Friday, August 6, 2010

App Helps Guitar Beginners Learn Scales Faster

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JoyApps has released Star Scales Pro 2.0, a major update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Star Scales Pro 2.0 is an all in one tool that stresses scale patterns instead of memorizing complicated fingering charts. Time and time again, the pattern method has been proven to be the most effective method for learning scales on the guitar. This app puts more than 1230 scale patterns in one place for users to master. With a list of features designed to shrink the learning curve, this is the most comprehensive app of its kind.

Beginners and pros alike can easily scroll through a list of scales to select the ones they still need to master. A "Favorites" feature also lets them save the scales they use the most in an easy to find list. Users can also quickly find a specific scale by simply typing the name of the scale into the search bar.

Other Star Scales Pro features include:
* Browse guitar scales and slide between scale patterns, just like in the photo app of your iPhone.
* See all scale fingerings and all note names right on the fretboard.
* Save your favorite scale patterns in Favorites.
* Select the scales and keys you want to practice, or practice only the scales from your Favorites.
* Use the random generator to get one scale to practice according to settings.
* Progress quickly with easy access to the last practiced scales.
* Easily find scales in groups or find a specific scale by using the search bar.
* Choose right hand fretboard, left hand fretboard.
* Scales for 6 string or 7 string guitars.
* Playback scales
* Enjoy familiar environment from IPhone SDK

With 82 major and minor scales in every sharp and flat key, Star Scales Pro 2.0 gives users more than 1230 variations to master. The app includes note names and finger patterns for every position on the fretboard, and can be used by right or left handed players. Star Scales Pro also supports scale patterns for 6 or 7 string guitars. For composers, soloists, or anyone who wants to learn more than how to strum a few chords; scales are the most important lesson they can learn. This app does away with confusing fingering charts to make the learning process as fast and enjoyable as possible.

Pricing and Availability:
Star Scales Pro 2.0 is only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music and Education categories. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.







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Discover Your iPhone

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Daemgen.net has announced the release and immediate availability of iCademy 1.1, a new iPhone application dedicated to enhance the iPhone user experience by providing valuable instructions, tips and tricks. The basis for this iPhone guide is a thoroughly thought through eLearning system based on easy to grasp lessons presented on flashcards.

iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS - Many people are confident that Apple has created the best mobile devices available today.
Daemgen.net shares these thoughts but emphasizes the need to improve the users knowledge of how to make use of the vast numbers of features these devices provide. Investigations show that more than 60% of iPhone users use less than 10% of the devices capabilities and features. Especially multitouch gestures and shortcuts are completely unfamiliar to most users.

"iPhone can be used as a full-featured, voice-controlled navigation/multimedia/handsfree device replacing expensive car radio systems, saving thousands of Dollars" says Ali Raeder, head of Marketing and Communications at daemgen.net. "By learning more about it's capabilities and how to fit the iPhone to personal needs, people can catch up with innovations and make their lives more convenient, saving time and money at the same time."

iCademy guides beginners through basic hardware and software lessons. All important and time-saving features as well as all preinstalled apps are explained. Even advanced users will learn things they didn't know, nor expect to learn. More than 250 instructions and tips are packed into iCademy making it the most enlightening iPhone user guide. Each iCademy flashcard is accompanied by an illustration to improve the learning experience. Single cards can be forwarded within the app in order to share tips with friends and colleagues.

Supported Languages:
* US English and German

Pricing and Availability:
iCademy 1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category, thanks to the sponsorship of ProCamera, a camera enhancement application for the iPhone.



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New Opportunities for Mac

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the release of NuKit 1.0, their new productivity and timesaving toolkit for Mac OS X. This neat application makes working with Mac easier, faster and even more fun! It harmoniously combines different utilities as launcher, tweaker, shortcut editor, window mover and advanced calculator. NuKit was offered for public beta testing since June till July 2010 and now it is available in full version.

NuKit means a glade of Rock Jasmine in Finnish. From now it also means a field of opportunities for Mac owners: launcher, tweaker, shortcut editor, window mover and advanced calculator. It is typical for Mac users to purchase multiple different applications for these purposes, but NuKit is offered as single easy-to-use and integrated toolkit.

Launcher is to find and open applications faster and easier. It is enough to type first letters of the application name, for example "e" to receive a list of apps starting with in alphabetic order. Moreover, it is possible to assign to eBay search command (for example), then will open Ebay with the search string . And finally you'll see a value of mathematical constant e with nine digits after the decimal point. By the way, this advanced calculator knows about mathematical functions and displays results in decimal, binary, octal and hexadecimal.

Tweaker gives access to hidden Dock appearance settings, Finder preferences and other system settings. For example it is possible to return 2D look of the Dock or make Finder window display location of folder with possibility of navigation to each level. With Shortcut Editor Mac users can assign any application to system wide shortcut and run it in a second.

NuKit also improves the windows management. With NuKit it's possible to move and resize any window mouse pointer is currently over. NuKit supports two- or three-finger gestures on multitouch trackpad or new Apple Magic trackpad. Standard Zoom button doesn't zoom windows to full screen. With NuKit Real Zoom Mac users now can maximize windows to whole screen with a click of the mouse. With Real Close it is possible to close the application completely by closing one of its windows.

Pricing and Availability:
NuKit is $19.99 (USD) for all users. Please see the Nulana web site for videos, screenshots and additional information.



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freshcode Releases Bodega 1.2

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freshcode has announced the release of Bodega 1.2, an update to its renowned Mac software discovery and download application.

The Bodega 1.2 update brings a brand new feature to Bodega called The Loop Picks. In conjunction with the popular Apple-centric website, The Loop, each week Bodega will showcase five of the hottest Mac applications available through Bodega as selected by The Loop's editors, along with what makes the applications so hot. From there, the user need only click upon an application icon for more information and to conveniently purchase the application through Bodega. Users can even drag application icons from The Loop Picks window to the Bodega Wishlist for later exploration and perusal. Mac users love the process of Macintosh application discovery and The Loop Picks further enhances the Bodega commitment of providing the most robust and intuitive application discovery experience available on the Mac platform.

"We're thrilled to be working so closely with freshcode on the Bodega project" said Jim Dalrymple, founder and CEO of The Loop. "The new Loop Picks feature within Bodega 1.2 is a great way to help Bodega users, as well as readers of The Loop, discover a wide variety of really cool applications that are available for the Mac through Bodega."

Also new with Bodega 1.2 are performance improvements to the popular software updater feature, additional keyboard shortcuts for an improved user navigation experience, a completely redesigned receipts viewer window along with the ability to easily print receipts, and overall application speed enhancements. The Bodega 1.2 update also fixes various bugs and other reported issues.

Compatibility and Availability:
Bodega requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or greater. The Bodega 1.2 update is free to all Bodega users and available via Bodega's "Check for Updates" feature. For complete information on Bodega and to download the full version free of charge, visit the Bodega website. Bodega is currently available in English only.




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Coaching to Success via App for iPhone and iPad

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Hot Chili Apps latest app provides training to succeed in nearly every part of life. It is based on the FirmMethod, developed by the German personal consultant Frank Ullmann. By applying this method everyone will be able to reach one's individual goals within the shortest time. This principle has proven itself ten thousand times.The basic idea is to manipulate the sub conscience to be even more successful at work, in sports or personal life.

It might apply to one's golf handicap, a promotion at work, to quit smoking or to lose a few pounds. With the Mental-Fitness-App the user will make it happen in only seven minutes, within only seven days.The program is as easy as successful. It is influencing by repeating short and succinct phrases. This method is practised by Frank Ullmann in trainings for managers and sales persons for several years with huge success. "Our program for mental education fits iPhone-App-facilities perfectly", Ullmann explains his step into the mobile digital world in cooperation with Hot Chili Apps. "The app works with visuals, language and music, ideal conditions for an audiovisual mental training, at every time, on every place in the world."

After an introduction explaining the general idea of the FirmMethod, the application offers six categories to choose a situation describing the users aim or most important goal: general, sport, school/studies, sales, leadership and custom. Within every category the user picks his individual item to provide a specific training schedule. To support the learning effects individual affirmations are represented in written words, images, spoken language and music.

In addition to Mental Fitness Hot Chili Apps developed special training programs for golfers and sales managers in corporation with Frank Ullmann: "Mental Fitness-Golfing. Improve your handicap." und "Mental Fitness-Selling. Egodrive - the secret of your success in selling". Every app is designed for both iPhone and iPad and can be downloaded in the US- and German Appstore.

Supported Languages:
* US English and German

Pricing and Availability:
Mental Fitness 1.0 is $5.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Healthcare & Fitness category.



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Rocknor's Donut Factory Released for iPhone

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Duff Research has announced the release of Rocknor's Donut Factory, the popular PC puzzler from Monolux, for the iPhone platform. In this highly strategic game, players help Rocknor save his factory by learning the craft of donut-making. They draw on their creativity, ingenuity and good old-fashioned imagination to progress through over 110 varied, challenging and addictive levels.

The recipe is simple. Players take dough, shape it, cook it, finish it off with delicious toppings, then ship it out to hungry customers. Though it's not as easy as it sounds! There are a limited number of machines and dough to get the donuts made, and the factory is a veritable maze of twists and turns. Players drag and place machine parts to build a donut assembly line, test their solutions, then fill custom orders. Most levels even have multiple solutions!

Originally released on the PC, reviewers have applauded Rocknor's Donut Factory as an awesome, addictive puzzler. DIY Games rated it the "Puzzle Game of the Year" in 2003, and Gametunnel gave it a "10 out of 10". With 111 levels included, 5 different factories, thousands of donuts, and the possibility of a level editor in the future, Rocknor's Donut Factory for the iPhone takes what players love about the original, and perfects it for the mobile platform.

"It's exciting to bring this awesome puzzle game to the iPhone" says Duff Research Principal, Ramaneek Khanna, one of the three founding Principals along side Tim Nichols and Geoff Chatterton. "Clever and challenging casual games are perfect for the iPhone platform and optimizing the graphics and user interface for the touch screen has made Rocknor's even more intuitive and fun."

Features:
* 111 levels and 5 different factories
* Over 15 different donut-making machines
* Game profiles for 4 players
* Complete learn-as-you-play tutorials
* Introductory beginner levels; brain-teasing expert levels
* Changeable factory speeds
* Most levels featuring multiple solutions, allowing for creative flexibility
* Thousands of variations of donuts

Pricing and Availability:
Time to make the donuts! For a limited time, Rocknor’s Donut Factory 1.0.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review codes available upon request.







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Shacked Introduces Flickpad 2.0

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Shacked Software has announced the release and immediate availability of Flickpad 2.0, a new kind of photo application for the iPad. Quickly keep up on all the photos your friends and family are posting on Flickr and Facebook. Flickpad makes viewing and exploring photos an entirely new, fun, and addictive experience.

Flickpad uses the unique multi-touch capabilities of the iPad to make interacting with your photos almost lifelike. Don't like a photo, flick it off the screen and a new one appears. Want to make the photo larger, pinch to zoom. Like to check out the entire album, double tap a photo. Find an awesome photo and want to save it for later, touch the photo with two fingers.

Feature Highlights:
* Flickr and Facebook, the top two photo platforms on the planet
* Fast user switching. Share an iPad with someone? No problem, quickly and easily switch between user accounts
* Supports Flickr photo sets, favorites, comments, views, Interestingness, and more
* Supports Facebook albums, album comments, album likes (read-only), photo comments, photo likes (read-only), and more

Give it try for free:
Check out Flickpad Lite! Flickpad Lite delivers all the functionality in Flickpad but only supports two user accounts and following a limited number of contacts. It's perfect for those that only follow a few friends or for those wanting to try out Flickpad prior to purchasing.

Pricing and Availability:
Flickpad 2.0 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category.


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Dish Network to Stream Live TV to Your iPhone, iPad

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Dish Network is planning to stream live TV to the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The service will be free for Dish subscribers. iOS and Blackberry customers will get the service in September. Android customers in October.

Subscribers will need special hardware. One option is Sling Media Inc.'s SlingBox, which retails for $180 to $300. Dish subscribers can also pay $200 to $400 to upgrade to Dish's high-definition digital video recorder with SlingBox features; they'll need to pay $10 a month for multiple DVR service, but they'll get recording capabilities with it. Sling is owned by EchoStar Corp., whose chairman is Dish CEO Charles Ergen.

If you have the top of the line HD DVR you will be able view and switch channels remotely from your mobile device. You will also be able to watch recorded shows. Unfortunately if there is someone at home you will both have to watch the same channel unless you have two DVRs.


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Leaked iPod Touch LCD Shows FaceTime Camera?

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The front LCD and bezel of the upcoming 4th generation iPod Touch may have been leaked online by MacRumors after receiving the items from an iPhone parts supplier.

The new part clearly shows a front-sided hole that would leave room for a front-facing FaceTime camera. While we've seen similar parts before, this part is clearly marked as an Apple part "Apple (c) 2010"... The part is also stamped with April 29, 2010, indicating that the build date is relatively recent.

HardMac recently published photo illustrations that show a camera and flash on the rear of the device. Apple is expected to release the new iPod touch in September.





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