Weekly international iPhone apps: Virtual Tennis, Dragon Dictation, Mr Runner and Talking Tom Cat

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The top free iPad applications by country* for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on September 20.


1. USA
Virtual Table Tennis (games)

An update of the game 'Virtual Table Tennis', this latest version includes added and improved controls, background music and more 'intelligent' virtual opponents, the new version also allows users to view the racket.

2. UK
Virtual Table Tennis (games)

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3. France
Dragon Dictation (business and money)

Using voice recognition software, this app transcribes text messages or emails dictated by the user. Transcribed dictations can also be published on social networking sites Twitter or Facebook.  

4. Canada
Mr. Runner (games)

Users guide a running stick figure through a black and white maze while being careful to avoid falling blocks.

5. Japan
Virtual Table Tennis (games)

See "Virtual Table Tennis"

6. Australia
Virtual Table Tennis (games)

See "Virtual Table Tennis"

7. Germany
Virtual Table Tennis (games)

See "Virtual Table Tennis"

8. China
An internet search engine for your mobile from Google's rivals in China, Baidu. The app (Pocket Baidu in English) allows users to quickly search the internet by topic or keyword.

9. Italy
Virtual Table Tennis (games)

See "Virtual Table Tennis"

10.  Korea
Talking Tom Cat (entertainment)

Talk to your pet cat Tom and listen to him repeat everything you say back to you in a funny voice. Users can also make their virtual pet purr or scratch the screen and then upload videos of Tom to YouTube or Facebook.

*The countries listed are those markets in which the most iOS devices have been sold worldwide. The list of top ten countries is based on AdMob's April 2010 estimate of the worldwide iOS User Distribution.