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iPhone 4 and iOS 4 Unveiled, Coming Apple-Android Wars, Less Americans Using Cell Phones, and More

This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.06.15

One huge drawback to depending on our Internet connections: When they go down, you can't Google for information, check links, download images, upload articles, watch streaming videos, and, if you use an Internet-based phone service, make or receive phone calls. Comcast's broadband cable service has been flaky in our area since sometime this past weekend, and we're spending a lot of time just spinning our wheels waiting for Comcast to fix things.

Or for AT&T to finally get U-verse in our neighborhood. We'd switch in a hearbeat. Dan Knight, publisher, Low End Mac

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Apple Introduces iPhone 4, iOS 4

PR: At the WWDC keynote, Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented the new iPhone 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes the dream of video calling a reality, and Apple's new Retina display, claimed to be the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in super crisp text, images and video.

In addition, iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple's A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro, and up to 40% longer talk time - in a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that Apple says is the thinnest smartphone in the world. iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the iPhone operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1,500 new APIs for developers. iOS 4 features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple's new iAd mobile advertising platform (see below). iPhone 4 will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan on June 24, starting in the US at just $199 for qualified buyers with a two year contract.1

iPhone 4 FaceTime makes video calling a reality"iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone," commented Steve Jobs. "FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades."

FaceTime is as mobile as your phone, so you can see your loved ones and friends anywhere there is WiFi. Using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no setup required, and you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with just a tap.

iPhone 4 Retina display has such high resolution that you can't distinguish individual pixels at normal viewing distancesApple's new 3.5" Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels - four times as many pixels as the iPhone 3GS and 78% as many pixels as an iPad. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when the phone is held at a normal distance, making text, images, and video look sharper, smoother, and more realistic than ever before on an electronic display.

iPhone 4 is thinner than ever - 9.3 millimeters - with an all-new design, and Apple claims build quality like no other mobile device. The front and back are made of aluminosilcate glass, chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, more scratch resistant and more durable than ever. The front and back glass have an oil-resistant coating that helps keep it clean, and encircling iPhone 4 is a highly finished stainless steel band made of a custom alloy that is forged to be five times stronger than standard steel.

iPhone 4iPhone 4 features a new 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 5x digital zoom, a backside illuminated sensor, and built-in LED flash that allows you to take photos even in low light and dark environments. iPhone 4 lets you record and edit HD video, and the tap to focus feature now works while recording video. You can use the iPhone 4's LED flash for both still photography and video recording. The new iMovie app for iPhone lets you combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes, and include photos and music, and users can buy it for just $4.99 through the App Store right on their phone.

iPhone 4 is the best mobile device ever for games and entertainment, with access to tens of thousands of games and entertainment apps on the App Store. Every iPhone 4 has a built-in 3-axis gyro that, when combined with the accelerometer, provides 6-axis motion sensing such as up and down, side to side, forward and backward, and pitch and roll, making it perfect for gaming. Developers can access the gyro using the new CoreMotion API to make games and other apps that go well beyond what other mobile devices offer.

The new iOS 4 boasts over 100 new features, including Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support, and Apple's new iAd mobile advertising platform. With Multitasking, users can now instantly switch between any of their apps while preserving battery life. With Folders, users can easily organize their apps into collections by simply dragging one app on top of another. A folder is automatically created and named based on the category of apps selected. Users can change the name of any folder at any time. In addition, users can now customize their lock and home screens with an array of supplied wallpapers or with any of the photos on their phone.

The new iBooks app will be available for iPhone 4 as a free download from the App Store and includes Apple's new iBookstore, allowing users to browse, buy, and read books on a mobile device. The iBooks app will sync your current place in a book, along with any bookmarks, highlights, and notes you have created, between copies of the same book on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. iBooks users can also now read and store PDFs right in iBooks. There are now over 60,000 books available in the iBookstore, and users have downloaded over five million books in the first two months.

Apple says more than five billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store and more than 225,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries. Almost 100 million iPhone and iPod touch users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference, and travel.

iPhone 4 delivers a claimed seven hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to 10 hours of Web browsing on WiFi and up to six hours on 3G, up to 10 hours of video playback, and up to 40 hours of audio playback.2 iPhone 4 is powered by Apple's new A4 processor that provides exceptional processor and graphic performance along with long battery life. iPhone 4 features a second microphone and advanced software to suppress unwanted background noise for improved call quality when in loud places. iPhone 4 also offers 802.11n WiFi networking and adds quad-band HSUPA to provide 7.2 Mbps downlink and 5.8 Mbps uplink capability.3

iPhone 4 comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16 GB model and $299 for the 32 GB model in both Apple and AT&T's retail and online stores, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK on June 24, and customers can preorder their iPhone 4 beginning Tuesday, June 15 from the Apple Online Store or reserve an iPhone 4 to pick up at an Apple Retail Store. iMovie for iPhone will be available on the App Store for just $4.99.

Also on June 24, a new iPhone 3GS 8 GB model will be available for just $99. iOS 4 software will be available on June 21 as a free software update via iTunes 9.2 or later for iPhone and iPod touch customers.4

iPhone 4 will roll out worldwide to 88 countries by the end of September. iPhone 4 will be available by the end of July in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  1. Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.
  2. Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
  3. Speed is dependent on cellular network capability.
  4. iOS 4 is compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32 GB or 64 GB). Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32 GB or 64 GB).

iPhone 4, iOS 4 Improve Enterprise Support, but BlackBerry Still the 'Gold Standard'

Computerworld's Matt Hamblen says:

"Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised deeper enterprise support with its iPhone 4 and its iOS 4 software, noting that it will offer better data protection, wireless application distribution and support for multiple Exchange e-mail accounts, as well as SSL VPN security.

"But all of that still might not be enough for some industry analysts to give IT shops a green light for full iPhone deployments, at least when the iPhone is compared with BlackBerry devices, which are backed by the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and used by many large companies."

iOS 4 Jailbroken within a Day of First Release

Gizmodo reports:

"A Gold Master release of iOS 4 (née iPhone OS) was seeded to developers yesterday. And the next iPhone's software has been surprisingly accommodating to jailbreakers' attempts to crack it wide open."

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Help Avoid Hitting the Limit on AT&T's New iPhone Data Plan

Mac OS X Hints' contributor soulbarn says:

"This is a lesson that I learned the hard way when using an iPhone overseas with a 200 MB data plan. That's the same amount of data offered by the new AT&T $15 scheme.

"You likely know that you'll need to avoid many high-bandwidth activities - watching video, streaming music - when you're using a cellular connection if you don't want to max out your plan. Here's a gotcha that isn't immediately evident: updating your apps."

"Better to wait until you're on a WiFi connection to get the latest software updates."

The Coming Apple-Android Wars

Seeking Alpha's Edward Harrison says:

"Right now, we are watching what I believe is a game changing power struggle in the technology world as we move to a cloud computing, platform-independent world. It pits Google and its ubiquitous presence on the Net against Apple and its tentacled reach into sundry platforms both in hardware and operating systems and Microsoft because of its legacy position in desktop operating systems. I see the Apple - Android wars as central to this shift."

10 Things Android Does Better than iPhone OS

Maximum PC's Paul Escallier says:

"The initial Android platform bested the iPhone OS on several levels, but lacked some key functionalities that the iPhone could provide. Since then, Android has grown - not only meeting all of the functionalities of the iPhone, but besting it in nearly all aspects from an extensive list of devices to a growing Android Marketplace. Here is our list of the top 10 things Android does better than the iPhone...."

Editor's note: iOS 4 (more above), which will be available as a free update for iPhone 3G and 3GS users on June 21, eliminates Escallier's first item - multitasking. dk

Switching from iPhone to Android

Computerworld's Mitch Wagner says:

"After three years as a loyal iPhone user, I'm thinking about making the switch to a phone running Google Android. I'm looking for something new, Android is looking good nowadays, and Apple's creepy corporate culture is wearing me down."

Prisoner of iTunes: The iPad File Transfer Horror

The Register's John Lettice notes that the iPad is light, compact, reasonably capable for typing, and has very decent battery life, which would be enough to convince him to take the device seriously for note taking and document viewing and manipulation. In fact, he could stop carrying his MacBook Air around all the time, were it not for the "you can check out, but you can't leave" dynamic that obtains.

"The iPad is a conflicted machine," Lettice opines - a media consumption device and potential productivity tool, but also considerable potential to become an infuriating device to use - in particular, the difficulty in exchanging files, the iTunes tether, and the iPad's status as a big iPhone that can't make phone calls.

The author observes, "It's possible to work around some of the iPad's insane file sharing restrictions using Avatron Software's Air Sharing HD, which is as essential from the point of view of sanity preservation as it is for getting stuff done."

Editor's note: Some of these issues appear to be addressed by iOS 4, which Steve Jobs announced recently, but not the file import/export constipation. cm

Hello iPad, Good-bye Netbook

Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt notes that as if Steve Jobs wasn't getting enough attention after his iPhone 4 keynote Monday, Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty issued a note to clients Monday night that's basically a love song to his iPad, noting that the device iPad is on track to become the fastest ramping mobile Internet device out of the gate and at least partially responsible for a sharp drop in the growth of netbook sales. Huberty thinks the netbook phenomenon may have peaked and expects tablet sales to overtake netbooks by 2012.

Was the A4 CPU Really Designed Exclusively by Apple?

Hardmac's Lionel says:

"During the presentation of the iPad, Apple was ecstatic (for good reasons) on its first ARM CPU, a.k.a. A4, announcing it as a internally developed product packed with high performance capabilities. A recent discovery from specialist of CPU dissection seems to give the story a different tone."

"...it seems that Apple got inspired by the Samsung CPU, and at the same time difficult not to say that Apple got inspired by Samsung design. It is even possible that both companies have been working together on this CPU and brand it with different name depending on the device it powers.

"So, the A4, similarly to the Samsung CPU, is based on a Cortex A8 clocked at 1 GHz with 512 KB of cache L2 associated with a PowerVR SGX 3-D unit."

Following Apple's Example, Windows Phone 7 to Ban Porn Apps

LifeSiteNews' Thaddeus M. Baklinski reports:

"Following Apple's lead in trying to keep pornography off its iPad and iPhone products, Microsoft has announced a new set of policies for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace that will not allow porn or sexually suggestive content.

"The application certification requirements for Windows Phone 7 program developers states that Microsoft will no longer allow content such as 'Images that are sexually suggestive or provocative, Content that generally falls under the category of pornography, or Content that a reasonable person would consider to be adult or borderline adult content.'

"In February, Apple began blocking 'adult' applications and sexually suggestive screen shots from its online stores in response to 'numerous complaints from our customers about this type of content.'

"In May Apple CEO Steve Jobs said his company would not be a party to the pornography industry and hoped that the iPad and iPhone revolution would help create a porn-free world.

"'We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy [an] Android phone,' Jobs said, referring to the product of competitor Google, which has permitted a pornography store app for its smartphone."

iPad vs. iPhone: A Deeper Look at How the iPad Compares to iPhone

Into Mobile's Will Park says:

"There are a good number of people out there that will tell you the Apple iPad is little more than a giant iPhone or iPod touch, and that you'd be better off buying yourself said iPhone or iPod touch and saving yourself a good amount of green. But, the iPad is more (and sometimes less) than just another iDevice. There are a lot of differences and similarities between the Apple phone and the Apple tablet. Let us explain that point with this handy infographic...."

Lotus Notes Brings Secure Email to the iPad

Network World's Jon Brodkin says:

"IBM is trying to ride Apple's iPad momentum with a free download that lets Lotus Notes customers receive secure access to email, calendar, and other collaboration tools on the touch-screen tablet computer."

Americans' Overall Cell Phone Use Dropping

banktech.com's Penny Crosman reports:

"Surprising news from Javelin Research today - 23 million Americans have given up their cell phones to save money, according to a survey it conducted between April 2009 and March 2010 from three random-sample panels totaling more than 10,990 consumers. According to the researchers, consumers are canceling cell phone contracts to save money; overall mobile phone adoption dropped from 85% in 2009 to 74% in 2010."

Editor's note: In plain English, this means that 85% of US adults had mobile phones in 2009, but only 74% do this year - about 13% of those who used cell phones in 2009 no longer do. At the same time, 20% of US adults now use smartphones, up from 13% in 2009. dk

Klipsch Speakers Presents 'Step off the Sidelines' Headphone Giveaway

PR: On July 14, all-star athletes and entertainers will attend the 2010 ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to commemorate the best in sports; both individual players and teams will be recognized for excellence. Klipsch will provide a pair of limited edition; cobranded Klipsch Image X10i headphones to this coveted group in their ESPYs gift bag.

Klipsch and Explicit Events & Marketing are also making it possible for five first place winners to score a pair of these sports-themed headphones through a special Klipsch "Step off the Sidelines" giveaway. Klipsch is inviting participants to submit witty photos of them posing with any Klipsch product for a chance to score a pair of these cobranded headphones as well as a Klipsch iGroove SXT iPod speaker to five second place winners.

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Free 'Take Control of iPad Basics' Ebook Anchors 5-volume Set of iPad Documentation

PR: TidBITS Publishing Inc. has released a five-volume set of ebooks about the iPad, including the free Take Control of iPad Basics.

Although the iPad is easy to pick up and start tapping on, it can be harder to avoid newbie mistakes, do useful work, enjoy your media, use email effectively, and set up secure network connections. To help iPad users solve all those problems and many more, TidBITS Publishing Inc. has released a five-volume set of ebooks comprising over 500 pages of real-world advice about the iPad. In contrast with traditional print books, these - and all other - Take Control ebooks can be read on the iPad or on any computer, and readers will receive free and discounted updates as the topics covered evolve.

The first ebook in the set, the 109-page Take Control of iPad Basics, by Tonya Engst, is available for free to help new users become comfortable with their iPads. The remaining ebooks go beyond the basics to focus on subtle details and provide the expert advice that sets the Take Control series apart. They can be purchased individually or together for $30 in an "Improve Your iPad IQ" bundle. The bundle is available at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/news/ipad-iq

Here's what the new ebooks are about:

  • Take Control of iPad Basics, by Tonya Engst: The ebook helps readers decide which iPad and accessories to buy, points out the iPad's buttons and ports, and explains the iPad's multitouch gestures. Engst also covers how to download apps, sync data and media, find your stuff, and avoid newbie mistakes. The ebook wraps up with a discussion of how to demo an iPad to interested friends and colleagues. In a blog post, technology consultant Tony Lawrence wrote, "I strongly recommend 'Take Control of iPad Basics' for all new and prospective iPad owners. I've been using my iPad night and day for weeks and I still learned things!" 109 pages, free.
  • Take Control of Working with Your iPad, by Joe Kissell: In this ebook, Kissell covers what you can do with Apple's iWork suite - Pages, Numbers, and Keynote - and with many third-party apps. Readers will learn to manage contacts and calendars, take notes and write documents, create spreadsheets and presentations, and much more. Special topics include printing from the iPad and moving documents among apps and devices. 111 pages, $10
  • Take Control of Media on Your iPad, by Jeff Carlson: This ebook goes beyond the basics while explaining how to download and read ebooks in iBooks, useful tricks for listening to audio in the iPod app, and how to use an iPad as a remote control for iTunes, the Apple TV, or consumer electronics. A free update will soon add coverage of videos, photos, and more. 65 pages, $10
  • Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, by Joe Kissell: For this title, Kissell provides real-world advice about using the Mail app on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. He covers various email account options including Exchange, MobileMe, and Gmail; helps readers develop a real-world mobile email strategy that integrates with multiple devices and computers; explains the mechanics of sending and receiving mobile email; and provides essential troubleshooting advice. 96 pages, $10
  • Take Control of iPad Networking & Security, by Glenn Fleishman: In this detailed and practical ebook, Fleishman looks deeply at how to network an iPad and keep its data safe from prying eyes. Along with WiFi, 3G, and Bluetooth network advice, he explains how to transfer documents to and from an iPad, control remote computers, and reduce the chance of an iPad being hacked or stolen. 152 pages, $15

Take Control publisher Adam Engst comments, "Creating this five-volume set of ebooks about the iPad has been a huge collaborative effort, with all our authors helping one another throughout the process. We're especially happy that we're publishing ebooks, given how fast the world of the iPad is changing, since that will enable us to keep these titles fresh as print books about the iPad become increasingly dated."

Book Details

Take Control of iPad Basics
Tonya Engst
PDF format
109 pages
available for free download Publication date: June 2, 2010
Price: Free! (PDF)
ISBN: 978-1-61542-051-3
 
Take Control of Working with Your iPad
Joe Kissell
PDF format
111 pages
free sample available
Publication date: June 2, 2010
Price: $10 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-1-61542-052-0
 
Take Control of Media on Your iPad
Jeff Carlson
PDF format
65 pages
free sample available
Publication date: June 2, 2010
Price: $10 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-1-61542-053-7
 
Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
Joe Kissell
PDF format
96 pages
free sample available
Publication date: May 6, 2010
Price: $10 (PDF), $19.99 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-61542-050-6
 
Take Control of iPad Networking & Security
Glenn Fleishman
PDF format
152 pages
free sample available
Publication date: June 2, 2010
Price: $10 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-1-61542-054-4

NextWorth Trade-In Program Provides iPhone Owners a Free Upgrade to iPhone

PR: NextWorth announces its new trade-in program for Apple iPhone owners that covers the full subsidized price of upgrading from the current iPhone 3GS to the new iPhone 4.

Currently, NextWorth customers can receive between $208 and $260 for their 16 GB iPhone 3GS1 when trading in their iPhone through the service. With the new 16 GB iPhone 4 prices starting at $1992, trade-in amounts will fully cover the cost of an upgrade - plus extra cash for accessories.

"Existing iPhone owners have no excuse not to upgrade today. However, they shouldn't wait too long, as prices are dynamic and are subject to change," said Dave Chen, CEO of NextWorth. "Consumers can lock in our high trade-in prices with NextWorth for up to 21 days and upgrade to the coolest and most functional iPhone yet when it is released for preorder on June 15th."

NextWorth provides attractive trade-in value for every Apple iPhone model - new or used. iPhones purchased by NextWorth in any condition will be refurbished and resold by NextWorth, keeping the used devices out of the waste stream, thereby promoting reuse and recycle.

Trading in an old iPhone is simple, with current market values and the condition of the device determining the trade-in value. NextWorth customers visit NextWorth.com, enter the model, condition and any original accessories that may be included in the trade, and a value is instantly displayed. If customers accept this value and completes the trade-in process, a free shipping label is provided to ship the iPhone to NextWorth. Once received, NextWorth examines the product, verifies the estimate and sends the customer payment in the form of a check, PayPal, or a Target Gift Card, normally within seven to fourteen days after examination. Customers can also trade-in their iPhones at major participating online retailers managed by NextWorth, such as Target.com and J&R.com. Military personnel can utilize the AAFES online store managed by NextWorth to trade-in their current iPhone. For customers located in NYC metropolitan area, they can receive instant payment, for their iPhones trade-ins at J&R Music and Computer World's store conveniently located in downtown Manhattan.

A list of additional participating retailers and more information on NextWorth can be found on the company's website. In addition to iPhone trade-ins, NextWorth also offers trade-in services for Apple iPods and iPads, cell phones, Ebook readers, Laptops, digital cameras, GPS systems, movie DVDs, video games and video game consoles.

  1. Prices for 16 GB 3GS iPhone listed in "Normal Wear" and "Like New" condition, respectively, with all of the original accessories. These two categories account for the vast majority of all phones traded-in. Trades are also accepted for more heavily worn, broken, and "New in Box" iPhones as well. Prices are dynamically generated based on market conditions. Quoted buy price reflected as of 6/8/10 and are subject to change.
  2. Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract. Existing AT&T customers should use www.apple.com/iphone/buy to find out if they are eligible for early upgrade pricing.

Kazaa Creators Open Legal Music Service for iPhone

Electronista reports:

"The former founders of Kazaa today launched Rdio (link ready soon), their first fully legal music service. Like some of its competitors, it promises per-track streaming both on the Web and on mobile devices like the BlackBerry and iPhone for a fee."

ActivePrint 7.5: iPad and iPhone Printing Simplified

PR: Texas based Pocket Watch, LLC. is announces that ActivePrint 7.5 is now finished and being reviewed by Apple for release on the AppStore for the iPhone as well as the iPad. With ActivePrint, you can print to any printer that your PC can print to through your WiFi network or over the Internet using the iPhone or iPad's 3G network. Customers have the ability to print office documents from the iPhone or the iPad such as word processor documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDF files.

In April, Apple released their revolutionary iPad. Since then, sales of ActivePrint have soared creating a whole new community of ActivePrint users. This new community brought us numerous suggestions on how to make ActivePrint better for iPhone and iPad users alike. We are thrilled to announce that we have implemented a substantial number of these suggestions in the new ActivePrint 7.5.

One of the highlights of these new features includes the ability to print documents from your cloud storage account. ActivePrint 7.5 allows you to print documents stored in your Box.net account no matter where you are. Some of these document types include word processor documents (.doc, .docx, and others), spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx, and others), presentations (.ppt, pptx, and others), and PDF Files. Now you can save your documents to your Box.net account from your favorite app and then easily print them using ActivePrint!

We will be adding support for additional cloud storage services in the future such as Google Docs.

Here are some of the other features available in this new version of ActivePrint 7.5:

  • Print documents from your Box.net cloud account
  • Print photos from your photo album or your device's camera
  • Print the contents of your device's clipboard, letting you easily print content from other apps
  • Print contacts from your address book and web pages
  • Print plain text from a built in notepad screen
  • Support for multiple copies, portrait/landscape printing, different quality of printing, and color or black/white printing
  • Print via any Internet connection (WiFi or EDGE/3G network)
  • Support for practically any printer available in the market
  • Parental control password lock for the built in Internet browser

Device Requirements:

  • iPad: iPhone OS 3.2
  • iPhone/iPod touch: iPhone OS 3.1
  • 3.1 MB

Other Requirements:

  • A printer connected to a Windows PC via USB/WiFi/Network

Demo Video: http://dailyappshow.com/activeprint

ACTPrinter 2.0: Print from Mac/Windows to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

PR: Houdah Software, publisher of HoudahSpot and HoudahGeo, announces the release and immediate availability of ACTPrinter 2.0 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With ACTPrinter, all your documents travel with you - on your iPhone. Ever wondered why you always end up printing those so-called electronic tickets, boarding passes, bar codes, and more?

Wasted a sheet of paper to remember that "will call" pickup number? No more! Beyond serving as a medium for tickets and the like, ACTPrinter is also a document reader. Take emails, web pages, letters, and more with you for reading on the go.

ACTPrinter serves a printer for "virtual paper" stored on iPhone or iPod touch. Documents finally become mobile. Electronic tickets attain ultimate convenience. Bar codes may be scanned right off the display of your iPhone or iPod touch.

ACTPrinter 2.0 finally adds full support for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7. Customers may now print from their Windows PC to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. An AppCraver review once read "A Must-Have For Every iPhone With a Mac". The same should now hold true for Windows PC.

Feature Highlights:

  • Print from any Mac / PC application to iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
  • Integration with Mac OS X PDF Services. PDF service is installed on first launch of ACTPrinter Mac
  • Installed as a virtual printer on Windows PC
  • Mac / PC and iPhone pair seamlessly using Bonjour a.k.a. ZeroConf
  • Portrait and landscape viewing. Pinch zoom
  • Compatible with Tiger and Leopard and Snow Leopard. Some features require Leopard or better.
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista & 7

System Requirements:

  • iPhone OS 3.1.2 or better
  • Mac with AirPort card. Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard
  • PC with WiFi card. Windows XP, Vista or 7

ACTPrinter is priced at 99¢ and available exclusively through Apple's App Store. The Mac client software, ACTPrinter Mac, is available for free from the Houdah Software website. The Windows client software, ACTPrinter Win, is available for free from the Houdah Software website.

MasterCard Launches MoneySend for the iPhone and iPad

PR: MasterCard Worldwide has announced the availability of the MasterCard MoneySend service for iPhone and iPad users, a convenient way to transfer money in the United States from person to person by combining the power of your iPhone or iPad with your banking relationship. MasterCard MoneySend is available for free download at the iPhone App Store.

"MasterCard MoneySend allows users to 'Send,' 'Pay' or 'Request Funds' for a wide range of reasons including the everyday 'IOU,' informal services purchased from friends and family, payments to a personal trainer, roommate, babysitter, gardener, housekeeper or repairman," says Joshua Peirez, Chief Innovation Officer, MasterCard Worldwide. "With MoneySend, users avoid the hassle of making payments with cash, check or money orders and collecting funds is as simple as a text message with the 'Request Funds' feature of the app."

How it Works

MasterCard MoneySend allows users in the US to send or request money via their iPhone through participating banks and credit unions, or when they create a virtual prepaid account through Bancorp Bank that is linked to an existing MasterCard payment card or checking account. The designated account funds the MoneySend transaction, and users can manage and trigger the exchanges through the app. Personal and financial information is never stored on the iPhone or iPad.

Registered MoneySend users have the ability to:

  • Accept credit or debit card payments
  • Send money to family members (*bank sending fees may apply)
  • Pay for informal goods and services (*bank sending fees may apply)
  • Request money from people who owe you money
  • Simplify your business or nonprofit collection effort the Request Funds feature
  • Manage your MoneySend transaction history from your iPhone or iPad

The MasterCard MoneySend Prepaid Card and Virtual Account are issued by The Bancorp Bank pursuant to license from MasterCard. The card and virtual account is administered by Obopay Inc., Member Service Provider, ("MSP") pursuant to an agreement with The Bancorp Bank. The MasterCard MoneySend Prepaid Card can be used anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted.

ColorSplash for iPad

ColorSplashPR: Vancouver based Pocket Pixels announces that ColorSplash, the popular and celebrated iPhone photo manipulation app, is now available in a version specially adapted for the iPad. ColorSplash allows users to quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping chosen details in color. The user's finger acts as a brush that removes, or restores, color from the original image.

Pocket Pixels announces that ColorSplash, the popular and celebrated iPhone photo manipulation app, is now available in a version specially adapted for the iPad. ColorSplash allows users to quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping chosen details in color.

The iPhone version of ColorSplash has been in the top 100 paid apps in the US for over one year uninterrupted, and even reached #3 of top paid apps. Featured by Apple as one of 2009's best apps and selected as an App Store staff pick, it also garnered the 2009 Best Photo Manipulation App Award from "The Best App Ever" contest.

The iPad is the ideal device for ColorSplash. It is fun and easy to do precise work on the large touch screen. Thanks to the iPad's fast processor, the app is quick and responsive. A helpful tutorial video and the app's intuitive user interface mean users will get dramatic and satisfying results from their very first try.

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
  • 14.9 MB

Color Splash for iPad 1.0 is $1.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category. Promo codes for review purposes are available by request. Pocket Pixels will be at Apple's WWDC conference (June 7-11) and is happy to arrange interviews or meetings with interested members of the press.

Layers for iPhone:- Layer Transparency, Brush Offset, and More

PR: Gotow.net has announced the immediate availability of Layers 2.2 for the iPhone and iPod touch. Layers is a powerful painting tool for the iPhone that allows you to draw on multiple layers - taking your mobile painting experience to the next level. Use up to five layers in your drawings and create a masterpiece with fifteen high-quality brushes, a full range of color and transparency and rich undo support. Then transfer your work to the desktop as a high-resolution Photoshop file with the layers intact! Version 2.2 is a major upgrade to Layers incorporating several new features developed for the iPad version including per-layer transparency controls, adjustable brush tip offset and five new brushes.

Layer transparency has been a requested feature since the app was released and it's finally here. Add a photo layer to your work and lower its transparency to draw on the layer beneath, or compare the contents of multiple layers by making them semitransparent. Check out the "More" menu in the layer toolbar of the app to adjust the transparency of an individual layer.

The iPhone's touch sensitive screen is great for drawing, but thin lines are often hidden by your finger on the screen. A new brush offset feature in Layers 2.2 makes it easy to see the lines you're drawing. Instead of brush strokes appearing beneath your finger, you can position them up to 80px away in any direction.

Version 2.2 also includes a number of performance improvements. Please see the Layers web site for screenshots and additional feature information. Promotional codes and review copies are available upon request.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • 2.0 MB

Layers 2.2 is $4.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

Ruler for iPad and iPhone, a Digital Ruler

Ruler appPR: Independent developer Andrew Kazmierski announces the release and immediate availability of Ruler 1.0, his new digital ruler for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Beautifully crafted, Ruler is designed for intuitive, natural usage. Despite a size disadvantage, Ruler mirrors the practicality and ease of a physical ruler. To accurately measure objects larger than your device, the app features a movable marker that snaps.

Ruler app"My wife Alexa was cutting a Peruvian Torch cactus, and we didn't have a real ruler," commented Andrew. "We thought for sure our new iPad would offer a decent solution. We were wrong, so following the mescaline experience, we set out to carve our own Ruler." Andrew Kaz co-created Classics for iPhone in 2008. Classics peaked at #4 on the US charts and became the inspiration for Apple's recent revolution in digital reading, iBooks.

Supported Languages:

  • US English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish

Device Requirements:

  • Universally created for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • 0.8 MB

Ruler 1.0 is 99¢ (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. If you are interested in a promotional copy of Ruler as a member of the press let us know. Definitely let us know if you decide to write about Ruler as well. We're eager to hear feedback.

iWatermark: Photography App on Sale for One Week

PR: In honor of the release of the iPhone 4 with a 5 Megapixel camera, Plum Amazing announces that iWatermark 1.4 will be available for one week at only 0.99 cents. iWatermark is essential because it easily secures and protects your photos and artwork with a visible personal watermark. Once added to a photo or graphic, this visible watermark displays your creation and ownership.

iWatermarkIf you are a photographer or artist, iWatermark works for you by adding a visible graphic (logo or signature) or text watermark. It's like signing your intellectual property. Don't have your IP ripped off. Be recognized for your photos and other artwork by using iWatermark. Digitally sign your photos/artwork with iWatermark to claim, secure and maintain your intellectual property and reputation.

  • Build your company brand, by having your company logo on all your images
  • Avoid the surprise of seeing your photos and/or artwork elsewhere on the web or in an ad
  • Avoid the conflicts and headaches with plagiarists who claim they didn't know that you created it
  • Avoid the costly litigation that can be involved in these cases of misuse of intellectual property (IP)
  • Avoid intellectual property (IP) squabbles.

iWatermark maintains meta tags, uses many input/output formats and can also create thumbnails. Can process single files or folders of hundreds or thousands of photos. Version 1.4 adds the ability to watermark multiple photos.

iWatermark will grow in usefulness as the cameras in iPhones become more powerful and replace regular cameras. It remains the only watermarking cross platform tool available for iPhone, Mac and Windows. iWatermark is the worlds number 1 most popular utility to watermark photos. For 1 week (till 6/14) iWatermark is available for only 99¢, then the price rises to $8.99.

"The beauty of iWatermark is its combination of ease of use and functionality. If you've ever wanted to give watermarking a try, or if you're already doing it and you'd welcome a way to do it quickly and easily, iWatermark is an inexpensive and impressive utility. I've yet to see a better solution." - Dan Frakes, Macworld, 4.5 of 5 mice.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later
  • 1.8 MB

iWatermark 1.4 is is on sale for 99¢ (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category. The Mac and Win version of iWatermark can also be downloaded from our site. iWatermark works together with Lightroom, Aperture, iPhoto and other photo browsers.

MonoPhix HD Black and White Photography Tool for iPad

PR: Phoenxsoftware announces the release of a completely rebuilt version of their black & white iPhone app MonoPhix for the iPad. The iPad version isn't just a simple interface update but features a completely new app with a huge amount of added functionality in a package which benefits from all new capabilities of a bigger and more powerful device.

MonoPhix HDThe iPhone version of MonoPhix has already proven to be the most powerful black and white tool in the App Store and one of the most popular ones. It uses a unique black & white filter which is even more optimized for MonoPhix HD to provide a highly adjustable way to turn any picture on your iPad in a high quality, high contrast monochrome image. The outcome is fully customizable by using multiple Lightroom-like sliders. Unique is that dark and light tones can be set separately to really bring out certain objects.

MonoPhix HD is an entirely new app and is at this moment the first black & white app available for iPad. During the testing period we already received great feedback from testers and renowned reviewers.

The features of the iPad version include:

  • Intuitive interface which is very pleasant to use
  • Big real time preview of your changes
  • High speed filters, so you don't have to wait constantly
  • Great tools to enhance the bright and dark parts of your picture separately
  • Ability to custom color a monochrome picture
  • Ability to set an Alpha to blend your monochrome with the original picture
  • Ability to enhance the exposure of your picture
  • Ability to apply 2 types of adjustable vignetting effects to your picture
  • Ability to choose for a more raw classic monochrome filter
  • Supports high resolution pictures, up to 3000x3000 pixels and higher

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad (the iPhone version is also available in the App Store)
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
  • 2.2 MB

MonoPhix HD 1.0 is $1.99 and available exclusively through the App Store in the Photography or productivity categories. Interested writers, reviewers and editors can always request a promo code to check it out for themselves.

OmniSketch Makes Drawing Pictures on Your iPad Easy

PR: Independent developer Richard Taylor announces immediate availability of OmniSketch 1.1, his new procedural drawing tool developed specifically for the iPad device. Drawing on your iPad has never been easier. OmniSketch allows you to create dazzling and dynamic full color creations. Use 18 amazing procedural brushes to create stunning pictures with ease.

Unlock your inner artist with one of the best drawing tools available for the Apple iPad. With OmniSketch, store a nearly unlimited number of pictures in your local gallery and show them off to your friends and family with the slide show feature. Show off your creations to the world by submitting them to the online photo gallery. Mirrored drawing modes allow you to create beautiful symmetrical and even kaleidoscopic paintings.

OmnisketchFeatures:

  • 18 amazing brushes draw shapes and patterns automatically
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Eraser
  • Mirrored Drawing - Vertical, Horizontal and Kaleidoscope mode
  • Line width adjustment
  • Opacity adjustment
  • Brush custom adjustments
  • Full color support with an intuitive color picker
  • Selectable background color
  • Gallery allows you to view, add, edit, delete and export your artwork
  • Built in slide show feature lets you show off your creations
  • Online gallery lets you share your pictures with friends, family and the world
  • Full undo/redo is supported

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
  • 1.6 MB

OmniSketch 1.1 is $1.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

BA Financial Calculator Emulates Classic TI BA II Plus

PR: Vicinno Soft, LLC announces the release and immediate availability of BA Financial Calculator 2.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch, a major update to their best-selling emulator for the classic Texas Instruments BA II Plus. Identical in every aspect, the app provides a perfect emulation of the layout, functions, algorithms, capabilities, and key sequences of the venerable TI workhorse. Ideal for courses in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Mathematics, Sciences, Real Estate, and Statistics, it is an ideal financial calculator for the iPhone.

Released in 1978, the Texas Instruments Business Analyst II Plus calculator quickly became a standard among finance and accounting professionals. The device incorporates a vast array of functions, yet remains simple to learn and use. The model is one of only two calculators permitted on the Chartered Financial Analyst exam and the Society of Actuaries exam. Perhaps in tribute to its heritage, the read-out's simple black alphanumerics on a gray background maintain the blocky, LCD font of the original device.

Feature Highlights:

  • Time-Value-of-Money calculations
  • Amortization schedules
  • Cash-Flow Analysis, Net Present Value, and Internal Rate of Return
  • Depreciation with four different methodologies
  • Break even, profit, and percent difference calculations
  • Bond prices and yields "to maturity" or "to call" calculations
  • 10 Memories for storage
  • Choice of Chain and Algebraic Operating System methods
  • Scientific capabilities, including log, sin, cos, etc.
  • Key click sounds enabled via Settings

Just as the TI calculator, the app has two modes of operation: standard calculator and worksheet. The standard mode accommodates common mathematical operations, plus problems involving the time value of money, such as mortgages and annuities where payments are equal and evenly spaced. Trigonometric functions are also supported in standard mode.

The more complex worksheet mode provides step-by-step instructions for calculating amortization, depreciation, bond, and compound interest. All entries and results are saved in working memory, so recurring values are easily accessed. Basic interest and payment periods are well within the capabilities of the average user.

The version 2 update includes a complete redesign of the graphical representation of the calculator. The numerical keypad is now light gray with white numerals, function keys are black with white symbols, and alternate characters are above each key in orange. Four colors: white, black, light gray, and orange make for excellent ergonomics, and an optional click sound with each tap provides additional feedback. And while the face and keyboard support only US English, operating manuals are available on the Vicinno website for the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, and Finnish, and are all accessible from within the app.

"Version 1.3 has been a great success on the App Store," commented CEO Liping Yang. "With the 2.0 update it is definitely easier to use than the HP-12C and other financial calculators. Compared to TI's own financial calculator app whose price is $14.99, our emulator is truly a good deal, at only 99¢ now for limited time."

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod touch
  • iPhone OS 2.0 or later
  • 0.7 MB

The BA Financial Calculator 2.0 for iPhone and iPod touch is now 80% off for limited time, only 99¢ ( or equivalent in other currencies), and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category. The BA Financial Calculator Lite model is free. Review copies are available upon request.

Skobbler Makes iPhone Navigation Free

PR: Upstart Berlin developers rock the billion dollar navigation establishment with the release of Skobbler, the first truly free turn by turn navigation system available to anyone with an iPhone.

If you ask fifty people what the most expensive mobile application they have ever purchased was, the vast majority of them will have the same answer - their navigation app. While games and entertainment apps engaged in a race to the bottom with more and more of them becoming either free or priced as low as 99¢, navigation apps from big players either kept their premium prices (e.g. TomTom) or lured customers with cheap entry apps that needed to be updated (e.g. MapQuest) or subscribed to (e.g. AT&T Navigator and MotionX) to be fully usable. Until now. A small firm from Germany has taken the open source mapping system known as OpenStreetMap and adapted it into a full-fledged turn by turn navigation system with voice directions . . . and made it free.

How does Skobbler keep their application free? Through the revolutionary use of what has been called the Wikipedia of road maps, an open source map project called "OpenStreetMap" that has for years been allowing users to map their own neighborhoods and motorways to create a gigantic ever evolving source of mapping data.

OpenStreetMap has already more than 250,000 active mappers worldwide and has been increasing its members tenfold every 18 months since 2004. "It's really an amazing setup" said Marcus Thielking, cofounder and CMO of Skobbler. "If you find an error in the system, perhaps because of changed road conditions, you can report the change directly to the OpenStreetMap community from within the Skobbler app or edit it yourself by using one of the free map editors on the web. "

With Skobbler you will never have to pay for costly and sluggish map updates as you become the map updater yourself! The goal of Skobbler is to show what's already possible on the OpenStreetMap and engage the audience to further its perfection. With maps evolving at the current rate and more people editing their neighborhoods every day, the OpenStreetMap will evolve into the most accurate and up to date mapping system available to anyone, anywhere. "This is already the future of digital maps. And it will be the future of navigation as well," said Thielking.

The backlash from the established navigation industry was immediate and severe ranging from obviously fake reviews right after the app's launch to drastic price cuts in order to divert attention away. It's no surprise that the establishment is worried. In the wake of Google's industry-shaking announcement of introducing their Navigator software for free on Android phones in the US, Skobbler has enjoyed great success and media attention in its home country Germany: The app has topped the iTunes navigation category for six months straight and sold more than 150,000 units (at an average price of more than $5) to date there.

Skobbler maintains that the app in its current form of functionality will remain free in the US. While there are a few companies now offering "freemium" navigation systems including AT&T's own "AT&T Navigator", they all have hidden costs tied to them in the form of a monthly subscription that is needed after a trial period or an in-app purchase to get a full . Skobbler is a free download that comes fully equipped with voice directions and turn by turn navigation that will be as free a year from now as it is today.

Skobbler runs on the iPhone 3G and 3GS over the cellular connection and does not require WiFi to operate. The app is small enough (2.3 MB) to download over the air and is optimized for any device running OS 3.0 or later. The small install size saves you plenty of storage capacity to use for your favorite music, photos or other apps.

Skobbler's easy visual navigation interface runs in both 2D and 3D, and has both daytime and night time operating modes. Travelers on foot or bike can switch to the pedestrian navigation mode for direct routing.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • 2.3 MB

Skobbler US 2.1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category.

CoPilot Live USA: Premium GPS Navigation for iPhone Launches

PR: To kick off the summer travel season, ALK Technologies is introducing CoPilot Live USA, a full-featured, voice-guided GPS navigation app for iPhones at the amazingly low price of $4.99 for lifetime use.

This introductory price is a breakthrough for premium quality turn-by-turn navigation - costing less than most paper-based maps or even a couple gallons of gas! CoPilot Live USA includes detailed digital street-level maps stored directly on the iPhone so there's no need to rely on the mobile network for navigation. The app is packed with advanced navigation features including integrated Live Local Search, 3D and 2D maps, Lane Assist arrows, multi-stop trip planning and more.

Customers also have access to the free ALK MapSure service, a feature exclusive to all the brand's customers that provides monthly map improvement updates downloaded directly to the iPhone and a complete new updated map of USA every quarter, through the end of the year.

"Some of the 222 billion miles Americans drove in 2009 were due to getting lost which, with gas prices up almost 13 percent since last year, adds up and affects people planning staycations and vacations in the current economy," said Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director at ALK Technologies. "At this introductory price we are making premium-quality GPS navigation affordable to all, so there's simply no need for any iPhone user to lose their way again."

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPad WiFi + 3G
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later

CoPilot Live USA is available in the iPhone App Store at the introductory price of $4.99 for unlimited use. Customers can enhance their GPS system through in-app purchases, including Live Traffic and Live Fuel Prices for $19.99, lifetime Text-to-Speech voice navigation for $2.99 and Canadian maps for $15.99. Find out more at CoPilotLive online.

Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer for iPad

PR: Stop lugging around stacks of sheet music. Access your Musicnotes sheet music library on your iPad instead! Just download this free app, link it to your existing Musicnotes account and we'll instantly import all of your previously purchased Musicnotes.com sheet music files* so you can display them on your iPad. Or, if you're new to Musicnotes, try one of the five free sheet music selections included.

MusicnotesFeatures:

  • Access to your entire library of Musicnotes sheet music and guitar tablature files.*
  • High resolution, professional arrangements and engravings.
  • Built-in type tool to write notes on your sheet music.
  • Easy page turns: just swipe your finger to flip pages.
  • Quickly jump to any page.
  • Zoom in on your notation.
  • Buy from the world's largest selection of legal, downloadable sheet music and guitar tab.
  • Pen and highlight tools.
  • Options for different paper types.
  • Options for different page change methods (swipe or tap).
  • Includes five free bonus songs: The Entertainer, All the Pretty Little Horses, The Big Rock Candy Mountain, and Prelude in Db Major (Raindrop Prelude).

Coming Soon:

  • Transpose Your Notation.
  • Metronome.
  • Bookmark specific pages.
  • Organize your sheet music into set lists.

* Musicnotes.com offers sheet music in three different file types: Musicnotes Files, Guitar Guru Sessions and Sibelius Scorch. Songs purchased in Guitar Guru format will import the associated tablature notation into the Musicnotes iPad app. Files in Sibelius Scorch format are not currently compatible with the app.

Musicnotes, Inc. Web Site Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer for iPad Support

New in Version 1.1

  • pen markup tool
  • highlighter markup tool
  • updated markup tool menu to support new tools
  • tap to change page option
  • alternative background paper choices
  • linked support email
  • updated about section with details on new tools and options
  • other small minor bug fixes

System requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad.
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

Scorecerer Transforms Your iPad into a Musician's Score Pad

PR: Load a song and a clean, uncluttered user interface shows you your sheet music. The screen area is maximized so that you don't waste any screen real estate on unnecessary information or controls.

To flip the pages back and forth - simply tap on the left or right hand side of your screen respectively. An unobtrusive bar will display your current position at the top of the screen and disappear quickly to minimize distractions.

Scorecerer for iPad comes with some built-in public domain songs so you can start using it right away.

We will be adding new songs in upcoming updates.

The real power of Scorecerer for iPad is its ability to display songs managed and prepared by our Scorecerer desktop application (available for both OS X and Windows).

Scorecerer Desktop is about workflow, its job being to make your music scores available as efficiently and painlessly as possible.

Scorecerer Desktop can import scanned images of your sheet music, automatically clean them up into "songs" and then publish them directly to the iPad.

It also allows you to add annotations to your scanned music which will be visible while you play.

You can download Scorecerer for your desktop computer from the website.

New in Version 1.1

  • Synching your songs from Scorecerer Desktop now works (Make sure you update Scorecerer Desktop to the latest version as well)
  • Fixed a problem where setting the transparency level of the buttons to 0 renders the buttons unusable.

System requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later

Accessories

QuickerTek Adds External Battery for the iPad

External iPad battery10 Watt solar panel for iPadPR: QuickerTek announced the Apple Juicz external battery for the iPad. This product design uses the Apple 10 watt USB charger that comes with the iPad to charge the battery. No extra AC power wall wart adapter to lug around. The Apple Juicz External Battery for the iPad offers recharging in 3 hours and features two female USB ports that can simultaneously charge any USB device as well as having the propriety circuitry for the iPhone, iPod touch, or any 30-pin iPod.

Another feature is that the Apple Juicz External Battery recharges the iPad in 3 hours and has two female USB ports that can simultaneously charge any USB device as well as having the propriety circuitry for the iPhone, iPod touch or any 30-pin iPod while being used to charge and power all models of the iPad.

USB Charge ActivatorQuickerTek uses industrial grade Li-ion Polymer high capacity 9400 mAh batteries, which will recharge in access of 2000 times. With advanced safety circuitry for fail-safe protection along with temperature and charge/discharge rates, cell balancing and a fuel gauge with 5 LED indicator showing how much Juicz is left in the battery.

The Apple Juicz External Battery for the iPad is available from QuickerTek's website and resellers like Tekserve for $249.95. Like most QuickerTek products, the Apple Juicz External Battery for the iPad is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

Etón Soulra: Innovative Solar-Powered Sound System for iPod and iPhone

PR: Etón, a leading emergency preparedness company and creator of green-powered electronics for everyday adventures, announces Soulra - the new innovative, portable, solar-powered sound system for iPod and iPhone. Featuring a large solar panel and a rubberized exterior, the Soulra provides a portable sound solution that you may never have to plug in - providing hours of sound powered by the sun.

Etón Soulra solar-powered sound system"There has been a void in the consumer market for a quality, green-powered digital music player and we are excited to make this never-been-seen introduction with the Soulra"

Power

As a new self-sustaining sound system on the market, the Soulra provides portability for an on-the-go lifestyle. The Soulra contains a large, high-efficiency solar panel and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers power to charge and play your iPod or iPhone. In addition, the battery charge indicator alerts you when you need to recharge the Soulra in direct sunlight or via an AC outlet.

Protect

To provide a solution for all-weather use outdoors, the Soulra has an aluminum and rubberized body providing ultimate durability, while maintaining a modern, sleek design. Its rugged case is IPX-4 splash proof and the speakers are sealed on the inside - providing protection from sand, water and other outdoor elements.

Play

Soulra's full-range speaker drivers provide crisp highs, balanced mids and bass-boosted lows. The Soulra also contains an audio line input for added flexibility.

"There has been a void in the consumer market for a quality, green-powered digital music player and we are excited to make this never-been-seen introduction with the Soulra," said Esmail Amid-Hozour, CEO of Etón Corporation. "Not only does Soulra offer an unmatched level of performance and technology, but it also comes to market with rugged good looks. Whether you are camping, spending a day at the beach or tailgating - the Soulra will be a mainstay at any outdoors event."

Available now in black for retail $199, Soulra comes packaged with an AC adapter, remote control, and user manual.

Protection

iPhone/iPod/iPad Screen Protectors

PR: iKlenz Cleaner Solution for iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch

The average person will use "cleaning" materials such as a shirt, Windex®, or even hot breath that is potentially damaging and most of the time useless in removing smudges, smears and fingerprints.

This solution is a scientifically engineered cleansing formula designed to restore shine, remove fingerprints, repel dust and leave your device streak-free. iKlenz also works as a disinfectant to destroy harmful bacteria and kill contagious germs, while addressing the safety and care of the iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPod touch 2G, or iPod touch high quality optical glass display.

This cleansing solution is easy to use, just spray up to five times directly on the microfiber cloth, included (not directly on the device) in one specific spot until noticeably damp then wipe the screen with moderate to light pressure. You will notice the solution evaporating rather quickly. Once clean, flip the cloth over to the dry side and wipe gently to polish.

The microfiber cloth is hand washable and can be reused many times. Just clean with warm water and use a mild bleach-free detergent, rinse thoroughly, and air dry. This kit also includes a soft microfiber case to keep your iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPod touch 2G, or iPod touch clean and scratch free.

This solution is a powerful, effective way to cleanse, remove smudges, fingerprints, bacteria, and grime while restoring your display to a brilliant shine.

Works with: iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch

30-day 100% Money Back Guarantee

$19.95

Caze Announces the First Ultra Slim Silicone Case for iPhone 4

PR: Caze introduces its first Ultra Slim Silicone case for iPhone 4. The new case is made from 100% silicone and features an anti-dust treatment, impact protection, and access to all ports and controls. Made from TPU, it is lightweight and resistance to chemical, fire and tearing. This ultra thin case is suitable for those who don't want to add extra bulky to an iPhone.

Caze Ultra Slim Silicone Case for iPhone 4This new product does not only bring a fashionable outlook to your iPhone 4 but also good protection to the chrome edges, front/ back and LED flash of an iPhone. Caze silicone case for iPhone 4 comes with two screen protectors and a wallet size iPhone stand. It will begin shipping on June 24, the same day as Apple iPhone 4 released.

iPhone Caze designs and manufactures high quality, fashionable and unique iPhone cases for iPhone 3G/3GS in a wide assortment of styles and colors. iPhone Caze offers a variety of cases of different materials from leather, metallic, fabric, silicone to Swarovski crystal. Products will be shipped within 24 hours during weekday and 30 Days Money Back Guarantee is provided. Other cases include Zero 5, Jade Shine, Jade Polish, S Stripe, Butterfly Swarovski and Simple Swarovski cases.

Marware Announces Full Line of Cases for iPhone 4

PR: Marware Inc., designer and manufacturer of innovative products for the Apple market, announces a full line of cases for the iPhone 4. These fourteen cases offer a unique selection of materials, colors and carrying options. Our lines include hard-shell cases, executive leather cases, women's leather cases and a colorful soft lineup.

The hard shell family of cases includes the following: The SportShell Convertible (delivers 4 cases in 1), the MicroShell (provides the ultimate in low-profile protection), and the CustomShell (allows you the freedom to completely customize the back of your iPhone, while still maintaining the protection of a traditional polycarbonate case).

The leather family of cases includes the following: The CEO Premiere (a premium genuine leather hip case with a low profile clip), the CEO Premiere Plus (includes a MicroShell for an extra layer of protection), the CEO Flip-Vue (a slim, genuine leather flip-top holster that provides the perfect balance between total protection and convenient access), and the Glide (an elegant premium leather sleeve).

The women's leather family of cases includes the following: The Accent (stylish, genuine leather flip-top case), the Duo-Glide (premium leather sleeve with the ability to insert the iPhone into either side), the Emmie (genuine leather clutch purse), the SoBe (genuine leather vertical purse with extra storage), and the Uni-Vue (genuine leather jacket that provides open-faced access) round out our women's leather pocket, purse and wrist solutions for the iPhone 4.

The soft family of cases includes the SportGrip and the SportGrip Edge. The SportGrip offers a top-quality smooth, slip-free silicone carrying solution in various colors. The SportGrip Edge is a soft band that stretches to fit tightly around the edges of the new iPhone and includes a clear sheet of film protection for the front and back.

Marware's line of iPhone 4 cases will be available at retail locations and Marware's website for the release of the new iPhone 4. For more information about Marware's full line of iPhone 4 cases, please visit Marware online. Marware is a leading provider of software and eco-conscious accessory solutions for Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Notebooks.

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