Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 18: Patch, Viddy, iShop Green

Apr 18, 2011
Tech

Get an eyeful of three free apps to start your week on today’s Fresh Apps list. Patch brings hyper-local news, headlines and weather right to your iPhone for your distinct area, and iShop Green is all about finding environmentally responsible products, both locally and online. And right in the middle of both is Viddy, an […]

Get an eyeful of three free apps to start your week on today’s Fresh Apps list. Patch brings hyper-local news, headlines and weather right to your iPhone for your distinct area, and iShop Green is all about finding environmentally responsible products, both locally and online. And right in the middle of both is Viddy, an Instagram-like app for stylizing and sharing video clips rather than photos.

Patch (iPhone, iPad) Free

Hyper-local news service Patch brings the latest and most relevant news for your area. The service covers lots of towns all over the country, so finding the news that matters the most to you is simply a matter of finding your area on Patch’s coverage list. Once you’re keyed in, the news service brings you weather, headlines, business listings and events near you.

There’s a lot of information to be had on Patch, and the app breaks it down by area and category the way it is in various other news outlets’ apps. It also comes with all the social networking functions you’d expect to see from other services, like the ability to share stories by email and on Facebook and Twitter.

Viddy (iPhone, iPad) Free

Viddy is kind of like Instagram, but with video. The free app allows you to shoot short video clips and share them within the Viddy social network, as well as to adjust the clips with stylized filters. Viddy includes “cinematic production packs,” which allow you to filter and adjust your video to create clips the way you want them.

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Adjust a clip to your liking and it’s just one more button to send it out to the Internet and your friends. In addition to getting feedback through Viddy from your network of friends and family, the app also connects to various social networking services, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. And when you’re not sharing video of your own, you can wander the annals of films shot by other users.

iShop Green (iPhone, iPad) Free

If you’re looking to reduce your impact on the environment the economy, iShop Green is looking out for you. The app is filled with information about shopping with an eye toward being a responsible environmental custodian — like finding foods that are grown locally and sustainable products to buy online.

Products on iShop Green are delineated by category to help you find a green alternative for exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to using your iPhone’s GPS to track down local green shops for you, the app also contains some social networking features, including message boards where you can discuss green products and get recommendations and the ability to share what you find on Facebook and Twitter.

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