Apps

Enhance Shark Week with Shark Week Live for iPhone and Discovery Channel HD for iPad

To enhance the Shark Week experience, the Discovery Channel has released Shark Week Live for iPhone.

SHARK WEEK LIVE is a co-viewing app, designed to enhance your enjoyment of the Shark Week TV shows on the Discovery Channel. Just activate the app while you're watching Shark Week (July 31st - August 5th on the Discovery Channel), and you will be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes content synchronized to the TV broadcast. You can also compete in real-time against other viewers, by playing the Shark Week LIVE trivia game.

Discovery Channel HD has also been updated with the same content, and more:

  • Shark Week Live interactive co-viewing experience
  • Video puzzles
  • Ability to "favorite" content for viewing later
  • Schedule screen and Featured screen now show full episode descriptions
  • Updated content badges for shows
  • Facebook sharing links now use bit.ly
  • Non-US IP addresses can now view video content

This may come as a surprise, but this loser has never watched Shark Week. However, my two week vacation starts tomorrow and includes access to the Discover Channel, so I just might pick up these apps and join in on the Shark Week craze.

Shark Week Live and Discovery Channel HD are available for free.

[Shark Week - iTunes link] [Discovery Channel HD - iTunes link]

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Watch live animals with Pocket Zoo for iPhone

Pocket Zoo™ with Live Animal Cams is an iPhone app that no only teaches about zoo animals, but you can watch them live. It has recently been updated with a Markeet and 2 penguin video cam

Pocket Zoo™ with Live Animal Cams is a wonderfully wild portable zoo for kids & nature lovers.

Find out what it's like to have your very own zoo at your finger tips with brilliant animal photos, videos, sounds, fun facts and Live Animal Cams.

  • 30+ Live Animal Cams! *150+ Amazing wildlife videos!
  • 40+ Original illustrations, beautiful photos, real animal sounds and fun facts!
  • Watch Live Animal Cams (yup, real live video streaming from zoos all over the world – straight to your iDevice) and more than 150 animal videos.
  • Discover a zoo at your fingertips, with 40 original animal illustrations and an earth-like zoo map
  • Hear them! Tap the amazing animal photographs to hear real sounds (ever wonder what sound a panda makes?)
  • Slide the photos up to get teacher-approved animal details & fun facts
  • Learn about endangered animals by viewing "survival status"
  • Snap it! See the animals doing something interesting? Capture an image from the cams, and share it with friends via email or Twitter – or save it to your Photo Album

Pocket Zoo is available on the iPhone for $1.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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Developer Spotlight: Ryan, Abhishek, and Feng from TeleNav

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 Ryan, Abhishek, and Feng from TeleNav...

...And with the help of Todd, they responded with the fantastic video posted above. Many thanks to everyone at TeleNav for this!

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, August 1

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!

  • Melon Truck: Game Play consists of launching melons from a melon truck to baskets that vary in points. There are total of 60 Levels, 6 of which are bonus. Each level must be completed with a minimum score of 1600 in order to proceed to the next locked level. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

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Create geometric trees with Geom-e-Tree for iPhone and iPad

Geom-e-Tree is a great geometry app that creates fractals-like trees and has been updated with new themes.

Create an infinite number of fractal-like trees with a few simple gestures. Surprise yourself and friends with the variety and complexity of the patterns you discover just by changing the number, angle, and the common ratio of your tree's branches. It's math and it's art - and it's totally captivating.

  • Touch the screen to make your tree grow and change.
  • Watch your tree morph in real time.
  • Increase the number of branches for fuller trees.
  • Lengthen or shorten the branches to make the canopy change shape.
  • Spread the branches up to 359 degrees for kaleidoscopic patterns.
  • Choose from 20 serious, zany, colorful themes.
  • Explore the many levels of this geometric landscape on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad!

We've added rainbow and "psychedelic" themes, some wild black and white themes (Magpie and Op Art), as well as a few monochromatic themes (India Ink and Pop Sticks). The new Themes tab displays all the themes and allows you to choose one for the current Tree. The Arboreturm remembers the themes of newly added trees. Geom-e-Tree also includes all the themes from our new version of Geom-e-Twee!

In mathematics, a fractal is is geometric shape that is split into parts, each of which is a smaller copy of the whole. This app is great twist on that idea and it's fun to watch your trees grow. They even snuck in some famous fractals! Even my 11 month old daughter enjoys this app - she stared at it in awe of the colorful trees growing.

Geom-e-Tree is available on the iPhone and iPad for $2.99. The junior app, Geom-e-Twee is available on the iPhone and iPad for free for a short time.

Screenshots and video after the break.

[Geom-e-Tree - iTunes link] [Geom-e-Twee - iTunes link]

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InstantCam claims to improve the speed of your iPhone camera

InstantCam is a new app that claims to decrease the time it takes for you to take a picture with your iPhone. One of the loudest complaints about the iPhone camera, is the time it takes from pressing the camera icon on the home screen to actually being able to take a picture. This app claims to dramatically speed up the process.

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Readdle apps on sale!

In celebration of their 4th birthday, Readdle is having a two day, 30%-off sale on all of their apps! Here's a few of their popular ones:

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Florida school scrapping textbooks and rolling out iPads to its students

Lake Minneola High School has adopted the iPad as its future learning device of choice. When students return next month they will have access to a shiny new iPad for school time and home use. Lake Minneola will be the first public school in Central Florida to buy Apples iconic tablet for all of its students.

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App for That: How to send videos to the cloud

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, George asks:

Next Month, I'm going to a YouTube gathering in London called Summer In The City. As its a YouTube gathering there is going to be alot of video taking. However, I'm only going to take my 16GB iPhone (and clothes and stuff), so was wondering if there was an app that would let me store the videos when I ran out of room, as I can't put it on a computer or anything.

To see what we found for George, follow along after the break!

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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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