iOS 7 (App Store teaser 004)

App Recap – your daily column that celebrates best new apps and not-to-be-missed discounts while informing you of major app updates you should know about – is back on this action-packed Tuesday with more than three dozen new apps and deals.

From new submissions like Listicle and ReplayCam to updates to Rdio, MapQuest and iTunes U to latest deals on iOS games and iTunes movies, App Recap has you covered and keeps you up-to-date on all things App Store.

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New Apps

iMPC Pro 1.0 for iOS (app icon, small)iMPC Pro is a professional 64-track music production app for the iPad by Aka and Retronym. The software basically replicates functionality provided by Akai’s pro-grade Music Production Center, with such features as trimming, multi-touch editing, loops, auditioning, a whopping 1,400 sound samples, 16 levels mode with attack, velocity, length and tuning settings for quickly creating variations of sounds and much, much more. iMPC Pro is $12.99 in the App Store.

Listicle 1.0 for iOS (app icon, small)Listicle , as the name suggests, is all about creating, updating and sharing compelling listicles on the go. People love to read things in the list format because it’s easier to understand and Listicle makes it easy and fun to create lists of photos and add captions and elegant filters to them for a richer appearance. You can interact with other users and share listicles to social media services. Grab Listicle for free in the App Store.

ReplayCam 1.0 for iOS (app icon, small)ReplayCam by developer Lucky Clan lets you add slow motion replays to your videos, with separate focus and exposure controls. By holding the Replay button during recording, the app will replay the last three seconds of the video in slow motion at 60/120 FPS, depending on the hardware you own. It works in real-time and you can make the replay section longer. Grab ReplayCam free of charge for a limited time (regularly $1.99).

Updated Apps

Cross DJ HD 1.8.1 for iOS (app icon, small)Cross DJ HD iPad app for DJs now integrates with SoundCloud so your sets, favorites and tracks appear directly in Cross, no SoundCloud pro plan needed whatsoever. And don’t worry, streamed tracks load as fast as locally hosted ones. Once the app analyzes your track, it remembers track meta data of your previously played SoundCloud tracks. You may also want to check out Pacemaker, the first DJ app with Spotify integration. Cross DJ HD is $7.99 in the App Store.

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (app icon, small)iTunes U version 2.0 has gone live today, as promised. This major release brings a number of new content creation features and includes a discussion forum with push notifications for new topics and the ability to delete messages and replies. Educators can use the app to create new courses with photos and videos captured via the iPad’s built-in camera and learning materials imported from Apple’s iWork, iBooks Author or third-party iPad educational apps. The universal iTunes U 2.0 app is free in the App Store.

MapQuest 4.4 for iOS (app icon, small)MapQuest navigation app by AOL has received an interesting update today adding GrubHub integration to order food from your favorite restaurant within the app, Ballpark Guides to MLB stadiums and airport maps, a more accurate search, additional ETA traffic data making your arrival time more accurate and new controls to set the voice navigation volume independently of other apps. MapQuest is available free in the App Store.

Rdio 2.3.3. for iOS (app icon, small)Rdio  now sits at version 2.5.10. The popular Internet radio service enhances your experience with an overhauled radio station design. Each of Rdio’s endless stations has a dedicated page, detailing artists in the station, recent listeners and related stations, with each station’s artwork overhauled for a sleek, clean look. Download Rdio free in the App Store. A paid Rdio Pro subscription is required, with a free 14-day trial available.

Readdle Documents 5 for iOS (app icoin, small)Readdle Documents 5 file management app for the iPhone and iPad has been enhanced with a brand new in-app ePub/FB2 e-reader with bookmarks, page thumbnails and sepia/night mode. In addition, the app has picked up integration with Readdle apps such as PDF Expert 5, Scanner Pro and Printer Pro on the iPhone, various UI tweaks, continuous scrolling and the ability to listen to your favorite music with no interruptions in the background mode. Download Documents 5.1 free in the App Store.

Foursquare Swarm 1.0 for iOS (app icon, small)Swarm now sits at version 1.0.6. Foursquare’s main iOS app is now focused on place discovery following last month’s release of a standalone Swarm app with check-ins, mayorships, leaderboards and other gamified features. Today’s Swarm update brings faster check-ins, friend leaderboards, easier sharing to Facebook and Twitter after you’ve checked-in to a place and user-submitted images of a location that appear after checking in to it. Swarm is iPhone-only and available free in the App Store.

Other notable updates

Adobe Revel has received a fix correcting the failed app updates that some folks experienced with the latest version of the app.

Doodle Jump has added quarterfinalists Belgium and Costa Rica to the soccer theme, in addition to all the semifinalists that have already been in – Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Netherlands.

Facebook pushed a version 12.1 update to its iPhone and iPad client with improvements for reliability and speed.

Google Search iOS app can now fix voice recognition mishaps with a quick command. If you said something like “find me the nearest bars” and the app interpreted it as “find me the nearest cars,” you can now follow up with a “No, I said…” to tell the app to correct itself. This is a backend update so no app refresh is needed.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout by Gameloft will require Internet connectivity, according to TouchArcade. The upcoming shooter needs network connectivity for its unified progression system. “We are still planning on launching the game with the online requirement due to the Unified Progression system,” confirmed Gameloft. Interestingly enough, the French publishing label just released an update to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bringing an offline mode, a brand new suit, boss skills, more enemy types and an improved Mysterio’s Arena.

Movies by Flixster now streams trailers in high-definition and has fixed the issue with crossed-out showtimes.

Notability note taking app, recently featured as Apple’s Free App of the Week, has received a minor update preparing the app “for what’s to come,” as per release notes.

QuietScrob scrobbles everything you’re listening on your iOS device to the service, in the background. Today’s version 1.4 update sports internal fixes, UI tweaks, improved errors handling and background work. In addition, developers were able to reduce the app’s size and memory usage.

TextExpander version 4.3.2 is now available from Smile, fixing the long delay before snippet expansion and adding various other improvements and fixes. A companion TextExpander Touch for iOS is now directly supported in 61 iPhone and iPad apps. The app itself features support for the Fleksy keyboard.

Uber, the official app of the popular ride-sharing service, is now available in El Paso, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Rio De Janeiro.

On Sale Apps

Bird Mania 1.0 for iOS (app icon, small)Bird Mania  should appeal to every Flappy Bird fan out there. An iPhone and iPad port of the addictive Nintendo 3DS hit game, Bird Mania has you controlling a charming bluebird named Mojo with the upward/downward swipe gesture. The goal is to maximize the score by collecting musical notes, stars and balloons while avoiding trees, bees and birds. The game supports Game Center leaderboards and achievements and will delight you with cartoonish visuals, crisp Retina graphics and smooth execution. Download Bird Mania for free, today only.

Bloom Box 1.0 for iOS (app icon, small)Bloom Box  was developed and published by Nexx Studio in collaboration with Pyrosphere. Free for a limited time, this iOS-exclusive puzzle game challenges you to create chain reaction by strategically blowing up all the boxes to advance to the next level. There are multiple ways to collect each level. You can collect the stars to unlock bonus levels and progress to over 120 levels across four gardens. Grab Bloom Boox free in the App Store.

Gamebook Adventures 1 - An Assassin in Orlandes for iOS (app icon, small)Gamebook Adventures by Tin Man Games is comprised of eight interactive fantasy adventures presented as books, each available at 66 percent off in a massive limited-time sale ($1.99 each): An Assassin in Orlandes, The Siege of the Necromancer, Slaves of Rema, Revenant Rising, The Wizard from Tarnath Tor, Temple of the Spider God, Curse of the Assassin, and Sultans of Rema. If you want to try one out before buying, Catacombs of the Undercity is  free.

Knots 3D 4.1 for iOS (app icon, small)Knots 3D  is the #1 reference app in 75 countries. Not sure how to tie or untie a knot? With over 90 knots included 3D graphics and multitouch interface, this app visualizes, in incredible detail, how various knots are tied. Zoom in on the knot to get a closer look or flip it around for another perspective. The app includes detailed knot information about tying pointers, strength and reliability, structural info and Ashley reference numbers, with lots of other features that can’t be listed here so give it a whirl while it’s free. Download Knots 3D free of charge for a limited time.

The Room Two IconThe Room Two landed last December [review], taking its predecessor’s interactive Pandora’s Box style artwork and multi-level intricate puzzles to the next level. The $2.99 iPhone and iPad download has been slashed to 99 cents for a limited time. I wholeheartedly recommend giving it a whirl, even more so if you’re into atmospheric puzzlers as the creepy sequel has an element of supernatural to it. The universal Room Two app is 99 cents for a limited time.

Other notable sales

Awesome Calendar [$6.99 → $0.99] with its iOS 7 friendly design, elegant interface, to-do lists, seamless syncing, notes with photos, in-line weather and more is a decently capable alternative to Apple’s stock iOS Calendar app.

iSlash [$0.99 → Free] is free for 24 hours. This puzzle game challenges you to carve down various shapes by swiping your finger across a section, with power-ups, Game Center achievements and leaderboards and a total of 240 levels. iSlash HD for iPad is also free for a limited time (regularly $1.99).

iXpenseIt [$4.99 → $1.99] is your expense and income calculator, now 60 percent off until July 13 in celebration of its sixth anniversary. This highly-rated iPhone app lets you store photo receipts, enter expense data and dive into the numbers with powerful reporting and insights as to where your money went.

Korg is running a massive sale of its iOS apps. The following items have been discounted: iKaossilator [$9.99 → $19.99], iPolysix [$19.99 → $29.99], iELECTRIBE [$9.99 → $19.99], iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition [$9.99 → $19.99], Gadget [$38.99 → $28.99] and iMS-20 [$29.99 → $19.99].

Wolf on Wall Stret isn’t an app, but I think it’s worth a mention as iTunes is currently offering it for rent for just 99 cents. Should you rather own a glorious high-definition copy, it can be yours in exchange for $9.99, more than half the price of new HD movies. Other $9.99 HD deals: Django Unchained, The Dark KnightGravity and Silver Linings Playbook.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s edition of App Recap.

Each app lover should find an interesting item to try out and put on their Home screen. There are many noteworthy deals here to explore, but act fast because virtually all sales are running for a limited time only.

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  • David Villamizar

    Hey guys, you should review the game “a dark room”. I just finished the story and it’s quite a piece.

  • If Modern Combat 5 is going to require an Internet connection it better be free. If not then I shan’t be getting it unless they’ll pay for the data is uses…

  • Andy

    “Modern Combat 5: Blackout by Gameloft will require Internet connectivity”

    Oh no, not this crap again. What’s the point when I only play the story mode?

  • Saulo Benigno

    the Bloom Box link is wrong 🙂

    • Oops sorry about that. I just fixed the link. It’s now correct 🙂

  • GThomas

    “Wolf on Wall Stret isn’t an app,.” i believe that should be spelled Wolf OF Wall STREET, no?