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Card Scanner Pro for iPhone now available (DON'T POST UNTIL TUESDAY)

Readdle, the developer behind PDF Expert and ReaddleDocs, has released their new business app, Card Scanner Pro. It's purpose is to scan business cards by taking their pictures and storing the information as contacts.

Take a picture of a business card with the iPhone camera and automatically pull all the data from it to create a new contact in the iPhone Contacts. Scanning takes 3 seconds and the accuracy is as great as you expect.

  • Scan and import the business card - With a simple snap of your iPhone, Card Scanner transfers the contact information directly into your iPhone's address book.
  • Review and Edit information - While reviewing and editing the contact information, the app displays a cropped image from the business card and reflects where that information comes from. This makes the verification and the correction effortless.
  • Browse stored business cards - Browse business cards in Card Holder, where all scanned cards are stored and do what you may ever need: edit contact information, email a text, call or simply delete the card.
  • OCR Makes it perfect - Fast and accurate ABBYY's OCR technology does a perfect job. All fields will be immediately filled with the proper data pulled from the card.

Card Scanner Pro is available on the iPhone for $6.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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Introducing Facebook Messenger for iPhone

Facebook has introduced a second app for iPhone, a dedicated Facebook Messenger client to help you get your IM on. Sadly, it's not a universal binary so you're limited to chunky double fuzzy on iPad (same as the regular Facebook app... until they finally launch Facebook for iPad). Still, for hardcore Facebook Message users on the , this will no doubt be appreciated.

Details and screenshots after the break.

[Free - App Store link]

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New Boxee app streams, stores, AirPlays social and computer content to iPad

Boxee, one of the many contenders for the media center crown, has just released a new app that lets you stream music, video, and photos from your social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and from your Windows or Mac PC, straight to your iPad.

It also lets you "watch later", which sounds like Instapaper for videos, and will send content via AirPlay to your Apple TV. Looks like Boxee aims to be your one stop content app.

Details and screenshots after the break!

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Shift 2 Unleashed arrives as the next Need For Speed instalment

Shift 2 Unleashed has just been launched on the App Store and it is a sequel to Electronic Arts original Need For Speed Shift Game. The Shift series of games are more for the driving purists than arcade race ups. More skill is needed to keep your wheels on the road in this series!

FEED YOUR NEED FOR THE ULTIMATE SPEED! Experience the high-velocity action and eye-popping visuals of the most awesome Need For Speed ever
  • Burn rubber as you shift your way to the top of the leaderboards – only on Origin. Register to unlock exclusive cups, leaderboards and free NFS cash!
  • Now whip through the trees of The Black Forest, the deserts of Abu Dhabi, and the waterfronts of Rio as you fight to the finish line. Feel every scrape, bump, and burn out with vividly rendered visuals.
  • You’re in the cockpit with the helmet cam: push it to the limit with realistic racing controls that simulate the visceral velocity of being behind the wheel at 200mph.
  • Test your skills on more than 20 Quick Race Trials featuring 40 of the hottest cars, including the exclusive Pagani Huayra! Run the Circuit with multiple game modes and over 40 events.
  • Earn credits and upgrade your car’s acceleration, tires, and suspension. Power up with nitrous boosts, and personalize your car with spoilers, rims, specialized paint jobs, and body kits.
  • Experience racing evolved and unleash your inner driver with SHIFT 2 Unleashed!

Shift 2 Unleashed is available for the iPhone and iPod touch at a cost of $4.99 and a separate version called Shift 2 Unleashed for iPad at a cost of $6.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iPhone iTunes link]

[iPad iTunes link]

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Measure your heart rate with Cardiograph for iPhone, iPad

Cardiograph, by MacroPinch, is a new health & fitness application that uses the camera on your iPhone or iPad 2 to measure your heart rate.

Cardiograph is an application, which measures your heart rate. You can save your results for future reference, and even keep track of multiple people with individual profiles.

  • Measure Your Heart Rate - Ever wanted to know how fast your heart is beating? It's never been easier! Use your smartphone's built-in camera to get an accurate reading almost instantly. Anytime, anywhere.
  • Authentic Visual Style - Beautifully designed, authentic visual interface inspired by real-life medical equipment. Watch as every beat of your heart is drawn on paper and reported on the monochrome LCD screen below.
  • Authentic Audio Design - The stride for authenticity and the attention to detail carry over to the audio department, with convincing sound effects that wouldn't sound out of place in a hospital.
  • Universal application - Cardiograph is an universal application, which runs on iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch 4th generation.

Cardiograph is available for $1.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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Google+ app updated, can now be installed on iPad, iPod touch support (?!)

Google has just updated its Google+ iOS app, claiming it now supports the iPad and iPod touch. Sure it works fine on the iPod touch but incredibly Google's "iPad support" comes not in the form of a universal binary with proper, native iPad UI, but simply the ability to now install the Google+ iPhone app on the iPad and run it either windowed or in fuzzy 2x mode. Such a disappointment! On a brighter note, if you're a developer, it does now work with the iOS 5 beta!

Other new features in the update are improved Huddle settings and aggregated circle notifications.

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Developer Spotlight: Paul Haddad of Tapbots

TiPb's developer spotlights are like DVD/iTunes Extras for the App Store -- a weekly look behind the scenes at the programers and designers that bring you the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games you love. This week Rene talks with Paul Haddad of Tapbots.

What's your name? Paul Haddad

What's your company's name? Tapbots

Where are you located? Flower Mound, TX

What's your website address? http://tapbots.com

What's your Twitter name? @tapbot_paul and @tapbots

What apps do you make? Weightbot, Convertbot, Pastebot, Calcbot, Tweetbot

What apps, other than your own, are currently among your favorites? My favorite Apps tend to be Mac based: Transmit, VMWare, TextMate, VLC, TF2 :^)

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Fractal Combat for iPhone, iPad now available

Fractal Combat, by NEWTYPE K.K., is a flight combat game for the iPhone and iPad.

Futuristic arcade flight combat. Action-packed missile-shooting fest.

  • Fast-paced futuristic arcade flight combat
  • Breathtaking explosion effects
  • 7 unique gorgeous fractal landscapes
  • 6 different ships and 2 distinct flight models
  • Earn new ships, upgrade weapons, generators, radars
  • Dozens of missions to complete
  • Game Center's Leaderboards and Achievements
  • Retina and iPad display support
  • Intuitive accelerometer and touch controls

What has really drawn my attention to this game is the graphics - they look amazing!

Fractal Combat is available on the iPhone and iPad for $1.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation releases FBI Child ID app

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released an iPhone app called FBI Child ID. If your child goes missing, it must be one of the most stressful things to deal with in life. Most times they just lose track of time and return safe and well, maybe just a few hours late. If they don’t however, you need to know what to do and be able to react as fast as possible. This is where the FBI Child ID app comes in.

The free FBI Child ID app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your child so that it’s literally right at hand if your child goes missing. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing

FBI Child ID is free to download and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; running iOS 4.2 or later. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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App for That: How to track your travels

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, Gary asks:

I'm looking for an app for tracking travel to foreign cities or other countries so that I can track where you have been and when, etc - sort of a travel journal with a country or city checklist. Is there an app for that?

To see what we found, follow along after the break!

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