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When the iPhone was first released, one of the things I wished you could do out of the box was the ability to attach a blob of information about about a place for others to discover.

Launched last month, iTagged is the latest app to tackle the problem.  It allows you to attach notes, picture and video to any place you want for OTHERS TO DISCOVER.

iTagged will let you know when you’re near a point of interest or you can draw on a map to reveal all the tags within a given area. You can even use their augmented reality functionality to scan around you to see exactly where people have left their little titbits of information.

The app is available now on the Apple App Store

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Shane Byrne of Showoff.ie writes:

Everyone heard about Catherine Noone with her ice cream van problems this morning so we said “Come on, like 99’s are what Irish Summer’s are all about!”

With that in mind, they’ve launched 99 – Ice Cream Finder. The app does one thing and does it well – it tells you on a hot day like today where the best 99 is available nearest to you.

The app is available now on the Apple App Store and an Android version is a possibility if there is demand foNOMNOMNOMNOM on the Google Play Store.

*slurp*

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Created by Ranga Vadhineni, Localmint is a site and companion iOS app that lets you find out opening times of shops around you.

It doesn’t sound like something that would be hard to to find using Google, but it surprisingly IS especially when you’re in a hurry.

It’s one of those apps that you’ll have on your phone, forgotten about until the last can is drunk and you need to get to the closest shop still open.

Ranga and his co-founder Oisin Ryan are currently part of the current batch of start ups in the NDRC Launchpad programme and are working to bring their app to the UK and Australia.

The app is available now on the Apple App Store and an Android version is in the pipeline to be released in July.

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Ten-year-old Niall Kehoe [above] released his first game last week, Kehoes Crazy War of the Worlds which he created using Game Salad.

Dermot Daly of Tapadoo (who Niall got in touch with for some advice) says:

[Niall] e-mailed us out of the blue to help him upload his app to the store.

His problems were in the process of submission – getting certificates, bundling the app correctly and so forth. Problems that any developer could run into.  He was quite a dab hand at getting around the keyboard; seemed super-smart.

It’s great to see that people as young as 10 show an interest in software development. I started young myself, and always like to see movements like App Camp for Girls and Coder Dojo. Meeting enthusiastic young developers tells me that the future of software is in safe hands.

It’s fantastic to see someone so young be motivated enough to develop skills still not taught in schools despite all the lip service given to the Smart/Knowledge Economy given by politicians.

Kehoes Crazy War of the Worlds available on the Apple app store now. Why don’t you download and review it to give this budding young developer some encouragement?

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Bubble Your TV is a new second screen app from developer Padraig Hough.

The app not only acts as a TV guide but also lets you comment and rate the shows you are watching.

You can sort shows by ratings, popularity and time left (well there’s no point in switching to something that’s nearly over is there?).

It’s early days for the app and they are actively looking for feedback so why not give it a LOOKl and let them know what YOU think?

The app is available now on the Google Play Store and an iOS version is in the pipeline.

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If you’ve ever clicked on one of the app redemption links we sometimes have for iOS apps, you may already encountered the developers of Castro – Vancouver based Pádraig Ó Cinnéide and Oisin Prendiville (who is also also behind My Artist, one of our first app reviews).

Like the best iOS apps of the moment, it fully leverages all the gestures and styling of iOS 7 to give an app that is quick and intuitive to use.

Under its skin it’s a smart little beast, downloading new episodes at optimum times (as all well behaved apps should) so new content is served up as soon as it’s ready.

A slick little package and to be honest, it gets more use from me than its rival Network.

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Castro is available on the App Store at €2.69

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Know someone doing their mocks?

James Whelton (our favourite former teen sensation) and Trinity student James Eggers have come up with a pair of apps to help those sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert this year.

They describe the apps as giving:

Access to all the online Irish junior and leaving certificate papers for all levels, with such mind-blowing features as “full screen paper viewing mode”, landscape support and intelligent exam level remembering features, we built this app for such an incredible experience to aid studying, that if weaponised, aliens would finally visit earth in order to learn this app’s secrets.

No longer will you fear the Léamhthuiscint in Irish Paper 2 when viewed through this app. This is the perfect companion to the fast paced, exotic, glamorous and thrilling adventure that is the Junior Cert….

Unfortunately, there are no answers but there’s another app for that.

Junior Cert Papers and Leaving Cert Papers are available on the App Store for €1.79 each.

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Mile Mapper is Queen’s University Belfast student Stephen Laide’s first app, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the quality.

The premise is simple – it will suggest a random route of your chosen distance (up to 10 miles) to and from your current location.

As you’re running (or in my case, walking) it’ll do all the usual fitness tracking things of pace and calories burned.

It gives a nice bit of variety to your routine as well as helping you explore the area around you. The routes can be stored, so you can go back a particularly good one.

Stephen had previously studied architecture and was able to bring that design experience to the app by making his own custom UI rather than rely on the stock iOS elements. One complaint I’d have though is that some of the sliders are a bit finicky to use.

There is a limitation in that only 5 routes can be generated a day (this is because of limits on the free Google service used to generate them). Still, I found it enough to get a reasonable route each day.

Mile Mapper is available for free on the App Store.

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Podcast apps are the new Twitter clients of the iOS world – they’re where all the interesting design and user interfaces are happening right NOW..

Network, built by Dublin based engineer/designer Andrew Conlan is a great example of the new crop of apps that take full advantage of everything iOS 7 has to offer.

Network has a slick, minimalistic interface that fits in beautifully with iOS7. The app really gets to the core of what you want from a podcasting app – listening to the content as quickly as possible with minimal interference and setup. Everything in the app can be accessed with a few quick, intuitive gestures.

The app is also very conscientious when it comes to downloading new episodes – it’ll wait until there is wi-fi instead of gorging on your 3G data.

Network is available on the App Store at €2.99.

Andrew has kindly given us 5 copies to give away to the fastest clickers:
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Daddyo-timeline-HDFrom Dublin based digital consultancy iQ Content comes this app aimed squarely at first time fathers.

Based on the experiences of their lead designer and young dad, Tom Cunningham, it provides a timeline from conception to 6 months old.

For each stage, a list of tips and explanations are given to guide the nervous first time father through the nightmare journey.

Daddyo is available on the Apple App Store for €1.79.

We have three FREE codes to giveaway to the fastest typers:

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