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The Best New Apps: Mobile roundup

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Well, it's been another frantic few weeks in the mobile world, including new apps launched for education, Geordie Shore, extreme running races and great places to eat, along with a dating service for Apple fans.

Here's a rundown of the useful and magnificently useless recently-released apps. It's not a definitive list, so please feel free to share the new apps that have caught your eye over the last fortnight.

iTunes U logo
iTunes U
Platforms: iOS
Publisher: Apple
Price: Free
This month, Apple launched iTunes U as part of plans to "reinvent" the education curriculum. The iPhone and iPad app introduces a platform enabling students to engage with assignments on their smartphone or tablet, as well as rate courses and leave feedback for their teachers.

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iBooks 2
Platform: iOS
Publisher: Apple
Price: Free
Sticking with Apple, iBooks 2 offers a range of multi-touch textbooks with interactive features, including diagrams, photos and videos. Users can highlight items with their finger, as well as store their notes in Study Cards. Certainly beats a tatty textbook defaced with lewd doodles...

Ultimate Running Races
Platforms: iOS
Publisher: Harper Collins
Price: £1.99
This new app enables users to discover 500 of the most extreme running races around the world, and then check them off as they have completed the challenges. Functionality includes the chance to compare times against key metrics, while less active users can just look at the pictures.

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Quentin Blake: As Large As Life
Platform: iOS
Publisher: The Foundling Museum
Price: Free
Illustrator Quentin Blake has a special place in many people's hearts for bringing to life the books of Roald Dahl. The Foundling Museum has now created an app showcasing his incredible work, and inviting users to learn about his techniques via a series of video interviews.

The Good Food Guide 2012
Platforms: iPad
Publisher: The Good Food Guide
Price: 69p
Trusted food bible The Good Food Guide gives a rundown of the very best restaurants, pubs and cafés to visit in the UK. This includes a series of 'Editor's Picks' such as suggestions for eating by the sea, gobbling the best burgers, and discovering the perfect Sunday roasts.

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Cupidtino
Platforms: iPhone
Publisher: Mel Sampat and Amol Kelkar
Price: Free
Cupidtino aims to ensure Apple fanboys and fangirls don't run the terrible risk of finding out that their prospective partner actually favours Microsoft. Described as the "first-ever Mac-inspired dating app designed exclusively for fans of Apple products", the app's name is a take on Apple's California headquarters in Cupertino.

Garden Plan Pro
Platforms: iPad
Publisher:
Price: £6.99
A touch pricey, but Garden Plan Pro will no doubt please the Alan Titchmarshs of this world. Users can plan out their vegetable, herb and fruit gardens of any size or shape, utilising information on ideal planting and harvesting timings tailored to each location.

Steam Mobile App
Steam Mobile App
Platforms: iOS and Android
Publisher: Valve Corporation
Price: Free
Valve's popular PC gaming platform Steam has now launched on iOS and Android devices as a beta app. The free service enables users to access their friend lists with options for chat, as well as browse the Steam marketplace and purchase games.

Vimeo
Vimeo
Platforms: Android and Windows Phone
Publisher: Vimeo
Price: Free
After it launched on iPhone last year, Vimeo heads onto Android and Windows Phone with its online video service. Users can upload raw or edited footage in standard or high definition, as well as watch other videos. Any content can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and other services.

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Geordie Shore Twitter Tracker
Platforms: iOS
Publisher: MTV
Price: Free
Anyone keen to follow MTV's Geordie Shore can now access a new mobile app tracking the online buzz around the reality show. The app allows users to follow the latest tweets from the cast, and see in real-time what is being said about the often controversial series.

The BBC News Android Tablet App
BBC News
Platforms: Android tablets (Honeycomb)
Publisher: BBC
Price: Free
Featuring the BBC's breaking news and broadcast content, the BBC News app is now available in an optimised version for Android tablets running Google Android Honeycomb, or above. Watch on-demand video clips in both 3G and WiFi, or navigate key news stories and editorial content in both landscape and portrait mode.

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