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Notable new and updated apps for November 15, 2012


It was a busy day in the App Store with a bunch of updates for popular apps such as Facebook and Twitter. There were also several new apps for iOS and OS X that are worth a mention. You can check out our comprehensive list of new apps and notable updates below.

iOS and OS X Updates

Walking Dead: The Game [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $4.99] The Walking Dead is a five-part episodic game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic books featuring Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes.

  • Updated Ratings and other miscellaneous fixes

Bastion [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $4.99] RPG with stunning artwork, music, and narration.

  • Added compatability with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPod touch (5th Gen.)
  • Optimized for the iPhone 5's 4-inch Retina display
  • iCloud sync*: seamless data transfer between your devices
  • Minor bug fixes and optimized performance

Gift Plan [iPhone, Category: Productivity, $2.99] Gift list with profiles that let you keep track of recipient's sizes, whish lists and more.

  • When URLs are entered into gift notes they are tappable and open in a modal view
  • New, consistent user interface for displaying gift photos
  • New animation when viewing photos from a profile view
  • Bug fixes

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $6.99] Minecraft for your iPhone or iPad.

  • Paintings
  • Mushroom farming
  • Nether Reactor, strangely connected to the nether...
  • Zombie pigmen
  • Lots and lots of bug fixes

NextGuide [iPad, Category: Entertainment, Free] A "hyper-personalized" guide for streaming and live TV.

  • Bookmarking - want to make your own personal TV watchlist? Tap the new "bookmark" button on any show or movie
  • Live Social View lets you see when your friends (or anybody) watch or favorite shows
  • Find Friends now support email, Facebook, or searching by name
  • Easily discover when Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, iTunes, and Netflix add new TV shows and movies to their libraries
  • Overhauled category & interest preferences interface with simple tap and drag UI
  • Big Search improvements, including search by Director
  • And lots of new little features here and there, as well as tons of bug fixes and improvements [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, Free] Banjo integrates the largest social networks to provide an on-the-ground view of what's happening anyplace at anytime.

  • All new design
  • Faster and easier to use
  • Discover mutual friends and "Common Connections"
  • "Places" are now personalized to each Banjo member

Recall - Reminders for Recommendations [iPhone, Category: Productivity, $0.99] Recall is the best way to never forget a great recommendation again.

  • Support for 60 different countries
  • Added language support for Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese

Spindle [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, Free] Spindle uncovers the best social content from nearby businesses and points of interest.

  • User Profiles: View your own profile to see your activity or view a friend's profile to see what they've shared.
  • Place Search: Search for a specific place by name to discover what's happening there.
  • Simpler Sharing: You can now share directly from Spots feeds. And the Going, Here, and Share options now live on a single message composer screen.
  • Share by Email & SMS: You can now share places and posts by email and SMS.
  • Like: Like posts to save them to your profile and share with your friends. Discover your friends' Likes in the activity feeds.
  • Improved Location Selector: Now even easier to zoom in on a specific location and discover what's happening there.
  • Redesigned Menu: A better layout in the back panel. Your Favorites and friends are now at the top of the list.
  • Faster Results: Query time has been cut in half.
  • Report Data Errors: Notify us if we're missing a place or social network account.
  • New User Experience: Visual introduction to Spindle and streamlined signup process.

Facebook [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, Free]

  • New Share link to re-post stories from your news feed All new design
  • Tag your friends in any post, comment or photo
  • Smileys, hearts and other emoji in messages
  • All new design

Twitter [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, Free]

  • Tweets, tailored just for you, now appear right in the stream
  • These Tweets show photo, video, and article previews so you can engage easily
  • A stream of relevant photos appears at the top of your search results
  • Results also show media previews for your viewing pleasure
  • If you've forgotten your password, now you can reset it in a few simple steps
  • If you've chosen to protect your Tweets, you can manage your follow requests from your iPhone or iPad

Viewfinder [OS X, Category: Graphics & Design, $14.99] Viewfinder is a Mac application that dramatically simplifies the process of finding, downloading and using images from Flickr.

  • Infinite scrolling. Scroll to the bottom and more images are downloaded
  • Compatible with Gatekeeper, Mountain Lion, and retina graphics
  • Filter on 1800px size
  • Size filter is now based on standard resolutions
  • Bug Fixes

Day One [OS X, Category: Lifestyle, $9.99] A new, simple way to journal and sync your entries to your iOS device.

  • Calendar view now uses the system's first day of week setting
  • Redesigned Dropbox setup
  • Auto-embed YouTube links
  • Auto-link Twitter screenames
  • Improved layout support for embedded images and videos
  • Full Smartypants support (when Markdown enabled)
  • Integrated crash reporting
  • Additional Markdown support

New iOS and OS X apps

Nettelator for App.Net [iOS, Category: Social Networking, $4.99] New App.Net client.

vjay for iPhone [iPhone, Category: Music, $0.99] The mashup machine for your iPhone's music and videos.

Atomic Frogs [iPhone, Category: Games, $1.99] Help the frogs get back their life-giving toxic water by using their atomic powers to solve each challenging level.

Pixa [OS X, Category: Graphics & Design, $24.99] New image organizer for your Mac.

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