vividHDR, Warbits, and other awesome apps of the week

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Have an appy weekend all!
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In a week in which Tim Cook was named the most influential gay man in America, Apple Stores went green in advance of Earth Day and much, much more, app developers continued to do what they do best: to churn out high-quality apps to improve all of our lives.

I’ve chosen four great apps for this week’s app roundup — including a smart calendar app, a truly awesome photography app, and some great new games. Check out our picks below.

Meet Google’s new Calendar app for iPhone

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Google’s gorgeous redesign of the Calendar app has finally made its way to iPhone. The Android version of Google Calendar’s redesign was released last fall, but iPhone users can now get their fingers on the official Google Calendar app too.

Like on the new Android version, you get new features like Events from Gmail, to turn emails into events on your calendar. Assists makes adding events quicker by recommending information to insert, and the new Schedule View makes it easier to scan your calendar and see what events you have coming up.

Take a tour of the new app below:

Avocado, the social network for 2, now works with Google Calendar

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Calling itself a social networking app for just two people, Avocado has long been one of the favorite apps of me and my wife. For everything from sending little reminders of affection in the form of digital hugs, to letting you know when your partner’s phone is about to die, it’s a fantastic Swiss Army knife of tools for people in a relationship.

With Avocado’s 2.1 update, though, that Swiss Army knife has gained one more tool: Google Calendar sync. And it’s about time.

Find and add national holidays to your Google calendar

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I don’t think I would make it in life anymore without my Google calendars. Having my appointments and date-based reminders in Google’s system makes sure I can access them wherever I am, and with whatever device I have at hand: iPhone, iPad, MacBook, someone else’s computer.

Today I went looking to see if this coming Monday is Memorial Day, because as an online writer, I totally forget those sorts of things, along with info like, “what day is it,” and “did I wear pants yet?”

Regardless, I went searching and realized my calendar did not have major US holidays on it. Here’s how I fixed that oversight.

Simon For Mac: A Feature-Rich Server Monitoring Solution [Deals]

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If you’ve been looking for flexible, comprehensive server monitoring then look no further – this Cult of Mac Deals offer is what you’ve been searching for.

For administrators who need to keep track of multiple sites, servers, and applications, Simon is the tool to do it. With a beautiful and intuitive interface, the app displays everything you’re tracking with key stats on uptime, time until next check, time since last change and failures – and even displays this info with graphs and lists when you drill down.

After you’ve set your test parameters, Simon can notify you via Growl, speech, Twitter, email, and even text message whenever an update is available or a server goes down. Advanced users will enjoy extras like session capturing and multipage reports, but even less experienced users can quickly get up to speed with this flexible, reliable utility.

And you can get the “bronze edition” of Simon right now for the low price of only $25 courtesy of Cult of Mac Deals.