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iPro.DJSampler Review

iPro.DJSampler Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
iPro.DJSampler is a nice sample player for iOS, but you won't get much out of it until you start using add-on packs.

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Link: Chillingo Launches Daily Deals

Posted by on August 16th, 2012

Publisher Chillingo reveals their new daily deal website and call attention to their special sales and free titles.

Visit us here http://deals.chillingo.com/ and simply ‘like’ us to be the first to hear about great offers on Chillingo’s amazing games from the best indie developers in the world. Regularly check back to see which popular titles are on sale or free, as Chillingo is frequently updating these deals — never miss a great download at a great price!

source: Chillingo Deals

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Apple has made a couple of changes to their weekly app features that pop up in the Featured tab of the App Store. While “App of the Week” and “Game of the Week” appear to be just rebranded as “Editors’ Choice,” there’s a new feature: the Free Game of the Week. It appears as if Apple is jumping into the kind of promotion that services like FreeAppADay have been doing, but with this being an official Apple promotion, it has the potential to drive massive numbers of downloads.

The first free app that Apple is giving away is Cut the Rope: Experiments for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. The game supports iCloud sync between the two versions, so multiple device owners will definitely want to pick up both.

What’s interesting is that it appears that on the initial installation of these apps, it’s not necessary to put in the account password, as the app just automatically downloads. This will make it easier for people to get these free apps. The question remains to be seen how long Apple plans to run these promotions, and if they will only feature paid apps that drop down to free, or if some apps released as free will be featured as well.

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$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-08-04 :: Category: Games

PayPal Review

PayPal Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
PayPal's official app isn't as useful as we'd all like to think.

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I’ll freely admit it, without shame or regret; I’ve written fanfiction before. Not just in my youth (although I don’t consider myself “old” yet), but recently. Like in the past week. Don’t ask, I won’t provide links. Anyway despite being something of a sneer-inducing pastime among certain circles, fanfiction is still a legitimate way to flex those writing muscles. And much like regular old published fiction, it can run the gamut between fantastic and complete trash. For those who enjoy a good yarn regardless of its origins, or for those who are simply curious, there’s FanFiction by PentaLoop.

The app currently supports fanfiction.net, and already sports an ever-growing library of thousands of tales. Users can search for specific subjects, keep track of what they’ve been reading, and even mark their favorites in order to come back to them any time they want. It’s pretty much akin to a typical eBook app, only it deals exclusively with fanfiction. Which is kinda cool, really.

FanFiction is sitting in the App Store, just waiting to be downloaded. For free, no less. Whether for legitimate interest or the desire to read something akin to a literary train wreck, I think it’s worth a look.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-08-20 :: Category: Books

Maybe it’s because the month is winding down or perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but I found a good deal more interesting-looking freebies this week than usual. Not that I’m complaining. Anyway, here’s this week’s helping of games that don’t require cash to enjoy.

Dark Summoner – Online dark fantasy social games. Typically good stuff. At the very least it tends to be quite popular. So it stands to reason that a free online dark fantasy social game with three different factions to choose between, over 350 kinds of monsters to collect and use, gorgeous artwork, planned monthly events, and free updates (naturally) miiiiiight be worth looking into.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Quantum Legacy – Being able to jump right into an action-heavy 3D space shooter is cool. It looks pretty nifty, claims to have “simple and innovative controls,” is free, and overall seems like a decent way to kill time with no cost. But Quantum Legacy really caught my attention because the hero’s ship is called the “Omnithias.” I mean come on, that’s hilarious.

FREE!
$19.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Small Street – Everyone loves to build their own cities; the evidence of which is plastered all over the App Store. With such a saturated market, it’s nice to see a game that takes things down to a more intimate level. Say by putting players in charge of a few dozen buildings instead of hundreds. Customizable citizens are a nice touch, too.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Cutout Fighter – I’m usually not big on fighting games, but the ones I do enjoy tend to have some kind of visual gimmick associated with them. Clayfighter had claymation, Killer Instinct used cutting-edge (at the time) CGI, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 had Jill Valentine (*swoon*), and now Cutout Fighter taunts me with its paper-focused presentation. I’d say I’m bothered by the temptation, but the game is free so I really don’t care about giving in.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Save the Cubes – Cubeland is in peril after a mishap at the local chemical plant, so players will have to Save the Cubes. Save cubes from “infected” cubes. Yes, it’s a physics-based zombie game. With nothing but cubes. Color me intrigued.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-22 :: Category: Games

HUNT THE MONSTERS – A princess is nuts for monsters. The king wants to make the princess happy. The subjects… well, they’re just along for the ride. Catching monsters earns gold, gold buys better weapons which can help nab more monsters, and the whole thing feeds on itself until the monster book is full.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-20 :: Category: Games

Shooting and strategy seem to be the two key themes in this weeks FREEday. I honestly didn’t plan it that way, it just sort of happened. Although I suppose it’s not that bad. They are two incredibly popular kinds of games for iOS devices these days. Then again, just about anything that lends itself to quick bursts of playtime do quite well for themselves, too. No matter the intention, here’s a list of free games. Enjoy.

Farmkill – Zombie survival games. Yessir. But before writing off Farmkill as just another shambler slaughter consider this: players can raise volatile (literally) animals to fight off the horde. In addition to the expected defenses and numerous firearms. I have to admit, it’s an interesting idea. Although now I keep thinking about chicken nuggets for some reason…

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-05 :: Category: Games

Battlefield 3: Aftershock – iOS users seem to enjoy multiplayer first-person shooters, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that EA decided to bring what is arguably their biggest FPS of 2011 to Apple devices. What does come as a surprise is that it’s a free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter. Allow me to repeat that: it’s a free multiplayer first-person shooter derived from one of EA’s largest 2011 releases. Let the downloading commence.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-08 :: Category: Games

Robot TroopersRobot Troopers takes the idea of task-management and robots it up a notch. Or two. Players will be taking control of an assembly line, cranking out an army of autonomous forces while simultaneously training the new recruits. A robot foreman’s work is never done.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-09 :: Category: Games

Suitor Shooter – Protect the princess from the unworthy while getting the prince(s) to the castle. In essence, players are bombarding a horde of “evil,” flower-toting fiends with delusions of dating from a dirigible. While not bombarding the good guys, of course. It’s an unorthodox approach to dating to be sure, but it sure makes for an interesting game.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-09 :: Category: Games

With all the freebies that have been flying around each week, it’s a wonder we haven’t run out. Then again, how many hundreds of apps and games are released each week? Yeah, I suppose when I think about it that way it’s no wonder we’re still going strong. Strong with savings!

… I’m sorry. Just ignore me and take a look at this week’s list. I’ll be sitting over here. In the corner.

Baseball Superstars 2012 – People love baseball. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. So yeah, here’s a baseball game. But what about the rest of us who aren’t nuts for “America’s Favorite Pastime?” Well we have this, too. Because it’s absolutely insane, anime-style baseball. Like with unnatural pitching abilities and totally wacky players. That, and the last one was pretty cool, too.
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Derby Days – Now I know there are a lot of free-to-play “build X” games around these days, but none to my knowledge combine the concept with horse care. It’s usually either or as far as I know. So why not get excited about being able to build and run a horse ranch, while also caring for and breeding horses? If it were possible to trade the diminutive equines with friends than I’d say this is a sure-fire thing. Wait a second, we can do that already? Well then I guess there’s no point in holding off on downloading it.

FREE!
Released: 2012-01-26 :: Category: Games

Zombie Battle – Zombies staggering in from the right side of the screen across several “lanes.” Seems a tad familiar. This isn’t a strategy game, however. It’s more of an action defense thing. Sure, zombies have been done to death (har-har) these days but that’s no reason to discount this upgradable blast-em-up. Besides, vaporizing the living dead is almost always tons of fun.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-24 :: Category: Games

2XL MX Offroad – Some people out there might argue about the superiority of dirt bikes versus ATVs. People like that can now have tons of fun with various what-if scenarios thanks to 2XL MX Offroad. People unlike that who don’t care much either way can also have plenty of fun with 2XL MX Offroad because it’s a crazy motocross-style racer with lots of stuff to do and stunts to (hopefully) perform.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-24 :: Category: Games

Uh-oh. Know what day today is? Yeah… *gulp*

Well I for one won’t let superstition get the best of me. In fact, it’s scientifically proven that getting games for free is the best way to change bad luck into good. Lucky (ha-ha!) thing I just so happen to have a list of a few of these zero-cost gems right here. Be sure to check them all out right after the break.

(NOTE: Free games are most certainly not scientifically proven to fix bad luck. However, they will kill time while sitting in the emergency room after that “unfortunate incident” with the cat and the Thighmaster.)

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Just like that, we find ourselves in 2012. I’m going to side-step the expected talk of apocalypse and instead focus on resolutions. Those promises people make to themselves in an attempt to break nasty habits or set major changes in motion. We all make ‘em and we all tend to break ‘em. Sometimes. Okay, most of the time. What can I say? Healthy food usually tastes like cardboard. Although I have to admit I’ve finally managed to develop a taste for yogurt after roughly 28 years of trying. Anyway, before the inevitable failures start to set in I’ve got a small list of games that will keep the “spend less money” hopefuls on-track. At least for a little while.

Battle Legend Infinity – I’m fairly certain that this is a new thing. Combining old-school turn-based RPG battles with endless wave survival, I mean. At least, I think it is. Whether or not that’s true, it’s a neat idea. The classic video game character “knock-offs” are a nice touch, too.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-05 :: Category: Games

Legendary Heroes – Two teams. Three heroes. Four unique abilities apiece. Legendary Heroes isn’t just another castle defense iOS game. It’s the same basic idea, but this time the emphasis is on managing hero units and building complimentary teams of three instead of strategically churning out cannon fodder.

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

Turtle Isles – Guiding wayward turtles around a beach a-la ChuChu Rocket. By tapping starfish. Heck of a concept. Sure it’s missing the bizarre space mice but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. So, who’s going to help these slowpokes pair up?
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Scramble With Friends Free – Remember Boggle? Of course. I mean, who doesn’t, right? Well now we can play a facsimile, complete with special power-ups (freeze time, etc…) on-the-go. Anytime, anywhere. Methinks a certain other multiplayer word game is going to find itself facing some unexpected competition.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-05 :: Category: Games

Fluff Friends Rescue – I have to give The Humane Society credit, I never would have expected them to find a way to incorporate their usual dealings into a genuinely interesting game. But that’s exactly what’s been done with Fluff Friends Rescue. Think “town-building freemium” game, only instead of constructing stores and homes players will be setting up their own animal shelter. Also, it’s super-adorable.

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

There’s always been something magical about text-based adventure games. I attribute it to the lack of graphics forcing us to use our imaginations, coupled with the absolute freedom the lack of visuals provides. As someone who used to mess around with my fair share of interactive reading, it’s refreshing to see that people are still making stuff like The Things That Go Bump in the Night.

Players assume the role of a night shift security guard, wandering through the “compound” without a care until things take a turn. The usually quiet but still very active building has become completely still. No radio chatter. No people. Then it’s time to fight monsters and solve puzzles in a desperate bid for survival. Things That Go Bump in the Night utilizes the Quest text adventure creation software, which allows for an input-less interface (i.e. clicking on “links” instead of typing) in addition to the ability to easily create custom games.

The Things That Go Bump in the Night is on the App Store right now and it won’t cost a thing. Incidentally the software used to create it is also free, just in case anyone reading this is feeling particularly adventurous.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-12-05 :: Category: Games

EA are well-known for their sales on the App Store. Usually, around some kind of holiday, there’s a sale on many EA Mobile games, often dropping games from $6.99 down to $0.99. So what is EA Mobile supposed to do with this time of year, referred to as the “holiday season?” Have an entire month of price cuts and deals, apparently. Thus, EA Mobile has begun their “Daily Deals” program.

The Daily Deals have kicked off with games dropping to the lowest price point possible: free! The first two free games were The Sims Medieval for iPhone/iPod touch, and Shift 2: Unleashed for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. As well, Battlefield 2: Bad Company went on sale for $1.99 for iPhone/iPod touch, and $4.99 for iPad; these are 33% and 50% discounts off the regular price, respectively. As per the title of the program, EA is claiming that there will be new deals each day, although for the first weekend of the promotion these deals remained in effect.

EA is offering a web app for users to keep track of the promotion at their EA Daily Deals web page. A new deal will be made available each day at 9:00 am PST (GMT -8), and EA says that they will vary from more free games, to deep discounts on paid titles.

While people love deep discounts on iOS games, and I myself am not excluded, I have to wonder if the current state of the mobile game business, where those who wish to sell games at premium price points are unable to do so because companies like EA can afford to drop their prices to deep discounts like this. In many ways, it’s led to situations like the release of the new Tetris game, which relies heavily on IAP monetization, which is something some vocal users have been staunchly against. Massive regular sales on titles like this might be why that kind of situation is now occurring, and why sales like this exist, because it is difficult to sell titles at price points above $0.99, or even free. When EA, one of the companies that can actually sell titles at higher prices is so willing to have these kinds of fire sales with massive promotion, it does not necessarily portend well for the future of premium-priced apps on the App Store.

So there’s this game about flying supines and home-wrecking avians that’s pretty fun. The reason I’m bringing it up again almost 3 months later should be fairly obvious. But for the sake of argument and thoroughness, I’ll elaborate.

For a limited time, Pigs in Trees is going to be absolutely free. It’s got something to do with the game being released on another platform. Something about robots I think. Obvious skirting of the issue aside, now there’s no better time to take to the skies and shoot down those pesky peckers. Not only is it one heck of a fun experience that can be had for zero cost, it’s also recently received a pretty decent update, with 15 more levels, the addition of the Ninja Pecker and a couple new power-ups.

So it’s free, it’s entertaining, it’s been recently beefed porked up. Why not go ahead and clear off 20 megs worth of space, hop on the App Store and give it a try? If nothing else, it should give my previous ramblings on the subject of pig-on-bird violence a bit more context.

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Coffee and apps are two things that have always been connected in some tangential way. The prices of apps are often described as being “less than a cup of coffee,” often spoken in derision at the people who think that a $0.99 app is too expensive to acquire legally. As well, people who use apps (and especially people like myself who write about them) often find themselves in need of caffeine. After all, that level in Angry Birds isn’t going to 3-star itself, even if it is 3:00 in the morning. What helps people feel awake and alert after these long nights of intense app usage? Caffeine! What does coffee contain copious amounts of? Caffeine! Someone at Starbucks has finally noticed this connection between apps and coffee, and decided to harmoniously bring the two together.

Starbucks is giving out cards with redemption codes for apps, along with various other iTunes content, that are available at Starbucks locations. The first app in the program is Shazam Encore, which is available for $5.99 regularly. This promotion isn’t going to be limited to older, already-existing apps, either; starting on August 30th, Starbucks will be giving away copies of SPY mouse from recent EA acquisition Firemint, which releases this Thursday.

What will be interesting to see the effect this has on apps offered in the promotion; Shazam Encore has jumped up to #6 in the App Store recently, which may be due to this feature. This could be due to each redeemed copy going toward the app’s sales, or it could be because the promotion is working exactly how it’s intended; by giving the app away for free, people are talking about it and recommending it, causing other people to pay for it. The question will be just how often apps are actually featured in this program, or if 2 of the first 3 promotions being apps are just an anomaly. It will be interesting to see how other apps perform with the Starbucks promotion, especially new releases like SPY mouse that have a big-name publisher behind them. As well, will apps from smaller independent developers make any kind of appearance in the program, and will apps share in the kind of sales bump that Shazam Encore is enjoying?

Still, any time a big-name company like Starbucks gets involved in the app business, it’s news worth paying attention to because of the effect they could potentially have on the business of selling and promoting apps. Starbucks appears to be offering a new free app every Tuesday, but it isn’t in all locations yet, so keep hunting, weary caffeine and app addicted traveler!

Source: GeekWire

SwipeTapTap is Free for a Limited Time

MochiBitsSwipeTapTap is a surprisingly engrossing game despite its utter simplicity. Following on-screen prompts involving (what else?) swipes, taps and various combinations as quickly and accurately as possible is one of those things I’d never have expected to keep me entertained for very long, but it does just that. Not only that, it keeps things from getting stale by including a total of four game modes. And it’s free at the moment, did I forget to mention that? Nah, I’m pretty sure I did.

Each of the four modes uses the same basic mechanics in different ways. Classic is all about inputting the correct gestures as they scroll across the screen in a timely manner. Take too long or screw up too often and they’ll fill the screen and it’s Game Over. Memory is more like a classic game of Simon, only with a touch screen interface. Speed is a race against time, requiring almost super-human-like reflexes at the higher difficulties. Finally, Endurance is one big continuous level with no end in sight and steadily increasing speed. Losing isn’t so much a question of “if” but of “when.”

And yes, for a limited time (in conjunction with “OpenFeint’s Free Game of the Day”) this finger-flexing homage to Simon is completely and totally free. All of the games modes. No money down. Zero dollars. There’s absolutely no legitimate reason not to check it out.


$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-03-04 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week Of August 5

This week saw lots of free apps with a heavy emphasis on consumerism and one we’ve been waiting for for a long time. We collected our favorite five freebies from the past week for our readers here.

Skype for iPad

The most anticipated free app that was released this week was Skype for iPad. The video chat service, that doubles as a VOIP long distance carrier for some, has had an iPhone app for a while, but now Skype is iPad native and the contacts area is redesigned. The app looks sweet and the video calls look great on iPad 2

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-08-02 :: Category: Social Networking

Domino’s Pizza LLC

Like we said, it was a consumer’s bonanza week of apps, and leading the pack in popularity is Domino’s Pizza free iPhone app. We don’t really have to tell you what do right? Find the nearest location using GPS or a zip code, place an order – or get a Google map to lead the pizza-starved to the nearest store for takeout.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-08 :: Category:

eBay Instant Sale

eBay, the famous online auction site, has a streamlined service for both buyers and sellers called in Instant Sale and now that service has an app. It’s a simple and easy way to sell items via eBay’s vast network or pick up a bargain, right from your device – without waiting for an auction to end or last minute snipers to outbid you.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-08-02 :: Category: Lifestyle

Editions by AOL

In part we want to cry shenanigans, in part we want to settle in for a read. While it’s painfully obvious that AOL took not just it’s inspiration, but parts of its GUI from ZITE, this personalized news and lifestyle magazine for iPad is stylish and allows readers to customize everything from the magazine cover’s color to the contents inside. Don’t be put off by the small selection of categories, many popular sources can be added once you get into the section settings. The magazine looks sharp and is easy to read and has lots of social media sharing built in.

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Ikea Catalog

Shoppers and folks like us who just like to see what the Swedish design company has to offer, will enjoy having the 2012 Ikeaccatalog not just on IPhone, but finally in crisp display on iPad as well. There have been previous iOS Ikea catalogues, but this update has a store finders that unlike most of the free choices on this list, while the new iPad version is US only, the iPhone app works all over the world.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-08-28 :: Category: Lifestyle

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-08-02 :: Category:

Chuck’s Challenge is a game about a guy (Chuck) who’s been kidnapped by a purple alien monkey-thing (Woop) and forced to create “games” for it to “play” because it’s bored. I think. It’s essentially a follow-up to Chip’s Challenge, with the original game’s creator, Chuck Sommerville, acting as both the designer and main character.

Niffler may have carried over a good deal of concepts from the older title, but the most significant aspect is the community integration. Sure, Chuck’s Challenge features 100 levels, about a quarter of which are free (the rest can be bought through in-app purchases), but the real draw is the ability for users to create and share their own. In a way the concept’s not all that dissimilar from Media Molecule and their community-centric platformer, LittleBigPlanet.

Level editors and sharing aren’t new ideas, even on iOS, but they’re very rarely incorporated as lovingly as they are with Chuck’s Challenge. Heck, the entire game is essentially designed and built around the concept of creating and sharing levels among the community. I kind of wish more games, both on the App Store and just in general, would think about doing things like this more often.

Chuck’s Challenge is available right now for absolutely nothing. Check it out, maybe?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-17 :: Category: Games

Tap Zoo Review

Tap Zoo Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Tap Zoo is yet another "freemium" game that does nothing to set itself apart from the rest of the pack.

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If you’re a fan of our weekly FREEday posts, or a subscriber to the Price Drops list here on 148apps then you’ll definitely want to read ahead as I rundown the best apps that will help you stay on top of current and limited time free promotions on the App Store.

AppAllStar

The newest app on the Daily Free app scene, AppAllStar focuses mainly on game apps and promises to give a daily list of non-lite, full versions of apps away on promotion for a limited time. I really enjoy the user interface within this app, offering a calendar so you can see upcoming releases as well. It’s a free app, so you’ve got nothing to loose by downloading and trying it out – except maybe some personal information. The iTunes rankings show a bit of discontent about the disclaimer that comes along with this app. Lets just hope they’re using the info about what games get downloaded most often to bring us better options in the future.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-03-30 :: Category: Utilities

Free App A Day

This is the big-daddy, the most popular Daily Free app site and app. While ad supported, you’ll get a daily recommendation for free apps. I personally find the layout a bit more trying, but the paid version is slightly better. Also in the paid version you’ll find an entire section devoted to non-game apps (for those of us that don’t exclusively use our iOS device for games). Whichever version you get, some of the top-name apps have used FreeAppADay.com to promote their games, so it’s pretty well known you’re going to get quality recommendations and downloads with FAAD.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-15 :: Category: Games

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-12-18 :: Category: Games

Game Channel by OpenFeint

Before Apple decided to built their own in-house Game Center, OpenFeint reined supreme as the best leaderboard/multiplayer in-app addition to make makes more interactive and personal. While it’s still very popular it also launched it’s own Free Daily App service early in the year, and has become one of the most popular in the App Store. What’s more is they also promotes ‘Fire Sale’s so that you’ll find that games that are on sale as well. The app is one of the best designed in this category, easy and fun to use. You’ve got to try this one out.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-01-08 :: Category: Games

App Shopper

For those who might not be as interested in simply downloading whatever is free each day, but want to spend some time comparing their options, I highly suggest App Shopper. Offering a list of what’s on sale, the ability search by category (brilliant – simply my favorite part), compiling a wish list, and many more useful features, this is by far more useful and functional that the others. While it is free, it’s also ad supported with the option to upgrade to the non-ad version for only $0.99 as an in-app purchase. For the slightly more discriminating app-aholics this is a great tool to have in your pocket.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-06 :: Category: Utilities

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Yobongo is the name of a new social networking app that launched for iPhone and iPad on Thursday. The app is developed by Yobongo Inc., a venture between Caleb Elston and David Kasper, formerly of Justin.tv.

The goal of the app is to connect similar-minded users with one another in city-based chat rooms. The app monitors what kind of subjects you chat about and then connects you to others who like to discuss those same topics. The idea here is to introduce you to others in your city who share similar interests to you. From here, Yobongo Inc hopes a meaningful relationship will be born.

“We analyze every pair of messages sent through the system and use that to build up an understanding of who you like talking with,” co-founder Caleb Elston told Mashable, “Then when you open Yobongo, we place you with people you have the strongest affinity for. All of these simple signals lead to a very powerful signal.”

Yobongo is quite easy to use. You simply start up the app, and it connects you to a chat room. You’re able to chat with everyone or branch off into private conversations.

The app was privately beta tested in January, letting 150 users test a version of it. Elston says that beta testers of the application described it as “addicting.” He claims that the average user participated in around 10 sessions per day. He also says that around 90% of users returned to the app each day. Sounds impressive. Of course, all these statistics are provided by the company’s own internal metrics.

Currently, Yobongo is only available in a limited number of cities, including San Francisco, Austin, New York and Long Beach. If you’re not in one of these cities, when you boot up the app you’re greeted with a screen telling you that Yobongo is not available in your area, but that you can vote on Facebook or Twitter to bring it to your city.

If you’re in one of the select cities where Yobongo is available, though, you can check it out on the iTunes App Store for free right now.

If there is one thing that everyone loves, it is paying nothing still receiving something awesome in return.  Here and there we have seen scattered sales pop up across the App Store, but the problem has always been trying to pinpoint when and where such sales would occur.  Luckily for all of us, the Daily App Dream has now opened its doors and is at your service.

Both a website and an app itself, the Daily App Dream is your new source of everything free in the App Store.  The developers have already committed to promoting up to three free releases every single day, with at least one freebie scheduled for every approaching number on the calendar.  Here are a few of the key features of the app itself:

  • Get access to new free games and apps every day!
  • Jump straight to the “Write a review” page of any of the apps and quickly give developers feedback!
  • Where possible, read critics reviews of the App’s within the App itself from major review sites.
  • Link to facebook and let your friends know about the free games on offer each day so that they don’t miss out!
  • Let us know about the Apps you Dream of being FREE so we can see if we can make your dream come true!
  • Opt-In to push notifications so we can let you know about any major games going free that you cant afford to miss out on getting!

Everything about this idea just seems like a brilliant plan for everyone involved.  First off, it costs developers absolutely nothing to use the service, and it will help provide them with some much needed exposure.  Secondly, the people running the site get the chance to give back to iOS consumers everywhere.

If you are not on the bandwagon already, what are you waiting for?  When it comes to free apps, you have literally NOTHING to lose.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-04 :: Category: Games

After the success of our last contest, we decided to look through our email and sort out all of the promo codes that developers had sent us to give away to our readers. Apparently our last competition caught the attention of quite a few developers and we have a hefty pile of codes to give out! While the last contest took place on the site itself, due to the sheer number of codes that we have to give out, we’ve decided to use our Twitter account to distribute them.

We know that not all of you have Twitter accounts, but considering the fact that it’s so easy to set up and some of the best iPhone apps released to date are Twitter apps, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t jump onboard.

DEVELOPERS:
If you’d like to join the give-a-way, go to our promo code page to submit your app and we’ll add them to our list.

READERS:
Register a Twitter account or login in to your existing one then make sure you’re following @148Apps! You can check our timeline out here to see what we’re giving away and how.

Best of luck to everyone!

As the number of applications in the iTunes App Store continues to grow, so does the demand for high quality reviews of the applications. Developers are always looking for sites to review their applications and 148apps.com is definitely high on their list. Each day we get dozens of emails from developers looking to have their application reviewed. While not all of them fit with what we’re trying to do at 148apps.com, the amount of worthwhile applications that we get has grown to the point where we need to expand our writer base to make sure that we can handle all of them. That’s where you come in.

Whether you’re new to the site or have been coming here for quite some time, we’d like you to consider writing for us. All you need is a love of iPhone applications and some free time to write reviews, we’ll take care of the rest. We supply all of our writers with promo codes for the applications that they review and the ability to pick which applications they review, allowing for those most interested in a particular application to be the one who reviews it.

To apply for a writing position with 148apps.com, simply email Bryan (at) 148apps (dot) com with your name, a little bit of information about yourself, and a writing sample. If you don’t have a writing sample prepared, grab your favorite application and do a review of it! No need to include pictures or anything, we’re just looking to see if your style fits in with our site.

With that said, I hope to hear from all of you soon and I look forward to possibly working with you in the near future!

Our first website based contest has finally finished up and we had a pretty decent turn out too!

The Challenge
If we changed our name to 180apps.com, what would our new slogan be?

Continue reading CONTEST WRAP-UP: CONTEST: “What If” 148Apps Changed Their Name With Every Firmware Update »

The iPhone App Developers have a particularly awesome tool at their disposal: Promo Codes. Not only do these promo codes allow sites like 148apps to review all the apps we do, but they’re often used for contests as well. Primarily, we’ve been using Twitter as a way to give out promo codes for contests, but I’ll be honest with you, the response isn’t always that great. So in an attempt to include everyone who visits our site, we’re going to be expanding our giveaways onto the blog.

Continue reading CONTEST: “What If” 148Apps Changed Their Name With Every Firmware Update »

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