Daily App Digest – November 8, 2011
Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…
World War II Interactive
Internet Design Zone, an iOS app developer company, today is very happy to announce that their iPad app, World War II Interactive, reached the #2 position in the Books category in the App Store. The app has received very good response since its launch in October. After being voted as App of the day on November 3rd at Gizmodo, the app reached the #2 position in paid apps on November 7th. World War II Interactive is now in the top 10 charts for both paid apps and top grossing apps.
World War II Interactive is a very comprehensive app on the biggest war in human history. It covers all the major battles and events in every theater of WW2 in detail, with stunning photos, videos, articles, timelines and speeches.
One of the most popular tech websites, Gizmodo.com made World War II Interactive their App of the day on November 3rd. This is what Gizmodo editor Casey Chan had to say, "I’m a history buff, so I love this stuff. The quality of the content is really good too – for those who don’t like history, I think it makes it interesting enough with multimedia to keep you interested." He also said that "What’s especially great about World War II Interactive is that the app provides you with rare pictures and videos you’ve probably never seen before (unless of course, you’re a big WWII buff)".
"If you’re a WWII enthusiast, we say go for it." said Aayush Arya, Apps Co-Editor at TheNextWeb, in his review. He also said, "Having very little knowledge of WWII before launching this app for the first time, I was surprised by how quickly I was brought up to speed due to the introduction video, the app’s navigation and the various timelines."
The popular iPhone mileage log application, MileBug, has full path tracking with map display with the latest version 2.1.3 along with polish enhancements. With version 2.1.3, MileBug now defaults to the Number Pad for odometer entry for new users. The spinner/picker is still available via Settings. Also, when choosing from a list of Businesses, Destinations, Purposes, or Vehicles, the user is automatically returned to the Add Trip screen. No longer is it necessary for the additional step of clicking Save.
When adding a new trip, select "GPS Tracking" under the odometer readings on the Add Trip screen. This will slide on a Map View and show your current location. Simply tap "Start Tracking" and MileBug will drop a pin every time you move more than 1/10 mile. You can return to Add Trip and fill in the rest of the information, save it, and even leave MileBug to open other apps. As long as MileBug is running in the background (which it does by default), it’s tracking your trip.
At any time, you can open the Trip and return to GPS Tracking and see your path on the map. Your path is drawn on the map, with dragable pins every 1/10 mile. To edit your path, you can drag pins around, remove pins, even add new pins. If you happen to forget to turn off GPS tracking when you arrive at your destination, you can easily trim your path to the correct pin when you do remember.
Full Path GPS Tracking is in the full version only. MileBug Lite GPS is only "as the crow flies" and does not include map display.
One year after its successful US market launch, the Scandit Barcode Scanner and Comparison Shopper app now enables smart shoppers around the world to scan barcodes and QR codes, find the best price or read reviews for millions of consumer products. "With its leading barcode scanning technology, comprehensive product database and integrated social features, Scandit has become a popular brand among mobile shoppers. Due to strong consumer demand, we have decided to release the app globally", says Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit.
Influential tech blogs like Scobleizer (by Robert Scoble), TheNextWeb, Ubergizmo and BostInnovation have rated Scandit as the best mobile barcode scanner and the app recently won a first price in Nokia’s global "Calling All Innovators" contest.
Core features of the app are:
* SCAN – Scan barcodes both UPC/EAN and QR codes in a snap with Scandit’s lightning-fast barcode scanner.
* COMPARE – Read thousands of product ratings and reviews on the go.
* SHOP – Find the best deals at your favorite stores: Amazon, Best Buy, eBay and thousands of other stores (data availability depends on country of use).
* SHARE – Share and comment on products that you like or consider buying via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and text messaging.
Teach Me Sushi
Teach Me Sushi, provider of hands-on sushi-making lessons throughout the New York area, today announced the latest offering in its line of popular applications for iPhone and iPad. Teach Me Sushi iPhone combines the company’s instructional sushi apps into a single, interactive guide that takes users through sushi-making basics and on to the creation of advanced, sushi rolls.
The original Teach Me Sushi app and its follow up, Teach Me Sushi Expert, have garnered acclaim with positions on the App Store’s "New and Noteworthy" and "What’s Hot" lists. With the first edition also earning the coveted title of "App of the Week" in the U.K. App Store, the Teach Me Sushi apps have gained fans worldwide.
Teach Me Sushi includes both of the company’s iPhone apps and incorporates enhancements from the successful iPad edition as well, offering over 20 easy-to-follow demonstrational videos, step-by-step high-resolution photo guides and helpful tools to make creating sushi at home fun and easy.
Jake Davidow, trained sushi chef and Teach Me Sushi founder, felt this update was the next logical step for Teach Me Sushi’s app offerings.
"One of my favorite things about giving sushi-making lessons is watching people learn," said Davidow. "They realize that it’s not as difficult as it looks, and once they see there is no reason to be intimidated, they get really excited and want to try new rolls. This latest version enables users to start with the basics and work their way up all within the same app. As they feel more and more confident, they can move on to the more advanced lessons."
Baby Sleeper Mini
After a month of nkdsoft’s first iOS release, Baby Sleeper Pro, the iPhone version of the app was seen on the iTunes store today. It is called Baby Sleeper Mini and presents the same nice graphics as the iPad version, but sized to fit the iPhone’s screen.
Baby Sleeper is based on a method discovered by a math professor while he was trying to make his baby niece fall asleep. "It all starts with the circle." he told us that the shape of a circle captures babies attention because of the resemblance with the mother’s eye. The instructions are simple, just hit the "Good night!" button and let Baby Sleeper do its magic. Most babies and small kids fall asleep in matter of minutes while watching the almost hypnotic drawings that the application generates.
The application is intended for babies or little kids but some users have reported that the application is useful as a sleeping or relaxation aid for adults too.
Clarence & Desta Sheridan introduces Leonardo’s Secret: Clean Up Your Act, for iOS devices. View the Book Trailer listed below and see a young Leonardo da Vinci, as a a busboy, who was asked to make turtle soup. One of the turtles begged for his life! It was Tuttle. Tuttle, tried to convince Leonardo that there is a big world out there, and he could show him all about it, if he would just take a chance.
This is the first in a series of children’s fiction books. "Leonardo’s Secret: Clean Up Your Act!" follows the life of "Tuttle the Turtle". A turtle who lived so long, he evolved into an independent thinking and speaking mastermind. Follow Tuttle as he influences many famous and sometimes infamous people throughout history.
Young Leonardo and Tuttle are faced with dilemmas that cause them to create wondrous inventions, so far ahead of their time, that no one else sees them for the grand ideas they really are. Through humor and chaos, Leonardo’s inventions come to life, only to find out that everyone one else sees them for something different in the end.
Together, Leonardo and Tuttle embark on colorful and unpredictable adventures that allow for delightful family entertainment, while taking a fresh look at some of da Vinci’s 6,000 most imaginative inventions!
Originally written as a screenplay, here are some of the KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror comments:
"Having a turtle behind his inventions is a humorous and creative way to get kids’ attention. The last scene hooks you – when chaos reins and an invention is formed out of the disaster. Another hook – the tension when da Vinci thinks the turtle is getting baked. This is good, clean fun with a fun ending."
Arabic Fruit & Veg Flashcards
JAM Language Ltd. today launches Arabic Fruit & Veg Flashcards 1.0, their first Arabic iPhone and iPad application. They collaborated with Lux HQ Ltd. whose headquartered in London, UK, to create the iPhone and iPad application, which includes both audio and colourful visuals.
This is a follow-up to their initial collaboration and launch of 99.spanish.verbs and 99.madarin.verbs earlier this summer. "We have been working diligently to create fresh new content specifically for the iTunes App Store which caters to iPhone and iPad users. Arabic language learning content is highly sought after yet it is undersupplied and often overlooked. We are here to bridge that gap" said Maria A. Petit, Co-Founder of JAM Language Ltd.
The Arabic Fruit & Vegetable Flashcard application includes both Audio and bright colourful visuals, a change in the initial format and a first for the collaboration between JAM Language Ltd and Lux HQ Ltd. Additionally, JAM Language Ltd. and Lux HQ Ltd. are already working on new content with their sight on Brazilian Portuguese as the latest addition to the JAM Language Learning flashcards series. Arabic Fruit & Veg Flashcards is packaged in a fun flashcard format for easy memory recall. It takes the user back to the basics with a fun and interactive method to further enhance their vocabulary.
Hourly Quiz is a simple but fun concept that pits players across the world against each other in an hourly general knowledge quiz.
A general knowledge question is asked on the hour, every hour and the faster the players answers, the more points they get. The online leaderboards show rankings for each question plus a daily, weekly, monthly and all-time ranking.
Some questions are easy, some questions will probably require a quick internet search but all questions are fully answerable by everyone.
Hourly Quiz also uses Apple’s Game Center so users can earn achievements.
PS Ventures Limited director Philip Simpson commented "We’re very excited to be bringing this new online quiz concept to the iPhone. The spirit of competition is alive in us all and this app allows players to test themselves and compete throughout the day without taking up too much precious time. The anticipation of finding out where your answers rank really does add to the fun."
Reactor LLC is pleased to announce the release of NYAN 3D 1.1, their first gaming title for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. 3D is a procedurally generated space adventure featuring many familiar Heroes from our beloved series of tubes: The Internets! We made NYAN 3D completely free so everyone can enjoy it. No ads. No lite version. No popups.
A lot of hard work went into creating NYAN 3D, so if you want to see more updates and new games from us please consider buying the $0.99 In-App Purchase. You’ll unlock the exclusive Grid Cat Hero plus a new matching level. Your purchase will also unlock all playable Heroes instantly.
* A Procedurally Evolving Universe:
NYAN 3D randomly generates unique and challenging obstacles each round, so you’ll never play the same level twice. Difficulty automatically adjusts based on your overall performance.
* Deflect Or Dodge Obstacles:
Blue tokens activate a shield to deflect obstacles or play dangerously and string together near miss combos for bonus points.
* Engage Nyanspeed:
Collect three gold tokens to go NYANSPEED! During this burst of speed, your Hero will deflect anything that get in the way.
* Unlock New Heroes:
Heroes can be unlocked through various achievements: Travel over one million meters, collect a thousand tokens, near misses, and much more.
Create & share your own custom graffiti art in seconds with the new Graffiti Tagger(TM) app from Insatiable Genius & Full Time Artists(R)! We’ve combined authentic graffiti style typefaces, artwork & images from the original Graffiti Fonts(R) collection with the power of QR Barcodes to allow the quick & easy creation of custom graffiti lettering, street art & graffiti style graphics.
Just enter any word or phrase, choose a font, and add effects like color, gradients & shadows. Add backgrounds & artwork with just a couple taps, save & share with the greatest of ease. Post to Facebook(R) directly from the app.
With letter styles from drippy tags, to stencils to wild styles, accurate cityscapes from around the world, graffiti backgrounds, illustrations & effects you can create anything from a simple piece of artwork for a friend to a promo for your band or business complete with a custom QR Barcode containing any link, phone number or other data you choose.
You have total control over the design. Move, scale & rotate the letters and other elements to your liking to create a truly unique layout. You can design something simple in just a couple minutes or create very intricate, layered artwork. The app saves your progress & will export an image for you any time in just 2 taps so you can always go back to work on an old design or save as many versions as you like.
Feeling blah? Say ah! With Status Doctor, a new free app compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, you can search thousands of quotes and share them on Twitter and Facebook with just one click. Developed by Paragoni, LLC, creator of highly popular mobile and desktop apps, Status Doctor has sweet tweets, clever quotes, fine lines, intriguing updates and your next text, all available in an easy-to-install, easy-to-use and instantly intuitive app.
Choose from thousands of quotes in an ever-expanding list of categories: Love, Life, Friendship, Motivation, Movies, Marriage, Music, Humor, Family, Pets, Sports and Travel to name a few. If you’re feeling uninspired, at a loss for words and just can’t express yourself with a snappy Facebook status or tweet, the Doctor of Spin is in! It’s sick – in a good way!
Find the perfect quote for every sentiment, situation or occasion. Search individual categories by keyword, author or subject, or simply browse categories for inspiration. You’ll never be at a loss for words again!
Tweet it, Facebook it or email it – with a single click! Link to your Facebook friends and Twitter followers and see their favorites. Check how many times a quote has been Facebook’d and Tweet’d and who’s posted it – where and when.
Got a favorite quote that isn’t on Status Doctor? Add it yourself and discover who likes it as much as you.
Ultimate Kids Song Collection
Panorama Concepts has released Ultimate Kids Song Collection 1.0, their new educational app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Delight your child with Ultimate Kids Song Collection, which includes 50 all time favorite nursery rhymes & songs for casual learning and educational purposes. All the songs are professionally recorded with lyrics and is simply the ideal gift for kids when they want to sing, dance, laugh and sleep.
Ultimate Kids Song Collection contains all the necessary aspects to stimulate your child’s auditory and visual senses, as well as motivating them to enjoy the rhythms and sounds as they sing, dance or clap along. The main features of this application are:
* Dynamic and fun songs in English
* Easy to learn song lyrics
* Eye-catching images
* Easy to use.
Popular nursery rhymes & songs includes:
* Amazing Grace
* Eensy Weensy Spider
* Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
* Row, Row, Row Your Boat
* Old MacDonald Had A Farm
* If You Are Happy & You Know It
* London Bridge Is Falling Down
* Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
AlwaysOn Technologies, Inc., developer of the popular iOS application Cloud Browse and Mass Challenge finalist, has announced the release of Cloud Browse v4.0, with major improvements for the iPhone. Due to popular demand, the application now supports full retina display resolution on the iPhone.
While the iPad version has always supported high resolution, earlier versions of the product didn’t render as crisply on the iPhone, so users wishing to play games or view other content on the web didn’t enjoy the same level of display clarity.
Cloud Browse unlocks Flash and Java for iPad and iPhone by hosting a secure desktop FireFox browser session on remote Amazon cloud servers. An Android version of Cloud Browse is slated for release in late 2011.
Consumers have shown great enthusiasm for the Cloud Browse product, when they discover that Flash and Java aren’t supported on their new iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices. The product has been downloaded approximately 500,000 times from the iTunes store, and has enjoyed double digit monthly growth rates since launch in mid- 2010. AlwaysOn Technologies, Inc. builds B2C applications and also works with businesses on rapid desktop mobile deployment needs for consumer facing and internal applications.
Bugs and Dolls
Monkey Prism today is pleased to announced the release of Bugs and Dolls, a super fun interactive/educational sound box application. Combining beautifully-rendered drawings with engaging audio elements, this new app will surely be a hit with children of any age. Available on November 8th as a free download in Apple’s App Store, Bugs and Dolls features Monkey Prism favorite Nina Rouselle De Polonia back with her wonderful and vivid illustrations.
"We wanted Bugs and Dolls to be more than just a simple sound box application with a limited play-value…the usual basic touch and response doesn’t apply here", says Chris Danielson, Monkey Prism CEO. "We have created multiple modes of play that encourage learning and thinking, while still keeping things 110% fun".
Bugs and Dolls is the second in Monkey Prism’s "Touch & Explore with Audio" line of applications. The free download comes with the Animals level (1 of 5) enabled for immediate play.
* Beautiful and original full-color illustrations
* Interactive touchable objects give encouraging and fun audio feedback
* "Sound Box Mode" – Touch things for cool sounds
* "Word Mode" – Touch, listen and learn
* "Quiz Mode" – Answer the questions with a touch
* More levels to come
Tilt & Sprout
Twiddly today is pleased to announce their next substantial update for the highly rated Tilt & Sprout, on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Players can look forward to some added competition from rival sprouts and weeds that will try and block the path of your sprouting plant from successfully reaching the level’s surface and blooming into an amazing flower. The update introduces a new packet of seeds to be planted and grown in a vibrant Farm environment, featuring 12 new levels and 12 new flowers to be successfully grown.
Included in the update is a huge step up to the game graphics, additional underground lighting effects and environmental enhancements, which give the game a new feel across all the levels. This additionally gives existing players a reason to experience the game anew.
Tilt & Sprout is your chance to experience a different kind of single player puzzle-solving adventure game that will test those budding reflexes and tease the mind. Get ready to grow roots with Tilt & Sprout.
Brosix has now published a mobile version of their popular secure instant messaging software for the most successful phone- the iPhone. Brosix for iPhone allows customers to log into their Brosix account from their iPhone and chat with their online contacts. "Brosix for iPhone supports only text chat for now, and we know our users will appreciate using Brosix on the go to be constantly in touch with their colleagues, clients and friends," Stefan Chekanov, Owner of Brosix, said. "It still encrypts the traffic as other Brosix versions do." By offering a secure instant messenger on smartphones, customers can rest easy that their conversations are encrypted and securely protected.
The first user review on the Apple Store for Brosix for iPhone states, "Best Messaging Program Ever! I’ve been using the desktop version of this program for quite awhile. It’s an easy-to-use, fully-functional, Secure instant messenger. I’m glad they finally made an iPhone app for this! Brosix IM is generally designed to be used on private corporate networks, however, anyone can use it for free." The free version of Brosix IM allows customers to create a free account and connect with other free version users around the world.
Along with launching Brosix for iPhone, Brosix will also be releasing a new update for their desktop Brosix versions. This update will include High Quality video streaming to provide much better Video quality to Brosix users along with other improvements.
Independent developer Mic Pringle(TM) today is pleased to announce the release of Audium; a beautiful, gesture driven music player for iPhone and iPod touch. Designed from the ground up to take full advantage of the device’s touch screen, Audium makes interacting with your music as much a pleasure as listening to it.
With the generic playback controls nowhere to be seen, Audium employs subtle visual cues to provide feedback to the user. Watch as the album cover bounces on track change, or how it fades to black & white when playback is paused. Audium strips away often over user features such as the playlist or track listing and, by putting the album front and centre, encourages the listener to appreciate the album as a whole, rediscovering all those forgotten tracks.
* Fully gesture driven
* Beautiful, hand-crafted & unique interface
* Works with your existing music library
* Apple Earphones compatible
* Supports the ‘Now Playing’ feature of iOS 5
AppBC today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of touchAble 1.3, a new version of their popular iOS controller for Ableton Live. The app has been gaining a lot of attention since its release in september 2010 – giving Ableton Live Users an alternative to tedious MIDI Mapping and controller stacking. The developers have constantly improved touchAble with free updates that introduced new features and controls – and 1.3 is no different.
touchAble 1.3 contains over 30 new features and changes, such as a loop and beatjump section, enabling anything from CDJ style mixes to creative loop manipulation, a completely rebuilt mixer that allows users to modularly choose the controls they need – complemented by the long awaited crossfader. 3 new native templates have been added: Auto Filter, Ping Pong Delay & the very first Instrument – Impulse – and are waiting to be tweaked. The new Settings Menu not only offers a cascade of new control-options – but also simplifies the connection process by adding Bonjour support.
Combined with its strong integration in Live, its six different modules (Clip grid, Mixer, Devices, Keys, Pads, XY Pad) and two command menus (Clip & Transport) touchAble 1.3 covers nearly every control element of Live’s session view.
touchAble opens up a wide range of creative performance techniques beyond the typical knobs and faders paradigm. It takes a musical and seamless approach to controllerism, with all areas of the interface carefully designed and optimized for intuitive and efficient touch-screen operation as well as Ableton Live workflow. In short – it makes your Live Session finally touchAble.
1Tapps today is pleased to announce 1TapTweet – Customized Icons for Twitter 1.1, an update to their twitter customized icons creator app for iOS. 1TapTweet it’s the perfect complement for the new iOS 5 twitter integration, it fills the gap which Apple has left on the integration. This new release its iOS 5 tested, includes a brand new icon and now is fully compatible with official twitter App on iPad. With 1TapTweet and iOS 5 you will love to tweet in 1Tap, no steps just tweet.
The new iOS 5 twitter integration it’s awesome, you can tweet from the Safari, photos, camera, YouTube and Maps, but you can’t tweet from the Home Screen, with 1TapTweet you can start a new tweet from scratch from the Home Screen. Neither integration with direct messages between iOS 5 and Twitter, 1TapTweet again comes here again to help you on here, you can create customized icons on your Home Screen to send direct messages to your followers.
* Create a new tweet from scratch with 1Tap
* Tweet a direct message to a follower with which you usually talk
* Go directly to one of your twitter timelines if you have more than one account
* Multiple twitter accounts support
* Create on your Home Screen as many customized icons as you want
Print n Share Pro
EuroSmartz, the Number One Apple(R) iPad(R) & iPhone(R) print app development company, today announced that Print n Share Pro v5.1 contains the ability to create separate accounts and users for email, document storage and printing to any printer.
Many business and households are sharing an iPad amongst employees or family members. Up to now, there has been no way for multiple different users of an iPad to access their own email accounts, documents and web pages. Print n Share Pro has addressed this issue and enables customers to set up separate user accounts so that individuals can access their email, documents and web pages contained within their own secure environment.
As well as email and web pages, Print n Share Pro will print most common file types including Microsoft Office files, iWork Files as well as PDFs & image files. This is invaluable for printing invoices, quotations, stock lists, packing orders, recipes, assignments as well as many other items that are needed day to day.
Another feature of Print n Share Pro is that each nominated user can also access their own printers. This means customers are able to print to all printers available, and not just printers that are AirPrint enabled.
Ian Schenkel, CEO at EuroSmartz comments: "We found more and more customers were asking for the ability to access separate user accounts on an iPad, especially for email and document storage. As we are a company that pays special attention to customer feedback, we decided to create Print n Share Pro to enable organizations and individuals to share an iPad whilst maintaining the secure separation of email accounts and documents."
MT Design Solutions, LLC is a local iOS Development firm in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina specializing in app creation for specialized markets. Duduk 3.0 for iOS iPhone and iPod has been released. Version 3 of the Duduk app features new enhancements for Apple’s new iOS 5, which was released this fall.
Duduk for iOS offers quick and easily accessible knowledge about the Armenian Duduk, an ancient instrument invented over 3,000 years ago that is still popular today. Buyers of a Duduk are currently faced with very limited resources for notes, scale, and sound information about their unique new instrument and often turn to expensive online scams. Duduk for iOS solves this problem by offering a $4.99 digital download of our app which can be used immediately.
MT Design Solutions, LLC will be releasing future updates and enhancements to the Duduk for iOS App along with new apps such as Parakeets 2.0, TrumpetNotes 2.0, and Reciprocity Rate 2.0.
Duduk for iOS Version 3.0 Features:
* Finger guide of full C major scale (playable by instrument)
* Sound reference guide of full C major scale (playable by instrument)
* Apple iOS 5 Compatibility
* Renovated Easy to Use User Interface