AudioBox has released an official native iOS app for streaming music from its cloud-based media storage service. The AudioBox service allows users to upload and store their own MP3 files online and stream their music from the AudioBox servers to any number of desktop computers or supported mobile devices. The AudioBox app for the iPhone and iPod touch provides streaming access to the user’s online AudioBox.fm library allowing users to listen to their online media content from their device over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. The app features support for background audio on multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices, library organization by playlist, artist, album or genre, playback controls, track scrubbing and scrobbling of played tracks to Last.FM. AudioBox for the iPhone and iPod touch is available from the App Store as a free download. An AudioBox.fm account is required to use the app with 1GB of storage available in a free account and paid accounts starting at $4 for 11GB of storage. At the present time the iOS app can be used with a free AudioBox.fm account as part of a limited promotional period, at the end of which a paid account will be required to continue using any native client with the service. [via TechCrunch]
Ignition Soft has released WebPad, a new iPad drawing app that allows users to share iPad drawings in-progress with other users in real-time. Users are provided with a personal WebPad URL which friends and colleagues can access to view the drawing in real-time using any modern desktop web browser. Users can draw in both landscape and portrait orientation and the online WebPad drawing will update to reflect the iPad’s current orientation. Drawings are saved by the WebPad online service automatically and other users can comment, share and review drawings on the WebPad site. WebPad is available from the App Store for $5. Free registration with the WebPad service and an active Internet connection is required to use the app.
TunedOn has released a new app, Texto, that allows iPhone users to setup and send pre-written canned text messages via the iPhone’s built-in SMS app. Users can choose from a list of pre-defined short messages such as “running late” or “I’m here” or create their own custom entries. Using the in-app SMS feature introduced in iOS 4, tapping on a canned message opens the iPhone’s native SMS compose screen where users can add additional text or simply send the message as-is. Users can also associate canned messages with individual contacts from the iPhone address book allowing quick access to frequently-used messages or responses. Texto is available from the App Store for $1 and requires an iPhone running iOS 4 or later. The developer indicates that an iPod touch version is currently under development.
Cultured Code has released an update bringing iOS 4 support to its popular task management app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Things 1.6 now provides support for Local Notifications allowing users to be reminded of scheduled and due tasks even when the app is not actively running. The new version also adds Fast App Switching support, Retina Display graphics for the iPhone 4 and integration with the third-party TextExpander app in addition to improved stability and bug fixes. Things is available from the App Store for $10; an iPad version is sold separately for $20. Things can be used as a standalone app or synced via local Wi-Fi with Cultured Code’s Mac app of the same name. Syncing between iPhone and iPad versions requires that both devices be synced with the desktop app.
Apple has added a new section to the App Store called “Newsstand,” highlighting a variety of publications. The section is divided into three sub-sections, one for magazines, showcasing apps from Wallpaper and GQ, among others, one for newspapers, promoting apps from USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, and more, and one for digital news sources, which includes the RSS application Reeder, Marco Arment’s Instapaper, and the Zinio Magazine application. Interestingly, Apple forced the iPhone RSS application Newsstand to change its name—it became NewsRack—due to a trademark complaint that was received by Apple, yet the company itself is now using the moniker. The new “Newsstand” section is accessible from the front page of the App Store on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and via iTunes on a Mac or PC.
Nuance Communications has released an update to its Dragon Dictation app adding iOS 4 compatibility, multilingual support, direct speech-to-SMS and social networking integration. Dragon Dictation 2.0 takes advantage of iOS 4 in-app SMS support allowing users to send text messages directly from the app. The update also provides a redesigned interface with a pop-up toolbar and the ability to post dictated text directly to Twitter and Facebook. Support for Fast App Switching allows dictated text in the scratchpad to be automatically saved when leaving the app so users can resume their dictation where they left off after answering a phone call. Dragon Dictation 2.0 adds support for U.K. English and is now available in the U.K. App Store. Nuance indicates that German language support will be coming by the end of July and that it plans to provide support for French, Italian and Spanish later this year. Dragon Dictation 2.0 is available from the App Store as a free download for a limited time.
Dropbox has released an update to its popular file storage client adding support for recording and uploading HD video on the iPhone 4. Dropbox 1.2.4 allows users to upload videos recorded within the app on an iPhone 4 in full HD resolution, although videos selected from the photo library remain limited to 640 x 480 due to iOS API limitations. Quality settings in the update now also affect videos selected from the photo library in addition to those recorded with the iPhone camera. The update also presents the password lock screen more aggressively when switching back to the app on multitasking-capable devices, including an option to require the password immediately upon returning to the app. Dropbox 1.2.4 is available from the App Store as a free download. A free Dropbox account is required to use the service.
Mekentosj.com has released an update to its popular Papers academic research app. Papers 1.8 adds support for PDF annotations and note-taking for iPad users and adds Fast App Switching support on multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices. The update also includes high-resolution artwork for the iPhone 4 and brings support for opening PDF files in Papers from other applications such as Mail and Safari on iOS 4. Additional improvements include the ability to delete authors and journals that have no stored papers, move webpage-only papers into collections and case-insensitive sorting of authors and journals. Papers 1.8 is available from the App Store for $15 and is a free update for current users.
The Iconfactory has released an update to its Twitterrific app adding a number of new features and improvements. Twitterrific 3.0.1 provides new timeline shortcuts including the ability to tap an avatar to view a user’s profile, a tap-and-hold menu for additional options and double- and triple-taps for replying and marking tweets as favorites. Users of iOS 4 devices also gain the ability to tap-and-hold on links such as usernames, hashtags and web URLs to perform additional actions. The latest version also adds several improvements including changes to the retweet with comments format, improved e-mailing of links from the mini-browser, copy actions for tweets on iOS 4 devices, emoji character support on the iPad and several graphical and UI tweaks and includes several bug fixes. Twitterrific for Twitter is available from the App Store as a free ad-supported version with a $5 Premium upgrade available within the app to remove advertising and add support for multiple Twitter accounts.
Agile Web Solutions has released an update to its popular 1Password Pro password management app adding over-the-air sync via Dropbox and support for iOS 4. Prior versions of 1Password Pro synced with the desktop version via a local Wi-Fi connection and iOS devices could not sync directly with each other. 1Password Pro 3.5 now allows users to choose to sync data using a Dropbox account allowing the desktop version of 1Password and multiple iOS devices to remain in sync even when they are not connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The Wi-Fi option remains available for users who would still prefer to sync their data locally. The latest update also adds support for the iPhone 4 Retina Display and iOS 4 and adds new auto-lock options related to multitasking support including the option to leave 1Password unlocked for a limited time when switching between apps. The new version also adds support for the “Lookup in 1Password” bookmarklet on the iPad and includes several bug fixes and improvements for both iOS platforms. 1Password Pro is available from the App Store for $15 and is a free update for current users.
ABC Digital has released an official ABC News app for the iPad. ABC News provides an optimized version of the content from the broadcaster’s website with interactive features allowing users to explore the news in a touchscreen-friendly format. Users can choose from a traditional news content view or browse through stories with a unique globe interface by either swiping or shaking the iPad to spin the globe and touching the screen to read or watch content that appears. Users can also filter the content that appears on the globe by selecting a favorite topic or show, save stories to a Favorites section for reading offline and share links to stories via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. ABC News is available from the App Store as a free download. A promo video demonstrating the app can be found on the ABC News website.
Following up on its May announcement of the AmpliTube iRig adapter, IK Multimedia has released the iPad version of its AmpliTube for iPad companion software. Designed to be used with the iRig adapter, the AmpliTube app provides a portable multi-touch tone-modeling solution for guitar and bass players. The app provides the same 23 amps and effects as the iPhone version, accessible from a single-pane touchscreen control interface and four simultaneous stompbox effects—one more than the iPhone version. The app provides five amp models with full tonal and drive controls, 11 stompbox effects, five cabinet layouts and two microphones. Users can easily organize and recall configurations on the fly with 36 available presets. Additional functions in the iPad version include a tuner, metronome and backing track player that can be used to improve playing skills. AmpliTube for iPad is available from the App Store for $20. A free version is also available with only three effects and a single amp and cabinet; additional gear from the full version can be added to the free version via in-app purchase. An iPhone version is also available. The AmpliTube iRig adapter is sold separately for $40.
Foursquare has released an update to its location-based social networking app adding support for in-app SMS and e-mail messaging and a number of other enhancements. Foursquare users can now send SMS and e-mail messages from directly within the Foursquare app rather than having to exit the application. The update also adds further high-resolution content for iPhone 4 devices, improves support for Fast App Switching and adds a current position indicator to in-app map views. Foursquare is available from the App Store as a free download.
Readdle has released an update to its ReaddleDocs document viewer for the iPad, adding support for annotating PDF files. ReaddleDocs users can now add notes and highlights to PDF files which are saved within the document and can be accessed from a Mac or Windows PC. Users can also specify a color for PDF highlights, download files in the built-in browser by tapping on a link and open plain text files in a text editor. The update also improves WebDAV client compatibility with cookie-based sessions and resolves issues with unzipping certain types of ZIP files. ReaddleDocs for iPad is available from the App Store for $5 and is a free update for current users.
Bulkypix has released an update to Babel Rising adding additional content and new powers and in-game bonuses. In Babel Rising, players take on the role of a deity who must prevent its followers from successfully completing a tower to the heavens. Players use god-like powers to smite followers as they attempt to build and climb the tower, however each divine ability requires energy that must be recharged between uses. Babel Rising 1.3 adds two new powers in Divine mode including red lightning and a burning bush and now allows players to control time, increase bonus scores and quickly reload powers. Babel Rising is available from the App Store for $1 and is a free update for current users.
Gameloft has released an update to its popular game N.O.V.A. adding support for iOS 4 and the iPhone 4. N.O.V.A. 1.2.1 adds a gyroscopic control mode for iPhone 4 users with a complete 3D range of movement and provides enhanced high-resolution graphics to take advantage of the iPhone 4 Retina Display. The update also adds Fast App Switching for users of multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices. N.O.V.A. is a first-person shooter that puts the player in the role of a futuristic Marine hero who must battle unknown forces to prevent mankind’s annihilation. Users can choose to play through a single-player campaign with 13 levels across five different environments or participate in a multiplayer game over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance is available from the App Store for $5 and is a free update for current users. An iPad version is also available separately for $7.
Remember The Milk has released an update to its iPhone and iPod touch app for access its cloud-based task management service. Remember The Milk 1.4 adds support for iOS 4, allowing users of multitasking-capable devices to take advantage of Fast App Switching and background syncing with the web service. The update also adds Retina Display support for the iPhone 4, accessibility and VoiceOver support and various bug fixes and enhancements. Remember The Milk is available from the App Store as a free download; a $25/year Remember The Milk Pro subscription is required to use the app with the Remember The Milk service.
KainosAgora has released an update to TweetAgora, its advanced filtering client for Twitter. TweetAgora 1.2 adds support for photo posting via TwitPic, Instapaper and Read It Later integration, native retweets, the ability to resize tweet fonts and iPhone 4 Retina Display support. Users of mulittasking-capable iOS 4 devices can now continue image uploads after closing the app and the update also allows users to configure their own Bit.ly account for URL shortening via the Bit.ly API. The Premium version also adds the ability to mute tweets from 12seconds, Blip.FM and Plancast, in addition to Foursquare, Gowalla and Formspring. TweetAgora is available from the App Store as a free download. The free version allows users to filter up to three keywords and three people, create up to three Agoras and load up to 150 tweets in a timeline. Users can upgrade to the paid version for $5 via in-app purchase to remove these limitations and add support for multiple accounts and filtering of tweets from third-party services such as Foursquare and Blip.FM.
Fictionwise has released a universal update to its venerable eReader app providing native iPad and iOS 4 support. Although primarily designed for reading e-books purchased from the Fictionwise.com and eReader.com stores, eReader also allows users to transfer their own content or download unprotected eReader-format books from many other web sites in addition to their own library of purchased titles. eReader for the iPad provides the same features as the iPhone and iPod touch version including cover flow view, dictionary support, notes, highlights and bookmarks, eight different reading fonts and customizable day/night reading themes. eReader supports the well-established eReader format but is not compatible with Kindle or iBooks e-books and does not currently provide support for transferring books via USB through iTunes. eReader is available from the App Store as a free download.
Skype Software has released an update to its Skype iPhone application that brings multitasking support to iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS units running iOS 4.0. The update allows users to receive Skype calls and IMs while other apps are running or even when the phone is locked, and also allows users to continue current calls when switching to another application. Curiously, the update is listed in the App Store as version 2.0.1, but the release notes refer to it as version 2.1. Skype for iPhone is available now as a free download from the App Store.