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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iTunes $50 eGift Card for $40 at Walmart.com

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Walmart is now selling $50 Apple iTunes eGift Cards for only $40. Once purchased, the electronic code will be delivered right into your inbox (according to Walmart, within minutes in most cases). These codes can then be redeemed on iTunes for music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and of course apps and games. That’s an extra $10 to buy currently discounted games from EA Mobile and Telltale, all of which are on sale for a dollar. As for international users who have US iTunes accounts, this offer may not apply to you as these retailers now require that you have a US based credit card or Paypal account. Head over to Walmart to take advantage of this 20% off deal.

EA Mobile’s Holiday Sale: 55+ iOS Games now $0.99

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EA Mobile has once again dropped prices of their most popular iPhone and iPad titles to $0.99, and this one is likely their biggest of the year. Nearly all their iOS games are on sale for a dollar, and for the very first time, FIFA SOCCER 13 and Need for Speed Most Wanted can be had for a buck. If you have yet to pick up some of their more recent offerings or are a new iDevice owner, this holiday season would be a great time to pick up some great games on the cheap for yourself or someone else via iOS 6′s new gifting feature. The full list of games on sale can be found below.

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Chillingo celebrates Holidays with App Store freebies

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Unsurprisingly, as we get closer to the Christmas holidays, the App Store has been seeing a ton of price drops on quality apps and games. Chillingo, one of the biggest publishers on the platform, is celebrating the holiday season with 15 iOS games you can download for free. Leading the way is ORC: Vengeance, an awesome action RPG that was recently named in Apple’s Best of 2012 under the “Showpiece Games” category. Others in the list include Endless RoadPony Trails and Spice Bandits, a superb Tower Defense and one of my favorites in the genre [read about the making of Spice Bandits here]. The complete list of free Chillingo games after the break.

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Get Siri to show directions via Google Maps app

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By now, you’ve likely already downloaded the recently released (and excellent) Google Maps app on your iPhone and made it your primary navigation tool. Unfortunately though, there’s no way to make it your default maps app without jailbreaking. But what if there was a way to make it so that Siri will give directions to a location using Google Maps? JailbreakNation discovered that by adding “via transit” to the end of your Siri command, a go-between “Routing Apps” page will appear and allow you to select desired navigation apps. For example, you can say “Give me directions to [destination] via transit“, or “Take me to the closest [POI] via transit“. Voilà. You can then select Google Maps and choose from one of the suggested routes. It’s not a perfect integration, but at least it’s there if you’d like to use both Siri and Gmaps. Check out the demo video below.

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Gifting Apps returns to iOS 6

Just in time for the holidays, you can now start gifting apps right from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. This feature was available in iOS 5, but for one reason or another, Apple elected to leave it out when iOS 6 first launched. Now that it’s back, simply head to an app page in the App Store app, tap on the “action” icon located at the top right corner and select “Gift”. From there, enter the email of the person you’re sending the app to, leave an optional message (200 characters) and choose when you want the gift sent (today or a specific date up to 90 days in advance). This is especially handy when scheduling app gifting for someone’s birthday or other special occasions.

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Rumour Mill: iPad mini 2 will feature high resolution display

According to Digitimes’ sources, the iPad mini 2′s display will get a boost in resolution, which isn’t all that surprising considering how most, if not all, consider the current mini’s 1024×768 display to be its weakest link.

Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will focus mostly on enhancing the device’s display resolution, according to Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources.

The sources have yet to specify whether the device will use Apple’s Retina Display technology to enhanced resolution, but market observers said it is highly likely based on the development of past Apple products such as the iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad series.

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Google Maps has finally landed on the iPhone

After months of waiting for the best maps app for iOS 6, Google has finally released their highly anticipated Maps app for the iPhone. With a slick interface and all the features you’ve come to love but found missing on Apple’s own Maps app (i.e. public transit info and Street view), it appears the long wait was well worth it.

Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – The Curse

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

Mojo Bones’s The Curse is a Pocket Gamer Silver Award-winning collection of increasingly difficult puzzles, mini-games, and brainteasers.

Basically, you’ve opened an ancient book and unwittingly released a mischievous adversary known as the Mannequin. If you wish to banish your newfound foe and correct your mistakes, you must first complete the 100 challenges he sets you. These challenges involve solving riddles, completing electrical circuits, and finishing those pesky sliding block puzzles that everybody hates.

If you fancy challenging puzzles on your iDevice, be sure to grab The Curse while it’s still Free (was $2.99)

The Curse Toy Studio, The Curse - Free

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