iMovie, FIFA Soccer 13, Clear

updated 10:40 am EST, Thu February 14, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

iMovie 1.4.1 ($5) - iMovie is a tool for creating movies on the go. The app includes 12 trailer themes that users can add their own content too as well as a selection of eight different movie themes each with its own set of titles, transitions, and music. Version 1.4.1 improves reliability when sending photos from iPhoto to iMove, and resolves an issue that affected photos in projects and trailers after restoring from a backup. Other minor stability improvements are also included. [Download - 496MB]

FIFA Soccer 13 1.0.6 ($7) - FIFA Soccer 13 is the official soccer title from EA featuring 30 leagues, 500 licensed teams, and more than 15,000 players. FIFA 13 builds on previous releases with the addition of a skill move button that allows users to perform tricks with different swipe gestures. The v1.0.6 update includes fixes for the Ultimate Team feature that should resolve any gameplay crashes users were experiencing. [Download - 1.48MB]

Clear 1.2 ($2) - Clear is a list-keeping app that lets users create an unlimited number of lists. In v1.2.1 the edge swipe feature has been made option due to numerous requests. By default the setting is disabled, however users can enable it at any time from the settings screen. A number of minor iCloud tweaks that improve how Clear handles iCloud errors have also been added. [Download - 4.9MB]

Rdio 2.1 (free) - Rdio is a mobile app that allows users to browse through Rdio's collection of streaming music. The latest release introduces a new, simple way to share content with others. Holding a finger on any piece of music brings up a new menu that provides options for sharing, syncing to device, adding to a playlist, or play later. New badges also allow users to easily see what music has been added to their Collection or synced to their device. [Download - 28.8MB]

Figure 1.1 ($1) - Figure is a music creation tool that provides users with drums, bass, and synth sounds. The software works with a touch interface that doesn't require the user to have any pervious musical background knowledge. Support for sharing finished tracks directly to a SoundCloud account has been added with this release. In addition, the update also integrates Audiobus technology, allowing users to stream live audio to other Audiobus-compatible apps. [Download - 10.2MB]

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