Get in a festive mood with holiday apps
Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 5:20 p.m.
Editor's Note: Today's story kicks off The Sun's 12 Days of Christmas series. We'll run 12 stories over 12 days in December that offer 12 (and sometimes more) tips and suggestions for making your holiday season merry and bright. Find all of the stories at www.ocala.com.
More fun on the phone
Ten more holiday apps recommended by www.keepandshare.com.
- Christmas (99 cents, iPhone)
- Christmas List (99 cents, iPhone)
- Christmas Trivia (99 cents, iPhone)
- Christmas Cards Tracker (99 cents, iPhone)
- Greeting Cards ($3.99, Blackberry)
- Menorah Live Wallpaper (99 cents, Android)
- Christmas Ringtones (free, Android)
- Christmas Jokes Family Edition (99 cents, iPhone)
- Flying Poodles: A Christmas Story ($1.99, Apple products)
- Snowflakes Live Wallpaper (free, Android)
Among the avalanche of holiday-themed apps for cell phones and portable digital gizmos, there is huge news: Rovio plans to release an Angry Birds holiday edition, complete with snorting pigs in Santa hats.
It will be offered as a free upgrade to the game's Halloween edition, which was a spooky version of the No. 1 gaming app on iTunes, according to multiple Internet reports.
Game-developer Rovio has not announced a release date, but Angry Birds Day is Dec. 11, which marks the one-year anniversary of the popular game.
The game is played on smart phones that run apps (applications that work like computer programs for phones and devices such as the iPad and iPod Touch).
The game pits grunting, egg-stealing pigs against angry birds who smash pig hovels by launching themselves with slingshots.
It employs as much physics and strategy as it does nonsense.
The holiday version is the buzz of the app world, but it is not the only holiday-themed app courting smart phone users. Many are on the market now, offering everything from travel advice and Martha Stewart's Christmas cookie secrets to finger-powered coloring books and holiday Disney photos for screen backgrounds.
There are hundreds — close to thousands — holidays apps for Droid, Blackberry and iPhone.
There are lots of holiday-themed games, of course.
There's Holiday Cornhole, a free app that allows you to hurl green-and-red beanbags at elves.
But many apps are designed to help navigate and simplify the holidays. They help find the best deals, sniff out coupons, compile recipes and offer up-to-the minutes travel advice.
The Sears app allows you to scan puzzles on advertisements that unlock extras deals.
Other notable holiday apps:
WrapItApp — Step-by-step instructions on unique gift-wrapping techniques. The app helps calculate measurements and advises how much wrapping paper will be needed. ($1.99)
2011 World Holiday List — Produced by JRJA Software solution, this app tracks holiday dates in 50 countries. Apple named it New and Noteworthy for iPhones and iPads. (99 cents)
Christmas in America — With great reviews from CNN, The New York Times and Popular Photography, this app offers high-quality photographs of Christmas across America. ($1.99)
ABC Family Gift Guide — This app offers unique products, lets you set a budget, tells you where to buy specific items and tracks your online purchases. (Free)
Holiday Recipes — App serves as a detailed, easy-reference cookbook for holiday meals and desserts. ($2.99)
Gifts HD — Create gift lists, track your budget and keep tabs on who you still need to buy for in one spot on your iPad. ($3.99)
Christmas Carol Music and Lyrics — This provides lyrics and music for 22 popular Christmas carols displayed against holiday-themed animated displays. (Free)
Barcode Scanner — With your cell phone, scan barcodes on store items and find out where the best deals are on that product. There are several similar apps on the market Most start at 99 cents.
Holiday Bells — Tap along to Christmas songs with virtual handbells. (99 cents)
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