vjay, Toontastic, Lookout

updated 12:23 pm EDT, Mon June 24, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

vjay 1.2.1 (free) - vjay allows users to combine songs from their music library with any video footage on their iPad. Numerous real-time transitions and audio visual effects are included with the software, as well as support for external displays. The update includes refreshed and enhanced video content, as well as an exclusive intro clip from Snoop Lion. Additionally, a new key-lock feature that lets users modify tempo without changing pitch has been added. [Download - 336MB]

Toontastic 2.0 ($20) - Toontastic is a tool for creating personalized cartoons. Version 2.0 introduces numerous new features, including special animations for most characters, new sprite blinking and talking animations, and the ability to add a face to characters via the camera. The interface has also been updated for Retina displays. [Download - 408MB]

Lookout 2.11 (free) - Lookout is a security app that can help protect against data loss and theft. Users can track their iOS device from any other internet-connected device, and the last location is automatically saved when the battery dies. The software also stores a backup of the user's contact list and can restore this information to a new device. [Download - 6.1MB]

Markup 1.0.3 ($2) - Markup can be used to annotate documents directly on an iPad. An e-mail sync feature allows users to import documents directly into the app by sending them to a specified e-mail address. Dropbox and Google Doc integration is also included for syncing documents. The v1.0.3 update resolves a bug that was causing some crashes. [Download - 4.1MB]

Civilization Revolution for iP 2.4.5 ($7) - Civilization Revolution is a turn-based strategy game where players attempt to guide their civilization from the dawn of man into the modern age. The latest release addresses several minor bugs and requires users to restore any in-app purchases. [Download - 194MB]

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First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers

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Upgrades/storage  29m

Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone

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IPhone  1h

French Google tax raid evaluation could take years

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Industry  2h

Trade-up program expands in Europe

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IPhone  3d

NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV

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Digital imaging  4d

Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com

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Graphics/Web Design  4d

Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop

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Digital imaging  4d