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SplashID update adds Finger Pattern Unlock

SplashData has released an update to its popular SplashID Password Manager for the iPhone and iPod touch. The latest version adds the ability to buy additional icons through in-app purchase, a search history, landscape support in web view and a new Pattern Unlock option. The Finger Pattern Unlock option allows users to access the app by tracing a pattern on the iPhone screen rather than typing in a password, providing a more convenient means of quickly accessing the application securely. The update also adds localization into French, German, Italian and Spanish and several other UI improvements. SplashID for the iPhone and iPod touch is available from the App Store for $10.

Amidio releases iHolophone

Amidio has released iHolophone, a new digital music instrument for iPhone and iPod touch users. iHolophone allows users to add their own live performance over fully programmable sequencer beats for a futuristic sound. The application includes over 250MB of sequenced sounds 160 factory sequencer patterns, 60 modern instrument sounds and 800 percussive and melodic samples. Users play sounds, melodies and rhythms by placing their fingers on the two HoloDiscs and can access precise sound controls using the touchscreen including attack, release, vibrato, volume and portamento and use the accelerometer for pitch-bending and switching between instruments. As the user plays the screen backgrounds change to produce artistic effects corresponding to the rhythms, sounds and harmonies. iHolophone is available from the App Store for $7. A free iHolophone Happy Birthday Edition is also available which allows users to try the app by playing Happy Birthday.

Adobe Flash manager speaks out on iPhone SDK terms

Following a change in Apple’s Phone developer SDK terms that outlawed intermediary, cross-compatibility tools from iPhone apps, an Adobe employee has responded to the new restrictions. Specifically, section 3.3.1 of the new iPhone developer terms states that “[a]pplications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool,” such as Adobe’s Packager for iPhone that ships with Flash Professional CS5, “are prohibited.” Mike Chambers, Adobe’s Principal Product Manager for developer relations for the Flash Platform, says that “[d]evelopers should be prepared for Apple to remove existing content and applications (100+ on the store today) created with Flash CS5 from the iTunes store.”

Concerning the future of the company’s Flash-to-iPhone-app software, Chambers claims that the company “will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5. However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature.” Chambers adds that he doesn’t have any plans to update or maintain his existing iPhone applications, as he thinks “the closed system that Apple is trying to create is bad for the industry, developers and ultimately consumers, and that is not something that I want to actively promote.” A recent report suggested that Adobe may be considering legal action against Apple over its refusal to allow Flash to run on its iPhone OS devices, and this recent decision to ban iPhone apps made using Flash software. [via Digital Arts]

Twitterrific for iPad adds Instapaper support

The IconFactory has released an update to the iPad version of its popular Twitter client. Twitterrific for iPad 1.0.1 adds the ability to save links to Instapaper, use older style retweets and turn off new tweet alert sounds. The update also fixes several bugs and adds support for integration with third-party notification services such as Boxcar. Instapaper for iPad is available from the App Store as a free download. Unlike its iPhone counterpart, Twitterrific for iPad is a single app which is fully functional but ad-supported; instead of downloading a separate Premium app, users can upgrade to the ad-free version via in-app purchase for $5.

NHL releases free official iPhone app

The National Hockey League has released an official iPhone app for hockey fans. NHL Ice Time 2010 allows iPhone and iPod touch users to track live game scores, player profiles, player and team statistics and schedules for upcoming games directly on their devices. Users can view live scores and in-game stats for ongoing games, access a full season schedule, view standing by division and even view game photos. The application also provides a unique Ice Tracker feature that allows fans to view locations of goals, hits and saves for live games on a virtual hockey rink. NHL Ice Time 2010 Free is available from the U.S. App Store as a free download. It is not presently available outside of the U.S.

Art Authority creates a virtual art museum on the iPad

Open Door Networks has released the iPad version of its Art Authority application. Expanding upon the iPhone version released in February, Art Authority for the iPad takes advantage of the larger screen and enhanced UI of the iPad to provide an impressive interactive virtual museum experience. Works are displayed within the app framed and hung on textured walls accompanied by titles, dates, and other information. Tapping on a work provides a pop-over for users to access additional details on the selected work or artist or view other related items from the period and artists’ influences. As with the original iPhone version, a customizable full-screen slideshow is also available with images presented in higher resolutions appropriate for the iPad. Works can also be saved to the iPad photo library to be used as home screen or lock screen wallpapers or shared with others. The application provides access to an online database of over 40,000 paintings and sculptures and over 1,000 western artists across all historical periods. Art Authority for the iPad is available from the App Store for $10.

Capcom bringing Cammy to Street Fighter IV on iPhone

Capcom has announced plans to add a new character to Street Fighter IV for the iPhone and iPod touch. Released March 10th, the iPhone version of Street Fighter IV currently includes 8 popular characters from the Street Fighter franchise: Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Able, Blanka, M. Bison, Dhalsim, Guile and Ken. A coming free update of the game will add the second female character from the Street Fighter genre, Cammy. Capcom has not yet provided any information on when the update will be available. Additional photos and video can be found on the Street Fighter IV for iPhone Facebook Fan Page.

iDisplay turns your iPad into a secondary monitor

SHAPE Services has released iDisplay, a new universal application that allows Mac users to extend their desktop onto their iPad or iPhone. Users install a free companion application on their Mac and then run iDisplay on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to connect to the Mac over Wi-Fi and act as a second display. Users can then simply drag windows and other objects from the normal Mac desktop off the screen edge and onto the iPad display in the same manner as using a secondary monitor. iDisplay also allows users to control the mouse using the touch screen to select text and other objects that are displayed on the iPad or iPhone screen. iDisplay is available from the App Store for $5; the Mac application is a free download from the developer’s web site. A Windows version of the host application is presently under development.

GoodReader for iPad update adds Document Sharing support

GoodReader has released an update for its popular iPad document management application, adding support for the iPad’s new Document Sharing feature. GoodReader iPad users can now open documents in GoodReader from other iPad applications such as Apple’s Mail app, Safari and any other third-party apps that support Document Sharing. Documents stored in GoodReader can also be opened in other compatible applications such as Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps. GoodReader continues to provide support for viewing a wide vareity of files types and transferring files to and from the iPad via a number of online services including MobileMe iDisk, box.net, Dropbox and Google Docs. GoodReader for iPad is available from the App Store for $1.

Gameloft releases Shrek Kart HD for iPad

Gameloft has released Shrek Kart HD for the iPad. Shrek Kart puts players in the role of one of more than 10 characters from the Shrek movies to compete for the title of the Kingdom’s Fastest Kart Racer. The game includes four single player modes, local multiplayer support, 10 unique karts, 15 tracks and numerous power-ups and challenges throughout. The new iPad version provides all of the familiar game play features from the original Shrek Kart for iPhone and adds new features such as a redesigned mini-map and a new customizable user interface. Shrek Kart HD is available from the App Store for $7.

The Omni Group outlines roadmap for iPad apps

The Omni Group has released an updated roadmap for its iPad applications. Following Apple’s announcement of the iPad at the end of January, Omni announced plans to develop iPad versions of its five most popular Mac apps: OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, OmniPlan, OmniFocus and OmniGraphSketcher. The company later decided to focus on releasing OmniGraffle and OmniGraphSketcher for the iPad launch as the company felt that these apps would be a good fit for the iPad, and they did not already exist as iPhone apps. OmniFocus for the iPhone has already been available for some time and can be used on the iPad, however the company indicates that a native version is in the works and scheduled for a June release. OmniOutliner for iPad is being developed concurrently with OmniFocus and will follow later in the summer and an iPad release of OmniPlan is scheduled for the fall. No details on pricing have yet been announced.

Stick It for iPad updated with Bump Technology

TapFactory has released an update adding Bump™ Technology to its popular Stick It notes app for the iPad. Stick It allows iPad users to take take and store quick sticky notes in a wide variety of different customizable styles. Users can e-mail their notes from the app or create a wallpaper to display them on their home screen or lock screen. In addition to several other minor features and bug fixes, the latest update now allows users to share notes with other Stick It users through Bump™ by bumping or shaking their devices and flinging notes across that they want to share. Stick It is available from the App Store for the iPad for a limited-time price of $1. A version for the iPhone and iPod touch is currently under development.

Joypad provides wireless iPhone game controller for Mac users

Zell Applications has released Joypad, a new application that allows Mac users to use their iPhone or iPod touch as a wireless gaming controller. The app connects over Wi-Fi to a Mac running the free companion Joypad Connect app and maps taps on the iPhone or iPad screen into equivalent keyboard actions on the host Mac. Joypad is available from the App Store for $2 and is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch devices running iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later and requires a Mac using OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard.

Smule releases Glee app

Smule has released an official iPhone and iPad application for fans of the TV show Glee. The Glee application allows users to sing along to songs from the official soundtrack of the show, recording their own versions and sharing them on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or Smule’s own Sonic Network. Users can create their own virtual Glee club by recording a song and inviting their friends to add their own versions which are combined and harmonized into an actual club song. The application also allows users to listen to and rate recordings shared by other Glee users around the world and earn “Gleeks” by publishing songs on Facebook or MySpace and having them rated by other users. Glee is available from the App Store as a single universal iPhone and iPad app for $3.

ABC Player for iPad streams 650,000 television shows

The Wall Street Journal reports that the free ABC Player app for the iPad has been downloaded 205,000 times and used to watch 650,000 television episodes in the 10 days since the iPad’s release. According to ABC this has in turn generated “several million” ad impressions, and Disney-ABC television President Anne Sweeney indicates the network is pleased with the initial results. The ABC Player application allows iPad users to watch free, ad-supported television content on the iPad with five 30-second ads presented within each hour of programming in a manner similar to broadcast television. A direct link is also provided for each episode to allow iPad users to purchase the ad-free version from the iTunes Store. This coming fall ABC expects to begin providing more interactive advertising similar to that already found on its web player and eventually expects to allow affiliates the ability to sell specific advertising that would only be seen by users in their specific local markets. The ABC Player app is available from the App Store as a free download.

Apple claims ownership of ‘Pad’ trademark

Apple has begun banning App Store applications that contain the term ‘pad’ in the app name. Previously, the company contacted Jesse Waites, maker of ContactPad, to inform him that an update to his application would be rejected because “it [was] inappropriately using ‘Pad’ in the application name.” The company also included its product work mark guidelines, which states that the developer can use the mark “in a referential phrase such as ‘runs on,’ ‘for use with,’ ‘for,’ or ‘compatible with.’” Following Waites’ rejection, Chris Ostmo, developer of journalPad and journalPad Bible edition, received a similar notice from Apple regarding his apps’ names, and emailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs explaining his position on the matter. 9 to 5 Mac reports that Ostmo claimed to have “spent tens of thousands of dollars” on marketing and media exposure for the two apps, both of which will need to be renamed.

Jobs, in a typically brief response, wrote simply, “Its [sic] just common sense to not use another company’s trademarks in your app name.” Curiously, Apple’s Copyright and Trademark Guidelines page, linked to in the initial email to Waites, makes no mention of a “Pad” trademark, and neither does the company’s official Trademark listing. Judging by the language in both App Store correspondence emails and in Jobs’ response, however, it appears that Apple considers the “Pad” trademark to be under its ownership, and intends to defend it.

Adobe to sue Apple over Flash exclusion?

Adobe may be preparing to file a lawsuit against Apple over its refusal to allow Flash to run on its iPhone OS devices, and its recent decision to ban apps from the App Store created using cross-compilers such as Adobe’s Packager for iPhone OS, which debuted with Flash CS5. Citing source close to Adobe, IT World reports that the App Store policy change was the “last straw” for Adobe, despite the company’s refusal to talk about possible legal action. “We are aware of the new SDK language and are looking into it,” said Adobe spokesperson Wiebke Lips. “We continue to develop our Packager for iPhone OS technology, which we plan to debut in Flash CS5.” Adobe released Flash CS5 on April 12.

Video reveals iPhone OS 4 ‘iPod Out’ mode

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A new video posted online has revealed the new “iPod Out” functionality of iPhone OS 4.0. Shown briefly during last week’s iPhone OS 4.0 event, on a slide naming some of the software’s new features, the “iPod Out” feature wasn’t described in any detail, nor is it mentioned on Apple’s iPhone OS 4 preview page. TUAW reports that the “new application” displays a simplified, Click Wheel iPod-like interface for controlling music playback, with the entire menu system fed out to an external monitor. The report also states that the app contains iPod Accessory Protocol strings, suggesting the app might be meant for in-car use. Continue reading to watch the video in embedded form.

Google updates Mobile app for iPad

Google has released an update adding native iPad support to its Google Mobile App. Google Mobile version 0.5.0.3644 scales the user interface for the iPad’s larger screen and continues to support features from the iPhone and iPod touch version including Search by voice, My Location, Google Suggest, Contact searching and direct links to Google’s other applications and services. Google Mobile App is available from the App Store as a free download.

Opera Mini approved by Apple

Opera reports that its alternative mobile browser for the iPhone, Opera Mini, has been approved by Apple. First previewed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, Opera Mini for the iPhone is intended to provide an alternative to the iPhone’s native Safari browser, promising significantly faster browsing speeds due to data compression on Opera’s servers. Opera Mini was submitted to Apple in March amidst much speculation as to whether it would be approved by Apple due to past restrictions placed on third-party browsers and other applications which duplicated existing iPhone functionality or executed third-party code on the device. While Apple has been approving other mobile browsers for the iPhone for over a year, Opera Mini is the first iPhone browser that does not use Apple’s WebKit engine. Opera Mini will be a free download and is expected to be available on the App Store within the next 24 hours.

Update: Opera Mini is now available from the App Store as a free download.

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