Apps

Saver for iPhone hits the App Store

Alex Solonsky's new expense tracker, Saver, has just hit the App Store.

  • Beautifully designed, intuitive user interface
  • Make entries on the go with big, easily-accessible buttons and fields
  • Choose from 15 most useful categories
  • Specify your entries by using built-in or custom tags. Attach notes and photos
  • View, edit, and search with ease. Search results can be filtered and sorted
  • Check detailed spending history per week, month, or entire year
  • Visualize your expenses via beautiful graph-report
  • Full calendar for easy date selection
  • "Backup and restore" protects you from data loss
  • World currencies. See the full list on our website
  • Works as standalone app. No pricy desktop software required
  • High-resolution graphics. iOS4 and Retina display friendly
  • Passcode protection for your privacy

I am a sucker for a stunning UI, and this app does not disappoint. Saver adds a surprising amount of beauty to the hideous and depressing task of tracking my expenses.

Saver is launching at $2.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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iCan ABC for iPhone hits the App Store [giveaway]

Monkeybin Studios' new alphabet learning game, iCan ABC, has hit the App Store.

  • Learning methods by pre-school teachers
  • Designed by parents
  • Developed by parents
  • Tested on pre-schoolers
  • Soothing music
  • Graphics designed for the right ages
  • Different gameplay for all stages of learning the alphabet
  • Children safe game
  • Professional vocals for all letters

I've spent a few minutes with this app and it is going to be a fabulous learning tool for my daughter when she's old enough. I particularly like that the "host" of the game is a Police Officer because it will help give children a positive association with cops.

The good folks at Monkeybin Studios have given us a few promo codes to give away to you, our awesome readers! For a chance to win, let us know who would benefit from you having this app - your son, daughter, niece, nephew, sibling?

iCan ABC is available for for $0.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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Developer Spotlight: David Ashman of LockInfo

TiPb's developer spotlights are like DVD/iTunes Extras for the App Store -- a weekly look behind the scenes at the programers and designers that bring you the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games you love. This week Rene talks with David Ashman from dab Technologies.

What's your name? David Ashman

What's your company's name? dba Technologies

Where are you located? Washington, DC

What's your website address? http://www.dba-technologies.com/

What's your Twitter name? @Stimpy5050 for general rambling, @LockInfo for LockInfo specific support and @dbaTechnologies for other dbaTech projects.

What apps do you make? LockInfo (+Plugins), Popup Blocker, WeatherIcon

What apps, other than your own, are currently among your favorites? TweetDeck, biteSMS, Reeder, WeekCal

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, July 4

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Archers Online HD: A cute multiplayer game. Play against your friends on Game Center and redeem features with Game Center points. [Free for iPad, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

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UK broadcaster ITV launches its iPhone and iPad catch up app ITV Player

UK television channel ITV has released its catch up TV app, ITV Player. ITV Player is the first mobile app released that will allow you to watch ITV programs on you iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The content will be offered within the app for 7 days after it was originally screened live. You can also browse through recommended programs, search by channel or alphabetically and view the app in portrait or landscape.

The free app which is disappointingly WiFi only, offers content from the four ITV channels available in the UK. These are ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4. All the video content is streamed from within the ITV Player app. There does not appear to be any AirPlay support.

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How to cost-effectively deal with Lodsys and other app patent trolls

Florian Mueller from FOSS Patents has put up a heart-breaking yet pragmatic set of recommendations for developers on how to cost-effectively deal with Lodsys and other patent trolls who target small, independent app makers. (If you're a mega corporation with billions of dollars in the war chest this obviously doesn't apply to you.) While Apple has filed a motion to intervene, there's no guarantees that it'll work, and it's unknown what, if any, support they're providing iOS developers beyond that. Google has yet to do or say anything, leaving Android developers entirely in the lurch. So...

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FireCore updates aTV Flash (black) to Beta 6, big improvements for the second gen Apple TV [jailbreak]

FireCore has released an update to its aTV Flash (black) software that runs on jailbroken second generation Apple TV’s. The update includes a host of additional features including a brand new lightweight media player that has been specifically written for iOS devices.

The new media player will enable your second generation Apple TV to play a much wider array of media types without losing the simple Apple TV interface. Performance of HD content has also been greatly improved.

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new Beta6 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu on your Apple TV.

The full list of fixes and new features are detailed after the break. Do you jailbreak your Apple TV and use aTV Flash? Let us know if you update and how it works for you!

[FireCore]

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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App for That: How to sync lists between iPhone and Android

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, Jeremy asks:

Is there an app that would allow me, an iPhone 4 user, and my wife, an Android user, to share a task list? Help!

To see our solution for Jeremy, follow along after the break!

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Hands on: Google's new Pool Party photo sharing app for iPhone

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Pool Party is a photo sharing from the brains behind the recently-aquired Slide. Like Google+, it's an invite-only beta right now, and like Google+, and Picasa, it allows you to quickly and easily share pictures with people you know who are also members. Why Google feels they need to be positively Microsoft-ian about the sheer number of overlapping image sharing services they offer right now, I don't know, but here's how they bill this one:

Instant photo fun

Pool Party is a simple, free photo sharing app. Create group albums and see your friends' photos as they happen in real-time.

Pool Party is invite-only at the moment, so you'll be asked to enter your email address after installing the app. If you haven't already been invited to Pool Party by a friend, you can visit our website at poolpartyapp.com to request an invitation.

I've been testing Pool Party for iPhone with Phil Nickinson from Android Central, who's putting the Android version through its paces and... it's got a lot of promise. The UI is dark, with big, bold white text. (Though they insist on color-coding your friends' names, which is ends up feeling very Christmas tree.) They also stick to tried and true UI metaphors (even, smartly, borrowing the now almost standard "pull to refresh" pioneered by Loren Brichter in Tweetie/Twitter for iPhone).

Organization is done in Pools, and one you add a a Pool you can add people to it. For those who thrive on such things, push notifications are included to keep you up to date on every little interaction imaginable (I turned them off, like I turned off Google+'s email notifications). There are also a couple prominent places to provide feedback, so it's clear the developers and designers want to make this a good experience.

This being Google, there's also a web interface for when you're away from your iPhone (or Android device).

Whether or not this ultimately takes any users away from established image sharing services like Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, or Google own services, new and old, like Picasa and Google+ remains to be seen. It's great to see Google trying things and fantastic to see them working on improving their user experience. Ultimately, however, it will be nice to see them coalesce into a single, coherent, consistent service.

Screenshots after the break. If want more on the background story, MG Siegler from TechCrunch broke it yesterday (link below).

[TechCrunch]

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