Instacast 4, TeeVee, Angry Birds Space

updated 09:42 am EDT, Fri June 6, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Instacast 4 4.6 ($2) - Instacast is a podcast management app that can be used to track, download, and listen to podcasts. Within the app users can find all of their podcast subscriptions and organize episodes into lists for sequential playback. Version 4.6 features a number of improvements, including better startup times, enhanced error handling, and a more reliable cloud sync. A number of status bar interface issues have also been fixed. [Download - 7.7MB]

TeeVee 3.0.2 ($3) - TeeVee is a tool for keeping track of when new episodes of TV shows will be airing. The app includes a database of more than 30,000 shows to track, and includes an unwatched management feature for keeping track of every episode that has been seen or missed. An issue with sorting dead shows has been fixed with this update, and the Russian translation has been improved. [Download - 9.6MB]

Angry Birds Space 2.0 (free) - Angry Birds is a physics-based puzzle game where players take control of a fleet of irritated birds. More than 160 levels are included in the game, each with its own unique gravity puzzles to solve. Version 2.0 introduces 40 brand new levels, as well as 10 additional bonus levels that can be unlocked by finding NASA research spacecraft and achieving three star scores. [Download - 42MB]

CycleMap 2.0.2 (free) - CycleMap provides users with information on bike paths located around the world. Within the app users can see all of the bike lanes within a city, as well as plan routes to follow these paths. The v2.0.2 update is a minor release that includes several bug fixes. [Download - 31.6MB]

Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edi 2.8.9 ($3) - Tweetbot is a Twitter client that includes multiple timelines, smart gestures, and support for a number of other social services such as Instapaper and CloudApp. Timeline position, direct message read statuses and mute filters are also synced automatically between the iPhone and iPad via iCloud. The latest release fixes a number of known bugs, including an issue with icon gloss on iOS 6. [Download - 33.4MB]

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