Knock, PhotoPresenter, Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD

updated 09:26 am EST, Tue December 24, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Knock 1.0.3 ($4) - Knock can be used to unlock a linked Mac computer by simply knocking twice on an iOS device. The app uses a low-powered Bluetooth connection to communicate between the two devices without causing excessive power drain. The latest release introduces a new app icon, and now shows which Mac and account a users is currently paired with. Ina addition, an issue that could cause Knock to never pair has been fixed. [Download - 1.8MB]

PhotoPresenter 2.0.2 ($1) - PhotoPresenter can be used to easily display images on a connected display via AirPlay, HDMI, or VGA. The iOS device gives the presented a list of all available images, while the secondary display will only show the currently selected image. Various bug fixes are featured in this minor update. [Download - 5.8MB]

Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD 1.4.1 ($3) - Kingdom Rush Frontiers builds upon the original tactical defence game though the addition of new towers, levels, and heroes. An issues that resulted in enemies not showing in the encyclopedia has been fixed with this update. A problem with The Lizard King achievement has also resolved align with several other minor bugs. [Download - 360.7MB]

Drafts for iPad 3.5.8 ($3) - Drafts for iPad is a text editor that allows users to quickly take notes and choose where to send them later. The v3.5.8 update includes a rewrite of the swiping behavior of items in the drafts list. Deletion is still available via swipe to the left, but moving and pinning are now revealed via a swipe to the right. [Download - 10.3MB]

Veedeo 1.0 ($1) - Veedeo is a tool for creating videos directly on an iPhone. After recording a clip with the device’s built-in camera users can add a number of animations, as well as music and text. A blur effect can also be added to help titles and text stand out. [Download - 11.3MB]

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