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Apple releases iOS 4.1 Beta 2

Apple has released its iOS 4.1 Beta 2 and the accompanying SDK. Reports are varied as to whether this second version of the iPhone and iPod touch operating system includes a fix for the iPhone 4’s proximity sensor issue, a problem iOS 4.0.1 failed to address; Apple has yet to indicate one way or the other. Both the new iOS 4.1 SDK Beta 2 and pre-release builds are available now for download by paid iPhone developers from the iPhone Dev Center.

37signals buys Ember for iPhone

Web-based collaboration app developer 37signals has announced the purchase of the iPhone app Ember from developer Overcommitted. Ember was a native iPhone application for 37signals’ web-based conference app, Campfire that allows users to participate in chats, view transcripts, jump between chat rooms and share pictures in a Campfire chat. 37signals founder Jason Fried writes on the company’s blog that they considered Ember to be an excellent native iPhone app for Campfire and started discussions with Overcommitted earlier this year about buying the application. After reaching a deal and making a few changes to the app, 37signals has resubmitted it to the App Store as the official Campfire app for the iPhone. Although Ember sold for $10 as a third-party app, 37signals has released the new version as a free download; a Campfire account is required to use the app, however free Campfire accounts are supported. The 37signals Campfire app provides support for multiple accounts, unlimited chat rooms, live image previews, inline viewing of popular document formats, access to chat transcripts and the ability to upload photos. Users can also see the participants in a room, view and set the topic for a room and set preferences for message notifications on a room-by-room basis. 37signals Campfire is available from the App Store as a free download. [via TechCrunch]

Score Media releases theScore iPad edition

Score Media has released theScore iPad edition, an iPad optimized version of its popular ScoreMobile sports app for the iPhone and iPod touch. TheScore iPad edition provides sports news, stats, scores and standings from every major sports league integrated with video and audio content from Score Media’s television, radio and web platforms. Users can follow sports information, news and stats from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, College Basketball, College Football, CFL, EPL and more. The app provides users with access to up-to-the-minute content including real-time scores, breaking news, exclusive digital video segments for iPad users and additional content from The Score Television Network, blogs for NBA, Soccer, NHL and NFL leagues and general sports and soccer podcasts. Users can also take advantage of integrated social media tools to share articles, blog posts and videos via services such as Facebook or Twitter. TheScore iPad edition is available from the App Store as a free download.

Paramount releases official Star Trek Captain’s Log app

Paramount Digital Entertainment has released the latest version of its official Star Trek Captain’s Log app, adding support for iOS 4, the iPhone 4 and several additional new features. Star Trek Captain’s Log allows users to log voice recordings, take photos and video, text notes and record GPS locations in a Star Trek communicator themed app. Users can share logs with friends via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and personalize the app with different skins, sound effects, images and map pins. Version 1.1 introduces support for the iOS 4 and the iPhone 4 with multitasking features and high-resolution Retina Display graphics as well as support for the front-facing camera and gyroscope in the iPhone 4. The new version also adds a new 360-degree 3D Enterprise view that can be rotated via the touchscreen or iPhone 4 gyroscope. This update also fixes a number of bugs and makes some additional improvements regarding map pin display, image optimization and working with low-signal conditions. Star Trek Captain’s Log 1.1 is available from the U.S. App Store for $2 and requires an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later. Notably, the App Store description for the app indicates that users must be 17 years of age or older to use the app, however the App Store rating itself is only 4+.

Citi reveals iPhone app security flaw, releases update

The Wall Street Journal reports that Citigroup has disclosed a security flaw in its free U.S. mobile-banking application for iOS devices. Citi has indicated that the iOS app inadvertently saves information such as account numbers, bill payments and security access codes on users’ iOS devices and that this information may also be saved to a users’ desktop computer as part of the iTunes backup created during the sync process. The issue is reported to have affected approximately 117,600 Citigroup customers who have registered the iPhone app with Citi since its March 2009 launch, however the bank does not believe that any personal data has actually been exposed by the flaw. Citi has sent out letters to customers advising them of the security issue and directing users to download the newest version of the Citi Mobile app as a mandatory update. The latest version of Citi Mobile addresses this issue and also provides iPod touch support for credit card customers and other bug fixes. Citi Mobile 2.0.3 is available from the App Store as a free download and should appear as an automatic update for current users. [via TUAW]

American Airlines launches iPhone app

American Airlines has launched an official travel app for iPhone and iPod touch users. The American Airlines app allows users to book and check-in for flights, check flight status and schedules, setup flight status notifications and access AAdvantage program and account information. Users can also use the app to set airport parking reminders, monitor their place on standby lists, view flight gate and seat information, access a barcoded mobile boarding pass, view terminal maps and even play a game of Sudoku. The American Airlines app is available from the App Store as a free download.

AudioBox releases native iPhone client

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]

WebPad shares iPad drawings on the Internet in real-time

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.

Texto allows users to send pre-written SMS messages

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.

Things adds Local Notifications, iOS 4 support

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 adds ‘Newsstand’ highlight section to App Store

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.

Dragon Dictation adds SMS, social and multilingual support

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 adds iPhone 4 HD video uploads

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.

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.

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