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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Apple Releases a Podcast App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple has just released their new Podcasts app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. While it's not as feature-rich or complex as some other podcast apps on the App Store, if it's your first time using a podcast app, you may be wandering just how exactly to get started using it."

Good primer on how to use this universal app, in case you aren't familiar with podcasts. I've gotten away from listening to them myself, but that's only because my commute is a lot shorter. Do you still listen to podcasts? If so, have you tried this new app?

Tags: software, podcast, app, ios

Friday, June 1, 2012

WWDC Schedules and App Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:00 AM

"The few, the proud, the folks who are going to WWDC now have an idea of what sessions they can attend at this year's Apple Developer's Conference."

You can pickup the schedule here, and then head over to the App Store and get the official app here. Just make sure you are attending WWDC 2012 or the app won't work, since it requires an Apple ID and an attendee password. They keynote will be at 10:00 am on Monday June 11, and I'm sure will be streamed by several sites that day.

Tags: , app, schedule, wwdc, ios

Friday, May 25, 2012

Axis App for iOS, From Yahoo

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"Yahoo! announced last night the launch of its new app dubbed Axis, available for iPhone, iPad, and plug-ins that work with Firefox, Safari, or Chrome."

You can do everything from within the app, instead of having it switch you to the native Safari in iOS. And from what reviewers are saying it works pretty well. Worth trying out, since it's free.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Google + App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"Some people just love Google+ and others just hate the company's efforts to create a social network and a social layer across all of its services. Google itself seems to be pretty happy with the results it is getting from Google+ so far - or at least that's what the company is saying publicly."

And now they have an updated app. It's all new and works pretty well for the article. Seems strange they updated the iPhone one and left the Android version alone doesn't it? What are your thoughts on Google +?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Did You Buy The GameStore App? Apple Offering Refund

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 PM

"A strange Apple-built iOS app called GameStore appeared and then quickly disappeared in the App Store last week. After its disappearance, we picked the app apart and determined that GameStore was essentially sample code that demonstrates how to perform in-app purchases."

No worries if you did buy one, Apple is processing refunds and will issue credits to accounts within 5 days. If you don't get your credit, then I'd contact the App Store directly.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kindle Updates iOS App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:56 PM

"Amazon updated its Kindle app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Wednesday, adding iPad support for textbooks, along with support for Kindle Fire magazine and newspaper subscriptions."

It's making it even better to own an iPad with these updates. I normally use Zinio for my subscriptions but I may have to try out the Amazon method. The textbook features are fantastic too, including support for notes, highlights and linked content to name but a few of the features. Version 2.9 update is also free from the iTunes App Store.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Edmunds has Their Own App (Finally!)

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Many people will buy a new or used car at some point, and that process has been enhanced immensely by the latest version of the free iPhone app from Edmunds."

I get a lot of information from the Edmunds site, so very happy they have come out with their own app, especially since I'll be in the market for another car soon. Used of course. Which is where the value of the Edmunds site really comes into play, since owners are free to review these cars and post them on the site. And it's free, but only for iPhone so far unfortunately.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Google Search for iPad Updated

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"If you're using the Google Search app for iPad, you'll be glad to know that Google has just pushed a major update to this iPad app, making it more interactive, visual and easier to find what you are searching for."

The cool thing about this is you can do your search, and then go to a result from within the app, using sliding gestures to go back and forth. If I was just looking for information that I might not need to bookmark, this sounds like it would work pretty slick. I'm not sure how much I would use this though, since you can search from Safari too. I guess I'll have to try it out and see what all the fuss is about. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Facebook for iPad is Finally Here

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"Facebook launched version 4.0 of its iOS app. With the update, the app now offers dual iPhone and native iPad support. Long-awaited, rumored often delayed, a native app has been something many iPad have wanted."

I'm one of the people that have patiently waited for this app, and am pretty happy with it so far. There are some minor inconveniences, such as when I go to a web link, and then finish and go back to Facebook, it doesn't always take me back to the spot I started in. But for the most part I'm happy with it. What are your thoughts about this new app for iPad?

Friday, July 15, 2011

PolitiFact App Approved by Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:30 PM

"As the U.S. 2012 presidential election campaign gathers momentum, an app that checks the factual statements of politicians earned a thumbs up from Apple."

The app is universal, and available now for $1.99 USD [affiliate link] for all you political junkies that want to check the veracity of your favorite , or not so favorite politician.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TiVo Releases iPhone Native App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 PM

"TiVo lived up to earlier clues and on Tuesday posted an iPhone-native version of its iOS app (free, App Store). The now universal app provides the same DVR scheduling, content browsing, and remote control as on the iPad but in a more condensed form that also works on the iPod touch. The only missing feature is support for a flick-to-play gesture that works only on the iPad's larger screen."

I loved the TiVo I used to have, and wish I had one now. Dish Network DVRs suck, but that is another story! Anyway, for you lucky TiVo owners, the app supports Premiere Series 4 DVRs, as well as limited support for Series 3 including the TiVo HD and HD XL. Sorry Android owners, your app will come later!

Friday, July 8, 2011

15 Billion Apps Downloaded for iOS, But How is the Mac App Store Doing?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:46 PM

"Apple® today announced that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App StoreTM by the more than 200 million iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users worldwide. The App Store offers more than 425,000 apps and developers have created an incredible array of over 100,000 native iPad apps."

No small feat, in just three years. Now I'm sure the Mac App Store developers are wishing their store would generate the same kind of numbers, if this article is any indication. Granted, they haven't been around as long and Apple is just now getting ready to release Lion, which seems to be tailor made for the Mac App Store process, so perhaps it is just the lull before the storm. Or people just aren't interested yet since they have the versions they need at this point and won't really take advantage until significant updates are released. I have to admit I like using it and like the notifications for updates that are available, just like on iOS. And I would use it if I needed software, but the cost factor is much bigger with the Mac App Store than with iOS. I believe that is the main reason, but what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Evernote Peek: The First Smart Cover Learning App

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:15 AM

"Several months ago, Phil and I were sitting in a plane playing around with the just-released iPad 2. Of all its features, the thing that floored us was the ingenious Smart Cover. It didn't seem like an accessory so much as an extension of the device. As we sat there opening and closing the cover, a question struck us: could we use the cover to control an app that would make Evernote even more useful Turns out, the answer is yes. We give you Evernote Peek, the world's first Smart Cover app. Available now."

Here's one thing I've learned over the years: if you have a hardware feature that developers can tap into, they will - and they'll do creative things you never guessed they could. This is a perfect example of that - and I think it's brilliant. It's a whole new class of application that came about simply from Apple coming up with a feature that turns the iPad on when the Smart Cover is lifted.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

DisplayLink iPad App Gives You An Extra Monitor

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

If you're an iPad owner, you should check out the DisplayLink iPad app. I downloaded it last week but didn't get around to checking it out until now - in short, it uses your iPad's WiFi connection to turn your iPad into another monitor on a Windows 7 computer (sorry OS X users). I had it up and running in about 90 seconds - you simply install the Windows 7 desktop application, it adds a virtual display, and on the iPad your computer will show up as a location that can be connected to. That's right, you can have an extra monitor on multiple computers (not at the same time of course). Under Windows 7, you can manipulate your iPad as if it were a connected monitor. Read more...

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Onion Unveils Their iPad App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM!5788205/

"In a tremendously fitting move, The Onion has released its native iPad app on April Fool's Day."

A free app available now, this app written in HTML 5 gives you all the news, videos and pictures from the web and the related TV show...right there on your iPad. The New York Times has a piece about this app also, and what strikes me as pretty darn funny is they announced it on April Fool's Day. Go figure coming from them right?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

WiFi2HiFi: Get Streaming Audio Goodness

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:30 PM!5778702/wif...-your-pc-to-ios

"Apple's AirPort Express has long been an awesome way to stream music from your PC across the house, but if you don't have one, iOS app WiFi2HiFi lets you stream any audio to your stereo using your iOS device."

Have an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch) and want to get music from your PC to it? Then WiFi2HiFi is worth a look: you buy the app for 99 cents, then after installing a separate program on your PC, you can connect the two and get your music anywhere in your home. I've personally wished for in-home "everywhere" audio in the past, but I've never been willing to shell out the dollars needed for the whole ecosystem of speakers required. This would provide a solution to that quandary - sort of - but ultimately it's just a "dumb pipe" because it doesn't allow you to control the music coming off your PC.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Warner Brothers New App Sidestepping New Policy?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"In an interesting move, Warner Brothers has released two movies as apps -- including extras -- semi-skirting the iTunes Store. The idea is to offer movies to customers who live in countries without movie sales via iTunes. Of course, Apple still gets the 30% cut of the in-app purchase cost."

The clause this may violate states that 'apps that are simply a song or movie should be submitted to the iTunes store. Apps that are simply a book should be submitted to the iBookstore.' In this case, the movies are in-app purchases so at least they follow that rule. Works over either Wi-Fi or 3G and the cost is $9.99 USD for streaming or $11.99 USD for purchase.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Learn to Switch to Mac Available at Steep Discount

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"We've been hearing a lot about how many new Mac users there are. During the January first-quarter financial call, for example, we heard that not only were Mac sales up 23 percent over the same quarter a year earlier, but about half of the Macs sold in Apple Stores during that quarter were to people who had never owned a Mac before."

And what might help all of these switchers is this handy program called "Learn to Switch to Mac" available now [affiliate link] in the Mac App store for $0.99 USD, down from the normally priced $24.95 USD (if you were to purchase it separate from the $99.00 USD Parallels bundle). Basically it teaches you an action that you would do in Windows, how to do the same action in OS X, and then will let you try it, learn by doing if you will. If you have anyone that is switching, this is a heck of a deal for some good basic training on OS X.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Take That, Rupert! 9,000 +1

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 08:30 PM

"TechCrunch reports on the eve of News Corp's. The Daily launch that arch rival NYTimes is also releasing an iPad only daily news app called...wait for"

I read somewhere that there are 9,000 news apps (can that be?) for iOS. Make it 9,001. is yet another aggregator, and not a source of original news. Not much else is known at this time, but you can sign-up for email updates at news dot me, or follow them on twitter @newsdotme.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The First Microsoft App, OneNote

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"Yesterday, Microsoft launched its first Office app for iOS, a mobile version of the digital notebook application OneNote. If you've never heard of it, it may be because you're using the Mac version of Office, which lacks OneNote, greatly reducing the usability of the iOS app."

It is free for now, so if you want to give it a try there is no risk. I've messed around with it a little bit, and while I like it for the most part, I still resort to using the Notes app that comes with iOS and Simplenote. One thing that this program requires is a Windows Live account so if you don't have that, you need to get one or just skip this program. The reason is they use the account for syncing, but only for Windows machines, so it is rather annoying to be honest. Still, there are some nice things like being able to add a photo to a note. I'm not sold on it so I'm taking it off my phone but like I said, it is free so you have nothing to lose if you don't like it and erase it from your iPhone.

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