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Sometimes, it’s the simplest apps that turn out to be the best, and SmackTalk! for the iPhone proves that point. You see, all SmackTalk does it record your voice, and play it back to you at a faster speed. However, they also have animals whose heads move when it plays back your voice, so it appears that a hamster (or cat, or dog, etc.) is repeating back to you what you said. Kids love this, as I have witnessed first-hand. Check out the video above for a demo, and you’ll be wanting to grab SmackTalk for $1.99 from the App Store.

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App Store Billion Downloads

If you had any doubt of the success of ‘s App Store, the fact that one billion apps have been downloaded in nine months should be enough to change your opinion. At 1:52 pm today, the App Store officially sold its 1,000,000,000th app for the and platforms. As exciting as that is, we have the iPhone 3.0 SDK currently in beta, which will allow apps with new capabilities that aren’t yet available. Exciting times.

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Sonos Controller for iPhone 2.8The latest version of the Sonos Controller for iPhone has been released, and it is the one we’ve been personally waiting for since the app was first made available. Why is that? Well, aside from all the other features, Sonos Controller 2.8.1 now supports DRM-protected Windows Media files, and Windows Media shares show up and are now browsable, as they’ve always been on the regular Sonos Controller. This means I can browse all my music from the , and that makes me a happy boy. Here’s a look at all the new features:

  • Full-featured alarm and timer functionality so you can wake up or fall asleep to your favorite music. Set, edit and delete Sonos alarms right from your iPhone.
  • Support for 7 languages. Now you can control Sonos from your iPhone or iPod touch in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish.
  • PC-free setup of your network music folders.
  • Support for DRM-protected WMA files.

In order to take advantage of these, you’ll also need to update your system as well, to software version 2.8.

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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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