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Eddison Media has taken it’s first step into the world of iPhone apps with the launch of ‘The Game Hunter’ app on the iTunes store. The new app features the best reviews from the Game Hunter website plus the live RSS feed.

The app is your complete free guide to casinos, poker games and bingo. Plus all the latest gambling news via RSS feed, updated daily with stories, tips and bonus deals. In the coming months we will look at developing more apps from the iPad & iPhone. Development of the app was provided by the excellent www.mobiomic.com

First let me say that me and my iPhone are inseparable, I can easily be pigeonholed as your typical Apple Fanboy. I love playing with new apps from the iTunes store and have recently discovered ‘RedLaser’ barcode scanning app.

I know it sounds uber geeky but this little app is addictive! Fire up the app on your phone and start scanning bar codes! So how does it work? well, the app opens the iPhone camera, then point it in the direction of a barcode and hey presto the app comes back with information on that product. Impressive but ultimately not very useful, until you discover that RedLaser barcode reader then queries Amazon and Google Product search to find the scanned product at the cheapest price available online! Let’s say you’re wandering around the shops and see a 42in flat screen TV you like, just scan it’s barcode to see if it’s cheaper online. People with Amazon accounts can purchase scanned items with one click. When I first downloaded the app I was concerned that it wouldn’t deliver on it’s promise, so far it’s been working first scan on nearly ever product I’ve tried. Occasionally very small barcodes don’t scan, I think this is more to do with the minimum focal distance of the iPhone camera than the actual app.

I have the 2nd gen iPhone so I’m interested to know if the new iPhone with it’s improved camera works even better than mine. The app cost £1.19 which you could easily recoup with one scanned purchase, especially on big ticket items like TVs, Bikes, Blu Ray players or Console games. I was surprised that RedLaser charge for the app, as far as I can tell the app doesn’t use affiliate links when it searches for products! (I could be wrong) Amazon has one of the biggest affiliate scheme around, you’d think that RedLaser would be signed up and making some nice commission on everything sold via the app. If the app does use affiliate links then why not give it away for free? Any user making just one or two purchases via the app would generate more revenue than the £0.80p that RedLaser are probably getting after Apple takes it’s cut.

See the app in action watch the video

It’s been a long time coming but finally a main steam newspaper seems to have cottoned on to the potential of the iPhone as a delivery method for a news. For too long newspapers have seen themselves in the business of selling paper. What newspapers really sell is news and editorial comment. The delivery method is unimportant, the English national newspaper ‘The Independent’ has just launched The Indy on apples iPhone app store, the application offers readers the chance to read articles from The Independent both on and off-line. Once launched the App automatically downloads all the articles and images for offline reading, talking around a minute on a Wi-Fi connection and a few minutes on a standard mobile connection, making it possible to read the latest Independent news even when without mobile reception, a real bonus for those stuck on the London Underground without phone signal.

The new app delivers 12 categories of articles, including World and UK news, Sport, Business, Football, Opinion, People, Politics, Technology, Arts and Entertainment and Environment. I’m sure the Indy is hoping the new app can help stem the raising losses at the newspaper. the app can be download for free from iTunes app store. Reviews from users on the store seem very positive, many describe it as the best news app on the store.