Santa Clara, California – A tech epidemic is sweeping the nation. Millions of iPhone users are suffering from a dastardly affliction without even realizing it. They open up app after app on their phones to check in and earn a deal at the Gap, win back mayorship of their favorite bookshop, or gain a Barista Badge from their local Starbucks. By the time they finish checking in to all these services, they are dazed and tired with sore thumbs to boot. These poor check-in-oholics are suffering from CIFS, or “Check-In Fatigue Syndrome”.

Fortunately, there is a cure, and that cure is Footfeed. This intuitive app brings “check-in economy” to the iPhone, allowing users to check-in to multiple location-based services – Foursquare, Google Latitude, Brightkite, and Gowalla – with one click of a button. Deals from each service show up with one click, no longer forcing people to check in first and see a “deal nearby.” Even specialized deals from services like the Pepsi Loot program are included, with more deals being added from networks daily.

“My friends and I always would fight about which network was the best”, says Dennis Mink, CEO of Footfeed. “I wanted to create a way to connect with all of my friends no matter which service they used. The deal aggregation was a natural extension of that. If I’m going to give my location in a check-in, I want to reap the reward independently of which network that particular venue happens to like.”

Footfeed’s latest 2.0 update allows check-in fanatics to enjoy perusing comments and tips of hip new places in their vicinity. Its improved location-matching system ensures accurate check-ins without having to deal with duplicate locations from each network. And of course, Footfeed still has the ability to post one’s location to Twitter and Facebook. The Stats screen allows users to view their check-ins, points, badges, stamps, and more all in one place, and a Friends page lets them view buddies’ stats and recent check-ins.

Footfeed At-A-Glance
* Multiple check-ins to Foursquare, Google Latitude, Brightkite, and Gowalla
* Check-In Deals and Specials aggregated from Foursquare, Pepsi, and Geotoko
* Single Check-In Feed to view all friends’ check-ins
* Stats Page shows user check-ins, points, badges, stamps, pins, and more
* Ability to search for nearby tips and to do’s

Device Requirements
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone iOS 3.1.3 or later
* 2.8 MB

Pricing and Availability
Footfeed is free and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Social Networking category.

Footfeed is a location-based check-in aggregation platform and multi check-in app founded by Dennis Mink and Ben Floering, two self-proclaimed check-in’aholics. With Footfeed, users can check in to Brightkite, Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook, Google Latitude and Twitter simultaneously, while earning badges, points and rewards from each service. Footfeed also offers a public API and white label multi check-in service that makes it easy for a company to add multi check-in to their existing apps. Copyright (C) 2010 Footfeed. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Sneek, Netherlands – Mobz technologies today announces their new Halloween contest. Join our contest and win a $50 gift card for the iTunes store. Download our Free Halloween App, drop your email by subscribing to our mail list (the App will ask you) and of course enjoy all the 16 scary sounds that we provide you through the FREE iSoundGrid Halloween player for iPhone.

Looking to scare the socks off the guests at your Halloween party or make your house the spookiest on the block for trick-or-treating? If so, you’ll need lots of scary props and plenty of eerie sound effects. iSoundGrid Halloween for iPhone and iPad from developer Mobz Technologies will help you create the perfect haunted house ambience on All Hallow’s Eve.

With 4 ambient sounds and 12 different audio effects, you’ll be able to create a spooky mix of sounds sure to unnerve your Halloween visitors. Three play styles let you control the way sound effects are played while slider bars allow you to adjust the pitch and gain. Manually select sounds on the fly or let the iSoundGrid-Halloween player do the job for you by playing sound effects in random order. Listen to sounds straight from your iPhone or give them a boost by connecting to your stereo system and crank things up a bit.

You may also like the new auto-play function which allows the device to play random sounds on a timer every three seconds or by shaking your iPhone. If you’re interested in customizing sound effects for your Halloween festivities, take a look at iSoundGrid Halloween. The FREE lite version with 16 scary sound effects is available for the iPhone/iPod touch.

Do you need more versatility and sound effects ‘power’, you have to grab the iPad version which provide you with 16 ambient sounds and 40 sound effects! The iPad version is available in the App Store for $1.99

With this contest we will give away a $50 gift certificate for the iTunes store for free. To enter the contest people have to join our mail list through our free app. The lucky winner will be selected at random from our mail list on October 31st 2010. The contest will end on 31st October 11:59 am Central Time.

Your email address is needed in order to write out the iTunes gift certificate. Your information will only be used by iSoundGrid to provide you with the latest iSoundGrid related updates, releases and news.

FREE iSoundgrid-Halloween for iPhone features:
* Easy to use interface (kids proof)
* Professional high quality stereo sound effects
* Specially selected (scary) sounds
* Gain (volume) of sounds changeable
* High quality, crisp graphics
* 4 loopable ambient sounds
* 12 sound effects
* Pitch of sounds changeable
* Auto play timer mode
* Play on shake mode
* 3 configurable Play styles

Device requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later

Pricing and Availability:
iSoundGrid Cartoons for iPhone is FREE and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment and Lifestyle category.

iSoundgrid-Halloween for iPad features:
* Easy to use interface (kids proof)
* Professional high quality stereo sound effects
* Specially selected (scary) sounds
* Gain (volume) of sounds changeable
* High quality, crisp graphics
* 10 loopable ambient sounds
* 40 sound effects
* Pitch of sounds changeable
* Auto play timer mode
* Play on shake mode
* 3 configurable Play styles

Device requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 49.3 MB

Pricing and availability:
iSoundGrid-Halloween 1.0 is $1.99 (USD)and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment and Lifestyle category.

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Mobz Technologies is a Dutch company that stands for innovating, architecting and engineering the mobile world. Our expertise in mobile technologies result in high quality solutions for the mobile world. One of our mainstream areas is the development of applications for mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. Copyright (C) 2010 Mobz Technologies. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

CONTEST ALERT – Win a Jack Johnson concert ticket from Footfeed!

Hey Norcal Residents, you can win a free ticket to see Jack Johnson perform at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., on Oct. 6 – courtesy of the free iPhone check-in app, Footfeed!

To enter:
1. Download Footfeed
2.Fan Footfeed on Facebook
3. Follow @footfeedapp on Twitter and tweet “Norcal, win a ticket to see Jack Johnson @ Berkeley 10/6 from @footfeedapp! Checkin w/ Footfeed to win! See for details”
4. Check-in anywhere you want with Footfeed and post it to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. One check-in will count as an entry, but feel free to check-in as much as you want!

The winner will be selected on 10/6 at 3 PM PST and must be 18 or over and a local resident. Good luck!

Concert info: Jack Johnson at the Greek Theatre (10/6 at 6:30 pm).
Address: Hearst and Gayley meets University Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720

Say What You See: Music Fest is celebrating this weekend’s Austin City Limits festival by releasing 8 new puzzles in daily contests on their Facebook page. Daily winners will receive $25 iTunes gift card. Participate all week long (contest ends Sunday 10/10/10) and you are entered to win the grand prize, the game’s actual puzzle on a printed canvas!

Say What You See: Music Fest tests your knowledge of today’s chart-topping bands. This hidden-objects puzzle game contains clues and messages in the form of visual catchphrases that will ultimately tease & challenge your proficiency of mainstream musical artists.

To enter, simply become a fan of SWYS on Facebook and answer the puzzle correctly. The puzzles are up all day & the winner is announced the following morning.

So test out your music proficiency to win $25 in iTunes!

For additional celebration, the app will be available for free download during the ACL festival (10/8-10/10). Can you spot your favorite ACL artists in the puzzle? Check out Say What You See: Music Fest in iTunes.

Can you guess what this band is?


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Toronto, Canada – XMG Studio is launching an update to Cannon Cadets, their latest iDevice game, that is sure to please mobile gaming enthusiasts. There is an all-too-common scenario where a player races through the levels to finish the game, only to be left feeling as though they wanted more. This is no longer an issue with the newly introduced Cannon Cadets Level Builder which will both unleash the players’ creativity and expand their game-play infinitely.

“There are some great physics launching games in the market, and we believe Cannon Cadets will earn its position alongside the best,” said Ray Sharma, CEO of XMG Studio. “We knew to stand out we would need to bring players something new, something that would really revolutionize the game-play experience, and we’re happy to say that we have done that with this latest update to Cannon Cadets.”

The easy-to-use Level Builder will let users flex their creativity and build their own dream levels. Using the same tools that the game’s designers did, users can create levels as simple or complex as they like. Once built, levels can be played immediately or shared with others in the game’s new Cannon Cadets Academy, a community built directly into the game. Even if users don’t want to build levels themselves, they can download and play user-created levels anytime they like.

In addition to the Level Builder, XMG listened to the feedback from users to improve the game-play experience even more. A new ranking system has been added that will challenge players to beat their own scores. There is also a completely revamped soundtrack with new and improved sound effects. Finally, the game’s already stunning graphics have been optimized for Retina Display.

Supported Languages:
* US English, Chinese, French, German and Japanese

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 103 MB

The XMG team is very excited to see amazing levels created with the new level builder. Cannon Cadets version 2.0 is available in the iTunes app store for only $0.99 and is a free update to all players using a previous version of the game. Cannon Cadets HD is expected to be released in October.

XMG Studio is an award-winning developer of hit games for mobile devices. Hit titles include Drag Racer: Pro Tuner, Style Studio: Fashion Designer, Cannon Cadets, Little Metal Ball, Marine Sharpshooter, and Pandemica. Copyright (C) 2010 XMG Studio. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

In honor of releasing its first iPhone and iPad app, Mega Bloks Playground, MEGA Brands created this colorful Mega Bloks iPhone holder. With these given photos, do you think you can build one? We’re working on ours now!

In celebration of Mega Bloks’ 25th birthday, MEGA Brands introduces its first iPhone and iPad application ‘Mega Bloks Playground,” a unique mobile-based toy designed to give younger children a fun and engaging experience.

Montreal, Canada – From stacking rocks to pieces of wood, the building block may have very well been the first toy ever played with by children, but with the help of MEGA Brands, the building block evolved and children can now create beautiful structures with Mega Bloks. Today, the modern child is exposed to a whole world of digital entertainment and MEGA Brands is proud to bring the realms of children’s toys and virtual reality together with the release of their first iPhone and iPad application ‘Mega Bloks Playground.’

“To celebrate 25 years of building fun with Mega Bloks, we thought what better way to take our founding construction toy to a whole new level for today’s preschoolers than with our first-ever iPhone/iPad app,” said Jean Gauvin, Content & Creative Director at MEGA Brands. “With the help of Budge Studios, we are thrilled to bring the Mega Bloks world to life for preschoolers, ages two to five, in an interactive digital platform with ‘Mega Bloks Playground’ by engaging preschoolers with a new creative and innovative way to build and play with Mega Bloks, while developing their fine motor skills.”

Budge Studios, the developer and publisher of the Mega Bloks app, specialize in creating children interactive products for touch devices and tablet computers.

“It is not unusual for a parent to hand their iPhone or iPad to their child and allow them play with it”, said Michael Elman Partner and Creative Director at Budge Studios “But not all of these applications are suited for toddlers and preschoolers. With the Mega Bloks Playground application, our goal is to create something for children that engages their imagination and creativity. It is not a ‘video game’ by any means, that gives you set goals and sets you up to ‘win’ or ‘lose’. Mega Bloks Playground is first and foremost a toy – which puts the control and the adventure back in the mind of the child using it. The goal is pure, engaging, and safe playtime.”

‘Mega Bloks Playground’ is available now on the Apple iPhone and iPad platform. The preschool interactive world includes two playable Mega Bloks buddies, a boy and a girl, who interact with a full set of in-world elements, such as swing sets, slides, teeter-totters, playful animals, a lake with a sailboat, and even a hot air balloon. It’s the ultimate digital playset for preschoolers! Parents will appreciate how the app’s intuitive touch-play controls are designed to help foster fine motor skills in children two to five years old, while children will certainly be delighted in discovering piles of colorful bloks through out the playground that will ultimately piece together to form new Mega Bloks creations.

Mega Bloks Playground At-A-Glance

–        Discover over 15 active touch points with your two Mega Blok buddies.

–        Drag or tap the Mega Bloks buddies with your finger on the iPad/iPhone screen and watch them play in the playground.

–        Explore an interactive playground featuring a hot air balloon, sailboat, pond, swingset, teeter-totter, slide and lots more.

–        Collect piles of Mega Bloks and build a variety of Mega Bloks structures.

–        Easy-to-use interface even for the tiniest of fingers

–        Superior touch-play with rich graphics, vibrant sounds, and cheerful music.

–        Open-ended, unlimited play; it’s always playtime at the Mega Bloks Playground!

Pricing and Availability

Both iPad and iPhone versions will be released October 1st 2010. Mega Bloks Playground is $1.99 (iPhone) and $3.99 (iPad) and available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store in the Game – kids section. Starting on the day of the launch, the app will be 50% off for a limited time only.

About MEGA Brands

MEGA Brands is a trusted family of leading global brands in construction toys, games & puzzles, arts & crafts and stationery. They offer engaging creative experiences for children and families through innovative, well-designed, affordable and high-quality products.

The MEGA logo, Mega Bloks, Rose Art, MagNext and Board Dudes are trademarks of MEGA Brands Inc. or its affiliates.

About BUDGE Studios

Budge Studios inc. is a developer and publisher of interactive products for touch devices and tablet computers. The company is specialized in creating interactive children’s books and digital toys. Budge Studios is focused on securing licenses and partnerships with children’s book publishers and toy companies to leverage their popularity and capitalize on mass market appeal.