Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Apple May Be Scaling Back Plans For iTunes Cloud

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Apple may be scaling back its plans for an iTunes cloud music service that was expected to launch in September, according to Cnet.

After the acquisition of Lala, a streaming music service, and the building of a billion dollar data center, analysts believed that Apple would obtain the proper music licenses and launch the cloud service.

But eight months after the acquisition, Apple is telling executives at the four top labels that if Apple offers any cloud music features within the next few months, they will likely be "modest in scope" and not include the kind of functionality that Apple outlined in meetings with the labels, such as storing users' music on its servers, sources told CNET. They added that Apple still hasn't negotiated the kind of licensing deals it would need to distribute music from the cloud.

Cnet suggests that the delays may be because Apple is focusing resources on a cloud video service and waiting for completion of their server farm in North Carolina at the end of the year.




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Improve Access to Your Contact Lists

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Deutsch Creative has released Abracadial 1.0, its flagship app, designed to make it easier for iPhone users to organize and access their contacts. Available at the iTunes store for $0.99

In a connected world, sometimes people have so many contacts they have trouble sorting through them. Abracadial (pronounced abra-kuh-DIAL) enables users to organize and quickly access their contacts. You can group contacts into folders or shortcuts to similar contacts. For example, you can build a shortcut to a group called "softball" and when you click on it, you immediately get the contents of that group, or in this case, all of the parents of your daughter's softball team.

"I needed Abracadial," said Deutsch. "I was unable to find an app for the iPhone that would let me do what I needed; I couldn't place groups within groups; color-code groups or easily create speed-dial buttons; but mostly it took a lot of steps to complete some very simple tasks. After combing through the available apps, I determined I'd have to build it myself."

A few months later, Abracadial is available in the Apple store for iPhone 4.0. "iPhone users need to get to what they want as quickly as they can and in as few steps as possible," Deutsch said. In that way, Abracadial might just be your most important productivity tool. With Abracadial, you can sort your contacts into easily accessible groups with only a few clicks, whether it's a client roster or your favorite pizza places.

Pricing and Availability:
Abracadial 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.



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ch@tter 1.3 adds Instapaper and New Web Functionality

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ch@tter 1.3 is now available. Visually lively and highly interactive, ch@tter lets you easily separate and categorize incoming tweets. The new version helps you share links from your Twitter stream with everyone you know by tweet, email and Instapaper bookmarks. Designed to simplify and amplify your Twitter lifestyle, it helps you find the matter in the chatter.

ch@tter's innovative "avatar treemap" makes it easy for the user to scan the top 30 reference-rich tweets. In addition, by partitioning your Twitter timeline into "friend" and "caster" groups, it lets you quickly see both what is important to your inner circle and the rest of the world.

Version 1.3 adds support for Instapaper and useful features to its web view. Instapaper, one of the leading web bookmarking services, provides a place to preserve reference tweets so all your systems can easily use them. In this expanded version, ch@tter now adds to the web view the capability to tweet, retweet, email and bookmark the web links in your Twitter timeline.

"An interesting way to browse your Twitter feeds. Most iPad twitter apps are just upsized from the iPhone. Ch@tter is different and really takes advantage of the larger screen real estate. It's an interesting concept and probably works best for those who follow a lot of twitterers and don't have time to read every tweet." - Customer Review on the iTunes App Store by jeffkramer

Features:
* An "Avatar Treemap" leaderboard
* Automatically splitting your timeline into friends and "casters"
* Feature rich web view including: tweets and email
* Support for Instapaper

Pricing and Availability:
ch@tter 1.3 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category.




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Conquer The World One City At A Time With iConquer 4

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KavaSoft has announced the release and immediate availability of iConquer 4, the original game of world conquest for the Mac. The all-new iConquer 4 features high-definition maps of cities like New York, London and Paris, new AI computer adversaries, full screen mode, play-by-play game messages, heads-up display windows, and more.

From Brooklyn to Manhattan, Piccadilly to Westminster, and the Eiffel Tower to Notre-Dame, iConquer 4 lets you conquer world-class cities one neighborhood at a time. Crafted from over 50 megapixels of satellite imagery, maps feature exquisite detail and neighborhood borders with block-by-block precision.

You can now play iConquer in full-screen mode. High-definition maps fill up the largest Cinema Displays. Transparent heads-up display windows can display armies, cards, statstics, continents and messages without obscuring the game map.

iConquer 4 features new computer player personalities with advanced artificial intelligence algorithms. The Axis of Evil players conspire to eliminate one enemy at a time. Hermit players fight for each continent, while xenophobic Homeland players defend their one homeland against outside invasion at all cost. The Phalanx player ravages the map with one roving band of mayhem, and the Librarian conquers the world one country at a time... alphabetically!

The new messages window gives you a play-by-play account of all the action in the game. As players fight for control of the map, the messages window reports every victory and defeat, when players are eliminated and when they conquer the world. iConquer also features network game play. Up to six people play against each other over the internet, and Bonjour networking makes connecting to other players on your local network easy.

Pricing and Availability:
iConquer costs $35 (USD), and comes with a free 10-game trial. iConquer is available in English, German, French, Japanese, Italian and Dutch.




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Planetbeing Releases Signal App for iPhone

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Planetbeing, a member of the iPhone Dev-Team, has released a new application for the iPhone called Signal.

Signal maps the cell towers you are connected to and displays detailed cellular information from the baseband.

You can download Signal for $4.99 from the Cydia Store.














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AT&T Mark the Spot App Updated With Network Improvement Reports

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AT&T has updated their Mark the Spot application with upcoming and completed network updates related to their submitted reports. The AT&T Mark the Spot application provides customers a means to provide feedback on network user experience to AT&T.

Features
- Simplicity of operation
- Submit a report of call or data problems
- Submit a real time report capturing local GPS coordinates at time and place of event, or
- Submit a report after the fact when a customer is not at the place where the event occurred
- Submit optional additional comments about an event
- Receive an SMS acknowledgement that the reported event was sent and received successfully
- View nearby AT&T Wi-Fi locations

What's New In This Version:
1) Users can now register to view news on upcoming and completed network updates related to their submitted Mark the Spot reports (when these news items become available).
NOTE: Because this information is now available within the app, users will no longer receive text messages.

2) New carousel menu to access additional features:
a) Network News includes feeds for national network news, your MTS area news, and your areas of interest by zip code.
b) Feedback allows user to fill out questionnaire and provide specific comments to AT&T.
c) Tips and optimization gives you techniques for improving home performance, data performance and battery life.

You can download AT&T Mark the Spot from the App Store for free.














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Reeder for iPad Adds Image Zooming

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Reeder for iPad, a popular Google Reader client, has been updated with an improved layout, font size options, image zooming and more.

Features:
● Syncs with Google Reader
● Browse by feed or folders
● Manage starred items, notes
● Support for shared items and friends' shared items
● Mark as unread
● Image caching
● State saving
● Slider control for list entries: slide to right to toggle read/unread, slide to left to toggle starred/unstarred

Services/sharing:
● Send to Instapaper or ReadItLater
● Save to Delicious* or Pinbard
● Post to Twitter
● In-app email for sharing articles
● Instapaper and Google Mobilizer
● Open with Safari
● Copy Link

What's New In This Version:
● Article view: font size option
● Article view: image zooming (pinch)
● Sharing: Delicious now also works with a Yahoo! ID
● Now also uses the apple-touch-icon if it's smaller than 120x120

Fixes:
● Article view: improved layout
● Better video handling
● Possible crash on start
● General performance improvements

You can purchase Reeder for iPad from the App Store for $4.99.
















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Office for Mac 2011 Will Be Available in October

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 will be available in more than 100 countries around the world at the end of October. The suite will come in two editions to purchase at retail — Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011. For better alignment across platforms, the Office 2011 pricing and edition options map closer with Office for the Windows operating system. Starting today, if customers purchase Office 2008 for Mac, they will be able to upgrade to Office 2011 when it is available at no additional cost through the Microsoft Office for Mac Technology Guarantee Program.

“We develop Office for Mac to give you the tools to create great-looking and compatible documents — with options to pick the right edition for your Mac needs,” said Eric Wilfrid, general manager, Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. “More than ever before, Office 2011 brings the familiar productivity tools and features of Microsoft Office to a suite of applications that work great on the Mac.”

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and it will retail starting at $119 (U.S. estimated retail price [ERP]). It will be available in two editions — a single install for $119 (U.S. ERP) and a Family Pack for $149 (U.S. ERP) with three installs for families with more than one Mac in their household. The Home and Student edition provides the core productivity applications that Mac users want and need.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and it will retail starting at $199 (U.S. ERP). It also will be available in two editions — a single install for $199 (U.S. ERP) and a Multi-Pack for $279 (U.S. ERP) with two installs for a user with two machines. If Home and Student customers determine that they need the additional functionality of a desktop e-mail client, they can easily step up to Office for Mac Home and Business 2011using online upgrade functionality.

Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011 includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and it will retail at authorized academic stores and Microsoft, http://www.officeformac.com, for $99 (U.S. ERP). This special edition was created for higher education students, staff and faculty, and includes one installation.



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NFL 2011 is Now Available in the App Store

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Gameloft has released NFL 2011 for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Football is back on your iPhone/iPod touch for the 2010/2011 season with improved graphics and plenty of new features! From the Saints to the Colts, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson to Tony Romo, experience one of the most accomplished football simulations on the App Store.

THE OFFICIAL NFL and NFL PLAYERS LICENSE
Over 2,000 players and all 32 official teams to choose from and manage

FOOTBALL THE WAY YOU LOVE IT
Thanks to motion capture technology, enjoy stunning graphics and an impressive level of detailed player animations that include running, tackling, celebrating touchdowns and more.

THIS IS YOUR GAME
● An improved AI when playing versus CPU for all positions: defense, offense, linemen
● Choose from over 200 plays to beat your opponents or use the Playbook Editor to edit your own passing routes on the field
● An assistant to help you make the right choices depending on time left, team philosophy, and more!

AN EVEN MORE IMMERSIVE FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE
New and improved gameplay will give you more control when running, tackling or passing. Tilt your device to accelerate when holding the ball to escape defenders or experience a deeper immersion in the defense of your end zone with different actions to perform, from the wrapup to game-changing big hits.

YOUR TEAM IS ALWAYS WITH YOU
Get all the news about your favorite teams thanks to the official NFL RSS feed integrated into directly into the game!

You can purchase NFL 2011 from the App Store for $6.99.












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DoubleCheck 1.0 for iPhone

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DoubleIP has announced the beginning of the application promotion through its dedicated Facebook page. All DoubleCheck fans will be awarded 50 extra free credits worth 1.99$. The promotion starts today August 02, 2010 and ends on Friday August 06, 2010. DoubleCheck unveils portability and allows users to reduce their communication costs while at the same time exploit the usage of their free call/text plans.

The current promotion is the first from a series of promotions and competitions that will take place through DoubleCheck Facebook page. It benefits all users that already installed DoubleCheck on their iPhone or will install it until Friday August 6th.


To receive the benefit of 50 FREE credits, users shall:

* Become fans of DoubleCheck Facebook page. Search for "DoubleCheck" at Facebook and click LIKE (Logo: Question mark with 3 dots).

* Post the 10 last digits of their iPhone UIUD (device id) at DoubleCheck's Facebook page discussion topic named "50 Free Credits for All". The sentence to post is: "50 Free Credits to DoubleCheck the mobile operator of my contacts. UDID: xxxxxxxxxx"

DoubleCheck 1.0, enables users to check the current mobile operator of their contacts and provides a simple one step mechanism to mark this info on their address book. Mobile Number Portability allows anyone to change mobile operator by keeping his existing number. Users having free calls/text towards mobile numbers of the same operator, feel uncertain about their costs when placing a call or sending a text. DoubleCheck removes this uncertainty by providing the mobile operator of the person called on the iPhone screen. DoubleCheck, helps users reduce their communication costs while at the same time exploit the usage of their free call/text plans. Virtually anyone can benefit from DoubleCheck, since it supports all mobile operators in 202 countries.

Pricing and Availability:
DoubleCheck 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) including 10 Free checks and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.




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Jerad Hill Destination Wedding Photographer App

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Jerad Hill, a popular California destination wedding photographer and owner of Jerad Hill Studios, has announced the release of the Jerad Hill Photographer App for the iPhone. This new app, which features a photo portfolio, slideshow videos, and a built-in contact feature, provides one of the area's best photographers with a new tool to connect with current and prospective clients.

Jerad Hill has made a name for himself over the last several years as one of the most preeminent photographers in Northern California. His background in technology and web design has allowed him to both produce striking photography and create a vast online presence that ranges from blogging and social networking to producing online tutorials in Photoshop and other programs. The Jerad Hill Photographer app is simply the company's next step in maximizing technology to forge long-term relationships with clients and fans.

"It's about me being able to interact with people in a different way besides with a website or a business card, which every photographer has," explains Hill.

"I have been using your iPhone app so I can show my friends and family our photos," exclaimed one of Jerad Hill's clients.

Prospective clients will find that the app provides all of the content of the Jerad Hill Photographer website in a slimmed-down easy-to-use format. Users can view an extensive portfolio of pictures that range from engagement and wedding shoots to special event and portrait galleries, as well as slideshow videos of various sets of photos. With its built-in request form, users interested in booking Jerad Hill for future photography needs can request a quote and contact Hill directly from their phone.

For current clients, the Jerad Hill Photographer App makes it easy to share pictures and videos of past events. The App allows users to bookmark their favorite images and then easily access them later to show friends and family members. Users can also connect the App to a Facebook or Twitter account, allowing them to broadcast their photos for the world to see.

Supported Languages:
* US English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish

Pricing and Availability:
Jerad Hill Photographer 4.3 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category.




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2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited 2.0 Released

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Dracoventions has announced the release of 2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited 2.0 with over 90 new features and fixes since version 1.5. 2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that makes it easy to display advanced dialogs in FileMaker.

Users may add any number of controls to their dialogs, including stylized text, buttons, fields, checkboxes, and radio buttons. Dialog controls are automatically arranged according to official Apple and Microsoft Human Interface Guidelines, but users also have complete freedom to adjust control size, margins, which controls begin a new line of controls, and so on.


New Features in Version 2.0:

* New controls:
Radio buttons, password fields, and multi-line text input fields of any size.

* Easier dialogs:
Now each control requires only two parameters - the control type and the text it should display.

* Automatic layout:
Each control will automatically align, size, line-break, and position itself in relation to the controls around it using official Apple and Microsoft Human Interface Guidelines.

* Increased flexibility:
There are now 80 optional named parameters to do things like adjust the size, margins, alignment, and position of controls or dialogs - even group controls to move together or become equal in size.

* Easy results:
Get results by referring to the control's text label or save control results directly to 2empowerFM variables.

* Overhauled documentation:
New, 77-page documentation gets users started quickly with step-by-step examples and plenty of screenshots. A second section demonstrates advanced features while an expanded FileMaker database contains even more examples.

* Screen scaling support:
Dialogs Unlimited now provides full support for Windows DPI scaling on modern, high resolution displays. Dialog controls won't cut off text, wrap incorrectly, or display off-center like in every other dialog plug-in tested at high DPI.

"This release has blown people away. Everyone is amazed by how easy and powerful version 2.0 is. Compared to version 1.5, it's like a whole new plug-in." - Chris Dragon, Dracoventions


Existing Features:

* Floating dialogs:
Users may create multiple dialogs that float above FileMaker and contain instructions, links to more information, or buttons that launch scripts.

* Stylized text:
Dialogs may include stylized text with support for custom fonts, bold, italic, color, bullet lists, margins, indents, and so on.

* Pop-up menus:
Menu controls in dialogs can pop up single or multi-level menus.

* Keyboard shortcuts:
Keyboard shortcuts can activate buttons and toggle checkboxes.

* Progress bar:
A progress bar dialog can be used to give users an idea of how much longer a script will take. The progress bar also includes a cancel button the script can use to gracefully stop its processing.

Pricing and Availability:
2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited 2.0 is a free upgrade for those who purchased a license within the last year. A single-user license is $59 (USD) and new lower prices are available for multiple users, plus a new unlimited-user option. Developer licenses are also available. Fully functional, 30-day demo copies can be downloaded with no sign-up required.




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