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Apple launches iAd on iPad with ‘Tron Legacy’ spot

Apple has extended its iAd mobile advertising network to the iPad. Citing an Apple spokesperson, AdAge reports that a spot for Disney’s upcoming film Tron Legacy will be the first iAd to appear on the iPad, and will remain the sole iPad-formatted iAd through the end of the year. According to the report, the iAd includes nearly 10 minutes of video content, images from the movie, a theater locator with showtimes, a preview of the film’s Daft Punk-scored soundtrack with the ability to purchase the album from iTunes without leaving the ad, and the ability to send an email promoting the movie from within the ad. “Disney and Apple are excited to debut the ‘Tron Legacy’ iAd today as a special preview of iAd for iPad, which launches next year,” said the companies in a statement for Ad Age. “iAd brings ‘Tron’s’ pulsing energy and vivid graphic style to iPad’s stunning display, creating a truly immersive ad experience.” In addition, Apple also told AdAge that many of the early challenges that led to lengthy ad creation processes have been overcome.

SlingPlayer Mobile adds High-Quality Streaming

Sling Media has released an update to its SlingPlayer Mobile client for the iPhone and iPod touch adding support for High-Quality (HQ) streaming from specific Slingbox models. Users of Slingbox Solo and Slingbox Pro-HD devices can now stream their content in High-Quality mode over Wi-Fi or 3G connections provided sufficient bandwidth is available between the user’s home network and the iPhone or iPod touch. The new version maintains compatibility with older Slingbox Classic, Tuner, AV and Pro models for streaming in standard quality. Slingbox Solo and Pro-HD users will also need to update their Slingbox Software before they will be able to connect using the new version of the iOS app. SlingPlayer Mobile 2.0 is available from the App Store for $30 and is a free update for current users.

Google Voice app adds iPod touch+iPad support

Google has released an update to its official Google Voice app adding compatibility with the iPod touch and iPad. Originally released with iPhone support only, the new version can now be used on other iOS devices to send and receive text messages, receive Push Notifications and listen to voicemail. Users can also now place calls using Google’s Click2Call feature to connect the call via a nearby phone. Although not a universal or native iPad app, Google Voice can also run in iPhone compatibility mode on the iPad. The update also adds several other improvements including access to the Do Not Disturb setting, disabling of text forwarding when Push Notifications are enabled and improvements in Address Book and SMS integration. Google Voice is available from the U.S. App Store as a free download. A free Google Voice account is required to use the service.

Galcon Labs adds Retina Display, multitasking support

Galcon has released an update to Galcon Labs adding Retina Display support for the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch and fast app switching on multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices. Galcon Labs is a real-time Risk-style conquest game set in space where players must send fleets of ships out to defeat and occupy other planets. A sequel to the original Galcon game, Galcon Labs contains unique new game styles such as moving planets, invisible enemy ships and in-flight battles. Multiplayer support is also provided through Galcon’s own servers and the new iOS 4 multitasking feature allows users to switch away from the app between rounds and return to the same server to continue the next mission. Galcon Labs is available from the App Store for $3.

MotionX GPS Drive HD adds Facebook Places integration

MotionX has released an update to its turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for the iPad adding the ability to check-in with Facebook Places directly from within the app. The update also adds faster map pre-loading, direction arrows in search results and a new and improved navigation flow. It is also no longer necessary to create a MotionX ID in order to use the app. MotionX GPS Drive HD is currently available from the App Store for $3 and includes 30 days of free live voice guidance. To continue using live voice guidance after the initial 30-day trial period users must purchase a subscription from within the app for $3 per month or $20 per year.

Flixster Movies adds social features, Netflix support

Flixster has released an update to its Movies app adding new features to the iPad version such as social network integration and Netflix queue management. With the latest update, iPad users can now log in with their Facebook or Flixster accounts to rate movies and see ratings from their friends and can also now manage their Netflix queue directly from their iPad. Although a universal app, these features were previously available only on the iPhone or iPod touch. The update also adds major performance improvements on all iOS device platforms for faster browsing. Movies by Flixster is available from the App Store as a free download.

Google releases official Latitude app

Google has released an official iOS application for its Latitude location sharing service. Google Latitude for the iPhone allows users to share their own location and view friends’ locations on the Latitude service. Friends’ locations can be viewed either as a list or using an integrated map within the application and users can initiate phone calls or send text and e-mail messages directly from the friends list. The application also supports iOS Background Location services on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 to allow the user’s location to be updated even while the application is not open and privacy controls allow users to choose to share only their city-level location or hide their location entirely on a per-contact basis. Google Latitude is available from the App Store as a free download.

Firemint announces Real Racing 2

Firemint has announced details on its upcoming sequel to Real Racing for the iPhone and iPod touch. Real Racing 2 introduces a number of new features along with 30 officially licensed cars, 15 locations, five different game modes and support for online multiplayer races of up to 16 players. Among the new officially licensed cars are the 2010 BMW M6 Competition Edition, the 2010 Jaguar XKR, 2010 Lotus Exige and 1995 McLaren F1 GTR, with additional cars from Chevolet, Ford/Shelby, Nissan/Super GT, Volkswagen and Volvo. Real Racing 2 provides a 16 car grid for authentic pack racing action against either computer-controlled AI opponents or up to 15 other players that can be auto-matched or invited through Apple’s Game Center. Players can choose to engage in either quick races or a full career mode where they must compete in races and earn in-game currency to buy and sell cars and upgrades, with game progress saved online. Other game modes include time trial, eight-player local multiplayer and 16-player online multiplayer and additional features such as the ability for vehicles to take damage in the game and five camera angles plus TV-style replays. The game will provide a wide variety of control options allowing users to use a combination of accelerometer/gyroscopic and touchscreen controls to steer, accelerate and brake, including optional haptic feedback during play. Real Racing 2 will be available from the App Store on December 16, 2010 for $10.

Papers adds Dropbox/iDisk, AirPrint support

Mekentosj.com has released an update to Papers, its academic library and research app for the iOS platform adding support for iOS 4.2 AirPrint and multitasking features and support for importing files from online Dropbox and iDisk services. Papers 1.9 also adds several improvements to PDF support including the ability to import and export PDF documents with annotations, better highlighting and support for password-protected PDF files. Additionally, the last visited page is remembered for each paper in the library and a “Locate with Google” button has been added to help find missing PDFs for bibliography entries. Papers 1.9 also sports a new and improved look and feel and fixes several issues with stability, syncing papers via Mail and iTunes and downloading papers from JSTOR and IEEE. Papers 1.9 is a universal app requiring iOS 3.1.2 or later and is available from the App Store for $15.

Bejeweled 2 adds in-app coins purchasing

PopCap Games has released an update to Bejeweled 2 + Blitz adding several interface improvements and support for purchasing coins directly from within the app. Version 1.4 also adds a new Boost Auto Renew feature that allows users to lock in up to three different boosts for every game as long as coins are available and provides a new look and feel with a new Options menu and a separate Boost Selection menu as well as new backgrounds. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz is available from the App Store for $1.

Howard Stern coming to iTunes via Sirius XM app

After weeks of speculation, radio talk show host Howard Stern has announced that he has signed a new deal with Sirius XM that will keep him with the satellite radio provider for another five years. Prior to the announcement, a poorly-sourced and possibly deliberately misleading rumor claimed that Apple was prepared to offer Stern hundreds of millions of dollars to bring his show exclusively to iTunes, despite the company’s recent and highly publicized stances against explicit imagery or content in the App Store. Stern has announced, as MacDailyNews notes, that under the new deal his show will be available via the Sirius XM app, meaning that his show will be available through iTunes, albeit only to current Sirius XM subscribers. The Sirius XM Premium Online app is available now as a free download from the App Store.

Epic Games releases Infinity Blade

Epic Games has released its anticipated game Infinity Blade. Developed exclusively for the iOS platform, Infinity Blade is a 3D first-person RPG shooter powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 technology. Players take on the role of a knight on a quest to free the realm from an evil immortal God King and save civilization by journeying to the Dark Citadel and battling the God King’s Titans. The game provides a dynamic single-player campaign with extensive character customization of weapons, armor and magic items and advanced character progression through levelling up and increasing attack, health, shield and magic skills over the course of the game. Players navigate using intuitive tap-to-move controls to search and explore the castle realm and engage in combat moves using simple swipe gestures. The initial release of Infinity Blade provides Game Center achievements and leaderboards with a single-player campaign only; multiplayer features are planned for a future update. Infinity Blade is a universal app and is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, third- and fourth-generation iPod touch and the iPad and requires iOS 3.2 or later. It is available from the App Store for $6.

App Store promo codes now work internationally

Apple has removed its restrictions on where App Store promo codes can be used, allowing developers to send codes to journalists and other users worldwide. “Your promo code distribution is no longer limited to U.S. customers,” says the Apple alert, reposted by Mackinando (Translated Link). “Promo codes in iTunes Connect can now be redeemed by all App Store customers worldwide. Your Team Agent can request 50 codes per version of your app in iTunes Connect and your customers can redeem these codes in any App Store. To learn more about requesting promo codes in iTunes Connect, see the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.” [via Mac Rumors]

iPhone game specialist leaves Apple

Long time game designer and programmer Graeme Devine has left Apple’s iPhone Game Technologies division. According to Kotaku, Devine’s last day with the company was Friday. “My job there was basically to make gaming on the iOS devices fantastic,” Devine said. “Basically that meant looking at the technologies involved and making sure the software played well with the hardware, to look at upcoming hardware/API and say ‘Yup, that is a good thing’. Apple didn’t have an in-house game designer before me so I think it was pretty unique, game technologies touch everything from the graphics stack to touch latency to push notifications. No other app type covers so many technologies and having someone there to validate and help shape that was basically my day job.” Devine, who joined the company in November 2009, said that gamers shouldn’t worry about his departure from the company, saying, “I can’t comment on what’s next inside Apple, but I can tell you, they really do ‘get’ gaming.”

Peel announces Universal Control for iPhone

Peel has announced a new hardware accessory that allows iPhone users to control their home entertainment system from the company’s Peel TV discovery app. Released in October, the free Peel app provides a simple TV guide based on personalized content using user preferences and tailored recommendations to allow users to view programming and discover shows that they are interested in. The application provides detailed show information such as time, channel, lead actors and a synopsis and also includes integration with Facebook and Twitter for sharing favorite shows. The Peel Universal Control accessory allows the Peel app to be used to control a home entertainment system in a program-oriented fashion instead of simply channel-surfing. Rather than connecting directly to the iPhone, the Peel Universal Control is a separate device that is placed within line-of-sight of the user’s home entertainment devices and communicates with the iPhone application over Wi-Fi to transmit IR commands to the system. Users can simply fire up the Peel app and use a simple gesture-based interface to select programming and control volume, menu systems and more right from the iPhone. The app can recommend top viewing choices from a user’s available sources based on their individual viewing patterns and preferences and once a show is selected the app is designed to be used intuitively for adjusting volume and navigating PVR functions without having to look at the iPhone.

Peel has not yet announced pricing for the Peel Universal Control and is currently running a social media campaign to help determine hardware pricing based on user feedback. A limited quantity of units will be directly available from Peel for auction and once that quantity has been sold Peel Universal Control will be available in major online and retail stores. Peel Universal Control works with iPhone OS 3 and above and supports controlling a wide variety of home media devices ranging from traditional TVs and set-top boxes to the Apple TV, Tivo and Roku. The Peel discovery app is available from the App Store as a free download.

Flight Control adds Game Center multiplayer support

Firemint has released an update to Flight Control for the iPhone and iPod touch adding support for multiplayer games via Apple’s Game Center. The update allows players to use Game Center to either invite their own friends or auto-match with other random Flight Control players to engage in multiplayer games. Game Center voice chat is also enabled so that users can optionally talk with each other during online multiplayer games and a new menu button provides users with the latest news from the developer. Several other minor bug fixes and improvements are also included in this latest update. Flight Control is available from the App Store as a free download and remains compatible with any iPhone or iPod touch using iOS 2.0 or later; Game Center features requires iOS 4.1 or later.

NYT: iPad ads ‘sold out’ since app launch

Speaking today at the UBS Securities media conference, The New York Times Company digital manager Martin Nisenholtz said the company had been “sold out” on iPad advertisements since the paper’s app went live in the App Store. Barron’s reports that Times CEO Janet Robinson also made mention of the company’s plan to start a paid access model next year, saying that “users will get access to a set number of articles per month, but will be asked to pay after that,” and added that the Times will offer “packages” across “platforms,” which the article suggests may be referencing combined web and iPad/iPhone/tablet access. Robinson added that the company already has several commitments from advertisers for ads in its iPad app for 2011.

Gourmet Live adds in-app purchases, landscape view

Condé Nast Digital has released an update to its Gourmet Live interactive magazine app fro the iPad. The new version adds support for landscape viewing and the ability to purchase back issues and special features items directly from within the application. Additional new improvements include the addition of a home button, in-app badging and improvements to the sign-in and registration procedures, eliminating the need to setup a social networking account within the app. Gourmet Live is available from the App Store as a free download; individual issues are available for $1 each via in-app purchase.

GoodReader for iPad adds AirPrint support

Good.iWare has released an update to GoodReader for iPad adding support for AirPrint in iOS 4.2 higher quality image rendering and several other new features. GoodReader for iPad 3.2 also now allows users to choose between the new and old PDF rendering engines via an option in Settings and adds a “Higher quality images” switch to compensate for a new way of handling PDF images in iOS 4.2, trading off PDF rendering performance for image quality. Other improvements include direct access to actions while viewing a document, a PDF Night Mode brightness slider in viewer mode and several improvements for working with PDF Annotations. GoodReader for iPad is available from the App Store for $1.

Fring adds video calling improvements

Fring has released an update to its voice and video calling application for the iPhone and iPod touch making several improvements to the video calling features. The update adds a new Dynamic Video Quality feature that optimizes video calls based on available network bandwidth; users can also now see a live video call quality indicator and video is now displayed on a new full-screen interface. The latest version also improves video call setup time and fixes a bug where calls were disconnected when switching from 3G to Wi-Fi. Fring allows iPhone and iPod touch users to make and receive video calls between a variety of mobile device platforms. Users can receive one-way video calls on any iPhone or iPod touch and send video from any camera-equipped iOS device, although the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch are preferred for two-way video calling due to the front-facing cameras. Fring is available from the App Store as a free download.

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