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This is it – the end of our strange and wonderful shopping journey for the year. We know it can be tough to know what to get for someone for the holidays – anyone, really, regardless of how well you know them. We’d like to think that these shopping guides have been of some help. Even if you didn’t go after anything on these lists there’s the chance that something sparked an idea, which resulted in a successful gift. At least that’s what we’d like to think.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for the [Heath Nuts] [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Gamers]

Today’s guide is for the intense “power users” you may know. Business folks, diehard Apple fans – anyone who tends to push their device’s battery to the limits every day, mostly. If you’re looking for something to make their trips easier, help out at the office, or even just keep their iPad running for a few more hours, check out our list below for some ideas.

iKit NuCharge Battery Case for iPhone 5

hgg_power_nuchargeThe iKit NuCharge Battery Case ($89 – iPhone) is a compact, lightweight case that allows users to charge their phone on-the-go. It’s pretty much perfect for commuters, travelers, and anyone who spends large chunks of time away from their charger, really. It’s a great way to keep a phone working so no important calls are missed, or even allowing for enough time to watch Home Alone while waiting at the airport. [Our Review]

The NuCharge case is a great all-around piece of hardware to have, but it pairs particularly well with essential work-related apps like Triage ($0.99 – iPhone), Appoint ($3.99 – iPhone), and Reeder 2 ($4.99 – Universal). You won’t have to worry about running out of juice while answering important emails, last-minute changes to an itinerary, and keeping up on feeds.

ZaggKeys Cover for iPad Mini

hgg_power_zaggkeysIf you’ve got an iPad Mini and plan to use it for anything other than basic web browsing, email reading, and gaming, then you’ll probably want to check out the ZaggKeys Cover for iPad Mini ($99 – iPad Mini). It’s well-built, has a sturdy hinge, is slim enough to be conveniently portable, allows users to place their iPad in backwards (i.e. they can use the iPad without awkwardly leaving the keyboard open or separating it entirely), and the keys are backlit. Kind of a no-brainer for any iPad Mini owner, really. [Our Review]

With a fancy iPad Mini keyboard like this, why not consider a writing app or two? Write for iPad ($1.99 – iPad) is a good coice for someone looking to write just about anything on the go, while Infinite PDF ($9.99 – iPad) offers up an extensive suite of PDF managing tools. It’s a combination that’s handy for presentations, setting up book layouts, and so on.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

hgg_power_ultrathinThe Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($99 – iPad) is one iPad keyboard that I’m particularly fond of. It offers some decent screen protection, pops on and off easily but is also strong enough not to accidentally fall off on its own, and makes for an incredibly sturdy stand. This is another one that’s idea for anyone who does a lot of writing for any reason, as well as for those who like to give presentations with their iPad [Our Review]

With those two factors in mind (presentations and writing), why not think about OmniPlan 2 for iPad ($59.99 – iPad) or Air Display 2 ($9.99 – iPad) as a digital pack-in with your gift? OmniPlan is ideal for organizing large projects and managing teams down to their smallest details. Air Display, on the other hand, would go incredibly well with the Ultrathin’s functionality as a stand and allow the user to turn their iPad into a second computer monitor.

Dodocase Folio for iPad

hgg_power_dodocaseLet’s take a step back from all the super-intense stuff for a moment and appreciate the Dodocase Folio for iPad ($124 – iPad). It’s a very sturdy, functional, and elegant case that would look great on any professional’s iPad. It includes large pockets on the inside flap for notes and such, a little spot along the fold for a pen or stylus, and has this marvelous “old book” appearance when closed. It makes the iPad a bit more bulky, but it’s still ideal for anyone who prefers to stay organized (and look good while doing it!). [Our Review]

SanDisk Wireless Media Drives

hgg_power_sandiskThe SanDisk Wireless Media Drives ($50 to $100 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) serve as an ideal alternative to cloud storage. They vary in price and available storage space, but any of them can be useful in a variety of situations. Loading up a bunch of movies to stream to an iOS device later (thus sparing the device’s own storage space) is only one example. The drives also allow users to upload their own media files from their device – so tons of photos from a family trip, video from an on-location film shoot, and more can all be transferred with little effort or fuss. [Our Review]

You might want to consider including It’s Playing Pro ($4.99 – Universal) with one of those drives, as according to our own Jeff Scott it’s actually a much better app to use for streaming video playback than the suggested official SanDisk app. Say&Go ($0.99 – iPhone) is another good fit, since users would be able to record all the voice memos and notes they could stand without worrying about using up their device’s storage. Photo apps such as FancyCam ($1.99 – iPhone) are also a great fit due to the photo/storage combo.

NeatConnect Cloud Scanner

hgg_power_neatconnectWhether working from home in a personal office or on a trip with a portable one, the NeatConnect Cloud Scanner ($499 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) is definitely something to consider. This wireless document scanner doesn’t require the use of a computer of any kind. Instead, it can scan and upload documents (saved as PDF, JPG, and more) directly to cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. This means it would be a snap for someone to scan a few receipts to load onto their iPhone for expense tracking, or important paperwork that they’d be able to transfer to their iPad and fiddle with. Greyscale, color, black and white, or two-sided – it makes no difference to this scanner. [Our Review]

So why not include something like Polaris Office ($0.99 – Universal) with it? This mini office-on-the-go app even supports Dropbox file transfers, so it’d be a snap to upload documents with the NeatConnect and then download them straight to Polaris Office. PDF Expert 5 ($9.99 – iPad) is another great fit, what with it being newly redesigned for iOS 7 and receiving a sizable amount of new features – namely the Review mode that allows users to edit and make notes on PDF files.

Dropcam Pro

hgg_power_dropcamDropcam Pro ($199 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) isn’t about productivity, but about peace of mind. The camera connects to a home network and can be accessed through an iOD device in order to watch the house while on a trip, keep an eye on the kids or pets from work, and plenty of other scenarios. Setup is easy, video streams can be kept private or shared with specific individuals (or made entirely public if one so chooses), and the app even knows to turn the camera off once the user comes home. Of course you’ll also want to grab the free official Dropcam app to go with it. [Our Review]

Feel free to peruse our Editor’s Choice selections for more top-rated office/travel/business-friendly app ideas.

The week is almost over, and the holidays are that much closer, but those gifts won’t find/buy/wrap/give themselves now will they? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Heath Nuts] [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Power Users]

Today’s guide centers around iOS gamers. These are the folks who love their portable games and spend most of their morning commute matching pieces of candy or fighting immortal titans. If you’d like to make the gamer(s) in your life have an overall more pleasant and convenient gaming experience, or simply get them some really cool stuff to play, check out our list below for some ideas.

MOGA Ace Power Gamepad

hgg_games_mogaThe MOGA Ace Power Gamepad ($99 – iPhone/iPod Touch) has several distinct advantages over the other controllers in this list: it’s collapsible so it’s easy to carry while still acting as an extension of the iOS device, it’s the first official MFi gamepad for iOS devices, it uses dual analog sticks in addition to buttons and a D-pad, and it comes with its own battery that will help to extend the amount of time iOS gamers can play things while away from home – or at least a charger. The noticeable downsides are that it’s rather heavy thanks to the internal battery, and it doesn’t support portrait orientation. [Our Review]

While you’re considering the MOGA Ace Power Gamepad, you should probably also think about software to go with it. I’d recommend Oceanhorn ($8.99 – Universal), Dead Trigger 2 (Free – Universal), and Silverfish ($1.99 – iPhone) since all three are not only good games in their own right but also confirmed to be compatible. I’m sure there are plenty of other games out there that will work with it as well, but if you’re trying to put some sort of package together it would probably be best to stick with what you know will work.

MOTO TC Rally

hgg_games_mototcrallyThere’s also the option to mix things up and use and iOS device as the controller for something else, rather than attaching a physical controller to it – hence the MOTO TC Rally ($99 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch). This is more than just a RC car with an iOS controller: the free app used to control it adds quite a few gaming elements to the physical racing. Users can race their friends and cause virtual damage -that actually affects performance- through special impact sensors, use power-ups, customize their car’s performance and more.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3

hgg_games_mindstormsThe LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit ($349 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) is another great option for those looking to venture a little off the beaten path. I mean it lets users basically build whatever the want, then control it with their iPhone or iPad. How cool is that? It’s got the universal LEGO appeal, the remote control angle, and taps into those creative juices for potentially limitless amounts of fun. [Our Review]

iKit NuCharge Battery Case for iPhone 5

hgg_games_nuchargeThe iKit NuCharge Battery Case ($89 – iPhone) is certainly something to consider for the iPhone 5 or 5s gamers in your life. The lightweight case doesn’t block any ports, and it allows users to recharge their phone on the go. Perfect for lengthy trips or holiday visits with relatives where someone (not naming any names here) inevitably forgets to bring their charging cable. [Our Review]

What games go best with a phone-charging battery case? Battery hogs. There are a fair number of them out there and they can usually be picked out by their super-pretty graphics. A couple of great-looking (and just plain great) games you might want to consider are Warhammer Quest ($4.99 – Universal) and, of course, Infinity Blade III ($6.99 – Universal). However, XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($19.99 – Universal) is by far the biggest battery-muncher and would definitely benefit from something like the iKit NuCharge case.

Mophie Juice Pack Pro

hgg_games_mophieThe Mophie Juice Pack Pro ($129 – iPhone) may not be the most elegant-looking case, but what it lacks in style it makes up for in functionality. This is one very durable charging case that will keep batteries going longer and protect the phone from minor splash, dust, and more serious impact hazards. It’s a good fit for camping trips or gamers who are particularly brutal with their devices. [Our Review]

The Mophie Juice Pack is another charging case, sure, but it’s also quite durable. So it should be able to stand up to a little punishment when you toss your phone across the room after a particularly rough game of Tilt to Live 2 ($2.99 – Universal) or Pivvot ($2.99 – Universal), and will let World War II turn-based airplane strategy buffs like our own Andrew Stevens keep playing Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies ($4.99 – Universal) through just about any harsh weather conditions.

Ultimate Ears Mini Boom

hgg_games_miniboomDoubtless we all know at least one audiophile, and the Ultimate Ears Mini Boom speaker ($99 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) is definitely something to consider for them. It’s easy to connect to any device via bluetooth, is durable, a good size for travel, and produces some impressive sounds even by itself. It’s a great way to enhance anyone’s iOS gaming experience. [Our Review]

Of course if you’re looking to get some nice speakers, you may want a game or two to go with it that put the enhanced sound to good use. I’d recommend The Last Door – Chapter 2: Memories ($1.99 – iPad) for those who love a good scare as it’s a ridiculously creepy game without any audio enhancement whatsoever, so you can imagine what some high-quality speakers will do to it. Home ($2.99 – Universal) is another excellent choice for the same reason. LEGO Lord of the Rings ($4.99 – Universal) is another good option because, come on, who doesn’t want to hear that epic score and the official movie dialogue on something more substantial than their iPhone/iPad speaker?

Feel free to peruse our Editor’s Choice selections for more top-rated game ideas.

Three days in and, if you’ll forgive the reference, “it doesn’t show signs of stopping.” Welcome once again to another one of our holiday shopping guides! Even the most battle-hardened gift giver can be plagued by indecision. Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Heath Nuts] [Socializers] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide is for those creative types in your life. These are the people who like to draw, compose music, sculpt, or otherwise make things with their iOS devices. So long as they enjoy creating, and you’re in need of some gift ideas, you should check out our list below.

OlloClip Quick-Flip Case

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The Olloclip 4-in-1 Lenses ($69 – iPhone) are about the best recommendation we can make for the creative types in your life. This collection of interchangeable lenses – 2 macro, a fisheye, and a wideview – clips right on to the iPhone, and are a great way to enhance one’s photography without the need for any retouching. The only real issue with the Olloclip lenses is that they can’t clip on to an iPhone unless the case is removed. The Olloclip Quick-Flip Case ($49 – iPhone) is the perfect answer to this problem. The corner can unclip and swing away to make room for the lens attachments without the need to remove the case entirely – and as an added bonus it comes with a tripod adapter. [Our Olloclip 4-in-1 Lenses Review] [Our Olloclip Quick-Flip Case Review]

While the Olloclip lenses are great, there’s no shame in getting a little digital help for those photos and videos. Pro Camera 7 ($1.99 – iPhone) is a very handy app for taking great photos and videos. TimeShiftGen2 ($0.99 – iPhone) with its real-time filter previews and easy-to-use interface would make for another handy inclusion.

SanDisk Wireless Media Drives

hgg_create_sandiskThese wireless SanDisk Drives ($50 to $100 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) are also a worthwhile consideration for most artistic types. Whether they like to snap lots of photos, mess around with amateur (or even professional) video, or illustrate, they’re a fantastic option for storing a massive body of work without eating up an iOS device’s storage space. They can be particularly useful for when users are on-the-go or otherwise away from their computer for extended periods of time. [Our Review]

Pretty much any apps that allow users to store their created content would be a great fit with these SanDisk drives. AppCooker ($9.99 – iPad) allows would-be developers to create rough app prototypes, so having an external backup for all of those files and assets is a good idea. Music creation apps along the lines of Session Band – Piano Edition ($5.99 – Universal) aren’t a bad idea either. I mean those remixed tracks need to be saved somewhere, right?

Intuos Creative Stylus

hgg_create_stylusThe Intuos Creative Stylus ($99 – iPad) and drawing go together like two things that go really, really well together. Wacom knows tablets, and by extension they know styli. The Intuos feels great, works great, comes with an assortment of attachment tips, and the compatible apps (listed on the official site) offer palm rejection and pressure sensitivity. [Our Review]

iRig HD

hgg_create_irighdFor the more musically inclined, consider the iRig HD ($99 – iPad/iPhone). The device can connect a guitar to any iOS device and plays the sound directly through the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Producing songs or simply screwing around with a guitar and converting the resulting tunes into a digital format doesn’t get much easier than this, and Amplitube for iPad (iPad – $9.99) is the most significant companion app to consider along with it – since it’s actually developed specifically to work with the iRig HD and allows users to do all their recording and editing directly on their device. [Our Review]

Castiv Guitar Sidekick

hgg_create_sidekickThe Castiv Guitar Sidekick ($29 – iPhone/iPod Touch), on the other hand, is a surprisingly simple contraption that’s equally as clever. This little clip attaches to the neck of a guitar and allows the user to clip their iPhone or iPod Touch to the other end – an ideal spot for reading tablature, recording tunes, tuning, and more. [Our Review]

Why not add The Backing Track App ($0.99 – Universal) to the Sidekick while you’re at it? This useful little app adds a background track for the guitar player to mess around with. The tempo can be adjusted and the tracks will loop until the users decides to turn them off. It makes practicing improvised tunes a snap, and is a lot more portable than a computer or radio.

Feel free to peruse our Editor’s Choice selections for more top-rated creativity app ideas.

Pardon the obvious lead-in but ’Tis the Season. And truly, ’tis. If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet (or even started it), chances are you could use a hand. That’s where 148Apps comes in. We’ve got a list of helpful shopping apps for you to browse through that should make the mad rush for gifts a touch easier. They won’t help to shove crowds of last-minute shoppers out of your way, but they could very well keep you from having to deal with such circumstances in the first place.

With that in mind, we present you with 148Apps’ Big List O’ Holiday Shopping Apps!

Mashalot

shop_mashalot2shop_mashalot1Mashalot (Free – iPhone) is a kind of hybridization between social apps like Twitter and Pinterest, and consumerism. Users create a profile, snap pictures of their purchases, add tags, categorize their finds, and share news of their catch with the community. The power lies in its open-endedness. Since all content is use-created and supplied, it can include information on more than just simple retail items. Cars, houses, insurance rates – the sky is pretty much the limit. And it works well as a wish list, too!

 

Shopping by TheFind

shop_shopping1shop_shopping2Shopping by TheFind (Free – Universal) is more of a cross-referencing tool. You can search the app to find the best prices and stores for the items they’re looking for, or even scan barcodes to compare prices while in the store. It can also notify you of coupons and other deals while you’re in the checkout. And if that’s not enough, it’s also possible to sign in with Facebook (don’t worry, they won’t post on your timeline) for a much more personalized experience.

 

Coupons by Shopular

shop_coupons1shop_coupons2Coupons by Shopular (Free – Universal) creates a personalized coupon book just for you. It offers up a selection of hand-picked coupons every day, throughout a large assortment of stores like Best Buy, Starbucks, Hollister, and so on. The app uses the iOS device’s location services to tell when you’re near various stores, then automatically notifies you of all the deals when you’re in the vicinity. No subscriptions, no prepaying for savings, no need to sign up, and most importantly: no searching.

 

RedLaser

shop_redlaser2shop_redlazer1RedLaser (Free – iPhone) focuses on using your iPhone to scan barcodes and QR codes in order to comparison shop instantly. It will cross-reference the price of whatever you scan with online stores, pull up coupons and circulars, and even suggest alternatives if needed. It can also be used to store loyalty card info, pull up store maps and listed hours while in-store, create shopping and wish lists, and backup all of your info securely with a RedLaser account.

 

Price Check by Amazon

shop_pricecheck2shop_pricecheck1Ever pull out your iPhone while shopping to check the price of something on Amazon? Well that’s exactly why Price Check by Amazon (Free – iPhone) exists. This official app will let you search through Amazon’s online stock via barcode scanning, text, voice, or photo. Entries include customer reviews along with the pricing information, and the app even offers price-matching for products in the US Amazon store.

 

BuyVia

shop_buyvia1shop_buyvia2BuyVia (Free – Universal) is another concierge-style app that lets you create your own custom profile of favorite stores and products, both online and off. It will search for deals catered to your specifications, alert you when an item you’re after goes on sale or has a price drop, and offers those ever-popular barcode scanning price comparisons. Perhaps the best part is that the app stores your details securely on the cloud, and allows you to access your lists and deals across all of your iOS devices. So you can set up a list at home on the iPad, then double-check it on your iPhone when you’re out.

 

Retale

shop_retale1shop_retale2Retale (Free – Universal) aims to be your go-to app for finding deals at big name stores. It provides you with digital circulars to peruse, and can also notify you when your favorite stores are having sales. It can be used to search for individual products, create a shopping list (or several), save your favorite pages, and notify you when a sale is actually about to end. No more coupon clipping and no more forgetting!

 

PriceGrabber

shop_pricegrabber2shop_pricegrabber1PriceGrabber (Free – iPhone) is another app in the vein of RedLaser. Nothing wrong with having a few options, is there? You can scan barcodes to compare prices with other online and brick-and-mortar stores, receive price alerts, favorite items you may not be ready to purchase just yet, and other such cool stuff. Get directions to physical stores, see if a specific item is available – the list goes on. It also features a “Gift Shaker” that will provide random gift suggestions.

Welcome to Day Two of our 2013 shopping extravaganza! Having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Heath Nuts] [Creative Types] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide centers around highly social iOS users. I’m talking about the people who practically live on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and all that. It can be tough to come up with something for such diehard (virtual) social butterflies, and even more tricky to surprise them, but we’re certainly going to give it a shot! Check out our list below for some hopefully useful ideas.

iKit NuCharge Battery Case for iPhone 5

hgg_social_nuchargeWhen people check Twitter, Facebook, and so on all the time, it stands to reason that they might need something to supplement their battery usage. Enter the iKit NuCharge Battery Case ($89 – iPhone). It’s light, slim, and great for on-the-go charging. Which in itself is great for people who use their phone once every ten seconds to update their status or share photos of their lunch. [Our Review]

Feed reading is a big part of most social media users’ day-to-day habits, which is why including an app like Ziner ($4.99 – iPad) and Reeder 2 ($4.99 – Universal). With so much news and information just a few taps away, having an extended battery would be very important indeed. And if the need arises to settle an argument about any number of topics at a get-together, massive cross-referencing search engine Phlo ($1.99 – Universal) is also available.

Poddities Netsuke

hgg_social_netsukeThe Netsuke from Poddities (~$20 – iPhone/iPod Touch) is another worthwhie consideration. It’s such a simple little piece of hardware: just a metal loop that screws into the bottom of the iPhone. And yet it can be quite handy for someone who’s constantly checking their screen. Installation is easy and it allows users to attach their own lanyard or other form of loop so that their phone is always within easy reach withouth the danger of falling out of a pocket. Once attached they’ll be able to wear their iPhone or iPod Touch around like a necklace or strap it to their wrist for easy Tweeting – or really any other sort of rope/nylon-based attachement they can think of. [Our Review]

The most significant purpose of the Netsuke is the way in which it makes one’s iPhone or iPod Touch so easy to have on-hand. For this reason, it’s ideal for messaging apps such as the new Tweetbot 3 ($2.99 – iPhone) and IM+ Pro7 ($4.99 – Universal), as well as for camera apps like PureShot ($1.99 – Universal). If a random thought occurs that must be shared, friends must immediately be informed of a change of plans, or something really cool is happening and photographic evidence is needed, your Netsuke recipient will be covered.

Sonos Wireless Music Systems

hgg_social_sonosAnother thing social folks like to do is share their music with others. Either by mentioning what they’re listening to in a post, linking YouTube videos, quoting lyrics, or flat-out playing their music for anyone within range to hear. It’s for the latter reason that we recommend the Sonos Play:1 ($199 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Sonos Play:3 ($299 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), and Sonos Play:5 ($399 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch). These are some seriously high-quality speakers that work incredibly well solo or grouped together. They even feature humidity protection, so you can place them in the bathroom without having to worry about damage from the steam. Even if someone on your list already has a Sonos speaker, they could easily add another one to their system for even more expansive sound. [Our Sonos Play:1 Review]

If the person you’re getting a Sonos speaker for also happens to enjoy amateur videography, you might want to consider gifting them a copy of Vidstitch Pro ($0.99 – Universal). It’s a great way for them to combine multiple videos and still images into a sort of moving collage, and could certainly benefit from the addition of some high-quality sound. Conversely, if they prefer to listen rather than create there’s always Pocket Casts ($3.99 – Universal). This unassuming little app is a fantastic tool for downloading, managing, and listening to one’s favorite podcasts regardless of whether or not they’re available on iTunes.

Feel free to peruse our Editor’s Choice selections for more top-rated social app ideas.

The turkey leftovers have been finished off, distant relatives have made it back to their homes, and the holiday shopping season has officially begun! Knowing what to get for someone, regardless of how familiar you may be with their tastes, can often be a challenge. Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide is for the health nuts. Those people who get up inhumanly early to exercise, bike and/or jog with regularity, or otherwise make athletic activities a significant part of their day. If you’d like to help the health-conscious iOS users in your life with some handy gizmos, or maybe nab a useful app or two they may not have heard of, check out our list below for some ideas.

earHero Headphones

hgg_health_earheroThe earHero Headphones ($149 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) are definitely something to think about for the people on your list who go jogging or biking in busy urban areas. These earbuds are all about safety. They actually allow outside sounds to reach the listener even while in-use, which may sound silly but can make a big difference to someone riding their bike through the streets of a major metropolitan area. Car horns, truck engines, etc, won’t be drowned out – which will theoretically make running and biking around town significantly safer. At least from an “almost getting blindsided by an SUV while crossing the street” point of view. Admittedly the sound quality isn’t ideal for listening to music, but when safety is a concern I think it’s a worthwhile sacrifice. [Our Review]

While the sound quality may not be ideal for music, that’s no reason to think that there aren’t some worthwhile apps that would pair well with earHero headphones. Take Zombies, Run! ($3.99 – iPhone) for example: it’s not about music but about listening for the approaching zombie hordes and running like mad to keep from getting eaten. Then there’s TempoRun ($2.99 – iPhone), which is admittedly music-focused but it’s more about the tempo than the actual tunes. It allows users to set their own pace by way of adjusting the speed of their music, and even offers streaming radio if they get tired of their own playlist.

Dodo Hardcover Case for iPhone 5 and 5s

hgg_health_dodocaseWhy the Dodo Hardcover iPhone Case ($34.95 to $54.90 – iPhone 5/5s)? Because it’s a good-looking and sturdy iPhone case, that’s why. It may not be ideal for clipping to a waistband or strapping to a limb, but it offers great protection when tossed in a pocket. And sometimes people prefer to put their iPhone in a pocket (presumably a zippered or buttoned one) when they go running or biking. So the Dodo case will protect their phone, and look good when they take it out for a moment or two during a breather at that little cafe on the corner they like to stop at sometimes. [Our Review]

With such a durable and good-looking case, there’s no harm in taking a look at some rather movement-intensive apps. For example, if your recipient were to load up Performance Stretching ($2.99 – iPhone) or Pocket Yoga ($2.99 – Universal) before going for a run or otherwise working out, they wouldn’t have to worry much about their iPhone falling out of a pocket and bouncing off the floor. The same goes for Pedometer Pro ($1.99 – iPhone), which will keep track of the user’s running information whether they’re out on the street or on a treadmill. If the phone happens to fall out of their pocket while in mid-run, the Dodo case will be there to protect it.

Adidas MiCoach SPEED_CELL

hgg_health_micoachOn the more literal side of things, we have the Adidas MiCoach SPEED_CELL ($70 – iPhone). It’s a tiny stat-tracking gizmo that measures speed, distance, steps, stride rates, and more, and clips right on to a shoe’s laces or can be placed into a special cavity found in specific brands. Just sync it up with an iPhone and start running! [Our Review]

RFLKT+

hgg_health_rflktThen there’s the RFLKT+ ($129 – iPhone); an iPhone-powered bike computer. The RFLKT+ clips on to a bike’s handlebars and displays app data (and controls music playback) straight from the iPhone – transmitted wirelessly over bluetooth, of course. In other words, users can clip their iPhone somewhere or stuff it in a secure pocket or something, then control everything from this tiny display mounted in front of them. Yes please!

FitBit Force

hgg_health_fitbitThe FitBit Force ($129 – iPhone) is another worthwhile stat-tracker to consider. This little watch-like thing can be worn all day and night – keeping an eye on calories burned, steps taken, sleep, and more. Those stats can then be wirelessly synced to an iPhone, where users can monitor their progress in real time and even set personal goals to try and beat. It also supports a sizable number of third-party fitness apps. Oh, and it tells time.

Bike2Power BikeCharge Power Pack

hgg_health_bikechargeFor the very active bike riders who tend to stay out for hours at a time, there’s also the Bike2Power BikeCharge Power Pack ($59 – iPhone). This durable all-weather battery backup attaches to the user’s bike and can be hooked up to a number of iOS devices (yes, even an iPad) when needed. If they’re out for a while and need more juice for music on the ride back, they’re covered. If the forgot to charge their iPhone and need to call for a pickup due to inclement weather or exhaustion, no problem. Of course if they stay out even longer after recharging their stuff, that’s another matter entirely.

With that in mind, how about an app like gMusic 2 ($1.99 – Universal) for all their audio entertainment needs? It allows users to stream their entire Google music collection, and if they burn out their phone’s battery in the process of listening to Queen on repeat they can easily charge it back up again with the Bike2Power. Anything they’d be using while out on the road would be a good fit really; from Cyclemeter GPS ($4.99 – Universal) to MotionX 24/7 – formerly MotionX Sleep ($0.99 – iPhone).

Feel free to peruse our Editor’s Choice selections for more top-rated fitness app ideas.

PBS Kids recently ran a survey on parents and posted results that show that 54% of them plan on purchasing a tech item for their child this holiday season. And that number increases to 59% for the more tech-savvy parents ages 18-34. Tablets are listed as the hot item at the top of the list and they beat-out video game consoles 28% to 18%. The study of over 1,000 surveyed parents with kids between the ages of 2 and 10 also lists that 36% of parents plan to purchase either a tablet or smartphone.

The survey also shows that 77% of parents plan to purchase educational apps for their children as 90% of them stat that educational apps will play an important role in their child’s education.

“There’s a vast and ever-growing population of young children who have ready access to mobile media and, as many parents recognize, that presents an important opportunity to utilize tablets and smartphones to advance children’s learning,” said Lesli Rotenberg, GM of Children’s Programming at PBS, in a press release. “It’s essential that parents think through what kind of apps, online games and video content they make available to their kids. This is one important reason why PBS KIDS has been so innovative in making sure our high-quality, research-based educational content is available across digital platforms to provide a deeper learning experience for today’s learners.”

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Other Key PBS KIDS Parent Survey Findings
•Six in 10 parents collaborate with their child to select apps, while a third of parents say they make the choice themselves.
•When selecting games and apps for their children, over half of parents (56%) base their decisions on age recommendations.
•In addition to educational content, 56% of parents pointed to price and 45% cited characters their kids know and love as important factors when choosing apps.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Celebrates the 1973 Special’s 40-Year Anniversary in Style

Posted by on November 8th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Good Grief! The Peanuts gang is back this holiday season with a brand new interactive and remastered 40th Anniversary edition of their classic adventure.

This digital book offers three different modes for readers to enjoy: Autoplay, Read to Me, and Read to Myself. Complete with dialogue, music, and sound effects from the original animated special from 1973. Heck, the story itself is even narrated by Linus van Pelt himself, Stephen Shea! On top of that, every page is interactive in some way and incorporates touch, tilt, or slide functions to pull you into the story.

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This Week at 148Apps: December 17-21

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and as everyone knows, Jeff Scott listed sale apps and watched that list grow: “As another year draws to a close, millions of people will find iOS devices and iTunes gift cards waiting for them under the tree. That means lots of people looking for apps and games to download and that means it’s time for a HUGE sale. This year does not disappoint with tons of apps and games on sale and a ton going free for Christmas week.

If you enjoy this list, feel free to tweet or share this post on Facebook.

Here are our picks from the best of the best apps and games on sale. And as a reminder, you can always find the latest apps and games on sale at our iOS Price Drops page.”

Read the full list at 148Apps.com.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-29 :: Category: Games

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-11-29 :: Category: Games

Then away to GiggleApps we ran with a dash, and checked in with Amy Solomon, who had this news flash: “The Night Before Christmas presented by One Hundred Robots is a personal favorite retelling of the classic holiday story of the same name.

If one were to check iTunes, one could find multiple apps adapting this traditional Christmas story, and this app is a top choice of mine for a few reasons.

Although I am not always a fan of computer generated animation, especially when it boasts a 3D effect.
I do, however, love the bright, colorful and wonderfully stylized look of this computer-generated app, with interesting photographic elements and textures along with a 3D look for a very interesting visual experience. There is a wonderful use of perspective, and the placement of that would be the camera if one were shooting live action as well, as quick camera movements highlights the benefits of working with computer graphics.”

Read Amy’s full review at GiggleApps.com.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-01 :: Category: Books

Then at last we arrived at AndroidRundown, to see what was new in KickStarter-town: “Stands for smartphones are a very usual kickstarted project because they are all generally very simple and relatively cheap to make. We have done a few here for this blog post, and I was trying to stay away from them, but after seeing the crazy look of this week’s KickStarter Spotlight project I had to do it. This week I am showing off Simply Amplified’s Symphony Shells. They are 3-D printed phone stands that are shaped like real-life oceanic shells. They come in three separate forms, the urchin; small and spiked, the murex; arched and pointy, and the nautilus; square and twisting. All can be done in a very colorful and ornate tie-dye pattern or simply come in a solid or di-chromatic color scheme. My initial favorite is the nautilus simply because of its epic size and crazy spiky, square spiral. These really are very beautiful designs and any of them would display a smartphone with style and aplomb.”

Read more about Symphony Shells at AndroidRundown.com.

So rest and relax, and don’t even flitter – you can always find us on Facebook and Twitter. And when you wake from your drowse and your long Christmas naps, don’t forget to check in with 148Apps.

Where’s My Holiday Released

Posted by on December 20th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As we mentioned a few days ago, Disney Mobile’s Where’s My Holiday? has now been released. A free cross over app melding elements and characters from Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry?, Where’s My Holiday? brings 12 holiday themed levels to play.

Even More Holiday Fun With The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Posted by on December 6th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Be warned, it is indeed the end of the calendar year, and as such, you’re going to see a metric tonne of “holiday-themed” updates to your favorite games on iOS before the New Year. The latest update is to EA’s The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

You can fill your virtual Springfield with new limited-edition characters, quests, buildings, jobs, holidays decorations, buildings, and trees, along with holiday-themed content like Santa Homer, Santa’s Village, and (natch) Santa’s Little Helper.

NEW FEATURES:
· New Characters – Go on a binge with Barney, blast Sideshow Mel from a cannon, and have Santa Homer endure whiny kids’ wishes. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa’s Little Helper!
· New Buildings – Steal a copy of Bonestorm from the Try-N-Save, roll a strike at the Bowl-a-rama, and feed the reindeer at Santa’s Village.
· Put Up Lights & Decorations – Decorate Springfield with a Holiday tree or light adornments for all the homes around town.
· Santa Coins – Players can perform holiday jobs and collect Santa Coins that can be used to unlock unique prizes.

via: Our Review

This Week at 148Apps: November 5-9

This week at 148Apps.com, we got into the holiday spirit with a review of a gadget that might be on many people’s wish lists this year – the iRig Keyboard. Site editor Rob LeFebvre writes, “IK Multimedia might be trying to take over the music peripheral world. The company has a wide range of apps, instruments, and support items that could, in theory, be used to build a band entirely out of iOS instruments. The latest offering from this prolific manufacturer is titled iRig Keys, a super portable iOS keyboard with 37 velocity-sensitive keys, modulation and pitch wheels, low power consumption, and core MIDI compliance. The iRig is aimed at the portable musician, the composer on the go, the backpack virtuoso, and as such, it succeeds brilliantly.”

Think you might ask Santa for this? Check out Rob’s full review at 148Apps.

The upcoming holidays were also on our minds at GiggleApps.com, as Amy Solomon reviewed Ice is Nice: All About the North and South Poles. Amy says, “As the name may suggest, Ice Is Nice does indeed give a lot of great information about the earth’s North and South Poles, as well as animals found in these areas that children and their adults will enjoy a great deal.

As with the other titles from this series, go on an adventure with The Cat in the Hat, Dick and Sally as well as Thing One and Thing Two, who are all here to learn such topics as the harsh temperatures found at the Poles or why there are six months of darkness or perpetual sun.”

Learn more about the poles in Amy’s review on GiggleApps.

$4.99
$5.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-27 :: Category: Books

Finally, 148Apps.biz writer Carter Dotson explored the improvements made in Tapjoy’s latest SDK: “Mobile advertising service Tapjoy has announced version 9.0 of their SDK for iOS and Android. The purpose of this update is meant to expand out and improve their current set of features to improve user engagement with their ads, and to integrate daily rewards, a popular feature that developers can now easily implement. These are meant to provide advertisers ways to developer targeted ads in a better way, and for developers to generate revenue even from non-paying users through incentivized ad viewing, service signups, and app installs.”

Want more info? Read all about it at 148Apps.biz.

And that sets us up for a week of pre-Thanksgiving hysteria here in the States. Join us on Twitter and Facebook to keep track of holiday app sales, news and reviews across all of our sites…and do yourself a favor and start thawing that turkey now.

While all the little kiddies are out gathering candy – assuming they aren’t out on the East Coast because that would be fairly dangerous given the current circumstances – it can be tough figuring out what the rest of us can do with our time. Sure there might be the odd Halloween party and there’s always sitting around waiting for trick-or-treaters. But what’s a person to do with their downtime? Why not take to the App Store and sample a bunch of new Halloween content that’s just been added to a number of DeNA titles?

Blood Brothers – The most recent “gather creatures and strengthen/evolve them” game to come from Mobage is having a special Grave of Kings event. Players can nab some event-only familiars (complete with jack-o-lantern masks) until November 1st. Or until the special raid boss event ends. Which will also be on November 1st. So yeah.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-08-28 :: Category: Games

Deity Wars – Starting now and continuing through October 31st players will be able to participate in a special live event to try and earn both rare cards and the expected Halloween-themed in-game items. Nothing like mixing a few ghosts and goblins with gods, right?

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-08-07 :: Category: Games

Fantasica – Guard your dreams! A bunch of Halloween nightmares have been let loose and players must band together to fight them off. The special event runs through the 31st and will give us all the chance to win some special loot and cards. I feel like I should reinstall this just so I can ogle the new characters because I love the artwork so much.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-08-07 :: Category: Games

Kingdom Wars! – Get your hands on some limited time Halloween Edition Dungeon card packs and hopefully bring a ghost, witch, or other nightmarish monstrosity into the ranks. “Mwahahahahaha!!!” and all that.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-09-25 :: Category: Games

My Monster Rancher – Rather than focusing on special event monsters (although there are those, too), My Monster Rancher is tossing lots of special prizes and costume items into the pot cauldron. Witch hats, pumpkin heads, and more await!

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-10 :: Category: Games

Ninja Royale – This Halloween a bunch of vampires chose the wrong ninja to try and snack on. In addition to the special themed drops a special jack-o-lantern clan, CARVER, has been added. Seriously though, of all the human prey to hunt why would vampires want to go after a ninja?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-02 :: Category: Games

Pocket Planes – We’re all familiar with ferrying bitizens back and forth to earn some cash. We’re also accustomed to hauling a bunch of the little pixel people and their gear to special destinations for specific purposes. Now we can fly lots of ghouls, candy, and whatnot around until the 31st. Let’s make sure these bitizens have a Halloween they’ll never forget!

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-14 :: Category: Games

Rage of Bahamut – Granted I’m used to special events in this CCG but I’ve yet to take part in any that were holiday themed. This time it’s going to be the Manor of Illusions, complete with plenty of special items and cards to earn. I suppose it’s time to start stockpiling more cure waters.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

Tiny Tower – Not even Tiny Tower is safe from the horrible spirits roaming the App Store. Granted the ghostly costumes have been available for bitizens to wear for quite some time but now there’s a special Halloweed-themed mission to complete. And you can dress them up and start haunting your tower’s floors now through the end of the month.
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This week at 148Apps.com, we celebrated the coming Memorial Day holiday with a closer look and an ever-growing list of apps on sale. Site editor Rob LeFebvre writes, “So, it’s that time of year again! BBQs, lawn chairs, beer, and the ability to finally wear shorts with sandals without fear of frostbite. Tan those legs and check out all the huge sales that are going on across the App Store below. We’ll try and keep it updated as we go this weekend, so be sure to let us know of any good sales on iOS apps…”

Read the full list at 148Apps.com.

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At GiggleApps, writer Amy Solomon reviewed The First Million-Teach Your Child to Read. Solomon says, “The First Million is a lovely universal “mix and match” book application that adults and children will find interesting as well as intuitive as here, as the pages of this book are split into three sections – each being able to be flipped back and forth to create new and intriguing illustrations and word combinations. Unlike other “mix and match” books where one can look for the corresponding thirds of the same image to make a match, this app is completely open-ended with no right or wrong matches to be made, giving children free range to produce any and all combinations they may fancy.”

Read Amy’s full review on GiggleApps.com.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-22 :: Category: Education

Finally, 148Apps.biz writer Kevin Stout reported on Disney’s push into Angry Birds territory. Stout writes, “Intensely popular Disney game, Where’s My Water?, will be receiving its first line of merchandise based on the game. The physics-based puzzler by Disney has been popular on both iOS and Android. Fans of the popular game can now buy all kinds of merchandise featuring the story’s character, Swampy the Alligator.”

Read more about Swampy’s foray into stores at 148Apps.biz.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-09-22 :: Category: Games

That’s it for us – and we’re one week closer to summer! Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get all of the latest updates all during the week. See you next time, Marvel Zombies!

Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of the Mexican victory over the French in the 1860s, has increasingly become a celebration in America as well as Mexico. Check out our favorite four for celebrating Cinco de Mayo including apps on food, dancing, and history.

Rick Bayless: Mexican Essentials
Good Mexican food is the first thing that comes to mind for Cinco de Mayo. I remember sneaking into Spanish class one year in high school on May 5th to steal some food (I was in French). Rick Bayless: Mexican Essentials is a cookbook app that also contains instructional videos by award-winning chef and Mexican cuisine master, Rick Bayless. The app not only contains Rick’s 35 essential Mexican recipes, but also 40 videos on his tricks and techniques, 32 key ingredients with advice on how to buy and use them, a shopping list aggregator, and social media sharing. I think I’m going to give the Tortilla Soup a try this year.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-25 :: Category:

Salsa Fresca HD
Keeping up with the food theme, what’s Cinco de Mayo without some good salsa? Salsa Fresca HD is an iPad cookbook with various recipes for salsa. There are all kinds of salsa types included in the app like tomato, corn, bean, and more. Each salsa recipe is accompanied by a picture and suggested “good with” ideas. It even contains tips and tricks on how to perform various salsa-related tasks like roasting tomatoes and rehydrating chiles.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-17 :: Category:

Pocket Salsa
Another salsa app? Not quite. We’re still on salsa, but this time we’re talking about dancing. There are Cinco de Mayo celebrations all over the world and most consist of dancing as well as food. Pocket Salsa is a portable salsa instructor. For partiers looking to learn to salsa dance before their favorite Cinco de Mayo celebration, this app includes 150 video salsa lessons, salsa rhythms, a salsa podcast, and even more videos through in-app purchases. The app even has AirPlay support to watch the lessons right on a TV.

$3.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-05-13 :: Category: Lifestyle

Cinco de Mayo: The Battle of Puebla
It can’t hurt to brush up on the history of Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo: The Battle of Puebla provides users with a detailed video on both the Battle of Puebla, the military victory that led to the traditional celebration on May 5th, and the history of the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The videos include accompanying text for users impatient users that want to read ahead. The app also includes two games, a quiz and a paint game, that can be unlocked for an in-app purchase of $0.99. But the app is free and so are both videos.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-28 :: Category: Education

The top gift on most holiday lists this year is undoubtedly a new iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. To celebrate, Disney Mobile’s very popular rhythm music game Tap Tap Revenge is running its biggest holiday deal yet. Leading up to New Year’s Eve, Tap Tap Revenge is giving away a song a day, including a few holiday favorites, Grammy nominations, and hit singles from the world’s biggest music acts, including Cold Play, who’s hit new song “Hurts Like Heaven” is Sunday’s free track. Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night” was Thursday’s free track.

As for holiday cheer, they’re also giving away Bootsy Collins & Snoop Dogg’s “Happy Holidaze 2012” on December 26. Other hit songs being given away for free in the holiday promotion include, “Feel So Close” from Calvin Harris, “Body Work” from Morgan Page (ft. Tegan & Sara) and The Band Perry’s smash hit “If I Die Young.” Other bands include Alkaline Trio, She Wants Revenge, Coleman & Chris, Ivy, Chancellor Warhol and The Outfield.

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Amsterdam: DK Top 10 Review

Amsterdam: DK Top 10 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Offering bite sized yet comprehensive information for those planning to visit Amsterdam.

Read The Full Review »

This weekend we celebrate Independence day here in the US. And as app developers tend to do, they have put a whole bunch of games and apps on sale this holiday weekend. We’ll update this post regularly with the latest, so please check back.

Included below are just about every game that EA makes, a few great ones from Gameloft, a bunch more great ones from Chillingo, Com2US, Nickelodeon and many many more.

And as a reminder, you can always find the latest iOS app and game price drops at our interactive page here, via Twitter price drops, and RSS. Whew!

Update 2 – 7/4 1:30pm: Lots of great stuff including lots of free games. And a huge sale from Firemint.
Update 1 – 7/2 11:00am: Lots of stuff from Konami and a bunch of great free games added. Grab them before the prices go back up!


Gravity Guy - price returned to $0.99, was on sale for FREE!

Real Racing - price returned to $2.99, was on sale for $0.99

On Sale Now-July 5th
Sale: $4.99
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, works on iPad
Released: 2010-12-16 :: Category: Games

Real Racing HD - price returned to $4.99, was on sale for $1.99

On Sale Now-July 5th
Sale: $6.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-03-11 :: Category: Games

Flight Control HD - price returned to $4.99, was on sale for $0.99

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Infinity Cubed - price returned to $0.99, was on sale for FREE!

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-05-11 :: Category: Games

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Continue reading Independence Day Weekend Game and App Sale! [Updated x2!] »

Luckily for us, developers use any excuse to put their apps on sale if they think there will be a higher than average number of people looking at the App Store. Such is the case now with the impending release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon and also with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching.

So we have a bunch of developers putting their apps and games on sale, and we get to benefit from that! Take a look below at the cream of the sale crop. There’s no real defined end point for this sale, so grab them now as they could go up anytime.

Update: 2/12 10:00am, Update: 2/11 4:00pm – A few more interesting ones picked up.
Update: 2/10 1:00pm – Imangi, Snappy Touch, and DK Publications get in the giving mood and make some their apps free for a while. Grab them all, they are all great.
Update: 2/10 12:00pm – Navigon gets generous with their great GPS apps. Reducing the price by 50% for North America!
Update: 2/10 10:00am – Namco, Sega, and Disney go $0.99 crazy with a load of their games. It must be catching.
Update: 2/9, 2:00pm – Capcom jumps in as well with a whole slew of their games going for $0.99 including the just released Devil May Cry 4 Refrain.
Update: 2/8, 10:00am – And Gameloft joins in the party as well. Putting 14 of their games on sale for $0.99 until February 14th!
Update: 2/7, 2:30pm – EA is at it again. They have put the majority of their iPhone/iPod touch and a few of their iPad games on sale. We’ve added the best of them below. The descriptions say they are on sale for 48 hours only, I think it might be a bit longer than that, but grab them now if you missed the sale last time.
Update: 2/5, 3:00pm – Added a dozen or so more. Many football related apps on sale for the big game on Sunday (no, not Liverpool v. Chelsea).

Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master - price returned to $2.99, was on sale for $0.99

Me Too! - Little Critter - price returned to $1.99, was on sale for $0.99

On Sale Now-?
Sale: $0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-02-03 :: Category: Games

On Sale Now-?
Sale: $0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-01-27 :: Category: Games

Virtua Fighter 2 - price returned to $1.99, was on sale for $0.99

On Sale Now-?
Sale: $0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-01-10 :: Category: Games

On Sale Now-?
Sale: FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-18 :: Category: Books

Martha Stewart Cookies for iPhone/iPod Touch - price returned to $2.99, was on sale for $0.99

On Sale Now-?
Sale: $FREE
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-01-18 :: Category: Games

Hit the jump for a bunch more apps and games on sale!

Continue reading Developers Signal Arrival of Verizon iPhone 4 With An App Sale! [Update X 8] »

148Apps is proud to announce the 2011 New User Guides, written for new users of the iOS devices that we use and love every day. The iPhone 4, the iPad, and the iPod touch each have their own slick new guide for those who may be considering getting one, who may have gotten one for the winter holidays, or who have a device and wonder just what apps to get.

These guides are chock full of information, from model and device specifications to tips, tricks, and links to manuals, videos and web-based guides. They include just tons of recommendations for apps, games, educational apps, you name it – we’ve written about it. Quick descriptions and pictures of each app and game are followed by links to make it easy to go grab the app you’re reading about. In addition, the guides include two special sections from network sites ThePortableGamer and GiggleApps, to help you figure out which games or educational apps to get for your device.

If you have a new iPhone 4, iPod touch, or iPad this holiday season, be sure to download the guide that matches your holiday treasure. Or, better yet, tell all your friends about it and be entered to win a $50 iTunes Gift Card to help you fill up that pretty little device with apps and games. How’s THAT for holiday cheer, eh? For more information about the contest, head on over to the user guide page for details.

We’re proud of our guides, and we’re glad to be able to get them to you. Feel free to pass along the links to the guides to all your iOS loving Facebook friends and Twitter buddies and new owners as well, since sharing is caring.

[ Download the 2011 iOS New User Guides ]

November 26 is a dangerous yet thrilling day to be an American shopper, as it marks Black Friday. As US consumers know, the day after Thanksgiving is typically when retailers offer their biggest sales and best incentives in the hope of kicking the holiday shopping season off with a bang. Further complicating an already hectic day is the fact that if you’re looking to buy an iPad or iPhone for a loved one then you’d best make the Apple Store or another electronics retailer your first stop, as they’re poised to go fast.

According to a survey conducted by BlackFriday.com, the iPad is the most sought after holiday gift this year, and the iPhone comes in third. That means that if you’re looking to buy either item then you might want to go ahead and get in line at your local Best Buy right now, because both are likely to be sold out about ten minutes after the store opens on November 26 and then remain MIA through New Year’s. The upside to all this is that the iPod Touch isn’t in the top 10 list of most-wanted items (it lands at number 11), so while all the other crazed shoppers are fighting over the other iOS devices you should be able to snap up an iPod with minimal fuss.

What’s most surprising about the Black Friday predictions in general is just how tech-centric they are. Every item in the top 15 is some sort of gadget or gizmo, and nearly 60 percent of survey respondents said they wanted some form of electronics as a holiday gift. In fact, tech dominates the list, with most folks saying that they want things with microchips inside them under the Christmas tree this year. And remember, this isn’t some tech site running the survey, but rather a general interest website which is devoted solely to helping people find good sales. In other words, its target market is the average American consumer, and it seems that such consumers really want iPads and iPhones. Looks like Apple is shaping up to have a very happy holiday season.

[via BlackFriday.com]

In what is becoming a holiday weekend tradition, lots and lots of developers are putting their apps on sale. From the big guys to the small ones, they all want to cash in on the rush this weekend. Seems like the magic price point is $0.99 for sale games and apps to really do well, so that’s where many are setting this weekend.

Update: 9/4 9:20am – Updated for the changes that showed overnight.
Update: 9/5 9:30am – Update – added a few more that showed up overnight.

Here’s our list of the most interesting sale apps. We’ll be updating this a few times this weekend, so keep checking back for more. But there’s no way we’ll be able to catch all of them so keep an eye on our iPhone App Price Drops page for the full list. Note that some of the apps listed below may only be on sale in the US App Store.

TomTom One of the best GPS apps got updated this week and is on sale:
TomTom USA $49.99 $39.99

EA Mobile have a few of their games on sale, mostly Hasbro titles, on sale for $0.99 each.
Boggle $1.99 $0.99
Clue $1.99 $0.99
Game of Life $2.99 $0.99
Littlest Pet Shop $2.99 $0.99
Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition $2.99 $0.99
Monopoly $2.99 $0.99
Trivial Pursuit $2.99 $0.99
Yahtzee Adventures $2.99 $0.99

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Build-a-Lot 2: Town of the Year $2.99 $0.99
Build-a-lot $1.99 $0.99
Deer Hunter 3D for iPad $4.99 $0.99
Deer Hunter: African Safari $6.99 $2.99
Glyder 2 for iPad $1.99 $0.99
Jump O’Clock $1.99 $0.99
Mini Golf Wacky Worlds $1.99 $0.99
Stranded: Mysteries of Time $1.99 $0.99
Super KO Boxing 2 for iPad $2.99 $0.99
TRANSFORMERS G1: AWAKENING $1.99 $0.99
TRANSFORMERS CyberToy $1.99 $0.99

Hit the jump for approximately 1.3 bajillion more apps and games on sale.

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Looks like the big holiday sales aren’t just for used cars and mattresses anymore. In a move that we’ve seen repeated the past few holiday weekend, many of the app and game developers are putting their wares on sale this weekend.

There are sales from the big guys like EA, Gameloft, Glu, Handmark and more below. With Glu putting nearly all of their games down to $0.99, EA marking most of their games a huge amount, and lots of Indie developers dropping prices, it’s a great time to pick up a few new games.

Here are some of the more notable apps on sale — or at least the ones we’ve noticed so far. But we can’t list all of them here, you can check out our full list of all of the iPhone app sales on our price drops page.

See one of your favorite apps or games on sale but not on our list? Leave a comment below and let us know.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-21 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-09-23 :: Category: Games

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-12-03 :: Category: Games :: Family

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-09-19 :: Category: Games :: Family

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-10-16 :: Category: Games

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-10-31 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-12-03 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-08-09 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-05-24 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-04-01 :: Category: Games

There are really just too many to list on the front page. Hit the jump for the full list or check out our price drops page.


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Picture 4Economists call it a positive externality, we just call it cool. Lonely Planet, the accredited travel and information guide, is offering thirteen of its city guides for free on the App Store due to the Icelandic volcano. The applications, which offer you offline maps, geo-coded points of interest and location-based navigation, usually cost between $10 and $15. Hurry, the offer ends on 22nd April and we can be pretty sure that it won’t happen again soon. Then again, none of us are volcanologists.

Cities available: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna.

[via MacWorld]

Updated :: 11/27, 1:09pm Pacific – Final (?) update. 284 total sale items, 34 of them free!
Updated :: 11/27, 11:59am Pacific – Added 12 more.
Updated :: 11/27, 10:51am Pacific – Added Gameloft NFL 2010, few more.
Updated :: 11/27, 10:25am Pacific – Added another 10+ games.
Updated :: 11/27, 9:42am Pacific – Added GPS apps, dozens more. Time to get buying.
Updated :: 11/26, 10:08pm Pacific – Added Com2uS games, and 30 others. Too much pie. Must sleep.
Updated :: 11/26, 10:55am Pacific – Added 20+ from the night before. Happy Thanksgiving!
Updated :: 11/25, 11:38pm Pacific – added a bunch of games from Namco and more.

Every year on Black Friday, retailers put things on huge discount. It’s become a tradition to have “Door-Buster” sales to get people out and shop on this day that retailers traditionally first turn a profit for the year. Well, the app store is no different. App developers big and small are putting their apps on sale for the holiday weekend.

We’ll try to update this a few times over the holiday weekend, it’s a good way to escape the in-laws.

Don’t forget to come back on Friday as that’s when a bunch of the following go on sale.

A whole bunch of ifs, ands, or buts.

These apps are the sale items that we have been notified about or have found. Some of these items may not be on sale yet, but we’ve been told they are going to be on sale. The prices do change at any time and do change quickly – developers are tricky that way. Some are on sale for the weekend, others for only Black Friday. If the app you want isn’t showing up as on sale, I’d check back Friday.

Because prices change so quickly, we can’t always update things to show the correct prices below. We like to take a break and eat pumpkin pie too you know. Click through to the App Store to see the current up-to-the-second prices. And if you see something you like, at a price you like, grab it immediately as it may not stay on sale as long as you would hope.

It’s quite possible that we missed a few sale apps – I blame the tryptophan. So, head on over to our iPhone App Price Drops for the constantly updating full list of app price drops. Also, if you are just interested in apps that have gone free, check out our Twitter stream for @148Apps_nowfree – you don’t have to sign up to Twitter to see the newly free apps.

GPS Apps

All of the best GPS apps are on sale. CoPilot started it out by dropping to $20, Navigon followed by dropping to $70, then TomTom matched the price from Navigon. Magellan is now the highest priced at $80. What will they do? It’s a good time to be in the market for an iPhone GPS solution.

Com2uS

Com2uS has joined the fund by reducing the prices of all of their games to only $0.99.

Namco

Namco has surprised us with an early present and put most of their games on sale. Some of the classic are at amazing prices. I’m in retro heaven!

EA Mobile

EA Mobile has put just about every single game they have released on sale. Each one maked down up to 50%. These go back to normal price on 11/29.

Gameloft

Gameloft, unlike EA, are putting some of their underperforming games on sale. But the good news is that they are nearly giving them away at only $0.99. Some really good bargains in there. I highly recommend Blades of Fury if you are at all into the Street Fighter genre. These go back to normal price on 11/29.

In addition, Gang Star, West Coast Hustle recently went on sale.
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Konami

Konami jumped the gun a little and put a bunch of games on sale last week. But we’re not mad at them because they are all just $0.99!

IUGO

IUGO has put a bunch of their games on sale for Thanksgiving and to celebrate the release of their new Wario world like mini-game collection, A.D.D. Highly recommended titles below include Zombie Attack, Zombie Attack Second Wave, and Star Hogs.

Pangea

Pangea, have put a bunch of their great games on sale. If you like puzzle games, make sure you pick up Enigmo and Enigmo 2.

But wait, there’s more. Hit the jump to see oh, about a gazillion more.

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Lots of app developers have gotten into the holiday spirit and lowered the prices of their apps — many all the way down to free. So if you’re looking for something to fill up that new iPhone you found under the tree — or maybe something new for the one you already have, here’s our guide for you.

Read on for our Christmas list.

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iTree – The Original Christmas Tree

iTree – The Original Christmas Tree

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
iTree is a nicely done, interactive Christmas card app that allows you to send a customized postcard to friends and family via email, directly from your iPhone.

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I had decided a while ago that I wasn’t going to post any reviews of Christmas (or any other) holiday apps. They are all just to trite, simple, and down right annoying. Especially so to a grinch like me. But then, I saw Earthscape Santa Tracker and my heart grew three sizes that day.

FREE!
Released: 2008-12-10 :: Category: Entertainment

Ok, maybe it only expanded 1.5 sizes. But this is still a great app. Earthscape Santa Tracker is a holiday photo viewer and 3D Santa tracker based on Earthscape’s great 3D earth platform. If you have kids, it will be extra special on Christmas eve. Here’s the description from the developer:

Ho Ho Ho! Follow Santa as he makes his way around the world this Christmas Season! See where Santa is, or will be, on Christmas Eve and explore thousands of beautiful photos of the holidays being celebrated around the world. Learn how to share your own holiday pictures with the rest of the planet for a very special Christmas!

Nice List

Nice List

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Nice list lets your manage your gift shopping. You enter the people you need to buy for, the amount you have to spend and what you want to buy for them. From there you can manage the purchase, wrapping, and shipping of all gifts.

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