Archive for November, 2011

‘iTether’ Circumvented Carriers, Offered Internet Tethering for a Brief Shining Moment

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

iTether, an iOS app that debuted in the App Store last night as pointed out by our sister site, MacRumors, let users tether a computer to an iPhone via USB to access the internet using the iPhone’s cellular data connection. The app was priced at $14.99 and required a free companion application on a Mac or PC to work. The app funneled all internet traffic through the company’s own servers, which overloaded last night and this morning as a result of the immediate popularity of the app.

Tether.com, the Canadian company behind iTether, had commented via Twitter that Apple was aware of the app’s purpose and approved the app after asking some additional questions.

iTether is not the first tethering app to make it to the App Store. Nullriver Software’s NetShare was the first tethering app that appeared in the App Store in 2008 though it was available for only a brief time. Nick Lee’s Handy Light, an app that appeared to be a flashlight but featured a hidden tethering feature, hit the App Store last year and remained available for only a few hours before Apple removed it from the App Store.

Unfortunately, it seems that iTether is sharing the same fate as NetShare and Handy Light since it is no longer available in the App Store at the time of this post, though it had a good run while it lasted, hitting the Top Grossing spot in the App Store in less than 12 hours. If you missed getting iTether and want to tether your computer to your iPhone, you’ll need to pony up at least $20 per month to AT&T and Verizon for 2GB of tethered data or $29.99 to Sprint for 5GB of tethered data. Or you can jailbreak your iPhone to enable tethering using an app available through Cydia, like TetherMe or MyWi, though AT&T has been cracking down on unofficial tethering enabled by these methods, moving subscribers involuntarily to official tethered plans in some cases.

UPDATE: Tether.com has posted an official statement about the removal of iTether from the App Store, noting that Apple stated that the app  “burdens the carrier network.” Unfortunately, Apple apparently did not offer any solutions that could allow iTether to return to the App Store though Tether states that they are evaluating options to see what can be done. All those who managed to purchase iTether before it was yanked can still use the app.

Roundup: Apps to Help with Your Holiday Shopping

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, is upon us. Whether you prefer to do you shopping in person or online, there are apps that can show you sale items, help you find what you’re looking for and even reward you for spending your money. We’ve rounded up several that can help make your holiday shopping as painless and as productive as possible.

Many of the major store chains have apps that provide you with access to weekly ads, special sale items, and even frequent shopper accounts. These can be handy as you browse the aisles or you can even shop in the comfort of your own home through many of them. If any of these stores are on your hit list for your holiday shopping needs, be sure to download these free apps.

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    Target

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    Now shopping at Target is as easy as tap, tap, done. The award-winning Target App for iPhone gives you all the tools you need to shop and save, online and in stores. Features: Shop Target...

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    Walmart App - Shopping and...

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    With the Walmart app for iPhone, finding quality products at unbeatable prices is as simple as a few quick taps. Easy-to-use tools help you plan ahead, shop smart and save big, both in our stores and...

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    Sears

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    Sears brings you all the convenience of online shopping to your mobile device. Shop millions of products from Sears.com and our Marketplace sellers. Improved Browse & Search Find products...

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    Nordstrom

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    With the Nordstrom App, the latest looks are always at your fingertips. It’s easier than ever to stay connected, see what’s new and shop from your phone. You can: • Get inspired with blogs,...

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    Macy's

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    Discover a new way to shop your favorite store on the go! The latest version of Macy’s iPhone app puts everything right at your fingertips. Enjoy special offers & in-store savings, access...

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    Gap

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    Shop Gap and other Gap Inc stores with our easy to use app. Find, save, share and buy products when and where it is convenient for you. App Features: Browse – browse the latest fashions across...

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    Old Navy

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    Shop Old Navy and other Gap Inc stores in our new easy to use app. Find, save, share and buy products when and where it is convenient for you. App Features Browse - browse the latest fashions across...

TapBuy Deals is a sales and deals app that lets you shop online at over a hundred retailers, including popular brands like the Gap, Best Buy, and others. Deals that are marked with a star can be purchased using TapBuy’s streamlined check-out process that lets you place orders within the app using your saved billing and shipping information. TapBuy also finds coupon codes and automatically applies them to your orders and features deals not available anywhere else.

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    Holy amazing way to shop, Batman! TapBuy Deals is the only sale & deal app that lets you buy in seconds without leaving the app or using a Web browser. And it's the only app to track...

For shoppers who like to frequent malls, Shopkick is an app you’ll definitely want to check out. The app awards you “kicks” for visiting participating stores, viewing special deals, and scanning barcodes of selected products using the iPhone’s camera. These kicks can be redeemed for gift certificates to places like Best Buy, Macy’s, and Target. At the time of this post, there are even items like a Sony flat-screen TV and a Princess Cruise trip on the rewards list. Of course, it can take a lot of kicks to get the larger items but if you’re out shopping often anyway, you can rack up a lot of kicks in short order.

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    shopkick: Free Gift Cards For...

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    Want FREE gift cards just for shopping? Obviously. Use shopkick to get points for walking into stores like Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, and more. We’ll also show you the best products and deals...

If you’d rather shop for unique, hand-made products to give as gifts this holiday season, the online craft storefront Etsy now has an iPhone app. Etsy boasts over 11 million items from small businesses all over the world and you can shop them all right on your iPhone.

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    Etsy

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    Fall in love with Etsy, anywhere. Shop on the go with our free mobile apps - also available on iPhone and iPad. Discover over 17 million unique items from 800,000 sellers around the world. Explore...

If you prefer shopping in brick-and-mortar stores but still like to check to see if you’re getting the best possible deal, I recommend one of my long-standing favorites, RedLaser, to check local and online prices easily. Using the iPhone’s camera, you can scan barcodes and quickly get prices from several online stores and even from other local physical stores based on your current location. RedLaser recently got a major update to add shopping list creation capabilities and more and it’s still free, to boot.

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    RedLaser – Barcode Scanner,...

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    RedLaser – Barcode Scanner, Shopping assistant & QR Code Reader “Top 10 Must Have App for your iPhone” ― The New York Times “If you haven’t downloaded it, it should be on your...

Once you’ve placed all of your online orders, you can track each and every shipment using one of my perennial favorites, Junecloud’s Delivery Status touch. All you need is the tracking number for each delivery item and Delivery Status touch will show you where each item is and when it will arrive. With a free Junecloud Sync account, you can sync your entries between multiple iOS devices and your Mac through a free Dashboard widget.

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    Delivery Status touch, a package...

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    “The best app for tracking deliveries” — Tap! Magazine “Best App for Tracking Packages” — O’Reilly “an essential tool for your package-tracking arsenal” — Gizmodo...

Happy shopping!

 

Roundup: Apps to Help You Prepare Your Thanksgiving Meal

Monday, November 21st, 2011

With Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday, many Americans will be doing a lot of grocery shopping this week to get turkeys, potatoes, and other ingredients for traditional dishes eaten on this holiday that originated with the colonists in the 17th century. As always, your iPhone and iPad can be valuable tools to help you stay on track and we’ve put together a round-up of a few apps to keep you organized as you brave busy grocery stores and create tasty dishes in your kitchen.

If you like saving money at the grocery store but don’t have time to clip coupons, check out the Coupons.com app. The app will let you browse manufacturer coupons and print them wirelessly via a networked printer. If you have a savings card from a participating grocery chain, you can also opt to add coupons directly to your savings card account to make shopping even easier.

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    Coupons.com: Savings, Deals and...

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    This is the best free coupon app you will ever use! Find high-value coupons, discount codes and other deals and discounts for any type of purchase, online or in store. Show your phone to redeem...

If you’re into extreme couponing, you may want to have the coupon policies of the stores you frequent in hand since each can have different rules about exceptions, stacking and more. These policies aren’t always easy to find, especially if you’re already at check-out with a long line of customers waiting behind you, but Diligent Media has you covered with the Coupon Policy app. It debuted in the App Store late last month and provides instant access to the policies of several major chains in the U.S.

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    Coupon Policy

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    ***EXPERIENCING BLACK SCREEN?*** Notice to existing users: After updating to version 2.1, some users are experiencing a black screen. In order to resolve this simply delete the app and reinstall...

I am not a fan of grocery shopping. I don’t know why but I always seem to get stuck behind people who take their sweet time browsing in the aisles, leaving their carts right in front of the shelves I need to get to. And then the check-out lines are super long. And I end up behind the one person with hundreds of coupons to scan who plans to pay by check. If you’re in select cities on the east coast or in the midwest, Peapod can help you avoid going to the grocery store altogether. Once you create an account, the app lets you order groceries for delivery to your home from a participating local store. It even lets you scan barcodes using the iPhone’s camera to add items to your list more easily.

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    Peapod

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    Make life even easier --- with Peapod in your pocket! Peapod’s free Apple application lets you shop for groceries or update your Peapod order wherever you are, at any time ---on the train, in the...

If you’ve got more than one cook pitching in to create your Thanksgiving meal, managing a shopping list with multiple contributors can be difficult. While there are several shopping list apps in the App Store, few offer a simple interface and the features to make it easy to use among multiple people like Buy Me a Pie. The app can be installed on multiple iOS devices and logged in to the same account, which will then reflect the updates made by other users. Shopping lists can even be edited on the buymeapie.com site, with changes and additions made there synchronized automatically to the app on each linked iOS device.

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    Grocery List (Shopping List)

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    How many times have you returned from a store only to realize you've forgotten something? This beautifully designed app allows you to make lists and sync it with your family's iOS devices so they can...

Once you get all those groceries, how do you turn them into tasty concoctions that will be enjoyed by your guests? If you’re like me, you may need some detailed recipes on hand to guide you through the cooking process. iCookbook, an app that hit our radar earlier this year when it debuted with voice control features to offer hands-free navigation to make it easy to use while cooking, was recently updated with compatibility for the iPhone (the voice command feature is also available on the iPhone).

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    iCookbook – thousands of...

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    iCookbook™ with Voice Command: Features over 2,000 kitchen tested recipes from the brands you love (like getting 20 big cookbooks!) and free monthly updates! Winner of the 2012 & 2013 Appy...

If you want to focus solely on the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including some exotic versions of them, check out Thanksgiving Recipes HD by Mahalo.com, the popular how-to site that claims to be the human-powered search engine.

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    Thanksgiving Recipes HD

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    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the pressure's on to create a delicious feast for your friends and family. And even though we're convinced you'll impress all your guests with the...

Know of any other apps that will help you stay sane as you get ready for your Thanksgiving feast? Share them in the comments!

 

 

Navigon Releases Next-Generation Navigation Apps for iPhone and iPad

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

As promised in September, Navigon has announced the release of version 2.0 of its navigation apps for the iPhone and iPad. The new version includes a new MyMaps feature to allow users to download only the maps needed to save storage space as well as a redesigned menu system. To mark the availability of version 2.0, Navigon has also reduced the price of its line of iOS apps significantly from now through November 30.

What’s new

  • Fully refined and even easier to use UI
  • Free map update for all
  • MyMaps: Install only the maps you need*
  • Fresh Maps XL: Quarterly map data update (In App Purchase)

If you already own any of the Navigon apps, the upgrade to 2.0 is free. After you update, you’ll be prompted to select the maps to download to your device. You can start with only the state or region you need and start using the app right away or choose to download several at once to save you time later. Whatever you choose to do, you can always go back to the Map Manager to add or delete maps as needed. Though you don’t need an internet connection to get navigation guidance, you will need one to download maps. If you’re on a metered data plan, you may want to plan ahead to download maps in advance while you have a Wi-Fi connection.

Navigon’s demo video highlights the new features in 2.0 and also shows how the Map Manager works:


A new map updates subscription is available via in-app purchase in version 2.0. For $14.99 (this is an introductory price that will increase later this month), users can purchase the FreshMaps XL to get map updates quarterly over the next two years.

After trying several different navigation apps for the iPhone, Navigon’s remain one of my favorites. While I appreciate that Navigon wants to make the app’s footprint more manageable on mobile devices where storage space can be at a premium, I kind of miss the simplified approach of having the maps for all of North America available at any time without any need to plan ahead to download maps. However, I’m liking the revised interface so far, particularly how it makes some menu options easier to access, like the turn-by-turn list of directions for your current destination.

With the sale prices in effect to celebrate the release of 2.0, now is a great time to snag the Navigon app for your area. For a full list of all of Navigon’s iOS offerings, click here.

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    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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    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...

 

 

Official Gmail App Returns to App Store

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The official Gmail iOS app that debuted earlier this month in the App Store but was quickly removed on the same day due to a major bug that affected its push notifications feature has returned to the App Store today. Google had admitted the error via its Twitter account, apologizing and promising a fix.

Push notifications to mark the arrival of new emails were not working at all in version 1.0.1 with users seeing a “no valid ‘aps-environment’ entitlement string found for application” error upon opening the app.

The description of what’s new in version 1.0.2 of the app notes that you must uninstall the old version of the app or at least log out of your account (if you had managed to get the app before it was removed) before installing the updated version:

If you already have the Gmail app 1.0.1 released on 2 Nov, you will need to uninstall or log out of the old app prior to installing the new app.

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    Gmail - email from Google

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    Get the official Gmail app for your iPhone or iPad. The newly redesigned app brings the best of Gmail with real-time notifications, multiple account support and search across your entire inbox. With...

Apple Releases iTunes Match and iTunes 10.5.1

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Apple released iTunes Match yesterday, a service that was first announced this summer at WWDC, in conjunction with version 10.5.1 of iTunes. Available only in the U.S. for now, iTunes Match costs $24.99 per year and offers cloud synchronization and storage of music purchased from the iTunes Store as well as “matching” of music ripped from CDs, which can then be streamed or downloaded to up to 10 devices associated with your Apple ID.

Here’s a brief description of the service from Apple’s site:

Here’s how it works: iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are, your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes has to upload only what it can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it to any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.

I’ll be honest with you – I was a little fuzzy on what would make iTunes Match a compelling service for someone like me. In researching a little more, I came across some additional information and resources that helped answer my questions that may also be helpful for you:

  • You’ll need to have a computer with OS X Lion 10.7 or Windows Vista or later and iOS 5 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to use iTunes Match. A list of requirements and instructions on how to subscribe to the service are available on Apple’s site in this knowledge base article.
  • iTunes Match doesn’t care where your music came from when it comes to matching. If you ripped music from CDs, purchased music from Amazon or another digital music retailer, or even if you obtained it via torrenting or some other method (which is still illegal even though iTunes Match doesn’t penalize you for this). Ars Technica has an interesting article that addresses the question about whether or not Apple would use iTunes Match to identify those who have pirated music here.
  • iTunes Match is limited to 25,000 songs (not including the songs you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store). Macworld investigated how to circumvent this limitation and describes the process in this article.
  • There’s one question that I still haven’t seen answered directly by Apple and that’s what happens to your music if you let your iTunes Match subscription lapse or cancel it intentionally, specifically if you deleted the “original” songs from your library in favor of the higher bitrate versions that iTunes Match replaced them with. Will iTunes Match let you keep those songs or will they disappear, leaving you with no music at all? (Of course, the smart thing to do is make a back-up of your music first so you have a copy of it somewhere.) This article at The Next Web indicates that you get to keep that music, making iTunes Match a great way to get high-quality versions of music you obtained from other sources aside from the iTunes Store, legitimately or illegitimately.

If you have multiple Apple devices, iTunes Match is probably more compelling for you than for those who don’t. For example, iTunes Match will let you access all of your music through an Apple TV 2, which has little internal storage to hold music on its own (nor is it meant to), making it easier to listen to nearly every song in your music library through your home theater system. Or, if you have an iOS device with a small amount of storage that can’t hold your entire music library, iTunes Match will at least let you access more of your music than you would be able to otherwise.

I’m going to give iTunes Match a try. I’m particularly interested in accessing most of my music library on my iPhone and iPad without needing to physically load it all onto each device. I’ll also probably check it out on via my Apple TV 2 though that’s not a way I usually listen to my music. Are you going to subscribe to iTunes Match?

 

Apple Releases iOS 5.0.1 to Address Battery Issues

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Apple released iOS 5.0.1 today to address the battery life issues that Apple acknowledged last week under iOS 5.0 as well as other bug fixes and improvements. The update is available for download now through iTunes or over-the-air directly on a compatible device.

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

Details about the security content of iOS 5.0.1 are available in this support document on Apple’s site. It’s noted there that this update also fixes an iPad 2 security issue revealed by 9 to 5 Mac last month where a Smart Cover (or other similar accessory) allowed limited access to a passcode-locked device.

iOS 5.0.1 is compatible with the iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the iPad  and iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th-generation iPod touches.

The update weighs in at just over 55 MB for the iPhone 4S (the download size for other devices may vary) and while this isn’t nearly as large as the iOS updates before OTA updates became available, it can still take a chunk out of your allotment if you’re on a metered data plan. So, you may want to wait until you’re on a Wi-Fi network.

After downloading the update, your iOS device will reboot on its own and apply the update, which put my iPhone 4S out of commission for about ten minutes. All in all, the OTA update feature is far more pleasant than the tethered updates of yore.

Official P90X App Debuts for iPhone

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

P90x, the home fitness program fronted by Tony Horton and purchased by millions around the world since its debut in 2003, is now available for the iPhone. The P90X app hit the App Store yesterday and offers an all-in-one approach to completing the program through meal tracking, workout scheduling and downloadable workout videos.

P90X® has evolved. The breakthrough workout program that revolutionized home fitness now has an app that lets you Bring It!® on your iPhone®, so you can get even more amazing results—and work out with P90X anywhere. Keep track of your sets, reps, and weights, view your progress, log your nutrition, and share your results. With interactive features like these, you’ll stay motivated and accountable to get more out of P90X than ever.

Beyond tracking your workouts and meals using the P90X diet guidelines, the app offers Game Center integration to publicly mark and share your accomplishments. It also provides access to Team Beachbody, the online resources and community for users of fitness products by Beachbody, the company behind P90X.

The P90X workouts, which have previously only been available on DVDs, are available for download within the app. Those already familiar with the P90 DVDs should note the video guides available through the app are not exact duplicates of the ones provided on the DVDs but contain the same exercises with more explicit instructions and timers. These video guides are crafted to make it feasible for you to complete them while the iPhone is in an armband where you can refer to the video demonstrations as needed and listen to the audio cues with headphones.

You can purchase all of the workouts at once via in-app purchase for $59.99, or buy only the resistance workouts in a bundle for $29.99, or purchase individual workouts for $6.99 each. The Ab Ripper workout and P90X Fit Test are available for free.

I completed the P90X program myself earlier this year and was pleased with the results and I’m excited to see this app that makes the workouts more accessible away from home. If you’ve ever thought about trying P90X but just didn’t think you’d enjoy spending so much time in front of your TV to follow along with the workouts, this app provides an excellent alternative.

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    P90X3™ scheduling and tracking is now available! P90X® has evolved. The breakthrough workout program that revolutionized home fitness now has a companion app that lets you Bring It!® on your...

‘Apple Store’ App Updated with Self-Checkout Feature

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

As rumored last month, Apple has updated its Apple Store iOS app with a self-checkout feature that allows customers to pay for items in its chain of retail stores without assistance from an employee. The new EasyPay feature uses the iPhone’s camera to scan a product’s barcode and purchases are charged to the customer’s iTunes account.

The list of what’s new in version 2.0 includes the following:

  • Personal Pickup: Buy in the app and choose to pick up your order at any Apple Retail Store. Most in-stock orders are available for pickup within an hour. (U.S. only)
  • EasyPay: Purchase select accessories in store quickly by scanning the barcode and completing your transaction right in the app. (U.S. only, requires iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S)
  • Track your stuff: View the status of current and previous orders from the order status section in the More tab.
  • Additional international support (Canada, China).

This update became available in the App Store today. If you’re looking forward to using this new EasyPay feature as you shop for the holidays, know that you’ll need an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S running iOS 4.2 or higher for it to work.

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    When you’re on the go, the Apple Store app is the best way to research, personalize, and buy products from Apple. You can also use it to make Genius Bar and workshop reservations at the Apple...

Jawbone’s ‘Up’ Activity Tracking Wristband Now Available, Companion App Released

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Jawbone, the maker of premium Bluetooth accessories, has announced the release of the Up wristband and its companion iPhone app. The Jawbone Up wristband, which we first heard about in September, tracks your activities and uploads data to the companion app for viewing and analysis.

The Up band will track your movement, including steps taken and calories burned along with detailed sleep information via motion sensors. With the app, you can take pictures of your meals to journal your food intake. The app will also let you program the wristband to act as an alarm, vibrating to wake you up at a designated time.




If you’d like to see how Up works, Jawbone has several demo videos on its site here.

The Up band became available this week through Jawbone’s site and at select retail stores including Apple, AT&T, Best Buy and Target. It retails for $99 while the app is available in the App Store for free. In case you’re wondering, the app won’t work by itself – it requests a connection to an Up wristband first (which is done via the iPhone’s headphone jack) to function.

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    *** REQUIRES UP OR UP24 WRISTBAND TO USE THIS APP *** UP. A smarter fitness tracker. Manage your weight, move more and sleep better. UP® is a revolutionary system that guides you every step of the...