iPhone apps round-up: Stay in touch

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Two apps just arrived on the App Store take two different approaches to staying in touch in our increasingly connected world.

Easycontact from Tapinoma offers a way to exchange business card information via your iPhone. Using the $3 app, you can e-mail your own business card, another contact, or an entire group from within your address book. The app also allows direct device-to-device transmission if your recipient also uses Easycontact. Because the app uses the vCard format, Tapinoma says that your contact data will be compatible with other devices.

FacePhone from Ultimake helps you connect with others via both old- and new-school ways. The $3 app integrates your Facebook information with a dialer. FacePhone features a full contact list with thumbnail photos; use the contact list to jump directly to the Facebook profiles of your contacts. A one-touch update feature synchronizes photos of your FaceBook friends while a smart search button helps you find contacts by appearing when you scroll through your list.

Other apps of interest that were recently updated or added to the App Store include:

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  • Next Read , from Square Wheel Software: The 2.0 version of the $2 book wishlist app adds list management, note taking, and Wi-Fi sharing features, along with a shake-activated search feature that looks for books similar to those on your reading list.
  • College Radio Tuner , from Backbone Networks: The free app lets you scroll through a list of college radio stations and play live Internet radio via Wi-Fi, 3G, or EDGE networks.
  • Talking Pics micro , from Big Stone Phone: This free version of Talking Pics offers a voice and audio recorder that attaches photos and notes to each recording.
  • Formul8 , from David Deming: The $1 reference app features the most-used formulas for algebra, geometry, calculus, science, and chemistry.
  • Golf Scope , from Sudobility: The $5 app uses the iPhone’s built-in camera to help you estimate distances on golf course to select the right club or avoid hazards.
  • Post Offices , from ActiveGuru: The $2 app uses the location features in the iPhone or iPod touch to find nearby post offices.
  • MyCents , from i-BoCommunications: The $6 app lets you track expenses.

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