Cruise Control: Run, Om Nom: Candy Flick, Puffin

updated 01:03 pm EST, Fri January 4, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Cruise Control: Run 1.0.1 ($5) - Cruise Control: Run is an exercise app that can help users keep a target pace rate. Users start by entering a target pace and the app will then automatically begin adjusting the music's tempo to match the pace. Users can then keep their pace by simply jogging to the beat. Three other modes, Heart Rate, Cadence, and Free Run, are also included. The minor update addresses a bug with step rate detection on the iPhone 4. [Download - 22.2MB]

Om Nom: Candy Flick 1.0 (free) - Om Nom: Candy Flick is an augmented reality app that challenges users to flick candy into Om Nom's mouth. By printing out an image and pointing their iOS camera at it, users can place Om Nom anywhere in their actual environment. The 3D model is fully animated and will catch candy's flicked at it. [Download - 22.5MB]

Puffin Web Browser 2.3.5 ($3) - Puffin Web Browser is an alternative mobile browser that performs all processing on the company's servers. Because content is processed before being delivered to the device, Puffin can include Flash content as well as prevent any mobile restrictions imposed by some sites. Version 2.3.5 improves the speed of creating new tabs, as well as for loading the most visiting sites page. A new setting to disable the double-tap-zoom function is also included. [Download - 8.9MB]

Cowbell Hero 1.0 ($7) - Cowbell Hero is a music-rhythm game that lets users play along with 26 different tracks. The game includes 16 licensed songs, including Down on the Corner, Evil Ways, and (Don't Fear) the Reaper, as well as 10 bonus tracks. The included Story Mode guides players through a journey to becoming a music legend complete with more than 30 minutes of animated cutscenes. [Download - 568MB]

Rise Alarm Clock 1.1 ($2) - Rise Alarm Clock is a simply designed alarm app. In v1.1 dragging down from the top will cause the software to look for Notification Center interactions. Lock screen support has also been added in this release, along with vibrate only and iTunes song alarms, progressive alarms, and the ability to snooze from the lock screen by shaking the device. [Download - 15.2MB]

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