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Apple releases iWork for iOS betas for developers, includes iCloud support

Apple has released new iCloud-enabled betas for their iWork apps -- Keynote, Pages, and Numbers to developers. The betas, available exclusively through Apple's iOS developer portal, are universal apps for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and no additional features other than iCloud support appear to have been added.

Documents in the Cloud was one of the key iCloud features announced by Steve Jobs at WWDC and the iWork for iOS beta apps are the first test implementation of that feature.

The beta apps come in a DMG file and need to be extracted, dragged to iTunes 10.5 beta 4, and then synced over to an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5 beta 4. (And yes, it's somewhat ironic the first iCloud enabled versions of iWork can't be installed OTA over iCloud, but this is a beta, right?)

Note: It looks like some people aren't having luck syncing the iWork apps over, or wait for them to sync only to watch them disappear immediately after syncing. We're not sure what's causing that, and what's allowing for successful syncs, but let us know how you fair in the comments.

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UPDATED: Skype for iPad hits the App Store. Skype removes it.

Skype for iPad has just hit the App Store!

Bring your Skype contacts closer with full screen video at your fingertips. Beautiful and simple, this is Skype built especially for the iPad. Call, video call, or instant message anyone on Skype. Plus, if you add a little Skype Credit, call landlines and mobiles at really low rates.

  • Join Skype on your iPad in a few moments or just sign straight in to your account.
  • If you already have a Skype account, your Skype contacts will automatically be there on your iPad.
  • We’ve made adding new Skype contacts really easy.
  • Once they’re in your Contact list, call, video or instant message them in one touch.
  • Flick through recent calls and instant messages in your Skype for iPad history.
  • Skype for iPad works over Wi-Fi or 3G (operator data charges may apply). Call Skype contacts on their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac and even Skype enabled TVs.
  • Talk face-to-face or show what you’re seeing with front and back-facing cameras.
  • Use Skype for iPad to call anyone else on Skype – and enjoy near CD quality (SILK) sound.
  • Instant message and add emoticons to personalize your messages.

Skype for iPad has been long anticipated and is compatible on both the iPad and iPad 2. Now go grab it and let us know if it was worth the wait!

Skype for iPad is available for free. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

UPDATE 1: Skype has removed their iPad app from the App Store and sent out the following tweets:

To ensure your best Skype experience, we've temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today.

We know you've been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience.

UPDATE 2: It's back up! Go get it!

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iCloud extra storage prices revealed

Apple has enabled iCloud's Buy More Storage option in the iOS 5 beta beta and here are the prices:

  • 5GB: Free (every iOS 5 user will get this by default)
  • 10GB: $20/year (including the 5GB free, that's 15GB total)
  • 20GB: $40/year (25GB total)
  • 50GB: $100/year (55GB total)

So pretty much $10 a month for ever additional 5GB.

More →, iWork for iOS 5 beta apps go live is now live... if you have an Apple ID that works with iCloud. Here's the thing -- it's meant for developers right now, and Apple IDs are still fragmented to the extent that for some people, iCloud might not be too useful yet.

For example, you may try to login with your MobileMe ID and be told it hasn't been migrated to iCloud yet. You might try to login with your iTunes ID and then, once you're in, be told you need a MobileMe address to access Mail. You can set up a new, free iCloud ID, but then all of the content you have connected to your existing Apple ID(s) won't be there.

So, yeah, meant for developers. Still, it's nice to see it up and running, and get a preview of the design (which we're guessing is a fairly straight front-end port of the SproutCore web app code from, now running on the all new iCloud backend.)

Current web apps available include Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find my iPhone, and the new Documents, which currently offers Apple's iWork formats for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. (The last three of which require the new iWork for iOS beta apps, downloadable via Apple's developer site.)

Gone are iDisk and Gallery. iCloud is no doubt an attempt to abstract away the file system-like behavior for the former, but will a web front end for PhotoStream be made available to replace the latter?

Meanwhile, on iPhone you just get a placeholder card, nicely rendered, and the ability to get more information and a link to the developer beta.

Gallery of screenshots after the break.

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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
  • 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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Apple adds iCloud TV Show re-downloading to iPhone, iPad

Our writer at large, Chad Garrett, spotted TV Shows in the Cloud today on his iPhone. It seems Apple has pulled the trigger on TV Show re-downloads, much as they've always allowed for apps and previously announced for music. It's limited to TV Shows (no movies), and to the US for now, but it's nice to see Apple adding functionality to iCloud so quickly -- even before the formal launch this fall.

Are you seeing TV shows under your purchased content in

Update: Not all shows yet, apparently. Perhaps some networks haven't (yet) agreed to be part of the service?

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Apple TV 4.3 update streams purchased shows, adds Vimeo video

Apple had finally released iOS 4.3 for Apple TV 2, adding the ability to stream purchased shows via iCloud (I'm betting this is US only?) and watch Vimeo video. As noted by Apple:

  • iTunes TV Shows: Purchase your favorite TV shows directly from the iTunes Store, and watch the shows you already own, commercial-free in HD.
  • Vimeo: Browse and play videos from Vimeo, access your video inbox, and mark videos you want to watch later.

If you've gotten the update, let me know if you notice any other changes and/or improvements.


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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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