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Apple updates iBooks, lots of new functionality

Apple has just released a significant update to its iBooks application. New in version 1.2 is the ability to experience fully illustrated books, be they children’s picture books or books of beautifully designed art, you can now enjoy them in all their glory within iBooks. Another new feature is the ability to organise your books and PDFs into personal collections, this is also synched over the air to your other iOS devices if you have them.

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Lara Croft and the Guardians of Light hitting App Store tomorrow!

Crystal Dynamic's Karl Stewart has confirmed that Lara Croft and the Guardians of Light will be hitting the North American App Store tomorrow for $6.99 (iPhone) and $9.99 (iPad). The game is said to be unchanged from the XBLA and PSN game that was released to critical acclaim earlier this year.

There will be a two-player co-op mode included over both WiFi and Bluetooth. For those familiar with the game and hoping that the DLC from the XBLA/PSN versions would make it to the iOS version, a Crystal Dynamics representative has confirmed that the DLC will not be included on the version being released tomorrow, however a future update has not been ruled out.

Check out more pictures and let us know what you think about this and all the other exciting games being released for iOS after the break!

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DataVault Password Manager for iPhone, iPad updated with advanced sync, backup, more

Ascendo's DataVault Password Manager, a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad has just received a gigantic, Fort Knox-style update. It already stored all your web logins and credit card and bank account info with power and style but now adds the advanced sync and backup features to match.

I had the chance to check out DataVault during the beta phase and couldn't find a chink in its armor. It has all the security features an expert needs while still being simple and accessible to someone just getting into security apps for the first time. With optional Windows and Mac desktop clients, if you're still looking for the perfect mobile password manager, checkout Data

Full updated list and screenshots after the break. If you're using it or decide to check it out, let us know what you think!

[$9.99 - iTunes link]

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Infinity Blade update coming next week, multiplayer next year

Infinity Blade, powered by Epic’s Unreal 3 engine, was only released on December 9th, but it will receive a substantial update next week. The update will include five new weapons, shields and helmets as well as a new armor set; enough apparently to increase the level cap to 45. A new enemy will also be thrown into the mix; known as Marrow Fiend.

Another update is also in the works thought to be coming in early 2011. This should reveal new areas to explore and a more evolving story and challenging fight sequences.

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Google Voice app updated, not supports iPad, iPod touch

Google has updated Google Voice app for iPhone, extending support to the iPad and iPod touch.

At the top of the list was adding support for iPod Touch and iPad. Starting today, you can download a new version of Google Voice that lets you use all the features of the app on these devices, such as sending and receiving free text messages.

It looks like Google hasn't allowed users to use their iPad or iPod touch as a calling device but you still get a lot of great features to play with including the ability to initiate a Google Voice call from your iPod touch by sending it to your iPhone (or any desired number). Using a new feature called Click2Call, all you do is tap the Call button in Google Voice and select which phone you'd like it to ring to. Google Voice will then call the selected device and connect your call. Pretty neat!

Full updated list after the break. Any readers planning on grabbing this for their iPad or iPod touch? Anyone wish they'd turn on a VoIP option already? Let us know in the comments!

[iTunes, Google Voice Blog]

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Screens VNC client for iPad, iPhone now in App Store

Screens from Edovia is a new, gorgeously designed, super simple VNC client that brings your Windows, Mac, or Linux desktop to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. I had the good fortune to test drive it through the beta cycle and it really is the closest thing to a Back to my Mac-style, "it just works" experience on iOS. Features include:

  • Universal - Screens will run on both iPhone and iPad - one app for both devices.
  • Easy to Use - Screens is the easiest, most user friendly VNC client for iOS.
  • Secure - Screens can connect to your computer through a SSH Tunnel so your session is encrypted and safe.
  • Pull-to-Dock - Your Dock is hidden? No problem! Screens can make it appear with a simple flick!
  • Multi-Touch - Screens supports many multi-touch features your already use on your trackpad.
  • Screens Connect - Make your computer available from anywhere. Easy as flicking a switch! No messy router setup. (Requires OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard)

It's on introductory sale right now so if you act fast, you can save $10 off the regular price.

Screenshots after the break. If you want to run your desktop -- or server room -- from your lounge chair, and do it in pixel-perfect style, check out Screens. And after you do, come back and tell me what you think.

[$14.99 on sale - iTunes link]

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Google Latitude for iPhone now in App Store

After a slight case of premature app-storification, Google Latitude for iPhone is now officially and properly available for download. Those features again:

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, fun, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked this week, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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WeeMee Avatar Creator Holiday Update - Re-Tweet to Win give-away

WeeMee Avatar Creator [iTunes], the quick, easy way to make a fabulous looking new profile pic for Facebook, Twitter, or just to spice up your contacts, is back with an even more fabulous update filled with Christmas and Hanukkah items to really deck yourself out for the holidays. What could be better than that?

Getting it for free!

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UFC Undisputed 2010 for iPhone, iPad update, on sale for UFC 124!

UFC Undisputed 2010, a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, has just been updated with Game Center support and better still, it's on sale this weekend -- 70% off -- in honor of the GSP fight... er, UFC 124.

The Game Center update includes leaderboards and 19 different achievements. And really, when you throw the high-knee knockout, slam someone senseless, ground-and-pound them into the next round, grab an armbar that's sweet or lock on a triangle and put them to sleep, you want all your friends to know about it, right?

MMA fans and UFC junkies, check out the complete feature list and more screenshots after the break, and if you try out Undisputed 2010, let me know what you think.

And here's to a great fight tonight between GSP and Koz tonight!

[$1.99 on sale - iTunes link]

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