Thursday, July 22, 2010

Backgrounder Adds Auto Detect Method for iOS 4

Lance Fetters has released an update to Backgrounder which adds an Auto Detect background method for iOS 4

Backgrounder allows for total control of backgrounding on an iPhone/iOS-based device. With Backgrounder, *you* decide when an app should keep running, and when it should quit. Backgrounder provides true backgrounding; minimized apps can be made to continue to run as if they were still the foreground app.

Changelog svn.r513:
● NEW: Added background method "Auto Detect" (iOS 4.0+ only).
● FIX: Status bar icons now work with iOS 4.0+.
o Requires phoenix3200's libstatusbar extension.
● MOD: Removed use of preferences symbolic link, as it is not needed.
o The symlink ~/.backgrounderrc is no longer used, and can be manually deleted, if desired.
o Some apps still have issues due to Apple's sandbox; this will need to be fixed in a later release.
● MOD: Changed maximum supported firmware version to 4.0.1.
o Note that Backgrounder purposely blocks untested firmware versions; this is to prevent the possibility of crashes with newer firmware.
o Jailbreak users should *never* upgrade to new iOS firmware versions until they are certain that the firmware is jailbreakable and that the extensions they wish to use have been properly updated.

You can download Backgrounder from the BigBoss Cydia repository.

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Apple Starts Refunding Bumper Purchases

Apple has started refunding Bumper purchases today and will continue doing them in batches throughout the week, according to MacRumors forum poster Chodite.

"Just got off the phone with Apple and they said that those that purchased with debit cards should see a refund in 6-8 card refunds will be by the NEXT credit card cycle... refunds will be AUTOMATIC. Also, those interested in the "free" case, there is no estimated date on when that will go live but she said that information will be made available on Apple's site when it goes live", posted web4fun.

Apple has also begun sending emails to those who await shipment of their Bumper to let them know it will be free.

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iMac Shortages Suggest New Models Are Coming Soon

Apple has begun advising its sales channels that the iMac is in short supply and to sell through existing stock.

AppleInsider reports that a person familiar with the matter says the Mac maker is informing some of its distributors not to expect any further stock of the entry level 21.5-inch, 3.06GHz iMac, implying that production of that model has ceased. Meanwhile, those with ties to the company's stateside reseller channels are being advised to sell through their stock of all existing iMac models and to keep their inventories as lean as possible for the next few weeks.

These reports are similar to the ones heard just before Apple launched the updated Mac mini last month.

Potential configurations included a dual-core Core i5 model, as well as quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 configurations with USB 3.0 support and a faster FireWire interface.

AppleInsider also believes that Apple is working on Macs with microprocessors from AMD and has a 12-core Xeon-based Mac Pro and a 27-inch LED Cinema Display in its labs.

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Personally I would like nothing other than intel or the IBM 8core chip from the ps3, and I'm looking towards a touch screen model.

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Location-Based Alerts

WebIS has announced two major releases to its integrated calendaring and tasks app for iOS 4, Pocket Informant, including a major update to its current iPhone edition and a brand new iPad edition. New features include icons for events/tasks, iOS 4 multitasking support, local notifications, and location-based alerts. Pocket Informant is one of the most popular productivity applications for iOS with over 125,000 customers and over 450,000 downloads of Pocket Informant Lite.

While other apps focus on either solely calendaring or tasks, Pocket Informant stands out among the productivity apps on the iOS by merging full-featured task management with robust calendaring in one app. Realizing that most users are mobile we have focused on location based features in our last few releases.

Among the several new features added to version 1.5 is one called "Location Based Alerts". By setting a location for your task contexts, Pocket Informant now monitors your location changes in the background and will alert you automatically when you are near an area where you can complete some tasks. "This is one of our favorite new features we have implemented in quite a while" says Alex Kac, CEO. "You can now tell Pocket Informant not only when to remind you about a task, but also where to remind you".

Building on the success of Pocket Informant for iPhone, today WebIS is also announcing a brand new release of Pocket Informant specifically designed for iPad. Pocket Informant HD takes productivity on your iPad to a new level by bringing the same great event and task management together in an app designed from the ground up to run on your iPad. By providing OTA sync to Google, Toodledo and Outlook, you can now keep your calendar and task information completely in sync from your iPhone to your iPod touch and now to your iPad as well.

WebIS released the first iPhone version of their popular application Pocket Informant a little over a year ago. "We now have Pocket Informant on three mobile platforms and we're thrilled with the response we've had from our iPhone customers over this past year" says Alex Kac, CEO. "And between the iPad and iOS 4, we're very excited about our roadmap ahead of us for the upcoming year."

Pocket Informant features include:
* A calendar built the way an iOS Calendar should be
* Today, Month, Day, Portrait Week, Landscape Week, List, Task, and Search views
* Swipe between Months, Days, and Weeks
* Tasks and Events within the same view
* Context, Project, Inbox, and filters support
* Calendar & Tag filtering
* Toodledo Sync
* Google Calendar Sync
* Outlook Sync (requires WebIS Desktop Sync software)
* TextExpander Touch integration
* Event Location mapping
* Location Based Alerts (requires iOS 4 on an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4)
* Search across events, tasks and contacts
* Convert Task to Events
* Much much more

Pricing and Availability:
Pocket Informant 1.5 for iPhone is available exclusively through Apple's App Store at a price of $12.99 (USD) with a special celebratory price of $5.99 for a limited time. Pocket Informant for iPad is available exclusively through Apple's App Store at a special introductory price of $6.99 (USD).

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Free iPhone App Halp!

Sinecure Industries has announced the release of Halp! 1.2, an update to their free Advice Generator for iPhone and iPod touch. There have been some major changes in this version 1.2 release. There is a new, larger font, a refresh button, crisper graphics and even more bad advice! Even better, it's still free.

As a company, Sinecure Industries has learned several valuable lessons from the release of "Halp! The Advice Generator" and the subsequent reaction:

Problem #1: People no longer learn/know how to read cursive. We have received hundreds of complaints from people telling us that Halp! was in another language. A few told us they wanted a refund on their free app. Needless to say, we happily obliged.

Solution #1: "Halp! The Advice Generator" now has a crisp, clean font. The font is also larger as a few people said the text was both illegible and too small.

Problem #2: People are too weak to shake their phone to refresh. This complaint went hand in hand with the font problem. I can relate to this problem, with so many pieces of bad advice, going through them all can become tiring. Then again, the iPhone weighs a whole pound and if you are tired shaking it, well, you have bigger problems.

Solution #2: "Halp! The Advice Generator" now has a refresh button location in the upper right portion of the app interface. No more embarrassing arm fat jiggling! No more heart palpitations from an iPhone app! Sinecure Industries understands what it is to be lazy and we're here to help. Or Halp!

Problem #3: "My family is dead, I hope you're happy" review on the App Store.

Solution #3: We're very happy that you're finding new ways to live your life from "Halp! The Advice Generator" and are pleased you found a piece of advice that really spoke to you. We're also very happy we have modified terms and conditions that completely absolve us from any liability in this matter!

Problem #4: "All of your advice is bad" - support e-mail.

Solution #4: Shut up!

Pricing and Availability:
Halp! The Advice Generator 1.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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Gravity Runner iPhone Game Announced

Gravity Runner will soon be released for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. We Are Colin provides the same addictive experience you will expect from the popular 'Running Game' genre but delivers a more feature rich experience without detracting from the simplicity of the formula that makes the game fun.

The player takes the role of 'Colin' as he automatically runs through levels fraught with fiendish obstacles and traps, in order to reach the end of the level in the fastest time possible. The twist in this game comes with Colin's ability to change the direction of gravity, this allows for some interesting challenges that mean the player must think and react quickly to reach the goal at the end. There are also various pickups along the way to aid the player.

Gravity Runner has been designed to be very easy to learn and play, using a simple and responsive one touch control system. The player taps anywhere on the screen once to jump, and taps again while the player is in mid air to flip gravity. Don't let the simplicity of the game fool you though, there's something here to challenge the most seasoned hardcore gamers. The game is OpenFeint enabled, which allows OpenFeint users to compete against other users from around the world and gain OpenFeint achievements for reaching milestones in the game.

Feature Highlights:
* Easy to learn, a lifetime to master
* Fiendish traps and difficult obstacles
* 25 widely varying levels + 4 secret levels
* An Endless mode to challenge even the most veteran of players
* A variety of pickups
* OpenFeint Enabled
* Submit your score worldwide and compete to become the best
* Post scores over facebook and twitter and challenge your friends
* A collection of achievements up for grabs
* Choose to listen to your own music while racing through the levels

Pricing and Availability:
Gravity Runner will be priced at only $0.99 (USD) and will be available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Action and Arcade categories. Coming August 2010.

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Shrek Kart HD On Sale For $0.99

Gameloft has tweeted that Shrek Kart HD is now on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.

Vie for the title of Kingdom’s Fastest Kart Racer as you speed through HD environments throughout Far Far Away and beyond in highly-detailed karts! Check out the new iPad features like the redesigned mini-map and new customizable interface!

All is fair(y) in this twisted tournament tale:
● 4 SINGLEPLAYER MODES: Single Race, Tournament, Challenges and Arena modes
● LOCAL MULTIPLAYER MODE: Challenge your friends to eat your dust via Wi-Fi (with up to 6 players) and Bluetooth (2 players)!
● MILES OF RACING FUN with 19 cups in the Tournament mode and 72 challenges to face!
● 10 UNIQUE KARTS: Each character has custom built his or her own vehicle, each with a special ability and different characteristics. New iPad Feature: Custom placement of kart racing controls anywhere on the screen for maximum personal racing efficiency!
● 11 DEFENSIVE & OFFENSIVE POWER-UPS: Drop the Cow That Jumped Over the Moon on an opponent or shoo away those Angry Bees by wiping off the screen with your finger!
● 15 TRACKS (12 Speedways & 3 Arenas): Beautiful 3D High-Definition environments from throughout the Kingdom, from Shrek’s home in The Swamp to the palm-lined streets of Far Far Away. Take advantage of the new mini-maps of each race course (specially re-designed for the iPad!) to track your opponents more easily than ever before!
● MORE THAN 10 PLAYABLE CHARACTERS: Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Ogre Triplets, Puss In Boots, Gingy, 3 Little Pigs, Pinocchio, Big Bad Wolf and the Ghost of Lord Farquaad !
● iPod LIBRARY ACCESS: Rock out to your own personal soundtrack while you speed towards the Finish Line! (Works with the OS 3.0 software update.)

You can purchase Shrek Kart HD from the App Store for a limited time price of $0.99.

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Foursquare has added SMS and email capabilities to its iPhone application

Foursquare has added SMS and email capabilities to its iPhone application. Foursquare helps you find new ways to explore your city. See where your friends are, learn about the places they frequent and unlock rewards as you travel through the city.

What's New In This Version:
- Send SMS & email to your friends without leaving the application
- Further high-resolution assets for iPhone 4
- Smarter data refresh on wakeup from background in iOS 4
- Current position indicator added to all maps
- Fixes crash on viewing map with empty friends list
- foursquare:// urls in other applications now open properly when running in background on iOS 4
- Tighter layouts on all platforms including iPad

You can download foursquare from the App Store for free.

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Faceplant Will Let You Know When Your Friends Are On FaceTime

Faceplant is an upcoming application that lets you know when you iPhone contacts are available for FaceTime video chat.

● lets you know when your friends are available to video chat
● leave/receive video messages with your friends
● push notifies you when you receive a video message
● integrates with your contact list (no friending required)
● instantly adds new friends to your list when contacts install the app
● lets you video conference without calling your friends first
● has a privacy mode if you don't want to be bothered

TechCrunch had the opportunity to speak with founder Sol Lipman who says the app is currently in the review process and expects it to be approved soon.

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Ivango Releases My Famous Portrait

Ivango today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of My Famous Portrait app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. This app gives an opportunity to find possible ancestors among outstanding people from the past.

My Famous Portrait helps its users to discover their twins on well-known paintings drawn by famous artists. All they have to do is to choose one of their photos from their album or take new photo and the application will find appropriate image on famous portraits.

Great results are guaranteed due to the database that stores about 150 pictures created by famous artists. The number of portraits in the gallery is constantly growing. Currently it includes well-known portraits pertaining to different historical periods, from the Middle Ages to modern times: Rubens, Francesco Hayez, Leonardo da Vinci, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, etc.

Distinctive features:
* User-friendly interface
* Clear instructions on how to get accurate match results
* Possibility to share fun with friends and send the results of face identification to Facebook page, Twitter or e-mail
* Possibility to save results to the history section

"We have found out that people are pleased if they catch a likeness with outstanding people. So we decided to apply our face recognition technology so that people will be able to find themselves on famous portraits. Now everyone who owns an iPhone can find their twin from the past and even share it with their friends" said Alexander Ivanov, founder of Ivango company.

Pricing and Availability:
My Famous Portrait 1.0 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

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Look Like a Spaceman with Mirror Ca

Intelligenti has announced the release and immediate availability of Mirror Cam 1.0, a free, brand new app for iPhone 4. Designed to make full use of the iPhone 4 front facing camera, Mirror Cam allows you to look at yourself while surrounded by many different frames. See what you look like in an antique frame, as a Spaceman, and more. With over 3 million iPhone 4's sold already, many people will be looking for specialist apps to use with it; that app is Mirror Cam for iPhone 4.

Mirror Cam is so simple to use, just swipe left or right from frame to frame, tap the screen and then save the picture. Each one is designed to take full advantage of the iPhone 4's Retina Display to make every frame look perfect. Instead of just staring at a blank, black screen, this app uses the new front facing camera to give users a live view of themselves. There may already be mirror apps available but Mirror Cam will be the one that is used the most.

It comes with 9 included frames, with more planned for future updates. Reflect on how you look by pointing the camera at yourself and even have some fun playing with how you look. Imitate a fighter pilot, a medieval knight, or a famous celebrity with your own backstage makeup mirror. If you have a few minutes spare you will find yourself using Mirror Cam over and over again.

Pricing and Availability:
Mirror Cam 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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Make Clumsy Hand Sketches Obsolete

SIS Software, the developers of My Measures and Dimensions, have released the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. This application allows you to add dimensions, complete with arrows, angles and text to any photo in your library, ending the need for messy, unprofessional hand sketches. With expert design and an intuitive user interface, this app has been receiving excellent reviews, right out of the gate.

My Measures and Dimensions also supports portrait or landscape orientation, and multiple folder and file sharing. With the ability to not only add detailed measurements and dimensions to photos, but also save them in an organized folder system, export them to your photo library or share them with friends or business associates via email, this app is poised to change the way business is done for realtors, engineers, architects, and other business professionals who rely on detailed drawings and dimensions.

Here are some of the features included in this version of My Measures and Dimensions:
* Store dimensions on a photo
* Add arrows, angles and text
* Organize photos/files in folders
* Easy multiple folder and file sharing
* Export photo with dimension to photo library
* Send photo with dimensions via email
* Supports portrait and landscape orientation
* Show dimensions in metric and imperial units: meters, centimeters, millimeters, inches, feet and yards and fractions!

Pricing and Availability:
My Measures and Dimensions 2.0.1 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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3D Twist On Classic Arcade Favorite

E4 Software has released the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Critter Mash 1.0 combines 3D graphics with an age old arcade and carnival favorite. The object of the game is simple: "Whack" the cute little animals when they pop their heads out of their holes. Players use their finger to tap animals on the head to gain points. They must be careful because the game is timed. Tapping the wrong animal, could take time away from them.

The longer a player lasts, the faster the Critter Mashing action becomes. More Critters are added every 65 seconds, and in the late stages some Critters carry much higher scores. Players need to take care because penalties can increase too. Hitting the Fox takes 5 seconds off the clock, and failing to hit the King or Queen Weasel means lost time as well. Users need to act fast, because if the clock runs down before they finish, the game is over. Critter Mash 1.0 is easy to learn, easy to play, and almost impossible to put down.

Here are some of Critter Mash's awesome features:
* 3-D graphics
* Easy to use controls
* Familiar format
* Beat the clock for higher scores
* Bonus points for prolonged play
* Fun and exciting game play
* Addictive!

Pricing and Availability:
Critter Mash 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games, Arcade, Action category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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Safari Auto-Fill Vulnerability Could Reveal Your Info to Malicious Sites

An auto-fill bug in Safari could reveal your first name, last name, work place, city, state, and email address to a malicious website without you having entered any personal information on the site previously.

According to Jeremiah Grossman, Safari autofills HTML form text fields with specific attribute names such as name, company, city, state, country, email, etc.

These fields are AutoFill’ed using data from the users personal record in the local operating system address book. Again it is important to emphasize this feature works even though a user never entered this data on any website. Also this behavior should not be confused with normal auto-complete data a Web browser may remember after its typed into a form. All a malicious website would have to do to surreptitiously extract Address Book card data from Safari is dynamically create form text fields with the aforementioned names, probably invisibly, and then simulate A-Z keystroke events using JavaScript. When data is populated, that is AutoFill’ed, it can be accessed and sent to the attacker.

Grossman has posted some proof-of-concept code (graciously hosted by Robert "RSnake" Hansen). He's also tried to contact Apple but received no response. To protect yourself you can just disable autofill in Safari for the time being.

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Remote Camera Sharing on iPad

MobAc Design has announced that EZ Cam - Remote Camera Sharing and EZ Cam Lite - Remote Camera Sharing, version 1.0, are available for download from Apple's App store.

* Share your iPhone camera with an iPad, iPod touch, or another iPhone
* Watch live preview images, from one camera, on both devices at the same time
* Be in a different place than the iPhone, but control the camera like it's in your hand
* Connect using an iPad and the pictures are stored directly to the iPad
* Make a connection between devices using Bluetooth, WiFi, or 3G
* Universal app optimized for use with all devices

* Monitor/security cam: Watch the kids in the yard on your iPad without leaving the couch. Stream live video preview images and they'll love it!
* High tech spy tool: Use your Apple device plus a friend's device and you have a wireless hidden camera for all your top secret spying needs.
* Camera for iPad: Someday the iPad will have a camera, but until then we have EZ Cam
* Entertainment: Do something crazy, like put your iPhone on a balloon, and take pictures from the sky.

Pricing and Availability:
EZ Cam and EZ Cam Lite are 99% identical. EZ Cam is a paid app ($2.99 US), whereas EZ Cam Lite uses an iAd banner to make the application free. If you view just one advertisement by clicking the banner, when you return to EZ Cam Lite, the iAd banner will be gone for the rest of the day! It is free and easy. Try EZ Cam Lite for Free and see if you like it.

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Tension Software Updates Mac Shutdown

Mac Shutdown is the universal utility to shutdown unattended Mac. Mac Shutdown X can have many uses. It can help a user start a download of big files over the net in the night and have the Mac automatically turned off when the download is finished.
Any other case where a unattended Mac must be turned off applies.

It is customizable using a easy to use setting setup panel (no coding or editing of script required). It's small, fast, simple and reliable.

You can choose to shutdown the Mac:
* On a scheduled plan
* On a specific date and time
* When a generic file is removed or moved on your Hard Disk
* When a download is finished:
using Safari
using Firefox or Camino or Netscape
using Speed Download
* At launch time to use it via Apple iCal
* Using Web Shutdown (continuously looking for a keyword in a web page on the net)

New in this release:
* Bug fix release

Mac Shutdown X is $20 (Universal Binary)

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New Life for iPhone Music Playback

Tekton Technologies the developer of MakeMyMusic, has just released the latest update for for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. MakeMyMusic 1.0 gives users more control than ever before over not just which songs are played back, but at what time of day. Users can easily sort their music by artist, composer, genre or album, and even choose the time of day that each is played. By selecting morning, noon, evening or night, their music can always match their mood.

MakeMyMusic features include:
* Customizable playback options for your music collection
* Unique algorithms provide a deep search and the best shuffle, so no songs are missed
* Choose a different backdrop for every song. You can even use your personal photos
* Define your time of day for an artist or genre
* Just set your preferences based on Genre, Artist, etc. just once.
* Shake to shuffle the playlist while listening to the current song or audio
* Sleep timer
* Auto play

Users can quickly and easily set all of their preferences from the "Music Options" menu and let the app do the rest. Preferences only need to be set once, but can be changed at any time.

On the "Playback" screen, users can control their entire listening experience. The unique playback circle allows several simple, gesture based controls to be used. Double tapping the circle brings up meta data for the current selection, and by pinching the circle, users can see which songs are coming up next.

A sweep hand shows the progress of the current audio that you are listening to. The users can ffwd/rewd the song or audio by moving the position of the sweep.

Adjusting the volume is as easy as swiping up or down on the playback screen and a left or right swipe takes users to the previous or next song. They can also choose the Auto Play feature, as well as listening to tunes sequentially or having them automatically shuffled. The current playlist can be re-shuffled at any time by simply shaking the device.

Pricing and Availability:
MakeMyMusic 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music and Lifestyle categories. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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