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5 years ago

Official Facebook for iPad app coming soon?

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Official Facebook for iPad app coming soon?

After being glaringly absent from the App Store since the original iPad was released last year, The New York Times reports that Facebook is finally readying an official app for the iPad

The app has been in production at Facebook for almost a year, going through several design iterations, and is now in the final stages of testing, according to these people, who declined to be named because they were discussing confidential product plans.

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5 years ago

Daily Tip: How to stumble back to the right hotel room when you're traveling

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Daily Tip: How to stumble back to the right hotel room when you're traveling

If you're a frequent traveler and need to know how to get back to the right hotel room at night, this is a very simple, but also very handy tip. Lets set the scene: you check into another hotel on your travels and you're given a plastic key card as well a small piece of card with your room details printed on it.

The first thing you do when you go out later, is pick up the plastic keycard but leave the card with all the details on in your room. When you return later in the evening, exhausted from the business meeting or intoxicated from the on expenses alcohol splurge, you have forgotten your hotel room number. As it is never printed on the programmable plastic keycards, you're in a bit of trouble.

Read on after the break for our great solution to this dilemma!

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5 years ago

Plane Battle for iPhone and iPad now available

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Plane Battle for iPhone and iPad now available

Plane Battle is a fun new twist of the classic Battleship game - the battle is in the skies! Try to take down all of your opponent's planes or spaceships before s/he takes down yours.

  • Four levels to play from classic paper to outer space.
  • Play against the A.I.
  • Challange your friends over bluetooth
  • Play with your friends over the same device
  • The winner will choose the next level in multiplayer.

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

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

Have an app you'd love to see featured on TiPb? Email us at iosapps@tipb.com, tell us about your app (include an iTunes link), and we'll take a look.

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5 years ago

iPhone Live 156: iOS 5 Q&A part 2

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iPhone Live 156: iOS 5 Q&A part 2

Rene, Seth, and Georgia answer more of your questions about iOS 5 and iCloud, how it works, when we can expect it, and what's still missing. This is iPhone Live!

Hosts

  • Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)
  • Seth Clifford (@sethclifford)
  • Georgia (@GeorgiaTiPb)
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    5 years ago

    Are Apple's hardware releases increasingly tied to software?

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    Are Apple's hardware releases increasingly tied to software?

    We've known for a while now that iPhone 5 won't be coming out this month, as it has for the last four years, but this fall, when iOS 5 is also scheduled to ship. Whether one delayed the other, or factors such as Verizon contracts, component shortages, engineering hours, or some combination of factors we may never know, but now rumors suggest new Macs are similarly on hold, this time waiting on OS X Lion before they ship.

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    5 years ago

    Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue interactive book for iPhone and iPad now available

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    Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue interactive book for iPhone and iPad now available

    Disney has released their newest interactive iPhone and iPad book, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue - A Magical Adventure. In the story, Tinker Bell is trapped on the mainland and depending on her fairy friends to help her out. The reader can contribute to and control the magic by blowing in the speaker to spread fairy dust.

    • Blow into your mobile device’s speaker to spread fairy dust throughout the adventure.
    • Tap on characters and objects to see them come to life!
    • Experience beautiful story illustrations, professional narration, and enchanting Disney Fairies music.

    If you pick this one up, let us know what you, or your child, thinks! Screenshots after the break.

    [$3.99 - iTunes link]

    Have an app you'd love to see featured on TiPb? Email us at iosapps@tipb.com, tell us about your app (include an iTunes link), and we'll take a look.

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    5 years ago

    iOS 5 features: Info popups in Music

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    iOS 5 features: Info popups in Music

    iOS 5's new Music app -- that's right, iPod.app on iPhone is dead, long live Music and Video apps like iPad! -- has a nice new info popup feature that makes it much easier to make sure you pick just exactly the track you want to play.

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    5 years ago

    iPhone patent applications reveal better Find My iPhone, social matching, and a way to stop users from recording concerts(?!) [Patent Roundup]

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    iPhone patent applications reveal better Find My iPhone, social matching, and a way to stop users from recording concerts(?!) [Patent Roundup]

    A few interesting patent applications from Apple have recently surfaced, showing they have some bold ideas surrounding Find My iPhone, social-matching, and a way to lock the camera so we can't make bootleg concert recordings and plaster them on YouTube (?!).

    Reminder: Apple, like any big company, routinely patents just about anything and everything they dream up, and there's no way to know when, or if, they'll use any them in actual, shipping products. Still, it's interesting to see what they're working on deep inside the secret Cupertino labs...

    Follow on after the break for the roundup!

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    5 years ago

    Jailbreak innovation: still the future of iOS

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    Jailbreak innovation: still the future of iOS

    At WWDC 2011 Apple once again "borrowed" a lot of great ideas from the Jailbreak community and gave them to iOS 5, including lock screen info, notifications, WiFi sync, volume buttons to take pictures, and a lot more. That's not a bad thing -- I even asked them to do exactly that this year. Whether you jailbreak or not, whether you realize it or not, the jailbreak community benefits all iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users -- pure and jailbreak alike.

    Follow along to find out why.

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    5 years ago

    TiPb Asks: How do you keep track of tasks on your iPhone?

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    5 years ago

    Apple launches annual Back to School promotion, doesn't include free iPod touch

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    Apple launches annual Back to School promotion, doesn't include free iPod touch

    If you were one of our many readers waiting for Apple's Back to School promotion to kick off so you could grab a new MacBook or iMac and get a free iPod touch along with it, you're in for some disappointment. Instead of a free iPod touch like last year](http://www.imore.com/2010/05/27/apple-education-promo-free-ipod-touch/), this year Apple is offering a $100 iTunes gift certificate to cap off your educational purchase.

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    5 years ago

    Twitter loses Reportage for iPhone

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    Twitter loses Reportage for iPhone

    Reportage was WhereCloud's insanely creative iPhone Twitter app that let users "tune in" to other users' timeline -- like a radio station for tweets. I say was because Twitter's swerve away from the developer friendliness that helped them build their platform and their rapid acceleration into ownership plays that may -- or may not -- help them ensure its future has led WhereCloud to stop development.

    Martin Dufort, who TiPb interviewed as part of our Developer Spotlight series two weeks ago, explains it was the the culmination of 4 changes by Twitter that led to his company's decision:

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    5 years ago

    New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, June 16

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    New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, June 16

    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!

    • Snowboard Hero: The ultimate snowboard experience with wicked tricks, insane air time, and super fast downhill speed. Now with 2 new characters, 2 new tracks, and 24 new events! [$4.99 - iTunes link]

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    5 years ago

    Angry Birds updated with 15 new levels

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    Angry Birds updated with 15 new levels

    Even with the introduction of Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds continues to receive updates. Today's update brings 15 new levels and allows unlimited use of the Mighty Eagle after a single purchase.

    • Mine and Dine: a new cave themed episode begins with 15 new levels!
    • Find all the collectible jewels!
    • Use hanging stalactites to pop those pesky burrowing piggies!
    • Any particular levels stonewalling your progress? We tweaked a couple of them to spare you a few gray hairs!
    • Mighty Eagle still in business: Buy once, unlimited use!

    If you pick this one up, let us know what you think!

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    5 years ago

    China sends iPad 2 leakers to prison

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    China sends iPad 2 leakers to prison

    iPad 2 mockups and cases were floating around CES 2011 and the internet long before Apple announced the device, and now China has fined the people responsible for leaking the information, and sentenced them to over a year in prison.

    The court announced the decision Tuesday in statements on its official account at Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service in China. It said that Xiao Chengsong, general manager of Shenzhen MacTop Electronics Co., had offered 20,000 yuan, or about $3,000, plus discounts on MacTop products to a former Hon Hai employee named Hou Pengna, for information about the iPad 2. The court said Ms. Hou then paid Lin Kecheng, a Hon Hai research-and-development employee, to get digital images of the device's back cover from last September, six months before the iPad 2 was publicly announced.

    The court said Mr. Xiao was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and fined 150,000 yuan. Mr. Lin was sentenced to 14 months and fined 100,000 yuan, and Ms. Hou was sentenced to a year in prison and fined 30,000 yuan.

    Since the factories making the devices and near the factories making the accessories, leaks have always occurred. In the highly competitive accessory market, having a case or other product ready when Apple launches a previously secret new device gives a huge first mover advantage. (Which is why Apple lately has a case of their own, like bumpers or SmartCovers, ready to go at launch.)

    Video of TiPb's hands on with an iPad 2 dummy, after the break.

    [Wall Street Journal]

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