Apps

New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, March 23

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!

  • Flow for iPhone: Keep your personal and professional life organized in one place - create, delegate, and discuss tasks. [Free, with Flow account - iTunes link]

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Google updates Latitude and Places apps, check-ins now included

Google has updated two of its apps, Google Latitude and Google Places. The apps are designed to help you connect with the people you care about at the places you love!

Google Latitude now has the added feature of check-ins, which allow you to see where your friends are on a map as well as choose to continually share your location information. When this setting is turned on, your location and check-ins will be done automatically; you will also be checked out when you leave so your friends know you have left. This is an opt in service and runs in the background on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad’s with 3G.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, March 22 [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!

  • Return of the Bots: After ages of secret research, soft soldering, and deep sleep... the bots are ON! Now it's all in your hands to keep them in shape and lead the way to freedom. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

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Daily Tip: How to watch Flash video on your iPad and iPhone

Curious how to watch Flash video on your iPad, iPod touch and iPhone? Sure Apple doesn't and probably won't even support Adobe's Flash plugin but guess what -- there are a couple of apps for that! You won't get Flash games or Flash apps, but thanks to some server-side Flash-to-H.264 transcoding, you can get a lot of the video you want on the device you have. And we'll show you how after the break!

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Angry Birds Rio for iPhone, iPad released!

The much anticipated sequel to Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio is starting to hit the App Store! New Zealand will get it first but it'll keep rolling out over the course of the night and everyone should get it soon. Now, you thought the birds were angry before? After being kidnapped and caged by evil smugglers, they are even angrier! Once the furious fowl escape their captors, they are on a mission to save Blu and Jewel - two rare macaws and stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, Rio.

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Everyday brings easy daily self-protraiture to iPhone

The new app Everyday for iPhone is simple in premise -- it helps you take a daily self-portrait. You can align today's photo based on a grid or yesterday's photo and, of course, you can share it via the usual social network suspects. From the minds and talents of William Wilkinson, Adam Lisagor (aka lonelysandwich), Noah Kalina, and Oliver White and is based on White's "Noah Takes A Photo Of Himself For 6 Years project.

Now I'm not sure I'd personally use it for self-protraiture but for parents, especially new parents, it could be a terrific way to keep a daily journal of their children, especially with the video composition feature. Anyone out there giving it a try?

Screenshots and pre-requiste Adam Lisagor video after the break!

[$1.99 - iTunes link]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, March 21

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!

  • QuickCam: Take a photo while shooting video! Can also hold down the still button for rapid capture. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

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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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Did Apple make a mistake with free apps?

Manton has an interesting post up where he theorizes that a lot of the problems we've seen in the App Store, from the across the board 30% revenue cut Apple requires for paid apps, to in-app purchases, to iAds, and now subscriptions can all be traced back to Apple's decision to host free apps for free. In other words, that the cost of approving, hosting, marketing, and delivering free apps is high enough that Apple is struggling and stumbling to make enough off paid apps and content to cover it.

When Steve Jobs said it, offering free apps for so little seemed almost foolish, like Apple was compensating for the high 30% by giving too good a deal to free apps. Why not charge some hosting fee? Or why not give up exclusive distribution and let free apps be installed directly by the user without forcing everything through the App Store? Unlimited bandwidth, promotion in the store, and everything else just for the $99 dev program fee was a pretty good deal. And now I wonder if Apple hasn't been backpedaling ever since, trying to make up for that mistake.

So in order to run the App Store at just over break-even -- as Apple reports they during their financial results -- they need to earn enough off paid apps to defray the cost of free apps. They also have to make sure they don't lose revenue -- they can't let developers offer free apps, shouldered by Apple, with ads that make money for Google or that use subscriptions or other forms of outside payments as a way to circumvent the revenue sharing. (Which is why we said from the beginning Apple couldn't charge less than 30% for subscriptions or every paid and in-app purchasing app that could would just switch to subscriptions in order to keep more of the revenue.)

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, March 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!

  • CarZen: Research and Buy New Cars: This app is focused on delivering pain-free car research experiences that empowers consumers to make better car-related decisions. [Free - iTunes link]

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