InstaPlace, Limbo, Carcassone

updated 09:00 am EST, Wed February 26, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

InstaPlace 3.0.1 ($2) - InstaPlace can be used to add text overlays to digital images. Date and time stamps, as well as location tags and custom text can all be added to images, with support for customizing placement and fonts. New to this release is a video mode that works with every existing set and skin. Users can record directly from InstaPlace, as well as import existing video form the camera roll and share content to various social networks. [Download - 25.8MB]

Limbo 1.1.2 ($5) - Limbo is a mobile port of the popular monochromatic puzzle-platformer. In the game players are challenged to explore a 2D world full of environmental puzzles and hazards. Several minor bugs have been patched with this update. [Download - 103MB]

Carcassone 3.35 ($10) - Carcassonne is a digital version of the land building board game. All of the original artwork is included, along with support for both offline and online multiplayer. The v3.35 update fixes a problem that forced users to manually restore the Princess and Dragon expansion after updating to v3.33. [Download - 208MB]

Shazam Encore 5.5 ($7) - Shazam Encore is a music tagging tool that can identify songs simply by listening to them. The app includes a manual tagging mode that is activated by opening the app and pressing a tag button, as well as an automatic mode that is always listening and logging music heard around the user. Version 7.4.1 is a minor update that resolves several known bugs. [Download - 8MB]

Fancy 3.2.3 (free) - Fancy can be used to discover, collect and buy products from a crowd-curated catalog of items. New to v3.2.3 is the ability to pay with Bitcoin. Bitcoin payments have been integrated just like every other payment option, keeping the checkout process simple. [Download - 32.1MB]

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Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket

The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]


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Apple employees testing wheelchair features

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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26

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Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users

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