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SnappyCam Pro is the perfect app for sports, pets and kids pictures

Did you ever wish you could use your iPhone camera to take images at rapid fire speeds and save the best ones? SnappyCam Pro does just that. The app is US$0.99 for a limited time.

The app’s developers claim it will shoot up to 20 full resolution pictures in one second when run on an iPhone 5. That’s very fast. Rather than take time to save to your camera roll, the app presents a display of your images, and you can select the ones you want to save. GPS data is included, and all the other metadata the iPhone provides is tagged to each photo.

Social browser app Rockmelt bought by Yahoo, pulled from App Store

Rockmelt, a social web browser that originally launched in 2009 and moved to mobile with an app in October of last year, has been bought by Yahoo for between $60 and $70 million, according to AllThingsD. The app itself — which was available as a free download — was reportedly set to remain on the market until the end of August, but at the moment it appears to already have been removed. It could, of course, reappear…

Rockmelt’s main draw was its promise to simplify web browsing by turning browsing into a personalized experience, complete with the ability to share pages with friends and tag them with various emoticons. Yahoo has been trying a number of different things in the past few years to become a staple in the mobile browsing space — remember Axis? — so we might see Rockmelt’s vision for web browsing resurrected with a purple Y soon enough.

‘FaceHalt’ Brings Galaxy S4 Smart Pause Functionality To Every iPhone Video App [VIDEO]

Whenever Samsung drops a new flagship device, the company always seeks to outdo itself and indeed its rivals with a plethora of new and exciting software features. When the Galaxy S4 hit the market earlier on this year there were more such implementations than ever before, and the eye sensing feature, Smart Pause, which pauses video clips when a user looks away, has proved a solid gold hit with consumers. With Apple seemingly unlikely to add this kind of functionality to iOS anytime soon, iPhone users probably won’t be able to enjoy the same video viewing experience of their S4-owning rivals, but thanks to a new tweak by the name of FaceHalt, they now can, on a system level.

The first thing to note about FaceHalt, which can be found over at the famed BigBoss repository, is that it’s not as smooth and seamless as the eye sensor of the Galaxy S4. Not all video playback apps are currently supported, with the release notes adding that clients boasting custom video implementations, such as the newly re-released VLC for iOS, are not yet compatible. With that said, the developer is working on a solution, so in the near future, we should begin to see wider support from the FaceHalt tweak.

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Best Buy giving away free Apple TV with purchase of Retina MacBook Pro

In a promotion that began yesterday and will run through Saturday, Best Buy is offering a free Apple TV to folks who snatch up a MacBook Pro with a Retina display.

The qualifying machines include a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which sells for US$1,999. That particular model comes with 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of flash storage.

Meanwhile, the other qualifying machine is a higher-end 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. This machine retails for $2,599 and features 16 GB of memory and 512 GB of flash storage.

Apple Store app offers free downloads

Apple has added a nice treat to the free Apple Store app — the app that lets you buy Apple products, pay for items in-store, and make Genius Bar and One to One appointments. When you launch the app and bring up a store page, you’ll find a link to download a paid app for free.

The app currently sharing the spotlight with your nearby store is Color Zen (normally US$0.99), and word on the street says that Apple will provide a new freebie each week. Sometimes it will be an app, other times an iBook, and sometimes the company will give you a piece of iTunes media content.

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