditional and unique, as well as a very fun, puzzle experience with the choice of using 2 to 16 puzzle pieces per scene and include hints if needed. There is also an iPhone version of this app available with 5 puzzle scenes included."

Read the full review on GiggleApps.

Finally, on 148Apps.biz, site founder Jeff Scott recapped his recent visit to the Sprint Open Solutions Conference, saying, "During the keynote from CEO Dan Hesse, he mentioned many times how great it was to have the iPhone on Sprint now (and to no longer have to answer the question of when they would get the iPhone). The addition of the iPhone 4 and 4S should allow Sprint to have their best year ever this year. Needing to have just one million adds to reach that record level. The iPhone should easily help them retain users and gain new ones."

Read the full recap on 148Apps.biz.

We're done for this week! As always, check our Twitter and Facebook feeds for the latest news, reviews, contests and giveaways. See you next week.

Gameloft and 148Apps Team Up To Give You An iPhone 4S

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 11th, 2011

It's a simple thing, really. You want the new Apple iPhone 4S, and Gameloft and 148Apps want to give it to you. Gameloft is celebrating the release of its newly-optimized titles for the iPhone 4S - BackStab, Silent Ops, Let’s Golf 3, Fast Five, 9mm, and Asphalt 6 - by giving you the chance to win one of the coveted little devices.

To enter, just become a 148Apps and Gameloft Facebook fan - www.facebook.com/gameloft and www.facebook.com/148apps.

Or you can follow both of us on Twitter as well at www.twitter.com/148apps and www.twitter.com/gameloft. Then, write the following public tweet: "Upgrade to a 4S yet? Follow @Gameloft & @148Apps & RT for a chance to win an iPhone 4S! Gameloft gaming on the 4S: http://glft.co/uIR3Y1"

Once you've done either the Facebook or the Twitter route, head to the Contest Facebook Page and fill out the form to be entered.

It's as simple as that! Even better, there are more ways to increase your chances to win, so read the full rules and requirements here to learn how.

So what are you waiting for? An iPhone 4S hangs in the balance.

Be the One and Win the Prize with Springy

Posted by Carter Dotson on November 9th, 2011

Developer Screen Tear has launched their first iOS game, a reaction-based platformer called Springy. Players control a rolling pig that must jump over and through obstacles because if he hits them, he dies. But he just can't stop rolling, so it's the player's job to tap in the screen to make him jump.

However, the real reason to check out this game? The first player who beats it flawlessly wins $250. The game is short, with only 6 levels (with three sections each), but is very difficult to complete without dying at all, due to the quick reactions needed to jump through the devious level sections. The best score so far is 212 attempts, so getting to zero might take a long time. Just remember, the US minimum wage is $7.25/hour, so spending more than 34 hours and 29 minutes trying to win the prize is an inefficient use of time. Good luck.

Halloween Contest: Scribblenauts Remix!

Posted by Chris Kirby on October 31st, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPARK OF GENIUS :: Read Review »

Do you love Scribblenauts: Remix as much as we do? Then show your love with a Scribblenauts-inspired Halloween costume and enter to win either a vinyl Maxwell doll (like the one pictured here) or a pair of Scribblenauts headphones.

What do you have to do? It's simple. Just post a picture of yourself (or a family member - pets included) in Scribblenauts gear to our Facebook page, and we'll take it from there. Winners will be announced Tuesday, while you're recovering from your Halloween sugar binge. Get to it, wannabe Scribblenauts!

How's Your iPhone Service? Tell Us For Chance to Win a $100 iTunes Card

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on September 19th, 2011

Congrats to Annalise Rose, winner of the $100 iTunes Gift Card. Look for an email for details on how to redeem your iTunes Gift Card.

The iPhone 5 should be coming along fairly soon, and we wanted to take a moment to gauge where our readers were at with their current service and their plans for their future service. Because, of course you're gonna get an iPhone 5, right? We hope to use this data to make some recommendations on what the best provider for the iPhone 5 will be for you, in your area.

To get this data, we need your help. We need you to spread the word about this survey -- the more responses we get, the better the results will be. Please take a second and tweet or post on your Facebook wall about this survey. All you need to do is hit those convenient tweet or like buttons at the top of the page for a quick post, or feel free to put the mention in your own words.

In the United States, AT&T has had exclusive iPhone rights up until January of this year, but now the Verizon is in on the game. And T-Mobile too, if you buy the unlocked iPhone 4 from Apple. There have been tons of complaints about service quality on the AT&T network in large cities like New York and San Francisco (and Las Vegas during CES). Switching providers to one that has better coverage for a user's specific location may make sense. Of course, AT&T customers who have been with the telecom giant for a while might lose those grandfathered unlimited data plans, as only Sprint has unlimited data plans at this point. Of course, many of us use less data than we think, so we've included a spot for survey takers to measure that and report as well.

So tell us, 148Apps readers (and all your friends), what is your phone service like now? What will you choose to do once the iPhone 5 is released? Each completed surve will get a chance to be randomly selected for a $100 iTunes Gift card, on us. Make sense? Open to US iTunes accounts, only, please.

Hit the jump for the form and your chance for a free $100 iTunes Gift Card.

Slugs in Space! Astroslugs Hits the App Store (Plus A New Giveaway!)

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 20th, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Very few things pique my curiosity as quickly as the combo of slugs, sci-fi and outer space. Leave it to app developer Bit Barons to create a new brainteasing puzzle game with a theme as unique as Astroslugs. Set in a time before time, Astroslugs challenges players to help the slugs gather Slug Energy through 35 levels. Controls are designed specifically with the iPad in mind, requiring players to slide their fingers to create paths for the slugs to travel. In a clever change of pace, each level of Astroslugs has multiple paths to a solution, so a deft mind can find numerous ways to achieve victory.

There's a good introduction to the game via the Lite Version on the App Store, but for those hungering for more slugs, 148Apps and developer BitBarons have teamed up to offer five promo codes for the full version of Astroslugs. Just leave a comment below to enter. We'll pull five names a little later in the week. Good luck, and happy slug hunting!

New Contest: Win a Verizon iPhone 4 Case

Posted by Chris Kirby on February 9th, 2011

So, you've broken free of AT&T and now own a shiny new Verizon iPhone 4. How are you going to protect it? Speck has the answer with new fitted cases for the Verizon iPhone 4, and we have ten to give away starting Thursday, February 10th.

All you have to do to win is keep watching our Facebook page. Sometime on the 10th, and then for the next ten days, we'll post on our wall that the daily contest is on. You then have to "like" our post and comment below it to be eligible to win. We'll choose one winner at random from all of the commenters, so please keep it to just one comment per contest day.

Winners will need to provide us with a valid email address as well as a physical mailing address, since we can't electronically transmit your case to you. :)

Keep watching www.facebook.com/148apps for more information.

Apple Celebrating 10 Billion App Downloads with $10k Gift Card

Posted by Joey Davidson on January 18th, 2011

The first person to download the 10 billionth application, or submit the first free entry after the 9,999,999,999th download (more on that in a second), will win a $10,000 gift card to the iTunes store. We'll consider that victory marginally better than the free balloons you get when you're the millionth shopper at your local market.

It's absolutely absurd to consider that in the span of only two and a half years (the App Store launched on July 10, 2008) there are more application downloads in a single marketplace than there are people on Earth. Nearly double the amount, in fact. That is, if you consider being shy by two billion a small margin of difference.

Those interested can head to the contest's page on Apple.com. There you'll see a scrolling ticker representing how close the world is to seeing that 10 billionth download. Is the ticker an accurate representation of the actual apps downloaded? Probably not. One would assume that Apple took the time to figure out how many apps are downloaded in a given span of time and then applied that rule to the ticker itself. But why is that important?

It's only important if you plan on using the no purchase necessary form of entry. For those that don't want to download the 10 billionth app or, alternatively, even for those that don't have an iOS device, you can simply enter using this form within the contest page. You can do so 25 times a day. Obviously, it's not fair to let non-purchasing folk walk away with the prize by just entering a bunch of times. So, the factor that contributes to the entrants eligibility is the timing of said entry.

The gift card will go to either the person that downloads the 10 billionth app or the person that uses the entry form immediately after the 9,999,999,999th download, whichever comes first.