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Apple's favorite apps.

Byline: Kipp

Summary: The Apple store offers more than 85,000 apps, both paid and free, which provide all kinds of services for iPhones and iPods. Here are some of the company's staff picks.

Postage Postcards <p>Cost: $4.99

As the name suggests, the app offers postcards which you can personalize with your pictures and messages. You can choose frames, background themes, and add talking blurbs and photo effects to enhance the postcards. Whole Foods Market Recipes <p>Cost: Free

The app provides recipes, ingredients, directions, a store locator (although there are only stores in North America and the UK), and other features to help users make healthy meals such as a barbecue glazed Alaska salmon with tomatillo salsa verde. Tempting? Star Defense <p>Cost: $0.99

The latest game from ngmoco designed for iPhone and iPod touch, Star Defense lets you battle baddies called the S'rath in a 3D environment. The game promises great graphics and plenty of action, and also lets you play against your friends over the internet in real time. Bento for iPhone and iPod touch <p>Cost: $4.99

A mobile database application, it helps you to track trip expenses, create To Do lists, manage membership lists and plan events. Yelp <p>Cost: Free

A travel app, it helps you to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play, and also offers reviews from the community locals. Photogene <p>Cost: $2.99

This is one for the photographer. The app lets you edit digital photos on your iPhone or iPod touch- you can crop, straighten, sharpen, desaturate, adjust brightness, contrast and the color temperature of your photos, and even also add text bubbles. Starmap <p>Cost: $11.99

A more expensive app, it targets stargazers and budding astronomers. Starmap maps 350,000 visible stars, 150 galaxies, and helps you locate constellations, planets, and shooting star zones in the night sky. It also features a lunar calendar and shows you the best star selection for every night of the year. It is written by a professional astronomer, and calls itself a "pocket planetarium." Pianist <p>Cost: $3.99

This app lets you change your iPhone into an 88-key piano which you play. The 3D keys appear to depress as you touch them, and you can display one or two octaves on the screen at once. It also lets you record your composition, which you can play back later. iBird Explorer Backyard <p>Cost: $4.99

Aimed at the bird watcher, this app helps you identify the different species of your feathered friends. You can hear birdsongs, read behavior and identification notes, view range maps, and see illustrations and color photos of birds. Sadly for the region's twitchers, the birds it features are native to North America. Tipulator <p>Cost: $1.99

This app targets the confused tipper at a restaurant. You enter the bill amount, select a percentage, and set the number of people. Tipulator will calculate the tip and split it between you and your friends.

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