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New iPhone apps worth downloading: Flipagram update, Great Words, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

by Phil Hornshaw

Got a lot of great photos from the holidays, but they’re spread all over Facebook, Instagram and your iOS device? Snag Flipagram, our first app worth downloading today, and you can create slideshows set to music, drawing images from several different sources. We’ve also got Great Words, an app designed to help users keep that New Year’s resolution of expanding their vocabulary, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a go-kart racer featuring classic Sega game characters and which adds a whole new dimension to racing.

Find more apps for creating slideshows here.

Flipagram update (Free)

FlipagramWhat’s it about? Use your photos from Instagram, Facebook and elsewhere to create slideshows set to music with Flipagram.

What’s cool? Flipagram provides users new ways to present the images they create with their mobile devices. The app lets you gather images from sources such as Facebook, Instagram and your device’s Camera Roll, which you can then use to build a slideshow. Flipagram lets you set the timing of the video, as well as its length and speed, and also lets you add music to the presentation as well. When you’re done, you can share your creations on social networks or through email. Flipagram’s new update adds a number of improvements and features to make creating slideshows easier.

Who’s it for? Avid mobile photographers and social networking fans should try out Flipagram’s features.

What’s it like? You might also want to try Instagram and Vine for other social networking sharing possibilities.


Looking to expand your vocabulary? These educational apps can help!

Great Words ($1.99)

Great WordsWhat’s it about? Great Words helps users increase their vocabularies and learn new words and definitions with its practice mode.

What’s cool? Increasing your vocabulary is just a matter of working new words into your everyday repertoire, so Great Words helps with that situation by allowing users to save new, interesting words to a personal word list. The app provides the definition of each word you add to it, allowing you to read through them and learn to use them in context when speaking or writing. And in order to help you practice learning the words, Great Words includes a practice mode that quizzes you on each word from your list.

Who’s it for? Anyone looking to add more words to their vocabulary for speaking or writing should try Great Words.

What’s it like? Another app for expanding your vocabulary include Learn a Word – Dictionary Reimagined.


Looking for even more racing games? Try these.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed ($4.99)

Sonic & All-Star Racing TransformedWhat’s it about? The sequel to Sonic & Sega All Stars, a kart racer featuring a number of famous Sega video game characters, Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed adds a new dimension to players’ races across game-inspired tracks.

What’s cool? Like most kart racers, Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed has players drifting around corners in various cars driven by game characters, grabbing weapons to use against opponents and blasting over jumps and boosters to gain an advantage. The “Transformed” part of the title refers to the fact that players will take their karts from the land to sea to air through various races, transforming on the spot to handle new terrain and challenges. You’ll be able to find alternate routes to finish tracks that can give you a leg-up on the competition, and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed features Facebook connectivity so you can see how your friends are doing, as well as four-player multiplayer races so you can challenge them directly.

Who’s it for? Fans of Sega properties and kart racers will find Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed a fun take on the usual formula.

What’s it like? You might also check out Sonic & Sega All Stars and Shrek Kart.