Every week, we select a few apps that catch our eye. These apps can be from the App Store, web apps, or jailbreak apps.

We took a week off last week, so we’re back with an extra large dose of picks from the App Store! This time around, we have several updated apps that bring new features and enhancements, alongside a couple new picks that bring something interesting to the table as well. Hope you enjoy this week’s picks!

Starbucks 2.0

If you recall our guide on how to pay with your iPhone at Starbucks, you’re also familiar with the Starbucks Mobile Card app and its ability to manage your Starbucks account and purchases. Oddly enough, Starbucks has another, more generic app in the App Store that simply allows you to create different virtual drinks and experiment with combinations.

The Starbucks Mobile Card app has been updated to version 2.0 and is now simply dubbed “Starbucks.” If you’ve had trouble with the app in the past, version 2.0 is sure to be a welcomed update.

What’s New in Version 2.0:

  • Refreshed look and feel with our new logo and improved performance.
  • Pay with your Starbucks Card using your phones, reload and transfer balances on your Cards.
  • See your My Starbucks Rewards level and star balance.
  • eGift functionality lets you send a gift to friends and family using your iPhone.
  • Customizable navigation lets you use the app just the way you like it!

If you haven’t already, make sure to download Starbucks 2.0 for free in the App Store and check out the new features. You can now gift a drink to a friend, which is really neat. Overall, navigating through the app is a much more enjoyable experience.

fring for iPad

fring is the first consumer VoIP service to offer four-way video conferencing on the iPhone, and the app has been recently updated to support the same feature on the iPad!

In version 5.1.1.2, fring enhances the iPad experience with a new, optimized layout.

What’s New in Version 5.1.1.2:

  • NEW iPad optimized version!
  • The 1st GROUP VIDEO calling app for iPad.
  • Use it for Video chat on 3G/WiFi to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Android and other smartphones.
  • NOW 4 friends see each other at the same time.

Fun drag & drop navigation. Unique combo communication with simultaneous voice/video + chat and more.

If you’ve been enjoying group video chat on fring’s iPhone app, you can now have the same experience on your iPad 2. fring supports the iPad 2’s front and rear-facing cameras for video conferencing. As we await Skype’s official iPad app, this fring update will have to do.

As always, fring is available for free in the App Store.

Tumblr 2.0

We’ve talked about Tumblr’s official app before, but, honestly, it’s always sucked. The interface was clunky, and it made trying to blog on the iPhone a huge pain. That reality is no longer the case, thanks to the newly released Tumblr 2.0!

What’s New in Version 2.0:

  • A total rewrite including:
  • A beautifully simple new interface for managing multiple blogs.
  • Improvements to Dashboard browsing.
  • Improvements to posting, including landscape editing.
  • Read and reply to Messages.
  • Find followers via your address book.
  • Sign up on your iPhone.

I’ve been blogging on Tumblr for years, and I’m very happy to see such a huge improvement to the site’s iPhone app. The design of version 2.0 is much more intuitive and clean, and posting content is easier than ever on the iPhone.

If you’re a Tumblr user, or you’ve been considering Tumblr as the platform for your next blog, definitely check out this newly updated iPhone app. It’s available for free in the App Store.

Glo Bible

You might be familiar with YouVersion as the premiere Bible application in the App Store. Glo Bible is a relatively new app on many platforms that offers a rich, media-enhanced Bible experience. In the App Store, Glo’s iPhone and iPad app rival just about every other similar application available.

Glo Bible on the iPhone lets you read the Bible in multiple translations, as well as save bookmarks and notes. On the iPad, Glo Bible offers a richer experience with interactive media like related artwork, maps, virtual tours, photos, and commentary. Bookmarks, notes, etc. can be synced across devices using your YouVersion account. The Mac and Windows app acts as a hub for your reading that can you can take with you on the iPhone and iPad.

Glo Bible is available as a free download in the App Store, and that will get you the lite version with limited features. You’ll still be able to read, but media and other features will be disabled. For a $50 in-app upgrade, you can unlock Glo Premium on all of your devices (desktop and mobile) and access all media content.

I’ve noticed a few problems with the app crashing, but hopefully that will be fixed in an update. If you’re interested, grab Glo Bible for iPhone and Glo Bible for iPad in the App Store.

TimeSpan

Do you forget times and dates? How about those far away events that you know will happen, but are so far off that you soon forget? To all of the guys that have forgotten your anniversary up until the day of, this one’s for you.

TimeSpan helps you remember those forgotten milestones. Got an important birthday to remember? What about an oil change? With TimeSpan, you can easily enter events and dates to keep track of when your brain forgets.

Features:

  • Beautiful & elegant user interface: TimeSpan has a beautiful styling to the last pixel. Everything has been designed with incredible attention to detail.
  • Intuitive & clean workflow: The workflow is completely self-explanatory. There are no unnecessary paths and everything behaves as expected.
  • Notifications: The program can remind you of every event. Even if TimeSpan is not being started. You can choose between various options when configuring the reminder.
  • Speed: Everything is ready designed for fast operation. Nothing will impede you. Creating and editing a TimeSpan is done in no time.
  • Localization: TimeSpan speaks English, German, French, Spanish. If you want to help with a missing language, just contact us.
  • Full landscape support: The entire app is also usable in landscape mode. So you can always use TimeSpan in your current most comfortable position.

The app is gorgeous, and it’s available for $0.99 in the App Store.

That’s it for this week’s picks! Tell us what you think of these apps below.

What cool apps have you download recently?

  • Tr0jan69

    A bible app, really? Seem a little redundant these day. Who needs an invisible friend when you have technology?

    • 877

      Haha yes thats true!

    • Ins0mnihack

      Exactly! Not much point reading stories about a fictional old angry sky man and his zombie son. But I guess those delusional people that believe he actually exists, might find comfort in reading ridiculous ancient stories in a digital format 🙂

      • Not the place guys. I’ll start deleting comments if I have to.

      • iPwn

        I’m not insulting you for not believing in a God or someone of a higher power. But please don’t be ignorant it’s not the book that tells people there is a God it’s what happens in life that makes people believe, it’s called faith.

      • Ins0mnihack

        Posting information about a bible app was always going to be controversial. Would you post a review of an app about Islam or Atheism? I don’t believe in any Gods so I’m going to comment on an app that offends my sensibility.

    • frikova

      There happen to be people that are smart, like technology AND reads the Bible. People that is smarter and more mature than a “Tr0jan69” nickname reflects.

  • Someone

    Wow thanks! Timespan is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’ll go buy it right away.

  • I love the Bible app. It’s easy to note passages and highlight verses. Great app. What’s trending now are vintage camera apps. The ones with lomo are rocking especially. -Steve

  • Justin

    Love the Bible app- it’s great. Thanks Alex!

  • topsy

    I love the Bible. It teaches me to love my neighbor as myself. It teaches to forgive. Thanks man i will be getting it.

  • Yawn bible app just another way to make money from crazy people who are afraid of death

  • marylGee

    Well said, Mick. And thanks Alex for including apps like the Bible. You also include apps that I’m sure the earlier commenters think are great but I think are a waste of time. This forum should be about the apps, not the beliefs or the people who may use/like/enjoy/hate the apps.

  • Inder

    Thanks, Alex, Mick and Chris! God bless ALL and open closed eyes, ears (and, most of all, HEARTS!! )

  • AnotherBrian

    What’s a fairy tale? Believing in a God or thinking two atoms exploded and I came from a ape! Just saying!

  • Guys, this will not become a place to debate religion. Don’t make me close the comments.

  • Jeff

    I’m not going to make to this a debate, my thing is, the guy is just informing us of apps that are in the market, nothing more. Simply put, if you don’t like the app or don’t plan on using it for whatever your reason, here’s a simple idea-don’t comment. Pass the article by and leave the unneeded comments because most of you that made those comments, just made them to cause drama and controversy for your own amusement,which is not cool. There are plenty apps that I may not like and agree with, and you know what, I simply pass them and don’t even bother making any stupid remarks just to be messy either:just saying.

    • Exactly. Thanks for having common sense, Jeff. I wish 90% of our other commentors were like that.

      • Mallouk

        Just curious, i saw on ur blog “The Cube” in Beirut, are you Lebanese?

  • Mallouk

    Thanks for these apps… as for the comments mess, well… don’t bother yourself this is a debate that never ends, but defiantly shouldn’t be here…

    You know Even that I am not a blogger; I am starting to think to become one after seeing this app that makes writing to a blog sooooooo easy…

  • Trojan69

    Sorry Alex, I can’t let this one go unanswered.

    “frikova says: July 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    There happen to be people that are smart, like technology AND reads the Bible. People that is smarter and more mature than a “Tr0jan69″ nickname reflects.”

    Wow! That’s a nice irrelevant retort, dolt!
    I was being light and a little silly with my original comment.
    That was clearly a mistake.
    There is no place for any religion in a forward thinking developed society.
    Religion’s ideals are too rigid and archaic to be allowed to survive unthreatened by logic.
    Mankind will only be free once the last priest is strangle with the entrails of the last king.
    That is all.
    Thanks.

  • ahmed

    TimeSpan really beneficial

  • Felix

    Tr0jan69 – take a pill and fall asleep. Who needs you?

  • Felix

    Tr0jan69 – Mankind will only be free once the last priest is strangle with the entrails of the last king.

    Get a brain and learn to write, spell, think……douche bag!

    You are the last king/priest! Kiss my ars idiot!

  • Tr0jan69

    Hm…after reviewing my last post I must apologise for leaving a d off the end of what should’ve been strangled.
    Also, please get cancer ASAP! Thanks, that is all. Xoxox

  • Felix

    I already have it from you and the likes of you.