Sparks, Seasonality Go, Tweetbot for Twitter

updated 02:53 pm EST, Tue November 20, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Sparks 1.0 (free) - Sparks is a "local" social network that can help users connect with others around them. Within the app users can share thoughts and photos, and find people in their local area with similar interests. The app also includes a private messaging client that includes support for sharing videos. [Download - 9.4MB]

Seasonality Go 2.1 ($10) - Seasonality Go is a weather app that gathers data from the U.S. National Weather Service as well as Gaucho Software's own servers. Version 2.1 brings the Particle Mode from Seasonality Core to the mobile app. The Particle Mode provides users with a view of the current wind flow and temperature variation by placing thousands of particles on a map and simulating the wind moving them around. The update also will now allow both the radar and satellite images to be displayed at the same time. [Download - 6MB]

Tweetbot for Twitter 2.6.1 ($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 improves scrolling performance on older devices and fixes a streaming issue when following a large number of users. [Download - 11.1MB]

Glyph 1.0 (free) - Glyph uses location data to recommend the best credit card to use based on where a customer is shopping. Over time the app will also learn a user's shopping habits and suggest which credit cards would provide the greatest rewards. [Download - 22.3MB]

Lili 1.2.1 ($3) - Lili is an RPG game for iOS devices that places players on the mysterious island of Geos. As Lili, players can explore the island, interact with the locals, solve puzzles, and deal with enemies using a "non-combat" system. The v1.2.1 update includes a number of memory optimizations and support for the latest iPad models. [Download - 388MB]

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