Archive for November, 2010

‘Infinity Blade’ to Hit App Store on December 9

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Infinity Blade, the game first demonstrated at Apple’s media event in September under the code name Project Sword, now has an official release date. As TouchArcade reports, Epic Games will release the universal app on December 9 with a $5.99 price tag.

A game trailer surfaced earlier this month, showing actual gameplay on an iPhone as well as some cut scenes. Though you still have a few more days to wait for the app to be available, you can at least try out Epic Citadel now. This free app was released in early September and lets you explore Infinity Blade’s environment and bask in its vibrant clarity. As with the upcoming Infinity Blade game itself, Epic Citadel will run only on the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and 3rd-generation or later iPod touch.

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Some Changes to AppShopper (Ratings, What’s New)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Regular users of the site may have noticed some changes to the site over the past day or so. Unfortunately, we’ve have to remove a couple of features from the site.

– App listings presently have no App Store “rating” associated with them.
– “What’s New” text is no longer available for updates.

The lack of the official App Store rating is due to our effort to stay in compliance with Apple’s policy on pulling data from the App Store. At their request, we will no longer be pulling the official App Store ratings for AppShopper. A side effect has been that we’ve also lost the “What’s New” data for now. That data, however, we still hope will return in the near future.

Readers should note that we do have plans to replace that rating data in useful and interesting ways. AppShopper users have long been able to rate owned apps under the MyApps tab. It’s a feature we’ve had for some time, but one we haven’t promoted. We will be making it easier for you to rate your own apps, and aggregating that data for everyone’s benefit.

As a first step to make that easier, here are links to importer tools that allow you to seed your MyApps list automatically from your home computer:

Download Links for AppShopper Importer

AppShopper Importer 1.0.3 (Mac)
AppShopper Importer 1.0.3 (Windows)

Finally, we are also working on integrating 3rd party review site ratings and review links into our listings to provide additional perspectives on Apps.

All in all, there’s a lot of work being done behind the scenes here at AppShopper, and over the next few weeks to months, there should be some nice improvements seen.

Virgin’s ‘Project’ Magazine Debuts for iPad

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Virgin Digital Publishing, a new division of mogul Richard Branson’s Virgin Group Limited, has released a digital magazine dubbed Project for the iPad. The Project app debuted in the App Store this morning; the app itself is free while individual issues can be purchased for $2.99.

Project is unique in that it has no printed counterpart and is currently only available in digital format for the iPad, though there are plans to support other digital platforms in the future. Created specifically for the iPad to take advantage of its connectivity and multimedia capabilities, the magazine melds written content with photos and video and is focused on culture, technology, design, and fashion. It is helmed by Anthony Noguera, the former Editor in Chief of FHM.

Virgin has created the following demo video showcasing the new app:

Virgin announced that it will continually update issues throughout each month, providing a more real-time experience compared to magazines with a fixed publication schedule tied to a printed counterpart:

PROJECT is a monthly magazine that will change daily, hourly – minute by minute at times – to give its global audience of early adopters a month of entertainment for less than the price of a decent cup of coffee. It will encourage contributions from its readers, bloggers, anyone with anything interesting to say – it is a magazine that truly evolves, stays fresh and gives new undiscovered talent across the world a voice.

Our first impressions of Project reveal many similarities to the Wired Magazine app, including a slick interface and plenty of eye candy and interesting content. Though only time will tell at this point how well the promised ongoing updates will enhance Project to offer a truly one-of-a-kind digital magazine experience.

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Cyber Monday: App Sales Galore

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Today is Cyber Monday, the day informally reserved for online store sales to follow Black Friday, which is when brick and mortar stores typically slash prices for the holiday shopping season. Many app developers have joined in celebrating this new tradition by temporarily reducing app prices, sometimes by substantial amounts. We’ve found a few app sales that stood out in case you’re looking to stock up for yourself or shop for digital gifts for friends and family.

Note that many of these sales are for a limited time only, with some ending on November 30 (tonight!), so make your purchases sooner rather than later to take advantage of these lower prices.

Last week, we covered some GPS app sales for Thanksgiving week, and TomTom has since let us know about one more price reduction for Cyber Monday: TomTom U.S.A. has been reduced to $34.99 down from $39.99.

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If you’re an astronomy buff or just a casual star gazer, you’ll be happy to know that the excellent Star Walk by Vito Technologies is on sale. Both the iPhone and iPad versions of the app are currently $.99, down from $4.99 for the iPad version and $2.99 for the iPhone version.

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For those who prefer taking notes by hand over typing, two popular note-taking apps for the iPad are currently on sale. Both Penultimate by Cocoa Box Design and Notes Plus by Viet Tran are down to $.99 from $4.99. We’ve used both apps and while both are quite capable, the edge goes to Notes Plus with its close-up writing tool plus concurrent audio recording though Penultimate arguably has a prettier interface overall.

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Music lovers will be happy to see that Nota, the musical notation reference and practice app featured in one of Apple’s iPad commercials, is currently on sale. Both the iPhone and iPad versions are down to just $.99, from $4.99 and $7.99 respectively.

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If you’re doing a lot of your holiday shopping online this year and need to keep track of your packages, Delivery Status Touch by Junecloud is now on sale for $2.99, down from $4.99. Delivery Status Touch is one of our perennial favorites, packing in both a high level of functionality and a slick interface. It’s also a great value as a universal app if you own both an iPad and iPhone or iPod touch.

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If sketching and painting on the go are your thing, check out SketchBook Mobile and SketchBook Pro by Autodesk, the maker of AutoCAD. Both versions are temporarily $.99, down from $7.99 for the iPad version and from $2.99 for the iPhone version.

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If you want to keep track of app price drops every day, subscribe to our All Price Drops feeds for the iPhone and iPad. Our own free official AppShopper app can also help you stay on top of app price changes.

If you’re looking for games, our sister site TouchArcade has posted an absolutely massive list of games on sale – you should have no problem finding something of interest to help fill any down time you might encounter this holiday season.

PSA: ‘My TSA’ App Provides Live Airport Status Information

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

If you’re flying this holiday weekend and want to be sure your time at the airport goes as smoothly as possible, check out the official My TSA app. The Transportation Security Administration released the app this summer but we wanted to point it out since this is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year and the app could make your life a lot easier. My TSA provides real-time status information for security checkpoints at airports across the U.S. plus a lot more.

The app’s full list of features is as follows:

  • Check approximate wait times at TSA security checkpoints at the airport of your choice and add your own wait time for other to see.
  • Quickly search whether you can bring items with you through the checkpoint onto the airplane.
  • Consult the TSA Guide on how to prepare for and get through the security checkpoint quickly.
  • See airport delay information for airports nationwide — and see how long are the delays.
  • Provide immediate feedback to TSA concerning your checkpoint experience.

The app allows you to (anonymously) share the wait time you experience at security checkpoints as well as check for any general delays at the airport you’re heading to. If you’re not sure what you can bring on board or what kinds of identification are acceptable, you can find answers to these questions and more right within the app.

Unfortunately, the app won’t help you with the new TSA security procedures that have set the internet aflame with anecdotes of groping and leaked scanner images showing essentially-nude travelers, but the advice it contains could at least help you avoid an uncomfortable and embarrassing situation when faced with a thorough TSA agent.

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SlingPlayer for iPad Released

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As promised earlier this month, Sling Media has released its SlingPlayer Mobile app for the iPad. The app just hit the App Store a few moments ago and is priced at $29.99. The app allows owners of a compatible Slingbox device to watch and control TV content at home on an iPad anywhere.

When connected over 3G or Wi-Fi to a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD (Slingboxes* sold separately), you can play anything you can see on your home TV on your iPad. View and control video sources such as:

  • Cable set-top box and DVR
  • Satellite set-top box and DVR
  • Telco / IPTV set-top box and DVR
  • Basic Cable
  • Digital Over-the-Air broadcasts (Slingbox Pro-HD only)
  • Tivo
  • Apple TV
  • Home security cameras

The app’s description specifies that this app will only work with the Slingbox SOLO and Slingbox PRO-HD devices.

As we expected, Sling Media created a separate app for the iPad instead of converting the existing SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone app into a universal one. If you have both an iPad and iPhone and want to be able to make use of your Slingbox on both devices, you’ll need to pony up $29.99 for each version.

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Thanksgiving Sale Alert: Navigation Apps

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Are you traveling for the holiday season? If you’re heading to an unfamiliar area, a navigation app may be just what you need to help you keep your bearings. Fortunately for you, several developers are decreasing the prices of their navigation app offerings this week and we wanted to point out a few to help you travel safely.

For the iPhone

On Black Friday, Navigon will be reducing the prices of their MobileNavigator USA and MobileNavigator MyRegion apps. The USA version will go down to $49.99 down to $29.99 and the MyRegion apps (West, Central, and East) will each go down to $19.99 from $29.99. Note that these prices aren’t in effect yet – they won’t hit until this Friday, November 26.

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CoPilot Live USA and CoPilot Live North America by ALK Technologies are both on sale right now. The USA-only version is down to a mere $2.99 from $4.99 and the North American version is down to $9.99 from $19.99.

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Several of TomTom’s apps are on sale though there’s no indication on how long these reduced prices will be in effect. For example, the U.S. & Canada version is currently $49.99, down from $59.99 (which is the lowest we’ve seen this version go) while the U.K. & Ireland version is now $74.99, down from $84.99. For a full list of all the TomTom navigation apps available, go here.

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Magellan has recently made some major updates to its iPhone apps and they’re currently on sale. RoadMate North America is down to $44.99 from $59.99 and RoadMate USA is now $34.99, down from $49.99. These apps are on sale through December 1, 2010.

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For the iPad/Universal

CoPilot Live HD, which was the first iPad-specific turn-by-turn navigation app available in the App Store, is on sale for $19.99 down from $29.99.

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Sygic, which was one of the first developers to release a full turn-by-turn navigation app for the iPhone, has reduced the price on some of its universal Aura navigation apps. The Aura Drive UK & Ireland version is down to $49.99 from $64.99 while the Central Europe version is down to $59.99 from $69.99.

While these price reductions aren’t specifically due to the holiday season, these universal apps are worth a mention if you’re looking to outfit both an iPhone and iPad with some turn-by-turn navigation goodness.

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Sony Reader App to Arrive in December

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Sony, the consumer electronics giant, has announced that it will release a Reader app for its ebook store in December for both the iPhone and Android operating systems. Sony will join several other ebook store operators including Apple (iBooks), Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and others in the App Store. The app will offer access to ebooks purchased from Sony’s store and have standard ereader app functions like bookmarking, font size adjustments, highlighting, and more.

Sony has not yet provided any word on the app’s pricing but our guess is that it will be free to match Apple, Amazon and the other big-name ebook sellers already present in the App Store.

Apple Updates iWork Apps for iOS 4.2

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Apple has updated its iWork apps for the iPad  – Pages, Keynote and Numbers – with new features for additional compatibility with iOS 4.2, which was released earlier today. All of the iWork apps are now able to make use the multi-tasking APIs in iOS 4.2 and all gain AirPrint compatibility to allow direct printing from the iPad to a compatible printer plus a number of additional language localizations and more.

Apple first released the iWork iPad apps in early April when the iPad became available in the U.S. The apps have since seen several updates, with the last major update adding MobileMe iDisk integration and other features in late September. The suite of productivity apps are regulars in the Top 200 Paid Productivity apps for the iPad.

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iOS 4.2 Now Available, ‘Find my iPhone’ App Updated

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

As promised this morning, Apple has released iOS 4.2 and it is now appearing via iTunes for users around the world. iOS 4.2 brings many new features to the iPad, including multi-tasking and folders, which had previously only been available for compatible iPhone and iPod touch devices. iOS 4.2 also brings new features to all iOS devices, including AirPlay and AirPrint. AirPlay will allow users to stream media wirelessly between iTunes and iOS devices over a local Wi-Fi network and AirPrint will allow printing directly to select compatible printers from an iOS device.

Also in conjunction with Apple’s announcement this morning, the Find My iPhone app has been updated to version 1.1 to allow all users with an iPhone 4, fourth-generation iPod touch, or iPad to use the device locator service for free.

  • iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch owners can use Find My iPhone for free with their Apple ID (iOS 4.2 required)
  • Support for 30 additional languages
  • Important: this update is required for users of the previous version of Find My iPhone app (v1.0 and v1.0.1)

Previously, Find My iPhone had only been available with a paid subscription to Apple’s MobileMe service, which retails for $99 for one year.

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