Frommer's: This company has long been the publisher of some of the best travel guides around. Now--as first noted by the folks at Paid Content--it has joined with textbook app developer Inkling Systems to offer those guides as apps for the iPhone and iPad. Each destination has its own app, ranging in price from $10 to $15. This week saw the release of Frommer's first seven apps, including guides to France, Great Britain, and (perhaps most exotically) California. Each app features photos of your destination, as well as weather forecasts and itinerary guides--and everything can be highlighted and bookmarked for later reference.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7: Listen up, muggles: If you're a game-loving, iOS-device-owning Harry Potter fan, we probably don't need to actually describe this app to you. All we have to say is that for $5, you can own Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for iPhone and iPad. But we will tell you the game lets you take control of Harry and his friends during his last year at Hogwarts, and do battle with the villainous Lord Voldemort. There are 25 achievements to unlock, and for another dollar you can buy the Dueling Club Expansion that lets you master advanced dueling skills by competing against the top witches and wizards in the Potter universe. It truly is magical.
SnipSnap Coupon App: The free SnipSnap Coupon App lets you convert paper coupons into a digital format, then redeem those coupons at stores by showing your iPhone to the checkout clerk. Once you get a coupon--in the mail, or in a newspaper--you can snap a picture of it. The app scans the important information, including barcodes, then saves it for later. If a coupon's about to expire, SnipSnap reminds you. And if you're near a store where a coupon can be redeemed, the app will let you know. This video shows how to actually use the app in a store--when you get ready to make a purchase, open the app, find the coupon, and hand it over to the cashier to be scanned. Who knew the iPhone could save you so much money?