Flipboard, Google Latitude top Fresh iPhone Apps of the Week

Dec 17, 2010
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In this week’s installment of Fresh iPhone Apps of the Week, check out an interesting update to the Flipboard iPad app, as well Google Latitude and Gleek Jam. Flipboard update (iPad) Free Apple’s pick for the best iPad app of the year got a lot cooler with its recent, expansive update. Flipboard was already a very simple […]

In this week’s installment of Fresh iPhone Apps of the Week, check out an interesting update to the Flipboard iPad app, as well Google Latitude and Gleek Jam.

Flipboard update (iPad) Free

Apple’s pick for the best iPad app of the year got a lot cooler with its recent, expansive update. Flipboard was already a very simple and elegant solution for browsing news and RSS feeds — it literally looks like flipping pages to go through the feeds you add — but now the app supports a whole host of things other than just piping in news articles.

You can now sync Flipboard with a Google Reader account to make setting up RSS feeds a breeze. Flipboard also supports browsing in Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, and you can also post photos, status updates and other things to your various accounts and Google Reader. Basically, if you liked Flipboard before, you’re going to fall in love with all the cool new things you can do with it.

Cartoon Network Video (iPhone) Free

You’re probably way ahead of me on this one — yup, Cartoon Network Video lets you watch Cartoon Network videos, but on your iPhone instead of your TV, using a Wi-Fi connection.

The app includes both full videos and clips for Cartoon Network shows in a big archive that you can search through and view on your iPhone. The app also includes information about the shows and program schedules, so you can plan to catch on TV whatever you can’t stream on your phone.

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Game GiveAway (iPhone, iPad) Free

Though it’s been out for a couple of weeks, I only just learned about Game GiveAway and figured it was too cool not to share. Guess what it does? It gives iPhone and iPad games away.

Just like services such as Free App A Day, Game GiveAway gives you access to a new paid game every day that’s free for just 24 hours. There’s a new game every day, plus a list of paid games and free featured games that you can learn about and download too.

Google Latitude (iPhone) Free

Latitude, Google location-based services app, isn’t just another thing you use to check in at different places. It’s actually a persistent location app that keeps track of you and your friends, wherever you go.

The app allows you to determine your level of privacy on the fly — you can show your location to anyone, or just your city, or personalize it so that only certain friends get your information. It also tracks your friends on a Google Map in real time so you can see where they are, making meeting up and coordinating super-convenient.

Gleek Jam (iPhone, iPad) Free

Some of the most popular songs on iTunes are the weekly installment of covers from the musical TV show Glee. This app funnels all the songs from the show that are available for purchase into one place, allowing you to search by title, season, performer and episode.

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Once you’ve found the song you want, you can sample it or purchase it through iTunes and download it instantly. The app also includes a goofy “slush toss” picture manipulation function, in which you can throw virtual slushies on your photos like in those goofy Gleeads.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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