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Official TouchArcade iPhone App Available Now

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

There are thousands of games for the iPhone and iPad and finding the true gems among the existing offerings in the App Store –not to mention the new titles that are released every day– can be a daunting task. If you’ve ever looked around for unbiased and reliable game reviews to help you make your purchasing decisions, you’ve probably come across our sister site TouchArcade. While accessing TouchArcade is hardly a chore from any device with a web browser and an internet connection, it’s now even easier for iPhone owners with today’s debut of the official ToucArcade app.

The TouchArcade app offers instant access to the most recent reviews and articles posted on the site, which is staffed with writers around the clock to catch new releases as soon as they hit and offer exclusive previews of upcoming titles. The app also offers access to the site’s forum where more than 140,000 members discuss games and share tips and strategies.

The app’s main view provides links to the most recent posts on TouchArcade’s home page, accessible through the News & Reviews link. Recently-reviewed games that earned the highest ratings from TouchArcade staff are accessible from the Top Reviews link. The scrollable Hot New Games strip on the right (the same list is accessible through the Hot New Games link in the main menu) has some extra goodness behind it – this list incorporates feedback from TouchArcade’s forum members, showing the most highly-rated games that have generated the most feedback and discussion.

If you want to do a little more digging among the most highly-rated games, you can customize what’s shown in the Top Reviews list. This list can be modified by timeframe to show the high-rated games reviewed within the past week to every single one since TouchArcade was founded in 2008. You can also change the view to narrow down the genre and paid or free status.

If you’re already familiar with how our own Wish List feature works here on AppShopper (if not, check out this article), then the Watch List feature in the TouchArcade app will be familiar to you. When you look at the details for a game or a preview article about an upcoming title not yet available in the App Store in the News & Reviews category, a Watch List toggle is available. This toggle will let you add the game to a list so you can stay on top of its release and any price changes or updates it receives, and be notified of any new articles published on TouchArcade about it.

You can create an account in the TouchArcade app, which is free. This account will let you post in the TouchArcade forums and will save the contents of your Watch List so you don’t lose everything if you switch devices.

If you’d rather use AppShopper to keep track of the apps you want or have using our own Wish List feature and already have the AppShopper app installed on your iPhone, there’s an “Open in AppShopper” link at the bottom of each app detail screen. Tapping this link opens the AppShopper app so you can add the selected app to your Wish List there.

The TouchArcade app’s settings also let you receive push notifications so you can be alerted when new articles are published or when there’s a change to an game on your Watch List. A Notifications Times setting lets you specify hours during which you don’t want to receive notifications so the app won’t interrupt your beauty sleep.

While the TouchArcade app is currently for the iPhone and iPod touch only right now (it works on the iPad though does not have an interface optimized for this device’s larger screen), a universal version is in the works.

There are plenty more features in the TouchArcade app that I haven’t covered here but I don’t want to delay you any longer from going to the App Store to download it. Which you should do. Right now. Because the official TouchArcade app is awesome and free. So get to it!

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How to Find Paid Apps Gone Free on

Friday, April 6th, 2012

For those who like to shop, there are few things in life more satisfying than finding a great deal on something you want. Though it’s pretty much impossible to find tangible items in stores that are free without applying your own five-finger discount, this is not true for apps. From time to time, some developers get a little crazy and make their paid apps free. But how do you find these apps? While you can be notified of price drops for apps on your Wish List (a topic we covered recently), how do you find out about apps beyond those already on your Wish List? As you might have guessed, AppShopper can help.

First, we already have three RSS feeds set up to catch and list all paid apps gone free for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. These feeds are shown in the sidebar on the right when you’re viewing any page under the What’s New tab. You can subscribe to these feeds using your favorite RSS feed reader so you can stay on top of these apps without even needing to visit AppShopper. You can also get fancy and get push notifications of updates to any of these RSS feeds on your iPhone or iPad through a push notification app like Boxcar or Push 4.0, which we featured in our blog a few months ago here.

If RSS feeds aren’t your thing or you just want to browse apps in a more leisurely fashion, here’s how you can find paid apps gone free right on our site at any time. When you’re viewing the What’s New tab, a row of toggles and a drop-down menu are visible at the top of the page below the row of tabs. You can adjust these toggles to change what’s visible on the page to suit your needs if you’re looking specifically for apps for a certain device or your Mac.

Now, here’s the magic combination to find all paid apps that are now free: using the three sets of toggle on the right, select All between All/Popular, Free out of All/Paid/Free and Price Drops out of All/Updates/New/Price Drops. The toggles should now look like this:

Voilà! The list on the page will change to show you all paid apps currently marked down to free, the best price ever.

If you want to narrow this down to a specific category, you can do that as well. For example, choosing the Games category will show you all paid games that are currently free. Also, if you’re looking only for iPhone apps, you can choose that toggle to narrow down the results. Of course, choose the appropriate toggles to choose iPad-specific apps or universal apps that are made for both the iPhone and iPad.

Here’s an RSS feed trick you may not have known. When you customize the toggles and category drop-down, you’re also customizing an RSS feed that’s available in the top right corner of the page next to the links to your AppShopper profile.

After you’re done customizing the toggles and drop-down menu to your liking, you can just subscribe to this feed using your favorite RSS feed reader and have it for all eternity.

So there you have it. You are now armed with the tools to take advantage of the most drastic price reduction decisions app developers can make. Happy app shopping and don’t forget to check out our free AppShopper app if you haven’t already!

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How to Use the Wish List Feature on

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

With more than 500,000 apps in the iOS App Store and nearly 10,000 in the Mac App Store, finding and keeping tabs on apps you may want to buy in the future can be a daunting task. However, we’ve developed an easier way for you to do this right here at If you’re new to AppShopper or just want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of what we offer, this article describes how to use our Wish List feature.

First, you need an AppShopper account. Yes, it’s totally free. All we need is a valid email address and a password of your choosing. We won’t sell your email address or do anything else dastardly with the information you provide or send you spam. Use the Register link in the top right corner and fill out the form on the next page (the Register and other links are not visible here on our blog pages – you’ll need to go to the What’s New tab to see them).

You’ll receive an email after you’ve created your account to verify your email address. Click on the link in that email to finish setting up your account and then you’re done!

Next, when you’re browsing the lists on our What’s New pages, every app shown has two check boxes: Own It and Want It. Checking the Want It box adds that app to your Wish List. (We’ll cover the Own It box and what it does in a later article.)

Now, click on the purple Wish List tab at the top of the page. All of the apps you’ve marked as Want It will be listed here.

Now here’s the beautiful part – find the Price Drop Notifications dialog box in the sidebar below the ads:

Here’s where you can choose to get an email alert when the price of an app on your Wish List drops. There’s als an option here to choose to receive an email when an app on your Wish List is updated, which can be handy when you’re waiting for a developer to release a universal version of an existing iPhone app, for instance.

Below the Price Drop Notifications dialog box in the sidebar is the Share My Wishlist box. Here’s where you can automatically share your Wish List through a dedicated URL (don’t worry – that URL won’t allow access to your account settings to anyone else) via Facebook, Twitter, or even an RSS feed. You can also just copy the URL and email it to someone – a useful feature to share the apps you want to buy before your birthday or any other major holiday you celebrate.

We also have a free universal AppShopper iOS app through which you can also view and add to your Wish List. Our app can also notify you of price drops and updates to the apps on your Wish List via push notifications. This can be in addition to or instead of email notifications – it’s your choice.

That’s it! You’re now an Wish List expert. If you have any trouble using our site or app, please submit your issue using this contact form.

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Find Retina Display-Optimized Apps for Your New iPad

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The third-generation iPad’s retina display is definitely a beauty and I’m finding that I don’t want to sully it with apps that lack high-resolution graphics. As we noted last week, app developers are working hard to update their universal and iPad-specific apps with better graphics but how can you find which ones have been updated? Well, we’ve made a few behind-the-scenes changes here at AppShopper to help you out. Here is a search you should bookmark:

→ All iPad apps and games updated with retina display support

If your focus is on games, this search will narrow down your results even more:

→ iPad games updated with retina display support

Note that both universal and iPad-only apps will show in the results of these searches.

After you click on those search links, check out the RSS Feed link in the top right corner – you can use this link to subscribe to a feed of each search so you can stay on top of them through your favorite RSS reader (Reeder for the Mac and iPad is one of my favorites).

Apple just announced that more than three million 3rd-generation iPads were sold since its launch on Friday, March 16. Clearly there is strong demand for Apple’s latest tablet, which must be music to the ears of developers with iPad apps. If you’re new to the iPad or updating from an older model, stay with us here at AppShopper for the latest on new and updated apps and definitely install our very own (and free!) AppShopper app on your new iPad. Our app will give you easy access to the newest and most popular apps, the Top 200 apps in every category, plus your very own Wish List where you can track apps you want to get in the future. Our app can even alert you via push notifications when apps on your Wish List go on sale. How cool is that?

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AppShopper Picks: 2011 Apps of the Year

Friday, December 30th, 2011

There are over 500,000 apps available for the iPhone and iPad in the App Store today and thousands of those debuted in the App Store this year. It can be overwhelming to stay on top of what’s new in the App Store (though our What’s New list can always help, of course) and we wanted to highlight the top new apps that caught our attention in 2011.

The popularity of Twitter, the micro-blogging social networking service, has exploded recently and there’s no shortage of Twitter apps in the App Store. Although Twitter has made several changes to its own official (and free) iOS app this year, Tweetbot by developer Tapbots continues to be one of the more popular alternatives. Tweetbot debuted to much acclaim in April and has an average rating of 4.5 stars in the App Store at the time of this post and it’s been a regular in the Top 200 Paid Social Networking iPhone apps.

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To appease aspiring DJs without the turntables and equipment to go pro, algoriddim released its djay app for the iPhone and iPod touch this year, complementing a version that had debuted in late 2010 for the iPad only. djay essentially turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a portable DJ system so you can become the life of the party at the drop of a hat.

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Flipboard is another developer that brought a winning app previously only available for the iPad to the iPhone and iPod touch. Flipboard is a personalized social magazine app that compiles articles, images and videos from your Twitter and Facebook feeds and other sources you select. A universal version that added compatibility for the iPhone debuted just a few weeks ago and it’s proving to be just as popular on the iPhone as it is on the iPad.

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If you’re making New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, you may want to check out the official P90X app that hit the App Store in November. P90X is a home exercise program that’s been around for several years and used by millions around the world. The app offers the popular program’s workouts in a format that’s easy to use on the iPhone.

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Though it’s been a while since I played the piano after years of lessons as a kid, an iPad app that debuted in September got me excited to get back on that hard, unforgiving bench to try it out again. Tonara is a sheet music display app that can actually hear what you’re playing and automatically turn to the next page, avoiding the need to free up a hand to make the transition. How cool is that? Tonara is free and has a in-app library of sheet music that can be purchased.

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Even though you’d think it’s a mundane topic, knowing the weather forecast is critical for iPhone users if the number of weather apps in the App Store is any indication. Unfortunately, this glut makes it hard for developers to stand out but ITWC Association managed it earlier this year with the release of Fahrenheit, an app that uses push notifications to show the current temperature right on your home screen through a badge on the app’s icon. (There’s a Celsius version as well.)

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We defer to the experts at our sister site, TouchArcade, for recommendations in this area since they live and breathe iOS games. This year, TouchArcade selected Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery by Capybara Games as the 2011 Game of the Year. The first runner up was Chillingo’s Anomaly Warzone Earth and honorable mentions included Infinity Blade II, Mage Gauntlet, and SpellTower. You can read the full Game of the Year article over at TouchArcade here and even hear our editors discuss these selections in their podcast here.

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I consider myself a casual gamer, dabbling in some Xbox 360 games here and there but spending most of my time playing games on my iPhone and iPad. In particular, I love shooting games and just about anything involving killing zombies and I’ve also found myself sucked into easy-to-play games with fun achievements and special in-game equipment to unlock. Given all of this, a couple of games stood out to me this year: Zombieville USA 2 and Jetpack Joyride.

Zombieville USA 2 by Mika Mobile is a cute zombie shooter with a ton of weapons, skills, and characters to choose from. It also has a great co-op mode where you can pair up with a partner to kill zombies galore over Bluetooth or through Game Center. You can read a full review of the game at TouchArcade here.

Jetpack Joyride by Halfbrick Studios (those brilliant folks who also made Fruit Ninja) is incredibly straightforward to play with a simple tap mechanic to make the main character, Barry Steakfries, jump. It may not sound like much but it’s absorbing and easy to play in short bursts and there are a ton of achievements that will compel you to jump through hoops in order to earn them. You can read a full review of Jetpack Joyride at TouchArcade here.

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That’s it for our 2011 selections! We here at AppShopper wish everyone a fun and safe New Year’s Eve celebration and a fantastic 2012!

Happy Holidays! (Also, iTunes Connect is Closed for the Holidays)

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Happy holidays! We here at AppShopper wish everyone a safe, joy-filled holiday season! We plan to spend the Christmas holiday quietly with friends and family and we’ve still got our fingers crossed that we’ll get some snow to make it feel a little more complete.

Apple is also taking a break around the holidays and they’ve let developers know that iTunes Connect, the portal through which developers upload and manage apps in the App Store, will be closed from December 22 through December 29. Since AppShopper gets its information straight from Apple, many of our lists and feeds will show little to no changes during this period as well. So don’t be alarmed – we’re still here and providing you with the latest on app deals and updates but we’re forced to take a little break when Apple does as well.

Official ‘AppShopper’ App Featured in Wired App Guide

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Wired, in partnership with Gizmodo, has published an app guide filled with 400 reviews of iOS apps across nearly every category. The guide was released this week and is available in print format on newsstands around the world as well as via a new app that debuted yesterday. The Wired App Guide for the iPad is available in the App Store now for $5.99.

The app operates much like the Wired Magazine app that debuted last year when it comes to navigation. And though it’s available for the iPad only, eschewing tablets and devices on other platforms, reviews of apps available only for Android and Windows Phone 7 devices are included as well.

Our official AppShopper app is featured in this guide, earning a rating of 8/10 in the Lifestyle category. Our app is free (there are ads but they can be removed permanently with a one-time in-app purchase of $.99) and offers you many of the features available on our website, including the ability to see newly-released apps, see the apps that are most popular among AppShopper users, and get push notifications when apps you’ve saved to your Wish List go on sale. It also includes links to app reviews at TouchArcade and 148Apps where available.

The guide is also partially available on Wired’s site here.

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Official ‘AppShopper’ App Updated

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Our official AppShopper app has been updated, getting bug fixes to address those pesky crashes some of you may have experienced plus some general improvements. Version 1.4.2 of AppShopper hit the App Store this afternoon and is free, as always, to download. The app is ad-supported and a one-time in-app purchase of $.99 removes all ads.

The full list of what’s new in version 1.4.2 is as follows:

  • Fixed an issue with caches not getting emptied (may run a little slow of initial launch as it removes old cache data)
  • Fixed crash that could occur when tapping want or own
  • Fixed an issue with the keyboard disappearing when rotating while searching (iPad)
  • Other various fixes and improvements

AppShopper was last updated in June when several major features were added, including app rating information plus links to 3rd-party app reviews. You can also view the Top 200 lists for all or individual categories for free and paid apps.

If you have any technical issues with the AppShopper app, please email us at support at

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Official ‘Appshopper’ App Updated, Gets App Ratings, Links to Reviews, More

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Our official AppShopper app has been updated, getting several new features including links to 3rd-party app reviews at 148apps and TouchArcade, a way for users to rate apps directly, push notification scheduling and more. Version 1.4 of Appshopper hit the App Store just now though it may take a few hours for it to become available to you depending on your location.

A frequently-requested feature – the ability to turn off push notifications for a period you define, like at night when you’re sleeping – has also been added. And you can now view the Top 200 apps in any category for the iPhone or iPad, paid or free within the app as well.

The full list of what’s new in this update is as follows:

  • Top 200 rankings
  • App Ratings
  • Links to 3rd party app reviews
  • Automatically loads apps when scrolling to the bottom of a list
  • New filters for search
  • Email notification settings
  • Disable push notifications during certain times of the day
  • In-app AppShopper account registration
  • Share an app’s info via Twitter, Facebook, email and more
  • Various bug fixes

AppShopper remains free and is ad-supported. A one-time in-app purchase of $.99 removes all ads forever.

We hope you enjoy the official AppShopper app! If you have any questions or need support, please email

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Resolved: Mac App Screenshots Are Back!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Last week we noted that screenshots for Mac apps on AppShopper were missing. We obtain all of the app information shown on AppShopper directly from Apple and these screenshots were missing from the feed provided by Apple for some unknown reason.

We’re happy to report that this issue has been addressed and screenshots are now visible again in individual Mac app listings. We appreciate your patience!