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Angry Birds Seasons for iPhone, iPad now in app store!

Angry Birds Seasons, the Christmas-themed update to Angry Birds Halloween we heard about last week has just now arrived in the iTunes App Store. And from the sounds of things they're just getting started.

From now on, every season is an Angry Birds season. After the special treats of Halloween, Angry Birds Seasons returns with another gift that keeps on giving: Season’s Greetings for the Holidays!

  • Count down the 25 days of Christmas with Angry Birds!
  • Frolic in the fun new levels in a snow-filled winter wonderland!
  • A very merry Golden Egg full of holiday spirit!

Can't wait for the Easter chocolate egg update, can you?

It's free if you previously bought Angry Birds Halloween, otherwise it's $0.99 for iPhone [iTunes link] or $1.99 for the iPad [iTunes link].

Did you get it? If so, what do you think?

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Perfect Photo 2.0 brings red eye removal and spot healing to iPhone [give-away]

You can say goodbye devilish red eyes and blemishes with Perfect Photo 2.0 for iPhone. The popular photo editing application has just released a significant update that, in addition to red eye removal and spot healing, also includes:

  • Retina display support
  • New user interface design
  • Sharing to Flickr
  • Sharing files via Documents folder
  • Hi-quality image processing

Perfect photo has recently become my favorite photo editing application and I welcome this update with open arms. The new interface is substantially better than the previous one.

Now for the give-away! The good folks over at MacPhun LLC have generously given us a few promo codes to give away to you, our awesome readers. Just let us know why Perfect Photo will be the perfect addition to your photography app collection and we'll randomly choose a few of you and send you a promo code. The contest begins now and ends Friday, December 3 at 8p EST. (Must have US iTunes account to win. Apple's rule, not ours!)

Check out the video after the break!

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

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Gift Plan for iPhone makes holiday shopping easier

Glasshouse Apps released it's newest application for iPhone today -- Gift Plan. With Gift Plan, you can keep a detailed shopping list that tracks your spending. You can also keep track of your loved ones' clothing sizes and likes and create individual lists filled with gift ideas. But Gift Plan's usefulness doesn't end with Christmas -- keep track of birthdays and anniversaries and receive notifications to remind you of these important occasions. Speaking of lists, here's what Gift Plan has to offer:

  • Chronological, filterable list of upcoming occasions
  • Contacts birthday importing
  • Facebook birthday importing
  • Customizable color-coded occasion types
  • Shopping list with support for prices and tally
  • Customizable recipient profiles
  • Up to two notifications prior to each occasion plus one on the day
  • Calendar view with color-coded occasion indicators
  • Optional passcode protection
  • Beautiful user interface with full retina graphics

The interface of Gift Plan is simply beautiful. Each individual has their own profile where you can see their personal tastes, gift ideas, sizes and upcoming occasions all at a glance. There are also elegantly designed pages to view occasions, ideas, shopping lists, and calendar.

If you pick this one up. Let us know what you think!

Check out the screenshots after the break!

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

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Apple iPhone now tied with BlackBerry for US market share, Android catching up

According to the latest data from The Nielsen Company, Apple's iOS for iPhone and RIM's BBOS for BlackBerry are neck-and-neck for total U.S. smartphone operating system market share sitting at 27 percent each. Android OS, which powered a bunch of phones from Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and others, is hot on their heels now sitting at 22 percent of total U.S. Market share.

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aTV Flash now available: Brings new video features to Apple TV (2010)

aTV Flash for Apple TV (2010) is here, bringing with it the ability to view HTML5 content through a custom browser, view the weather, RSS feeds, and adds last.fm access. aTV Flash also supports a pethora of video formats as well, including - .m4v, .mp4, .mov for video, HE-AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV for audio.

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Verizon launches LTE network (but don't hold your breath for iPhone 4G)

Verizon has officially launched their 4G LTE network with a website, press release... but no phones yet, and especially no LTE iPhone 4G. Non-iPhone LTE phones should come by mid-2011 though we'll probably get some sneak peaks at CES this January. Rumors still heavily suggest an iPhone 4 on Verizon early next year but just like Apple stuck to EDGE for iPhone 2G, it's assumed they'll be sticking to CDMA for the Verizon iPhone.

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iOS 4.2 for iPhone has new technology to ease network congestion and improve battery life

iOS 4.2 for iPhone supports a technology known as Network Controlled Fast Dormancy which enables the cell network and the handset to work together to create the best conditions for smartphones to work quickly yet have a longer battery life, and minimize network congestion.

Interestingly, it is Nokia Siemens Networks and not Apple that has brought this to everyone’s attention. Nokia Siemens Networks has posted the news on its own blog page.

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Google Editions to take on Apple's iBooks

Google is expected to launch an online eBook store before the end of the year under the name of Google Editions and that once again puts the head to head against Apple and their new iBooks:

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AppVentCalendar returns with free iPhone games and apps for 2010

The folks at BlackSmithGames have relaunched their infamous AppVent Calendar for 2010. If you head over to AppVentCalendar.com everyday from the 1st of December, not only can you pick up a free daily game, but this year they've added the option to download a free daily app as well. So that's 2 apps a day!

Don't forget, because if you miss a day you can't go back and get it later!

UPDATE: High profile iPhone and iPad game developer, Gameloft is also doing an advent calendar. Follow @gameloft on Twitter to find out the free game for each day. (

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iPad gaining on Kindle in e-Reader market share

Apple's iPad is gaining fast on Amazon's Kindle in the battle for eBook reader dominance according to a new survey conducted by ChangeWave Research.

The Amazon Kindle (47%; down 15-pts) is hanging on to a rapidly diminishing lead over the Apple iPad (32%; up 16-pts) among current e-Reader owners.

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