Zeus Ball – Proving Small Indy Developers can Compete with the Big Guys

Clearfield, Utah – iCOOLgeeks today has just released the first 20 levels of Zeus Ball for the iPad, for Free on Apple’s Appstore. Zeus Ball is their new physics based puzzle game. In Zeus Ball, Medusa is wreaking havoc on the country side by turning innocents into stone. With a lack of heroes in the land, Zeus has trusted you to save the day. Your only weapon is the mighty Zeus Ball. Using simple TAP controls to direct the flight of the Zeus Ball, you must destroy the blocks, save the Princess, and become the hero. Use your cunning wit combined with the various powers of the elemental blocks; earth, fire, ice, air, stone, poison, and warp to solve the ever increasingly difficult puzzles.

This is the first of several versions of the game to be released. Zeus Ball is scheduled to be released on Mac later this month, as well as iPhone, iPod touch, and Android for the Kindle and Nook devices later this quarter or early second quarter. Zeus Ball is the thirtieth iOS app released by iCOOLgeeks, but it will be the first app they have released in almost a year. With the ever increasing competition in the mobile app space, iCOOLgeeks took a whole new ground-up approach to the development of their latest game, Zeus Ball. The graphics, gameplay, and overall quality of their latest project stands high, proving that small indy development studios can compete with the big publishing houses.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 17.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Zeus Ball 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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iCOOLgeeks is a development firm specializing in applications for the IOS, Mac, and Android devices. Copyright (C) 2009-2012 iCOOLgeeks. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Daily Lama – Your Motivational buddy disguised as an iPhone app

Lasi, Romania – Independent developer Cristi Habliuc, who brought you the “How Drunk” BAC calculator app for the iPhone and the “Spin Frenzy” puzzle game, today is excited to announce the release of his latest iPhone/iPod touch application, “Daily Lama”. It stands out with quality, hand-picked quotes, a beautiful interface and many other features.

We all need motivation in our lives. Get the boost you need to accomplish what you set yourself for in life by letting this free application help you discover great great knowledge shared to us by great people of all times. Daily Lama gives you access to hundreds of carefully selected words from around the world. Words that will push you forward your goals; words that will change the way you think and will definitely make the Sky the limit.

Daily Lama supports the iPhone 4/4s’ Retina Display and sports a beautiful user interface and customizable wallpapers. It allows you to save your favorite quotes or even to share them with friends, using Facebook or by email.

* Find a different quote every time you open up the app
* Store favorite quotes so you can view them over and over again when you need them
* Rate as good the quotes you like and as Bad, the ones you don’t like
* Change background images to wonderful, inspirational images
* Get as many quotes as you need. Our database is constantly updated with hand-picked quotations
* Share the quotes you love by connection your Facebook account or by sending emails
* Leave feedback on the app and send us features you’d love to have

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3/4G iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 3.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Daily Lama 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

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Located in Lasi, Romania, Cristi Habliuc is a full-time independent iPhone and iPad developer. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Cristi Habliuc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Jobs and Career App Helps you Plan a Career Change or Find a New Job

Seattle, Washington – Prajnu, Inc., today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Jobs & Career Visualizer 1.0 for iPad, now available on the Apple App Store. This career tool helps the user visualize their ideal career or job by entering their goals in seven different categories, staring with a mission statement. The other categories include values, interests, skills, work environment, salary & benefits, and culture & people.

The app was created by Spencer Leu & Rick Nanda, whose mission is simple, improve life. With many companies downsizing, employees are being asked to do more with less resources. Many are questioning if they are in the right jobs or careers, but are not sure where to start. It can also help those looking for their first job to get focused on the types of jobs they should pursue. According to Spencer, “This app is a valuable tool when looking for and evaluating job opportunities. It will help the user figure out and visualize their ideal job or career.”

The app allows for customization of the headers, background image, color of the text and text boxes, and transparency of the text boxes. This allows users from all over the world to customize the text in their preferred language with their own images and color preferences so they can easily visualize their ideal career or job.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0
* 1.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Jobs & Career Visualizer 1.0 is available for only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store in the Productivity category.

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Prajnu, Inc. is a privately held Washington-based company focused on creating innovative self improvement apps for mobile devices. Copyright (C) 2012 Prajnu, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

A Clockwork Brain Brings Steampunk Brain Puzzles to iOS

Thessaloniki, Greece – Indie game developer Total Eclipse today is proud to announce the release of A Clockwork Brain, a brain training puzzle game with a Steampunk theme. In A Clockwork Brain, players can challenge themselves with a series of mini-games designed to test cognitive abilities such as visual, spatial, logic, language, arithmetic, and memory. It is a Universal iOS game and free to download from the App Store.

A Clockwork Brain contains four free mini-games, with six more also available as in-app purchases. The game features fast-paced, bite-sized game play; each mini-game playthrough is approximately one minute of intense brain training. Sprocket, the beloved robot from The Clockwork Man series, acts as the players’ guide and helpful instructor.

Upon starting the game, players can access Challenge Mode, which provides an overall training activity and randomly chooses four games to be played in sequence. If they prefer to train in a particular mini-game, they can do so in Single Game Mode. Both modes support OpenFeint and Game Center leaderboards, while local highscore tables are also available. Exceedingly skilled players can try reaching the ultra-hard Insane Round which gives great rewards to those who can last long enough.

Depending on how well players do at the mini-games, A Clockwork Brain awards them with Sprocket Tokens. Tokens can then be used to unlock a range of free upgrades such as an extra bonus mini-game, Single Game Mode and wallpapers.

Argiris Bendilas, Total Eclipse CEO, says “A Clockwork Brain escapes the typical brain-game formula; while a few of the puzzles are twists of the familiar, most are 100% original and you won’t find them anywhere else. We promise that your little grey cells will be stimulated like never before!”

Features at-a-glance:
* Training variety: Contains five free mini-games (one unlockable with Tokens) and six more available through in-app purchases
* Fast and casual: Bite-sized, intuitive gameplay, suitable for all ages
* Exceptional look and feel: Steampunk-influenced graphics and audio make each mini-game unique
* Free in-game upgrades: Players can use awarded Tokens to activate several upgrades, with more coming soon
* Competition: Supports OpenFeint and Game Center leaderboards, with achievements coming very soon
* International appeal: All word games support 9 languages

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* Universal Application
* 81.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
A Clockwork Brain 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Total Eclipse, an independent game development studio based in Thessaloniki, Greece, designs and develops downloadable, portable and online games catering to a wide audience. We are very passionate about our projects and take great pride in our work. We strive for perfection so we can offer the best to the player, by developing original concepts that guarantee a thrilling experience with long-lasting appeal. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Total Eclipse. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Top Spelling App For Literacy Education Updated And On Sale

Edmonton, Canada – Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 is creating positive results with students’ spelling accuracy everywhere. We are thrilled to be hearing back from so many educators including teachers, SLPs, OTs, ELL teachers, teachers of students with special needs, and parents including those that homeschool their children. In support of educators everywhere, Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 and Simplex Spelling HD will both be on sale February 17th-18th, 2012 for $1.99.

Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 has just received an update to include additional spelling tips that help students learn how to spell and read the English language.

Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 takes a spelling based phonics approach to teaching phonological awareness. It teaches individual phonemes and maps each of the phonemes to the corresponding phonograms. The process of spelling is in many ways the reverse of reading since spelling requires encoding skills rather than the decoding skills used during reading. Therefore, the “reverse phonics” approach in Simplex Spelling is a more natural way to learn spelling skills.

Simplex Spelling then combines a full comprehensive phonics approach with contextually relevant spelling rules for each individual word. It acts like a personal spelling coach with each word. Each word is spoken clearly and used in a sentence to establish context and build vocabulary in an approach that is very similar to an interactive spelling bee. Information is tracked for every word attempted by each student to allow educators to monitor progress so that intervention strategies can be used with the students that are most in need of additional support.

Studies have shown that many good readers have poor spelling skills, but that good spellers almost invariably are also good readers. This is why taking a spelling approach to teaching literacy is so important and effective.

Andrea Gardner, an instructional technology teacher, reviewed Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 on “I Education Apps Review” and indicated that “Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 can seamlessly be integrated into any homeschool, classroom or home environment.”

The iMum stated, “I really like the Simplex Spelling apps and think they are the best on the market at teaching your child how to spell in English.”

Fun Educational Apps commented, “Another Top Spelling App by Pyxwise Software”.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4/4S, 3/4G iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* Universal Application
* 53.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 and Simplex Spelling HD will both be on sale in support of educators during Technology In Education’s AppyTechinEd event this Feb 17th-18th, 2012 for $1.99 (regularly $4.99/$6.99). Available worldwide exclusively on the App Store in the Education category by searching for ‘Simplex Spelling’. Evaluation copies for educators are available upon request.

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Pyxwise Software Inc. is an award winning independent developer of family friendly games and educational software. It was co-founded by Craig Welburn B.A.Sc, B.Sc. and Lisa Welburn Ph.D. in 2011. The Pyxwise series of applications includes the award winning Simplex Spelling HD and Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 along with Simplex Spelling Free Lite. These can be found on the App Store worldwide by searching for ‘Pyxwise Software Inc.’. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Pyxwise Software Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

New HTML 5 Tutorial Offers Guide to iOS-Friendly Web Design

Toronto, Canada – Technology training leader InfiniteSkills Inc recently released its new HTML 5 training course offering real-time demonstrations of industry standard design and development techniques, with full compatibility for Apple devices. The course aims to assist both beginning and experienced HTML users in effectively implementing many new capabilities of the latest version of emerging web standard as transitioning web sites to HTML 5 will allow them to more easily support coming features of the protocol.

The InfiniteSkills HTML 5 tutorial includes 66 lessons focusing on basic HTML usage, website design, and embedding images and videos. HTML 5 is the most recent revision of the standard HTML web language, the basis for almost all internet viewing on personal computers, smart phones, and tablets. It is being designed to improve support for multimedia across a variety of platforms, keeping pace with the demands of today’s mobile web browsing technology. The InfiniteSkills HTML5 tutorial reflects these innovations, helping viewers understand the fundamentals of language and understand how it can be utilized to make websites more flexible, more interactive and more accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Instructor John Ulliman, an HTML expert with nearly 20 years’ experience in technology tutoring, guides learners through the basics of web design using HTML 5. The course is arranged around the step-by-step construction of a web site in which the essential elements of HTML 5 are employed. Users learn skills such as basic web page design, how to insert links, employ CSS styles, and embed images and videos.

Chris Johns, content coordinator, says that the best way to start using HTML is to be shown and guided through the direct steps. “The approach at InfiniteSkills,” says Johns, “is to create an immersive environment where users are guided through the actual use of HTML 5 right on their screen rather than reading a book or trying to work from an overview.” He adds that the InfiniteSkills approach allows beginners to intuitively grasp the most necessary skills for using HTML in a workflow.

Pricing and Availability:
The HTML 5 tutorial videos are both Macintosh and Windows compatible, and can be downloaded directly from the InfiniteSkills website or ordered on DVD-ROM. The complete tutorials in any format are priced at $99.95 USD retail. Shipping and purchasing options are available worldwide. Free demonstration videos and a complete list of tutorial subjects are also available on the company’s website.

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Based in Toronto, Canada, Infinite Skills is a leading provider of computer based training for individuals, businesses and educational institutions. Combining content delivery innovation with a strong emphasis on customer service, the provides cost effective training solutions for the world’s most popular creative and productivity software platforms and programming languages. Infinite Skills continues to release new tutorials and expand the formats in which its training can be accessed, from DVDs to mobile devices. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Infinite Skills Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

CulinartMedia releases Quick & Healthy iPad app

San Francisco, California – CulinartMedia and Julian Whitaker MD and the Whitaker Wellness Institute of Newport Beach, California have created “Quick & Healthy: Easy Recipes for Diabetics,” an iPad app to help reverse diabetes through healthy eating. The app features over 100 delicious recipes that allow users to customize their daily menus based on Dr. Whitaker’s suggested nutritional targets. The user sets their personal profile, and the app provides daily nutritional targets and values unique to that individual’s health and diet needs.

The “Quick & Healthy: Easy Recipes for Diabetics” app also provides other important features, including a tracking device that allows you to successfully review your daily meals and a history button that gives you instant feedback on how you did yesterday or last week, all at-a-glance.

Join Dr. Julian Whitaker, along with the thousands of diabetes patients he has helped over the past 32 years, and start improving your health with sugar-friendly recipes and helpful tips on how to be successful in achieving your health goals. The app also includes an introductory video from Dr. Whitaker who shares his strategies for helping patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Whitaker has been treating patients for over 30 years at the Whitaker Wellness Institute with a combination of therapeutic lifestyle changes and his own proprietary line of supplements. He is proud to be part of Healthy Directions, an organization dedicated to giving health conscious individuals access to products and health guidance from established thought leaders in integrative and alternative medicine.

Feature Highlights:
* Over 100 recipes, all illustrated with photography
* Built-in timer
* Nutritional values and targets
* Tracking device and history record
* Menu planner, list of favorites and shopping list generation
* Ingredient calculator based on number of servings needed
* Social media links, including sharing via Facebook and email
* Introductory video by Dr. Whitaker on diabetes and treatment
* Ability to add notes to recipes and dispatch invitations to an event

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad 1 & 2
* Requires iOS 5 and earlier versions
* 200 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Quick & Healthy 1.0 is available in the App Store in the Lifestyle category for a purchase price of $4.99 USD. On February 25-26, 2012, Saturday-Sunday only, we are offering free downloads of “Quick & Healthy” as a gift promotion.

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Based in San Francisco, California, CulinartMedia, Inc., a US and German based software developer, specializes in developing revolutionary culinary apps and software that offer users heightened skills and techniques to increase their cooking capabilities. CulinartMedia is climbing the ranks of culinary apps, and is quickly making a prominent stamp on the food world. CulinartMedia is focused on creating user-friendly apps that appeal to both professional chefs and the broad population. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 CulinartMedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Caricature Maker Pro – Popular, Creative iOS App is Free

Seoul, Korea – Caricature Maker Pro, a recently launched app for iOS which allows users to create caricatures using a photo as the starting point, is now free for a limited time only.

Caricature Maker Pro gives users the opportunity to create caricatures of themselves and others, by using the app’s unique features to alter a photo from their iPhone, iPod, or iPad gallery. Users may also choose to take a photo within the application itself. One of its fans’ favorite features is the ability to apply Caricature Maker Pro’s one of a kind character creation tools to photos featuring two people – allowing the creation of couples’ caricatures.

The combination of automation and the creative insight of its users makes Caricature Maker Pro unlike any other app in the genre. This clever fusion of technology and human creativity get results, and those results have earned the fledgling app its enthusiastic fan base.

That fan base is destined to grow due to the current sale. Caricature Maker Pro typically retails for $1.99, which is a generously low price for such a full-featured app. The current discount allows new users to take advantage of everything Caricature Maker Pro has to offer:

* Use a photo you’ve saved in your device’s photo album, or take a photo from within the application

* Simple touch screen controls tweak the placement of added features over the photo

* Extensive customization options ensure your caricature captures the subject – exaggerate, downplay, and enhance individual features to your heart’s content

* Once you’re satisfied with your creation, use it however you’d like! Save it as an image in your album, or spread the love by sharing with Facebook and Twitter through the app’s integrated sharing options! You can also email your caricature from within the app

* Standard accessories and options are available by default, but check out the shop to really bring your caricature to life with an ever-growing inventory of items

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 22.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
For a limited time only, Caricature Maker Pro 1.2 is now free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Mcookie was established in 2004 and develops mobile games, comics, books and more for the Korean market. Copyright (C) 2004-2012 Mcookie. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Applaud Releases iPhone Puzzle Game – Bugly

Surrey, United Kingdom – Applaud today is proud to announce that their new puzzle game, Bugly, is now available for iPhone and iPod touch. Bugly is a colourful and fast-paced puzzle game in which bugs are moved around a seven column playing board with the aim of forming chains of bugs of the same colour. Bugly features Game Center leaderboard and achievements.

At the start of the game 8 bugs drop into each of the 7 columns and a 30 second timer starts ticking down. The aim of Bugly is to score points by playing for as long as possible. The player can only put additional seconds on the timer by forming and tapping chains of 3 or more bugs of the same colour. Each chain formed and tapped adds between 5 and 30 seconds to the timer depending on the length of the chain. And points are added to the score.

As the game progresses additional colours will start to appear and the maximum time allowed on the timer will reduce. Surviving when you only have a maximum 15 seconds take real skill in spotting potential chains and knowing which bugs to tap to move those around it into place!

Making a chain of 3 black bugs will flush the board, giving the player a completely fresh set of bugs which may help them find new chains, or not! Flushing should be used wisely since five seconds are deducted from the timer and it can’t be used when the timer is in the red where less than 10 seconds remain.

Bugly features:
* Original and fun game mechanics
* Works your brain
* Easy to learn – instructions and hints included
* Choice of bugs or balls
* Leaderboard (game center)
* Achievements (game center)
* Local high score
* Original music and sound effects

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 10.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Bugly 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games (Puzzles) category. Please visit Applaud online for more information and press kit details.

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Applaud Limited is based in Surrey, UK and was established in 2011 as a software company that develops and releases apps and games. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Applaud Limited. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Graphic Node Introduces a New Version of Designs for Pages App for iOS

Sakiai, Lithuania – Graphic Node, a graphic design company that specializes in creating themes, templates, and illustrations for Mac OS X, has again expanded its assortment of iWork templates with the update of the iOS version of Designs for Pages. The expanded pack for Apple’s Pages for iOS now consists of 783 high-quality, easily customizable templates. The upgraded version 1.6 has a New Interface, making it more user friendly and easy to navigate. The collection assists iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users in creating powerful, versatile documents without using a computer.

“Mac is not always at hand when you remember that special occasion and you have even some time for doing, not just thinking,” said Jolita Unguvaitiene, general manager of Graphic Node. “Whereas, iPhone is usually in you pocket or iPad is in your handbag. That’s my practice of course, but I’m a user too.”

The Designs for Pages set provides a thorough selection of templates, from books and invitations to posters and brochures. All templates have been streamlined to make the best use of the Pages for iOS application. Each layout – from the definitive style of text-only pages to the vivid combination of pictures and slogans in the poster and brochure templates – features great design quality.

Almost all objects in Designs for Pages can be easily recolored, moved, or removed. Users can type or paste their own text, add and remove text boxes, change the font, or replace stock images with photos or pictures of their choice. Most of the 783 templates are available in both paper size A4, the standard size in most countries in the world, and U.S. Letter, the most common paper format in the United States and Canada.

The Designs for Pages set is available at the App Store for $2.99. For more information and design samples, users can visit Graphic Node’s web site.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or late
* 1.54 GB

Pricing and Availability:
Designs for Pages 1.6 is only $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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Graphic Node is a graphic design company based in Lithuania. It is committed to creating exceptional templates and themes for the Mac OS X community. It launched in 2011 and now offers an extensive choose of beautifully crated themes for iWork, iWeb and other applications. The small team of dedicated professionals at Graphic Node works hard to ensure the consistent quality of their products and maintains a constant focus on their users. Copyright 2012 Graphic Node. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.