Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SiriusXM Internet Radio App Gets Updated With iPad Support

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The SiriusXM Internet Radio app has been updated as universal binary with iPad support and a new design.

The SiriusXM Internet Radio App gives you access to over 120 channels of great SiriusXM programming, including Howard Stern, on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so you can have the best in audio entertainment anywhere you go! For more information, including: channel lineups, pricing and support, or to get a free trial visit siriusxm.com/mobile.

ABOUT THIS APPLICATION:
• Provides SiriusXM Internet Radio Subscribers with access to over 120 SiriusXM channels of Music, Sports, News, Talk, Entertainment, and Comedy.

• Add information and depth to the music you love with Album Art & Artist Biographies.

• See what's playing on other channels while enjoying the song you're listening to with "LookAround" artist and song data.

• Immediately purchase most songs heard on SiriusXM from the iTunes Music Store or, "Tag" your favorite songs to the integrated shopping cart and buy them later on iTunes.

• Listen to the SiriusXM application “in the background” on iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the third-generation iPod touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009) running iOS4.2.

• Save your favorite SiriusXM online channels for fast, easy access through a "Favorite Channels" function.

What's New In This Version:
• Optimized For iPad & Retina Display
• AAC+ For Better Reliability & Sound Quality
• Album Art & Artist Biographies
• New App Design & Updated Branding
• Bug-Fixes and Stability Improvements

You can download SiriusXM Internet Radio from the App Store for free.










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iPad 2 Display Delivers Almost Identical Performance to iPhone 4 Display

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Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies, has published an analysis of the iPad 2's display comparing it to the iPhone 4's.

As we show in the Comparison Table below the display on the iPad 2 delivers almost identical performance to the impressive iPhone 4 Retina Display. Although the iPad has a higher pixel resolution than the iPhone 4, the screen is much larger so the number of Pixels Per Inch is only 132 ppi compared to the iPhone 4 Retina Display value of 326 ppi. Lower ppi makes the pixels more apparent, an effect called pixelation. The very high ppi is a major marketing feature for the iPhone 4, but it’s actually something of an overkill (and primarily there for App compatibility) because existing anti-aliasing methods can successfully reduce noticeable pixelation at lower resolutions and ppi.

Soneira notes that there are two significant shortfalls in the OS display software that could easily be fixed to improve the iPad's display performance. First, he says the current anti-aliasing reduces perceived sharpness of text and graphics. This could be remedied by adding sub-pixel anti-aliasing to the iPad which would "take some of the unwarranted pressure off the iPad's current ppi". Second he says there is an auto brightness bug that locks onto the brightest ambient light sensor value that has been measured at any point starting from the time the unit was awakened and holds that peak value even after the ambient light decreases substantially afterwords. "This keeps the screen overly bright for the current conditions and wastes precious battery power."




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FileMaker Updates Bento for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

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FileMaker has released Bento 4 in the Mac App Store and updated its iPhone and iPad applications. The update brings many new features including the ability to print labels, export libraries with data, automatically add geographical locations to records and lock down forms.

In Bento 4, you can create custom labels or choose from more than 250 ready-to-use Avery and Dymo label formats for mailing labels, inventory tags, name badges, file folders and many other uses. Labels can be customized with information from your database and with images.

"With built-in support for a wide array of the most popular Avery labels, Bento makes it easy to print labels for business or home use," said Brenda Dillon, Group Product Manager for Avery Dennison Office Products.

Sharing databases is simpler than ever using Bento 4. For the first time, you can export Bento libraries populated with data and share these with other users. Now sending a complete library to another Bento user is as easy as emailing a file. You can also share your great ideas with the world by sending your custom Bento templates directly to the popular Bento Template Exchange from within Bento 4. The Bento Template Exchange features over 800 free downloadable templates that bring to life the huge variety of uses for Bento.

Bento 4 is faster and easier to use. With faster launch times, the new version allows you to lock forms to prevent unwanted changes to a layout, easily switch from Table view to Form view, search by date ranges, and automatically create media fields.

While many software products allow you map an address, Bento goes one step further by automatically capturing the locations where your activities occur. With the addition of a new location field type, Bento 4 will automatically log your exact location using WiFi, GPS, or cell tower triangulation, depending on which Mac or iOS device you may be using when you enter or modify a record. With automatic location fields, you can record the location of site inspections, log customer visits, track travel sites, or capture survey locations.

Bento 1.1 for iPhone and Bento 1.1 for iPad
Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad have both received significant updates. You can now record voice memos into media fields on your mobile devices and tie them to your records, perfect for capturing events, logging meetings for later review, and just capturing notes without typing. Voice memos can be synched with Bento 4 for the Mac.

Bento for Mac users can make more use of their information on the Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad. Now you can sync iCal tasks from the Mac, edit simple list data on your iPhone, and use related records to link libraries.

Other enhancements include multi-tasking and improved support for the iPhone Retina display.

For the first time ever, Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad will be available in multiple languages including: Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.

Pricing and availability
Available immediately, Bento 4 is affordably priced at a suggested retail of $49 U.S., or $99 U.S. for a family pack of five licenses, and is now available on the Mac App Store, FileMaker Store and Apple retail stores. Current owners of Bento 1, 2 and 3 for Mac are eligible for a $20 U.S. rebate.

Bento 1.1 for iPhone and Bento 1.1 for iPad are priced at $4.99 U.S.. Each are sold separately and are available today on the Apple App Store. Current owners of Bento for iPhone or Bento for iPad are eligible for a free update via the App Store.

Bento 4 for Mac is available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese.










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Personal Hotspot Sends GPS Data to Wi-Fi iPad?

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Apple's new Personal Hotspot feature reportedly feeds GPS data to wi-fi iPad devices that are tethered to it, according to TabletMonsters.

Apple’s Wi-Fi only iOS devices have had location awareness for years via Wi-Fi location service that rely on identifying MAC addresses of nearby hotspots, and comparing those against a database of where those routers are located.

The location I’m getting on my Wi-Fi only iPad is most certainly not this. It is clear I am being fed GPS information from the phone, at what appears to be an interval of once a minute or so between refreshes (likely they didn’t do real time updating so as to go easy on the phone’s battery).

Although, one minute intervals isn't that often. It might be enough to sway some customers' purchasing decision towards the Wi-Fi iPad model instead of the 3G.

The feature can be seen demonstrated it the video below.




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Apple Updates Remote App With 'Skip Back' Button

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Apple has released an update to its Remote app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Control iTunes and Apple TV using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over your Wi-Fi network. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer or Apple TV. From anywhere in your home change a song, pick a playlist or browse through your entire library. With a flick of your finger, you can even control every aspect of the Apple TV user interface. Use your device’s QWERTY keyboard to quickly tap out the title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen. Then keep tapping to play, fast forward, rewind, and pause to your finger’s content. Remote has been fully optimized to take advantage of the large screen real estate of the iPad as well as the spectacular Retina display in the iPhone 4, and new iPod touch.

Features
• Control iTunes and Apple TV, from anywhere in your home
• Pause, rewind, fast forward, shuffle, and adjust the volume from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
• View album, movie, and TV show artwork
• Create and update Genius playlists
• Create and edit playlists in iTunes
• Search your entire iTunes library
• Control iTunes to send music to AirPlay speakers
• Control the volume on each speaker independently
• Control Apple TV with simple finger gestures
• Enter text with the keyboard
• Even control Shared Libraries on iTunes and the new Apple TV

What's New In This Version:
• Improvements when connecting to iTunes or Apple TV
• Addition of a "skip back" button when playing video
• Additional stability and performance improvements

Included in Version 2.1:
• AirPlay video support to control iTunes on your computer to stream videos to an Apple TV
• Internet radio control to play thousands of internet radio streams in iTunes on your computer
• The ability to control iTunes on your computer to play Movies and TV shows that are rented from the iTunes Store
• Addresses issues connecting to an iTunes library or Apple TV
• Includes stability and performance improvements

You can download Remote from the App Store for free.














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Apple Delays iPad 2 Launch in Japan

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Due to the current earthquake and tsunami crisis in Japan, Apple has decided to delay the launch of the iPad 2 while the country recovers.

"We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster," spokesperson Nat Kerris told Digital Daily. "Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, including our employees and their families, who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy."

If you are interested in reading the story of how Apple Stores responded to the crisis you can do so here.


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DJay App Released for iPhone and iPod touch

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Algoriddim has released its popular djay application for the iPhone and iPod touch.

djay transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into a full-fledged DJ system and seamlessly integrates with your iPod library, giving you direct access to all your favorite tracks and playlists. A hyper-realistic touchscreen interface that beautifully morphs from landscape to portrait mode and ultra low-latency converge to offer you a true professional mixing experience, all from the palm of your hand. You can perform live, record mixes on-the-go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist from your iPod library auto-magically!

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS:
✔ Direct access to iPod library
✔ Realistic low-latency turntable interface
✔ Portrait and landscape mixing
✔ Automix mode with automatic transition control (Fade, Backspin, Reverse, Brake, Random)
✔ Automatic beat and tempo matching (BPM sync)
✔ Live Recording (with built-in organizer for recorded performances)
✔ Seamless AirPlay integration (wirelessly transmit your mix to Apple TV or AirPort Express station)
✔ Pre-Cueing (with optional headphones adapter)
✔ Full visual waveform with beat-synchronized scrubbing
✔ High-quality scratching
✔ Mixer, Tempo and EQ controls
✔ Pitch-Bend
✔ Cue Point Trigger
✔ Looping (Auto, Manual, Bounce)
✔ Fully optimized for iOS 4 multitasking and background operation

TIPS & TRICKS:
★ Auto-Cut Scratching: Scratch the record with two fingers for beat-matched cutting.
★ Manual Fader Cutting: Tap crossfader or line faders (outside the knob).
★ Bounce Loop: Swipe finger across bounce loop matrix to change loop interval on the fly.
★ Gain: Swipe finger on level meters to quickly adjust gain, double tap to reset.
★ For more tips & tricks check the Help section in the app’s settings panel.

You can purchase djay for iPhone & iPod touch from the App Store for $9.99.















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Google Redesigns Its App for the iPhone

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Google has redesigned its app for the iPhone and renamed it 'Google Search'.

Get the most advanced Google search experience for your iPhone, now with Google Goggles, Voice Search and My Location.

GOOGLE GOGGLES
* Search by taking a picture with your iPhone camera.
* Image recognition technology recognizes objects and returns relevant search results.
* Good at identifying barcodes, products, famous landmarks, storefronts, artwork, business cards and print ads.
* New! Translates text in 6 languages and solves Sudoku puzzles.

VOICE SEARCH
* Search by speaking into your iPhone.
* Just bring the phone to your ear, wait for the tone and speak your query.
* Supports American, British, Indian, Australian or South African English accents, Afrikaans, Cantonese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Zulu.

MY LOCATION
* See results customized to where you are (e.g. ‘weather’).
* Find places nearby without needing to type your current location (e.g. ‘pizza’ or ‘movies’).

MORE FEATURES
* Google Suggest: get search suggestions as you type, saving you keystrokes.
* URL suggestions: navigate to popular web sites quickly by tapping site web address suggestions.
* Search history: instant access to your previous searches.
* Contact search: quickly find contacts in your address book.
* Easy access to other Google products: launch products like Maps, Gmail and Voice from the Apps tab.

What's New In This Version:
● New user interface with improved fast app-switching support
● Swipe right to make your search more specific
● Swipe down to access settings and log in to Google
● Updated help screen
● Certain corners rounded
● Goggles support for iPod touch and iPhone 3G
● Bug fixes

You can download Google Search from the App Store for free.
















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Apple Hampers Performance of Home Screen Web Apps?

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Apple is reportedly hampering the performance of web apps when run from the home screen, according to a report from The Register.

The speed difference is purportedly due to the inability of home screen apps to take advantage of Nitro, Apple's new javascript engine.

Apple isn't degrading the speed of home screen web apps. It's boosting the speed of web apps in the browser. But in the long run, the effect is the same. And if this is a bug, Apple has yet to fix it.

In a more disturbing discovery, home screen web apps are reportedly unable to access certain web caches that were present before iOS 4.2.

On top of this, apps are hampered by the cache and asynchronous mode issues. According to one anonymous developer, access to certain web caches was cut off in iOS 4.2. And the issue is confirmed by a second developer. You can try it yourself with HTML5 apps such as Pie Guy. With earlier versions of the OS, if you move the game to the home screen and run it once, you can then play it offline. But if you try to do so on the latest version of the operating system, you can't.

The Register's sources say that Apple is aware of the problem and that the Mobile Safari team has indicated the issues will not be fixed.







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TWCable TV App Lets You Watch Live Cable on Your iPad

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Time Warner Cable has just released an app for the iPad that lets you watch live cable TV on your iPad in your home.

Now you can watch your favorite networks on your iPad in your home! If you are a Time Warner Cable video subscriber, the FREE TWCable TV app turns your iPad into another TV screen and lets you watch selected live cable TV channels with your home WiFi connection. Watch Bravo from your bedroom, take Food Network with you to the kitchen, or catch up on CNBC news from the breakfast table. Watch selected live streaming TV channels now, and stay tuned for future releases with additional channels and expanded app functionality from Time Warner Cable.

Current Features
● Watch live cable TV on your iPad in the home
● Enjoy a selection of cable favorites from your Time Warner Cable video subscription on your iPad, anywhere in your home.
- Just tap and start watching live streaming TV instantly.
- Scroll through the easy-to-use Channel Guide to see what’s on now, and what’s coming next.
- Use your home’s existing WiFi connection – no need for extra hookups.
- The app is FREE!

Requirements
● iPad with iOS 4
● Time Warner Cable video package at the Standard (Expanded Basic) level or higher
● WiFi connection to Time Warner Cable Internet Service (Road Runner Standard or higher recommended for best experience; Earthlink High Speed or Earthlink Cable Max is supported)
● Time Warner Cable username and password

You can download TWCable TV from the App Store for free.







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Iconfactory Releases New Photo Effect App for Mac

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Iconfactory has released a new photo effect and texture tool in the Mac App Store.

Effortlessly add effects and textures to your photos. Choose from a variety of Flare’s built-in Presets or create your own using dozens of individual photographic effects. Easy to learn for casual hobbyists, Flare also has the flexibility professional photographers need.

• Dozens of built-in Presets spanning a wide range of photographic effects and styles
• Create custom Presets using over 90+ effects including textures, frames, borders, and more
• Additional Presets available for download at FlareApp.com

Color Effects:
Exposure, Midtone Brightness, Saturation, Brightness, Contrast, Tint, Duotone, Color Filter, Color Gradient, Black & White, Cross Processing

Lens Effects:
Gaussian Blur, Motion Blur, Zoom Blur, Sharpen, Glow, Vignette

Creative Effects:
Grain, Texture, Lightleak, Frame, Border, Rounded Edges, Barrel Distortion, Rotation, Halftone, Pixellate, Scanlines

• Edit – Fine tune effects via live preview
• Snapshot – Temporarily save edits as a Snapshot for later use
• High quality 12 Megapixel Textures, Borders and Frames
• Unlimited Undos
• Drag and drop images from iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop and Lightroom
• RAW format supported for importing photos
• Crop and Rotate images quickly and easily
• Export photos in JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats
• Share creations on Flickr or by e-mail
• Online user guide and video tutorials

You can download Flare from the Mac App Store at a limited price of $9.99.










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