Spotify has released an update for its iPhone and iPod touch application adding support for displaying cover art and song information on the iOS 5 lock screen and providing users with more control over sharing on Facebook. Users can now disable Facebook posting entirely from within the application’s settings or toggle on an “Incognito mode” that temporarily disables Facebook sharing for the current session only, switching it back on automatically for the next session. With the latest update, Spotify now requires iOS 4.0 or later and is available from the App Store as a free download.
Google has released an update to its Google Search app for iOS providing a significantly redesigned user interface for the iPad. The latest update adds support for Google Instant, delivering search results as text is entered and now loads pages on a slide-in panel layered over the search results. The new split panel allows users to see both the selected page and alternative results side-by-side and even continue scrolling through the results while the selected web page loads. A new image browser presents a carousel view of image results that allows users to swipe through images and view them full-screen and users can also bring up a visual presentation of search history presenting snapshots of pages previously visited, stacked and organized by search terms. Instant Previews have also been added for iPad users to quickly preview web pages for each search result without having to actually visit the page and wait for it to load. Additional enhancements include the ability to highlight found text within web pages and an integrated +1 button for recommending pages. Google Search is available from the App Store as a free download.
HolgaDirect is now offering its iPhone Lens Filter Kit for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The iPhone Lens Filter Kit is a snap-on style case offering open access to all ports and controls, plus a large wheel on the back that places various effect filters over the rear camera. Options include dual, triple, and quadruple image lenses, red, green, yellow, and blue filters, some of which offer additional effects in the center, an empty hole for taking images with no effect, and a 60mm macro lens. HolgaDirect’s iPhone Lens Filter Kit for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is available now in black, white, silver, red, or blue, and sells for $25.
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Infinity Blade II, Chair and Epic Games have released Infinity Blade: Original Soundtrack on iTunes and other online digital music stores. From acclaimed composer Josh Aker, the album features 25 tracks of original orchestral and world music from both the original Infinity Blade and Infinity Blade II, scheduled for release on the App Store on December 1st. Infinity Blade: Original Soundtrack is available from the iTunes Store for $10 or via Amazon MP3, Amazon on Demand or Zune Marketplace.
Over the weekend, Sprint started to air a new commercial touting the abilities of the iPhone as well as its own unlimited data offerings. “There are half a million apps and counting on the iPhone,” the commercial’s narrator states, while images of popular app icons are shown rising above various rural and city landscapes. “Apps that can take you anywhere, and do anything. You might say there’s no limit to what this amazing device can do. So the question to ask is, ‘Why would anyone want to limit the iPhone?’ We don’t. Truly unlimited data for your iPhone. Only from Sprint.” Notably, the commercial does not focus on any specific iPhone model; Sprint offers both the 8GB iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on its network. The 30-second ad is available for viewing below in embedded form or on YouTube.
The Joy Factory has unveiled its new StormCruiser bicycle mount for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The StormCrusier is a weather-resistant case that can be mounted horizontally or vertically on the frame of a bicycle or stroller with push-through coverage for the Home, volume, and sleep/wake buttons, and a protective plug for the headphone jack. The Joy Factory’s StormCruiser bicycle mounting system is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship soon for $50. Notably, the StormCruiser appears to be identical to the Luxa H10 Bike Mount; for more information, see our review here.
The Omni Group has released an update to OmniFocus for iPhone adding improvised integration with Siri on the iPhone 4S. With the latest version of OmniFocus for the iPhone, users can now create reminders on-the-go with Siri which will be automatically imported into their OmniFocus inbox upon launching the app. Since neither Siri nor the iOS Reminders apps yet provide any APIs for third-party apps, OmniFocus accomplishes this by connecting directly to the user’s iCloud account to retrieve new reminders. Users can also specify a date and time for a new reminder and it will be set as a due date in OmniFocus and location-based reminders will be assigned to the corresponding context in OmniFocus if one is available. The update also fixes bugs related to location reminders, undo support and Forecast mode. OmniFocus for iPhone is available from the App Store for $20.
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Bent Spoon Games has released Girl with a Heart of, a new and unique interactive narrative game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Set in Underfoot, a subterranean city inhabited by the Dark race, Girl with a Heart of tells the story of Raven, an eleven-year-old girl separated from her parents during an attack by the Light’s army. As her city’s defences crumble and her sense of normalcy is stripped away, Raven learns that she has a critical role in the conflict due to her unusual artificial heart. The player must take on the role of Raven and help her learn to understand her newly acquired power and make choices that affect the outcome of the story and have far-reaching consequences beyond her small town. As Raven, the player interacts with the various inhabitants of her city and must determine the best decisions to succeed using rationality and logic with multiple possible game endings tied to the player’s decisions. A unique game world is formed through stylized graphics and artwork that provide a backdrop depicting a world where darkness, not light, is the primary life source. Girl with a Heart of is a universal app and is available from the App Store for $3.
Megatouch has released Rock Mahjong HD, a new modern take on the classic Mahjong tile game. Rock Mahjong HD provides classic Mahjong play to a hard rock twist with over 200 handcrafted stages and rock themed tiles along with special power-ups and cheering crowds. The game provides its own background soundtrack or players can choose to listen to their own music playlist as they attempt to unlock boards and star ratings in the challenge mode or simply crowd surf their way to the top of the global leaderboards in classic mode. Challenge mode provides over 200 boards to unlock and beat with star ratings earned based on how fast each stage is cleared while classic mode provides two random boards with 40 and 144 tiles along time limits, score-tracking and Game Center leaderboards. Rock Mahjong HD requires an iPad running iOS 4.3 or later and is available from the App Store for $2.
Loud Crow Interactive has released A Charlie Brown Christmas for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Based on the 1965 animated classic, the app presents the tale in an interactive storybook form narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown along with the original dialog and digitally remastered illustrations, animation and music. The app provides interactive features on every page as the story unfolds allowing users to perform such tasks as playing Schroeder’s piano, finger painting and going carolling; users can also participate in the Super-Colossal Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Display content to unlock rewards and decorations for their very own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Word and note highlighting helps children improve reading and musical skills and individual words are repeated with the tap of a finger. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a universal app and is available from the App Store for $7.
The first replacement units sent to customers through Apple’s iPod nano 1G Replacement program have started to arrive. Mac Rumors reports that although the model was discontinued five years ago, the replacement units are indeed first-generation iPod nano units, with the same capacity as the units that were replaced. Notably, reports indicate that the replacement units are in like-new condition, suggesting that Apple is at the very least offering refurbished units as replacements, complete with the new battery and outer shells that come standard with Apple refurbished models. Apple recently launched the replacement program as a way to deal with potential safety risks caused by faulty batteries.
Fanny Wang today announced that it is offering a custom colorization service for its line of headphones. The 1001 On Ear, as well as 2001 and 3001 Over Ear models can now be ordered with the customer’s choice of color on seven different parts—the outside band, inside band, center disc, sound chambers, accent strip, ear muffs, and cords—allowing for over one million possible color combinations. Fanny Wang’s custom colored headphones are available now and range in price from $220 for the 1001 to $350 for the noise-canceling 3001.
Stem Innovation has introduced its new Time Command Mini alarm dock for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Featuring a top-mounted dock that can accomodate nearly any docking Apple device, the Time Command Mini also offers a dimmable, curved LED display, the ability to transfer time- and app-set alarms from the device when its docked, compatibility with the company’s Stem:Connect app for calendar-based alarm scheduling, control over the LED display, local weather and forecast information, and more, and the ability to charge the connected device while in use. Stem Innovations’ Time Command Mini is available now and sells for $80.
Extended Access has debuted its new Exo Flak Jacket case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The Exo Flak Jacket is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, and features a two-piece, screw-together design with separate front and rear frames, an anodized protective coating, and open access to all ports, controls, and cameras. Extended Access’ Exo Flak Jacket for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is available now in nine colors and sells for $50.
Online meeting service Mikogo has released an iOS app enabling people to attend online meetings from their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad while on the go. Mikogo provides a conferencing and desktop sharing solution allowing businesses and other professionals to organize online meetings over the web via any browser or using the Mikogo apps on iOS and Android devices. The iOS app allows users to participate in online meetings or view presentations as an alternative to attending from their desktop computer providing real-time access to the meeting content on their device. Users can connect to the Mikogo meeting service using a Wi-Fi or 3G network connection and simply need to enter the session ID provided by the meeting organizer and they are instantly joined to the online meeting; organizers can also optionally provide session passwords for additional security. Mikogo is a universal app and is available from the App Store as a free download.
Z2Live has released Battle Nations, a new action strategy game for iOS devices. Battle Nations puts the player in command of an elite Imperial Army as they expand and secure their empire through over 130 missions in a story-driven campaign. Players must gather resources, construct base facilities and train troops to build their forces and defend their territory. Strategic turn-based combat allows users to command dozens of unique troops and vehicles in battle and players can also engage in online real-time battles with other Battle Nation players around the world or team up with other players to repel attacks and help them defend their empires. Battle Nations is an online game requiring an Internet connection to play and is available from the App Store as a free download.
Flipboard has released a new version of its content aggregation app adding support for accessing content from Tumblr and 500px along with the ability to create an online account to sync between multiple devices. With the latest version, users can create an account for accessing Flipboard on another iPad or in the upcoming iPhone release. Users can now also read friends’ posts, mark posts and liked and reblog posts on Tumblr and browse photos on the 500px online photo service. Flipboard 1.6 is available from the App Store as a free download.
Apple has released Apple TV Software Update 4.4.3, the latest update for its second-generation set-top box. Apple has yet to update its Support page with details on what the update, listed as build 9A405l, offers, but it is likely a bug fix update, given the incremental point increase of the version number. Apple TV Software Update 4.4.3 is available now via the Update Software option in the device’s General Settings menu.
Update: According to Apple’s release notes, the update adds support for Netflix in Mexico, and addresses an issue in which audio may not play through the optical port when the TV is turned off.