Top 10 Free iPhone Apps of the Week January 16 2012

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Here is our countdown of the Top 10 Free iPhone Apps of the Week.
Don’t let these gems pass you by. Save your money, and go free!

 1. Werdsmith

Werdsmith - Werdsmith

Werdsmith turns your iPhone or iPad into a personal writing studio. Here’s why Werdsmith will become your new writing companion:

● You don’t have to be chained to a desk to work on your projects. Werdsmith + iCloud free you to capture your ideas and flesh out your projects – any time, any place. 

● Werdsmith is there from that first spark of an idea to your final draft, helping you organize your writing, get feedback and set goals along the way.

The last big thing to happen to writers was the word processor in 1972. It’s time to bring writing into the 21st century. Are you with us?



 2. Glympse – Location Sharing Made Simple

Glympse - Location Sharing Made Simple - Glympse Inc.

Download Glympse and you can share your location with anyone, in seconds.
“It’s called Glympse, and it’s my new favorite freebie […] This is one of those apps that’s ingenious in its simplicity, insanely handy to have around, and just a little bit fun to boot.
– CNET Reviews

“Glympse: The Coolest Thing Your Smartphone Can Do” – Since smartphones first made Google maps mobile, no single application has offered so much practical functionality.
– Fast Company

Glympse is the simple and private way to share your location.
Want to let someone know where you are? Just send a Glympse!
Install and be sharing your location in real-time with others in seconds! No sign-up, no passwords, no new social network to manage.

Glympse sends a link with your ongoing location to anyone via Email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter. Best of all, the recipient doesn’t need any special software to be able to see your location. They get a link that shows your real-time position, and optionally your speed, a message, a destination, and your ETA. And, Glympse makes it hassle free by only sharing your location for the time period you choose, and then it automatically stops.
A few notes and tips:

* On iOS 4+ devices that support background apps (iPhone 3Gs and 4, iPod touch 3rd gen, and iPad), Glympse will share your location while running in the background. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. When sending a Glympse, you get to set how long you would like to share your location. Once sharing has begun, you can add time to your Glympse to extend its duration or “expire” the Glympse to stop sharing.

* On iOS 4+ devices that support sending SMS (all iPhones), you can send a Glympse to any SMS number you wish. For all other devices and earlier iOS versions, we still support sending SMS to domestic US numbers.

* If you receive a Glympse on your iPhone, you can click on the Glympse link in the message to see the person’s current location in a web page. The web page provides an option to launch the Glympse application and automatically show the person’s location, updated in real-time on a map. Pick your viewing preference!

* Glympse supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Please note that an iPhone or iPad 3G are best suited for sending Glympses as they have a GPS for pinpoint location and can share your location while you are on the move. Nonetheless, an iPod touch and iPad WiFi are still excellent for viewing Glympses and for sending shorter duration “check-in” Glympses.

* Send a Glympse to the same person often? Just add it to favorites. Then you’re just two clicks away from sending it the next time.

* Have a Facebook and/or Twitter account? Sign in to your accounts under ‘Settings’. Then, just add ‘facebook’ and/or ‘twitter’ when you send a Glympse to share your live location with your friends.

We’re actively working on updates and features, so please send us feedback from within the application, or by sending mail to

We hope you enjoy using Glympse!



 3. OverDrive Media Console – Library eBooks and Audiobooks

OverDrive Media Console – Library eBooks and Audiobooks - OverDrive, Inc.

 Download eBooks and audiobooks from your library directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!

OverDrive Media Console gives you on-the-go access to eBooks and audiobooks from your public, school, or college library. More than 15,000 libraries worldwide offer best-selling and classic titles via OverDrive, so use the ‘Get Books’ feature in the app to find a library near you. 

How do library eBooks and audiobooks work? 

Digital titles from your library are borrowed just like print material. Once you find your library using ‘Get Books,’ you can browse your library’s digital collection on the web, check out a title with a valid library card, and download the title directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. 
While borrowing the digital title, you can enjoy it using the app’s eBook reader or audiobook player. Each EPUB eBook and MP3 audiobook that you check out has a lending period. The title automatically expires in the app at the end of the lending period, so there’s never a late fee. There’s even a handy countdown clock built into the app so you know how long you have to read or listen before the title expires.

What happens if a digital title is already checked out?

Just like with physical material from the library, you can join a waiting list. All you need to do is enter your email address and you’ll receive an alert when the title is available for check out.

Don’t want to wait? Many libraries offer thousands of EPUB eBook downloads that are always available. Just check for the ‘Additional eBooks’ link at the bottom of the digital collection homepage and you can get a free eBook from your library that’s yours to keep—without a lending period. You’ll discover timeless books and find yourself reading more than ever before with this diverse collection.

You can also download DRM-free EPUB eBooks from other online sources and read them in the OverDrive Media Console app.
Want more books? 

Each library builds a custom digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks specifically for their local community. Contact your library and let them know that you are using OverDrive on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and would like to see additional titles in the digital collection.



 4. Thumb

Thumb™ - Opinionaided, Inc.

Ask Questions, Get Instant Opinions with Thumb. 

It’s easy. You simply ask a question and boom! The responses come flying in. Called “highly addictive” by Mashable and “dead simple” by The Next Web, users are flocking to Thumb to solicit feedback and help others by weighing in with their opinions. 

-Vote and comment on questions
-Responses come in just seconds after you post your question
-Choose your audience: post questions to everyone on Thumb, select a gender, or just send to your Friends 
-Respond to questions in a specific category
-Connect with people who share similar interests
-Reward people by giving them Stars for helpful responses
and more! 

But don’t just take our word for it; listen to what the experts are saying:
“I was struck by just how quickly responses to my questions came.” – VentureBeat

“The site returns solid answers and lets users reward good responses.” – GigaOm

“…Angry Birds-like addictive quality to the application. The app works fast.” -Portfolio

It’s free and takes just a minute to sign up, so download Thumb and start sharing your opinions today!

*Sorry, young ‘uns…you must be at least 13 years of age to use Thumb.



 5. GetGlue

GetGlue - AdaptiveBlue

2 million fans love GetGlue: a fun social network for entertainment. 
Check-in to what you are watching, connect with friends, discover new favorites, and unlock stickers and discounts
Winner: 2011 Mashable Breakout Startup of the Year.
Featured in: MacWorld, Engadget, Mashable, TechCrunch, Wired, Fast Company, and more!
Watch a 60-second overview: 

* Check-in to your favorite TV shows and movies
* See what your friends are watching
* Chat with friends and fans while watching TV
* Get personalized recommendations
* Unlock stickers and discounts
* Get real stickers in the mail

GetGlue has official rewards for 700 shows including 30 Rock, American Idol, American Horror Story, The Big Bang Theory, Dancing with the Stars, Dexter, Doctor Who, Glee, Jersey Shore, Mad Men, Modern Family, Psych, Pretty Little Liars, The Office, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, and The X Factor.

What’s new

– New stream, conversation tab and guides! 
– Stream: A more visual look and feel for the stream that makes what your friends are watching, reading and listening to more fun. 
– Conversation: Keeps track of what you recently checked-in to so you can quickly chat with friends and fans. 
– Guides: Quickly find things to watch, read or listen to with our new Guides for TV, Movies, Music and Books. 
– Brand new unified look across the app.
– Bugfixes




 6. Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search

Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search - Hipmunk

Hipmunk takes the agony out of flight & hotel search. With Hipmunk you’ll see all the relevant flights on a timeline, helping you visualize the right choice. Unlike every other app out there, Hipmunk doesn’t just show you the cheapest flight first — the app instead sorts by “agony,” which incorporates important factors like how long you’ll be traveling and how many stops you’ll make. Hotel results are shown on a map so that you can see exactly where you’ll be staying. You can also turn on heatmaps that will show you the best areas to stay based on unique interests like food, landmarks, nightlife and more.

Hipmunk also makes booking easy. When you’ve found the right flight or hotel, you can either book it from your mobile device, email it to someone else, or finish booking on your desktop computer.
Hipmunk also makes booking easy. When you’ve found the right flight, you can either book it on your phone, email it to someone else, or finish on your desktop computer.



 7. Sketch Up

Sketch Up - Big Fish Games, Inc


Sharpen those pencils and grab a piece of paper, it’s time for a drawing duel! It’s a battle to be center stage on the page, and these shapes just need a skilled artist’s hand. Match different shapes together to complete each equation, but make sure you have the right formula. Simple shape-shading can be difficult! So dust off that protractor and grab your sketch pad! If you can use these flying shapes to your advantage, you can be master of the geometric world!

☆☆☆☆☆ Features ☆☆☆☆☆

✓Use your Preview Hub to see what shapes will be created
✓Watch out for sticky puddles that stop shapes in their tracks!
✓Smash shapes together to make new ones
✓Use Shape Changers and Stops to help you create the perfect sketch!

☆☆☆ Discover more from Big Fish Games! ☆☆☆

We’re big believers that everyone is a gamer at heart and that games are a great source of joy and relaxation. Founded in 2002, Big Fish Games is a developer, publisher and distributor of casual games. We offer a virtually endless selection of interactive games that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere — on your PC, Mac, mobile phone, or tablet. Renowned for offering A New Game Every Day!® on, Big Fish Games distributes more than two million games per day worldwide.

We have many other great iPhone games including:
➠ Time Mysteries: Inheritance
➠ Nick Chase & the Deadly Diamond
➠ Death at Fairing Point: A Dana Knightstone Novel Collector’s Edition
➠ Hidden Wonders of the Depths 2
➠ Haunted Hotel II: Believe the Lies
➠ The Serpent of Isis
➠ Doors of the Mind: Inner Mysteries
➠ Time Builders: Pyramid Rising
➠ Flux Family Secrets: The Ripple Effect
➠ Secret Mission: The Forgotten Island
➠ Haunted Manor: Lord of Mirrors
➠ PuppetShow: Mystery of Joyville
➠ Amazon: Hidden Expedition

➠ Awakening: The Dreamless Castle
➠ Big City Adventure: New York City
➠ Nick Chase: A Detective Story
➠ Azada
➠ Buckingham Palace: Hidden Mysteries

➠ Hidden in Time: Mirror Mirror

➠ Atlantis Sky Patrol
➠ Cooking Quest



 8. Scramble With Friends Free

Scramble With Friends Free - Zynga

Everyone’s favorite word game is back, with all new features to enjoy with your friends!

Download the New FAADChat App by, make new friends and vote together to make the best apps like “Scramble With Friends Free” become FAAD’s Discovery App of the Week!”

Scramble with Friends™ joins the world’s most popular word-game franchise… If you like Words with Friends™ and Hanging with Friends™, you’re gonna love this one!

Scramble with Friends™ is the fast, fun game of finding words in a jumbled grid. Quickly slide your finger over adjacent letters to form words forwards, backwards, sideways…any way you can!

Features in Scramble with Friends™:
★ Improved the classic Word Scramble game with a whole new look and feel!
★ Challenge your friends in 3, two-minute rounds…the player with the highest score wins.
★ Power-Ups! Use Freeze Time, Inspire, and Scramble to gain an edge on your friends!
★ Login with your Facebook© account to play against your friends, or challenge a random opponent across the world.

• Network connection is required. iPod Touch® requires wifi connection.
• Requires iOS 4 or later.
• Runs on iPhone 4®, iPhone 4S®, iPhone 3GS®, iPod touch® 3rd or 4th gen, iPad®, and iPad 2®.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Rate Scramble with Friends™ 5 stars in the App Store, so we can continue making exciting features for you! 
Like Scramble with Friends™ on Facebook©!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Use of this application is governed by the Zynga® Terms of Service. Collection and use of personal data are subject to Zynga’s Privacy Policy. Both policies are available in the Application License Agreement below as well as at Social Networking Service terms may also apply.





AREL WARS, Ultimate Mobile Defense

RPG action and defense strategy combine in AREL WARS! Deploy your troops, master their tactics and overrun the enemy’s towers in three grand campaigns. Form the strongest army in the land and fight for your place as champion of Drusilla. 
Lead the swift Hume, fierce Buster or resourceful Elven species in campaigns spanning 120 stages and 8 battle maps.

Command over 50 Normal, Unique and Hero units — special skill advantages will tip the battle in your favor.

Triumph to earn new booster items, upgradeable skills and units, then customize and combine them for maximum impact.

Connect to network play and challenge players around the world in asynchronous PVP.

Collect Game Center achievements, enjoy crisp, vibrant graphics and intuitive touchscreen controls.



10. WebMD Baby

WebMD Baby - WebMD

The new WebMD Baby app has quick access to trusted and physician-approved baby health and wellness information anytime, anywhere. Personalized for a baby’s specific age, the WebMD Baby app delivers timely physician-approved guidance, helping parents stay informed and one step ahead of their baby’s growth and development. 

Featuring 400 articles, 598 tips, 70 videos, and 5 tools! 

In baby’s first year, parents will receive:
✔ 52 weekly featured multimedia content packages programmed for the baby’s first year
✔ 365 physician approved daily tips programmed every day.

In baby’s second year, parents will receive:
✔ 12 monthly content packages programmed for the baby’s second year
✔ 84 tips programmed monthly during the baby’s second year.

WebMD Baby is also a personal baby book, allowing parents to organize and share baby’s memorable moments as they happen.

Key Features:
Growth Tracker, Diaper Tracker, Sleep Tracker, Feeding Tracker

Baby Book:
Capture and record a baby’s key memories and milestones. Fill in the Baby Book by associating memories with text, photos or videos. Add caption and assign each photo or video to a section of a Baby Book chapter. Share each memory via email and Facebook. View the Baby Book slideshow by swiping photos and videos in sequential order. Baby Book is comprised of 8 chapters with ability to add custom titles within each chapter: 

★ My Arrival: The first journey from Mommy’s belly to the trip home.
★ My Firsts: From first toys to first crawl to the first word.
★ Watch Me Grow: A slideshow using one baby photo taken every week.
★ Favorites: From foods to books, keep track of new favorites as the baby grows.
★ Words: Keep track of new first words by date.
★ Unforgettable: Record moments like making a silly face and eating a birthday cake.
★ Family & Friends: Chronicle photos and videos of friends and family.
★ Holidays: Capture moments from every holiday.

Hundreds of searchable, medically approved articles and other content types:
✔ Baby & Toddler Care (16 categories)
✔ Illness & Emergencies (39 categories)
✔ Just for Moms
✔ Just for Dads
✔ Parenting Tips (367)
✔ Baby Week by Week (64 content packages)
✔ Ask the Pediatrician (8 video Q&A sessions with WedMD in-house pediatrician)
✔ Milestones (7 categories divided by age up to 24 months old) 
✔ Vaccines (all baby vaccine info)
✔ Baby Doctor Visits (11 well visit guides)




App prices are subject to change.




About Author

Brihanna has been a tech fanatic and computer nerd nearly all her life. When she isn’t chasing around kids or glued to her iPhone, she is updating app junkies like herself on where to find the latest go-to apps.

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