Skype for iPad, NASA App, Fantastical

updated 02:14 pm EST, Fri March 8, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Skype for iPad 4.6 (free) - Skype is a messaging client that allows users to connect via audio calls, video calls and instant messages. The software allows for free Skype-to-Skype calling, while landline and cell phone numbers can be called for a small fee. Version 4.6 features a brand new calling experience, and now allows users to mark all of their recent chats as read with a few taps. A bug that caused one-to-one chats to be sorted incorrectly has also been resolved. [Download - 28MB]

NASA App 3.0 (free) - NASA App provides users with data on all of NASA's current missions, including more than 11,000 images and on demand video. The v3.0 release has been redesigned as a Universal app that includes support for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The iPad interface has been overhauled to more closely resemble the iPhone version, and now includes a split screen view for videos. A global search function has also been added to the home screen, and the image browser, captions, and handling of high resolution formats have all been improved. [Download - 9.5MB]

Fantastical 1.1 ($4) - Fanastical is a calendar utility that allows users to create events by explaining events in basic English. For example, a user can enter "Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Tuesday," and the software will add all of the relevant information to a new event. The v1.1 update includes several highly requested features including multiple alerts, time zone support, quickly going to a specific date, and displaying the number of remaining events for the day or the current date as a badge on Fantastical's app icon. [Download - 7.7MB]

Metal Slug X 1.0 ($4) - Metal Slug X is a mobile port of the original 2D arcade run-and-gun game. The game includes an Arcade mode that faithfully reproduces the original arcade experience, as well as a new Mission mode that allows players to select any previously cleared level. Bluetooth multiplayer support is also built in, allowing players to team up with others while playing any of the missions. [Download - 66.4MB]

Angry Birds Space 1.5 ($1) - Angry Birds is a physics-based puzzle game where players take control of a fleet of irritated birds. More than 160 levels are included in the game, each with its own unique gravity puzzles to solve. Version 1.5 includes a brand new theme song that was created by rock icon Slash. [Download - 26.6MB]

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