Apps

TiPb Asks: Do you judge an app by its icon?

A while back on iPad Live, we got to talking about how we often judge and app by its icon -- if the icon is bad, or even just not great, we don't buy it (ahem, Chad!). There are just so many apps in the store it becomes an easy way to eliminate some. If the developer doesn't care enough to make a fabulous icon -- the thing everyone sees when buying and launching their app -- what else don't they care about?

Are we being snobs? Superficial much? Missing out on great apps just because the developer was better at coding than they were design? Or do great icons sometimes hide crappy apps?

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, May 6 [give-away!]

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!

  • Mooniz (give-away): Save the world from adorable moon monsters by tapping groups of same colored Mooniz to make them explode in a spectacular display of dazzling colors. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • Linear Solver Basic: Solve every system of linear equation to 3 decimal places. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • Pinch: Using the multi-touch controls of the iPhone, take control of the Norbs; tiny nanobots with the sole purpose of conquering the mazes and puzzles which make up their world. [Free - iTunes link]

  • Create A Monster HD: Open a blank canvas and go wherever your monster making creativity leads you. In one blink of a monster’s eye you will become addicted to all the possibilities – silly monsters, colorful monsters, imaginative monsters, classic monsters, unforgettable monsters and best of all, your monsters. [$2.99 - iTunes link]

  • Super Ball Escape HD: An action adventure game that will challenge your balance and agility skills to the max! Take control of your robot ball and help him in his epic escape from the evil corporation that created him. [Free - iTunes link]

The folks at Mooniz Interactive have given us a few promo codes for Mooniz to pass on to you, our awesome readers! Check out a trailer of the game after the break and leave a comment about why it looks fun for a chance to win!

Any other big apps or game releases or updates today? If you pick any of these up, let us know what you think!

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How to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 via redsn0w 0.9.6rc16 (untethered)

Complete guide to Jailbreaking iPhone, iPod touch, and original iPad running iOS 4.3.3 with redsn0w

The iOS 4.3.3 untethered Jailbreak for iPhone, iPod touch, and original iPad has just gone live... and once again it's the same exploit and the same process as iOS 4.3.1 and iOS 4.3.2. That's right, three-peat! So here's your updated redsn0w Jailbreak walkthrough, just to get you going as fast as possible

Important: iPad 2 is still not supported. Likewise, if you've got a Verizon iPhone you'll want to wait for our updated Verizon iPhone iOS 4.3.3 guide.

Important: If you want to preserve your unlock, DO NOT USE THIS METHOD. To maintain your baseband, you'll need to create a custom IPSW and pwnagetool. Check out our TiPb jailbreak forum for more.

UPDATE: redsn0w has been updated to rc16 to fix an issue with the side ringer/vibration switch. The process remains the same, but we've updated the link to redsn0w below.

Hit the jump for a complete how-to!

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iPad 2 Jailbreak update -- still pending

Those of you waiting to Jailbreak your iPad 2... looks like you can keep waiting for now as, according to the Dev Team's updated this morning, the search for an exploit continues!

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Playboy magazine coming on May 18th, complete and uncensored!

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has again been hitting twitter to let everyone know that Playboy would be arriving on the iPad May 18th. Way back in January he told us it was coming in March but it hasn’t materialized so let’s hope this time it’s for real. Again, Hugh Hefner states in the tweet that Playboy will be complete and uncensored.

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App for That: How do you sync photos between iPhone and iPad?

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, Kyra asks:

Is there an app that can help me sync my photos from iPhone to iPad? Emailing them is such a pain.

You can always use the iPad camera kit to connect via dock cable from your iPhone to iPad and suck all the pictures from your iPhone Camera Roll into your iPad Photo app, but that's so mechanical. For a more interesting solution, follow on after the break!

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PdaNet updated to hide unauthorized tethering [Jailbreak]

PdaNet, the popular (and free) tethering app in Cydia, has been updated to mask unauthorized data tethering. This comes after carriers like AT&T have started cracking down on iPhone owners who use MyWi to tether without losing their unlimited data plan.

AT&T has been flagging any packets that appeared to come from a secondary device before sending out a notice to users. PdaNet prevents this by using a method of masking packets sent through the network so your carrier can't tell if the data is coming from a device other than your iPhone.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, May 5

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!

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UPDATED: Onavo app claims to be able to shrink your iPhone’s data usage

A new app called Onavo claims to be able to shrink your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4’s data consumption. The app works by compressing the data usage from other apps, web browsing sessions and even email; which allows users to double or even triple the usage of their existing data plans. The app works while at home and abroad according to Guy Rosen, one of the app’s co-founders.

“Mobile data doesn’t come for free,” said Rosen, co-founder and chief executive, Onavo. “At home and abroad iPhone users must put up with capped or metered data plans. Travellers are hit the hardest, with data roaming costs effectively turning most smartphones into dumb phones. Onavo gives you the confidence to use your iPhone without being held back by data costs. It’s a no brainer – it simply saves you money. We believe Onavo will become a must-have travel and utility app for any iPhone user.”

Once installed, the app connects your iPhone to a cloud-based technology which Onavo has dubbed, “The Magical Shrinking Machine”. Once setup, the app works in the background on your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 and compresses the data that you actually download to your device. The app also provides a detailed monthly data report allowing users to see which apps are consuming the most data.

The free app will only work with downloaded data at this stage and does not support streaming services such as YouTube  or VoIP; but it is working on that. The app has already won the Best Mobile Start-Up and the People Choice awards at The NextWeb Startup Rally 2011.

BlackBerry makers RIM have long touted the data compression technology of their NOC-based system as a competitive advantage when users have capped plans, and browsers like Opera Mini have likewise used proxy, cache, and compression technology as a way to market themselves to the data starved.

According to Onavo, they're accomplishing this without violating any Apple private-API or background rules.

After installing Onavo you are prompted to install a configuration profile which allows the data to be redirected through Onavo's servers (hosted on Amazon EC2, currently in the United States - more locations to come). Once the data is streamed through our servers we are able show you insights into your data usage, and (if you choose to), compress the data, thus sending much less data back to the operator, causing the user to pay less for his or her data usage.

There are also configuration tips, see the Onavo link below. Would you consider using an app like this? Are privacy concerns an issue when your internet traffic is delivered via a third party server? Let us know what you think in the comments!

[Free - iTunes link, via The Telegraph,  Onavo]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, May 4 [give-away]

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!

  • My Daily Journal (give-away): Now a universal application for iPhone and iPad, improved animations, 3 new paper designs, design enhancements, and the ability to export to Facebook. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

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