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New iPhone apps worth downloading: StopWattch, Showyou update, Astro Shark HD

by Phil Hornshaw

Get a little greener with today's first app worth downloading, StopWattch. Yes, the app is a stopwatch, but it's also a wattage-tracker, with the idea that you can use it to figure out exactly how much energy (and money) you're spending when you use your household appliances. We've also got Showyou, an app for finding the best new videos from around the Internet, and Astro Shark HD, a game in which you play as a shark in space.

StopWattch (Free)

What’s it about? StopWattch helps you measure the energy usage of your appliances by functioning as a stopwatch and information resource.

What’s cool? Energy measuring app StopWattch can help if you're looking figure out exactly how much money you spend when you run a video game system or make a cup of coffee. The app uses a built-in stopwatch to help you time how long you use a given appliance, and includes energy usage information for a number of common appliances. You find your item and start the stopwatch, and StopWattch tells you how much energy you're using. If your appliance isn't included with the app, StopWattch has information for helping you figure out its wattage and how much energy it uses.

Who’s it for? If you're looking to go a little greener, or just figure out how much you're spending on energy costs, try StopWattch.

What’s it like? Get some more useful energy info from Energy Cost Calculator.


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Showyou update (Free)

What’s it about? Find all the most interesting videos of the day with the help of Showyou, a video app that makes it easy to watch, as well as share what you're enjoying.

What’s cool? Showyou is partially a discovery app for great videos, and uses your social network feeds in tandem with the most popular offerings to help you check out the coolest videos out there. It brings in popular offerings from YouTube, TED and TechCrunch, as well as clips from popular shows such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In addition to those feeds, you can also link in your Facebook and Twitter feeds and get videos shared by your friends as well. There's also a social network component to Showyou, aimed at letting you follow other users and see the videos they share, as well as letting you share things you like with others. The app's latest updates add improvements to its social interactions to make it even easier to share with others.

Who’s it for? If you're a fan of catching all the latest and greatest videos, use Showyou to do it.

What’s it like? You can find other alternatives for watching great videos from Dailymotion and Worldtube.

Astro Shark HD ($0.99)

What’s it about? Space-based arcade title Astro Shark has players taking control of a shark flying through space, using gravity and other physics to get around levels, avoid missiles and score points during the search for an astronaut dog.

What’s cool? In Astro Shark, players take control of a space-based flying shark that rips through the void in search of the Russian space dog, Laika. To do that, you'll navigate around planets, dodge mines, evade missiles and more as you search through the game's various levels, and Astro Shark introduces new mechanics to keep things fresh along the way. You'll use the gravity and orbits of planets to get around, so having quick reflexes to catch hold of various worlds is key to keeping up your speed and avoiding getting destroyed.

Who’s it for? Arcade fans who are into games with simple, easy to learn controls that are hard to master will enjoy Astro Shark.

What’s it like? Try Sunshine and Cut The Rope: Experiments for a couple of games with similar mechanics.

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