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Papers update adds PDF annotation, iOS 4 support

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 releases Twitterrific update

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.

1Password Pro adds Dropbox sync

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 releases ABC News for iPad

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.

IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube for iPad

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 update adds in-app SMS and e-mail support

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.

ReaddleDocs for iPad update adds PDF annotation

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.

Babel Rising update adds more content, new powers

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.

N.O.V.A. adds iPhone 4 support

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 adds iOS 4 support

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.

TweetAgora update adds more services

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.

eReader update adds native iPad support

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 for iPhone update brings multitasking support

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.

FileMaker Go for iPhone, iPad now available

Apple subsidiary FileMaker has released its new FileMaker Go apps for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. FileMaker Go allows users to access FileMaker Pro databases over a local network or remotely via Wi-Fi or 3G. Users can add, modify, or delete data, find, sort, and navigate records, open windows, and switch layouts, and FileMaker GO offers support for tab controls, Quick Find, web viewers, external SQL data sources, containers, portals and many scripts. FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPod touch is $20 and requires iOS 4, while FileMaker Go for iPad sells for $40.

iBooks 1.1.1 adds audio, video support, PDF improvements

Apple has released iBooks 1.1.1, the latest version of its e-book reading application for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. According to Apple, the new version includes the ability to double-tap images to view more detail, support for audio and video within books, performance improvements for PDF reading, fixes for an issue that caused some book downloads not to complete, and other stability and performance improvements. iBooks 1.1.1 is available now from the App Store.

Alarm Clock Pro adds Background Alarms

iHandySoft has released an update to its popular Alarm Clock Pro app adding the ability for users of multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices to receive alarms from the app in the background. Alarm Clock Pro 1.1 provides support for local notifications allowing users to receive sound notifications even when the app is not actively running. The update also fixes a bug where the date picker may not display correct AM/PM status when editing alarms on iOS 4 devices. Alarm Clock Pro continues to support all of the features from prior versions, including an on-screen digital clock, flashlight feature, sleep timer, snooze mode, vibrate mode and multiple clock themes. Users can choose from one of seven built-in alarm sounds or choose a song or playlist to use as an alarm. Alarm Clock Pro is available from the App Store for $1 and is a free update for current users. A free version is also available that provides only built-in alarm sounds, limited themes and does not include flashlight mode or background alarm support.

GoodReader for iPhone updated for iOS 4

Good.iWare has released an update to its popular GoodReader document reader for iPhone and iPod touch devices adding iOS 4 compatibility. GoodReader 2.8.2 adds support for new features found in iOS 4 including USB file transfer, video output and Fast App Switching. The update additionally provides the ability to open documents in GoodReader from other supported apps such as Mail and Safari as well as sending documents from GoodReader into other applications that support Document Interchange. Other new features include the ability to crop margins for PDF files to save screen space, horizontal or vertical swiping of PDF pages and pre-caching of PDF pages for improved page turning performance. Users can now also import recorded videos from the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 photo library. GoodReader for iPhone is available from the App Store for $1 and is a free update for current users. A free GoodReader Lite version is also available providing all of the features of the full version with a five-document storage limit.

Firefox Home appears on App Store

Mozilla has released its Firefox Home app providing iOS device users with the ability to sync information from Firefox on their desktop computer. Announced earlier this month, Firefox Home provides users of Firefox with the ability to sync and access their desktop history, bookmarks and currently open tabs on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, enabling easy access to this information while on the go. The app uses the Firefox Sync browser plug-in to securely synchronize data from Firefox on a desktop computer to Firefox Home on the iOS device. From the app, users can browse and search through their history, bookmarks and tabs and open them in Mobile Safari or share them via e-mail. Firefox Home is available from the App Store as a free download.

Official Flickr app adds iOS 4 Support

Yahoo! has released an update to its official Flickr app adding support for iOS 4 multitasking and several other new features. Flickr 1.2 now supports background task completion allowing in-progress photo uploads to complete after closing the app. The update now also provides support for posting uploaded photos to Twitter using a flic.kr short URL and uploading HD video. Other new features include iOS 4 Fast App Switching, enhanced full-screen browsing and the ability to clear recent searches. Flickr is available from the App Store as a free download.

Apple posts iOS SDK 4.0.1

Apple has posted its iOS Software Development Kit (SDK) 4.0.1, bringing with it compatibility with the latest iOS software releases. Notably, Apple is warning developers that if they have updated their iPhones to iOS 4.0.1 or their iPads to iOS 3.2.1 they will need to download and install the new SDK to continue development. Unlike the iOS 4.1 beta and accompanying SDK released yesterday, iOS SDK 4.0.1 is available to all registered developers, and not just those who have paid Apple’s $99 annual fee to enroll in the iPhone Developer Program. Apple’s iOS SDK 4.0.1 is available now as a free download from the iPhone Dev Center.

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