Archive for September, 2010

Elle Magazine Arrives for iPad, October Issue Free

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

More and more magazines are coming to the iPad and the well-known women’s fashion magazine, Elle, is one of the latest to debut in the App Store. Like other digital versions of magazines we’ve seen, such as Wired Magazine, Elle offers interactive content and special features within the app, including an Inspiration Board where users can drag clothing and accessory items to create outfits later.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Elle is offering the October 2010 U.S. issue as a free download within the app. The newsstand cost of the paper version is $3.99 so this is a great deal if you don’t already subscribe and want to check it out.

Elle already makes digital versions of its magazines available through Zinio, a digital publishing company that offers a wide variety of magazines through its universal app, where it costs $8 for a year-long 12-issue subscription. Back issues are not yet available for purchase within the Elle app, nor is there a digital subscription option within the app at this time.

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    Browse over 5,000+ digital magazines in the world's largest newsstand or read fresh articles daily for free. The best in news, politics, technology, art, style, travel and more at your fingertips, on...

Tango Brings Free Video Calling to iPhone

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Tango, a small California-based start-up, has released an app for the iPhone that offers free video calling over 3G and Wi-Fi networks. The app debuted in the App Store early this morning and works with the iPhone 4’s front-facing and rear cameras, as well as the older iPhone 3GS with its single rear-facing camera. A version of the app is also available for Android devices and calls can be made across platforms as well, allowing iPhone and Android phone users to make free video calls to each other using the Tango app.

Tango’s full feature list is as follows:

  • Free video calling to your friends and family around the world, wherever you are
  • Call between iPhone and other smartphones on 3G and Wi-Fi
  • Populates Tango Contacts automatically from existing phone contact list
  • Invite friends and others by e-mail or text
  • Switch cameras and swap screens to show what is around you
  • Move between video to audio and back to video
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Create an account in less than five seconds – New profile not required

You can find a list of all supported phones on Tango’s site. Video calls over a 3G network are data-intensive, so users on metered data plans should consider this to avoid racking up data overage charges. According to Tango’s FAQ, a video call uses about 4.5 MB of data per minute while calls made over a Wi-Fi network will not affect your cellular data usage, of course.

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    Video chat, make free phone calls, send text messages, share pictures and post status updates with Tango, the award-winning free calling app. Connect with your family through high quality video and...

AutoCAD WS for iPad and iPhone Released

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

AutoCAD, the venerable computer-aided design software developed by AutoDesk, is now available for the iPhone and iPad. The free universal app allows users to view and edit AutoCAD files stored on AutoCAD’s web-based editor and storage service. AutoDesk first announced the pending availability of the app in late August, along with a native version of the desktop software for the Macintosh OS, ending a long absence from the platform that began in the early 90’s.

The app’s full feature list includes the following:


  • Open DWG drawings uploaded to your free* AutoCAD WS online workspace
  • See all aspects of your DWG file, including external references, layers, and image underlays
  • Use Multi-Touch zoom and pan to more easily navigate very large drawings


  • Tap objects to select, then move, rotate, and scale
  • Draw or edit shapes with accuracy using Snap and Ortho modes
  • Add and edit text annotations directly on your device; no need for paper mark-ups
  • Validate distance measurements in the drawing while you are onsite at the actual location
  • Save your edits to your AutoCAD WS online workspace, so your drawings stay up to date


  • Share designs with others directly from your device
  • Work with other people on the same DWG file simultaneously
  • View edits to drawings in real time: AutoCAD WS immediately captures changes made by you and others in your online workspace.

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    Autodesk® AutoCAD 360—formerly AutoCAD WS—is the official AutoCAD® mobile app. AutoCAD 360 is a free*, easy-to-use drawing and drafting mobile app that allows you to view, edit, and share...

Sonos Controller for iPad Released

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Sonos, the maker of wireless multi-room music systems, first hinted at an iPad version of its controller app back in June and the app finally hit the App Store late last night. Sonos Controller for iPad is free and includes the following features:

  • Wirelessly stream millions of songs and stations all over the house and control it all right from your iPad—no computer required.
  • Instantly access unlimited music from iTunes and the Internet.
  • Play the music stored on your computer or NAS drive or Apple Time Capsule (so you can play even when the computer is off).
  • Play the same song in every room or different songs in every room.
  • Control the music selection and volume in each room individually.
  • Search for any song with the touch-screen keyboard.
  • Drag and drop songs or albums into the queue or now playing pane.
  • Wake up or fall asleep to your favorite music or Internet radio station with full-featured alarms.
  • Set up or expand the Sonos system wirelessly with a touch of a finger.
  • Available worldwide, in English only.

Sonos home systems start at $399 and can be purchased directly from the company’s site.

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    The Sonos Wireless HiFi System delivers all the music on earth, in every room, with warm, full-bodied sound that's crystal clear at any volume. Sonos can fill your home with music by combining HiFi... for iPad Melds Social Networking with TV Watching

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Start-up yap.TV has just released an app of the same name for the iPad that brings social networking to your television watching adventures. The app provides a TV guide and integration with your Twitter and Facebook accounts, allowing users to see comments and participate in conversations about shows as well as create and participate in polls.

The TV guide displays available graphics for each show in a grid view, and you can change the time and day to navigate through the guide.

Tapping on a show brings up plot information and three panes at the bottom showing all recent Twitter and Facebook comments about the show, any current or trending polls, and what any friends have said about the show. A fourth pane off to the right is your Living Room where you can invite friends and hold private conversations about the current show. The order of these panes can be changed to suit your tastes.

You can enter your existing Twitter and Facebook account information to pull and post information to and from these services. A free yap.TV account, which can be created right within the app, is needed in order to mark shows as favorites, create polls, chat in private Living Rooms, and to see what your friends are watching.

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    Yap TV is your social guide to what's on TV and iTunes. Follow your favorite TV shows with a personalized TV news feed. See what's new on TV this week, get instant TV recommendations, browse top TV...

Apple Updates Remote App for Apple TV, iPad

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

With Apple’s updated Apple TV, which was announced earlier this month along with new iPods, starting to ship this week, the company has revamped its free Remote app with a number of new features. Remote was first released when the App Store was initially opened in August 2008 and last saw an update nearly a year ago. Version 2.0 of Remote boasts a new icon and offers the following 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

The app also gains universal status with an adapted interface for the iPad and high-resolution graphics for the Retina Display of the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch, plus specific compatibility with the new Apple TV and iTunes 10.

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    Remote is designed to be in perfect sync with iTunes. With just a few taps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can play iTunes Radio from anywhere in your home. Choose playlists, songs, and...

CineTap Brings Alternate Netflix Interface to iPad

Monday, September 27th, 2010

We love Netflix but the interface of its iPad app is decidedly un-Apple-ish and leaves a lot to be desired. Enter CineTap, an app by Imaginary Spinor that provides an alternate interface to use Netflix on the iPad. The $.99 app hit the App Store over the weekend and promises a “very clean visual interface plus high performance native implementation and intelligent content prefetching/caching” compared to Netflix’s own app.

Watching streamed movies from Netflix still requires the free Netflix app to be installed on your iPad since the Netflix streaming API apparently won’t allow otherwise at this time. When you go to watch a streamed movie CineTap will close and then open the Netflix app, and then Cinetap will re-open on its own when you’re done.

Imaginary Spinor has created a demo video showing how CineTap works:

Of course, CineTap does not circumvent the need for a Netflix account and plan that costs at least $8.99 per month in order to access streaming video content.

When you first open the app, you’ll be prompted to enter your Netflix log-in credentials. If you don’t already have a Netflix account, a handy link on this page brings you to the CineTap site where you can sign up for Netflix, though when we tested the account creation link we saw an error that CineTap’s Netflix affiliate promotion is not yet available.

CineTap allows you to carry out most of the activities possible within Netflix’s own app, including adding and removing movies to and from your DVD and Instant queues, viewing movie descriptions, rating movies, searching, and more.

The one thing we found we could not do is change the order of movies in our DVD queue, so you’ll need to go back to the Netflix app to do this. Imaginary Spinor states that an update to the app is planned for November and they welcome suggestions at – the ability to re-arrange our DVD queue would be at the top of our own feature request list for CineTap.

At $.99, CineTap is inexpensive at the moment ($.99 is a special introductory price though Imaginary Spinor has not said what the regular price will be) and if Netflix’s own app drives you a little crazy with its slowness and uninspired navigation, CineTap is an interesting alternative that has potential.

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    CineTap is a front-end interface for Netflix on iPad. 10/1/2012 - CineTap is rated 9/10 - "A Great Way to Manage Netflix (Finally)" by - check out the thorough...

The New Yorker Magazine for iPad Arrives

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The New Yorker Magazine has released an iPad app offering access to full issues of the highly-regarded weekly magazine. The free app hit the App Store early this morning and users can purchase individual issues for $4.99 each, considerably more than the per-issue price of about $.90 for a 1-year print subscription.

The app offers access to all content in the print edition plus bonus cartoons exclusive to the iPad edition. Additional features, such as access to archived stories, adjustable font sizing, the ability to share articles and more are planned for future updates to the app.

The New Yorker includes a video in a downloadable guide featuring actor Jason Schwartzman demonstrating how to use the app. This video, also available on The New Yorker’s site and embedded below, is most thoroughly on the whimsical side.

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    If you're already a subscriber, download the app and follow the prompts to activate your digital subscription. (All subscribers can also access our archive edition—every issue since 1925—at...

Ping Me! Brings Automated Craigslist Searching and Notifications to iPhone

Monday, September 27th, 2010

While there are a number of apps that interface with Craiglist, the popular online service that provides local classified ads and forums in 700 communities around the world, few offer an automated search function and the ability to notify you via push notifications if an item you’ve been looking for appears in an ad. Enter Ping Me! by Pingify Network that brings the company’s “smart notification engine” to iPhone users in the U.S. where Craigslist began.

Ping Me! for Craigslist is a smart notification engine that guarantees users access to the data in a timely and efficient manner. Currently Ping Me!focuses on the world’s largest free bulletin board website, Craigslist and available in Canada and the USA. In the near future more sites will be added to extend the search.

To use Ping Me!, you must first set up Requests which are search parameters for the items you’d like to find. You can name each Request, assign it a priority, enable or disable push notifications, and specify what Craigslist location and category should be searched. You must also specify at least one additional filter for keyword, price, or the presence of an image in the ad.

Once a listing is found that meets your search criteria, you’ll receive a push notification to alert you and you can view the ad right within the app.

Since Ping Me! is only intended to scour Craigslist on its own based on the Requests you save and then notify you of matching results, hardcore Craigslist users may find little use for the app since it offers no way to simply browse ads. But if you love Craigslist and simply don’t have the time or energy to search for new listings every day, Ping Me! will save you a lot of time and effort.

Search results can be sorted and searched. If you want to respond to an ad, phone numbers and email addresses within ads are click-able and can generate a new email in the Mail app or dial a number in the Phone app for you to contact the seller/buyer right from your iPhone.

Pingify Network states that more sites will be added to Ping Me! in the future so the app’s functionality will go beyond Craigslist soon, which we’re looking forward to seeing.

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    Didn't find what you were looking for on Craigslist? Don't have time to keep looking? Welcome to your own Personal Notification System Ping Me! for Craigslist our first smart notification engine....

Snooth Brings Wine Identification Through Image Recognition to iPhone

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Snooth, the world’s largest wine site featuring reviews, price comparisons, and more, announced the release of its Snooth Wine Pro app earlier this week. The app offers mobile access to Snooth’s database of over 1 million wines and uses image recognition technology to identify wine and show local prices and reviews. While it’s not the first app to offer image recognition technology (Metaio’s Junaio and Ben & Jerry’s Moo Vision were the first we found that offered this type of functionality), it is the first we’ve seen for wine research and shopping.

Once you’ve found a wine that you like through the image recognition search or by searching manually, there’s a whole host of things you can do:

  • View the stores closest to you that have the wine in stock
  • Compare prices and view maps and directions to nearby stores
  • Add the wine to your Wishlist or Virtual Cellar
  • Purchase the wine online through the Snooth retail network
  • Read expert and user reviews and post your own
  • Browse for similar wines by winery, region, or varietal.

In order to use the app, you’re required to sign up for a free Snooth account. While we understand why Snooth (or any company, for that matter) wants to be able to identify and track its users, we always find this requirement a little annoying when it comes to using apps, especially paid ones. Once you get past this, navigating around the app is straightforward.

We tried the image recognition feature on a few bottles in our paltry wine collection. While Snooth Wine Pro was able to identify the winery of our prized 2002 Silver Oaks cabernet, we had to manually choose the varietal and year. The same thing happened with the budget 2001 Century Cellars cabernet in our collection. When it came to a 1997 Louis Jadot Burgundy, we found that the Snooth database only went back to 2000 so we couldn’t accurately log it and assign it to our virtual cellar.

Searching for wine manually is easy using browsing parameters to narrow wine down by color, price, country, flavor, and varietal. Search results can be sorted by rating (“SnoothRank”), quality-to-price ratio, price, and vintage. Once you’ve found a wine you want to buy, you can see what stores have it in stock. If you’re already familiar with a wine, you can write a review of it right within the app.

We’re not wine aficionados but Snooth Wine Pro looks to offer a lot of useful information and features for those who like to seek out new wines and learn more about them. You can try a free, ad-supported version called Snooth Wine if you want to check out what Snooth offers first, though this version lacks the image recognition feature (you can upgrade to the pro version via in-app purchase). Snooth Wine Pro costs $4.99 and contains no ads.

In celebration of the release of Snooth Wine Pro, Snooth is running a contest with an iPhone 4 and promo codes for the app as prizes. The contest ends on September 30 and you can find the details on how to enter here.

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    Remember every wine. Find it locally. See if you got a deal. Read what others are saying. All in one app. The Snooth Wine Pro app (a companion to, the world's largest wine...

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