It’s Mother’s Day weekend so we hope you got your mom some kind of a gift or flowers or something. No? Really? Well, sucks to be you, scrambling around looking for the perfect gift in such a short amount of time. Of course, if your mom’s a techie kind of mom or loves her iPhone, here’s a few sale apps for the weekend that might help make your shopping a little simpler.
Another week of Pocket Informant HD being on sale. If you want to get things done with power, this is the app for you. Down from $14.99 to just $8.99. Get it quick.
Kick with this universal electronic music making app with classic synths and drum machines along with other studio hardware. Four bucks off to just one dollar.
It’s a dollar more than Rhythm Studio, but SunVox is another great music making app and it’s going for just a measly $1.99. With the money you saved on the previous app, treat yourself to another one.
Turn your images into unique vintage comics that are sure to be a treat for your friends and family. And it’s free for now, so get SOCKO, BLAMMO now.
Wow, seven dollars off the price tag takes this birding and butterfly hunter app down to just one dollar, and it’s from the Audubon Society, so you know it’s got the goods.
A hold over from last week’s all travel apps, visit the Land Down Under and do it with Lonely Planet’s expert advice and it won’t cost you one red cent, mate.
And if you’re a nightlife kind of traveler who goes for clubbing globally then you need this app (and it’s free too so hop to it).
Psychedlica, man! Puzzle game with color out the whazoo, this is all about eating, growing and blooming and bring life to the cosmos for free.
Don’t forget mom! Make her a beautifully framed picture of yourself and shoot it over to her like a 21st century swell kid (and do it for free plus time, heh heh, it’ll be our secret).
Keep track of your iPhone or iPad usage with this slick piece of software that keeps track of all your stats for you. Save 50% and get the iPhone version for a mere buck and the iPad version for just $1.99.
Once upon a time this app sold for $1.99 but now it’s free for you in the App Store, so you can restore order to the royal court in this beautiful solitaire game.
Earlier today a beta version of iCloud.com accidentally leaked 2 new web apps, Notes and Reminders, presumably coming to iCloud web-portal. These apps make perfect sense to be on iCloud.com, as they already sync over iCloud across iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices, and Apple has added them as apps to the upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
The Reminders and Notes web apps weren’t functional, nor was the login, and Apple quickly pulled the beta content offline. In other words, we weren’t supposed to see this yet.
If we were to guess, WWDC 2012 would be the logical place for Apple to debut new iCloud features. That’s where Steve Jobs debuted iCloud itself last year, and now more than ever the WWDC keynote is Apple’s biggest software and services stage.
That’s when it will start to become really interesting.
Source: Steve Troughton-Smith
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While there’s certainly nothing wrong with the Google-powered Maps app we’ve had since the original iPhone, it could be argued that it’s time for Apple to shake things up and go their own way — and that could indeed be happening with iOS 6.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple may introduce “an incredible headline feature” with iOS 6 in the form of their own Maps application — one that finally breaks from Google Maps and is created entirely in-house.
Of course, the Maps app itself is already Apple’s own creation, but the technology that powers it comes from the Googleplex. Apple has widely been rumored to introduce their own solution over the years with the acquisition of Placebase, C3 Technologies and Poly9, which is plenty more than enough technology to create their own mapping solution.
According to “trusted sources,” that could be exactly what we’ll see when iOS 6 hits the streets later this year — a complete rewrite of the current Maps app, using C3 Technologies-based street view and what’s described as “a powerful new 3D mode.”
“The 3D mode does not come enabled by default, but users simply need to click a 3D button that is conveniently and visibly stored in the app,” the report reveals. “Perhaps under the fold like the current traffic, pin, and map view buttons. This 3D mode is said to essentially be technology straight from C3 Technologies: beautiful, realistic graphics based on de-classified missile target algorithms.” (Sounds like a much better use of that technology, if you ask us.)
With Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference now only a month away, it’s widely expected that Cupertino will at least preview iOS 6 at the event, although no one knows for sure if a redesigned Maps app will get a nod there. The report also doesn’t mention anything about turn-by-turn navigation, which is sorely lacking in Apple’s built-in app compared to the pretty awesome Google Navigation included free with Android devices. Let’s get on that, shall we, Apple…?
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iOS 6‘s built in Maps app will no longer call on Google Maps as its back end, but will instead host an Apple-made solution. Map’s will retain a Street View-style option and 3D building functionality thanks to their acquisition of C3 Technologies, with other mapping data coming from Placebase and Poly9. The design will be similar to the current Maps app, with a minor icon tweak, but will offer a “cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience”. This according to 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman, and confirmed by our sources.
Apple has already started to ditch Google Map data in iPhoto, so this isn’t exactly a huge surprise.
We’re expecting to out first glimpse of iOS 6 and hopefully some confirmation of that Google Maps is gone at WWDC this summer.
Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.
Bet you never thought your iPad could do origami, did you? Well, with the Incipio LGND Hard Shell Convertible Case, it can! This folio-style case lets you fold up its suede flaps into a fabulous little stand for your iPad. There are magnets on either side of the flaps and the back of the case to pin it all together, so you don’t have to worry about origami that won’t stay put (I think they call that cheating in some circles). Fold the flap over one way to type, and the other to stand up the iPad and watch LOST, like I’ve been doing since I got this case.
The LGND also has a “smart” magnet on the inside cover to wake up the iPad and put it to sleep and a soft microsuede interior to avoid scratching your tablet device.
The bottom line. I’m not taking this case off of my iPad for awhile. Maybe next week, when I review something else, but this case is a different take on the casual business look that folios are going for these days.
Incipio LGND Hard Shell Convertible Case
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Svpply offers fun, beautiful, and social way to shop from a a curated collection of products and stores from around the world from your iPhone and iPad. Featuring over 70,000 stores and brands and 1.1 million products, a gorgeous UI, and a way to follow what your friends buy and want, Svpply is a shopper’s dream come true.
Svpply is broken down into six categories: men’s women’s, tech, media, home, art, and other. Selecting one of these categories will break down into even more categories, making it easy to shop for a specific type of item. Selecting a most specific sub-category isn’t a requirement, however, so if you just want to browse general categories, you can.
In addition to browsing by category, Svpply also lets you search. I found this to be the only way to could shop for children and baby products, as there is no category for kids.
When viewing an item, a larger version of the photo is displayed, as well as it’s price range, name, and which store it’s from. You can then choose to mark it as something you want, collect it into a personal collection, or buy. Tapping buy will send you to the vendor’s website in the built-in browser. Unfortunately, this is the only way to actually view more photos of the item. I wish Svpply gathered all of the photos from the store’s website, not just one.
If you keep scrolling down the items page, you can see which people want it and browse through similar items. If you added the item to a collection, you can also view that collection. Lastly, you can view any comments that have been made about the item and leave a comment of your own.
Once you’ve marked some items as “want” and created some collections, you can head over to the “You” tab to view these items. There is also a category of thing you own, but I cannot figure how to actually add items here.
The feed is where you can see the activity of your friends (who have been added by connecting your account with Twitter or Facebook). You can filter your feed by category, gender, and price. As you scroll through your feed, you’ll the items that have been wanted by your friends with options to want them or collect them yourself.
I really enjoy using Svpply to window shop for anything from clothing, shoes, decorations, and art. I haven’t actually purchased anything yet, but Svpply is working as a bookmarking system for me to reference when I’m ready to buy. Creating personal collections reminds of Pinterest — in a good way.
App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor.
If you’ve been avoiding Harry Potter books until you could beam them onto your Kindle, Amazon has some good news for you — assuming you’re paying $79 per year for their Prime service, that is. Today’s update is chock full of Potter Kindle news, Proview settlement rumors, iOS 5.1 jailbreak progress and much more, so let’s dive right into this Thursday, May 10, 2012 edition.
The Next Web is reporting that Apple and Proview are in “serious negotiations” to resolve the issue of the iPad trademark in China, with Cupertino apparently jotting a figure of $16 million on a piece of paper and sliding it across the table, only to have it rejected by the nearly bankrupt Proview. So how much does Proview want? $20 million? $50 million? If you guessed $400 million, you win the non-existent prize — that’s the reported amount it would take to appease the company’s creditors, including eight Chinese banks. That amount is still a drop in the bucket compared to the $2 billion lawsuit they filed in the U.S. earlier this year, which was recently dismissed by the court. Certainly sounds like Apple and Proview are on opposite ends of the financial spectrum for now…
Amazon today announced that all seven Harry Potter e-books will be coming to the Kindle on June 19, where they will be exclusively offered to Amazon Prime members through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, rather than being sold directly to the public. PaidContent reports that the exclusive license from Pottermore likely cost Amazon a pretty penny, but the publisher dismisses concerns that the deal may cannibalize their existing sales. “The way the deal is structured means that any lost sales are more than made up for,” explains Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne. “Yes, some people will borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and therefore not buy, but Amazon is paying us a large amount of money for that right, and I believe it’s a commercial deal that makes sense.” And that’s only the beginning — “new partners and new platforms for the [Pottermore] site” are promised in the next few weeks, but Apple’s iBookstore won’t be among them, at least not yet. “We’re having conversations with Apple, but there is no date, no agreement,” the CEO concludes. “Would I like to be working with Apple? Absolutely.”
The cat and mouse game was bound to wind up in the hackers’ favor sooner or later, but it seems that iOS 5.1 has successfully gotten a jailbreak on a new iPad, just as iOS 5.1.1 rolls out this week. According to Cult of Mac, Chronic Dev hacker pod2g followed up his recent success with an untethered jailbreak for his iPhone 4 running iOS 5.1 by doing the same for his third-gen iPad, but notes there’s still plenty of work to do getting it ready for public consumption. The good news, however, is that the jailbreak will work on all devices running iOS 5.1 — and that includes the iPhone 4S as well as the new iPad. The one exception is the latest 1080p-capable Apple TV, which already has a tethered jailbreak solution and appears to be “several weeks out” from a proper untethered solution.
We’re big fans of the JibJab Jr. Books app for the iPad, which is why our interest was piqued immediately to hear the company has a new app available, this time aimed at the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPod touch. “Beep Boop turns learning good behavior into a game your kids will love,” explains JibJab co-founder Gregg Spiridellis, who along with his brother have five kids between them. “You reward positive behaviors with BEEPS and discourage negative behaviors with BOOPS. It’s way more convenient — and fun — than a sticker chart!” Best of all, the app is absolutely free and available for all devices running iOS 4.2 or later. Hit the link and start taming those little ones with Beep Boop!
The long, strange saga of MP3.com finally comes to an end with the bankruptcy of MP3tunes.com, the music locker service founded by Michael Robertson. Cnet notes that the website was essentially “sued out of existence” in 2007 by EMI, and the legal costs involved in fighting the suit have finally taken their toll. “Four and a half years of legal costs and we’re not even out of trial,” Robertson explains. “Mp3tunes has no choice but to file. This is what they do. The labels engage in multi-year legal battles and put small companies through hell for years.” The bankruptcy likely means a final verdict may never see the light of day — ironic, considering the proliferation of cloud locker services aimed at music from the likes of Google and Amazon.
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