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Top 10 Mobile Apps Showdown Finalists Announced

Living in Digital Times and NetShelter Technology, Inc. today announced the 10 Mobile Apps Showdown finalists. The lucky 10 finalists will take part in a live demo competition in front of a live and online audience during 2011 International CES on Saturday, January 8 at 12:30 p.m. in Room N257-258 of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), North Hall. The winner will be selected based on audience applause-o-meter and an online vote.

Mobile Apps Showdown will be hosted by Jon Hein and his special guest Gary (Baba Booey) Dell’Abate, who co-host The Wrap Up Show on the Howard Stern channels on SiriusXM Radio. Hein’s tech claim to fame is the creation of Jump the Shark which is devoted to the moments where there’s only one way to go: downhill. (Just ask Fonzie from Happy Days). Dell’Abate, producer of The Howard Stern Show and author of They Call Me Baba Booey, is a home theater devotee who writes a column for Sound and Vision magazine. They’re really looking forward to being with thousands of kindred spirits so we hope you’ll show up and cheer ‘em on.

There will be a special Apps Showcase in the Mobile Apps ballroom located in N257 of the LVCC, where attendees can see the 10 finalist Apps in action, both before and after the ceremony.

The 10 Mobile Apps Showdown finalists include:

  • DriveSafe.ly 2.0 - speaks txt (SMS) and email messages aloud so you can concentrate on the road;
  • IDEAL Item ID - kids who are blind need assistance identifying the contents of canned/boxed goods, colors of clothing, etc; The user can affix the barcode to anything;
  • Line2 - adds a second number to your iPhone or Android phone that works over 3G, Wi-Fi or Cellular networks;
  • ooVoo Multiparty Mobile Video Chat - offers quality video chat service for both video and voice calling for up to six people;
  • Pageonce Personal Finance - lets consumers manage and simplify their daily financial life;
  • Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite - is the first full-featured productivity suite for Android devices that enables Microsoft Office viewing and editing and integrated access to multiple remote storage providers;
  • SwiftKey - makes typing on an Android smartphone fast and personal by using artificial intelligence techniques to interpret what you type and offering advanced corrections and predictions based on your personal writing;
  • Twonky Mobile – lets you stream personal and online media from your Android phone to any Web-connected gadget or device with the push of a button;
  • WebMD Mobile - allows consumers access to WebMD tools whenever and wherever they want;
  • iHealth Lab - launching January 5, an iOS app and hardware docking station which shares vitals information.

Mobile Apps Showdown honorable mentions include:

  • Slacker – a great deal to listen to unlimited music and the site just gets better and better;
  • Weather Channel - the best loved of the mobile weather services.

For a list of the 25 Mobile Apps Showdown semi-finalists visit: http://mobileappsshowdown.com.

More than 100 submissions were received and the 10 finalists were selected by a panel of journalists including:

  • Robin Raskin, founder, Living in Digital Times
  • Dieter Bohn, editor-in-chief, Smartphone Experts
  • John Dunn, executive editor, Windows Phone Thoughts
  • Jeff Estep, moderator/blogger, SprintUsers Group
  • Rob Jackson, editor, Phandroid
  • Pressian Karakostov, president, Phone Arena
  • Brandon Miniman, editor-in-chief, Pocketnow
  • Will Park, editor-in-chief, IntoMobile
  • Evan Selleck, senior editor, SlashGear/SlashApps
  • Simon Walker, owner, AndroidSPIN
  • Antonio Wells, editor-in-chief, AndroidTapp
  • Taylor Wimberly, co-founder, Android and Me

About Living in Digital Times

Founded in 2002 by tech journalist and consultant Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times is designed to create a dialogue between companies and key consumer demographics via a variety of media projects in which getting smart about the digital world is fun and entertaining. In addition to the six CES-based TechZones, Living in Digital Times produces Last Gadget Standing, Mobile Apps Showdown and FashionWare. Learn more about Living in Digital Times at http://livingindigitaltimes.com.

About NetShelter Technology Media

NetShelter’s mission is to help technology publishers, marketers and consumers become more informed, influential and successful. The company has attracted over 200 tech content sites and blogs that are highly credible and influential in their respective areas of expertiseNetShelter’s content sites and blogs are concentrated across the IT, Mobile and Consumer Electronics categories. NetShelter has grown to become the leading technology media company (with over 133 million unique monthly visitors, according to comScore). http://www.netshelter.net

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $170 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org.

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