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Top Apps of All Time

Apple is marching steadily toward that magic 10 billion number on their App Store downloads scale. With that magical date seemingly just around the proverbial corner, Apple has compiled lists of the top Apps of all time, including both free and paid offerings on the iPhone and iPad. Of particular interest to most of us are the entries on the iPhone free Apps list. Not surprisingly, Facebook has the number-one downloaded free App of all time, with Pandora running a close second. However, the number three spot – now that one is a surprise. I’m sure that Google is loving this, even if Steve Jobs is gnashing his teeth.

The Google Mobile App holds the number three position on that almighty list, folks – GOOGLE. I actually shouldn’t be so shocked by this: it really is a great app. You can use it to navigate to other Google services, such as Maps and Gmail, Search through your contacts, Google Maps, Images, News, and Shopping. Search with your voice instead of by type – which comes in handy when you’re driving. Heck, you can even search the web through pictures with Google Goggles. What shocks me is not that the App made it on the list, but the fact that Apple so willingly admitted it. Oh and by the way – Google Earth shows up on that particular list at number seven.

There were a few other surprises, of course. Who would have ever guessed that something called iFart Mobile would have made a top-ten list such as this? Unfortunately, I’m not joking. I’m also not admitting that I happen to have this particular App, nor that I have used it on more than one occasion.

Where do your favorite Apps fit into the list?

All-Time Top Paid iPhone Apps

  • Doodle Jump
  • Tap Tap Revenge 3
  • Pocket God
  • Angry Birds
  • Tap Tap Revenge 2.6
  • Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
  • Traffic Rush
  • Tap Tap Revenge Classic
  • AppBox Pro Alarm
  • Flight Control

All-Time Top Free iPhone Apps

  • Facebook
  • Pandora
  • Google Mobile App
  • Shazam
  • Movies by Flixster
  • The Weather Channel
  • Google Earth
  • Bump
  • Skype
  • Paper Toss

All-Time Top Paid iPad Apps

  • SoundHound
  • StickWars
  • FlightTrack
  • Backbreaker Football
  • Calorie Tracker
  • BlocksClassic
  • iFart Mobile
  • GoodReader for iPad
  • Cro-Mag Rally
  • Ambiance

All-Time Top Free iPad Apps

  • Pandora
  • Google Mobile App
  • Movies by Flixster
  • Google Earth
  • Yelp
  • Fandango Movies
  • Remote
  • iBooks
  • The Bible
  • Solitaire

Top Ten Free Travel Apps for Smartphones

This is a guest post written by Christian Arno.

Whether you have a smartphone or not, the chances are you’ve at least heard of them. With Web connectivity and a myriad of software created especially, smartphones are the perfect portable PC for business people across the world. And their built-in support for a multitude of media formats makes them perfect for consumers too.

There’s more to smartphones besides their built-in systems. Applications are what makes them special. Easy to download and install, there’s a smartphone app for just about everything you could ever dream of.

If you’re a bit of a nomad at heart and have a penchant for foreign travel, you’re probably sick of carrying extra luggage such as maps, dictionaries and travel guides. And that’s where smartphone travel apps can come to the rescue.

It doesn’t matter if you have a Blackberry, HTC, iPhone, Samsung or other smartphone on the market, chances are you’ll find what you need on the Web.

Some apps are free, while others can cost up to $15. If you’re not a big spender, don’t worry – many free smartphone apps are just as good.

Here are the top ten free smartphone travel apps you can’t do without.

BlackBerry

  • WorldMate – This application identifies your flight, hotel, and car rental confirmation emails on your BlackBerry and creates a single itinerary with all the details synched to your BlackBerry. Once you begin your journey, WorldMate guides you through all the stages of the trip.
  • XE Currency – A must have BlackBerry application if you’re not good with numbers. XE Currency can convert more than 180 currencies with up-to-minute rates, provided you’re in an open Wi-Fi zone. Or, you can take the hit on your roaming charges. If you update it just before you leave on your trip, XE Currency has the latest rates gathered to help you even if there’s no internet connection, and the chances are the rates won’t change to much throughout the course of your trip.
  • TripCase – Winner of the ‘Best Travel Application’ in June 2009, TripCase offers flight updates, displays car rental services and restaurants around you (with pictures and prices). If you’re in an Internet zone, TripCase can connect with hundreds of travel websites to create the best itinerary.

HTC

  • Next2Me – This HTC app saves you looking like a tourist cliché and you don’t have to ask ‘where the post office is’. Using GPS, Next2Me offers everything you need to know about your surroundings. It provides a list with restaurants, movie theaters, ATM’s, gas stations and more. Besides pictures, reviews and other info, Next2Me offers phone numbers of restaurants and hotels so you can call ahead and make a reservation.
  • Trip Journal – Winner of Google’s Mobile Travel Application Award, Trip Journal allows you to make your own travel guide. Documenting every part of your trip, pictures, videos and notes of what you visit, routes you take as waypoints, Trip Journal can be shared with others, for a similar exciting vacation.

iPhone

  • Yelp! – Yelp! has an impressive collection of reviews and information on restaurants, bars, and clubs from all over the world. Besides pictures, contact info and working hours, Yelp! also provides the best way of reaching your place of choice.
  • World Customs & Cultures – This iPhone app can save you a lot of trouble when visiting a foreign country for the first time. It has a comprehensive list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ on most countries in the world. Don’t know if it’s impolite eating in the park? Check WCC’s database for all the local knowledge you’ll ever need.
  • Skype – A must have app if you don’t like spending all your hard earned cash on international calls. If you’re in a Wi-Fi zone you can chat or ‘instant message’ with friends back home without spending a penny.

Samsung Apps

  • Anti Mosquito Plus Sonic Insect Repeller – This application from Vanilla Breeze does pretty much what it says in the description. It’s an anti mosquito app that emits an insect-repelling sonic frequency that will keep you free of mosquito bites and any nasty diseases.
  • Talking Phrasebook – Packed with more than 500 professionally translated words and phrases, Talking Phrasebook might just be your best friend when you’re abroad. Each phrasebook provides both text and audio translations recorded by a native voice-over artist to help you get to grips with the local lingo and sounding like a local in no time!

Even though trips around the world are meant to be relaxing and fun, sometimes things don’t go your way. With a smartphone and some travel apps you can save time, money and keep yourself from having to carry a suitcase full of books and other paraphernalia.

Christian Arno is founder of Lingo24, a global language services provider that specializes in technical and creative translations across all industries, as well as translating websites of all sizes and scope. Launched in 2001, Lingo24 today has 150 full-time employees and a turnover of $8m.