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eCurrencyNext time you travel overseas, think about downloading eCurrency. The simple interface supports 34 currencies with rates provided by the European Central Bank. All its functions are on one screen and it has a “shake to inverse calculation” feature. There is also a designated keypad for faster entry and it is compatible with iPod touch and iPhone and with a 2.0 software update. eCurrency is available at the App Store for $1.99.

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Smart surfingWith Conficker and other evils running amok of late, Trend Micro has developed what it calls the first safe app for browsing on the iPhone and touch. Smart Surfing uses advanced “in the cloud” Web Reputation technology to block access of viruses, worms and other malware. When you use the application and come across an unfavorable URL, Smart Surfing will notify you visually. The application is free and available at the iTunes App Store.

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Flight Track ProTripIt and FlightTrack Pro have teamed for this handy app for travelers. Forward a travel confirmation to the site and they send a master itinerary with maps, city guides and weather guides. It will also provide flight status updates, live tracker maps with weather updates and can track flights of other family members or coworkers. After the $9.99 initial download, future upgrades are free.

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MLB At BatYou know its baseball season when a new MLB.com At Bat is released. There are two versions of the 2009 app. Lite is free and gives real-time updates, the season’s schedule, and league standings, With the deluxe version, you get live feeds of both regular and post season games with no black-out restrictions, and your choice of home or visiting team announcers. You also get pitch data such as type, location and speed. The full MLB.com At Bat is available for $9.99.

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Metal Gear SolidMetal Gear Solid Touch is now available for both iPhone and iPod touch. The Konami game app was developed by Kojima Productions and involves the final chapter of Solid Snake. Players travel to the Middle East, South America and Eastern Europe in 20 levels of gameplay. Several short and long-range weapons are available. Check out the trailer, then head over to the App Store to get your copy for $7.99.

 

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While most applications are meant for only the user, this should mark a change in the way they can be utilized. Tokyo based Genkii has created an app that lets iPhone users connect with others. Sparkle is claimed to be the first virtual world that links your phone to Second Life and OpenSim grids. Send teleport requests and IMs or chat with others. Sparkle is available for $4.99 now but plans include a 3D version to come with personal space, social networking, virtual games and goods, and more.

 

 

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Easy Dials It ScreenEasy Dials It was conceived by Riverturn as the answer to dialing one-handed. You can flip through full screen images of contacts and merely double tap to dial up a number. Tilt your iPhone’s screen and you can automatically scroll through the list or add an image. Also available is the Easy Dials It Lite that only keeps two of your contacts. Both are available at the App Store for $1.99 and $0.00 respectively.

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iPhoneSirius XM, in a valiant effort to stay afloat, is launching an app for iPhone and iPod touch users to access the satellite radio service. Expected out in Q2, no extra equipment is needed to access the content for new subscribers. Although no specific price was mentioned, the company said it would be available to their 19 million regular subscribers as well as the 7 million U.S. iPhone users. This is good news for the beleaguered company since it has lost sales from automobiles and those who just cannot afford the luxury of the music service.

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Fandango iPhone 3.0

We know, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the beta release yesterday, and tons of people rushed to upgrade. However, now we are seeing some of the negatives that are starting to creep up. Sure, the keyboard can be a bit sluggish in some apps, and MMS isn’t working at the moment, whatev on those. What really sucks, though, is the fact that there are some apps that will just flat out refuse to

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install. Case in point, the new Fandango app. If you try to install it on your 3.0-enabled iPhone, you’ll get a message telling you that the application isn’t compatible, and that it requires the iPhone 2.2.1 software update. We aren’t feeling that, because we wanna get our Fandango on!

Let us know if you find any other apps that choke on iPhone 3.0.

Update: Looks like the problem here is with installing from the App Store directly on the iPhone. We just tried downloading and installing Fandango using iTunes, and it works swimmingly. Keep that in mind.

[Thanks, Tyler!]


The Mentalists, a girl group from the UK, created this video “Kids” by MGMT using only their iPhones and instrument simulation apps. The band’s singer, Kim-Leigh Pontin, plays an ocarina by Smule, Alice Offley plays a miniSynth from Yonac, Kelly Appleton uses Iconic Apps’ Retro Synth and Lyndsay Evans played the DigiDrummer Lite application from Magnus Larsson and Nick Rudolfsky. Kim-Leigh mentions that they weren’t paid by anyone to do this, but thought of it herself and calls herself a wannabe geek.

 

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