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App Store turns 3 years old

3 years ago today Apple launched the App Store. It was alongside iPhone 3G and MobileMe and while the former has been retired and the latter is soon to be replaced by iCloud, the App Store is still going strong. Phenomenally strong.

The App Store had XXX apps on day one. A year later it had over 56,000 that had been downloaded over 1 billion times. Last year it had over 225,000 apps -- 8500 iPad native -- and over 5 billion downloads As of last week we're over 425,000 apps -- 100,000 iPad native -- and over 15 billion downloads.

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Google+, iOS 5 beta 3, 2 versions of the next iPhone, iPad HD - From the Forums

From the Forums is a great way to see what all of the current hot topics are on the TiPb forums. In order to create any new threads of your own or reply to any of the existing threads, you must be a registered member. Becoming a member is a simple process that will only take a few minutes out of your day, so if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

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Flick Golf Extreme! HD now available for the iPad

Flick Golf HD has been a massive hit for developer Full Fat and it has now brought out a new game based on the same winning formula. Flick Golf Extreme! HD has even more weird and wonderful places to flick your golf ball at and more stunningly beautiful graphics to look at while you do.

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App for That: How to share content from your computer's web browser to your iPhone or iPad

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, Jonathan @MrJR84 asks:

Hey @llofte! Is there an bookmarklet/app to share a webpage or clipboard to other devices? Since we don't have WebOS touch-to-share...

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

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iPad 2 shipping times drop to just 3-5 business days across the range

It appears that Apple has finally got on top of the iPad 2 availability problems; as it is now quoting just 3-5 business days on every model of the iPad 2. This is the first time since its launch back in March that the availability has been quoted at under a week. The delivery times are mirrored in the UK store also.

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Apple testing 1080p full HD video rentals for September launch?

According to AppleInsider, Apple could be looking to launch full 1080p HD video rentals through its iTunes software as early as September. Currently 1080p content has not been available on any Apple platform through iTunes, be that via a Mac or the Apple TV. This could soon change as “people familiar with the matter” have told AppleInsider that certain films are now being submitted to Apple in three formats; including 1080p.

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Add some flare to your photos with LensFlare

BrainFeverMedia has updated their photography app, LensFlare, with two new lens flares: SuperFlare and Transformers. This apps gives you the ability to add lens flares to your photos.

Features:

  • Amazing Realism
  • Resize, Rotate and Scale
  • Brightness control
  • Lens Dust Effect
  • Dynamic Edge Glare

Flare types:

  • Cinematic Style Anamorphic Lens
  • Natural Sunlight Flares
  • Subtle Glints
  • SLR Camera Lens Types

Lens flares used to be considered a photographic flaw and lens makers have put in a lot of effort to reduce this effect as much as possible and photographers have invested in lens hoods to help prevent it. Recently, however, it has become all the rave and viewed as artistic. Even so, not all lens flare is good lens flare, and it is very difficult to get right with an iPhone. Personally, I think LensFlare is perfect for the situations when bad lens flare is involved in my photo and I want to make it look good.

LensFlare is available for $0.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

Have an app you'd love to see featured on TiPb? Email us at iosapps@tipb.com, tell us about your app (include an iTunes link), and we'll take a look.

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Final space mission commences, with two iPhone 4's on board

Space shuttle, Atlantis, was launched from Kennedy Space Center this morning at 11:29am. STS-135 is the last mission of over 30 years of space exploration. The two iPhone 4s taken into space are pre-loaded with the app SpaceLab for iOS, which will allow scientists to conduct several experiments, including the following -

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, July 8

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Spark Control: A creative idea turned into reality can change the world. Only you can keep the spark of creativity energized and get it to the inventor's box! [Free for iPhone and iPad - iTunes link]

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Express your fashion sense with Dress The Monkey - Fashion Monkey

Apalon's little iPhone game, Dress The Monkey - Fashion Monkey, is a relaxing fashion game with the only goal of dressing up your monkey.

  • Make up an unusual outfit for one of the four adorable characters: Rebel, Princess, Sage, and Granny
  • Be in control of just about every aspect of a model’s look, including hair style, eyes and skin color, and even mood of your virtual friend!
  • Take advantage of the large collection of different accessories: hats, wigs, scarves, bows, glasses and more!
  • Choose fancy backgrounds for your monkey: Sunny Jungles, Icy Forest, and more!
  • Share your monkey via email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or save it as wallpaper!
  • Find additional “packs” of accessories and backgrounds that are available through the built-in store

Although primarily targeted towards children, I enjoy playing with this app. I like cute little cuddly things, and it's fun dressing up my little monkey. My favorite feature is that in addition to accessorizing, I can choose a facial expression for my monkey that matches my personal mood. Such a great little time killer.

Dress The Monkey - Fashion Monkey is available for free with optional in-app purchases. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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