Photogram for iPhone

There must be a thousand ways you can send pictures from your iPhone to your friends and family, so I am always looking for new ways to do so. Hey, snapping a picture and uploading to Facebook is, well, so amateur.

Photogram, from Timelines is my latest toy that drives those in my Facebook feed nuts. “How does he do that?”, they ask. Magic, I say. Magic and iPhones. Lots of iPhones.

Sharing time: You can add up to four photos on a themed, personalized Photogram.

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Smail Stencil for iPhone

Smail Stencil is an iPhone app from ElementoApps Enterprise that acts as a repository for those missives you send frequently and hate typing over and over again.

Sending a Message: Smail Stencil lets you compose and save short messages that you find yourself sending frequently, either via email or SMS.

With Smail Stencil, you can save snippets of text ranging from phrases and sentences to entire paragraphs; once saved, you’re able to send this text via email or SMS with the tap of a button. Smail Stencil inserts the selected text into the body of a message; you just fill out the other details, such as the message’s recipient.

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Zombie Gunship for iPhone and iPad

Browse the virtual shelves of the App Store’s gaming section, and it won’t be too long before you stumble across something involving a zombie. From battling plants to working the land, there are enough brain-eaters lurching around the App Store to rival the climax of a George Romero movie.

Given the ubiquity of the undead on iOS devices, then, is there really a need for another zombie-themed game? If that game is Zombie Gunship from Limbic Software, the answer is an emphatic “yes,” carved in granite letters visible from space.

In Zombie Gunship, you’re ensconced in a flying fortress circling endlessly over a bunker in which the last remnants of humanity have taken refuge. Every so often, you’ll spy another survivor dashing across the afterscape to safety—unfortunately, a horde of zombies is usually in pursuit. Your mission: Gun down the zombies before they can reach the bunker without catching any civilians in the crossfire. If a zombie breaches the bunker or if you terminate three civilians, your mission comes to an end.

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Boxee launches iPad app, AirPlay integration

The Internet video streaming service Boxee took square aim at the Apple crowd on Tuesday, launching both an iPad application and a firmware update to its own Boxee Box hardware that includes AirPlay integration as an “experimental” feature.

The new Boxee for iPad application lets users stream video stored on their PC to their tablet, or—assuming they also have the Boxee Box hardware—from an iPad to their television. But the application works independently of external hardware, integrating with Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to let users also view videos posted by their friends. The app includes a bookmarking feature as well, to save videos for later viewing.

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Scosche myTrek exercise monitor hits the ground running

Months after it made a big splash at Macworld 2011, Scosche Industries’s myTrek exercise-monitoring system for iOS devices is finally hitting the market.

Like Gotality’s Cardio Fitness Pack, myTrek has both hardware and software components that help you set fitness goals and track your progress. The Bluetooth-enabled pulse monitor can be strapped to your arm; when used in conjunction with the free Scosche myTrek app for iPhone, it can give users the power to monitor and manage their pulse, training type, calories burned, music, and more, both during and after workouts. (See the video below for a demonstration.)

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Alarmed for iPhone and iPad

Many mornings, the very first thing I do after waking up is tend to the (usually bathroom-related) needs of whichever young child woke me up. Then I moan as I shuffle back to the cozy confines of my bed, eyes still barely open. It’s generally too early to get out of bed and officially kick off my day, but too late to bother trying to go back to sleep. Thus, I turn to the (heavily-dimmed) screen on my iPad, to let its glorious apps ease me from grumpily tired to cheerily wakeful.

My kids won’t always wake me up, though. And they certainly never help put me to sleep. But with my iPad resting right next to me on my nightstand, there’s no reason it couldn’t help with both tasks. That’s precisely what Alarmed—a free, universal app from Yoctoville—sets out to do. Well, more accurately, that’s one of the many, many things that Alarmed sets out to do.

The app combines wake-up alarms, sleep timers, regular timers, and time-stamped reminders. Creating new alarms and timers is intuitive enough, but you won’t confuse Alarmed for an Apple-designed app; it’s the kind of app you might describe as having a great personality. But we needn’t judge the app by its design in this case, because its utility is so well executed.

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Ticket to Ride for iPad

If there’s one genre of game to which the iPad seems almost ideally suited, it’s adaptations of board games. Days of Wonder’s Ticket to Ride is one of the latest to jump from the kitchen table to the tablet, and it does so in a manner that brings all the fun of the game without the Ziploc bags full of plastic pieces.

In Ticket to Ride, your goal is to build railroad lines across a map—by default, the United States, though expansions also offer Europe and Switzerland—connecting disparate cities. The farther apart the cities, in general, the more points you earn for completing your route. Each leg connecting cities is composed of a certain number of boxes of a specific color; in order to place your trains on that route, you need to play a corresponding number of cards of the same color—i.e., in order to connect Denver to Omaha, you’ll need four purple cards. Locomotive cards act as a wild, substituting for any color.

Coast to Coast: The adaptation of the popular board game Ticket to Ride is faithful to its source material, and the iPad's touch interface is a natural fit to the gameplay.

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