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How to cost-effectively deal with Lodsys and other app patent trolls

Florian Mueller from FOSS Patents has put up a heart-breaking yet pragmatic set of recommendations for developers on how to cost-effectively deal with Lodsys and other patent trolls who target small, independent app makers. (If you're a mega corporation with billions of dollars in the war chest this obviously doesn't apply to you.) While Apple has filed a motion to intervene, there's no guarantees that it'll work, and it's unknown what, if any, support they're providing iOS developers beyond that. Google has yet to do or say anything, leaving Android developers entirely in the lurch. So...

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FireCore updates aTV Flash (black) to Beta 6, big improvements for the second gen Apple TV [jailbreak]

FireCore has released an update to its aTV Flash (black) software that runs on jailbroken second generation Apple TV’s. The update includes a host of additional features including a brand new lightweight media player that has been specifically written for iOS devices.

The new media player will enable your second generation Apple TV to play a much wider array of media types without losing the simple Apple TV interface. Performance of HD content has also been greatly improved.

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new Beta6 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu on your Apple TV.

The full list of fixes and new features are detailed after the break. Do you jailbreak your Apple TV and use aTV Flash? Let us know if you update and how it works for you!

[FireCore]

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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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App for That: How to sync lists between iPhone and Android

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, Jeremy asks:

Is there an app that would allow me, an iPhone 4 user, and my wife, an Android user, to share a task list? Help!

To see our solution for Jeremy, follow along after the break!

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Hands on: Google's new Pool Party photo sharing app for iPhone

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Pool Party is a photo sharing from the brains behind the recently-aquired Slide. Like Google+, it's an invite-only beta right now, and like Google+, and Picasa, it allows you to quickly and easily share pictures with people you know who are also members. Why Google feels they need to be positively Microsoft-ian about the sheer number of overlapping image sharing services they offer right now, I don't know, but here's how they bill this one:

Instant photo fun

Pool Party is a simple, free photo sharing app. Create group albums and see your friends' photos as they happen in real-time.

Pool Party is invite-only at the moment, so you'll be asked to enter your email address after installing the app. If you haven't already been invited to Pool Party by a friend, you can visit our website at poolpartyapp.com to request an invitation.

I've been testing Pool Party for iPhone with Phil Nickinson from Android Central, who's putting the Android version through its paces and... it's got a lot of promise. The UI is dark, with big, bold white text. (Though they insist on color-coding your friends' names, which is ends up feeling very Christmas tree.) They also stick to tried and true UI metaphors (even, smartly, borrowing the now almost standard "pull to refresh" pioneered by Loren Brichter in Tweetie/Twitter for iPhone).

Organization is done in Pools, and one you add a a Pool you can add people to it. For those who thrive on such things, push notifications are included to keep you up to date on every little interaction imaginable (I turned them off, like I turned off Google+'s email notifications). There are also a couple prominent places to provide feedback, so it's clear the developers and designers want to make this a good experience.

This being Google, there's also a web interface for when you're away from your iPhone (or Android device).

Whether or not this ultimately takes any users away from established image sharing services like Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, or Google own services, new and old, like Picasa and Google+ remains to be seen. It's great to see Google trying things and fantastic to see them working on improving their user experience. Ultimately, however, it will be nice to see them coalesce into a single, coherent, consistent service.

Screenshots after the break. If want more on the background story, MG Siegler from TechCrunch broke it yesterday (link below).

[TechCrunch]

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Holiday Weekend App Sales

Today marks the first day of July, which means Independence Day is only a few days away. To celebrate, many developers have put their apps on sale and we've rounded up some of our favorites to tell you about!

  1. EA Games: All games up to 90% off. [EA - iTunes link]

  2. Gameloft Games: Select titles on sale for $0.99 for a 'limited time'.

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New York Times issues update to enable in-app subscription models for iPhone and iPad

The New York Times iPhone and iPad app has just received an update that allows users to subscribe via in-app purchase. Changes were made to many in-app subscription services after Apple changed the guidelines. The New York Times is one of many news publications that were affected by the changes. The update will now allow users to choose from three new in-app purchase schemes -

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Track your data with DataMan Pro for iPad with 3G [giveaway]

DataMan Pro for iPad with 3G is an app that allows you to track your data usage on your 3G iPad. Your usage is monitored in real time to ensure great accuracy and precision. DataMan can help you make smarter decisions to manage consumption, stop overage charges and save money.

  • Track your daily, weekly and monthly cellular (3G/EDGE/GPRS) data usage. You can view your usage across different days in a chart and even zoom in to see the hourly details.
  • Warn you the moment you exceed your usage thresholds, without having to open DataMan.
  • Geotag your data activities and see them on a map. Very useful when you travel and roam.
  • 4 levels of usage thresholds and 3 data allowances for you to customize to suit your data plan.
  • Work with all carriers. No login is required to your carrier's website.
  • Always up-to-date usage statistics. No need to wait hours or days for your carrier to refresh and give you the latest statistics.
  • Export your 3G usage statistics to iTunes File Sharing. Analyze your usage and location on your computer. The exported CSV file contains the timestamp, amount used in bytes and coordinates of all your data activities.
  • Sound a persistent siren when your monthly allowance is exceeded.
  • See your daily statistics in a chart on your iPad. Easily visualize your usage pattern.

The good folks at XVision have given us 10 promo codes to give away to you, our awesome readers! For chance to win, let us know about how much data you use on your 3G iPad each month.

DataMan Pro is on sale until July 4. If you pick this one up, let us know what you think! Check out the screenshots after the break.

[$1.99 on sale - iTunes link]

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

  • TiltShift Generator - Fake Miniature: Now with radial blur and auto color adjustment. [$0.99 for iPhone - iTunes link]

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Verbs 2.0 for iPhone brings push notifications

Verbs, an instant messaging client for iPhone, has been updated and brings the availability of push notifications via an in-app purchase. You can also stay logged in for up to 7 days.

Verbs boasts of its beautiful UI and supports GTalk, AIM, and MobileMe. It has many neat features like the ability to view downloaded Text, PDF, Office and iWork documents and Instapaper, Droplr, and CloudApp support. Additionally, heres all the new features included in the update:

  • Enable Push Notifications and stay logged in for up to 7 days, available through simple in-app purchase (Verbs Pro).
  • The text entry field in the chat grows with text.
  • Send chat logs via email.
  • Send links in received messages to Instapaper for reading later.
  • Horizontal swipe action in the chat view to switch between chats.
  • Tap and hold the unified accounts cell to sign in/out of all accounts.
  • Pinch gesture to zoom out a conversation.
  • Faster buddy list scrolling.
  • Now displays AIM buddies "Mobile" status with blue icon.
  • Shows buddy presence above the chat previews.
  • Fixed the delay when the buddy list favorite header is tapped.
  • Resets the keyboard to display alphabets after sending a message.
  • Fixed issues with uploading pictures taken from camera.
  • Bug fixes and better memory management.

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think! Check out the screenshots after the break.

[$2.99, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

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