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New, updated, and discounted apps: iOS 8 updates incoming!

Today iOS 8 launches, and along with it, a whoooooole bunch of apps are being updated to support the new software. It's a veritable avalanche of updates, but we're going to dig up the very best ones for you. Give us a shout in the comments if you find any more!

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All the iOS 8 Touch ID apps you can put on your iPhone right now!

It's hard to keep track of what's coming from where with all of these apps getting updated for iOS 8, but we're starting to sort out which ones are getting which features. Here's a batch of the ones in the App Store that are using Touch ID. Be sure to read our deep dive into Touch ID in iOS 8 to see how the feature came to be. After that, start digging into the apps below, and drop us a line in the comments if you're spotting anything freshly updated with Touch ID features in the comments.

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Budget app Simple adds instant money transfer

Simple has released a major update for its finance app for iOS devices, including an all new interface and a few new features to help people manage their money.

In addition, the app now allows users to send money to other Simple customers for the first time on mobile via Simple Instant.

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SSL security vulnerability reported in Simple banking app

Security requires eternal vigilance, and we're reminded of that once again today by Nick Arnott who went poking around the Simple banking app for iPhone and discovered what looks to be an SSL vulnerability. Arnott describes the issue on his website, Neglected Potential.

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George’s most used iPhone and iPad accessories of 2011

When I was asked to compile a list of my most used accessories of 2011, I looked around and discovered -- I don't use that many accessories. That made my list much easier to compile. So here is a list of the accessories that I actually do use.

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Star Wars: Battle for Hoth - app review

Like Star Wars? Like tower defense games? Then you might want to take a look at THQs recent release Star Wars: Battle for Hoth for iPhone. 

The game premise is that of all tower defense games; prevent your enemy (in this case the Imperial Empire) from reaching the other said of the map. As you play the game you get a fairly diverse set of units to deploy in defending Hoth. But, before I get into that, let's look at play mechanics first. 

You start Battle for Hoth with some simple ground troop units and a shovel. The shovel allows you to alter the landscape of the level and force units to move a certain route. This is a great tool in later levels as you can really funnel the Empire to their doom. When you place your units and they destroy a wave of Imperials, you are rewarded with a green wrench icon you have to touch to collect. This gives you points to build or upgrade units. You have to be fast though if you wait too long the wrench will change color to orange then red, decreasing the point value. Wait too long, and your points are gone forever.

As you play through the 15 levels you unlock more types of units including; seated blaster units, radar lasers, turrets, snow speeders, x-wings, shield generators and ion cannons. Some of the more complex units like the ion cannon, shield generators and turrets require an energy generator placed next to them. The energy generator is required to power those units. If you upgrade a unit (say the shield generator) without upgrading the energy unit, you run the risk of losing power to that unit so you always have to keep it in check. 

You can upgrade your existing units to make them more powerful and sell them as needed. I found the most fun in the game building up units under the safety of the shield generator and then taking out AT-ATs with relative ease once my units were upgraded to the maximum.

When writing this review, I have to admit I had some distaste for this game. Simple and not a lot of variety in what appeared to be a shameless use of an awesome gaming license. However, after I made my video review above, I am having a bit of a change of heart. I think I am trying to make Battle of Hoth more than it is;  a simple Star Wars-themed tower defense game to kill a view minutes in your day while standing in line to get groceries. Should you get it? If you are a Star Wars fan I think you will enjoy. If not, I would pass. 

[$2.99- iTunes Link]

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