Monthly Archives: December 2011

AppShopper Picks: 2011 Apps of the Year

There are over 500,000 apps available for the iPhone and iPad in the App Store today and thousands of those debuted in the App Store this year. It can be overwhelming to stay on top of what’s new in the App Store (though our What’s New list can always help, of course) and we wanted… Read more »

Happy Holidays! (Also, iTunes Connect is Closed for the Holidays)

Happy holidays! We here at AppShopper wish everyone a safe, joy-filled holiday season! We plan to spend the Christmas holiday quietly with friends and family and we’ve still got our fingers crossed that we’ll get some snow to make it feel a little more complete. Apple is also taking a break around the holidays and… Read more »

Amazon Adds Magazine, Newspaper Access to Kindle App

Amazon updated its Kindle reader app yesterday, adding the ability to access magazines, newspapers and documents. The app’s description notes that this makes over 400 magazines and newspapers that are already available for the Kindle Fire, Amazon’s 7-inch color multi-touch tablet, to iPad users. While iPhone and iPod touch users won’t be able to view… Read more »

Tango Brings Video Voicemails to iPhone

Tango, a small California-based start-up, has released an update for its calling app that adds video messaging and animation effects. Tango Video Calls, which debuted in the App Store last year, offers free voice and video calls over Wi-Fi and 3G and uses the front-facing camera on the latest iOS devices. The new video messages… Read more »

The Onion Releases ‘Magic Answer Ball’ for iPhone

The Onion, the entertainment company that provides satirical news coverage of real and fictional events, has released the Onion Magic Answer Ball app for the iPhone. As you’d expect from its name, the app answers your questions in typical snarky Onion fashion like a virtual Magic 8-Ball. Truth. Philosophers, kings, and philosopher-kings have searched for… Read more »

‘Jetpack Joyride’ Free for Today Only

Halfbrick Studios, the maker of Fruit Ninja, has made Jetpack Joyride free for today only. Jetpack Joyride features Barry Steakfries, a down-on-his-luck salesman who breaks into a top secret jetpack laboratory. You control Barry as he joyrides a stolen jetpack, scattering scientists and avoiding obstacles set by the lab’s security system. It’s one of my… Read more »

Notable App Updates: Netflix Gets Revised iPad Interface, Gmail Gets “Scribbles” and NBC Comes to iPhone

Though the holidays are approaching quickly, app developers aren’t resting on their laurels if our New Apps and App Updates lists are any indication. ┬áSome well-known apps received some notable updates this week, improving functionality and adding features for users to enjoy over their holiday vacations. First up, Netflix overhauled the interface on the iPad,… Read more »

Mac App Store Surpasses 100 Million Downloads

Apple announced this morning that more than 100 million apps have been downloaded from its Mac App Store. The Mac App store, which debuted less than a year ago, currently offers more than 8,000 applications for Macintosh computers running Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher. In just three years the App Store changed… Read more »

Microsoft Releases Official Xbox Live App

Microsoft has released an official Xbox Live app for the iPhone and iPad. My Xbox Live hit the App Store yesterday and offers access to user achievements, friends, messages and more. The app is free and joins several other Microsoft apps in the App Store including Bing, Windows Live Messenger, and Photosynth. Take your Xbox… Read more »

Notable Updates and New Apps: iBooks Gets Nighttime Reading Theme, Flipboard Comes to the iPhone, Evernote Releases Two Apps

Apple has updated its iBooks app, adding several new features including a nighttime reading theme and full-screen mode on the iPad. The update to the free app hit the App Store this morning, bringing it to version 1.5. The full list of what’s new is as follows: Nighttime reading theme makes reading books in the… Read more »