Friday, 15 April 2016 18:12

Apps for Earth Day 22 April for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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Apple has kicked off a global App Store campaign to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, running from today, Friday 15 April, until Monday 25 April, and has a stack of apps to celebrate. 

Apple has selected 27 apps to launch its 'Apps for Earth' campaign on the global App Store to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day on 22 April. 

Tasmanian app developer James Cuda of Savage Interactive and its iPad app, Procreate, which is a seriously amazing and impressive creative illustration app, richly deserving of its titles as one of the world's best, has been selected to participate in Apps for Earth, and naturally, is one of the apps listed below. 

Apple advises that 'Procreate users can get involved by purchasing the exclusive Earth brush set. This new brush set features eight brushes inspired by the natural world, hand-made by Kyle T. Webster, a digital brush-maker well known in the digital art community.'

In addition, 'WWF will receive 100% of the proceeds from this brush set, as well as 100% of the proceeds of new sales of Procreate Pocket (iPhone version).'

So, what is the Apps for Earth initiative?

Apple says it is all part of its 'mission to leave the world better than it found it,' so Apple has teamed up with WWF and the developers behind 27 amazing apps to launch Apps for Earth.

Apple advises that, from now through April 25, 'App Store customers can help WWF raise awareness and protect life on our planet by engaging with exclusive content, created specifically for the campaign, that embraces the core focus areas of WWF’s global efforts — the conservation of forests, oceans, fresh water and wildlife, food and climate change.'

In addition, 'for the duration of the campaign, 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of a participating Apps for Earth app or an associated In-App Purchase, will go to WWF.'

Aside from the list below, you can also find the full list of participating Apps for Earth here.

In addition to the global Apps for Earth effort, Apple advises that it has 'launched a revamped Apple Environment page' highlighting Apple's 'core environmental initiatives including Renewable Energy Investments, Reuse & Recycling and Forestry Partnerships.'

Apple has also shared some 'eye-opening stats provided by WWF that put these efforts into context:'

  • We are losing forests at a rate equivalent to 48 football fields per minute. Addressing threats to our forests head-on will sustain nature’s diversity, benefit our climate and support human well-being.
  • 71% of our planet’s surface is oceans, providing a life-support system for Earth from the food we eat to more than half of the oxygen we breathe. Protecting these healthy and resilient marine ecosystems helps support the abundant biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods and thriving economies our oceans provide.
  • Less than one percent of the world’s water is fresh and accessible, and impacts from climate change, population growth and consumption patterns place this already finite natural resource at greater risk.
  • In 2014, WWF’s Living Planet Report found wildlife populations of vertebrate species – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have declined by 52% over the last 40 years.
  • Humans are behind the current rate of species extinction, which is at least 100-1,000 times higher than intended by nature.
  • Today, more than 7 billion people consume 1.5 times what the Earth’s natural resources can supply. And By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 billion and the demand for food will double. By improving efficiency and productivity while reducing waste and shifting consumption patterns, we can produce enough food for everyone by 2050 on roughly the same amount of land we currently use.
  • The worst consequences of climate change can still be prevented if we act now to change the way our nation and nations around the globe choose and use energy
  • #AppsforEarth; Help the planet. One app at the time.

The Apps for Earth collection is comprised of 27 apps from 24 developers who represent countries from around the world and span across gaming, productivity, photo, social media, fitness and more. Below, you’ll find a summary of the Apps for Earth-inspired content and experiences that Apple's App Store customers can enjoy through April 25.

The full list is below, please read on!

Angry Birds 2 (Rovio Entertainment; Finland) focuses on protecting our oceans with a limited-time event that includes three exclusive levels and an all-new power-up. Players will be challenged to stop the dastardly piggies from overfishing.

Best Fiends (Seriously; US) players can engage in an Apps for Earth quest consisting of fun puzzle levels set in the Yangtze River region in China. To help solve the puzzles, players can purchase unique Panda Pals for a limited-time.

Candy Crush Soda Saga (King; Malta) features a live in-game event, Bamboo Hill, which players can experience on the weekends of April 15 and April 21 to help conserve our planet.

Cooking Dash (Glu Games Inc.; US) features an all-new "Eats for Earth" show for players to enjoy. With help from can-do waitress Flo, players work to prepare a menu of new dishes using sustainable ingredients. Aspiring chefs can also purchase in-game items to help cook responsibly.

Cut the Rope: Magic (ZeptoLab; Russia) offers all-new and exclusive puzzle levels where Om Nom magically transforms into an adorable panda inspired by the now famous sneezing panda meme.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box (Disney; US) players can purchase an exclusive Apps for Earth bundle consisting of Nick, Judy and Baloo figures, as well as Power Disks. Players will also experience a set of new Toy Box levels.

Dragon City Mobile (Social Point; Spain) features the exclusive Panda Island, which includes six new dragons inspired by WWF’s core focus areas.

With special tutorials and presets, Enlight (Lightricks Ltd; US) users will be empowered to create and share beautiful, inspiring artwork while capturing their favourite aspects of the natural world.

Hay Day (Supercell; Finland) players can purchase a new Bag of Diamonds from the game’s shop to receive an exclusive Panda Statue decoration and the opportunity to display the WWF logo on their roadside shop for the duration of the campaign.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment; US) players can purchase the new hero, Kahadgar, who will unlock arcane power and protect against evil.

Jurassic World: The Game (Ludia; Canada) will feature exclusive content such as new “Legendary" dinosaurs, brand new decorations, energy-generating turbines and more.

Kendall & Kylie (Glue Games Inc.; US) players can participate in a new in-game quest and event supporting water conservation, while earning ocean conservation-themed clothing, accessories and more, through the purchase of unique water droplets. Plus, players can take and share selfies inside the exclusive WWF-branded selfie booth.

LINE (LINE; Japan) users can share a limited-edition sticker set with their friends as they celebrate Apps for Earth and beyond.

LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum (LINE, Japan) players can purchase a Ruby to earn a very special, limited-edition Earth pin that users will be able to display with pride.

Map My Run+ (Under Armour; US) athletes can participate in "Run Nature", a fitness challenge encouraging their global community to log as many miles (walks, runs, and bike rides) as possible. Users can unlock custom badges along the way that represent nature’s finest after completing a distance associated with each legendary location.

MARVEL Contest of Champions (Kabam; US) will offer a limited-time bundle called the “WWF Power Pack” which includes 3-star Hulk and a Go Green ticket to access a special in-game quest.

Peak - Brain Training (Brainbow; UK) players will protect the environment while training their brain; players will guide Billy the Hawksbill turtle through the sea, eating as much jellyfish as possible, while dodging plastic bags, fishing nets and other ocean obstacles.

Procreate (Savage Interactive; Australia) offers their creative community an exclusive set of brushes inspired by the natural world, and handmade by Kyle T. Webster.

Recolor (Sumoing Ltd; Finland), the world’s favorite Coloring Book, celebrates Apps for Earth with 10 featured artists who have designed unique coloring pages across WWF’s six pillars.

SimCity BuildIt (EA; US) players can create ocean preserves to safeguard marine life, grow and sustain lush forests, and create wildlife habitats to protect endangered species.

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes (EA; US) fans will have a chance to assemble their Ewoks in an epic battle to protect the forest moon of Endor; players can also purchase store bundles and participate in a multi-tiered special event where players will need to form their squad of Ewoks to fight against the Empire and push them off the forest moon for good.

The Earth by Tinybop (Tinybop Inc., US) is offering three brand new interactive features focused on Forest, Energy and Water to further help spark conversations between kids and parents about what we can all do to help the planet from picking up trash or choosing a bike ride over a car ride.

Trivia Crack (Etermax; Argentina) players can challenge themselves to WWF-inspired facts and trivia when they purchase custom characters based on each of the six WWF pillars.

Tabs & Chords by Ultimate Guitar (Ultimate Guitar; US) users will jam out to environmentally-themed songs as well as experience new tools, lessons and more.

VSCO (Visual Supply Company; US) photographers can purchase a new WWF preset that enhances the lights and colors of natural settings, and is ideal for landscape and wildlife photography

WWF Together (World Wildlife Fund; US) will bring users the story of a new and limited edition feature, called Earth, where users will view a 360° panoramic image of Earth from space, immerse their iPhone in digital water and see stunning photography and video of the planet.

Yoga Studio (Gaiam Inc; US)is cultivating gratitude for our planet with two new collections: Earth Salutations, featuring six new yoga classes, and a set of inspiring Earth Meditations.


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