TED, Living Earth HD, Staccal

updated 09:56 am EDT, Tue August 7, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

TED 1.8 (free) - Keep up to date with the latest TedTalks videos through the recently updated TED iPhone/iPad app. With TED 1.8 users can watch dozens of new and previously unavailable videos, and listen to the new TED Radio Hour audio feeds. The update also improves overall performance and stability of the app. [Download - 12.1MB]

Living Earth HD 2.0 ($2) - Living Earth HD for iOS devices works as an all-in-one world clock, weather app, and alarm clock. The latest 2.0 version features seven new live conditions and forecast heat maps, a built-in typhoon and hurricane tracker, and a new shuffle option on the music alarm playlist. [Download - 49.5MB]

Staccal 1.0 ($4) - Staccal is a new calendar app for the iPhone and iPad, which provides 11 different types of calendar layouts including a standard month view and two types of day views. Other features range from a replaceable refill and background theme, to powerful swipe gestures for moving events or zooming in. [Download - 5.8MB]

Tiny War 1.0 ($5) - Tiny War is a new massively multiplayer online war strategy game where you develop your own military base and fight against enemies and players. Throughout the game players will need to keep advancing their base by training soldiers and producing weapons, as well as completing missions for added bonuses. [Download - 48MB]

Abu's Adventures 1.0 ($1) - YFC Game Studio has launched a new adventure game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, called Abu's Adventures. The object of the game is to help Abu gather food by overcoming seven unique levels with seven boss fights at the end, and defeating 12 different kinds of monsters throughout the game. [Download - 78.8MB]

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