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Quick Hits: Apple Takes Aim at Sniper Market

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We've all been in this situation before: Perched atop a clock tower with a moving target approximately 300 yards away, wind at 8 mph from the north-northeast and humidity at 54%. Sure, you've prepared for this moment for months on your militia compound, but have you factored in every variable for a smooth, clean hit?

Well, Apple (AAPL) has you covered: It now offers a new sniper application through the iTunes App Store.

Dubbed "BulletFlight," this innovative program analyzes the mitigating factors that can alter the trajectory of a long range shot. Variables such as range, wind speed, altitude and angle are all accounted for, making all that unnecessary guesswork strictly for panicky bystanders and conspiracy theorists.

Once it's been mounted on the rifle and all the details have been entered in manually, the app gives you the precise angle and position for a direct hit - allowing the user to then switch over to "Flight of the Valkyries" for appropriate ambience.

BulletFlight comes conveniently pre-installed with 3 existing models -- the M110 semi-automatic precision rifle, the KAC PDW, and the 14.5in SR16 rifle -- and has been calibrated for their specific structures. However, users can also enter in their own weapons into the app, so those with ballistics-grade plastic firearms -- suitable for metal detectors and security wands -- are in luck.

The BulletFlight app costs $11.99 at the App Store. Souls purified from the earth sold separately.
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