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9th April 2011

Send and receive free text messages in Viber on iPhone

Viber Media had promised that an update to its iPhone Viber application was incoming, and it’s delivered. Alongside benefiting from an improved calling mechanism, you and your Viber buddies can now exchange free SMSes, as long as you’re connected to the internet. Should you miss an incoming text at the first time of asking, Viber will send you a notification to alert you to its presence.


Clarity feature added to Camera+ on iPhone

Tap tap tap has been beavering away in the labs on a major new feature for its Camera+ app, dubbed Clarity. Here’s the skinny: “Clarity is one of the biggest breakthroughs to happen to image processing in a long time. Simply put, it can make your photos look truly stunning with just one tap.” Let’s hope it doesn’t fall foul of Apple’s strict development guidelines again anytime soon!


Season ticket to X2 Soccer 10/11 reduced to 59p

The 2010/11 edition of the X2 Soccer series was roundly lauded for its debuting Dream Team mode - think Master League on Pro Evo - refined control mechanism, and comprehensive multiplayer options. And in a move sure to be applauded by supporters of The Beautiful Game on iPhone, X2 Games's board of directors has slashed the ticket price on X2 Soccer 10/11 to 59p / 99c / €0.79.


Apple sees biggest gain in US mobile market share

According to comScore, Apple “saw the strongest gain” in US mobile subscriber market share in the previous quarter. comScore surveyed more than 30,000 American mobile phone owners during the three-month period, ending February 2011, and discovered Apple’s percentage of the US pie had risen from 6.6 to 7.5. This impressive point change was catalysed - in part - by the release of the Verizon iPhone, "the most acquired handset in the month of February.”


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Ahhh, those red-tinted spectacles. I can't ever remember where I put them down, but they make a habit of reappearing just when you most expect them to.

Dashing onto the Qi leaderboard in pole position this week comes the Pac-Man inspired Forget-Me-Not, whose triumvirate of outstanding reviews virtually guarantees nobody will do any such thing.

Nyarlu Labs’s self-confessed “tiny little arcade” game distinguishes itself from Namco’s dot guzzling maze wanderer by rocking automatic weapons to obliterate the nasties, though overuse can - ahem - backfire if you’re not sufficiently careful.

While maps are procedurally generated (so exploding monsters alter the landscape on the fly), Pocket Gamer notes another important characteristic of your surroundings: “There’s also the option of scraping the sides of the maze...to both gain speed and power up your character.”

Retro flavoured goodness of a platforming variety has also raced onto our chart, as Physmo’s colourful insect female collects coins, skulls, and compliments aplenty.

In Mos Speedrun, your mission is to finish the 20 zombie and scorpion infested stages faster than a jet-propelled Usain Bolt with a plane to catch, before comparing your feeble efforts with the Game Center community.

There’s no room for even the smallest margin of error during the hot pursuit, as Slide to Play details: “When you're trying to get a speedrun trophy, you'll have to replay the level over and over again, studying enemy behavior and looking for ways to keep your momentum going as you navigate the terrain.”

Gunner Galaxies completes the holy trinity of nostalgia tinged success stories on Qi’s dynamic listings today, with Atari’s classic coin-op shooter Asteroids serving as the spiritual basis on this occasion.

Fluik’s 140 achievements, 120 upgrades, and 25 missions mean the game’s longevity isn’t in question, but whether your thumbs will ever be the same again after a marathon session is less certain.

Mine STILL haven't recovered from Thumb Wars 2002.

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