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Hot New iPhone App: Obama Countdown Clock

It's either counting down to start of 2nd term ... or end of his presidency

(Newser) - Not an Obama fan? Then you might want to jump on this bandwagon and download the "Obama Clock," which is currently No. 2 on the iTunes App Store’s best-seller list for "reference” apps. The 99-cent iPhone app tracks the president’s popularity according to Rasmussen polling...

9/11 Memorial App Puts Twin Towers Back in Skyline

Project aims to recreate classic image for those who never saw it

(Newser) - A smartphone app currently in the works will offer a view of the New York City skyline as it once was. The app will tell you how to aim your phone toward Ground Zero; it then superimposes an image of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as they...

Mobile Social Networking: Google+ App Now on iPhone
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Google+ App Now on iPhone

Adds pop-up notifications, photo uploads

(Newser) - Google+ has arrived as a free app for your iPhone. Its user interface is similar to Facebook’s, writes Josh Lowensohn at CNET , and it improves upon the mobile-browser version. It provides a way to upload photos from your phone, but it lacks video chat, and “the Circles organizing...

New iPhone Game Is 'the Future of Mobile Gaming'

'New York Times' critic gushes over 'Shadow Cities'

(Newser) - Video game reviews don’t get much more enthusiastic than this. Seth Schiesel of the New York Times is over the moon about Shadow Cities, a new iPhone game that lets you battle for control of your real-life physical location. “Shadow Cities isn’t just the future of mobile...

iPhone App Tracks Taliban Fighters

Army captain designed Tactical Nav for combat use

(Newser) - An iPhone app designed to track down Taliban positions and call in covering fire if necessary is being offered for sale on iTunes. US Army Captain Jonathan Springer says he came up with the idea for the app—which is being marketed to hikers as well as soldiers—after two...

Need a Baby Name? Uncle Sam Has App for That

Social Security Administration's 'Baby Name Playroom' is free

(Newser) - Why bother with a baby name book when you can go straight to the Social Security Administration … via your iPhone? The SSA, of course, releases an annual list of the most popular baby names in the US, and its new (and free!) Baby Name Playroom app can suggest...

San Francisco iPhone App Will Find You a Parking Spot

But, city officials warn, you should pull over before using it

(Newser) - In busy San Francisco, city officials estimate that drivers looking for a parking spot account for 30% of all downtown congestion. Enter the iPhone: A new app could solve the parking problem. The city introduced SFpark last month, aiming to show drivers the areas that have open spots. Wireless sensors...

Philadelphia Launches App to Report City Corruption

iPhone users can send in photos, video of waste on the job

(Newser) - A new iPhone app in Philadelphia reverses the typical Big Brother roles. The city controller wants citizens to use the app, called Philly Watchdog , to report evidence of government waste and corruption, reports Fast Company . That could mean sending photos or video of city workers on long lunch breaks or...

Mind-Controlled Games Hit the iPhone

MindGames rolls out W.I.L.D. and Tug of Mind

(Newser) - Ever wanted to control a video game with your mind? It sounds like science fiction, but it’s real and it’s in the Apple App Store. Iceland company MindGames has released a pair of games controlled by your thoughts, using a headset that reads your brain waves like an...

New College Degree: App Making

Grads won't have to look far for work, says Rasmussen College

(Newser) - Want to develop apps for smartphones? Now there's a college degree for that. Rasmussen College, which has campuses in five states and offers online courses, has launched 2- and 4-year degree courses in app making, the Telegraph reports. The director of the college's School of Technology estimates some 300,000...

Harry Reid & Co. Want to Kill Checkpoint-Dodging Apps

Apple, Google urged to stop selling apps that help drivers dodge police

(Newser) - Want to know if there's a checkpoint ahead targeting speeders or drunk drivers? There's an app for that—many, in fact—but Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Tom Udall say there shouldn't be. The four senators have written to Apple, Google, and BlackBerry, urging the companies to stop...

Vatican: You Cannot Confess by iPhone

Penance requires a 'personal dialogue between penitents, their confessor'

(Newser) - So much for instant absolution: The Vatican today emphatically stressed that Catholics cannot confess by iPhone , one day after news of the "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" emerged, reports the AFP . "It is essential to understand that the rites of penance require a personal dialogue between penitents and...

Apps Used Just Once 26% of Time

In a quarter of cases, the first impression is the only impression

(Newser) - When a developer brags about how many times his mobile app has been downloaded, take it with a grain of salt. Smartphone apps were used once, and only once, roughly 26% of the time last year, according to a new study from Localytics. What’s more, that number has been...

Stoners Upset With 'Herb Converter' iPhone App

How many stoners does it take to work a pot app?

(Newser) - The " Herb Converter " app that has slipped into iPhone land seems to be a tool made in stoner heaven. But tokers are being uncharacteristically kevetchy about it, Gawker notes. The app offers easy conversions from ounces to grams, and price calculations for ounce fractions. But the tokers want...

New for Skype on iPhone: Video Calls

Service will be free for Skype-to-Skype users

(Newser) - As of today, Skype users are no longer limited to their computers when it’s time to make a free video call. The service added video chatting to its iPhone application, allowing users to make Skype-to-Skype video calls over the 3G network or WiFi for the first time, the New ...

Apple Sued for Letting Our Apps Track Us

iPhone, iPad contain identifiers that can't be blocked: suit

(Newser) - Apple allows iPhone and iPad apps to send users' personal info to advertising networks without consent, according to a lawsuit filed last week. The suit says the gadgets contain identifying devices that let these networks track users' app downloads and usage, Bloomberg reports. Some apps also sell information like users'...

Looking for Love? It's at the iPhone App Store

South Korean app is a virtual girlfriend who sends you messages

(Newser) - Are you a lonely South Korean with an iPhone and $2 to blow on a twisted facsimile of human intimacy? Then you should definitely run and download “Honey, It’s Me!”—an app that sends users recorded messages from a beautiful imaginary girlfriend named Mina. You’ll...

On Your iPhone, an App for Everything—Except Donating

Apple makes it hard for users to give to charity

(Newser) - Need directions to the store, a recipe for dinner, the latest tweets from all your friends, or a silly game to while away the hours? There’s an app for (all of) that. But one thing you can’t do on your iPhone is make charitable donations—at least, not...

Your Apps Are Tracking You
Your Apps Are
Tracking You

Your Apps Are Tracking You

...and sending out your personal info

(Newser) - Big Brother may not be tracking you, but your smartphone is. A Wall Street Journal investigation examined 101 leading apps, and found that more than half were breaching users' privacy and leaking personal information to companies: 56 sent the phone's unique device ID, 47 conveyed the phone's location, and five...

Parents' Lament: App Is Free, but Smurfberries Are Pricey

Kids are unknowingly racking up big bills

(Newser) - Geez, Papa Smurf. The "Smurfs' Village" Apple app is a free download, but it's making big bucks for creator Capcom Entertainment. How so? It's those "in-app purchases" that allow players to buy smurfberries or whatever for real money. Which is all well and good, except that AP reports...

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