Tweetbot for Twitter, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Plex

updated 11:30 am EDT, Mon August 5, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Tweetbot for Twitter 2.8.3 ($3) - Tweetbot is a Twitter client that includes multiple timelines, smart gestures, and support for a number of other social services such as Instapaper and CloudApp. Timeline position, direct message read statuses and mute filters are also synced automatically between the iPhone and iPad via iCloud. A new option to completely disable mobilizers has been added to this release, along with various minor bug fixes. [Download - 11.8MB]

XCOM: Enemy Unknown 1.1 ($20) - XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a complete port of the strategy-based shooter that has been optimized for touch controls. Full Game Center and iCloud support is also included for saving and accessing games across all of a user's iOS devices. Version 1.1 introduces Second Wave, which provides players with new options for creating a different game play experience. The memory usage on low end devices has also been improved, and additional Panic Level information is now available during Abduction Encounters. [Download - 1.89GB]

Plex 3.2.4 ($5) - Plex can be used to stream music, videos, and photos from any home computer running the Plex Media Server. The v3.2.4 update includes a host of bug fixes and performance updates. Crashes that could occur when loading paged content or saving a selected filter have been fixed, and the reliability of the sync item creation feature has been improved. [Download - 13.6MB]

Tumblr 3.4.2 (free) - Tumblr is a blogging tool that can be used to post varying content to any number of personal blogs. The latest release is strictly a maintenance update that addresses some bugs. [Download - 12.7MB]

Evernote 5.4.2 (free) - Evernote is a documentation tool that allows users to create notes that are automatically synced across all of their devices. Support is included for creating both text and voice notes, and premium users are given the added ability to store notebooks offline and to lock the app with a PIN. Version 5.4.2 fixes several known issues. [Download - 42.8MB]

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