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Apple iPad eBook app is called iBooks

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Looks like the Kindle now has a worthy arch-enemy. Apple’s iPad has an ebook store called “iBooks”. (What else?) The publishers include all of the big players: Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette.

Apparently the books won’t be cheap, which means publishers can stay in business longer. You can probably expect price wars very soon. The example book is a hefty $15. Interestingly, Apple is using ePub, which means books from other stores may work as well.

ImageShack updates iPhone app to V2.0

Posted in iPhone by Shane McGlaun on January 13th, 2010

Lots of people around the country take tons of pictures and video with the new iPhone 3GS. Many of the people who take lots of pictures like to share them on ImageShack and Twitter as well. ImageShack has announced a new update for its iPhone app that makes sharing easier.

The app is now at version 2.0 and lets the user directly upload photos and video to ImageShack for sharing. The app also lets the user use yfrog to upload pics to Twitter. Multiple login options allow you control over where and how your images are uploaded.

Oregan launches Widget Store for TVs

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2010

Do you have a connected TV? Would you like an app store to go along with it? Well, you are in luck. Oregan Networks has come up with an applications store for connected TVs. It will allow you to select and download services and applications right onto your TV.

You can select and download services and applications for your television. Content like Twitter, weather, sports and news will al be available, and will come pre-installed with Onyx. You will also be able to access paid content like movies and subscription TV services through the Widgets.

Navigon announces GPS navigation apps for Windows Mobile and Android

Posted in NAVIGON by Shane McGlaun on January 8th, 2010

One of the things that I like about the iPhone is that I don’t need a GPS device, music player, or MID — the iPhone does it all. There are other devices on the market that have GPS functionality built-in and the ability to use a smartphone as a navigation device is a popular feature with many consumers.

Navigon has had a navigation app for the iPhone out for a while now and at CES, the company has announced that it has onboard navigation apps coming for phones on the Android platform and those running Windows Mobile.

String Trio app turns your iPhone into an air violin

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2009

The latest iPhone app to turn your phone into an instrument is the String Trio, an air violin, viola and cello application for the iPhone. 20 classical and folk songs are included, while the greySox app plays with strokes of the virtual “bow”.

The iPhone’s motion sensor is used to detect the angle and length of the strokes and adjusts the playback of the music accordingly. String Trio is available at the iTunes App Store for $1.99.

Record iPhone game downloads expected this week

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on December 28th, 2009

I am sure there are many people out there who found a new iPhone under the tree this Christmas. Those folks are sure to be downloading tons of apps over the coming week with many people off work and out of school.

PlayHaven, an iPhone game community, and MobClix, a targeted mobile ad exchange, have announced that they expect record game downloads for the next week. The two companies expect game downloads for the week from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day to be 28 times higher than the same period last year.

Tapulous makes a cool $1M a month from App Store

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on December 21st, 2009

The App Store is huge business for Apple with a billion apps downloaded so far. Most of the downloaded apps are sure to be free ones, but there are a large number of paid apps being downloaded too.

Tapulous, the company behind the TapTap Revenge games, has announced that it clears a cool $1 million monthly from the App Store. That amount includes money from paid games, ads in games, and song purchases in its games.

FlightView for BlackBerry: Real-time flight tracking

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

FlightView for BlackBerry: Real-time flight trackingFlightView has announced its initial mobile application for BlackBerry. Those living in North America can check out real-time flight information right on their BlackBerrys, along with additional information like weather conditions. Flight status updates can be integrated with BlackBerry alerts as well so that you can have scheduled flights tied into your BlackBerry’s calendar.

Pretty darn convenient if you ask us. This will help a lot if you travel often. FlightView for BlackBerry can be purchased for $4.99 from BlackBerry App World.

Zune HD Twitter app won’t let you swear

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Zune HD Twitter app arrives tomorrowSo you have yourself a Zune HD and you’ve downloaded your new Twitter app. You’re looking forward to some sweet HD tweet time. But wait. How come that guy you just called a ^$%bag didn’t get called an %$%bag? That ain’t right.

In a sad turn of events, this app censors bad words. Hey if you want to tweet swear words all day it’s your god given right ya ***head. Besides, if those who follow you on Twitter don’t have a problem with it, who cares? Nice move Microsoft.

Zune HD Twitter app arrives tomorrow

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2009

Zune HD Twitter app arrives tomorrowSoon you’ll be tweeting and retweeting in glorious HD thanks to Microsoft, who is planning to release a Twitter app for the Zune HD personal media player. The free app will be available tomorrow morning at 9 AM sharp, downloadable via the Zune software on a PC or over a wireless connection.

So at 9 AM you can expect a million tweets of “Got my Zune HD Twitter App…” which will lead to the fail whale, casting darkness over the land of tweet.

Dimension Invaders augmented reality game hits iPhone

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on December 16th, 2009

dimensioninvaders-sbAugmented reality apps are becoming more and more popular. These are the sort of apps that let you aim your iPhone camera at a restaurant and get information about the business. They are cool, but very limited in how useful they are to many users.

Rapidito Games has announced that it has released a new augmented reality game for the iPhone 3GS called Dimension Invaders. The game lets you point your iPhone camera around the room or area you are actually in to aim a crosshair on the screen at blue blobs.

Kindle for iPhone now available internationally

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2009

Kindle for iPhone now available internationallyMerry Christmas to the international community. The Kindle app for iPhone has launched internationally in over 60 countries. It’s very good news, tinged with some bad. The bad news? It will be localized in English.

You won’t need to find a workaround anymore. Maybe now Amazon can concentrate on adding some non-English-language books to the Kindle store. You know, for those international users.

IMDB app for iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

IMDB app for iPhoneYou need movie facts and you need them now. Otherwise you won’t win the argument. There’s an app for that. The Internet Movie Database now has it’s own iPhone app. It’s the same stuff that’s on the site, but in a neatly-designed and easy to use reference for just about every film or show. You’ll also get local showtimes, trailers, and TV listings.

However you can’t rate or review movies, and do the other stuff that you can with an account. But it’s all good because it’s free.

Anywhere Abs app for pudgy BlackBerry users

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

Anywhere Abs app for pudgy BlackBerry usersIf you want to get in shape, the Wii-Fit isn’t your only option. As usual, there’s an app for that. This application by NickelBuddy for your BlackBerry phone will help you stay in shape.

The application basically acts as a gym instructor or coach, with three levels of workout programs, strictly focusing on your abs. There are ‘beginner’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’ categories. The Anywhere Abs app is available for both trackball and touchscreen Blackberry phones for just $3.

Dragon Dictation for iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2009

Dragon Dictation For iPhoneMany people hate typing on the iPhone. If you are one of these people, you will want to check out Dragon Dictation for the iPhone. It’s free for a limited time. Nuance’s Dragon Dictation for the iPhone uses the company’s Naturally Speaking engine to allow your phone to translate what you’re saying into text.

The program uses the clipboard as an intermediary. Talk into the Dragon app, then move over to wherever you want the words and paste ‘em. If you really really hate typing on your iPhone, it may even be worth paying for this.