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Get ready for the weekend with a big update to WhitePages, which kicks off today’s Fresh iPhone Apps list. The update makes it easy to find nearby businesses and people. If you’re traveling, you’ll want to grab Yahoo! TimeTraveler, an app that helps you make the most out of your trips to cities by plotting the best routes from place to place. A big update to Fruit Ninja leads the weekend’s games with lots of new features, along with Men in Black 3, the official game tie-in with the upcoming movie.
WhitePages update (iPhone, iPad) Free
You’re probably aware that WhitePages is for finding businesses, and the mobile app that bears that name does exactly that. It helps you find things in your area by searching through its listings and provides the information you need like phone numbers and directions to get to those places, as well.
WhitePages’ big new update focuses on things that are nearby. You can use the app to find nearby businesses of various types in your area, and you can even use the feature to find nearby people and save them to your Contacts List. You can also use WhitePages for reverse address searches, although those require an in-app purchase.
Yahoo! TimeTraveler (iPhone, iPad) Free
Getting around any major city can be a hassle, especially in busy ones with a lot of traffic. Gauging how much time you have to get to a place or trying to figure out what you can accomplish in a day can be difficult. Yahoo! TimeTraveler means helps by calculating travel times through cities based on traffic, distances and other factors, helping you to plan trips with an eye toward how much time you’ll spend getting places, and how much you’ll have left over.
TimeTraveler supports 39 cities at present, and once you input your information – start location, end location and trip destination – it’ll generate directions to get you where you’re trying to go in the best and quickest way possible. You can also share the trips you generate with the app through Facebook and Twitter.
Fruit Ninja update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Fruit-slicing phenomenon Fruit Ninja just hit its second birthday, and in celebration, developer Halfbrick has pushed a big update that brings new features to the well-loved game. The gameplay is as you remember – players need to slice fruit with their fingers as it flies across the screen, being careful to avoid bombs – but new elements have been added that can change how the game is played and scored.
Fruit Ninja includes a number of new fruits that come up randomly throughout the game and can have various effects. There’s a new area through which players can buy power-ups, and you can also grab new ninja moves like the ability to deflect bombs to keep your game going.
Men in Black 3 (iPhone, iPad) Free
The official game of the upcoming movie, Men in Black 3 tasks players with taking control of the alien-policing agency as a new agent. But it’s also a management simulation game in the vein of titles such as Scarface, in which you’ll complete missions to earn money and use that money to grow the MIB headquarters. Each new building allows you to collect more money and upgrade your agent’s gear, which means you can work through more missions.
Like many free-to-play titles similar to Men in Black 3, how much stuff you can do is governed by your energy reserves, which replenish over time. Working through missions in the game will take you through a similar story arc as what’s coming in the movie, and the game includes a number of familiar characters. It’s also pretty simple and an easy way to kill a few minutes, especially if you’re a fan of the franchise.