Fresh iPhone Apps for Dec. 20: VoxOx update, Breaking News update, Pocket God update, PlayScreen Poker

Dec 20, 2011
Games

A string of interesting updates to a bunch of apps marks today’s Fresh Apps list. There’s VoxOx, a VoiP app that now lets you work with faxes; Breaking News, a news aggregator that brings new abilities to control your news feed; and Pocket God, the cartoon pygmy-torturing touchscreen game that adds a new locale and […]

A string of interesting updates to a bunch of apps marks today’s Fresh Apps list. There’s VoxOx, a VoiP app that now lets you work with faxes; Breaking News, a news aggregator that brings new abilities to control your news feed; and Pocket God, the cartoon pygmy-torturing touchscreen game that adds a new locale and powers to its roster. Rounding out today’s selection, we have PlayScreen Poker, a new game app that lets you jump into free online poker in just seconds.

VoxOx update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Voice over Internet app VoxOx is back with a lot of new functionality to throw in with its really cheap calls. The app is designed to allow you to use lower VoxOX rates to make and receive calls, send texts and receive voice mails, bypassing your phone plan and utilizing the power of the Internet. The app also has seen the addition of some cool new features with a recent update.

VoxOx has added faxes to its repertoire of features, allowing you to both send and receive faxes from the app. It also has added translation support for SMS messages, in case you’re dealing with international contacts, and general bug fixes to make the whole thing more stable.

Breaking News for iPhone update (iPhone, iPad) Free

As you might guess, Breaking News is an app that prides itself on bringing you articles on news as it happens. The app is basically a running stream of headlines and links as they occur, arranged in a list format and allowing you to quickly catch up on the news or click through and read something that’s a little more in-depth. It’s a solid way to keep up with news no matter where you are, and a big new update has added a lot of features for curating the kind of news you’re seeing every day.

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The update to Breaking News allows you to create custom news feeds and keep up with topics that specifically interest you. The app will now display the latest stories on a map, so you can see where the news is happening, and you can set a “custom quiet time,” which will hold back push notifications from the app (you know, so you can get some sleep). The whole app has been optimized to run even better, as well.

Pocket God update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Arguably, the reason that Pocket God is so popular is because it’s constantly rolling out new content updates. The game that gives you phenomenal cosmic powers and allows you to use them to make miserable the lives of a bunch of cartoonish pigmies who worship you. Today marks the latest, an update that gives new abilities to players to torture their little pygmies with.

Already, players can toss pygmies and do all kinds of other evil stuff to them. In the latest update, Bone Soup, players get access to an undersea coral island, where they can use elements like fire, ice, acid and oil against their pygmy worshipers. It’s a little more involved than that, but at the end of the day, being a vengeful god is what it’s all about, and Pocket God delivers on your touchscreen power fantasies yet again.

PlayScreen Poker (iPhone, iPad) Free

Poker fans, get into an online game quickly and easily with PlayScreen Poker, a free poker app that gives you chips and sends you on your way. The app does what you’d expect to see from an online poker app, with lots of other players and the ability to build out a profile, or just jump into a game and start betting, checking and folding with the best of them.

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The app feature a Practice Mode that lets you play even when you don’t have an Internet connection, and if you create a profile, PlayScreen Poker will track your career stats and let you know just how good (or bad) you really are. The game also dishes out achievements as you advance, and gives you a chance at some free chips every day in addition to the ones you’re given when you start out.

 

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