Today in the App Store -- Crazy Taxi City Rush, Sleep Time+, MagicalPad and more

Today in the App Store -- Crazy Taxi City Rush, Sleep Time+, MagicalPad and more

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include Octagon, Orderly and a fun Crazy Taxi City Rush update that Hot Wheels fans will love. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can

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Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker: Big sound, little price

Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker: Big sound, little price

Last year, I began to receive review products from a company I had never heard of before -- Germany's Inateck. Since there are a lot of accessory companies that have been around the States for a while, it was surprising to me to find that this company was making some pretty high quality products. A current example is the Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker (US$49.99), a portable speaker with excellent sound quality. Let's check it out.

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Monument Valley picks up top prize at 11th Mobile Gaming Awards

Monument Valley picks up top prize at 11th Mobile Gaming Awards

Until the awesome Alto's Adventure appeared on the scene, the one game that attracted the attention of all of us here at Apple World Today was the beautiful puzzler Monument Valley (US$3.99). Featuring stunning artwork, Escher-like architecture, and mind-bending gameplay, the app pulls you into the world of Princess Ida and the crows for hours on end...

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App Camp For Girls announces 2015 registration, new locations

App Camp For Girls announces 2015 registration, new locations

App Camp For Girls is an amazing non-profit organization designed to provide girls who will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall 2015 with fun and accessible educational programs in iOS development. Jean MacDonald, the founder of AC4G, let us know that the camps are expanding this year and also that the program is now open for applications.

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Video captures the excitement of Zhongjie Joy City Apple Store grand opening

Video captures the excitement of Zhongjie Joy City Apple Store grand opening

China’s latest Apple Store, the Zhongjie Joy City store, opened recently in Shenyang, China. A video of the event showcases the large crowd waiting for the store’s official debut and captures the excitement when the doors are opened for the first time. As pointed out by ifoapplestore, the enthusiasm for Apple’s retail stores “transcends cultures and international boundaries.”

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Waze to bring location-specific AMBER alerts to your phone

Waze to bring location-specific AMBER alerts to your phone

Crowdsourced navigation and traffic app Waze today announced that it was adding AMBER alerts to its service. The AMBER alerts will be sent to Waze users in the vicinity of the alert and will appear when your car has been stationary for more than 10 seconds. Alerts will disappear when the vehicle beings to move, or they can be dismissed manually. To avoid alert overload, each alert will appear once per week.

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AT&T announces March 20 ship date for LTE-enabled Modio iPad mini case

AT&T announces March 20 ship date for LTE-enabled Modio iPad mini case

So, you bought a Wi-Fi-only iPad mini, but you really regret not being able to surf the web, send pictures or emails, or make FaceTime calls when you're away from home. Never fear, on March 20 you'll be able to buy an AT&T Modio LTE case complete with a built-in hotspot that works with any generation of the iPad mini.

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Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster on Apple Watch pricing, sales

Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster on Apple Watch pricing, sales

When it comes to Apple High-Definition Smart TVs, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has been consistently wrong. As a result of his cracked crystal ball, Munster has become a bit of an in-joke among Apple bloggers, although his financial analysis of Apple is often quite accurate. Today StreetInsider.com featured Munster's look at the pricing, gross margins, and sales of the various models of the Apple Watch, and his predictions bear repeating.

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AWT News Update: March 3, 2015

AWT News Update: March 3, 2015

On today's AWT News Update podcast: 

  • A new Swedish "hypercar" will support Apple's CarPlay, if you have $1.89 million to buy one of the vehicles
  • Dr. Buzz Aldrin may have walked on the moon and taken a sub to the resting place of the Titanic, but he can't get a new app through the App Store approval process
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SXSW 2015 to use iBeacons for meetups, location-based alerts

Last year at the Austin, TX-based SXSW festival, iBeacons -- those Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) beacons that broadcast their location and information -- made a very limited debut. For this year's festival, the organizers are going all-out with iBeacons and will install more than a thousand Gimbal-built beacons around the festival venues.

The official SXSW Go app for the 2015 festival has several fun features built in to take advantage of iBeacons. There's a new "Around Me" feature that will allow attendees to introduce themselves to each other with a short message. Fortunately for those introverts attending the festival, the Around Me feature is opt-in only.

Attendees will also receive messages based on their location, including alerts about who has arrived at the venue recently.

Apple uses iBeacons at Apple Stores to alert users of the Apple Store app to what's going on, provide product reviews, and pick up online orders. iBeacons require that a user have Bluetooth enabled on his or her iPhone and be running apps that react to iBeacon transmissions.

Music Launcher is a handy if limited addition to Notification Center

Music Launcher is a handy if limited addition to Notification Center

Music Launcher from Cromulent Labs is pretty clever. It combines music, a launcher app and iOS 8's Today Widgets to let you launch your favorite music, podcasts and audiobooks right from the iOS Notification Center. It's terribly convenient, and easy to set up. I spent some time playing with it, and despite a few caveats, I enjoyed using Music Launcher. Here's my look at this handy app.

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Federico Viticci on how the iPhone helped him get back to health after cancer

Federico Viticci on how the iPhone helped him get back to health after cancer

Most, if not all of us in the Apple blogging world have a huge amount of admiration for Federico Viticci, the young Italian man behind MacStories.net. Viticci was diagnosed in the latter part of 2011 with Stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma and underwent both chemotherapy and radiation treatment to beat the disease. Today, in one of his trademark long posts, Viticci talks about the physical toll that those treatments took on his body and how he's using a variety of iPhone apps to establish a healthy lifestyle.

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