Archive for May, 2011

Playboy Magazine Available for iPad, Uncensored … via Web Browser

Friday, May 20th, 2011

You know how we reported in January that Playboy magazine was coming to the iPad in all its uncensored glory based on some tweets by its illustrious founder, Hugh Hefner? Well, it’s happened. Full access to every Playboy magazine is now available for the iPad but it’s not an app as you might have hoped – it’s through an iPad-optimized web site, i.playboy.com.

Playboy announced the site yesterday, touting that every single issue from December 1953 to the present is available through the HTML5 portal:

From the inaugural issue with Marilyn Monroe to the current issue with rock heiress Lizzy Jagger on the cover, iPlayboy features every pictorial, interview, Centerfold, investigative reporting piece, story, advertisement and image that ever appeared in the magazine, more than 130,000 pages in total.  Readers can search for a groundbreaking interview they read years ago, find classic fiction, or read about the most-recent celebrity cover model, all in one place.  The site will be updated with each monthly issue so that it includes current content as well as archival features and pictorials.

This online access will cost you a pretty penny though at $8 per month, $60 per year, or $100 for two years. This is far more expensive than subscribing to the print version of the magazine, which costs $16 for one year or $28 for 2 years (with delivery fees). Of course, you don’t get access to back issues with the paper version but the digital version on the iPad does offer more opportunity for stealth browsing of nude women in public comparatively.

Playboy still has an iPhone/iPod touch app in the App Store though it completely lacks nudity and doesn’t seem worth it if you want a true Playboy magazine experience, but there you go.

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    The only OFFICIAL PLAYBOY magazine and exclusive content on iTunes! Playboy wherever and whenever you want! Get your hands on all the good stuff electronically, including the cover, the Playmate's...

‘Yahoo! Messenger’ Adds Voice and Video Calling on iPad

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Yahoo has updated its Messenger app to include voice and video calling for iPad 2 users as well as an interface optimized for the iPad. Video and voice calling first debuted in Yahoo! Messenger in October for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. This latest update hit the App Store last night and brings the app to version 2.1.

The full list of what’s new in version 2.1 is as follows:

  • iPad-optimized layout
  • Voice & video calling for iPad 2
  • Improved spam management: block one or all add requests from a single view
  • Fixed multiple bugs including the unexpected sign-out issue

One important note in the app’s description states that this update requires iOS 4.0 or higher. Video calling requires an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, 4th-generation iPod touch or an iPad 2.

Yahoo offers low-cost international calling through its Phone Out program which is accessible through the Yahoo! Messenger app. More information and rates can be found here.

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    Stay connected with your friends—anytime, anywhere with Yahoo Messenger.† Send free international text messages.††† Or share photos and videos with your Messenger contacts in real-time. ...

‘Xfinity TV’ Now Offers TV Streaming over Wi-Fi

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

If you’re an Xfinity (Comcast) cable television subscriber, you’ll want to be sure to download the latest version of the Xfinity TV app. Xfinity TV was updated yesterday to add TV streaming of a number of shows from a variety of channels while connected to a Wi-Fi network.

The list of what’s new in version 1.5 includes the following:

  • Now watch movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad using a WiFi connection.
  • The XFINITY TV app also now automatically gives you mobile access to the same TV channel lineup you have at home.
  • It also lets you browse and tune to more of the On Demand TV shows and movies you expect.
  • The experience of returning to the application in search on iPhone has also been improved.

The app offers free access to shows like Conan, Seinfeld, Dr. Who, and Robot Chicken though there are limited number of episodes available for each program at this time. Content from several premium channels including HBO, Cinemax, and Encore is also available though you must subscribe to these channels through your home cable television service with Comcast to access them.

From what we can see so far, there’s also a lot of children’s programming available, making Xfinity TV and an iPad or iPod touch a handy entertainment device for young ones in a pinch.

The free Xfinity TV app requires iOS 4 and works with the iPhone 3G/S or iPhone 4, 2nd-generation or higher iPod touch, and iPad. Playing any content requires a Wi-Fi connection with a strong signal recommended for the best performance.

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    XFINITY TV Remote

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    Download XFINITY TV Remote to control your compatible set top box. Search TV Listings, browse thousands of movies and TV shows in XFINITY On Demand, and schedule your DVR recordings directly from...

‘EarthBuzz’ Shows You the Weather Around the World

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Experiencing unseasonably cold weather in your neck of the woods? Check! Anxiously checking the weather forecast in hopes of seeing some sunlight in your near future? Check! Daydreaming about traveling to where there is good weather? Check! Then you need the Earthbuzz 3D Weather. Earthbuzz provides weather conditions for the entire globe through an interactive Google Earth-like view.

EarthBuzz’s feature list includes the following:

  • Display current weather conditions on a 3D virtual earth
  • Overlay of animated near real-time (hourly updates) satellite cloud data
  • Employs a 3D tiling engine providing high fidelity deep zoom
  • Uses NASA Blue Marble Next Generation earth imagery
  • Beautiful hi-resolution graphics on the iPhone 4 Retina display
  • Population sensitive LOD (level of detail) display of cities
  • Detailed display of weather conditions and 7-day weather forecasts
  • Animated flight to current GPS location and search locations

Additional features are planned for future updates:

  • Additional weather overlays for observations, advisories, hurricanes and earthquakes.
  • Favorite cities, World clock with timezone calculator.
  • Additional language translations.

EarthBuzz uses your iPhone’s GPS receiver to locate you and automatically zoom to your current location to show current weather conditions. Tapping on any city will show more detailed information including a 7-day forecast.

You can easily pan around the entire world using the standard iOS pinch and swipe gestures. Tapping the top of the screen reveals a menu where general app settings, map overlays, and other controls can be found.

While I generally prefer to see more detailed weather information for my current location at a quick glance in an app like WeatherBug Elite, I like that EarthBuzz provides a high-level view of weather conditions for a much wider area at once. If you travel frequently or simply want an overview of weather conditions on a larger scale, EarthBuzz is definitely worth a look.

EarthBuzz debuted in the App Store last month and is a universal app with compatibility with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad though the more recent models of these devices are recommended for the best performance. It costs $1.99 and requires iOS 3.0 or higher.

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    EarthBuzz Weather is an amazing blend of social networking and earth discovery alongside a practical and comprehensive weather application. Now you can see your Facebook and Twitter friends and...

Flexibits Releases ‘Fantastical’ Calendar Assistant for Mac

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Flexibits, a California-based development company founded by Michael Simmons and Kent Sutherland, has released Fantastical for the Mac. Fantastical is a calendar assistant that offers easy access to calendar information in iCal, Entourage or Outlook and features a natural language engine for quick event creation.

Fantastical supports CalDAV and works with Google Calendar and Yahoo! Calendar accounts. MobileMe users will find that events added or changed in calendars selected for synchronization through Fantastical will be reflected in the calendars on other devices, including iPhones and iPads.

Flexibits has created a demo video to show how Fantastical works:




Fantastical debuted today in the Mac App Store and is currently for sale at a special introductory price of $14.99 through June 1. A full-featured 14-day demo version is available for download directly from the Flexibits site here.

Though I’ve only been using Fantastical for a very short time so far, it’s already proved to be quicker and easier than opening iCal and adding a new event manually and the natural language recognition really does work. If all goes well in the near future, I’ll be purchasing the full version of Fantastical before the price increases after June 1.

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    Fantastical - Calendar and...

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    *** 50% OFF - FOR A LIMITED TIME *** Presenting the calendar app you'll actually enjoy using. Type in that you have "Lunch with John on Friday at 1pm" and Fantastical will schedule...

Four Conde Nast Magazines Get In-App Subscriptions on iPad

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

As reported earlier this month, Wired points out that several Conde Nast magazines now have in-app subscription options for their respective iPad apps. The Vanity Fair, Glamour, Golf Digest and Allure apps now offer subscription options that cost $1.99 per month or $19.99 for one year. Subscribers to the print version of each magazine can access the digital editions for free.

Wired Magazine, GQ, and Self will get the in-app subscription treatment in time for their June editions. The New Yorker was the first in Conde Nast’s line-up to offer in-app subscriptions last week, earning it a boost in the Top Free iPad apps list.

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    Allure Magazine

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    Allure magazine Tap, swipe, and zoom your way into the world of beauty with Allure magazine, now available by subscription for your iPad. See all the newest hair trends, skin-care advances, and...

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    Glamour

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    Download the August 2014 issue of Glamour, starring Katie Holmes, and get tons of digital-only perks—tap-to-buy shopping, cool music trivia, behind-the-scenes photos from our editors, the Glamour...

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    Vanity Fair Digital Edition

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    Redesigned exclusively for iPad and NOW the iPhone! GET 30 DAYS FREE! New subscribers - sign up for a one year subscription and start a 30 day FREE trial today! Experience Vanity Fair’s...

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    Golf Digest Magazine

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    GET 30 DAYS FREE! New subscribers - sign up for a one year subscription and start a 30 day FREE trial today! Subscribe and get complete issues of Golf Digest, plus video instruction tips,...

‘Tweetbot’ Gets Landscape Mode (Kind Of), Bug Fixes, More

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Tweetbot, the Twitter app by Tapbots that debuted last month to much acclaim, has received an update adding landscape orientation for some activities, interface tweaks, and more. The update, which is the second for Tweetbot since its release, hit the App Store this morning.

The full list of what’s new in version 1.1 is as follows:

  • Landscape support for media, compose and web views
  • Added User/Hashtag buttons to compose toolbar
  • Improved accuracy of displayed locations
  • Tweet gaps now load above instead of below
  • Lists now sorted alphabetically
  • Login now handles email address or username
  • CloudApp image/video support
  • Improved hashtag picker
  • Fixed translation issue with British English
  • Improved saving behavior for older devices
  • Various bug fixes

Landscape orientation is available for composing new messages and viewing linked web pages and media only, which Tapbots promised in a blog post describing the roadmap for Tweetbot last month. I’d love to see landscape orientation available for viewing the timeline, direct messages and other elements as well though there’s no indication that this is planned for a future update.

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    *** If you are running iOS 7, do not purchase this version, please get Tweetbot 3 instead *** Tweetbot is a full-featured iPhone (and iPod touch) Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether...

Realmac’s ‘Courier’ for Mac on Sale for $2.99

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Realmac Software, the developer of popular Mac apps including RapidWeaver and LittleSnapper, has temporarily reduced the price of Courier, its online file sharing app, down to $2.99 from its regular price of $9.99.

Courier makes sharing pictures, videos, and other files easy on several social networking and file sharing services at once. For example, if you like to upload pictures from your Mac to Flickr, Facebook, and your MobileMe iDisk at the same time, Courier makes this a one-click affair.

Courier works with the following services:

  • Flickr
  • Facebook (including Facebook Pages)
  • MobileMe iDisk
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Amazon S3
  • FTP

Realmac noted this sale via Twitter though we don’t know how long Courier will be at this reduced price so definitely snag it sooner rather than later if this app has been on your Wish List.

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    ✭✭ OS X Mountain Lion Ready ✭✭ Courier allows you to share files, photos, and movies with all your favourite online services. Courier supports the following 7 popular services: • Tumblr...

Omni Group Releases ‘OmniOutliner’ for iPad

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Omni Group, the developer of a number of productivity applications for the Mac, has released OmniOutliner for the iPad today. OmniOutliner, originally available for the Mac, is an idea outlining application with extensive flexibility and the ability to incorporate multimedia elements.

The moment we learned about the iPad we knew it marked a shift in the direction of personal computing devices,” said Ken Case, CEO and founder of the Omni Group.  “Each time we bring a productivity app to the iPad we redesign it from the ground up to take advantage of this new platform, and OmniOutliner for iPad is no exception. Our team has done an amazing job of making the app easier to use than ever, without sacrificing the app’s power.  OmniOutliner is the app I turn to whenever I want to collect and structure my thoughts, and it’s great to be able to take my outlines with me and work with them wherever I am.

OmniOutliner for the iPad costs $19.99. For the Mac, OmniOutliner ($39.99) and OmniOutliner Pro ($69.99) are both available in the Mac App Store. For a complete list of all Omni Group apps available in the iOS and Mac App Stores, click here.

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    OmniOutliner

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    OmniOutliner starts as a blank page. But as you collect, compose, and rearrange text, its powerful outlining features emerge to organize your ideas. Hierarchy, columns, styling, notes — use them...

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    OmniOutliner

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    Welcome to OmniOutliner 4, an amazingly flexible yet lightweight program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Use OmniOutliner’s document structure to brainstorm new ideas, drill...

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    OmniOutliner Pro

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    Welcome to OmniOutliner 4, an amazingly flexible yet lightweight program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Use OmniOutliner’s document structure to brainstorm new ideas, drill...

Backflip Studios Releases ‘Army of Darkness’ for iPad and iPhone

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

We normally leave iOS game coverage to our sister site, TouchArcade, though we couldn’t help but note Backflip’s latest release since it’s based on a movie franchise near and dear to our hearts: Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead . Backflip’s Army of Darkness hit the App Store this morning and features the voice of Bruce Campbell, the actor who portrayed Ash Williams in the movies, and hordes of deadites to defeat in this tower defense-styled game.

Backflip Studios posted this video to give a preview of Army of Darkness a few weeks ago:




If you’re unfamiliar with The Evil Dead trilogy, you can find the first movie, The Evil Dead, available for streaming through Netflix and for rental and purchase through the iTunes store here. Evil Dead 2 is available as a physical DVD rental from Netflix at the time of this post though it can also be purchased or rented from the iTunes Store here. Army of Darkness, my personal favorite, is also available as a DVD rental from Netflix and available from the iTunes Store here.

Backflip’s Army of Darkness is available in two separate versions for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, priced at $.99 and $2.99 respectively. Army of Darkness joins several other titles by Backflip Studios in the App Store, including Paper Toss, NinJump, and Ragdoll Blaster. You can find all of Backflip’s iOS apps here.

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    Army of Darkness Defense

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    Get out your boomstick and rev up your chainsaw! From the makers of PAPER TOSS, STRIKE KNIGHT and NINJUMP comes the definitive Army of Darkness game for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. In this...

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    Army of Darkness Defense HD

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    NOW FREE FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME!!! Get out your boomstick and rev up your chainsaw! From the makers of PAPER TOSS HD, STRIKE KNIGHT HD and NINJUMP HD comes the definitive Army of Darkness game for...