Archive for February, 2011

‘Plants vs. Zombies’ Debuts in Mac App Store

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Plants vs. Zombies, the wildly-popular tower defense game by PopCap Games that has been a regular among the top paid iOS games, debuted in the Mac App Store today. Plants vs. Zombies is currently priced at $9.99 and joins a few other PopCap Games there including Peggle, Peggle Nights, and Bejeweled 3.

Plants vs. Zombies was first released in 2009 and debuted in the iOS App store for the iPhone in February 2010, making an impressive debut with over 300,000 downloads within the first nine days alone. An HD version for the iPad arrived in April 2010 and has remained in the Top 200 Paid iPad Games since that time.

Plants vs. Zombies in the Mac App Store requires OS X 10.6.6 or later though it is available for OS X 10.4.11 and later directly from PopCap Games here (where the cost of the game is currently $19.95).

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    Plants vs. Zombies

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    Mac OS

    Get ready to soil your plants in an all-new action-strategy game from PopCap! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping...

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    Plants vs. Zombies

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    Rating:
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    iOS iPhone

    We want to remind our players that Plants vs. Zombies is compatible with iOS versions 7.1 and below, and with the following devices: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Get ready to soil your plants as a...

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    Plants vs. Zombies HD

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    Rating:
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    Version:
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    iOS iPad

    We want to remind our players that Plants vs. Zombies HD is compatible with iOS versions 7.1 and below, and with the following devices: iPad. Get ready to soil your plants in this high-definition,...

Warner Bros. Releases Feature Film App Editions

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Warner Bros., the California-based film studio, announced the release of “App Editions” of two of its major feature films today. The Dark Knight: App Edition and Inception: App Edition are now available in the App Store. Both apps are universal and allow users to view the first 5 minutes of each movie plus some bonus content for free with the option to purchase the full movie and bonus content within the app.

Warner Bros. described the App Editions concept in its press release:

App Editions provide a fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content that can include games, trivia, soundtracks and soundboards.  The entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, which enables downloading and unlimited streaming, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the App.

Warner Bros. has posted a video demonstrating The Dark Knight: App Edition in action:




Purchasing The Dark Knight and all associated bonus content costs $9.99 compared to $11.99 for Inception and its associated bonus content.

Warner Bros. plans to release additional App Editions for more new release and older films throughout 2011.

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    The Dark Knight: App Edition

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    iOS Universal

    Download The Dark Knight: App Edition for FREE to stream the first five minutes of the film and access a sampling of extras. For the complete experience, buy the Full Version and unlock the entire...

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    Inception: App Edition

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    Rating:
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    iOS Universal

    Download Inception: App Edition to stream the first five minutes of the film and access a sampling of extras. For the complete experience, buy the Blu-Ray or DVD Today.

Notable App Updates and Sales: Kindle, Skyfire, Camera+, Dejumble

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

There’s always a lot going on in the iOS and Mac App Stores and we’ve seen a few updates and sales recently that we wanted to highlight for you.

First, the Kindle iOS app received an update this week adding some capabilities that mirrored a recent firmware update for the actual Kindle device. Kindle now displays real page numbers in ebooks, allowing users to match locations with paper versions of books, along with some new visual indicators of reading progress, and more.

The Mac OS version of the Kindle application is also available in the Mac App Store.

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    Kindle – Read Books, eBooks,...

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    iOS Universal

    The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface....

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    Kindle

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    Rating:
    3.00 (144)
    Version:
    1.10.6
    Mac OS

    The Kindle app gives users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new...

Skyfire, the popular app that brings Flash video content to web browsing on the iPhone and iPad, is currently on sale. Reduced by $1.00 for two days only, each version of the app will go back to its regular price at 9:00 a.m. PST on February 18 when this “Flash Sale” ends.

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    Skyfire Web Browser - Your Path...

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    Rating:
    2.00 (77)
    Version:
    5.1.2
    iOS iPhone

    Skyfire, the original Flash video-enabled web browser for iPhone, provides the most social and convenient browsing and video-watching experience available. You get 1-click access to the Web’s most...

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    Skyfire Web Browser for iPad -...

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    Rating:
    2.00 (55)
    Version:
    5.2.2
    iOS iPad

    Skyfire, the original Flash video-enabled web browser for iPad, provides the most social and convenient browsing and video-watching experience available. You get 1-click access to the Web’s most...

Camera+, the app that had an on-again, off-again relationship with the App Store late last year, has gotten an update to 2.1 and is now on sale temporarily, down to $.99 from $1.99. While version 2.1 doesn’t bring any major new features, developer tap tap tap states that it does include many improvements:

For version 2.1, we’ve switched gears and worked hard to make the overall experience of using the app much more pleasurable. We made a whole bunch of speed improvements so everything feels zippier. We fixed many niggling bugs so the app now has a much more solid feel to it. And we added many little features and user interface improvements so that it’s much more intuitive and more of a delight to use.

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    Camera+

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    Rating:
    4.00 (31)
    Version:
    6.0.1
    iOS iPhone

    Over 10 million sold! “The Clarity filter is iPhone photography’s secret sauce—it adds pro-camera crispness to almost any shot.” — Kevin Sintumuang, The Wall Street Journal “If the...

Thinking Code Software’s Dejumble is a tasks app that we’ve had our eyes on for a while. The iOS app is now free, down from $4.99 and it will sync over-the-air with its desktop counterpart for the Mac, which can be purchased from the Mac App Store.

Dejumble for the iPhone is still missing what we think are some key features–local notifications and alarms–but it syncs automatically with the corresponding app on our Macs, making it very easy to stay on top of tasks wherever we may be. It’s still worth a look in our view and you can even get a trial version of the Mac OS application from the developer’s site here.

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    Dejumble

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    Rating:
    2.50 (45)
    Version:
    2.0.2
    iOS iPhone

    Dejumble is a must have for those that want a simple way to manage their tasks and notes. With it's outward simplicity, Dejumble packs powerful features not found in any other todo or note taking...

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    Dejumble

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    24 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (12)
    Version:
    2.3.1
    Mac OS

    Dejumble for Mac provides an always accessible task and note application that integrates perfectly with your mac. One click on the menubar and see what needs to be done now. Whether you want to...

Apple Launches App Store Subscription Service

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

As expected following the release of The Daily for iPad with its in-app subscription and automatic billing capability, Apple has officially announced a new subscription service for developers of content-based apps. Developers will be able to offer media and other content within apps on a subscription basis with purchases automatically billed to users’ iTunes accounts.

Developers can define the subscription length (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) and price and will share 30% of the revenue from these subscriptions with Apple. Users will be able to manage subscriptions directly within iTunes in their account page.

If Apple is not involved in bringing in a subscription purchase, the 30%/70% revenue sharing model is not applied. Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, speaks to this in the announcement:

Our philosophy is simple—when Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share; when the publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher keeps 100 percent and Apple earns nothing,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app. We believe that this innovative subscription service will provide publishers with a brand new opportunity to expand digital access to their content onto the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, delighting both new and existing subscribers.

Developers must come up with their own way to offer digital subscriptions outside of their apps and then authenticate these outside purchases within the app to avoid sharing 30% of this revenue with Apple. Apple is also requiring that any subscriptions offered outside of an app must also be available for the same price or less within the app, preventing developers from offering a better deal for a subscription purchase made outside of an app.

All Things Digital reports that Apple has given a June 30 deadline to publishers to comply with the new subscription service.

Though not explicitly stated in Apple’s announcement, it is expected that the APIs needed for this new subscription service are contained within iOS 4.3, which has been rumored to be released this month. The Daily, which requires this subscription service API, was released with free access for the first two weeks courtesy of Verizon. This free access has now been extended, indicating that iOS 4.3 will be released later than initially planned.

Attending Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona? You Need These Apps

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Mobile World Congress, the annual conference focused on mobile technology, is taking place in Barcelona this week. If you’re attending the conference, you have earned our jealousy and some attention from iOS developers. Several apps about Barcelona are current free or on sale this week to make it even easier for you to enjoy your stay in the lovely capital of Catalonia.

First, there’s the official Mobile World Congress app that contains exhibitor and floor plan information.

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    GSMA MWC 2011

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    Version:
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    iOS iPhone

    Mobile World Congress 2011 The 2011 Mobile World Congress will be held 14-17 February, in Barcelona, Spain. This year's Congress will include: » A world-class thought leadership conference...

To help you explore the city, Lonely Planet, mTrip, and iClio have all made their respective Barcelona guide apps free.

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    Barcelona Travel Guide - Lonely...

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    4.00 (859)
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    iOS iPhone

    **Now with search and favourites to help you plan your day** The world’s favorite guidebook, enhanced with iPhone-smartness - GPS tracking and offline maps (so you can avoid data roaming charges)...

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    Barcelona Audio Guide (Just in...

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    Rating:
    3.00 (6)
    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    *** JiTT - Just in Time Tourist was nominated as best m-Content for WSA-Mobile 2012 | www.wsa-mobile.org *** JiTT (Just in Time Tourist) Barcelona Audio Guide is an intelligent offline audio guide...

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    Barcelona Travel Guide (with...

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    4.00 (69)
    Version:
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    iOS iPhone

    9/10 in WIRED’s App Guide - Selected as an Honoree in the Webby Awards - Featured in CNN’s 50 Ultimate Travel Apps ALSO FEATURED BY: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, msnbc, ABC News, Wall...

Promising a more hip approach to exploring a new city, Unlike Media has reduced the price of its Barcelona Unlike City Guide app from $4.99 to $1.99.

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    Barcelona Unlike City Guide

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    Rating:
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    Version:
    1.0.5
    iOS iPhone

    Barcelona Unlike City Guide Travel with the best of Barcelona in your hands. Now the most select, innovative city guide is available as an app. Our team of culture-savvy journalists and fashion,...

Barcelona has an excellent subway system and mxData has kindly made its app providing a map of the entire system free of charge this week.

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    Barcelona Metro Map

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    Rating:
    4.00 (59)
    Version:
    2.8.77
    iOS Universal

    Barcelona Metro Map gives you the metro knowhow you need to get from A to B in this beautiful historic city. Whether you plan to visit Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera or the Barcelona Aquarium this easy...

If you’ll be driving around Barcelona or simply need more detailed map information, NAVV is offering a Barcelona-only version of its turn-by-turn navigation app for free through February 20.

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    NAVV MWC

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    Rating:
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    Version:
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    iOS iPhone

    NAVV is excited to present our global, award winning, iPhone exclusive navigation application - Interested in what NAVV has to offer? Join the 55,000+ Click ‘More’ for a detailed description →...

Enjoy your time in Barcelona! Drink some sangria and bask in the beauty of the Sagrada Familia for us, would you?

Price Drop Alert: Valentine’s Day Sales Galore

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Though Valentine’s day isn’t a holiday we normally associate with sales, iOS developers have taken the bull by the horns and are offering deep discounts in celebration of the day focused on love and affection. Other developers have taken this opportunity to drop prices specifically to welcome Verizon customers following last week’s launch of the carrier’s CDMA iPhone 4.

Below are a few of the most notable price drops we’ve seen.

For the iPhone

Looking for an app that can help you find businesses around in just about any category with a minimum of typing? Then check out Where To? by Futuretap, which is on sale today for $.99, down from $2.99.

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    Where To? - Discover your next...

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    Rating:
    3.50 (18)
    Version:
    6.7
    iOS iPhone

    Where To? - The leading worldwide points of interest finder - Featured by Apple in App Store Rewind and as iPhone App of the Week - Multi-year winner of the Best App Ever Awards (“Best Travel...

Avatron Software is welcoming new Verizon iPhone users with a discount on its popular file sharing utility apps, Air Sharing and Air Sharing Pro.

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    Air Sharing

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    3.50 (1414)
    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    The most powerful way to view your documents on the go. "Wish you could copy that new proposal to your iPhone and review it on the plane? Now you can." — Apple Inc. ...

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    Air Sharing for iPhone &...

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    Rating:
    3.50 (23830)
    Version:
    3.5
    iOS iPhone

    The most powerful way to view your documents on the go. —IMPORTANT NOTE— This app is built for the iPhone and iPod touch (although it will still run in compatibility mode on an iPad). Have an...

Want an alternative to the native calendar app on your iPhone? Developer entwicklungsschmiede’s miCal is 50% off for today only and offers more flexibility and viewing options than Apple’s own calendar app:

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    miCal - missing Calendar

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    Rating:
    4.50 (1266)
    Version:
    4.9.6
    iOS iPhone

    miCal is THE missing calendar for your iPhone and iPod touch. ★ Award winning App: "App-Developer Conference 2010" and third at "Best iPhone App" ★ Listed in...

Like Halo-style first-person shooters? Then grab Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 2 down to $.99 from $6.99.

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    N.O.V.A. 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard...

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    Rating:
    4.00 (2372)
    Version:
    1.1.7
    iOS iPhone

    The ultimate sci-fi FPS is back! Get ready to step into a whole new level of gaming on your Apple device. Pocket Gamer - 9/10 + Gold Award: "Without question, it's the finest first-person...

TomTom is joining in to welcome Verizon users with a sale on its popular navigation app, slicing a cool $20 off the price of its U.S. & Canada version.

  • $4299Buy Now
    Navigation

    TomTom U.S. & Canada

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    Rating:
    3.50 (2884)
    Version:
    1.19
    iOS Universal

    Get the TomTom App. Now for less, for a limited time. Last minute plans? With the TomTom Navigation app, driving somewhere new couldn’t be easier. You’ve always got your iPhone with you, so...

For the iPad

If you enjoy using your iPad to satisfy your writing fix, you should check out iA Writer, an app with a simple interface that lets you focus on writing.

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    iA Writer

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    Rating:
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    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    “Your program is the single most useful and remarkably clever — invisibly so — device for writing that I can name.” – Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author “Beautiful and simple”...

If your iPad is your cooking companion of choice, Paprika Recipe Manager should be on your shopping list at $4.99 this week, which is 50% off its regular price.

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    Paprika Recipe Manager - Get...

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    Rating:
    4.50 (1320)
    Version:
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    iOS iPad

    Delightfully simple recipe management for everyone: from aspiring cooks to professional chefs. With web importing, grocery lists and meal planning, Paprika is the perfect kitchen companion. If you...

For a more unique way to browse your RSS feed subscriptions, The Early Edition displays articles in an eye-pleasing virtual newspaper format.

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    The Early Edition

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    Rating:
    3.50 (3272)
    Version:
    1.3.2
    iOS iPad

    Your own personal daily newspaper is ready for delivery. The Early Edition takes the news sources that you enjoy (via their RSS feeds) and presents their content in a format which is familiar,...

For the iPhone and iPad

Audanika’s unique SoundPrism app, which lets you create music even if you can’t read or write a single note, is now just $.99.

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    SoundPrism

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    Rating:
    4.50 (147)
    Version:
    2.6
    iOS Universal

    Check out SoundPrism Pro if you're interested in controlling your professional audio hard- and software! Music like you've never seen before! SoundPrism enables you to create beautiful music...

Though Apple offers its own Remote app to control iTunes and its Apple TV, it’s not nearly as full-featured as other alternatives available in the App Store. App Dynamic’s Remote HD is one of these alternatives, acting as a combination remote and VNC app to access and control content on your Mac, PC, or Apple TV. Remote HD is currently 50% off to welcome Verizon customers to the iPhone 4 fold.

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    Remote HD

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    Rating:
    4.00 (836)
    Version:
    4.2.2
    iOS Universal

    Now with full Lion support, Remote HD is the most feature packed remote for your Mac/PC/AppleTV in the App Store. Bring your computer to your iPhone (iPad or iPod Touch). Remote HD lets you view a...

Fans of the Metal Gear franchise will be happy to know that Konami has reduced the price of Metal Gear Solid Touch to $.99 down from $7.99.

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    METAL GEAR SOLID TOUCH (US)

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    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    Available Now! The Complete Version of "METAL GEAR SOLID TOUCH," offers a fresh, new touch-shooting experience! Created with the concept of allowing users to “touch"...

Looking for more iOS app deals? Browse through our All Price Drops list and be sure to add our price drop RSS feeds to your RSS subscription manager: All Price Drops for iPhone and All Price Drops for iPad.

If you’re specifically interested in iOS game sales, check out the following developer sale lists at our sister site TouchArcade.com: Namco, Sega, Capcom, EA, and Gameloft.

‘Yelp’ Gets OpenTable Reservations

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Yelp, the popular online user-drive business review service, updated its app yesterday adding OpenTable reservations. When viewing participating restaurants listed in Yelp, users can now make reservations directly within the app. OpenTable is a free, online restaurant reservation service used by thousands of restaurants throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

Participating restaurants have a “Make Reservation” button in their listings. Tapping on this button brings you to a page where you can choose the preferred date and time and specify how many will be in your party. If the desired time is available, you can confirm the reservation right away. If not, the closest available options will be offered instead.

Yelp was last in the news in November when it gained Facebook check-in capability. With over 10 updates to the app in 2010, Yelp is clearly working to keep bringing new features to its users.

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    Yelp

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    iOS Universal

    Top-ranked Yelp for your iPhone or iPad has over 50 million reviews on businesses worldwide — all in the palm of your hand. Whether you are looking for a pizzeria that is open now or a coffee shop...

Twitterrific 4 Arrives in Mac App Store

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Iconfactory has released Twitterrific 4, a long-awaited update to its popular Twitter application, in the Mac App Store. Twitterrific 4 brings an interface and features similar to the existing versions for the iPad and iPhone, adding extensive keyboard support for fast navigation.

The app’s full feature list is as follows:

  • Simple to use, easy to understand
  • Consistent and clear interface across platforms
  • True multi-account/multi-window support
  • View mentions, messages and favorites quickly and easily
  • View Twitter trends, searches and lists
  • Browse conversation threads between users
  • Translate tweets to your native language
  • Helpful color-coding of tweets
  • In-app picture viewing for supported services like Instagram, plixi & more
  • Tweet actions including email tweet, replies to author & others
  • Collapsible sidebar for quick access to timelines, searches and trends
  • Theme control (light or dark)
  • Font size control
  • URL shortening
  • Instapaper support
  • Cloud.app support
  • Reply all (by default)
  • Picture and video uploading
  • Fully customizable toolbar
  • Robust keyboard control
  • View user profiles, including large avatars and other details
  • Follow, unfollow, block & report spammers easily

The full version of Twitterrific 4 in the Mac App Store costs $9.99 and all features are enabled in this paid version. A free version is available on the Twitterrific site here which is ad-supported and lacks the multi-account and multi-window support of the paid version.

Iconfactory already has several successful apps in the iOS App Store, including Twitterrific, Take Five (which we reviewed), Ramp Champ and others. While Iconfactory is not new to the Mac platform, this is the company’s first offering in the new Mac App Store.

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    Twitterrific for Twitter

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    Twitterrific is the friendly Twitter client that’s beautiful to look at and incredibly intuitive for new users, yet peppered with deep features for advanced tweeters. Effortlessly read and compose...

AppShopper Update: iTunes App Ratings Return

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

A few months ago, we had to make some changes to the iOS app information shown on AppShopper to comply with Apple’s policy on pulling information from the App Store. At that time, Apple’s policy specified that certain information, including app ratings, could not be pulled from the App Store and this feature was removed from AppShopper. However, Apple has recently adjusted the App Store information available for public use and app ratings have returned to AppShopper!

Average rating information is now shown in search results and in each individual app listing near the bottom of the page:

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    AppShopper

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    Rating:
    4.00 (138)
    Version:
    1.4.4
    iOS Universal

    The official AppShopper.com app from the creators of TouchArcade.com AppShopper keeps you up to date on the newest App Store apps, sales and freebies. Organize apps in your own customized Wish List...

The rating reflects the actual App Store user ratings for the current version of each app.

‘Google Translate’ for iPhone Released

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Google announced today the release of its Translate app for the iPhone. The app translates spoken or typed input in 15 languages to more than 50 languages. Google had previously made its free translation service available as an HTML5 web app for iPhone users and the new native iOS app includes all of the features available in that web version along with many more.

The app’s feature list includes the following:

  • Translate text between 57 languages
  • Translate by speaking the text instead of typing it (15 languages)
  • Listen to your translations spoken aloud (23 languages)
  • Display translations in full screen mode to make it easier for others nearby to read
  • Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
  • Access your translation history even when you’re offline
  • Spell out the translation of non-Latin script languages (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, etc..) in Latin characters to read it phonetically (e.g. Pinyin, Romaji)
  • View additional dictionary results for single words or short phrases

Google Translate is free and available now in the App Stores in all countries.

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    Google Translate

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    Rating:
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    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    Break through language barriers with Google Translate: • Translate 80 languages • Listen to your translations spoken aloud • Directly translate speech and handwriting • Star your favorite...