Archive for September, 2011

‘Push 4.0’ Notifies You of Anything and Everything

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Although push notifications are incorporated into many apps, it’s not a feature that’s as prevalent as we’d like to stay on top of emails, RSS feed updates, Twitter and other events and messages. Also, it can be a bit cumbersome keeping track of all of those notifications when they’re spread out among several apps (and particularly pre-iOS 5 with its handy Notification Center). Enter Fabian Penso’s Push 4.0, an app that does nothing but push notifications and does it well.

Push will generate push notifications for four different service types: Facebook, email, Twitter and RSS feeds. Out of the box, so to speak, Push lets you set up notifications for emails for free. To get Twitter and RSS feed notifications, you must pay extra via in-app purchase – either $.99 individually or you can pay $8.99 once to unlock unlimited use for all service types.

Once set up, you’ll get a push notification just like with any other app for new emails or whatever service you have set up. You can set custom sounds for each service, which is where one of my only gripes lies – you can only set a single alert sound for all RSS feeds, for example. I’d like the ability to have different sounds for each RSS feed so I can identify the source of each notification without needing to look at my iPhone or iPad.

You can see all of your push notifications in list format, choosing to view all notifications for all services in a single massive list or by service. You can also set a notification manually to remind yourself of a task or some other event and it will go off at the designated date and time using the sound alert you selected during set-up.

When viewing an individual notification event, you can send it via email, post it to Twitter or Facebook, save it to read later via Read It Later or Instapaper, and more.

Push is a universal app and works on both the iPad and iPhone. At set-up, you’ll create a log-in and password and when you use this log in on multiple devices, they’ll sync up accordingly. Push also has a web portal through which you can log in, see all of your push notifications in one place, edit services and your account settings.

When it comes to settings, Push lets you set sleep hours so you’re not woken up in the middle of the night, set a global alert sound, and more.

I’ve found Push 4.0 to work pretty reliably and have had a much better experience with it overall than with its competitor, Boxcar. Regarding Push’s pricing, I realize it may seem a bit high to some but note that sending push notifications is not free – while Apple provides the service (essentially the gateway through which notifications are funneled to arrive at your iOS device) at no charge, developers must pay for the servers to generate and send the notifications to begin with and this is not cheap. Sending a large number of push notifications can add up and if you need to stay on top of news or are a social networking fiend, Push 4.0 is worth the price.

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    Push 4.0

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    **IMPORTANT**: Push is now outdated and only available for existing users who bought the app. If you are a new user, please install Faast instead. Push is an iPhone/iPod/iPad application that acts...

Turntable.fm Debuts on iPhone

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Turntable.fm, a social music service that kicked off earlier this year, has debuted for the iPhone. The free app hit the App Store this afternoon as the company announced a $7 million round of funding and the addition of a new board member at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.

Turntable.fm lets users, who must log in through Facebook to access the service, join virtual rooms to listen to music. Each user in the room is represented by a tiny avatar. Each room has a theme and a number of DJs determined by the room’s creator. DJs are shown as avatars at the front of the room and they select the songs to play. Listeners in the room can vote to skip the current song by tagging it as “lame” or as “awesome” otherwise.

DJs earn virtual points based on the votes earned by the songs they choose to play. These points can be used to upgrade a user’s avatar, which can only be done via the Turntable.fm website for now.

Finding it hard to picture how this works? LifeHacker created the following video to show how the website works that provides a good overview. The iPhone app looks and works similarly, although the chat and song queue feature are on separate screens given the iPhone’s smaller screen size.




The music you can queue up as a DJ in a virtual room can be pulled from the company’s database only, not pulled from your iPhone as I thought when I first tried out the app today. Using Turntable.fm via the web is a bit different since you can choose to upload (DRM-free) music stored on your computer to share with others.

Turntable.fm looks like it could be a fantastic way to discover new music and share your DJing genius with others. At the time of this post, the service is running a little slow (it’s probably getting hit hard by users today with the release of the iPhone app) so hold off on forming your final opinion of the service until you catch when it’s working smoothly.

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    Turntable.fm ~ play music...

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    turntable.fm is now available for your iPhone! turntable lets you play music together with your friends and other people online. Each DJ takes a turn playing a song and the entire virtual room...

NBC, TNT and TBS Now Offer Full TV Episodes on iPad, iPhone

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Remember when NBC released their iPad app earlier this summer and we wished that it offered the ability to show full-length episodes of the network’s shows? Well, NBC heard our wish and made it so, announcing an update to its iPad app last week to enable this, as reported by MacRumors earlier today.

Also joining in on the full-episode fun are TBS and TNT. TBS released apps for both the iPhone and iPad last week, offering access to shows including The Family Guy, Conan and others. TNT also released a new app for the iPad last week, joining the network’s iPhone app in the App Store that debuted last year. The TNT apps let users view full episodes of Leverage, The Closer, and more.

The TNT and TBS apps require an existing cable service account with a participating provider, which currently includes Comcast, Cox, The Dish Network, SuddenLink, Verizon, AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV and Optimum. The NBC app requires no such authentication, letting anyone with an iPad bathe in the televised glory of episodes of 30 Rock, The Office, Chuck, and more.




Also, I should point out for any Joss Whedon fans that the TNT app includes old episodes of Angel.

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    GET THE NBC APP AND ENJOY THE SHOWS YOU LOVE - WHEREVER AND WHENEVER YOU WANT! Now you can watch your favorite NBC shows anytime, anywhere for FREE on your iPhone, iPad or even your big screen TV...

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    WATCH TBS

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    Watch TBS live. Wherever. Whenever. With the WATCH TBS app, get complete access to the live network and all of your favorite TBS comedies on your mobile device. Watch either the East or West live...

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    WATCH TBS for iPad

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    Watch TBS live. Wherever. Whenever. With the WATCH TBS app, get complete access to the live network and all of your favorite TBS comedies on your mobile device. Watch either the East or West live...

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    WATCH TNT

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    Version:
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    Watch TNT live. Wherever. Whenever. Get complete access to the live network and all of your favorite TNT shows on your mobile device. Check out episode guides, watch clips and behind-the-scenes...

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    WATCH TNT for iPad

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    Watch TNT live. Wherever. Whenever. Get complete access to the live network and all of your favorite TNT shows on your mobile device. Check out episode guides, watch clips and behind-the-scenes...

Jawbone’s ‘Up’ Activity Tracking Bracelet and iPhone App Previewed

Friday, September 9th, 2011

9to5 Mac managed to get a hold of some marketing material for an upcoming iPhone accessory and app slated for release later this month by Jawbone, the maker of premium Bluetooth headsets and accessories. The Jawbone Up will be a bracelet and app combination that will track user’s movements, sleep and even food intake with the help of the companion app.

This video, which was recorded manually as it was being played on a computer, demonstrates how the Up bracelet and iPhone app will interact:

Jawbone has been mum so far on its pricing and has posted very little information about Up on its site, showing only a teaser image and a way to submit your email address if you’re interested in hearing more about the product when it becomes available.

 

I have a Jawbone Icon headset that I use with my iPhone 4 and find it to work very well (I particularly love the battery meter that displays its battery level on my iPhone when they’re connected). The Up bracelet looks like an innovative product that I’d definitely consider buying in the right price range.

Jawbone is no stranger to the App Store with its Thoughts voice messaging app, which debuted in December.

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    Jawbone Thoughts

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    Jawbone THOUGHTS is an amazing new way to communicate with friends and groups without typing or calling. Just speak your message and instantly send it to anyone in your address book. When people...

 

Google Releases ‘Blogger’ for iPhone

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Google’s free, popular blogging platform gets a boost today with the release of its official Blogger app for the iPhone. Blogger hit the App Store this morning and offers on-the-go blog post publishing complete with images, location information, and more.

Start blogging on the go with the official Blogger app!

With Blogger app for iPhone and iPod touch, you can easily publish posts with pictures, labels and location information. Also, you can view the list of posts and if you have multiple accounts or blogs, you can easily switch between them.

Blogger app will allow you to:
* Select account/blog if you have more than 1.
* Include pictures from the gallery or by taking a picture directly from the app
* Add labels
* Add location information
* Save as draft or immediately publish
* View list of saved/published posts

There are a few existing apps in the App Store that offered Blogger posting capability first, including BloggerPlus and BlogPress, which are compatible with other blog platforms as well. The official Blogger app isn’t as feature rich as these other apps but a $0 price tag can be a powerful thing.

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    Blogger

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    Download the latest release of the official Blogger app, and start blogging on the go. With Blogger for iOS you can: * Compose a post that you can save to draft or immediately publish * View list of...

Navigon Announces Next-Generation Navigation Apps for iPhone

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Navigon, the maker of personal navigation devices and apps for multiple smartphone platforms, announced at the IFA conference in Berlin over the weekend that it will be releasing updates to its iOS apps that include an interface overhaul and new map management features.

A screenshot included with the press release hints at the revised interface with a new menu system and a sleeker look. Navigon promises that the new interface will be more intuitive and easy to use as well:

Similar to the newly introduced NAVIGON Flow navigation software in the PND segment, NAVIGON has also enhanced its smartphone apps with regard to clarity and intuitive operation. The new user interface features a clear structure and allows users to switch easily between the individual menus. Furthermore, particularly in relation to the iPhone, menus and the map can be controlled by advanced multi-touch operation. “Innovative functions only lead to increased comfort when they can be operated intuitively,” says Gerhard Mayr. “With our new app generation we are setting standards in this respect.”

Though Navigon has not released any official preview videos of the upcoming overhauled apps, Pocket GPS World captured a demo of the Flow interface on one of Navigon’s own personal navigation device models at IFA:




If this is any indication of what will come to the iPhone and iPad, several commonly-used menu options will be more easily accessible without needing to leave the map guidance view.

The new version of the apps will also allow users to update maps for a fee every two years and save device storage space by offering the ability to download only the map sections that are needed.

Navigon’s iOS apps first debuted in the App Store in 2009 and have been regulars in the Top 200 Paid Navigation apps for most of that time. I’ve personally tried several of the navigation apps in the App Store and have found MobileNavigator, while not perfect, to be the most reliable and accurate the majority of the time for my needs.

Navigon has stated that the updates will be released within the next few weeks and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ll feature iOS 5 compatibility at this point given how close we are to the release of this version of iOS.

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    Navigation

    NAVIGON North America

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    With NAVIGON you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully functional mobile navigation system. Thanks to a faithful adaptation of the menu functions, the app fits in seamlessly with the iOS...

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    Navigation

    NAVIGON Europe

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    With NAVIGON you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully functional mobile navigation system. Thanks to a faithful adaptation of the menu functions, the app fits in seamlessly with the iOS...

PostSecret Comes to the iPhone

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

PostSecret, a project that was previously confined to the project’s website, museum exhibits and books, has arrived for the iPhone. If you’re not familiar with PostSecret, it was founded in 2005 by Frank Warren as a sort of community-driven confessional, accepting secrets written anonymously on postcards which were then curated and posted on the project’s website. With the debut of its app, iPhone users can now browse submitted secrets and share their own.

The app’s description lists the following features:

  • Discover the shocking and hilarious secrets from your school or city
  • Completely anonymous – no personal information is EVER obtained
  • Share your hopeful and heartbreaking secrets anonymously with the world
  • Respond to secrets by sharing an anonymous secret of your own
  • Reach out and connect with like-minded people
  • Read the Sunday Secrets on your mobile device
  • Find nearby helplines in times of need

If you’re concerned about your privacy if you submit secrets, PostSecret promises in the app’s description that no personal information is ever stored or shared when using the app.

I can’t recall where I’d first heard of PostSecret years ago but I’ve always found the project fascinating. Some of the secrets are intensely personal and often shocking, providing a peek at the underpinnings of humanity that’s not easy to see in our day-to-day lives most of the time.

PostSecret has created a video describing the app. Note that, due to some strong language shown spray-painted on a wall shown in the video, it is not entirely safe for work even if played silently. The app also has Apple’s strongest rating and is not intended for users under 17 years of age.




PostSecret is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and requires iOS 4.0 or higher.

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    PostSecret

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    As seen on WIRED, CNN, CBS, Mashable, Guardian, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and more! ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Get the official PostSecret App! Over a half-million...

Labor Day Sales: Games, Utilities and More (Oh My!)

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Labor Day, the holiday dedicated to American workers that marks the end of the summer fun and the beginning of the school year in the U.S., is upon us and app developers have again marked down their apps to entice you do to some digital shopping. While we hope you’re outside enjoying this long weekend, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular price drops to help guide your app purchases during your down time over the next few days.

First up are some games. If you want to kill zombies, race exotic cars, or compete in word duels with your friends, several big-name game developers are ready for you with enough sales this weekend to make your head spin. Gameloft has dropped prices on eight of its titles down to just $.99 – many of these are down from $4.99 or higher:

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    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six®:...

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    The iconic Rainbow unit finally lands on iPad! For the first time, enjoy a new FPS experience that allows you to lead a team of elite soldiers! A global terrorist organization threatens the world...

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    Shadow Guardian

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    A new hero is born. His name is Jason Call, and this game tells his story. The mysterious Prima Materia, a powerful and precious relic that has been at the center of occult legends for millennia,...

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    Zombie Infection HD

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    The infection is spreading and fear is everywhere in this non-stop survival shooter. Head to South America as a soldier and reporter try to uncover the origin of another zombie outbreak. 12 LEVELS...

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    Prince of Persia: Warrior Within...

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    The Prince of Persia is back on the App Store and now lands on your iPad as one of the best action-adventure games ever published on the App Store. Hunted down by the Empress of Time, you’ll...

EA and Namco are also joining in on the price drop fun and you can find complete lists of their price drops over at TouchArcade here for EA Mobile, here for Namco, and here for Sega.

If you’re preparing for a new school year and productivity tools are on your mind, check out the iPad task manager Next! by Lefturn Labs, which is down to just $1.99 from its regular price of $9.99 now. Also, the excellent note-taking app Noteshelf by Ramki is down to $.99 from $4.99.

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    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six®:...

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    The iconic Rainbow unit finally lands on iPad! For the first time, enjoy a new FPS experience that allows you to lead a team of elite soldiers! A global terrorist organization threatens the world...

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    Shadow Guardian

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    39 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (209)
    Version:
    1.0.1
    iOS iPhone

    A new hero is born. His name is Jason Call, and this game tells his story. The mysterious Prima Materia, a powerful and precious relic that has been at the center of occult legends for millennia,...

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    Zombie Infection HD

    Last Changed:
    39 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (622)
    Version:
    1.0.0
    iOS iPad

    The infection is spreading and fear is everywhere in this non-stop survival shooter. Head to South America as a soldier and reporter try to uncover the origin of another zombie outbreak. 12 LEVELS...

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    Prince of Persia: Warrior Within...

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    37 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (329)
    Version:
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    iOS iPad

    The Prince of Persia is back on the App Store and now lands on your iPad as one of the best action-adventure games ever published on the App Store. Hunted down by the Empress of Time, you’ll...

We here at AppShopper wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

 

 

September 11 Memorial App for iPad Released, Free for a Limited Time

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present, and Future –an app focusing on the World Trade Center before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks– has debuted in the App Store. The app features more than 400 photos and 40 videos, many never made public until now, as well as an interactive timeline of the Twin Towers before their destruction through to the present as construction on the memorial museum and new buildings progresses.

The app is available exclusively on the iPad. The New York Observer spoke to Steve Rosenbam, the writer and film producer who recorded, curated and edited the contents of the app, to learn more about this decision:

Mr. Rosenbaum said he decided to make the material iPad-only because it was simply the best device on which to display it. “I wanted it to be more of an immersive experience,” he said. “The nature of the photographs are so powerful, so to render them in anything but full color seemed wrong to me. And I didn’t want it to be viewed on a phone. I wanted it to be big and glossy.”

The app will be free through September 12. After this, it will cost $9.95.




iPad Insight saw the app before it was released and has posted a comprehensive review of it.

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    The 911 Memorial: Past, Present...

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    Now with Shanksville, The Pentagon, and "How to Tour" the site + photo's of the Memorial opening 'Superb' 'Impressive' 'Unparalleled' 'You will want to spend a lot of time with...