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Tumblr for iPhone updated with new look

Tumblr, the popular blogging platform, has updated its iPhone app with a new look and new features. You can easily manage multiple blogs, read and reply to messages, and more.

  • A beautifully simple new interface for managing multiple blogs.
  • Improvements to Dashboard browsing.
  • Improvements to posting, including landscape editing.
  • Read and reply to Messages.
  • Find followers via your address book.
  • Sign up on your iPhone.

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

[Free - iTunes link]

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Former Apple design guru crafted Google+, will that get iOS users use it?

Wondering why Google+ looks, well, uncharacteristically good for a Google product? Turn out Andy Hertzfeld, an former Apple design guru going back to the days of the original Mac, has been given the freedom to exercise his creative genius on the new Google+ project. No wonder it has such a simple, useful -- dare we say elegant -- look and feel to it.

Hertzfeld credits some of his work done on the project to Apple, saying that Apple's reign on the mobile industry may have had "A little bit to do" with his creative design into the project of Google+.

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Shotlist, a film directing organizer for iPhone and iPad, now availalbe

Shotlist is an iPhone and iPad app designed to help with planning and tracking video shoots. It brings the “Production Stripboard” system used in the industry to the palm of your hand.

  • Add, edit, delete or re-order scenes freely across multiple shooting days – with instant updating of the total number of script pages to be shot each day.
  • Each scene can be clearly marked as “To Do”, “Delay”, “Cut” or “Done” as you shoot, ensuring a vital scene is not missed.
  • View up to 6 storyboard frames per scene. Each frame can be individually marked off as it is completed.
  • Store notes for each scene, hotlinked for instant dial-up of critical phone numbers or access to web addresses (such as location information, or train or tide timetables).
  • Keep everyone informed by emailing them the latest “one-line schedule”, or use Dropbox™ to exchange updated project files with other ShotList users on your team and for backing up your work.
  • Track and schedule scripted drama, commercials, radio production or motion capture shoots.

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

[$29.99 - iTunes link]

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Classics - Arcade Buttons bring physical buttons to the iPhone and iPad [video]

Classics - Arcade Buttons is another accessory aimed at improving the gaming experience on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The Classics - Arcade Buttons enables you to use real hardware buttons on the screen of your device. We already have a couple of alternatives to replace the on-screen joystick, namely the Fling and Joystick-IT; now we can address the buttons too.

The Classics bring tactile feel to gaming on the iPhone, iPad, Android, and all other capacitive touch screen phones and tablets. The Classics use a special micro-suction cup material that sticks onto the screen of your device and holds on tight, but is easily removed. No adhesive and no unsightly, large suction cups to get in your way of pure pwnage.

The buttons come in packs of three and cost $19.95, available in mid July. Take a look at the short video after the break. We would love to know what you think of these!


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TiPb Asks: How do you watch videos on your iPhone and iPad?

How do you watch videos on your iPhone? When the original iPhone launched -- 4 years ago today! -- it came with an iPod app that could play iTunes/H.264 MP4 movies and video podcasts, and a last minute YouTube app addition for online videos. Fast forward to today and iOS 5 is set to break the iPod app in two, Videos and Music just like iPod touch and iPad, YouTube can be played in Safari and embedded web views via Google's web app, and a host of other sites and services now make apps and web apps as well.

There's Netflix and Hulu, ABC and Global, and BBC and MLB, HBO and Comcast, Ustream and Air Video, and a ton of others.

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Samsung asks ITC to ban import of iPhone, iPod, iPad

The escalation continues in the dispute between Apple and Samsung, with the Korean conglomerate now asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

If the ITC agrees to investigate such a complaint (which is pretty certain to happen here), a final decision is reached within 16 to 18 months.

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The Pope tweets for the first time and uses an iPad to do it [video]

The Pope has used Twitter for the very first time. To write his first tweet, he used an iPad and the official Twitter for iPad app. The tweet was to announce the launch of a new Vatican news portal. He also received a short demonstration of the news portal, again using the iPad. He did not seem to have any problem getting to grips with the iPad touch screen or the user interface; no surprise there!

The video is after the break; let us know what you think!

[Rome Reports, @news_va_en]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, June 28

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!

  • Calorie Counter: diets & activities: Track your calories, weight, shape water consumption, blood sugar, blood pressure, mood, and more! [Free for iPhone and iPad - iTunes link]

  • Boxel: Smashing blocks on your iPad has never been as much fun, as intuitive or as beautiful. Test your skill and your reflexes as you eliminate groups of blocks, whilst thinking ahead and spinning it into position for the next throw. (Trailer after the break). [$0.99 for iPad - iTunes link]

  • SizeMyBike: An app to get sized for your bike. Define your morphology with 6 body measures and SizeMyBike will compute the optimal geometry of your road bike or your mountain bike. [$4.99 for iPhone - iTunes link

  • Laws of Physics: Learning physics has never been so much fun. Gone are the days when you have to browse through big fat physics books to search for Newton’s formula or Snell’s law. [$0.99 for iPhone - iTunes link]

  • PlanetSave TD: A tower-defense game. [$2.99 for iPhone and iPad - iTunes link]

Any other big apps or game releases or updates today? If you pick any of these up, let us know what you think!

Check out the trailer for Boxel after the break.

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Volume licensing and the App Store

Apple today posted a Q&A in response to the ongoing controversy surrounding Final Cut Pro X, and one of the the responses concerned the availability of volume licensing within the Mac App Store.

Can I purchase a volume license?

Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 Commercial and Education Volume Licensing will be available soon via the Apple Online Store for quantities of 20 or more. After purchasing, customers will receive redemption codes they can use to download the applications from the Mac App Store.

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Rock out with JamKit + Pro Gear for iPhone

JamKit is a drumming game and rhythm training tool. You master your skills by playing challenges - beats recorded by users across the world. The Pro Gear provides extra content including additional kits, styles, and tracks.

  • Hone your drumming skills - Refine your drumming rhythm and coordination by playing great challenges made by players across the world.
  • Challenge the world - Drop a great beat and then challenge your friends and the world to match it!
  • A great new way to share - You don't just listen to others' beats, you get to truly experience them by playing along and honing your drumming skills in the process.
  • Inspire and be inspired - Learn from the unique drumming techniques of others and develop your own distinctive style.
  • Always fresh gameplay - JamKit community members create new and exciting challenges every day. JamKit is your canvas - you don't just play it, you create it!
  • A studio like no other - A comprehensive jamming rig in your pocket everywhere you go. With tons of great free and pro kits, styles, tracks, and the ever evolving world challenge library, your possibilities are endless!

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

[$0.99 with Pro Gear - iTunes link] [Free, with Pro Gear available as in-app purchase - iTunes link]

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