OmniFocus for iPhone, Dictionary.com Premium, Call of Mini: Zombies

updated 11:48 am EDT, Tue July 16, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

OmniFocus for iPhone 1.16 ($20) - OmniFocus is a task management tool that can help users stay organized. The software allows users to build to-do lists directly on their handheld and sync them with the OmniFocus desktop application. Version 1.16 adds a new Background Sync option that lets users schedule the app to perform a sync when arriving or leaving specific locations. The ability to send actions via e-mail has also been added. [Download - 16.1MB]

Dictionary.com Premium 4.2 ($1) - Dictionary.com Premium provides users with all of the sites Dictionary and Thesaurus information in a downloadable format. The app stores all of the necessary data locally and does not require an active internet connection for use. In v4.2 users can now access daily content, including word slideshows and Hot Word, directly from the home screen. Hundreds of new words have also been added to the dictionary, and a new Rhyming Dictionary has been added as a premium upgrade. [Download - 47.6MB]

Call of Mini: Zombies 4.3.1 (free) - In Call of Mini: Zombies players must fight off an endless hoard of zombies for as long as possible. The game offers players 14 different maps to play on, as well as more than 20 unique weapons. Players also get to choose between 16 varying avatars each with their own special strengths. This release makes several interface changes and addresses a number of known issues. [Download - 115MB]

MobileFamilyTree 7 7.0.1 ($8) - MobileFamilyTree is a genealogy app that can help users create and edit a family tree. An issue with playing back audio files has been resolved in this release. Improvements have also been made to localizations and support for downloading large person records from FamilySearch. [Download - 18.1MB]

Weather Live 2.2 ($2) - Weather Live provides users with the current weather conditions as well as the forecast for locations around the world. An animated weather radar also lets users track weather systems, and severe weather warnings can be sent directly to the user as push notifications. Version 2.2 adds the Beaufort wind scale and knots to the list of wind speed units. Various performance and stability improvements are also featured. [Download - 40.4MB]

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BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs

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Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done

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