Apps

New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, July 15

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!

  • TUI Stopper: Do you have a habit of Texting-Under-The-Influence? Or maybe Calling-Under-The-Influence? This app allows you to hide some of your phonebook contacts for a given amount of time. [$0.99 for iPhone - iTunes link]

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iPad at risk from over the shoulder password spies, new software can reveal all [video]

Your iPads’s secure passwords could be at risk from a new breed of thieves that peer over your shoulder as you enter passwords into your device. They could then steal your bank log in details, PayPal password or anything else that you have secured by a password.

The technique known as “Shoulder Surfing” could become a whole lot easier to carry out as demonstrated by a South African security research company. It has built an app that can decipher the key presses you make on your iPad. It works on a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or even on Mac OS. All you need to do is stealthily capture a video of a users key presses with your chosen device. The software can then get to work and reveal the password. In fact it gets even worse than that, the software can even be used with surveillance cameras or long distance lenses; making it even easier to capture the information without being spotted!

When a user types on an iPad’s touchscreen, each key glows blue for a fraction of a second after it’s struck, a helpful bit of feedback for any virtual keyboard. ShoulderPad’s image recognition algorithms, based on Open CV’s open source image recognition software, look for that flash of blue. “At any distance, if the blue is distinguishable, shoulderPad can detect that keystroke.

Of course software providers always protect a users password entry by showing asterisks on screen rather than the actual letters. If this sort of software gets in the wrong hands, that measure would not stop your passwords from being stolen and could open up a whole new phase of online crime! There is a short video demo after the break!

[thinkst via Forbes]

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iUsers brings multiple user accounts to the iPad [jailbreak]

iUsers is a new jailbreak tweak that enables an iPad to have multiple user accounts. If you share your iPad with other people in your home, this jailbreak tweak could be just what you have been waiting for.

Each user that has access to your iPad can now have a separate account with their own log in passcode, separate home screens, different apps and log in credentials. Pedro Franceschi is the man to thank for this awesome looking tweak. He has even put together a short video showing how it all works; it looks really well put together and a highly useful add on. The iPad does have to go through a short reboot cycle when switching accounts. It doesn't seem to take very long to do it, so it's not really a deal breaker.

If you want to give this one a go, you will need to add http://cydia.iblogeek.com/ as an additional repository in your Cydia settings. Once you have done that, simply search for iUsers.

Take a look at iUsers in action after the break!

[YouTube via Cult of Mac]

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Angry Birds Rio updated with 15 new levels and a boss fight

Angry Birds Rio for iPhone and Angry Birds Rio for iPad have been updated with 15 new levels and a boss fight.

The carnival continues!

  • 15 new levels
  • New achievements
  • Boss fight!

I just can't get enough Angry Birds and am looking forward to the boss fight. Have you beaten the boss yet?

Angry Birds Rio is available on the iPhone and iPad for $0.99 and $2.99, respectively. Screenshots after the break.

[iPhone iTunes link] [iPad iTunes link]

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Google releases Photovine for iPhone, a photo sharing app with a strange twist

Google has released another photo sharing app for the iPhone, this one called Photovine and actually made by Slide. Slide was acquired by Google some time last year.

Watching the video it appears that it is aimed at some sort of photo word association type game. One person starts the photo conversation with a picture then friends add other photos with a similar theme. It is all a little bit strange if you ask me!

What's also hard to figure out is where it fits in with Google's other photo sharing services, like Picasa, Google+, and Pool Party. When do you use one rather than the other? Is it variety or lack of foucs

[Free - iTunes link, Photovine]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, July 14

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!

  • Jumping Frenzy: Aliens hold a massive attack against the Earth. All continents are in danger. Two heroes Chidi and Chike need your help! [$0.99 for iPhone - iTunes link]

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Zeke in Orbit now available for iPhone and iPad [giveaway]

Brendan Wood has released his new iPhone and iPad game, Zeke in Orbit. It is an action-physics-puzzle-platformer with a simple premise but challenging gameplay.

Zeke has been launched into space...help him get home! Use Gravity Nodes to push and pull Zeke through 6 unique and challenging Galaxies with never before seen gameplay mechanics! Collect bones, fire missiles and place your own nodes to solve the mind-warping puzzles.

  • 6 Strange Galaxies with 10 Levels each
  • 3 Bones on each level to challenge your abilities
  • Smooth physics based mechanics keep you bouncing around levels for hours!
  • New abilities and obstacles introduced every 5 levels to keep things interesting...
  • Bonus Levels and unique modes of play.
  • Original soundtrack for each galaxy and engaging sound effects!
  • Emergent gameplay: never beat a level the same way twice!
  • Paint the screen with Zeke's Colored rocket tails!

I am such a sucker for these types of games and Zeke in Orbit is no exception. It's a lot of fun and very well made with natural feeling physics. It only took a few moments of gameplay to get me hooked!

Brendan has generously given us a few promo codes to give away! For a chance to win, just let us know which version you prefer, iPhone or iPad.

Zeke in Orbit is available for $0.99 for iPhone and $1.99 for iPad. Screenshots and video after the break.

[iPhone iTunes link] [iPad iTunes link]

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TweetBot update submitted to Apple, will include push notifications but limited to the first 1000 users

TapBots has announced that it has submitted an updated version of TweetBot, their beautifully designed Twitter app, to Apple for approval and the good news is it will now include push notifications. The downside is that the push notifications are classed as experimental and will be rolled out initially to the first 1000 users.

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Apple introduces volume purchasing for business

Apple has sent out a notice to developers that they're introducing volume purchasing for business. This is something I asked about recently, after Apple mentioned that Final Cut Pro X would be available in volume, and it's good to see Apple's not keeping it for themselves. In fact, it looks like they're going even further.

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Get a personalized TV guide with Peel for iPhone

Peel - Personal TV Show Guide is an iPhone app that generates a personal TV guide based on what shows you like.

As you are browsing through TV shows on Peel, pick a handful that you like or dislike and let Peel know about them. Within a couple of days, Peel will start pleasantly surprising you by suggesting TV shows that you will love. We call it magic!

  • Have fun browsing through crisp thumbnails of TV Shows
  • Touch one of the thumbnails and you will see what channel that show is on as well as a brief description of the episode that is playing
  • Swipe across to browse TV shows, Movies and Sports by genres
  • Mark the shows you like as favorites and cut the ones you don’t like. Your top picks will get precise as you interact more with the app.
  • Share what you're watching on Facebook and Twitter in one easy step
  • Use instant search to see what channel a specific show or game is on
  • See up to a week ahead of shows right on iPhone or iPod touch. No need of interrupting what you are currently watching by bringing up the onscreen guide.
  • Set alarms so you never miss an upcoming show

I've been desperately wanting to watch some new shows, so I look forward to seeing what Peel recommends for me. Has Peel given you any good recommendations?

Peel is available for free on the iPhone. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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