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5 Must-Play iPhone Games

If you named the top iPhone games you play, what would make the list?

Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Draw Something or Words With Friends would probably make everybody’s list. While there’s nothing wrong with those games, it can be limiting after a while.

The mobile landscape is teeming with varied, beautiful and inventive games just waiting for someone to play them. The best part? Most of these games are available in cheap—or sometimes free—packages.

From brain-busting puzzles to zombie-killing fun, check out these 5 iPhone games today!

  • Puzzle Juice: Are you a big fan of Tetris, Bejeweled, and word searches? What if you combined all 3 of those games into one? That’s what Puzzle Juice is all about! Puzzle Juice combines all 3 awesome games for 1 challenging—yet entertaining—classic puzzle game.  Available on iTunes for USD $0.99.
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Speculation about the zombie apocalypse is rampant—but who would’ve thought backyard plants could save humanity? Plants vs. Zombies is a fun-for-all-ages strategy defense game where you need to harness sunlight to grow these vicious (but saving) plants. Available on iTunes for USD $2.99
  • You Don’t Know Jack: Jack is back! You Don’t Know Jack was pretty big in the ‘90s, and not much has changed with the trivia format game since then. Quick-hitting multiple choice pop culture trivia is delivered via TV game show format, and the narrator adds color commentary and jokes as always. Available on iTunes for USD $2.99
  • Beat Sneak Bandit: Warning: May not be suitable for the rhythmically challenged. Beat Sneak Bandit is a platform game that requires rhythm-tapping to move you bandit stealthily around a mansion, hunting for clocks while avoiding security. Available on iTunes for USD $2.99
  • Triple Town: Consider it a greener, simpler version of SimCity. Triple Town’s task is simple—populated a town by matching up grass, trees, and buildings while contending with limited space issues and nature. Available free on iTunes, but in-game purchases can help you get an edge.
Pebble Smart Watch Raises $3M

Q: What do James Bond, Batman, and Inspector Gadget have in common?

A: A cool watch with seemingly every gadget needed to get them out of trouble while fighting evil!

While the new Pebble Smart Watch might not help you fight crime, it might just get you out of a few jams.

The Pebble is a slim, water resistant, scratch resistant watch with an e-paper display. It connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android, so it can do everything your smart phone does.

The Pebble can send alerts to your wrist, or run apps to monitor your exercise, or even let you check your email!

The Pebble’s e-paper display (similar to a Kindle) is easily visible in daylight and boasts a 7-day battery life charged via USB.

Alerta, the company behind the Pebble, has received overwhelming support for this gadget. Alerta asked for just $100,000 on Kickstarter, but has received over $3 million dollars to date.

Support the Pebble project for $115 and you’ll receive an actual watch when it debuts.

Paper For iPad Gets Strong Start

Paper for iPad—sounds counter-intuitive, right?

Just when you thought the digital age was taking over, iPad users show that maybe they still like to put pen to paper … or at least finger to touchscreen.

Paper, the free sketchpad app, garnered 1.5 million downloads in its first two weeks of availability.

Paper lets users sketch ideas or drawings and then share them via e-mail, Tumblr or other social networks. So far, users have created a total of 7 million pages with the app.

Developer FiftyThree—a group of former Microsoft employees of the now-defunct Courier tablet project—is  delighted with the success of the Paper app.

“To say the response has been overwhelming would be an understatement,” FiftyThree wrote on its blog. “For a tool that we made ourselves, we’re thrilled to 1.5 million other like-minded creators out there.”

Paper is available for free in Apple’s App Store.

Facebook Acquires Instagram For $1 Billion

Fire up those smartphone cameras—Facebook is about to get filtered.

Facebook announced Monday that they had acquired Instagram, a photo-sharing service, for $1 billion cash and stock deal.

Instagram is a 2-year old app that has attracted more than 30 million users with its Twitter-style photo sharing service.

Facebook has made smaller acquisitions in the past, but many of them have been so-called “acqui-hires” where smaller companies are bought to acquire their engineering talent.

The Instagram acquisition is completely different, as Facebook potentially takes out a rival and takes over a company with a growing and devoted user base that has succeeded in a field that Facebook has struggled with.

Photo sharing has long been a hot button for Facebook, with most critics citing their privacy policies as the major downfall. However, Facebook users still upload upwards of 250 million photos a day.

Instagram has developed an offering that has proved attractive and compelling to a diverse group of users, and Facebook no doubt hopes to capitalize on the photo sharing app’s expertise.

While both Facebook and Instagram are hopeful for their new union, many pundits set the social media world ablaze with the criticisms of the mega-merger.

Many fear that Facebook would prohibit Instagram’s 30 million users from sharing their pictures with other social networks, such as Twitter and Tumblr.

So far, no word has come from Facebook regarding this exclusivity, but for most early adopters, it’s a done deal. Some even posted instruction of how to protect or delete your Instagram accounts.

Study: E-books spur reading in U.S.

E-books have long been touted for their convenience and eco-friendliness.

But now, e-books are being praised for promoting good reading habits, too.

A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that book reading has jumped in recent years, all thanks to e-books.

The study shows that one-fifth of U.S. adults—20%—have read an e-book in the past year.

Expand that statistic to include Americans who have used an e-reader device to read news articles or magazines, and it jumps to 43%

Also, a typical e-book user read 24 books in the past year, compared with the 15 books reported by typical non-e-book users.

All these numbers point to a good news for electronic makers, as well as book publishers.

Currently 28% of Americans own a tablet or e-reader device, not including smartphones or iPod Touch users. Also, e-book readers are more likely to purchase their book rather than borrow it from the library or a friend.

While these are promising numbers for readers, the flip side may not be as attractive.

Pew’s study noted that 20% of U.S. adults said they have not read a single book (printed or electronic) in the past year. In general, people who did not own e-reading devices are more likely not to read much at all.

However, the potential of e-books is vast, and likely will only continue to grow and impact our future learning and leisure reading.

Instagram Now Available On Android

Dear Android faithful—stop being jealous of those Instagram photos! Now, you can join all your iPhone-using friends in the latest photography craze.

Instagram for Android, a new version of the popular photo-sharing app, is now available for download at the Google Play store.

“We’ve put an incredible amount of effort into this app to make a first-class experience for Android users everywhere,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said.

Instagram—touted as “a beautiful way to share your world”—is a free app that allows you take pictures with your smartphone device and share them on a Twitter-like site.

You can also “frame” your photos, or choose from one of several gorgeous filtered lens effects to transform your everyday moments into works of art to share with friends and family.

Instagram first launched in 2010, and Instagram’s iPhone app has been a smashing success with over 27 million iPhone users downloading the app.

Over 400,000 have signed up for the Android App since Instagram opened pre-registration on March 25.