SEGA’s Sonic Jump is today’s 12 Days of Christmas freebie

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The 12 Days of Christmas promotion started 5 days ago, and for its sixth feature gift, it’s none other than SEGA’s Sonic Jump. Not to be dismissed as just a Doodle Jump clone, this variation of Sonic the Hedgehog is a welcome addition, with addictive gameplay and solid replay value (be prepared to spend some dosh on IAPs). While the 12DoC is technically open only to international App Stores, the game did go free 2 days ago in the US, so this is certainly one worthwhile freebie that’s available to all iDevice users.

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Google’s 10 quick tip for Google Maps on iPhone

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Google has posted some handy tips on getting the most out of the Google Maps app for the iPhone. For instance, did you know that you could zoom in and out of maps with just one finger? (double-tap an area, hold second tap and move your finger up/down). Or how you can enable compass mode (to orient yourself) by tapping on the My Location button (bottom left) twice? If you’re still fairly new to the fantastic Gmaps – you have downloaded it already, right? – check out the list of useful tips below.

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Vote for your favorite apps and games in the “The Best App Ever Awards” 2012

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The Best App Ever Awards is now in it’s fifth year – and is a celebration of the greatest apps in the universe. Its goal is to honour the best apps, and not just the best selling – you could almost think of the awards as the Oscars of the app world. Last year saw a record 1.5 million votes for thousands of apps, and crowned Jetpack Joyride the 2011 Best App Ever.

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MumboJumbo now offering all their iOS games either Free or $0.99

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Midnight Mysteries: Haunted Houdini for iPad

If you enjoy a good hidden object game on your iPad, MumboJumbo’s holiday sale should be right up your alley. Their entire iOS library is now either Free (Luxor 27 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour and more) or down to just $0.99, which include their HOG/Adventure titles like Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch TrialsHaunted Houdini and Samantha Swift and the Fountains of Fate. Theses normally go for $4.99, so that’s a nice 80% discount. The sale is good until the end of the year, so you’ll have plenty of time to decide which of these great games to grab for free or just a dollar. The entire list of MumboJumbo’s iOS games can be found below.

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Pocket announces most popular articles/videos of 2012, over 240 million items saved

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Pocket, formerly known as Read it Later, and the app I rely on for saving all the articles I come across for offline/later reading, has announced that users across various platforms have saved to Pocket over 240 million times in 2012. The most-saved article this year was “Obama’s Way,” Michael Lewis’s 13,000-word presidential portrait for Vanity Fair, while the most-saved video in Pocket was (you guessed it) Gangnam Style. Some other stats include:

  • There are currently 7.4 million users of Pocket
  • Users save 10.4 items per second to Pocket
  • 75% of active users have connected Pocket to two or more apps or devices
  • The computer is the most popular platform for viewing content in Pocket (28%), followed by Android phones (25%), iPhone (21%), iPad (16%) and Android tablets (10%)

Below is an infographic and top 10 list for the most popular ‘pocketed’ items.

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Karateka remake kicks and punches its way onto iOS App Store

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Remember Karateka? You know, that classic 8-bit side-scroller fighter that made your jaw drop back in the 80′s? Well Jordan Mechner, the man behind the game and who later made Prince of Persia, has brought Karateka back to life with the help of Jeff Matsuda’s artwork (The Batman) and music by Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin (Civilization IV). The remake first arrived on XBLA in early November and has now arrived on iOS.

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Snappgrip turns your iPhone into a point and shoot camera

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The Gizmon iCa iPhone camera case is downright awesome. But what if you want a more hefty grip so that your iPhone literally feels more like a real digital point and shoot camera? Enter the Snappgrip, a cool bluetooth enabled case/controller that just started its Kickstarter campaign moments ago.

snappgrip provides camera controls for smartphones. The snappgrip controller mounts to a protective phone case so that you can conveniently attach it when you want to use your handset for some serious photography.

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