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Camera+ 2.0 is in the App Store, contains 328% more wow

We let you know yesterday that Camera+ was coming back to the App Store with a host of changes. The development team has given us the heads-up that Camera+ 2.0 ($1.99) is now available in the App Store, and the changes are amazing.

The team at tap tap tap obviously listened to feedback from customers and reviewers. The SLR screen that made the app so unique was also a bit of a UI hindrance, so it’s been removed. The entire user interface was reworked to make it much more intuitive and unified.

As part of the UI changes, Touch Focus and Touch Exposure were improved to make them much more usable. When these features were added to Camera+ early in its life, I found them to be extremely powerful, but quite tricky to use. Menus are now larger, and included on both the camera screen and the Lightbox.

The app also used to be slow in launching, which was irritating when you wanted to get a quick shot of something. The developers significantly improved the start-up time so it’s not so slow. You’ll probably remember my comments in the original review about the somewhat freaky image stabilization feature, which didn’t work too well. Never fear, it’s been fixed.

Other improvements include better effects, borders, and scene modes, but it’s the new features that are the big selling point. Those features include:

Indie games on sale for iPhone (and a good cause)

The popular Humble Indie Bundle for the Mac has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and has become an inspiration for other indie developers looking to follow their lead.

In that spirit, six independent iPhone game developers have banded together and are offering their games at a US$2-$3 discount. The devs will give 1/3 of the sale proceeds to Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and video games to children’s hospitals across the U.S.

The bundle includes six games which will be sold for US$0.99 each. Due to the limitation of the iTunes App Store, each title will be sold separately and not as a $6 bundle. The bundle includes titles like Osmos, a physics-based, cosmic survival game and Drop 7, a puzzle game that mixes the best of Sudoku and Tetris.

Games rounding out this indie offering include

360 Panorama: view augmented reality panoramas in Mobile Safari

We’ve talked about 360 Panorama before — it’s a cool app that lets you capture 360° panoramic photos in real time by just moving your iPhone around in a circle. The $0.99 app (available here) has been out for a while, but keeps receiving amazing updates that improve its functionality and wow factor.

Now the wizards at Occipital have figured out a way for you to view those panoramas as if you’re actually standing at the site where they were taken.

You simply open up Mobile Safari on an iPhone 4 (or any other gyroscope-equipped iPhone running iOS 4.2), point to a URL where the photo is stored, and then move the phone around.

The gyroscope is detected by the browser, and then your movements control where in the panorama you are looking. The standard reverse-pinch gesture lets you zoom into a panorama, while pinching zooms out. All using HTML 5 and thanks to a recent update in iOS.

If you have an iPhone

Daily App: Hook Worlds

Hook Worlds is the latest from Rocketcat Games, makers of Super Quick Hook and Hook Champ. If you’ve played either one of those games, you’ll know what to find here: running gameplay that uses a one-button hookshot to keep your character moving as quickly as possible across various levels.

Hook Worlds, as I understand it, is more of an arcade version than the other two games (though you can try Hook Champ Lite to see what the gameplay is like), featuring four heroes hookshotting along four different worlds, each racing to get as far as they can.

This is an app almost meant for those familiar with the “Quickhook” genre, but if you want to just give the game a shot without a lot of story or obstacles in your way, Hook Worlds will serve you pretty well anyway.

The game is just US$0.99 cents right now, and for a limited time,

Apple pulls WikiLeaks app from the App Store

Apple has quickly pulled a WikiLeaks app (Google cache) it approved for sale on the App Store earlier this week. The unofficial app went live on the App Store on December 17. The WikiLeaks app gave “instant access to the world’s most documented leakage of top secret memos and other confidential government documents,” according to The iPhone Download Blog. The blog noted less than two days before the app was pulled that it was “actually surprising that Apple approved such an app, with all of the legal problems that Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks organization have been facing worldwide.”

TechCrunch has reached out to Apple and the developer for comment, but only the developer has responded so far, saying that Apple changed the official status of his app to “Removed From Sale.” It’s not too much of a shock that Apple pulled the app, as being seen as associating with or even facilitating funding to WikiLeaks is as about as controversial as you can get right now. The WikiLeaks app sold for US$1.99, but the developer, Igor Barinov, was donating half of his proceeds to WikiLeaks, which could be the ultimate reason why the app was pulled.

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