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Daily iPhone App: Sing! shares music and voices around the world

Smule has released another musical app called Sing!. It’s a Karaoke app that leverages Smule’s technological know-how to make the act of singing a social activity on a global scale.

As with Smule’s other offerings, you can buy various songs with in-app purchase, and there are a few standards included for free. You can sing along solo, or open up your session for others to listen to and join. That’s fun, but the social aspect of Sing! sets it apart.

Mobile banking growing in the US and Europe

Forrester Research released a new report saying mobile banking is growing both here in the US and overseas in Europe. By 2017, says the report, mobile banking will be used by 108 million people in the US, or about 46% of those holding bank accounts in the US. Currently, only about 13% of account holders in the US and 9% of European bank account holders have taken advantage of mobile banking services, but Forrester says those numbers will grow greatly in the next few years.

Why? First, mobile banking’s various services are growing by leaps and bounds both in numbers and ease of use. Banks today have apps that will let you deposit checks just by taking pictures of them, or transfer money from account to account with just an onscreen tap. Over time, those services will get even easier and more secure, which means they’ll see more users. And don’t forget, our culture is changing as well. The more we get used to using smartphones for shopping and trading money, the more we’ll use them for banking features as well.

Telenav’s free Scout nav app gets offline navigation, speech recognition

In January of 2012, Telenav announced Scout, a free “daily personal navigator” app for iPhone. Today the company has released a new version of the app with improved features including Always There Navigation, a downloadable offline navigation feature that provide GPS navigation whether or not you’re in a wireless coverage zone.

Always There Navigation is downloaded by U.S. region — Western, Central or Eastern. You can download different regions if you’re traveling outside of your home area, or download all three regions to your iPhone. This service is available for US$9.99 per year or $2.99 per month, and includes some other premium features.

One of the other new features is the addition of speech recognition. By tapping one button, voice commands are activated for a hands-free search. Commands like “Find McDonald’s” or “Drive Home” are interpreted, and Scout either finds nearby results or creates the best route summaries to your home or office, based on current traffic conditions and your location.

Prez Elect USA for iOS will let you run your own political campaign

Just in time for the political season, Prez Elect USA is a universal iOS game that allows you to choose your party and then campaign across the U.S. looking for electoral votes. You can try to get good press, make lots of speeches, engage in debates and raise money. The game is time limited, so you only have a certain amount of time to win.

The game moves fast as you and your opponent compete for electoral votes. There is music and a variety of sound effects to enhance gameplay.

Apple releases (PRODUCT) RED iPhone bumper

Apple sneaked a new product into the online Apple Store, and while it’s nothing big and exciting like a new Mac Pro, it might be something that TUAW readers who support the (PRODUCT) RED project could get into.

The new product is a (PRODUCT) RED iPhone bumper (US$29.99), just perfect for your iPhone 4 or 4S. As with the rest of the bumpers, the (PRODUCT) RED bumper feature two-tone colors and metal buttons for volume and power. Plus, it protects your iPhone from scratches on the metal sides.

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