Archive for June, 2010

ByLine RSS Reader Updated With Background Task Completion

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Phantom Fish let us know that its ByLine RSS reader app has been updated to version 3.2, adding features that take advantage of some the new capabilities of iOS 4. Most notably, the app can now continue synchronization and caching activities in the background, allowing users to go to other apps while these tasks are completed. Additionally, high-resolution graphics are now included and will be implemented accordingly on the iPhone 4 with its 326 ppi screen.

iOS 4 was just released yesterday and compatible apps started appearing in the App Store last week. With the release of the iPhone 4 this week, we expect an avalanche of app updates featuring optimizations for iOS 4 and the iPhone 4′s Retina Display, internal gyroscope, and other hardware improvements over previous iPhone models.

  • News

    Byline

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    8 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (4138)
    Version:
    4.2.2
    iOS iPhone

    Read the latest news from your favorite sites and blogs, even when you’re offline. Simply use your free Feedly account to subscribe to websites you’d like to keep track of. Byline will...

  • News

    Byline (Universal)

    Last Changed:
    8 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (26)
    Version:
    4.2.2
    iOS Universal

    Read the latest news from your favorite sites and blogs, even when you’re offline. Simply use your free Feedly account to subscribe to websites you’d like to keep track of. Byline will...

Sonos Shows Off Upcoming iPad Controller App

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Sonos, the maker of wireless multi-room music systems, gave a demonstration of its upcoming iPad controller app to TechCrunch today. The app makes good use of the iPad’s larger screen to show more information throughout and display album art, and it can control up to 32 separate zones.

TechCrunch has posted a video of the demonstration:

The Sonos iPad app is still in beta and will be submitted to Apple for approval in August. It will be free when released to the App Store. Sonos already offers an iPhone version of its app which has been available since late 2008.

  • Music

    Sonos Controller

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    11 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (2534)
    Version:
    5.0
    iOS Universal

    Sonos is a system of HiFi wireless speakers and audio components designed for every space in your home. It unites your digital music collection in one app that you control from any device. Play what...

iBooks App Now Universal, Adds PDF Compatibility

Monday, June 21st, 2010

As promised at the WWDC keynote event earlier this month, Apple’s iBooks app has been updated and is now in universal format to include compatibility with the iPhone. New features include the ability to store and display PDF files and new interface customization options. The full list of what the update includes is as follows:

  • Open and read PDF documents from Mail. PDF documents will be added to your library and appear on the PDF bookshelf. You can even search PDFs for words or phrases and bookmark your favorite pages.
  • Take advantage of new ways to bookmark. In addition to highlighting a word or a passage, you can now also add notes or bookmark an entire page with the new page ribbon.
  • Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark syncing feature.
  • See your book pages in a new font, called Georgia.
  • Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
  • Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
  • Read pages with greater ease by increasing to even larger font sizes.
  • Enjoy greater stability and better performance.

iBooks will work only on iPhone and iPod touch devices running iOS 4, which was just released today.

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    iBooks

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    Rating:
    2.50 (7101)
    Version:
    3.2
    iOS Universal

    iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBooks Store, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your...

Apple Releases iOS 4

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Apple has just released the latest version of its operating system for mobile devices, iOS 4. The update includes a number of new features, including the highly-anticipated multitasking capability that will allow apps to run in the background. Apple first announced this update back in April and several apps have already been updated to take advantage of its new features, including Pandora, Dropbox, and others.

Image courtesy of MacRumors.com

Apple’s iPhone software update page has been updated to reflect the new release. iOS 4 is compatible with the iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G models, though not all features will work on the iPhone 3G. Apple’s iPod touch software update page also notes the new update and indicates that the update will work on the second- and third-generation models and as with the iPhone, not all features will work on all models.

Pandora Radio Now Offers Background Playback in iOS 4

Monday, June 21st, 2010

The app that has almost always been part of the battle cry from users asking for multitasking on the iPhone has been updated to add compatibility with iOS 4, including the ability to continue playing music in the background.

Version 3.1 of Pandora Radio just hit the App Store a few moments ago. On a compatible device running iOS 4, which is set to be released today, music playing through Pandora will continue playing even when another app is open. Additionally, music playback can be controlled using the remote on the headphones included with the iPhone.

While the Pandora Radio app is universal and will work on both the iPhone and iPad, iOS 4 for the iPad has not yet been released and these new features will not work while running on an iPad.

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    Pandora Radio

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    Rating:
    5.00 (24216)
    Version:
    5.4
    iOS Universal

    Great music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and we will do the rest. It’s easy to create...

Apps with iAds Integration Appearing in App Store

Monday, June 21st, 2010

A few apps that are already prepared for the official go-live of Apple’s iAds service have appeared in the App Store. iAds promises interactive advertising within apps and offers a 40%/60% revenue sharing split between Apple and developers who use the service. As announced earlier this month at the WWDC keynote event, iAds will go live on July 1 and advertisers have already committed more than $60 million of ad purchases with the service for the second half of 2010.  iAds is built into iOS 4, which will be released today.

Developer Avantar is on the ball, with most of its apps now including iAds integration:

  • Lifestyle

    Showtimes - Local Movie Times...

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    6 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (35)
    Version:
    5.1.1
    iOS iPhone

    If you can’t live without movies, you can’t live without Showtimes. In seconds, Showtimes recognizes your location and connects you to every movie playing near you. Browse show times, critic...

  • Travel

    AirYell

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    Rating:
    4.50 (24)
    Version:
    4.6.3
    iOS Universal

    Hold the world of reference material within the palm of your hand. Looking for a local business? How about a not-so-local one? No matter where you are, AirYell™ can help you find what you’re...

  • Navigation

    Yellow Pages

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    6 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (86)
    Version:
    7.2.0
    iOS Universal

    Fans describe us best. "As a business person traveling different places, I use this constantly for my addresses in my GPS. Jim Diaville" "Siri is just not doing it for...

  • Reference

    White & Yellow Pages

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    6 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (95)
    Version:
    7.2.0
    iOS Universal

    Do you need to find a business? What about a friend? We can help you with both. With all the offerings of the Yellow Pages combined with the access of the White Pages, this app turns your iPhone,...

Borders Releases Ebook App

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Joining ebook heavies Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (B&N eReader), and Apple (iBooks), not to mention other players like Kobo and Stanza, U.S. bookseller Borders has released a free ebook reader app linked to its own ebook store. The app is universal and will adapt accordingly for use on an iPhone or iPad.

Ebook prices in the Borders store appear to be on par with those of Amazon and Apple. Your ebook library is presented on a virtual bookshelf, similar to way it’s shown in iBooks. Unlike Amazon’s Kindle app, you don’t need to leave the app to purchase new ebooks.

As with most of the other ebook readers, there are multiple fonts and other formatting options available to adjust text to suit your preferences and lighting conditions, though not as many as found in the Barnes & Noble eReader app.

It’s not yet possible to browse the Borders ebook store online – the company’s site states this store is coming some time this month. For the moment, the only way to browse the Borders ebook store on an iPad or iPhone is through this app.

  • Books

    Borders eBooks

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    Rating:
    3.00 (30)
    Version:
    3.7.2
    iOS Universal

    Borders eBooks gives you the freedom to buy and read eBooks anytime, anywhere on your iPhone.   Some highlights …   • Login with your existing Borders.com account and download the eBooks you've...

Windows Live Messenger Now in App Store

Monday, June 21st, 2010

We heard whispers that Microsoft was working on this a few months ago and it’s finally hit the App Store. Windows Live Messenger fans can now enjoy all the instant messaging they want with the official, free app developed by Microsoft.

Beyond instant messaging the app will also let you view your friends’ updates on Facebook, Flickr, MySpace and other social networking sites. Going even further, the app lets you upload and share photos as well as access your Hotmail email account right within the app.

  • Social Networking

    Windows Live Messenger

    Last Changed:
    35 months ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (4274)
    Version:
    1.2.3
    iOS iPhone

    Windows Live Messenger for iPhone and iPod Touch is the best way to chat with your close friends and family. Use your iPhone to instant message your friends list whether they’re on Messenger or...

Navigon Demonstrates MobileNavigator Update With Multitasking on iOS 4

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Since its announcement and SDK release in April, many developers have been working furiously to take advantage of the new features that Apple’s iOS 4 brings. Probably the most welcome of these is multi-tasking. As we mentioned yesterday in noting that iOS 4-compatible apps are starting to appear in the App Store, seven particular APIs that will allow background audio, voice over IP, and more, will make many apps far more useful and enjoyable to use. Navigon, the maker of MobileNavigator navigation apps for many countries around the world, is getting ready with an update of their own to optimize its apps on iOS 4.

Currently, iPhone apps stop running completely when you go to the home screen, take a call, or go directly to another app via a push notification dialogue. This can be frustrating when using a navigation app since you lose the guidance when you accept an incoming phone call. iOS 4 allows a way around this and Navigon’s Bernd Hahn demonstrates how the upcoming version 1.6.0 of its navigation app will work in iOS 4 in this video:

Navigon has not yet announced when version 1.6.0 with multitasking capabilities will be released.

Taito Releases Slew of Space Invader Utility Apps

Friday, June 18th, 2010

We don’t know about you, but seeing anything related to Space Invaders gives us the warm fuzzies and fond memories of playing the game on an Atari 2600 with our BFFs. Fortunately, we can do more than just reminisce about the game thanks to Taito and the iPhone. Touch Arcade met with Taito yesterday at E3 to talk about their upcoming game releases, including Space Invaders HD for the iPad in July, and pointed out the Space Invaders-themed utility apps that Taito recently put out.

There are a total of 7 free utility apps that hit the App Store just a few days ago:

  • Utilities

    Space Invaders Clock

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    34 months ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (164)
    Version:
    1.2.0
    iOS iPhone

    Now available, a cool Space Invaders-themed clock! Instructions: - This attractive digital clock features themes and decorative elements from the Space Invaders universe. - When the application is...

  • Utilities

    Space Invaders Business Cards

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    54 months ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (46)
    Version:
    1.1.0
    iOS iPhone

    Make new friends trading Space Invaders business cards! New designs added!! Instructions: - Make and trade Space Invaders business cards. - Names, addresses, Twitter accounts, etc., can be entered...

  • Utilities

    Space Invaders Battery Meter

    Last Changed:
    34 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (108)
    Version:
    1.2.0
    iOS iPhone

    This handy Space Invaders battery meter shows you at a glance how much juice you have remaining! Instructions: - This flashlight features characters from Space Invaders. - Total battery power and...

  • Utilities

    Space Invaders Calculator-FREE-

    Last Changed:
    34 months ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (154)
    Version:
    1.2.0
    iOS iPhone

    Fun and practical, this calculator is packed with Space Invaders-themed gimmicks and designs! Instructions: - The calculator itself functions in the usual manner. - When the application is launched,...

  • Utilities

    Space Invaders Flashlight

    Last Changed:
    34 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (66)
    Version:
    1.2.0
    iOS iPhone

    A handy Space Invaders flashlight! It glows, what more could you want?! Instructions: - This flashlight features characters from Space Invaders. - Tap the Invader to cycle through the various...

  • Utilities

    Space Invaders Memory Status

    Last Changed:
    34 months ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (73)
    Version:
    1.2.0
    iOS iPhone

    This Space Invaders Memory Checker shows you at a glance how much RAM memory is available! Instructions: - This memory checker features characters from Space Invaders. - Your device's memory status...

  • Utilities

    Space Invaders Timer

    Last Changed:
    34 months ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (61)
    Version:
    1.2.0
    iOS iPhone

    A handy Space Invaders countdown timer! Especially useful when cooking instant ramen! Instructions: - This timer features characters and designs from Space Invaders. - Input the desired number of...

There is also a paid version of the calculator app that is ad-free:

  • Utilities

    Space Invaders Calculator

    Last Changed:
    52 months ago
    Rating:
    No data
    Version:
    1.1.0
    iOS iPhone

    Fun and practical, this calculator is packed with Space Invaders-themed gimmicks and designs! Instructions: - The calculator itself functions in the usual manner. - Touch the Invader in the upper...

For the record, we would pay some serious money to be able to actually print the business cards that the Space Invaders Business Card app creates.