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NEW YORK (
TheStreet) -- It's only February, but developers have already released a flood of
new apps for
Apple's(AAPL - Get Report) iPhone.
The App Store now has over 500,000 apps and counting. Here are some of our favorites for 2012.
New iPhone app Viggle is a couch potato's dream -- it rewards users who "check in" to their favorite TV shows with prizes like movie tickets, gift cards and music.
Once you've signed up by selecting a login name as well as your zip code and cable provider, the fun begins. Let's say you're watching a show on
CNBC --hold your phone up to the TV, press "check in" and the app can automatically detect the show you're watching (and reward you for doing so).
We tried this feature out and the app knew within a few seconds that we were watching
Power Lunch, rewarding us with 30 points. We then had the option of sharing our viewing habits with friends through
Facebook, reading about the show on
Wikipedia and hearing the latest chatter on the show through
Viggle also lets users set reminders for their favorite shows, sending push alerts to phones right before the next episode is set to air.
Points accumulated through Viggle can be redeemed for items like a
Starbucks(SBUX) gift card (7,500 points), iPod (10,000 points) and
Amazon Kindle(AMZN) (175,000 points).