New and updated apps: Vert, 1Password, FTL, Catan and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It’s impossible to keep up with them all, but it’s not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we’ve got a free unit and currency converter, a major update to 1Password, games and more.

New and updated iOS apps

  • Vert 2.1: An elegant unit and currency conversion app, Vert hasn’t been updated but is free for a limited time. If you haven’t downloaded it, here’s your chance to save yourself some cash. Free – Download now

  • 1Password 4.5: Agile’s popular password manager for iOS has been completely rebuilt in this new release, and now supports multiple Vaults and sharing. AirDrop is supported. a unified AutoFill tool has been added to 1Browser, and more. Through Friday it’s 50 percent off. $8.99 – Download now

  • FTL (Faster Than Light) 1.5.0: The spaceship simulator strategy game has been updated with fixes for various iPad sound problems, along with the ability to disconnect from Game Center when it’s not working, and many other bug fixes. $9.99 – Download now

  • Hotel Reservations by 6.7: Book hotel reservations using this app. New and improved list of your bookings, importing a booking into the app is now easier, and more. Free – Download now

  • MyGlass 0.5.0: Google’s utility for managing and configuring the Glass wearable adds the ability to Control Glass from a screencast by swiping up on your iPhone screen. It also contains bug fixes. Free – Download now

  • Plague Inc.: The strategy game about spreading diseases around the world updates to version 1.8 with a new “Mega-Brutal” difficulty, new cheat modes, challenges, new events, and performance improvements. $0.99 – Download Now

  • Ember: The image organizer gets an update to version 1.2.2 with a new iCloud sync engine for increased reliability. $4.99 – Download Now

New and updated Mac apps

  • 1Password 4.3: The Mac version of Agile’s popular password manager is a massive update. Too much to list here, so go to the Mac App Store for the release notes. $24.99 – Download now

  • Catan 1.3: A new version of the legendary computer board game optimizes graphics rendering, improves load times and stability, allows you to adjust terrain tile and character model texture quality and optimizes data exchange between the game and the editor. $16.99 – Download now

  • Briefly 1.5: Briefly helps you create still motion (as opposed to stop motion) videos. The new release helps you sort photos by color, lets you loop the selected soundtrack and disables reduction of black borders. $14.99 – Download now

  • ooVoo 5.0.1: Video chat software ooVoo got a huge update last week with the 5.0 release, which added HD video calling, easier group management and integrated messaging. The 5.0.1 update improves low-bandwidth video call quality. Free – Download now

  • Ember: The image organizer gets an update to version 1.5.1 with a new iCloud sync engine for increased reliability. $49.99 – Download Now

More apps and updates?

If you try any of the apps or updates, let me know how they work for you. If you got any new or updated apps today that you loved, but don’t see here, let us know about them!

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Scientists Figured Out a Way to Help Power Homes with Toilet Flushes

Scientists Figured Out a Way to Help Power Homes with Toilet Flushes

A team of researchers in South Korea have a pretty exciting new idea for hydroelectricity. They figured out a way to turn the mechanical energy from flowing water into a sustainable energy source. In other words, your toilet flushes could help power your home.

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RunKeeper gets into the step-tracking game with Breeze

When it comes to being fit, it’s really the small stuff that counts. You can go to the gym as much as you want, run five miles every morning — but if you eat like crap, drive yourself to the corner store and take the elevator every morning to your…

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Here’s a Map of the 47 Percent of America Where No One Lives

Here's a Map of the 47 Percent of America Where No One Lives

As anyone who’s driven through Middle America knows, it feels like there’s very few places in the U.S. that don’t have at least a few inhabitants. But as a map by cartographer Nik Freeman proves, there are still some amber waves of grain and fruited plains that remain. Emphasis on some.

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Is LG's New OLED Table Lamp Really the Future of Lighting?

Is LG's New OLED Table Lamp Really the Future of Lighting?

You’re probably familiar with LG’s cutting edge curved OLED TVs, but the company is taking the technology in a new direction. At the Light+Building trade show in Frankfurt, LG unveiled an OLED table lamp. It’s a little bit ugly—okay, a lot ugly—but the technology bears some exciting implications.

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Paralyzed deer hunter chooses to end life support

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tim Bowers got to decide for himself whether he wanted to live or die.

When the avid outdoorsman was badly hurt Saturday in a hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on a ventilator for life. His family had a unique request: Could he be brought out of sedation to hear his prognosis and decide what he wanted to do?

Doctors said yes, and Bowers chose to take no extra measures to stay alive. He died Sunday, hours after his breathing tube was removed.

“We just asked him, ‘Do you want this?’ And he shook his head emphatically no,” his sister, Jenny Shultz, said of her brother, who was often found hunting, camping or helping his father on his northeastern Indiana farm.

The 32-year-old was deer hunting when he fell 16 feet from a tree and suffered a severe spinal injury that paralyzed him from the shoulders down. Doctors thought he might never breathe on his own again.

Courts have long upheld the rights of patients to refuse life support. But Bowers’ case was unusual because it’s often family members or surrogates, not the patient, who make end-of-life decisions.

Medical ethicists say it’s rare for someone to decide on the spot to be removed from life support, especially so soon after an injury. But standard medical practice is to grant more autonomy to patients.

The heart-wrenching call to remove life support is more often left to relatives. Even when a patient has outlined his wishes for end-of-life care, the decision can tear families apart.

Shultz, an intensive care nurse in Las Vegas, has seen it happen in her job. But her medical training also meant she understood the severity of her brother’s injuries. His C3, C4 and C5 vertebrae were crushed.

Though his brain was not injured, his body was irreparably broken. Surgery could fuse the vertebrae, but that would only allow Bowers to sit up. He would never walk or hold his baby. He might live the rest of his life in a rehabilitation hospital, relying on a machine to help him breathe.

Shultz said her brother — the youngest of four siblings — wanted to talk but couldn’t because the ventilator tube was still in place. If the tube were removed, she told him, doctors were not sure how long he would live. But when she asked if he wanted the tube reinserted if he struggled, Bowers shook his head no.

Doctors asked Bowers the same questions and got the same responses. Then they removed the tube.

The last five hours of Bowers’ life were spent with family and friends, about 75 of whom gathered in the hospital waiting room. They prayed and sang songs.

Through it all, Shultz said, her brother never wavered in his decision to die.

“I just remember him saying so many times that he loved us all and that he lived a great life,” she said. “At one point, he was saying, ‘I’m ready. I’m ready.'”

Patients often change their minds after they have had time to meet with spiritual advisers and family, said Art Caplan, director of the medical ethics program at New York University’s Langone Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Paul Helft, director of the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics in Indianapolis, said cases in which the patient makes the decision usually involve a debilitating illness such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which compromises the body but leaves the mind intact.

“We give patients autonomy to make all kinds of decisions about themselves,” he said. “We’ve recognized that it’s important that patients have the right to self-determination.”

Shultz said her family had an idea what her brother would want because he had previously talked with his wife, Abbey, whom he married Aug. 3, about never wanting to spend his life in a wheelchair.

She knows that not everyone would make the same decision. But she’s thankful her brother was able to choose for himself.

“No outcome was ever going to be the one that we really want,” she said. “But I felt that he did it on his terms in the end.”


Associated Press writer Tom Murphy contributed to this story.

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Georges St. Pierre talks steroid testing, retirement & more with Yahoo! Sports

Yahoo! Sports Canada recently visited with UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre in Montreal as he trained for his UFC 167 title defense Nov 16 against Johny Hendricks. St. Pierre talked about his desire to get additional drug testing done by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), if he knows when he’ll retire and how focused he is on Hendricks as a challenger.

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