To commemorate the third anniversary of the App Store, Pangea Software has announced that it is making all of its iOS games available for free for a one-day event. Today, July 11th from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM CST every Pangea title is available from the App Store as a free download, after which they will go on sale for just $1 per app. Pangea’s iOS games include are normally priced at $3-4 each and include Enigmo, Enigmo 2, Enigmo Deluxe, Billy Frontier, Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Antimatter, Warheads, Nanosaur 2, Otto Matic and Quarters.
Pangea Software was among the first game companies on the App Store when it debuted three years ago and has experienced great success in developing iPhone apps with over $7 million in sales since 2008. “iOS and the App Store are the most important things to come along in the video game industry in a generation,” said Brian Greenstone, President of Pangea Software, “We’ve been very fortunate to have been a part of this, so to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our awesome customers we’re hosting the biggest giveaway the App Store has ever seen.” The company also reports that it is actively working on major updates to many of its games for iOS 5, with significant updates in store for its multiplayer networked games Nanosaur 2 and Cro-Mag Rally.
LogMeIn has updated LogMeIn Ignition, its remote access application for iOS devices adding several much-needed enhancements to the file management features. With the latest version of LogMeIn Ignition, users can now send remote files via e-mail from directly within the app as well as saving e-mail attachments to the File Manager. The update also adds the ability for users to copy photos and videos to and from the iOS photo library and adds a user-customizable settings for controlling timeouts when Ignition is running in the background on a multitasking-capable iOS device. The update also adds several additional performance and stability improvements. LogMeIn Ignition is a universal app and is available from the App Store for $30. LogMeIn requires a free LogMeIn account and free client-side application available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
CBS Interactive has released an official Star Trek PADD app for the iPad designed to provide fans with an interactive database of Star Trek information. Using an authentic reproduction of the LCARS style interface from Star Trek: The Next Generation, the PADD allows users to browse or search through an official database of the famous television series with information on aliens, ships, places, technologies and episode guides. The app provides authentic computer sound effects and voice from Star Trek: The Next Generation and allows users to read articles, access related information and read the latest news from the Star Trek Facebook and Twitter feeds. This initial release provides a limited set of information from the Star Trek Universe, with more database updates to follow in future versions.
This release of the official Star Trek PADD app follows legal threats by CBS earlier this year that attempted to force other independent iOS developers to remove LCARS themed apps from the App Store. claiming trademark infringement over the use of the word “PADD” and copyright on the LCARS interface—a move that many felt implied that CBS was in the process of developing their own app. Notably, DiagnosticPADD, one of the apps targeted by CBS legal, remains available on the App Store.
Star Trek PADD requires an iPad running iOS 4.3 or later and is available from the App Store for $5.
Apple has filed a second patent infringement claim against HTC with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Bloomberg reports that Apple is seeking to block imports of “personal electronic devices,” although it is unclear exactly which models Apple is targeting with the complaint. Apple filed its first ITC complaint against HTC in March 2010, which claimed the company infringed on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone’s UI, architecture, and hardware, prompting HTC to file a complaint of its own against Apple that May. In April of this year, a lawyer representing the staff of the ITC recommended that HTC shouldn’t be found liable of infringing upon Apple’s patents; the judge in that case is expected to release his findings on August 5.
i.TV has released an update to its leading free TV listings app adding integration with popular TV check-in service GetGlue and support for Smart Lists and push notifications. i.TV allows iOS evic users to see what’s airing on TV as well as browse shows available on Netflix, Hulu and iTunes, remotely schedule TiVO DVR recordings and look up show information on iMDB and Wikipedia. With i.TV 3.3 users can now turn their TV viewing into a more social experience, letting their friends and contacts know what they’re watching by “checking in” to TV shows with GetGlue, Facebook and Twitter directly from within the app.
The new version also introduces a new Smart Lists feature that makes it easier for users to discover and organize content through dynamically updated lists themed by content type such as new shows, most favorited, and award winners. Support for push notification alerts also returns in this version allowing users to receive reminders when their favourite television shows air. i.TV also announced a partnership with AOL TV earlier this year, collaborating on the launch of the new i.TV-powered AOLTV.com site and the AOL TV mobile app, extending the reach of the i.TV platform to millions of AOL users and making way for future enhancements to the platform to improve the TV watching experience. i.TV 3.3 is a universal app requiring iOS 4.2 or later and is available from the App Store as a free download. The i.TV-powered AOL TV mobile app is also expected to be updated with these new features in the coming weeks.
Bowers & Wilkins has introduced its new C5 In-Ear Headphones. The company’s first in-ear headphones, the C5 feature a Secure Loop design to keep them in place, a proprietary Micro Porous Filter that acts as a diffuser for a more spacious performance, a “Tungsten Balanced” design that places high-mass material closer to the ear for an improved seal and incorporates high-grade aluminum elsewhere, and an in-line remote and microphone. Bowers & Wilkins’ C5 In-Ear Headphones will be available in August and are priced at $180.
Apple may begin offering 1080p video sales and streaming as soon as this fall, according to a new report. Citing people familiar with the matter, AppleInsider reports that a handful of feature films being submitted to the iTunes Store for release in the September/October timeframe include documentation for an optional 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution. The reports states that the new format is being listed as “HD+” and that the average bitrate on these higher-quality copies is 10,000 kbps. As noted in the report, such high-quality files would require an Internet connection with a stable download link of approximately 10 megabits per second, which is higher than the national average in most countries, and might force Apple to offer the files strictly as downloads.
Guided Ways has recently updated 2Do, its stylish productivity app for iOS devices adding support for settings start dates on tasks and making several synchronization and sharing improvements. With 2Do 2.5 users can now optionally set a start date and time for tasks in addition to a due date and time; tasks with future start dates will be hidden from calendars and task lists, appearing instead under a “Scheduled” section. Scheduled tasks will appear in the appropriate lists once their start date and time has passed. Users can also sort by start dates and batch defer both start and due dates. Start Dates will synchronize with both Outlook and ToodleDo, depending on the sync method being used. The new version also features a revamped synchronization engine for ToodleDo users, providing support for syncing locations and removing 2Do meta-data from ToodleDo notes. 2Do is a universal app and is available from the App Store for $7.
Apple has started to air two new TV commercials for the iPhone 4. The first, entitled FaceTime, highlights the video calling feature of the same name, and shows FaceTime calls being made between two iPhones, an iPhone and a Mac, and an iPhone and an iPad. The second, entitled AirPlay, highlights the wireless streaming technology found in iOS 4.3, showing an iPhone being used to stream music to a set of speakers, and photos and video to a TV. Both ads use the same overall style and music as the other recent “If you don’t have an iPhone” ads, and are now available for viewing on Apple’s website.
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Quinn Genzel has released an update to his Packing Pro packing list management app adding support for importing and exporting lists via CSV and additional language support. Packing Pro provides an advanced digital packing list with an extensive catalog of common travel items and multiple template lists. Users can create and save their own standard lists for regular types of trips and the app provides a number of advanced sorting and display options along with running totals for weight and value. The latest update adds the ability to import and export lists in the CSV format, allowing users to easily build and edit lists in desktop spreadsheet applications such as Excel, Numbers or Google Docs or convert existing lists into Packing Pro. The new version also adds full language support for English, German, French, Italian and Spanish along with built-in Google Translate support of the application info and instructions into almost any other language. Packing Pro is a universal app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and is available from the App Store for $3.
DoAT is a new iPhone and iPod touch application that provides users with an optimized search experience designed for exploring and finding information on the mobile web. In contrast to traditional search engines, DoAT is designed specifically to search and pull results from a large catalog of mobile web apps, providing search results ideal for use on the iPhone or iPod touch. Users can enter their own search terms or choose from a list of predefined searches for common things like weather, local events, directory services and city guidebooks. Searches can be suffixed with a category such as movies or restaurants to narrow the results to mobile web sites in that specific category, such as IMDB and Flixster for Movies or Yelp and Zagat for restaurants.
Results are displayed in a set of mobile web apps that the user can swipe through in a Cover Flow style view. Built-in predefined searches provide quick access to information such stocks, news and weather and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. A wide variety of other common categories are also included such as local deals, humour, celebrity gossip, shopping, cooking and much more. DoAT requires iOS 4.0 or later and is available from the App Store as a free download.
Rogue Amoeba has released an update to Airfoil Speakers Touch, the free iOS companion app to its desktop Airfoil application. Airfoil Speakers Touch allows iOS device users to receive audio wirelessly from any application on a Mac or PC running the desktop version of Airfoil. The latest update adds the ability for users to initiate connections from Airfoil Speakers Touch to a Mac or Windows PC running Airfoil and control playback from supported apps such as iTunes, Rdio and Spotify. The latest version also sports a completely redesigned user interface with both portrait and landscape viewing and now displays track titles and album artwork when receiving audio from sources that can provide this information. Additional enhancements include support for controlling audio from in-line headphone remotes and an improved and more accurate audio spectrum meter. Airfoil Speakers Touch 2.0 requires iOS 4.2 or later and is available from the App Store as a free download.
Apple has made a substantial change to its estimated shipment wait times for the iPad 2 on its online store, dropping them to just 3-5 days on all models. The previous estimate was 1-2 weeks, and had been in place since April 20, when it was lowered from 2-3 weeks. The reduced wait appears to have taken affect in many countries; iLounge checked availability in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and Mexico, all of which showed the improved 3-5 day wait. [via AppleInsider]
IK Multimedia has debuted its new iKlip Mini microphone stand adapter for the iPhone and iPod touch. Made from durable thermoplastic and compatible with every existing iPhone and iPod touch model, the iKlip Mini firmly attaches to most microphone stands, and offers multi-angle adjustment and rotation for use of the device in vertical or horizontal orientation, full access to all controls, ports, and cameras of the device, arms on the sides and a lip on the bottom for a secure grip, and an included, detachable iRig bracket. IK Multimedia’s iKlip is expected to ship in August and will sell for $40.
Apple has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Samsung, seeking an import ban on certain Samsung products. Reuters reports that Apple is seeking a ban on Samsung’s Galaxy products, but does not specify which models. It is likely that Apple is targeting models similar to the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, all of which it is attempting to block with a preliminary injunction in the companies’ ongoing case in California. Samsung has filed a similar complaint with the ITC, seeking an import ban on the iPad and iPhone; the companies are involved in several other patent-related suits worldwide.
With over 2,100 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“Which feature would you most like to see in iOS 5?”—has ended. Readers were given the choice between a new Notifications system, Home screen widgets, wireless syncing, backups, and updates, a redesigned Home screen, expanded background app and/or multitasking support, a common file system, haptic feedback, or some other feature or improvement.
As it turns out, the two most popular options—wireless features and a revamped Notification system—were included when Apple previewed the upcoming release. 33 percent of respondents said they most wanted to see wireless syncing, backups, and updates, followed by 24 percent who wanted a new Notifications system. 11 percent said they wanted Home screen widgets—a feature which didn’t appear in full, but was implemented in highly limited fashion in the new Notifications Center—followed by nine percent who wanted a redesigned Home screen, seven percent who wanted either a common file system or some other feature or improvement, six percent who wanted expanded background app and/or multitasking support, and two percent who wanted Apple to integrate haptic feedback into the OS. Thanks for all your votes!
Our new poll focuses on Apple’s upcoming iTunes Match service. We’d like to know if you’re planning on signing up when it becomes available this fall. Are you going to try it out, or are you currently using or planning to use a competing service, or are you holding out for a better option? Or do cloud music offerings not interest you, or would you be interested, if only it were available where you live, or do you not own an iOS device? Our new poll—“Are you planning to sign up for iTunes Match?”—lets you answer that question. You can find the iLounge Poll in the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!
Numark has announced its new iDJ Live accessory for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Developed in conjunction with Algoriddim, the company behind the djay apps for iOS, the iDJ Live is an iOS DJ controller for djay and other CoreMIDI-enabled iOS apps, featuring a 30-pin connection to the device, two large performance platters, a central mixer section with a crossfader, buttons, and knobs, a stand for the iPad, and a custom audio cable for connecting to a sound system and headphones. Numark’s iDJ Live for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available now and sells for around $100; for more information on Algoriddim’s djay app, see our full review.
Andrew Auernheimer, one of two hackers blamed for the exposure of email addresses and SIM ICC-ID numbers for 114,000 iPad 3G users in June 2010, has been indicted by a grand jury. Reuters reports that Auernheimer is charged with one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers and one count of identity theft. The charges follow a guilty plea from co-defendant Daniel Spitler to the same two charges, each of which carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Spitler will be sentenced September 28. The pair, under the name of “Goatse Security,” discovered a publicly accessible script on AT&T’s website through which they extracted the data. The pair alerted the carrier only after they had stolen the data, shared the PHP script used with several third-parties, and supplied Gawker with the user account information.
The M.I.C. Store is now offering its Aluminum Keyboard Buddy case for the iPad 2. Sporting a design reminiscent of the MacBook Air, the Keyboard Buddy features an integrated Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard with a built-in 510mAh battery good for 90 hours of use and a micro USB port for charging, an aluminum housing, a built-in stand with two viewing angles supporting both portrait and landscape orientation, compatibility with the iPad 2’s magnetic sleep/wake feature, and a design that is designed to cover the device’s screen while not in use. M.I.C.‘s Aluminum Keyboard Buddy case for the iPad 2 is available now and sells for $50.