Pulse, Loopt, GifBoom: Animated Photos

updated 10:55 am EDT, Tue August 23, 2011 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Pulse 2.4 (free) - Alphonso Labs has unveiled a new 2.4 version of its popular news app for the iPhone and iPad, Pulse. The upgrade is designed to lower the size of the app by automatically removing all empty packages. It also enables users to keep as many packages as they need, and features a simplified design that improves usability and makes content more accessible. [Download - 7.3MB]

Loopt 5.2 (free) - Loopt 5.2 provides users with information on nearby places, as well as the location of Loopt and Facebook friends. Version 5.2 of the app makes it possible for users to receive notifications about their friends' Loopt Qs activities, and delivers a simplified voting screen for Qs. Availability has also been added for 13 additional cities, including Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Diego, and Seattle. [Download - 10.6MB]

GifBoom: Animated Photos 1.0.2 (free) - GifBoom: Animated Photos enables users to take video from their back or front camera and edit it into an animated GIF. The app supports both video and photos stored on the mobile device, and comes with a series of speed customization options. All animated GIFs can also be shared with others via text message, or sent through Facebook, Twitter, Timblr, and e-mail. [Download - 4.9MB]

Big Sticky for iPad 1.1 ($2) - Big Sticky for iPad follows a purple frog prince named Sticky, who must rescue his and all princesses who have recently been abducted. This new platform-based puzzle game features 51 different levels that span five unique worlds, as well as a wide range of obstacles such as fireballs, moving walls, switches, and disappearing platforms. [Download - 11.7MB]

MyScript Memo 1.0.1 (free) - Vision Objects recently launched MyScript Memo, its latest note-taking application that converts handwritten notes into digital text. Through the app users can create and customize notes with drawings, diagrams, and pictures, as well as export entire memos as images. Additionally, information can also be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and SMS. [Download - 8.7MB]

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Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech

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View-Master VR device in Apple Store

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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada

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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface

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Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands

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