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Facebook has today updated its Facebook for iPhone app. According to the official Facebook for iPhone page (on Facebook!), the update introduces a new feature called Places, which enables you to share your location with your friends by checking in to a place. Other updates include a revamped, snappier, inbox with support for threads with multiple users, and what Facebook calls improved performance when commenting, liking or posting stories, as well as what it vaguely refers to as more granular privacy settings.
An interesting news item on the update on ReadWriteWeb.com goes into a little more depth on the privacy issue, explaining that the update actually fixes quite a big problem in the previous version that meant that whenever you made any updates or told any of your friends anything, you could only use your default privacy settings, meaning that you had no way of controlling who saw your updates. Now, when you open the Status Update page on the updated version of the app, youll see a little lock icon in the bottom right-hand corner, which when you click on it enables you to tinker with various privacy settings other than the default setting.
You can download the free app from the Apple iTunes App Store here, although its currently only available in the US Store.
Source: Facebook for iPhone, ReadWriteWeb.com
The Google Mobile Blog has announced today that the Google Mobile App has been updated with the facility to send push notifications from your Google account to your iPhone. Now when you have new Gmail, youll be alerted to the fact by an icon, and you can also set up the app to send Google Calendar event reminders directly to your iPhone or iPad home screen.
The Google Mobile team says that it has also added other spiffy features to the app, for example when searching for flight information, weather details, stock market information or currency conversion, youll see the information that you want that much quicker because the answers youre looking for will be displayed underneath the search box before youve even pressed the Search button.
The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and can be downloaded for free from the App Store by clicking here.
Source: Official Google Mobile Blog
Now that we have iOS 4, we have multitasking. With this ability we are able to switch through apps while leaving them to open in the same place. The problem is, they stay running in the background with no warning. Without this tweak you need to tap to close on all the apps you have opened to save battery. Remove Background allows you to tap once to close all of you apps. This saves battery and memory. Enjoy this free tweak on Cydia.
Pudding Camera is a cool app that gives you a lot of fun with your iPhone camera. You can change around a lot of different effects and features and use them to shoot photos. I personally took a photo of a boring room with a filter and different lens setting, it looked a whole lot better. The app will change the way you take iPhone pictures, I suggest you get it while it is still in the App Store and while its hot!
Fighting Fantasy: Creature of Havok has arrived in the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Fighting Fantasy series of digital recreations of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstones interactive RPG books has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, and the iPhone/iPad series is also incredibly popular, with this being the fourth instalment to date.
Its also the most unusual instalment to date, according to developers Big Blue Bubble, mainly because you start the adventure not knowing who you are or even where you are. All you know is that you are some kind of creature of instinct, understanding little. Some people wake up like that every morning.
During the course of the adventure, you will learn how to control your animal instincts, to find out more about yourself, and even to learn your destiny. But with all that personal growth going on, dont forget to look out for all the traps and terrors of Trolltooth Pass!
Aside from an intriguing storyline, this latest instalment in the series introduces some new gameplaying tweaks and improvements, including the following:
- New! Player Achievements
- Universal app iPad support
- Scrolling image gallery of unlocked in-game art
- Tap the on screen buttons to flip pages
- Shake to roll the 3D dice using the accelerometer (or tap through with ease)
- Inventory items selectable via touch-screen
- Game-save feature allows you to retrace your steps
- Includes both original illustrations by Ian McCaig and digitally re-mastered versions
- Integrated iPod music library access
If you like the sound of all that, you can download the game from the Apple iTunes App Store for $2.99/£1.79.
Source: Big Blue Bubble
To celebrate an incredible half- a-million games played, action-puzzler Hexius is currently available for free, for just this one weekend! The game has always been very popular with critics and fans alike, and now you can find out for yourself what all the fuss is about without actually having to hand over any money!
The game is based around the ancient and noble art of hexagon collecting, and features three adrenaline-charged game modes: Time Attack, Level Challenge and Strategy.
In Time Attack Mode your task is to connect matching hexagons as quickly as possible, until time runs out; in Level Challenge Mode, you must collect all the targets in order to progress to the next level, and in Strategy Mode, you have the rare luxury of plenty of time, although you only have 30 moves in which to earn your highest score.
The addictive puzzler is compatible with iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, with the graphics and layout optimised for the HD experience on the iPad. Download it for free this weekend.
Source: Phasic Labs
Social networking site LinkedIn has issued an update for its iPhone app, which is now optimised for the iPhone 4s Retina display, with the addition of lots of new icons and images. LinkedIn has also made several changes to how profile updates from your connections are displayed in the app, in order to make it easier for you to find the most significant changes. By clicking on Updates or Profiles, youll now get more information about changes, and the changes in Profile Updates are now highlighted so you can tell at a glance if anything has been altered. You can also tap on a connections name to go to the top of their profile. Other connection changes that youll now be notified about include adding a Twitter account, changing an address or phone number, or adding a birthday.
LinkedIns popular In Common feature has also had a bit of a revamp. You can now tell at a glance how many people you have in common from a persons main profile screen. A new single view has also been created so that you can quickly view a persons entire connections list from their profile.
LinkedIn promises many more updates in the future, with lots of new things on the horizon for October and November from its iPhone team. You can download the free app here.
Source: LinkedIn Blog
288 Vroom has today announced that its #1 Top Selling iPhone/iPod touch Book app, 301+ Short Stories, is now iOS 4 certified, and also now has even more stories! 301+ Short Stories are designed to be quick, easy, and entertaining reading for on-the-go or anytime. The app features continuous and page-by-page scrolling modes, automatic bookmarking, and adjustable story text size for easy reading.
In addition to the iOS 4 certification, 301+ Short Stories now offers even more stories than ever before, with currently over 310 stories by more than 90 authors. The stories are pulled from all genres, including Adventure, Humor, Ghost Stories, Horrors, Mystery, Westerns, Fantasy, Love (and Loss), and so on.
The list of authors includes the likes of Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Bram Stoker and so on, and although Im pretty sure that most, if not all of the short stories on offer are in the public domain and so therefore free on iBooks anyway, this still seems like a cool way of having a vast collection of free short stories by different authors grouped together in one handy little app.
You can download 301+ Short Stories from the iPad App Store for $0.99/£0.59, and theres even a Lite version available, so that you can try before you buy! The app is also compatible with the iPad.
Source: 288 Vroom LLC
Steve Jobs has replied in typically succinct, yet informative, fashion to an email from a customer who wanted to know when the slowdown issues that some iPhone 3G owners have experienced since installing iOS 4 would be addressed. Apple had already previously confirmed that it was investigating the matter, now it looks like help could be on the way for all you slowdown sufferers in the near future. Heres the email exchange in full, courtesy of MacRumors :
Successful technology brand PADACS today announces the launch in the U.S. and Canada of UltraCharge, a powerful portable power supply unit for charging multiple mobile devices including the iPad and iPhone 4. Costing US$99.95, the PADACS UltraCharge is a 12000mAh (milliampere-hour) lithium polymer battery that can charge two mobile devices simultaneously. Taking four to five hours to charge, it can charge notebooks for 2-4 hours; iPhones for 5-6 hours or the iPad for 15-20 hours.
As well as iPad and iPhone 4, the UltraCharge can charge Pods and PSPs plus mobile handsets from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, LG and HTC. Covering many mobile devices on the market, the UltraCharge achieves this remarkable range of connectivity through a USB cable with four adapters.
The UltraCharge package contains the mobile accessory charger, a power adapter, a DC output cable, the USB output cable with four adapters (USB to USB; USB to DC; USB to mini USB; and USB to iPhone/iPad) and a travel pouch. Weighing just 0.89 lbs, the PADACS UltraCharge measures 5.9 x 3.15 x 0.95 inches
PADACS founder Raaj Menon said the PADACS UltraCharge solved major problems for people on the move. The arrival of the iPad means people often have more than one device to charge, he said.
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