Today’s Apps Gone Free: Word Derby, Grimm’s Puss In Boots, Journals And More.

Saddle up and try to be the first player to cross the finish line in Chillingo’s turn-based word racing game, Word Derby. We also have an interactive digital pop-up book that tells a classic tale, and a productivity app that allows you to capture your daily thoughts.

iPhone:

Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty ($1.99 → Free, 89.3 MB): This interactive storybook app tells the tale of Duncan, a therapy dog at a nearby children’s hospital. The story affirms the idea that everyone, even the family pet, has something to share. Your child can read the story all on their own or follow along with the narration. They can also tap on different items in each scene to hear them pronounced. The app includes 15 interactive pages, and the ability to customize the story’s text and narration.

Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty is available for free today only (03/30). It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 5 ratings.

NodeBeat ($0.99 → Free, 6.7 MB): A node-based audio sequencer and generative music app. Drag different nodes all around the screen and connect them to each other to create pulsing sounds. The app includes a variety of customization options like the ability to add gravity to nodes, adjustable pulse rate and beat sync, and echo volume. It also includes 20 musical scales, a seven octave range, and the ability to record and send your tunes via email.

NodeBeat is available for free today only (03/30). It has a 5-star rating with a total of 395 ratings.

Universal:

Tweets Of The Dead! ($0.99 → Free, 54.0 MB): Wipe out the hordes of zombies that are spawning from tweets in real-time in this first-person shooter. Every time someone on Twitter mentions the word zombie, a new one will appear in the game. You must try to keep up with the zombie obsessed Twitter world for as long as possible. The game includes two maps, two methods of control, two weapons, and leaderboards via Game Center.

Tweets Of The Dead! is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 12 ratings.

Journals – Journal, Diary, & Notebook Library ($3.99 → Free, 27.1 MB): Whether you want to just jot down notes or keep a daily journal, this productivity app will help you get it done. You’re able to create multiple journals with different cover styles. When adding an entry to your journal you’re able to attach a photo, video, audio recording, image from your library, drawing, and the date and time. The app also includes multiple fonts to choose from, Dropbox support, the ability to share journal entries, and password protection.

Journals – Journal, Diary, & Notebook Library is available for free today only (03/30). It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 239 ratings.

Melodive ($0.99 → Free, 8.4 MB): Dive into an endless, ever-changing world of form and color in this distance game. All you need to know is that the colorful mushrooms point towards the sky and the darkness below is where you’re headed. Tilt to navigate your way through the darkness, and listen as your interactions with the environment create the background music. The game includes two modes, and leaderboards via Game Center.

Melodive is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 42 ratings.

Word Derby ($0.99 → Free, 31.6 MB): A turn-based multiplayer word game that has you racing to the finish line. You and your opponents are provided with the same stash of letters. You must create the longest and best possible words in the shortest amount of time to earn the derby trophy. The game includes the option to play against friends or random opponents, loads of power-ups and characters to unlock, in-game chat, and the ability to play up to 20 games at the same time.

Word Derby is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 1079 ratings.

PicItEasy PRO – Camera with stabilizer, anti-shake, auto timer, PDF, Dropbox, Instagram and labels ($1.99 → Free, 4.7 MB): Never take another blurry photo again with this camera app. It features multiple shooting options, including an anti-shake mode that will only snap a photo when your iDevice is stable and a ghost hand mode that allows you to capture a photo without touching your iDevice. You’re able to label and filter your photos for easy discovery after capturing them. The app also includes a timer mode, Dropbox integration, and a grid option.

PicItEasy PRO – Camera with stabilizer, anti-shake, auto timer, PDF, Dropbox, Instagram and labels is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 5 ratings.

Worm Run ($0.99 → Free, 26.3 MB): Swipe to survive in this innovative endless distance game. You get to play as Zeke Tallahassee, a space janitor with some special talents, and you must try to outrun the massive space worm that’s out to get you. Swipe to control Zeke’s direction and boosters. You’re able to boost only so many times before your suit needs to recharge, so use it wisely. The game includes five dynamically generated environments, loads of power-ups and upgrades, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

Worm Run is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 64 ratings.

Grimm’s Puss in Boots ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Book ($4.99 → Free, 71.8 MB): Your little ones will enjoy the re-telling of the classic tale of no ordinary cat in this interactive digital pop-up book. They’re able to follow along with the professional narration or read the story all on their own. The 3-D pop-up scenes are loaded with interactive items like mice that squeak, wheels that turn, and different outfits that can be placed on Puss in Boots. The app includes 33 pages of text, nine pop-up scenes, and relaxing music and sound effects.

Grimm’s Puss in Boots ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Book is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 6 ratings.

iPad:

Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty ($1.99 → Free, 72.5 MB): This interactive storybook app tells the tale of Duncan, a therapy dog at a nearby children’s hospital. The story affirms the idea that everyone, even the family pet, has something to share. Your child can read the story all on their own or follow along with the narration. They can also tap on different items in each scene to hear them pronounced. The app includes 15 interactive pages, and the ability to customize the story’s text and narration.

Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty is available for free today only (03/30). It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 11 ratings.

Tizzy Animal Alphabet Puzzles HD ($0.99 → Free, 23.5 MB): An educational puzzle game that will teach your child the alphabet. They’re able to construct each letter of the alphabet by tapping and dragging the puzzle pieces into place. Once the puzzle is complete, a disembodied voice will pronounce the name of the animal that’s associated with the letter. The app includes 27 puzzles in total, and relaxing music and sound effects.

Tizzy Animal Alphabet Puzzles HD is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 8 ratings.

Source: AppAdvice.

Apple once again rumored to be readying an iRadio subscription music service.

Is Apple gearing for a summer launch for an iRadio service?

Once again, just like clockwork, rumors are swirling around an alleged Apple “iRadio” subscription music service, similar to the likes of Pandora and Spotify. These rumors always seem to crop up right before an expected announcement period from Apple — like spring, summer, or fall, and then disappear when music executives leak that they haven’t come to terms on licensing agreements. Which brings us to the latest incarnation, according to the Verge:

Much has been written about Apple’s plan to launch a Pandora-esque service this year. Now multiple music industry insiders have told The Verge that significant progress has been made in the talks with two of the top labels: Universal and Warner. One of the sources said “iRadio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore.” Apple is pushing hard for a summertime launch.

Streaming radio services have long been struggling to make a profit and manage revenue streams. According to the sources inside the industry, Apple is in talks with Warner and Universal on streaming agreements:

When and if iRadio happens, it’ll be interesting to see how Apple implements it and how pricing would work. It probably isn’t likely that record labels would negotiate free deals unless they’re advertisement based, which Apple may not be a fan of.

Source: iMore.

The iOS 7 Jailbreak Might Already Be In The Chamber.

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We’ve openly speculated that the Evasi0n jailbreak might be the last public jailbreak now that Apple has closed the security holes that makes evasi0n work, but maybe we spoke too soon: well-known jailbreaker

In a couple of not-quite-modest tweets, p0sixninja said:

Well, so far it looks like the next jailbreak might be created entirely by me.

Evad3rs haven’t gone anywhere, I’ve just discovered all the needed exploits on my own over the past few months

Of course, even if p0sixninja does get a jailbreak working for iOS 6.1.3, it would be foolish for him to release it with iOS 7 on the horizon due to debut in June. Better to save the exploits and apply them to a public iOS 7 jailbreak. With iOS 7 unlikely to officially debut until fall, that means we might have a long time to wait.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Tamagotchi comes back to L.i.f.e. on iOS.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.

I never had a Tamagotchi, so my memory of them is a bit fuzzy. I’ve never had an Android device, either, so I couldn’t refresh my memory when the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. app was released on that platform last month. More than 600,000 downloads later, Namco Bandai and Sync Beatz Entertainment have brought the “behavior and parenting” game to iOS.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. recreates the classic Tamagotchi that became a sensation when introduced in 1997, which means:

The iOS App … offers players two distinctive Tamagotchi experiences to enjoy. “TOY” mode replicates the 16-bit black and white character pixels and all the familiar behavior and parenting tools of the original, while “APP” mode presents an updated version that adds color, higher resolution and allows fans to collect the virtual pets, as well as a “Rock, Paper, Scissors” mini-game for fans to play with their pets to increase their overall happiness. Several additional elements will also be featured in this App, including the ability for owners to link with Facebook friends to share their pet-raising experience as well as music that has been incorporated into the game.

And yet, it’s not just an app, it’s an initiative.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. (Love Is Fun Everywhere) is now an entire brand initiative, which began with its Website launch in November and the establishment of the “Hometown Heroes” program, where fans can nominate someone making a measurable difference in their community. Carole Pearson and The Dawg Squad, a non-profit animal rescue group she runs, was recently announced as the inaugural winner of the Hometown Heroes program and received a $5,000 contribution to her organization. The next winner will be selected at the end of April, and nominations can now be made at tamagotchilife.com/heroes.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. is a free, ad-supported universal app, but you can shut off ads forever via a $0.99 in-app purchase.

For more information (Webisodes! Trends! Girls with funky nail polish!), visit tamagotchilife.com. For the game, head on into the iTunes App Store.

Source: AppleTell.

In-App purchases account for record proportion of iPhone app revenue.

The rise to prominence of the in-app purchase is now clear for all to see, as news emerges that in app purchases account for 76% of all U.S. iPhone App Store revenue.

That figure, released in a report today from Distimo, shows a huge leap in in-app revenue. In January 2012, figures showed that in-app purchases accounted for around 53% of iPhone App Store revenue, last months figures show a huge increase that really testifies to the success of in-app purchases, and more specifically the “Freemium” app model.

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As you can see, 71% of the 76% came from Freemium apps…

Forsaking the up-front revenue gained by paying for an app, developers are instead opting to offer users in-game purchases, which in some cases has seen the revenue of popular apps quadruple, the chart above surely shows that the tactic is working.

The success isn’t globally shared however. For example, Germany’s figures remain at 61%. In Asia however, Honk Kong, Japan, China and South Korea saw 90% of its revenue come from in-app purchases.

Granted, much of the Freemium revenue may have been generated by meddling children buying gold coins behind their parent’s backs, however the results remain clear. The Freemium app model is certainly generating more income for developers than up-front costs.

Source: TodaysiPhone.

MAPi Cases launches new iPhone 5 cases with some new prices.

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If you saw the MAPi Soli iPad mini case that Cam reviewed a week or two back and took interest in its cases, then here is a chance for you to get one for your iPhone 5. MAPi has announced a few new iPhone 5 case lines that also come with a new price tag. These new cases, which are dubbed “budget friendly”, include the Poros Caller ID pouch, the Altos Flip Wallet case, the Pella Shell case, and the Taos Snap Wallet case. If any of these sound interesting, you can check out the press release below for a little more description:

MAPi Cases Launches New Line of iPhone 5 Cases at New Price Points
 
New iPhone 5 case styles made from fine European leather now available at new budget-friendly prices
 
ATLANTA, GA (March 28,2013) — MAPi Cases, a leading manufacturer of innovative smartphone and tablet cases made from the world’s finest leather, announces four new varieties of stylish and protective cases for the iPhone 5. The new product will be showcased for the first time at the CTIA Wireless show in May, and range in price from $25 to $55. These new offerings from MAPi Cases introduce high quality products at an introductory price point that makes luxury leather cases accessible for all consumers.
 
“We are adding the new models to the MAPi lineup of iPhone 5 because we want to show we are committed to brand development. Our iPhone 5 model platform needed a little refreshment, mid-cycle,” said Emre Sener, CEO of MAPi Cases. “These new models are slotting into price points where we had gaps, and setting us up as a strong competitor against manufacturers in China. With these additions and new color selections of our existing models, we have also significantly broadened our customer demography.”
 
Expanding on MAPi’s extensive lineup of luxury iPhone 4/S and iPhone 5 cases, the new additions to the MAPi iPhone 5 lineup include:
 
Poros – Caller ID Pouch
The Poros is a simple, yet stylish, premium soft leather pouch case with a unique opening that makes caller ID visible when the iPhone is in the case. A simple pull out tab makes it easy to remove the case, and the soft lining will clean the iPhone screen every time you put your device away. Poros is available in three colors of soft textured premium leather: black, brown and red.
 
Altos – Flip Wallet Case
Altos is a wallet style case with a snap-in cradle to securely hold the iPhone 5. A leather front cover flips over the screen and is held with a magnetic closure for full bodied protection of the device. The soft fabric lining further prevents scratches and abrasions as well. The Altos is available in five luxurious premium leather colors: black, brown and red.
 
Pella – Shell Case
A minimalist shell-style case, the Pella provides the option for protection without adding bulk. A premium leather inlay, using color accented stitching, is sewn to an engineered polymer for superior protection. The Pella gives a sleek look and feel that is easy to snap on and off when desired. Additionally, the Pella case is designed to be usable with most charging docks without needing to be removed.
 
The Pella is available in five premium smooth leather colors: black, brown, red, white and tan; as well as two crocodile patterned leather colors: croco black, and croco brown.
 
Taos – Snap Wallet Case
Another new wallet style, the outside of the Taos is 100 percent premium European leather, while a plastic cradle inside securely snaps the iPhone 5 into place. A leather front cover, with soft lining, provides an added layer of protection, as well as style.
The Taos is available in three luxurious leather colors: black, brown, and red.
MAPi cases are hand crafted in Istanbul, Turkey using 100 percent, premium European leather. Cases are also available for other smartphones, such as the BlackBerry Z10, as well as the iPad and other popular tablets.
 
The new MAPi iPhone 5 cases, ranging from $25 to $55, are now available for pre-order on www.MapiCases.com and through retailers such as Amazon.com.
 
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About MAPi Cases
MAPi Cases is the home of premium, high-quality leather cases and is becoming the quintessential brand for elegant and chique case styles for BlackBerry, Apple, Amazon and Samsung devices. All leather cases are handcrafted from 100% European leather and designed for elegance, style and function. MAPi Cases uses 100% premium quality leather, which is handcrafted at manufacturing facilities in Istanbul, Turkey, All MAPi Cases display the Eagle Insignia which is the symbol of quality and elegance. MAPi Cases is an LLC organized in Atlanta, GA. MAPi –Leather like no other.

Source: The Mac Observer.

iSchmutz Keeps the Dirt Out of Your Mac Pro.

Trans International announced Tuesday iSchmutz, a filter for the front of your Mac Pro that keeps the dirt, dust, and schmutz (if you will) out. Apple designed the Mac Pro to suck in air through the front, flow through your tower and out the back to cool the internal components. A lot of dust get caught on the front of your Mac Pro, but even more gets through to the inside where it stays. iSchmutz stops that from happening. iSchmutz is priced at US$24.99. TMO will also test it.

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Check It Out: iSchmutz Keeps the Dirt Out of Your Mac Pro

Source: The Mac Observer.