Friday, August 20, 2010

Addictive iPhone and iPad Action-Puzzler

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Phasic Labs has announced that Hexius, the unique action-puzzle game, is now free on the App Store for one weekend only. Hexius is a psychedelic action-puzzler, with 3 fun game modes, global/friends scores, weekly score challenges, achievements, regular updates, and more. To find out why players keep coming back for more, and to get your free copy, head over to the App Store and search for Hexius.

* Time Attack Mode - connect matching hexagons as fast as possible, until time runs out - the faster you play, the higher the score multiplier goes!

* Level Challenge Mode - collect all the targets to move onto progressively harder levels. The faster you go, the more time is carried over to the next level - find out how far can you go before time runs out!

* Strategy Mode - take your time to score as highly as you can in 30 moves, making strategic use of your Multiplier bonuses.

* Bonuses - make use of Bomb, Reveal, Freeze, and the new Multiplier bonuses to help maximize your score.

* Tutorials - hints and tips show you ways of creating bonuses and getting higher scores.

* Online community - log in for free with OpenFeint to see your friends all-time high scores, global high scores, enter weekly score challenges, and collect achievements! Easily connect with your Facebook(R) and Twitter friends.

* Addictive gameplay - with simple to learn rules, Hexius will appeal to the casual player and puzzle lovers, whilst the subtle tactics required to get really high scores will intrigue the more advanced gamer.

Reviews of Hexius:
* TouchReview: 5/5
* AppSmile: 4.5/5
* MacCreate: 4.5/5
* AddAddict: 4/5
* AppShouter - "If you're a fan of Puzzle games ... you should definitely pick up Hexius"
* TheAppEra - "A simple, casual game that works perfectly"

Pricing and Availability:
For a very limited time, Hexius 1.3 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Visit the Phasic Labs website to check out videos and screenshots, and read some of the great reviews Hexius has received.




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27 Apple Concept Products From the Future

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Take a look at these mockups of 27 Apple concept products from the future compiled by the Huffington Post.

We've included a couple images below. Hit the link for the entire gallery.

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River of News Lets You Scroll Through Your RSS Feeds [iPad]

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River of News is a new Google Reader client for the iPad. It offers a nice infinite scroll feature which lets you quickly skim through your favorite feeds.

Scroll up and down within a feed. Swipe left and right to change feeds. Simple!

River of News is a full-featured RSS reader that makes reading your feeds simple and relaxing. You can really dig in and enjoy the full text. There's no jumping between header and article. It's natural like browsing web sites, except you get the power of aggregating hundreds of sites into one efficient and beautiful interface. Sign up for a free account at reader.google.com to start using River of News and experience news reading as it should be on the iPad.

Features:
✭ Always in sync with Google Reader
✭ Unlimited feeds, folders and articles
✭ Infinite scroll
✭ Mark as read while you scroll
✭ Optimized for readability
✭ 2 fonts and 3 sizes. Choose what is comfortable for your eyes.

Sharing:
● Facebook
● Twitter
● Email
● Instapaper
● Read it Later
● Delicious
● Tumblr

You can purchase River of News from the App Store for $2.99.














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More Than 100 Stages of Arcade Fun

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Sigma3 Games has released Enigma Balls 1.1, the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The game app provides arcade style fun and all of the challenge that even hardcore gamers could ask for. Enigma Balls uses only touchscreen controls for its more than one hundred levels of gameplay, where users must create dividing lines between moving ion balls with their fingers. Each stage increases the level of difficulty as a player works at capturing 75% of the screen.

Enigma Balls is styled after the much loved arcade games of the past but holds an ultimate amount of challenge for players. Sigma3 developers have loaded the application with more than twenty levels, making it possible for really good players to achieve scores higher than a million.

The levels, or stages, increase in difficulty as they go. It's fairly easy to separate two or three of the moving ion balls but when there are seven or eight, play becomes much trickier. Players must use their finger to drag and create dividing lines between the balls and capture 75% of the screen's surface. When they do, they are awarded bonuses and move to the next stage. All of the controls are touchscreen, giving Enigma Balls a very user-friendly interface and Sigma3 makes great use of graphics acceleration in the game.

The features available in Enigma Balls:
* Uses only super-easy touchscreen controls
* Has more than 100 stages of increasingly difficult challenge
* Uses amazing graphics acceleration
* Game remembers where a player left off so they don't have to start all over again
* Fun and intensely addictive!
* A Lite version is also available, so users can try Enigma Balls for free

Pricing and Availability:
Enigma Balls 1.1 is only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. To find out more about this fun and challenging game, please visit the Sigma3 website. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.




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Watch Free Music Videos on Your iPhone With the New VEVO App

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VEVO has released a new application to watch free music videos on your iPhone and iPod touch.

The wait is over! Free high-quality music videos are now available from VEVO, the web’s number one premium music video and entertainment service. Watch your favorite music videos wherever and whenever now with VEVO for iPhone & iPod Touch.

VEVO brings the music to you with this fun and easy-to-use iPhone & iPod Touch app. Discover, watch and share the latest music videos. Create playlists and be the first to see exclusive new video premieres.

Features:
• Access VEVO’s entire music video catalog – 20,000 videos from more than 7,000 of your favorite artists
• Features include: Exclusive Videos, Premieres, Top Charts, Top Playlists, Artists On Tour & VEVO Original Music Programming
• Share any video easily with friends via Twitter, Facebook & Email
• Purchase your favorite music from each video within the iTunes Store
• Create & Save custom playlists for easy on-demand playback of your favorite videos
• Have fun with music trivia before watching each video
• Easily discover videos that are being watched in your location right now
• Stay up to date with notifications & alerts about video premieres, events and original music programming

You can download VEVO from the App Store for free.











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SwirlyMessage Lets You SMS and MMS on the iPad

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SwirlyMessage provides real SMS and MMS for the iPad 3G and has just been released in Cydia Store.

SwirlyMessage for iPad 3G is the follow up of the popular SwirlyMMS for the iPhone. SwirlyMMS for the iPhone has been downloaded more than 3 million times and is actively used in well above 400 carrier networks in more than 130 countries all over the world! SwirlyMessage for iPad 3G is a complete re-write, bottom up, of SwirlyMMS to fully utilize the power of the iPad with its large screen and different form factor.

Prerequisites
● You must have an iPad 3G, ie your iPad must have a built in 3G modem
● Your SIM-card/carrier plan must allow for sending SMSes (and MMSes if you want to do that as well). If you are unsure about this please contact your carrier and tell them to enable SMS and/or MMS.

Feautres:
● Send and receive SMSes
● Send and receive MMSes consisting of pictures, video, audio, text … just about anything actually
● Send SMS & MMS messages for free to your SwirlyMessage and SwirlyMMS² friends via SwirlyNet™
● 3gp video encoding
● Built-in voice recorder.
● Save received audio clips (mp3, amr, caf, etc) as a SwirlyMessage alert sound.
● All messages are backed-up by iTunes
● Customize the message alert sounds to any sound of your choice.
● Visual feedback on delivery status
● Attach a signature of your choice to every message you send.
● Attach your current GPS location automatically to the messages you send.
● When receiving a GPS location, it can be viewed in Google Maps.
● Save your draft messages to the Drafts folder.
● Bulit-in media viewer
● Animated GIFs
● User controlled resizing of sent pictures
● UserAgent emulation (pretend being one of: SwirlyMMS iPhone, Apple iPhone, Motorola V360, Nokia N73, Nokia N95, SonyEricsson W800i, and Samsung Black Jack 2
● Separate folders for received (Inbox), sent (Sent), queued (Outbox), erased (Trash) and Draft messages
● MMS settings wizard, which allows for automatic configuration of your MMS settings.
● Possibility to receive automatic OTA (Over The Air) settings (More info here…).
● Up to 50 different media parts when composing a new message
● Up to 50 different media parts in a received message
● Address book integration
● Possibility to browse the iPad file system and include any file when composing a new message
● Possibility to save individual message media parts anywhere on the iPad file system
● Reply to sender, or forward the message
● Send to multiple recipients
● Save a message media part image to your camera roll and view it with the Photo or Camera application
● When composing an message with several media parts, you can easily rearrange and remove any part.

SwirlyMessage is available from the Cydia Store for $12.













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Steve Jobs Says Software Update Will Fix iOS 4 Performance on iPhone 3G

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Steve Jobs has reportedly responded to an email about performance issues with iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G.

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I've waited patiently through 4.0.1 and 4.0.2, looking for a fix that will make my phone work again. I've read the forums that advise me to jailbreak my phone or use some other method so I can downgrade back to a version of iPhone 3, however I'm not prepared to use a method that is not supported by Apple.
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Software update coming soon.

Sent from my iPhone

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It's likely that Jobs is referring to the iOS 4.1 firmware which is currently being tested by developers. This firmware is also thought to bring a fix for the iPhone 4 proximity issues.


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LG Says 'Our Tablet Will Be Better Than the iPad'

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LG Electronics VP of Marketing Chang Ma has declared that 'our tablet will be better than the iPad.'

The LG tablet will launch globally by the fourth quarter under its Optimus line, Ma told the WSJ.

The first LG tablet, which will run on Google Inc.'s Android software, will set itself apart from Apple Inc.'s iPad by focusing on the ability to create content, rather than simply display it, Mr. Ma said in an interview. Mr. Ma said that the iPad is a great device, but he doesn't do much work on it. "Our tablet will be better than the iPad."

That's a pretty bold statement.

Ma also said the tablet will have "high-end features and new benefits," many of which will focus on productivity.




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HP Says WebOS Tablet Coming in Early 2011

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During their earnings call today, HP responded to a question about whether tablets were hurting netbook sales by confirming the release of "a webOS-based product in early 2011".

This timeline was already mentioned by Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley during an all-hands employee meeting August 9th; however, this is the first public announcement. The project is reportedly called "Hurricane."




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WritePad 4.2 Supports Dropbox Synchronization

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PhatWare has announced the new version of the popular note taking and handwriting recognition software for iPads - WritePad 4.2. The new version now allows synchronization of WritePad documents with Dropbox.

WritePad is a cool notetaker for iPads which converts practically any handwriting into computer text. This feature-reach, Star-Trek-like technology makes the on-screen soft keyboard obsolete. Notes created with WritePad can be emailed, Tweeted, saved, translated to other languages, synced with Dropbox, or exchanged directly between 2 or more iPads.

With WritePad users can:
* Create and modify text documents using the advanced handwriting recognition engine or iPad keyboard for text entry in landscape or portrait mode
* Improve productivity by utilizing inline gestures, spell checker, context analyzer, and shorthand features
* Email, Tweet, or Synchronize WritePad documents
* Translate documents to 13 supported languages using Bing Translator
* Change WritePad appearance by manipulating text, page and ink colors, and fonts with the customizable Styles feature

Pricing and Availability:
WritePad 4.2 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. For more information about the WritePad product line, please visit PhatWare online.




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Amopic Announces Pro Photo Editing Tools

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Emitte Digital Limited has released the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Amopic offers users a complete suite of image manipulation tools that are easy to use and produce high quality, professional looking results. Rather than spending hours in front of a computer, professionals and amateurs alike can now produce stunning images and original artwork right on their mobile device.

Amopic combines the most important features of the expensive, PC based photo manipulation software, allowing users to quickly and easily fix red eye or crop an image; or go all out with text, special effects and more.

Amopic adjustment features include:
* Crop, resize, flip and rotate
* HSL adjustment
* RGB and contrast refinement

A comprehensive set of editing tools allows users to add effects to a small part of an image, or dramatically change the entire photo with filters and other special features!

Effects include:
* Pixelize / Mosaic
* Edge detection
* Red eye removal
* Despeckle
* Emboss
* Blur / Sharpen
* Filters including: Sepia, Greyscale, Solarize, Posterize and Noise
* Flashlight and Lighten effects

A full set of drawing tools allows users to further enhance their images with text, shapes, and other popular tricks; or they can create original artwork from a blank canvas.

Amopic drawing tools include:
* Paintbrush / Pencil, eraser
* Copy and Paste within single or multiple images
* Text of different colors, size
* Fill / Gradient fill
* Shapes (Line, Star, Polygon etc)
* Spirograph

Having high quality editing software on a mobile device means that users are no longer chained to their computer, and don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive software. Amopic is inexpensive and allows them to edit their photos on the go, and from any place in the world.

Pricing and Availability:
Amopic is only $4.99 (USD), $2.99 (USD) for a limited period, and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.




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SpyTools Turns Users Into Secret Agents

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Ingens Networks has released SpyTools 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A fun and unique way to entertain their friends, SpyTools offers users many practical uses for business and beyond. SpyTools is also fully enabled in both English and Spanish and is available on the iTunes App Store. SpyTools consists of:

* SpyMic - Secretly activates recordings in 3 ways: by timer, by volume level or detecting device movement using the accelerometer

* SpyCam - Can take individual pictures or a sequence of photos set by either a timer or sound detector set to a specific volume

* SpyLoc - Creates a reliable tracking device, so users always know where their device is located

* SpyFiles - Discreetly organizes your files, so if your device falls into the wrong hands, your secrets remain safe

Designed strictly for entertainment purposes only, SpyTools is not intended for use in invading the privacy of others. But beyond its entertainment uses, SpyTools can also be used to increase productivity and protect valuables. Use the record feature to capture meetings and conferences. Users can enable the SpyCam to monitor their office or desk while they're away. Hide files or folders not meant for others. With SpyTools, there is no limit to what users can do.

Supported Languages:
* US English and Spanish

Pricing and Availability:
SpyTools 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.




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TouchRetouch Undergoes Major Update

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Adva-Soft has released the latest update for iPhone and iPod touch users. The software offers revolutionary photo editing capabilities, a super easy user interface and special algorithms for image background recovery. This latest update includes major feature additions, like an improved algorithm and viewer, iPhone 4 Retina Display graphics, language localization and more.

TouchRetouch is a revolutionary application and the next step in photo editing for a mobile platform. With TouchRetouch, users can remove objects from freshly captured or saved photographs easily, with finger swipes and taps. The App's special algorithms allows for photo enhancement without compromising any of the other elements within a frame. Any object, shadow, wrinkle or other imperfection can be safely removed from a snapshot without causing distortion to the original features.

Here are some of the original, existing features of TouchRetouch:
* In-app video tutorials
* Unlimited UndoRedo actions
* Smart image background recovery techniques
* No distortions in final image
* Easy to use interface
* Original image resolution
* Sending retouched images via e-mail

While the app's previously existing features were impressive, Adva-Soft has updated TouchRetouch with functions that include the iPhone 4 and iOS 4. The company plans to keep step with technology, to ensure that they maintain a cutting edge, always current application that people can easily put to practical use.

To accomplish the next step in that goal, Adva-Soft is proudly offering a major update to TouchRetouch. Users now have even more photo editing capabilities and expanded device options to choose from.

The 1.0.2 update includes the following list of additional features:
* iOS 4 multitasking support
* iPhone 4's Retina Display graphics
* Video tutorials with higher resolution
* Improved algorithm for large-scale pictures (for 5 MP and up on iPhone 4)
* Improved image viewer for iPhone 4
* Added brush radius selection display
* Added localization for French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, German and Russian languages

The new language localization opens up the TouchRetouch app for use in other countries that did not have language access before the update. More users than ever are now able to take advantage of this app's powerful photo editing capabilities.

Pricing and Availability:
TouchRetouch 1.0.2 will be only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.




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Photo Geocoding Aolution Adds EveryTrail Publishin

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Houdah Software has announced the release and immediate availability of HoudahGeo 2.6, the premiere photo geocoding solution for the Mac. HoudahGeo is tightly integrated with iPhoto'09 and Aperture Places. It offers a myriad of ways to geocode and publish photos. The latest of which is geocoding from iPhone reference photos.

HoudahGeo 2.6 has adds EveryTrail publishing. HoudahGeo projects may now be published as trips on EveryTrail. On EveryTrail trips are presented in an attractive way with a map showing photos and travelled track when available. EveryTrail.com may also show the photos as a slideshow overlaid on the trip map.

HoudahGeo may also write EXIF and XMP geotags to JPEG, RAW and XMP files. HoudahGeo features full integration with iPhoto'09 & Aperture 3. Upon geotagging photos with EXIF & XMP tags, HoudahGeo may notify iPhoto / Aperture that new metadata is available. This allows for the Places database to immediately refresh.

HoudahGeo is also able to access iPhoto, Aperture & Lightroom databases without opening the actual applications. Thus iPhoto and Aperture users may now handle the whole geocoding workflow within HoudahGeo and still find their Places database to be up-to-date.

HoudahGeo may also publish projects to Google Earth and upload photos to Flickr and Locr.

Pricing and Availability:
HoudahSpot 2.6 is priced at $30 (USD) for a single-user license. It is a free upgrade for all registered HoudahGeo 1.x and 2.x customers.




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iPhone 4 Takes Pictures of the Moon

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The iPhone 4, when paired up with a miniature tripod mount and a telescope can, apparently take nice photographs of the moon.

Finally, I got a small telescope and put iPhone on it to take star's pictures. I used Borg's Pencil Borg(175mm/F7) telescope and Vixen's LV5mm eyepiece. In the case, 35x telescopic image was shown by the system. I tried to see the moon to test it.

In general, Such as the high power but small telescope projects darker image. But iPhone 4's back illuminated sensor is proof a dark picture in such as the darker environment. And I arrived at the beautiful moon!








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Apple is Shutting Down Quattro Wireless

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With its iAd Network up and running, Apple is no longer accepting new campaigns for the Quattro Wireless Network and will have the network shutdown by September 30th.

Here is the memo from Andy Miller, Apple's VP for iAd.

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Since the launch of the iAd Network just over a month ago, advertisers and developers have been telling us how much they love this powerful new way to reach iPhone and iPod touch users right in their favorite apps.

iAds are captivating viewers with high-quality video and rich media experiences, engaging customers like never before and already delivering dramatic results. Advertisers are seeing a huge spike in the amount of time customers spend watching and interacting with ads, making them more comparable to television advertising than traditional online ads, and developers are thrilled with this new source of revenue.

We believe iAd is the best mobile ad network in the world, and starting next month we’re going to focus all of our resources on the iAd advertising platform. We are no longer accepting new campaigns for the Quattro Wireless Network, and we will soon begin winding down existing campaigns. As of September 30, we will support ads exclusively for the iAd Network.

Advertisers can learn more about iAd here. If you are a developer, find out how to generate revenue and promote your apps using iAd here.

We look forward to working with you on this incredible new opportunity in mobile advertising. If you are a current Quattro Wireless developer or advertiser and have questions about this change, please contact your account manager.
Sincerely,

Andy Miller
Vice President, iAd
Apple Inc.
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Fourth Generation iPod Touch Parts Are Selling Online?

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A Chinese online store is selling the front LCD and bezel of the upcoming 4th generation iPod touch, according to MicGadget. The part shows a hole for the rumored FaceTime camera and is labeled "Apple (c) 2010".

An iPhone parts supplier is responsible for the store, and this supplier claimed that they got these parts through a “special channel”, maybe this is the iPod touch 4th generation prototype which is leaked from the factory. This part is on sale for $650 Chinese yuan ($95 USD). Take your time to see the pics below.











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