Fresh iPhone Apps for Dec. 8: The Daily Show, Loopt update, BeatShare

Dec 8, 2010
Tech

Jon Stewart and The Daily Show on your iPhone and iPad — the show’s new official app leads our Fresh Apps list today. There’s also a big, awesome update to social networking app Loopt, and a Bluetooth-enabled app that lets you share your music with others for free. The Daily Show (iPhone, iPad) Free Get […]

Jon Stewart and The Daily Show on your iPhone and iPad — the show’s new official app leads our Fresh Apps list today. There’s also a big, awesome update to social networking app Loopt, and a Bluetooth-enabled app that lets you share your music with others for free.

The Daily Show (iPhone, iPad) Free

Get your fix of Jon Stewart and some fake news no matter where you are with The Daily Show’s official app. It’s filled primarily with video clips from the show, which you can check out in various forms: going along with a “Daily Show Quote of the Day” and taken from the show’s most recent episodes, or from a video archive you can search through by category.

The app also has some cool social networking features. In addition to being able to share your favorite clips on Facebook and Twitter, it also funnels the Twitter feed of several people affiliated with the show. And if you want to participate in the discussion, you can use your own Twitter account to send messages or otherwise join in. Plus, the app has obligatory show schedules so you know what’s coming up on future episodes.

Loopt update (iPhone) Free

Social networking and location-based check-in app Loopt just got a big update to its services, upgrading your ability to find and connect with your friends wherever they are, and wherever you go.

The new Loopt features: location-aware texting (for free) based on the app’s previous “Ping” feature; a new user interface design; real-time location tracking of friends to see where they’re gathering; the ability to Ping all your friends in a single location; check-in rewards; new notifications for nearby places that feature rewards; and persistent location tracking that you can share with a small group of friends. That enough for you to go check it out? Oh, and it’s free, too.

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BeatShare (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) Free

This simple app has an ingenious idea behind it. Using your device’s Bluetooth capabilities, you can share the music playing on your device with nearby devices — free of needing any passwords or other extra steps to connect.

BeatShare is pretty cool for parties or even just sharing your musical experiences with a friend in a coffee shop, and it’s available for free, although the free version features iAds and has some limits on how much sharing you can do. But if you like BeatShare, you can punch up to the premium version for only a buck, which isn’t such a bad asking price for a great idea.

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