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Weekly App Store Pick: April 25, 2009

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What’s that on the horizon? Why it’s none other than the latest picks fresh from the App Store, coming to brighten up your weekend!

Though before I run you through my latest selection of newly released apps, it’s time to indulge in a quick refresher of some of this week’s Apple news.

We started the week not with a bang, but with a tweet. In the early hours of Monday morning, Loren Brichter (otherwise known as iPhone developer Atebits), launched Tweetie for Mac, a desktop version of the immensely popular iPhone Twitter client. Those of you who have taken to summarizing your life as a series of hastily written 140 character messages, should check out my in-depth look at Tweetie.

The iPod touch is apparently growing in popularity with the U.S. Army. It was revealed this week that deployed soldiers are able to use the touch for ballistics calculation and translations, among other things. It’s not clear if voice recognition, a rumored feature of the new iPhone 3.0 update, will also be making it to the iPod touch.

On Thursday, Apple held their second-quarter conference call. In terms of finances, total revenue for the period came to $8.33 billion, up almost $1 billion over the same quarter last year. Aside from the colossal amount of revenue generated, Tim Cook — Apple’s acting CEO while Jobs takes a leave of absence — attempted to quash any rumors of an Apple netbook.

But before the celebratory balloons could be inflated and party poppers popped, Apple was duly taken down a notch with a controversial addition to the App Store. The app in question, imaginatively titled “Baby Shaker,” encouraged the user to shake the iPhone, as if it were a crying baby, until said baby died.

This week I’ve been looking at Knee Cap, Silent Scope, and Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles.

icon_knee_capKnee Cap (99 cents)
Released back in January, so not strictly the freshest of the picks this week, however, it’s certainly the most useful. Knee Cap is a loan tracker, allowing you to stay on top of cash you owe and — perhaps more importantly — cash owed to you. The app also has the sort of prim ‘n’ proper polished look that you’d expect from a financial tool you’ll be using regularly. Notably, Knee Cap integrates fully with the iPhone’s onboard Address Book, making it a cinch to track loans with your contacts.

icon_silentscopeSilent Scope ($5.99)
A few years back, six bucks would only get you a few minutes of sniper action on Konami’s Silent Scope arcade game. Now for that same six bucks you can dive straight into this intense sniper time-trial whenever you like. The controls have been seriously refined for iPhone, but the game still retains the tension and focus on accuracy of the arcade original. This version also features a tutorial mode, alongside Story, Shooting Range and Time Attack mode. For fans of the original, Silent Scope on iPhone is unmissable.

icon_assassins_creedAssassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles ($3.99)
From one successful video game adaptation to an utter atrocity by comparison. Mobile gaming giant Gameloft’s latest release is an adaptation of the Nintendo DS version of Assassin’s Creed, which in itself was an ineffective re-telling of the original and successful console version released back in 2007. To Gameloft’s credit, they have indeed enhanced the DS-version of Assassin’s Creed, however the game still doesn’t capture the spirit of what was an excellent sandbox stealth adventure.

That’s all the picks we’ve got time for this week. As ever, I’ll return next week with more news from the week and picks from the App Store.

In the meantime, what apps have you been using this week?

6 Responses to “Weekly App Store Pick: April 25, 2009”

  1. @Olly

    That’s the thing. Easyfind has a built in browser. Not quite Mobile Safari but good enough for a quick search. Safari start up times are slow for me, so I really appreciate alternatives.

    Having easyfind as a plugin for Safari would be very awesome, but I doubt that it’s gonna happen any time soon, given the plugin “friendliness” of Safari on the Mac…

  2. @Lee – Excellent! Unfulfilled desire for a space ninja. I’ll check it out right now!

    @Daniel – I’ve not quite got my head round the idea of an app for searching that eventually has to load the browser separately. I’d appreciate apps like easyfind much more if they were plugins for Mobile Safari (… maybe one day).

  3. Downloaded easyfind about a week ago. It’s a search tool that lets you “type once – search multiple sites”.

    I wasn’t sure how much I would really use it, but easyfind has really amazed me. I keep using it more and more; have added and customized the built in sites for some site specific searches using Google’s “site:” feature.

    Easyfind quickly became one of my main tools on my iPhone.

  4. I’ve been playing iDodge: Space Ninja after the price dropped again to .99. I’ve been waiting a long time for this one since I missed the first sale. Don’t make the same mistake; the unfulfilled desire will ruin your life. Fantastic accelerometer controls help keep your screen cleaner. It’s like playing only the best parts of a shooter–where you barely dodge the enemy and survive. Picks up right where you left off after dying, no long reload times. And save replays of your greatest moments. Easily worth the original 2.99 but steal it now for only .99!