Fantastical updated to v1.1 with user requested features

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Flexbit’s bestselling Fantastical for iPhone has received its first major update after 3 months of release on the App Store and some of the most requested features by its users have been implemented. Chief among them include the ability to set multiple alerts when creating events, support for Time zones and my personal favorite, going to a specific date by tapping and holding the red title bar at the top. The app is also on sale now, dropping a buck to $3.99 for a limited time. Besides being a great companion to Fantastical for the Mac, the interface on the iPhone makes it a snap to navigate around your schedule and its natural language engine for entering events is simply, well, fantastic. The full log of what’s new after the break.

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AppyFridays: Free Mac apps every weekend this March

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AppFridays, the site that brings us great deals for Mac apps every Friday (and also where I discovered the indispensible PopClip and was able to grab it for $0.99), has just launched their March Madness promotion. Starting today and for the rest of March, various Mac apps will be offered completely free for the entire weekend. The first set of freebies being offered are: iHDClip (convert camcorder videos for OS X and iOS device playback), Lost Photos (discover all photos you’ve ever sent/received in an email account) and Tab Launcher (easily find and launch apps by way of icons in Tabs). More info and screenshots for these 3 Macs after the gap, and don’t forget to head over to AppyFridays over the next few weeks for more free apps.

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Google releases Field Trip for the iPhone

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Google’s Field Trip app is now available for the iPhone. First released on Android several months ago, this location discovery tool runs in the background of your phone. As soon as you get close to “something interesting”, an iOS notification will let you know of the POI in question. Select from a local feed of things you’d like to see, and Field Trip taps into numerous publications (Zagat, Cool Hunting, Atlas Obscura etc) to help you discover places/experiences under categories like Architecture, Food & Drinks, Offers & Deals, Movie locations and more.

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Fuel Monitor now free for a limited time

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If you’ve always wondered how much it costs to drive to work each day, this is one freebie you need on your iPhone. Fuel Monitor has dropped to free (down from $1.99) and it not only shows you the cost of a trip based on the latest gas price and car model, but also speed, gas used, average consumption, distance and duration.

Unlike other apps that calculate gas prices, this is the only app that uses your GPS to calculate the exact amount, rather than you having to guess the trip’s distance. Fuel Monitor identifies your location and gives you accurate information. Fuel Monitor bases its calculations on consumption data provided by manufacturers, and enhances this data by integrating additional information such as your driving style, traffic jams, accelerations, braking and more.

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Google Maps for iOS updated with improved search features

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Google Maps, hands down the best maps app for iOS, has received its first update and users now have better integration with their Google contacts. Upon signing in with v1.1 of the Maps app, any saved addresses on your Google account will show up when you look up the name of a friend of family member. This makes it easier to find driving directions to your contact’s address, of course provided that you’ve already entered their details beforehand. To help distinguish between search results of names you’ve typed in, your saved contacts will show up with a person icon to the left, while general results with a similar names will have a magnifying glass icon beside it. Currently, Google Contacts search only works with regular Google email accounts, and is not available for Enterprise Apps accounts.

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Price Drop Alert: Polaris Office now $3.99 (80% off)

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To celebrate over 300 million copies on Android and iOS Devices, Polaris Office has dropped in price from $19.99 to $3.99 for iOS (though it’s been on sale at $12.99). A solid office suite that’s improved over various updates (the latest adding iPhone 5 support), Polaris lets you view and edit Microsoft Office documents like Word, Excel and Powerpoint on the iPhone and iPad. The main cloud storage services – Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.net – are also supported, so you can access your files just about anywhere. The price drop is good for 3 days, until March 7th, so you still have plenty of time to pick up this universal app up at a steep discount.

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Make your Pottery designs come to life

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Infinite Dreams’ Let’s create! Pottery HD (makers of iQuarium and Jelly Defense) has already been downloaded 5 million times and is widely considered one of the more unique experiences on the App Store. Not only can you create virtual pottery, but now thanks to a partnership with Sculpteo and their innovative 3D printing technology, users can finally turn their works of art into real objects.

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Pick a Bundle lets you choose 10 Mac Apps for $49

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Unlike most of the previous Mac bundles we’ve seen in the past, Paddle.com’s Pick a Bundle let’s you pick the Mac apps you want, just so you’re not stuck with ones you don’t particularly care for. For $49.99, you get to choose 10 out of 30 different Mac apps and games, and they include Rapidweaver (web design tool), DEVONthink (notes and data manager), HandsOff! (control network and disk access) and Moneywell (personal finance software). All the apps range in price – retailing anywhere from $145 to under $10 – so if you’re able to come up with 10 that look appealing, the $50 is a great bargain. Head over to the bundle site for the complete details and check out all 30 apps being offered.

Fleksy gets update, price drops to free forever

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While iOS’ autocorrect feature is fairly competent, there are undoubtedly times when users have wished that its text prediction was much improved. Enter  Fleksy, the iOS app released last year where the developers called it the “most powerful text prediction engine out there”, has been embraced by thousands of users who are able to type on their iPhones and iPads without having to even look at the keyboard. The app was after all designed with the visually impair in mind. With its most recent update (new gestures, new menu and increased accuracy), the devs have also announced that the app has gone free (the full version was previously $4.99) – now and forever.

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