Facetune, Cut the Rope 2, DropVox

updated 10:06 am EDT, Fri June 20, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Facetune 2.5 ($3) - Facetune is a photo touch-up tool that can be used to make various adjustments to faces. The app includes tools for smoothing skin, adjusting hair color, removing imperfections such as pimples, and enhancing eyes. Version 2.5 introduces a number of new tools for resizing, rotating, and flipping images. Users can also now apply multiple filters, one on top of the other, as well as customize frames. [Download - 43.4MB]

Cut the Rope 2 1.1 ($3) - Cut the Rope 2 expands upon the original physics puzzle game with new characters, gameplay elements, and missions. The game features 120 brand new levels to complete, as well as five additional characters that can help players in various ways. The latest release introduces a new location to discover, the fruit market, as well as a new friend to help Om Nom solve the new puzzles. [Download - 92.7MB]

DropVox 2.0 ($2) - DropVox is a tool that can be used to save audio recordings directly to a Dropbox account. Version 2.0 is a complete re-write for iOS 7, which features an all new Universal design and app icon. DropVox also now saves all recordings as MP3s, and allows users to pause a recording by double-tapping at anytime. [Download - 2.8MB]

Vinoteka 2.6 ($8) - Vinoteka is a wine and cellar management app that lets users digitally recreate their cellar or wine fridge. The latest release features a new sync engine, improved food and wine pairing matchings, new varietals, and updated official European classifications. Various reported bugs have also been addressed. [Download - 122MB]

QuizUp 1.3 (free) - QuizUp is a social game where players compete in small trivia rounds against friends and players around the world. The v1.3 update is solely focused on enhancing the social aspects of QuizUp. Players can now view monthly leaderboards, which show how they stack up against other players that have been recently active. A new option to share directly to Facebook Messenger has also been added, and sharing now includes a link to QuizUp.com or, in case your friends already have QuizUp installed, directly links to the topic, leaderboard or achievement you’re sharing. [Download - 44.3MB]

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Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program

Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6

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AirMap iOS app for drone operators

Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD

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BlackBerry video calling available on iOS

BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC

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Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China

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Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation

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Micromat MacCheck released for free

Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV

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Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f

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