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A sixth-generation iPhone isn't the only thing many people are looking forward to this fall -- it's an election year, and that means political fever is at an all-time high! If you can't enough of the rallies and following the daily ups and downs of your favorite Presidential candidate, hit the App Store and help Rock the Vote with a free app that pits Obama against Romney in a light-hearted cartoon game -- then be sure to register to vote right from inside the app when you're done! Curious to know more? Then read on and find out all the news for this Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
Epic Games and Chair Entertainment are taking a break from their epic Infinity Blade series to offer up a bit of free slapstick fun, courtesy of a new App Store release called VOTE!!! The Game. A cartoon-style political slugfest in partnership with Rock the Vote, VOTE!!! is not only fun but helps with a real-world cause, encouraging voters to register right from inside the app, as well as offering gamers the resources to engage in the political process during this ever-important election year -- regardless of which side you're on. The free universal app is now available on the App Store, compatible with all iPads, iPhone 3GS or better and third-gen iPod touch or higher running iOS 4.0 or later.
On the heels of Square's tie-up with coffee mogul Starbucks, PayPal has announced a partnership of its own with Discover, which will bring the convenience, security and functionality of the online payment service to "millions of participating in-store locations starting in 2013." PayPal views the new deal as a logical extension of the company's trials at 16 different national retailers covering thousands of store locations across the country. If you have a PayPal account and want to get a taste of what the Discover experience might be like, head to your nearest Home Depot, Abercrombie & Fitch or Jos A. Banks retail store today.
Boinx Software has released iStopMotion 3 for Mac today, a brand-new version of its stop-motion animation software which now allows iPhone, iPad or iPod touch owners to use their device as a wireless HD camera for creating movies using the free iStopMotion Remote Camera app. The company has consolidated all previous versions into the new release for one low introductory price of $29.99 until August 31, 2012, when the price jumps back to the normal $49.99. With support for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, OS X Mountain Lion and integration with Final Cut Pro X, the new iStopMotion 3 for Mac is ready to serve from either the Mac App Store or the Boinx website.
Fans of the 20th Century Fox animation classic Ice Age and its sequels will want to head to the App Store today, because iStoryTime has just released the Ice Age Movie Storybook Collection. This universal 99-cent app includes the storybook for the original film, offering books for the sequels as an in-app purchase of only $2.99 each. Of course, the storybook collection is perfectly timed to the latest Ice Age: Continental Drift, which is now in theaters. Storybooks include character audio from the motion picture series, real images from the movies for an authentic experience and multiple narration options, making it perfect for the kids. The app requires a device running iOS 5.0 or later and is now available from the App Store.
AppsRumors has announced a new website called iPhone 5 Crafter, allowing users to create their perfect "iPhone 5" (i.e., sixth-generation iPhone) for fun -- and even enter to win a contest to receive the real thing when it's available, presumably next month. Will your handset be revolutionary or simply evolutionary? The choice is yours, but be careful: Just like following the rumor mills, you might wind up being disappointed with whatever Tim Cook and Company trot onstage back here in reality...
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