New and Free Apps
Are you done playing all the levels in Angry Birds and looking for some other free cool apps to try out? I've selected my top 20 from dozens of great new apps for your iPhone or iPad launched this year -- and here's the best bit: they're all free.
Capture the world around you with your iPhone in spectacular 3D panoramas. Microsoft’s app stiches your pictures together and you can share them via Photosynth’s online service or on Facebook with your friends.
Flick the Frisbee, steer through obstacles, and collect stars. A simple, delightful, and entertaining game, Frisbee Forever is one of the latest must-have apps for both iPhone and iPad.
Bing for iPad
A sleek combination between search engine and magazine-like aggregator, the Bing for iPad app is a great way to leisurely flick through news, movies, or even popular searches.
Hound allows you to speak the name of an artist, band, or a song tile and bring up a wealth of related information and photos, including tour dates, lyrics, and song previews.
Your mission in Land-a Panda is to assist a male panda meet his dream partner in a puzzle adventure with cannons, hazards, and a lot of coins to collect. The game has adorable sounds and creative graphics.
Sonar is a social-savvy app that shows you how you are connected to other people around you by analyzing your social networking accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare.
MTV Music Meter
MTV's Music Meter app lets you discover new music with a daily list of trending artists. You can then sample related artists, photos, news articles, and even their tweets.
One of the most hyped apps this year, Color combines social networking and photo-taking by bringing together photos taken by people in your vicinity -- and helps you make new connections.
Onavo runs in the background and shrinks via its servers all the data used by apps, saving you money if you're on a capped data plan or using data abroad.
Free for a limited time, Super 8 is a vintage camera app for both video and photos. Gestures include changing the effects and filters by swiping across the camera and playing video by pulling down a projector screen.
Look up any word on your iPhone or iPad with the Merriam-Webster dictionary, or check out the word of the day. The app is simple and easy to use, and the spoken search feature can be particularly handy.
eBay's Motors app lets your browse all the car listings on the site, with a few extra perks such as free vehicle history reports from Experian AutoCheck and a place to store information about your cars.
A different take on weather apps, Thermo is like a pocket thermometer on your iPhone, showing you not only the temperature outside now, but also readings from the previous day for comparison.
HeyTell turns your phone into a walkie-talkie by allowing you to send voice messages to single users or groups via 3G, EDGE, and Wi-Fi, with push notifications for new messages.
This app gives you access to Google's directory of restaurants, cafes, bars, and other venues worldwide, and can help you find great spots around you.
Audibly is a public domain repository of almost 3000 audiobooks, all for free on your iPhone or iPad. You'll find all the classics, but no recent titles like the Twilight or Harry Potter series.
Vimeo's iPhone app goes beyond the standard uploading and browsing features and allows you to edit on the fly and add transitions, titles, and music to clips shot with your phone before you share them with the world.