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December 23 2013

Snapchat's Sneaky Update Adds New Filters and Message Replays
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Snapchat has updated its iOS and Android apps, adding several improvement like "smart" filters and the ability to replay photos and videos

The photo and video messaging service now allows users to replay one snap every 24 hours. Normally, snaps are deleted after up to six seconds, never to be seen again. The new feature, however, gives users a second chance to view a photo or video they want to get a closer look at

The replay feature is rather limited, given you can only replay the most recent video or image in your stream. Read more...

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December 22 2013

App Santa Brings Deep Discounts to Top iOS Apps
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Just in time for the holidays, a new iOS app sale called App Santa is offering users deep discounts on some of the best paid iOS apps of this year.

App Santa is a collaboration between ten indie iOS developers, with each offering up to a 60% discount on their respective iOS apps. The apps in the list include several of those highlighted in Apple's own Best of 2013 list, as well as some of Mashable's picks for apps that look great on iOS 7. They are primarily productivity apps, with PDF converters, VNC clients, note-taking apps, mileage logs and password managers among the offerings.

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May 10 2013

Amazon Launches Cloud Drive Photo App for iPhone
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Amazon has expanded its Cloud Drive offerings with a new photo-centric app for iPhone.

Amazon Cloud Drive Photos [iTunes link] for iPhone lets users back-up their entire iPhone photo libraries to Amazon's Cloud Drive. The app is essentially the same as the Android app released last November.

You can choose to back-up your entire camera roll to Cloud Drive or choose specific photos from different albums. There is also an autosave mode that works in a similar fashion to Dropbox's photo backup mode or the auto-upload features in Google+.

More about Amazon, Photos, Ios Apps, Amazon Cloud Drive, and Tech

May 09 2013

Netflix Makes iOS Binge-Viewers Happy With New Update
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Netflix has added its slick post-play feature to its iOS apps.

The feature was originally introduced last August for the web player, PS3 and Xbox 360 and it allows users to watch more content automatically without having to tinker with the remote or user interface.

When watching a TV show, the next episode automatically cues up and will start as soon as the current episode ends. This is awesome when binge watching episodes of your favorite series — or of a newly discovered favorite.

For movies, users get a choice of three movie recommendations that can be selected for easy, fast playback. Movies don't start automatically, so you don't have to worry abut getting sucked into something you don't want to watch. Read more...

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August 21 2012

5 Rock-Worthy iOS Apps for Guitarists



Thanks to the continuing evolution of the iOS as a music-creation platform, guitarists have several choices for bringing digital effects and pedals on the go with them.

A guitarist can literally plug right into their iPhone or iPad and begin shredding along with presets modeled after the legends of rock, or custom rigs of their own. Here are five key apps to get any rocker started.

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December 31 2011

Top 10 iOS Apps of 2011


1. Tweetbot




After Twitter acquired Tweetie, it was easy to think that the need for a third-party iPhone Twitter client largely disappeared.

When Tweetbot came out in April, it proved that even the most crowded markets can still find room for a great app. Tweetbot quickly started to rival the official app in terms of beauty, ease of use and features. With a customizable shortcut bar as well as advanced gesture support, Tweetbot is an all-around great Twitter client.

Twitter revamped its official app earlier this month and Tweetbot became a saving grace for users who hate the new app and want faster access to the features they like most.

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2011 was a great year for iOS apps. The App Store officially passed the 500,000 app mark, and with iOS 5, developers are continuing to push the boundaries of what it means to make a mobile app.

We’ve already highlighted 15 of the best mobile apps, but with so many great apps available for the iPad and iPhone, we had to pick ten more.

The only rule with this list was that an app needed to be released in 2011.

What was your favorite iOS app of 2011? Let us know.

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July 19 2011

Google+ iPhone App Now Available


The official Google+ iPhone app is now available.

The app is available as a free download [iTunes link] from the App Store.

Here’s a list of the app’s features, along with their descriptions.

  • Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
  • Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are >saying about things nearby.
  • Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

We’ll be updating this post with hands-on impressions and screenshots once we get a chance to play. Meanwhile, go forth and download.

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April 19 2011

HBO Customers Will Soon Be Able to Watch on iOS & Android Devices

Starting next month, HBO subscribers will be able to access streaming content via iOS and Android devices.

The premium cable network started running teaser advertisements for its HBO GO iOS and Android apps earlier this month. The latest spot touts “instant and unlimited access” to “every episode of every season of your favorite HBO shows.”

HBO launched the browser-based component of its HBO GO streaming service in February 2010. Select cable customers can access online HBO content by visiting HBOGo.com. Comcast Xfinity customers can also access HBO content via the Xfinity TV website and On-Demand iOS apps.

Rumors of an iOS-compatible app date back to August 2010. In the past eight months, not only has the iPad become a bona fide hit with consumers, it is quickly being embraced by broadcast and cable networks to sell a “second-screen” experience.

Cable companies including Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision and Time Warner all have iPad apps available to offer users access to on-demand or live access to select networks and programming.

HBO GO is part of HBO’s overall digital strategy, which aims to keep its product exclusive, while still offering flexibility for subscribers. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has refused to license HBO premium content to Netflix, in part because he sees the service as potentially devaluing content.

In January, HBO’s VP of corporate affairs, Jeff Cusson, told The Hollywood Reporter that “HBO believes in content exclusivity, especially for high-value content. That’s our rationale for not selling streaming rights to a competing subscription service.”

As a lifelong HBO subscriber, I can understand the network’s position. HBO is one of the few networks that, for me, makes subscribing to cable worthwhile.

While we don’t anticipate HBO licensing its content to Netflix (without some serious negotiations), we see an HBO GO iOS and Android app as one of the final steps before the network makes its content available to subscribers sans a cable subscription.

HBO GO for iOS and Android is expected to become available May 2.

[via CNET]

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February 16 2011

App Developers Unhappy With Apple’s New Subscription Service


Dissension against Apple’s new in-app subscription policies is growing, with streaming music service Rhapsody openly opposing the new policy while publishers mull potential courses of action, including litigation.

Earlier today, Apple launched its long-rumored subscription service, giving iOS application developers the ability to integrate recurring monthly subscriptions within their apps. The caveat though is that Apple will require a 30% revenue cut for in-app subscriptions and sign-ups.

Workarounds aren’t allowed, either; if a publisher offers a digital subscription outside of its iOS app, it must offer the same subscription offer at the same price or less to customers who wish to subscribe within the apps. Developers also are no longer allowed to provide links that prompt customers to purchase content outside of the app.

The changes are not sitting well with some developers, though. A representative for the Online Publishers Association, which represents Time, Bloomberg and other media outlets, expressed reservations about Apple’s new policies. A Sony exec recently said Apple is holding publishers ransom. The policy changes are a hot topic of conversation on popular developer community Hacker News. And finally, WSJ reports that Apple could face antitrust scrutiny for exerting “anticompetitive pressures on price.”

None of that compares to the statement Rhapsody President John Irwin made today, though. In no uncertain terms, he called Apple’s plan “economically untenable” and even hinted at a potential lawsuit.

From his statement:

“Our philosophy is simple too – an Apple-imposed arrangement that requires us to pay 30 percent of our revenue to Apple, in addition to content fees that we pay to the music labels, publishers and artists, is economically untenable. The bottom line is we would not be able to offer our service through the iTunes store if subjected to Apple’s 30 percent monthly fee vs. a typical 2.5 percent credit card fee.”

However, it’s the last line that’s the most ominous:

“We will be collaborating with our market peers in determining an appropriate legal and business response to this latest development.”

Will developer ire die down or escalate as the June deadline approaches for developers to update their apps? Our guess is this is probably just the beginning.

Image via Flickr, fPat

More About: apple, In-app subscriptions, iOS, iOS apps, publishers, rhapsody


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