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Official Google+ for iPhone hits the App Store [Update]

Google+ for iPhone, the official app of Google's new social network has just hit the App Store.

Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.

Features:

  • Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
  • Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.
  • Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

Google+ is only available for users 13 and older.

Overall the app is clean and crisp, fully in keeping with Google's new interest in design. The login experience, however, which throws you back to the terrible Google web page, burned my eyes. Hopefully they can fix that in an update. Soon.

It's very Facebook for iPhone-like, which is good or bad depending on your stance re: consistency vs. innovation, but it works well and moves smoothly for the most part (I wish that hadn't copied some of the more crashes...). The home screen isn't full yet, with Stream (which apparently isn't iOS 5 friendly), Huddle, Photos, Profile (Lion style circled avatar -- who thought that was a good idea?), and Circles.

No iPad support yet, and strangely it doesn't support iPod touch either.

If you've tried it out, let me know what you think. And if you want to get plussy with me, you can circle me up here: https://plus.google.com/117367428086027724173/posts

UPDATE: Google+ has already been updated to version 1.0.1. Is that a record? If you got it before, go re-get it. Again. Here's the explanation: [[Google+

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, July 19

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!

  • DesignJot: Assists both novice and experienced instructional designers in collaborating with their clients, with the goal of creating engaging training courses. [$4.99 for iPad - iTunes link]

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Stay caught up with podcasts with iCatcher! for iPhone and iPad

iCatcher! is a podcast application for iPhone and iPad that downloads your podcasts in the background. It was recently updated so that downloaded podcast episodes are now available through the iTunes File Sharing option.

  • Keep track of all of your podcast subscriptions
  • Set schedules for when each one typically comes out
  • Download over WiFi, 3G or Edge and in the background (on supported devices)
  • Search in all views to find that podcast or episode you are looking for.
  • Play audio in the background on supported iOS devices
  • Custom playlists that allow you to select podcasts and/or keywords to view your downloaded episodes.
  • Custom playlists now allow you to exclude podcasts.
  • All device orientations supported with configurable option in the settings.
  • Universal App, works on all of your iOS 4.0+ devices
  • Full retina display support
  • While in a playlist you can see the total time remaining and watch it count down while a podcast is playing.
  • You can unsubscribe to podcasts and still have them on your device. Use that for those less than stellar podcasts!
  • Now with full VoiceOver support
  • Support for Password Protected feeds
  • Support for continuous playback within custom playlists (on by default).

iCatcher! is available as a universal app for iPhone and iPad and is priced at $1.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access coming to the App Store tomorrow

Star Wars fans are in for a treat this Wednesday with the release of Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access to the App Store. The app will be a companion for the upcoming Blu-ray collection, The Complete Saga. The app is being released early to coincide with the start of Comic-Con in San Diego.

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Edit WordPress pages with Blogsy for iPad

Fomola has updated their iPad blogging app, Blogsy, with the ability to edit WordPress pages.

Blogsy is a tool designed specifically to take full advantage of the iPad’s unique touch functionality. Adding your photos and videos is as easy as dragging them from the media sidebar and dropping them into your blog post. This makes writing blog posts as easy as it should be, saving you from the hassle of manually copy/pasting embed codes or links. Simply put, we think that Blogsy makes writing so easy that you will use it instead of your computer.

  • Easily drag and drop images from Flickr, Picasa and Google Image Search, or using the built-in Web browser (yes, easily drag and drop images from any website!) Drag and drop videos from YouTube. (Either using the new iFrame or the old flash embed method with colors, borders and related videos.)
  • Found a good article? Drag and drop it’s URL to instantly create a hyperlink in your blog post.. No coding required!
  • Style your blog posts with the tap of a button - bold, italics, text alignment and more.
  • Full support for multiple accounts/blogs for all supported services.
  • Easily change image and video properties and alignment through menus.
  • Write and edit HTML. Though using Blogsy’s 'Rich Side', you’ll probably never want to; everything from bolding text to creating links to image alignment can be done with the tap of a finger.
  • Set or create lables/tags and categories, toggle comments on and off, and set visibility.
  • Create scheduled posts, online drafts, and pending-review posts.
  • Support for local drafts.
  • Edit or delete online posts.
  • Upload images from your iPad photo library to WordPress, Picasa, or Flickr.

I've never been one to blog from my iPad because of the limitations that most apps (and Safari) have on photo management. Blogsy has the potential to change that.

Blogsy is available on the iPad for $4.99. Screenshots after the break.

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FX Photo Studio for iPhone brings Masking Studio [giveaway]

MacPhun has updated their iPhone photo editing apps, FX Photo Studio, with a new Masking Studio. This allows the user to apply a filter to only part of an image.

Masking tool allows applying effects on a particular part of the image. With a selection of 194 effects, which can be customized and mixed, masking tools gives close to unlimited creative possibilities when it comes to image processing on your iDevice. Masking studio lets users choose a brush type and supports maximum iPhone 4 image resolution.

Here are all of the update details:

  • Masking Studio: apply effects to any part of the image
  • 7 new effects, including 3-D filter
  • Performance improvements - with some filters 2X faster processing
  • Improved editing tools: gamma, saturation, hues, etc
  • Improved in-app camera
  • Possibility to import images from Facebook
  • Instagram sharing
  • Centering for Tilt Shift, Radial Blur effects
  • Printing
  • Square crop option
  • Enhanced user interface
  • Restore in-app purchases from inside the app

The Masking Studio is such a great feature! I've never been much of a fan of drastic filters because although they make part of the picture look great, they commonly ruin (in my opinion) another part of the photo (like skin). I'm looking forward to seeing the type of images I can get out of FX Photo Studio with masking.

The good folks at MacPhun have given us a couple promo codes to give away to you! For a chance to win, let us know how many photos are in your camera roll!

FX Photo Studio is available on the iPhone for $1.99. Screenshots and video after the break.

[iTunes link]

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Developer Spotlight: Jonathan George and Josh Viney of Boxcar

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 Jonathan George and Josh Viney of Boxcar.

What should we call you? Jonathan George, Josh Viney

What should we call your company? Boxcar (App Remix Corp.)

Where are you located? Wichita, KS and NYC

What's your website address? http://boxcar.io

What are your Twitter handles? @boxcar, @jdg, @joshviney

What apps do you make? Boxcar

What apps, other than your own, are currently among your favorites? Jonathan: iA Writer, Tumblr, Alien Blue (unofficial Reddit client), Instapaper, Calendar. Josh: Foursquare, Calculator, Netflix, Instagram, Words with Friends

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Watch CNN live with CNN for iPhone and iPad

CNN has updated their iPhone and iPad apps with the ability to watch CNN live TV.

Now you can watch your favorite CNN shows LIVE on your CNN Apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. We’ve added CNN TV live - 24/7 - to all the great features that you love about your app.

  • Watch LIVE CNN TV*, video coverage of live events and video clips*
  • Get the latest breaking news, US, world, politics, health and entertainment headlines
  • Be the first to know with breaking news alerts pushed to your home screen
  • View, record and submit video and photo iReports directly from your phone
  • Get local news and weather for cities across the U.S.
  • Share stories via e-mail, SMS, Twitter and Facebook

CNN is free on the iPhone and iPad but requires a cable subscription. Screenshots after the break.

[iPhone iTunes link] [iPad iTunes link]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, July 18

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!

  • Countdown+: A timekeeper that tells you exactly how much time has passed or is remaining for all the events that are important to you. Can also notify you in advance of an upcoming event so you'll never miss an important date ever again. [$0.99 for iPhone and iPad - iTunes link]

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iOS 4.3.4/4.2.9 also kills untethered exploit dead

While the hoopla surrounding the recently released iOS 4.3.4 (and iOS 4.2.9) focused on it killing the PDF exploit that allowed JailbreakMe.com to function -- and could potentially allow bad guys to attack the iPhone and iPad as well -- it looks like Apple also patched an exploit that had been used to achieve untethered Jailbreakers since iOS 4.1. According to @i0n1c:

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