The World, AnimGIF Live Wallpapers, Skitch and More

In this week's app roundup: searches, made quicker; the spinning globe, re-realized; notifications, turned charmingly annoying; drums, played outside your phone; textbooks, sold; alarm clocks, re-imagined; helicopters, controlled; pictionary, with LEGO and much, much more.

The week's best iPhone apps

4 Eyes: It's a quick search tool for your iPhone. You know how in your desktop web browser you can program search shortcuts like 'wiki' for a wikipedia search or 'yt' for YouTube, 4eyes captures the same idea. You hit pre-programmed typing shortcuts to search the specific service you want to be searching. No more jumping into Google to click on a Wikipedia, IMDB or Amazon link. The keyboard stays open too so it's always quickfire status. $2

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The week's best Android apps

Pops: Notifications on Android are totally useful, which is totally great, right? I mean, notifications should be non-intrusive, seamless and get you to where you need to go. Pops isn't that. Instead it makes notifications ridiculous. You can flip your email, SMS, Twitter, Facebook, etc. notifications into VIDEO or ANIMATED notifications. Nyan Cat, Android Robot, anything. Think of it as the next evolution of ringtones. Free

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The week's best iPad apps

The World by National Geographic: It's a 'maps' app in the sense that the bulk of what you're looking at is maps. But it's also a spinning globe app that allows you to twirl around our little blue planet to your heart's desire (rich people: pick your next vacation!), a photos app that shows you astonishingly gorgeous pictures of places around the world (hey Algeria, you are booootiful) and a Flag book that shows you all the flags of countries around the world. The idea is to let you poke, prod and yes, spin the world around however you want. $4

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We are so crazy about apps right now you wouldn't believe it. If you have recommendations, tips, or just want to let us know about your own app, drop a note in the comments or shoot me an email.