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Star Wars: Tiny Death Star Now in App Store

Being a fan of Star Wars and Nimblebit games such as Pocket Planes, Tiny Tower, and recently Pocket Trains, I was curious about their joint collaboration with LucasArts/Disney for their new title, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. The game is now available in the App Store for free — though like many of Nimblebit titles, you can make in-app purchases for “Bux” to speed your progress of the game. The game is not under the Nimblebit name as the developer, but instead, LucasArts. 

I was surprised and perhaps slightly disappointed that it is essentially a re-dressing of the existing title, Tiny Tower just with a Star Wars theme and Star Wars style missions. That said, if you are already familiar with Tiny Tower, you will feel right at home with this new game. There are some new and different elements to it and of course, you may appreciate it on another level if you’re a Star Wars fan.

Tweetbot for Twitter Hits the Mac App Store

Tweetbot MacTweetbot, the long awaited Twitter client for the Mac is now available in the Mac App Store. For several months I have been alpha/beta testing the app on the Mac. I had previously been using YoruFukurou (not an insult, it means NightOwl) as my main Twitter desktop client. Although perhaps not perfect (then again, I haven't found a perfect Twitter client on any platform), it has powerful features for power users such as myself on Twitter. That said, it may not be the prettiest client either. Enter Tweetbot. Finely crafted and honed visually, Tweetbot is pleasing on the eyes and ears. If you have used one of their iOS clients, you will know what I mean.

Identify the Birds You Photograph with 'Peterson Birds of North America' iOS App Now on Sale [VIDEO]

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This Labor Day Weekend, the Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America by Appweavers Inc. (App Store affiliate link) universal iOS app is on sale again for only 99¢ (normally $14.99 USD, at one time it was $29.99). Whether you are a photographer who shoots birds or a bird watcher or just someone that appreciates nature and our feathered friends, you will want to check out this in-depth app that helps you identify, learn about, and track the birds you see around you.

Three Day Sale of 'Video Camera' iOS App by i4Software [VIDEO]

A couple of months ago I reviewed the iOS video camera and video editing app called 'Video Camera by i4Software Vizzywig - Video Editor Movie Maker and Multi Camera Film Edit Effects Slideshow Music Editing Credits App - i4software' (App Store affiliate link) on the Photo Focus channel on Mobli. The app is normally $7.99 (USD) in the Apple App Store. For this Labor Day weekend the developer is having a 3-day sale for it.

TurboCollage - Collage Creator is FREE for TODAY ONLY in the Mac App Store

A quick post to let you know that TurboCollage - Collage Creator - SilkenMermaid for the Mac is FREE in the Apple Mac App Store for today only.

The app allows you to create collages with your photographs in various ways (using a picture pile, picture grid, mosaic, center frame, and a zig mosaic).

It is highly rated in the Mac App Store. I've used it on some projects and had been pleased with my results.

Embedded in the Mobile Space

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I haven't posted many blog entries or reviews here lately because I had been embedded in the mobile space. What does that mean? While not replacing desktop computing any time soon, the mobile platform (and for me that means iOS) has matured to the point now where I can be productive on it and create and process content on it and post it directly to the net. For example, shooting photography and video right on the iPhone, editing the media on it, and posting it on the net all without ever touching my desktop workstation computer.

Free iOS Apps This Weekend: IncrediBooth, The Terminator, and Jaws Revenge

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Many iOS app developers are offering free or discounted apps this weekend in celebration of Halloween. One of which is IncrediBooth. As the name implies, it is a photo-booth type of app. It takes a series of photos using the front facing camera of the iPhone 4/4S, iPad 2, or iPod touch 4th generation using different filters.

The app is free this weekend (normally 99¢ USD - App Store link: IncrediBooth - Hipstamatic, LLC) and it includes the "Cowboy Booth" set of filters (4 variations). You can purchase other booths (filters) including a special one just in time for Halloween called Haus O' Haunt Booth (for iOS 5). This filter pack and other ones are available as in-app purchases for 99¢ each. They are completely optional of course.

Congrats to Mobli and a Mobli How-To Video

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Recently over the last month, I have written about smartphone app, Mobli. Last week, I had the honor of being featured among others on the popular people section of the app and website. I posted about it and the new features that had been added with the latest update to the iOS version of the app. In that posting, I mentioned I was among others featured including Lukas Haas and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Mobli Adds Features and Spirit (and Me... to the Popular Section)

First I want to say thanks to Mobli for featuring me among other fantastic people in their popular section both in the app and the website. It was an unexpected surprise.

Mobli Popular Section on the iPhone

Mobli Mobilizes Your Life

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Mobli mobilizes your life... What does that mean? The mobile phone app, Mobli enables you to mobilize your life by allowing you to be almost anywhere in the world and it allows your life and experiences to be shared to almost anywhere in the world.

Mobli allows this via our smart phones (it is available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry). It empowers us to engage with others that may be sharing similar experiences or have similar interests. It allows us to share our experiences with others by sharing photos and video taken right on our smart phones shared out to other Mobli users, the Mobli website, and if you choose, Twitter and Facebook as well.

King Camera Upgraded to 2.0, Includes Zoom and a Sale

I can't believe it's this time of the year already.

The King Camera (App Store link) for iOS has been upgraded to 2.0 with the upgraded version now in the Apple App Store. This is the first major upgrade of the app since its original 1.0 release (though I think an update back in June of this year that finally added 1:1 aspect ratio cropping was pretty significant as well). Say Cheezzz, the developer of the app states that it has been basically rebuilt from the ground up. I upgraded and had a little (not much) time to try it out today. The photo featured here in the upper left (pumpkins, gourds) is one of mine which I shot and processed on my iPhone 4 using the King Camera app version 2.0.

Snapseed for iPhone and iPad is Free Until Sept. 23rd

This is quick post to let you know that you can download the photo editing app, Snapseed for iOS (iPhone and iPad) for FREE until September 23, 2011 (previously $4.99). I haven't used it yet, so no review of it as of now. It is highly rated in the App Store though.

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Google+ Plus Five Weeks

It was more than five weeks ago that I first entered the new Google+ social networking platform as a "field beta tester." It certainly is hard to believe it has been that long already. This coming Monday or Tuesday will be six weeks since the initial beta launch of the service, but I guess as the old saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun."

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Instagram: 150,000,000 Photos Later

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I understood it was new when I started using it, but I don't think I knew that it was only one week after it launched when I took my first Instagram shot on my iPhone on that fateful Wednesday, 13 October 2010 (Instagram was launched the week before on the 6th). It seemed to be the natural successor to my Project 365 at the time. Indeed it was, but it has been so much more.

Instagram has just celebrated their 150th million photo shared via its service. They are seeing Instagrammers sharing photos at the rate of 15 photos per second. They have also seen incredible growth since launching with more than 7 million users now.

For those uninitiated, Instagram is a free app in the Apple App Store (currently only for iOS devices) which allows you to share your stories via photos and words. It is Twitter meets Flickr in a sense. Like Twitter, you follow people and people can follow you. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it is thousand more than what you can convey in a 140 character tweet on Twitter.

Episodes Are Back in The Sonic Newsdriver Companion App

We are pleased to report that all the episodes and other content are once again available in the The Sonic Newsdriver Companion App (for iOS and Android). There had been an issue previously reported in which no content was appearing in the app after attempting to get our most recent episode posted to the app. These issues seemed to be resolved now and the app should work as intended now. If you encounter any problems, please let us know.

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