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Angry Birds Space Is Released


Rovio Entertainment today announced the launch ofAngry Birds Space, available now for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, as well as the Mac and PC, with PC retail copies to follow shortly. Angry Birds Space marks the first integrated entertainment launch for Rovio, with merchandise, animation and books available in retail at the same time as the game.

From floating through space in zero gravity, to using the gravity of nearby planets to set up spectacular trick shots, Angry Birds Space takes the gameplay that fans already know and love to a totally new level. With brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!

“This is Rovio at its finest, and we are more than excited to bring Angry Birds Space to all our fans worldwide,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “This launch marks a huge step for us as a company, and our whole team and partners have really pulled together to bring out a fantastic array of exciting products and experiences. We hope that our fans will find all things Angry Birds Space as delightful as the Rovio family does.”

Angry Birds Space features 60 interstellar levels, with regular free updates in the pipeline. Even more content is available through in-app purchase, starting first with the iOS version. Included in the game are many hidden goodies, secret levels and cool space content. Gameplay has been thoroughly optimized for all platforms, including full Retina display support on the new iPad.

To celebrate the launch of Angry Birds Space, Rovio and partners hosted a series of launch events for fans of the game in Beijing, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Seattle and Tokyo. Today, Earth is officially the epicenter of fun in our galaxy!

Angry Birds Space is available for $0.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch, and Angry Birds Space HD is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPad. Both are also available at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Angry Birds Space for the Mac is available for $4.99 from the Mac App Store.

Angry Birds Space is available for Android devices for free with advertising. Ad-free versions of Angry Birds Space will also be available on Android for $0.99, and an HD version for Android tablets for $2.99.

The Race To The 25 Billionth App

AS of today, almost 25 BILLION (Yes, billion with a B) have been downloaded from the Apple App Store. The current number of apps that have been downloaded (as of the publication of this article) is about 24,525,000,000. Apple is hosting a contest to see who will be the winner to download the 25 billionth app. If you happen to be the lucky winner, you could win a $10,000 (USD) gift card to the Apple App store. So what are you waiting for, go ahead and start downloading some apps, you might be the winner.

To view a live counter of apps downloaded, you can click here

You may also view official rules, and enter to win without purchase at their official website.

 

Company Adds Your App to Top 25 List For Money

Yesterday, a TouchArcade thread was posted that warned about fraudulent App promotion services that guarantee Top 25 rankings for a modest fee. According to the poster, these services utilize automated scripts or bots to artificially boost free app rankings into the Top charts. At least one company denied the claims in the thread.

PocketGamer picked up on the story based on the forum thread:

For $5,000, said company will allegedly utilise bots that will download a developer’s app over and over again until it has broken into the top 25 charts. At this point, the developer’s app will have received sufficient customer exposure to attract downloads from real people.

In an apparent response, Apple has just posted a reminder (via iClarified) to developers, warning them not to manipulate App Store chart rankings.

Adhering to Guidelines on Third-Party Marketing Services
Feb 6, 2012

Once you build a great app, you want everyone to know about it. However, when you promote your app, you should avoid using services that advertise or guarantee top placement in App Store charts. Even if you are not personally engaged in manipulating App Store chart rankings or user reviews, employing services that do so on your behalf may result in the loss of your Apple Developer Program membership. Get helpful tips and resources on marketing your apps the right way from the App Store Resource Center.

The existence of these services is not new, but it seems the renewed publicity surrounding them has reached Apple’s attention.

AVID Video Editor Now iPad App

An article from Tech News World.

Avid is well-known for its chops as a maker of professional video editing suites, but on Thursday it grabbed some notice in consumer circles with a new offering for Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad 2.

Avid Studio, available from Apple’s App Store for a limited time at US$4.99, brings a solid set of video editing tools to the iPad.

For instance, clips can be quickly arranged along a storyboard. Frames can be precisely trimmed in the app’s timeline. Cuts can be made on the fly with the software’s razor tool.

Projects can be given a professional look and feel with high quality transitions, such as fades and dissolves. Pan and zoom Ken Burn effects can be used to add interest to projects using still photos.

Lots of Effects

In addition, the user can create motion titles and graphics with full control over text, font, color, size, position and rotation.

Picture-in-picture effects, multi-layer 3D animations and creation of composite video tracks are also part of the software’s repertoire.

The app will work with any media stored on an iPad — photos, video and audio — and it can use the cameras in the iPad to bring in photos and video directly without the user having to close the application.

It also allows the user to organize clips on the iPad in a number of familiar ways — albums, events, faces and others.

What’s more, audio can be trimmed to fit clips, its volume levels controlled and sound faded in or out of a clip. Better yet, multiple audio tracks can be laid down to create a layered soundtrack of music, audio and sound effects.

Easy Sharing

Sharing is made easy by the app, too, with quick uploads to YouTubeFacebookand other sharing options.

Projects created in the app can also be exported to Avid’s Windows desktop app for more heavy-duty editing. That elegant workflow conduit isn’t available from the app to iMovie, but you can convert a project to a video file and import it into iMovie that way.

“We’re trying to take the power and richness of the Avid Studio Line for consumers and prosumers and bring it to mobile,” Lee Whitmore, Avid’s segment marketing director, told MacNewsWorld.

“It’s all about empowering that creative person who wants to get right to making some terrific video and sharing it,” he added.

Better Than iMovie?

While Avid’s iPad app is powerful, it doesn’t have the muscle of Avid’s desktop app.

“You can finish a fantastic work product in the iPad app,” Whitmore noted, “but that connection of Avid Studio for the PC is super important because there are more things that folks are going to want to do.”

The iPad 2 doesn’t have a native video editor, but there is a version of iMovie for it. That means Avid will be competing with Apple’s app on the slate, which may not be a problem for some iPad users, especially those who yearn to work in the old Storyboard/Timeline interface that was an integral part of older versions of iMovie.

The ability to perform precise edits, a “super intuitive” user interface and easy sharing are features that stack up favorably against iMovie, according to Whitmore. Editing on mobile devices is an expanding area for video buffs, according to Jennifer O’Rourke, managing editor of Videomaker magazine. “But I don’t ever see it replacing the desktop because of all the things you need for high-end editing,” she told MacNewsWorld.

As a preview tool in the field, though, a tablet could be a valuable asset, she observed.

“For doing a quick base edit on location, it would be a great plus,” she said.

“You can get things down, take a look at it and see the order that you want them to have before you strike a set and realize you have to reshoot something,” she explained

LogMeIn Free iOS Application

THE people over at LogMeIn have recently release a free iOS application. The application was launched Dec. 22. For those of you who don’t know, LogMeIn is a service where you can remote access your computer(s). Personally I use it all the time and it is a lifesaver. You can also learn more by going to their website.

Anyway, for a long time they have not had a free iPhone/iPad application. They finally released one.

So now, from your iPhone or iPad access the computers you have set up on LogMeIn. To view more information about the app, just search for it in the App store or visit the link below.
LogMeIn - LogMeIn, Inc.

Apple’s Black Friday Deal

APPLE is having an online BLack Friday Sale. Apple has made this public through email notifications, and it is on the home page of their website, as well as their Apple Store app. They have not released any details. Simply, it says just to check back in on the 25th or the day after Thanksgiving. Below is a screen capture of what their email looked like.

Apple Makes Big Change

This week Apple introduced a new feature for the iPhone in its Apple Store app. The feature, called EasyPay, it  allows people to take a picture of the bar code of a product with the phone’s camera and then buy the product on the spot, using your iTunes account.

Previously, the app could be used to research products and order them, but the products had to be picked up from an employee in the store. Now, use of iTunes as a traveling wallet is modest; you can use it to buy the cheaper accessories in an Apple store. The phone’s location tracker has to be on, too, so Apple can verify that you are in one of its stores. The effectiveness of the product is impressive, I tried one out at the Apple Store in San Francisco and it worked flawlessly after a couple of setup steps. It works the sales tax into the final price after you scan the code, then offers a one-button purchase. The credit card associated with an iTunes account, normally used for buying music, is charged.

An Apple store clerk assured me that Apple would “never, never, never, ever” use the product for big ticket purchases, like computers, as these are expensive items that Apple doesn’t want customers walking off with.

That shouldn’t make Google feel a lot better. In May, Google announced its payment system, Google Wallet, with support from MasterCard, among others. In September, the service became available on a Nexus phone, available through Sprint. The advantage of Google Wallet is supposed to be near field communications technology, or N.F.C., which enables payment by tapping the phone onto specially equipped readers at checkout counters. In videosshowing  the service, people make low-price purchases, as they can with the Apple app.But with one app, Apple has started to move on Google’s payments plan, with potential distribution far greater than anything Sprint will be able to do with Nexus. Google had a very tight-lipped “no comment” on Apple’s move.

This change will be very interesting to see where it goes. And how it might affect retail checkout in the future.

Q: Do you think this change is good? Will it work? (Leave in comments)

 

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Apple Revamps Online Store

APPLE’s online store was down for “maintenance” for several hours a few days ago. During the down time Apple made a few changes in its online store’s appearance.

One immediately visible change is in the iPad model selection page, where Apple previously listed all 18 iPad 2 models available in the U.S. store. The company has replaced that system with a new, more dynamic process in which users first select a color, followed by a separate step in which they select a storage capacity. Users selecting a 3G model then proceed to a third step where they select whether they want an AT&T model or Verizon model. You can see the whole processed that I described below:

In another change, Apple has replaced its previous “within 24 hours” shipping estimate status with a new “in stock” indicator on a store-wide basis. The two terms appear to be synonymous, with models offering longer shipping estimates continuing to list their availability in terms of business days until shipping.

I really enjoy the new look and changes. They help make buying products online much easier to do.

New MacBook Air Released

TODAY Apple releaseda new MacBook Air.  With this new version of the MacBook Air, you get several things. These include new Intel cores, longer lasting battery, different ports on your laptop and much more.

First, the new MacBook Air is much faster. They have included the latest and most up-to-date Intel core processors that are out there. Apple is claiming that these new processors will increase the speed of the MacBook Air by up to 2.5 times.  The MacBook Air also features the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, this includes an on-chip engine for video encoding and decoding. That means you experience video playback and FaceTime calls that are smoother, more responsive, and more true to life.

Second, it will feature the ThunderBolt port.This port gives you access to a world of high-speed peripherals capable of transferring data up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Or use the Thunderbolt port to connect the new Apple Thunderbolt Display and transform your ultracompact MacBook Air into a complete desktop workstation. This will make data transferring so much faster.

Third, ALL Flash Storage. Some of the devices like iPhone and iPad have already demonstrated the advantages of flash storage: reliability, speed, and efficiency. So they decided to use flash storage in the MacBook Air. With flash, your computer starts up very fast and accesses data quickly. Flash also gives MacBook Air the astonishing ability to remain in standby mode for up to 30 days. This means that you can open your MacBook Air and it will jump to life.

Next, there will be a backlit keyboard. As incredibly compact as MacBook Air is, it still manages to fit a full-size keyboard that makes typing as natural as it is comfortable. And now the keyboard is backlit, so you can type with ease in even the dimmest light. A built-in ambient light sensor detects changes in lighting conditions and adjusts the display and keyboard brightness automatically. From a seat in a sunny café to a seat on a cross-country red-eye, so you’ll always have the perfect lighting for any environment.

After that, they included a Multi-Touch trackpad. The Multi-Touch gestures in OS X Lion make everything you do on MacBook Air more intuitive, direct, and fun. And the spacious Multi-Touch trackpad is perfectly designed for them, whether it’s a three-finger swipe to activate Mission Control or a four-finger pinch to see all your apps in Launchpad. Gesture responses in Lion are smooth and realistic. So when you’re scrolling up and down a web page or swiping from one full-screen app to another, it’s almost like you’re touching what you’re seeing.

The sixth thing that they have added is minor for some people, it is the high resolution display and stereo speakers.   The 11-inch MacBook Air features a resolution equal to that of your typical 13-inch notebook, while the 13-inch MacBook Air wows with a resolution equivalent to a typical 15-inch notebook. This is something that I feel most people will not notice.

The last thing that I am going to cover in this article is the long lasting battery. Because of using the  space-saving flash storage there is room left for a bigger battery. With this battery you get up to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge on the 11-inch model and up to 7 hours on the 13-inch model. Put MacBook Air to sleep, and it enters standby mode to conserve battery life for up to 30 days. When you come back to your MacBook Air and open it up, it is on in a blink of an eye.

Some of the other things that Apple has talked about has either not changed or they are so small changes.

I hope you enjoyed this article.

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Apple Giving Refunds to Final Cut Pro Upon Request

HELLO everyone, I do not know what to say as an intro to this but oh well. An article from MacRumors.
While Apple may be working to quickly add new and restored features to Final Cut Pro X, EOSHD reports (viaThe Next Web) that Apple has begun issuing refunds to at least some customers complaining through the company’s customer service channels.

Here is an example of one such email a disappointed pro received from Apple:

“Moving forward, I understand that you are not satisfied with the app “Final Cut Pro”. I can certainly appreciate you would like a refund, and I would be more than happy to help you out with this today. In five to seven business days, a credit of £179.99 should be posted to the credit card that appears on the receipt for that purchase.

Please note that this is a one time exception because the iTunes Terms and Conditions state that all sales are final.”

thread in Apple’s discussion forums reveals a number of other users who have successfully received refunds for their Final Cut Pro X purchases, although some customers have had to make several requests as part of their conversations with Apple support staff before being granted refunds.


Apple does not have a blanket return and refund policy for App Store applications, although the company has reportedly been required by law to offer one in Taiwan. Apple does offer refunds on a case-by-case basis, however, with customers having reported success gaining refunds for accidental purchases and other extenuating circumstances.

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WWDC 2011: Over 100 Session Videos Now Available

APPLE has just released over 100 videos from World Wide Developers Conference (W.W.D.C.) 2011. So it will be just like if yow were to be sitting directly in the room. These videos are straight from the developer sessions at WWDC. These videos cover a very wide range of topics. I only recommend watching them to anyone who is a hardcore developer. Simply because if you are not, you will not have a clue of what they are talking about.

Final Cut Pro Now In Mac App Store

JUST as promised, Apple’s long-awaited Final Cut Pro X is now available on the Mac App Store for just $299.99, meaning editors can immediately grab hold of this suite to crack on with some real-time 4K video editing goodness. Of course, this is assuming that you have a 64-bit Mac rig with beastly specs in the first place. I would check with Apple to make sure that you’re all set to go. Accompanying this major software release are Motion 5 and Compressor 4 kits, both of which will cost you an extra $49.99 each, so make that roughly around $400 for the full monty. Press release after the break, but we guess you folks are already busy trimming clips on that magical Magnetic Timeline, so good luck in next year’s Oscars.

UPDATE: Apple has now confirmed that there won’t be a boxed version, upgrade pricing, or “Express” version available. Individual users can purchase a single license to use on multiple machines that they own, while business users will need to purchase one license per machine. Volume education pricing is available for purchase by institutions only.

All About iCloud

HOPEFULLY everyone is surviving Monday alright. This post is about a week over due, so I apologize for that.

Exactly one week ago Apple held its annual World Wide Developers Conference. As you all know they released 3 new things. One of which is going to be iCloud. iCloud is like a replacement for the program MobileMe. MobileMe was a service that you had to pay Apple for, it was just like iCloud is going to be except with not nearly as many features.

iCloud is going to allow you to synchronize all data between all of your Apple devices. Apple’s CEO said “[it] Stores content and wirelessly pushes it to all of your devices”. There are some great new features, I am going to share almost all of them with you.

The first feature that I am going to talk about today is iTunes In The Cloud. This allows you to be able to download any previously purchased song for free. As an example lets say that I have an iPod touch and an iPad. If I have a good song such as Friday by Rebecca Black on your iPod Touch, and you just can’t get enough of that song so you want it on your iPad you can press the “Retrieve from the cloud” button and it is now on my iPad for no charge! Before there was this feature, you would have to go to your computer and sync it manually.

The next features are almost exactly the same except it is for Apps from the App store. Another one is for books from the iBooks store. It is so similar I do not need to go into more detail.

The fourth feature is Backup to the Cloud. This allows you to simply back up your songs, photos, videos, applications, even your device settings, and other precious data in Apple’s cloud. To do this you simply need your AppleID, Password, and WiFi access. There will be a storage limit for how much data can be backed up, but the number is very big so it is not something to worry about.

The program will automatically sync your Calendar, contacts, shared calendar {new feature}, mail to all of your iOS devices with no advertisements.

The last one that I am going to type about today is Documents in the cloud. It will automatically update your KeyNote, Pages, and Numbers documents or presentations automatically with out you needing to push any buttons. It does it so fast!

As Mr. Jobs said at the presentation “It just works”.

You get all of these features for FREE!!! When will it be avallible you may ask? Apple has not set a specific date, all they have told us is “This Fall”

 

Thanks For Reading, have a nice rest of the week.

Top Ten Lion Features

At the World Wide Developers Conference last week, they released 3 new things. One of which being the brand new Macintosh Operating System OSX Lion. With this new operating system, there are over 200 new features but today I am only going to show you the top 10.

 

Number 1 : Multi Touch Gestures

Apps will be controlled by different multi-touch gestures; including three fingered swipe, scroll, pinching and zooming.

Number 2 : Full Screen Software
Full screen applications are really going to take advantage of every pixel on your screen in Lion.  Editing video will be so much nicer, being able to work on a better screen. So full screen applications are going to be nice!

Number 3 : Mission Control

I already now that I’m going to like mission control.  If you like exposé, and easy access to Dashboard, Desktop, and fullscreen apps.  You are going to love Mission Control too.  The photo bellow shows Mission Control.  It is a whole over view of everything open on you computer.  Windows, Applications. Full screen applications, etc. 

Number 4 : Mac App Store

This feature is not new, it has simply added a new detail to it. This is going to be the only place to purchase and download the Operating system Lion.

Number 5 : Launch Pad

Launch Pad is an over view of all of your applications. This feature will simply allow you to organize all of your applications on your operating system just like iOS. You have the ability to add them into folders as well.

Number 6 : Resume

Resume will be a good feature.  With Resume, your applications will reopen right where you last closed them.  When you have to do software updates and restart your Mac, everything will “Resume” right were you left off.

Number 7 : Auto Save

This feature will be extremely useful fore me. Auto Save simply automatically saves your data. So lets say that if you were working on typing a paper, for example. If you were to restart your computer with out saving it once, all of your data will be exactly like you left them.

Number 8 : Versions

This goes hand-in-hand with Auto Save. It will save individual versions of your document. So if you did something to the document you don’t like you can always revert back to any copy.  The interface looks very similar to Time Machine.

Number 9 : Air Drop

A Dropbox-type feature that allows you to get documents between computers. Incase you have multiple macintosh computers and you wish to work on something on different computers, now you can.

Number 10 :  Mail

This is also something that is not new, it has simply been revised and made better. With this version of Mail, you have a much better search interface and better results.

 

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Apple Has Banned DUI Checkpoint App

Apple has added an extension to the App Store Review Guidelines banning DUI checkpoint apps. Presumably, the changed guidelines are in response to letters from four Democratic U.S. senators sent to Apple earlier this year. The letters requested Apple remove apps that provide “a database of DUI [driving under the influence] checkpoints updated in real-time”. The Senators considered the checkpoint apps “a matter of public concern.”
Section 22.8 of the updated App Store Review Guidelines reads:

Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected.

Some law enforcement agencies publish where DUI checkpoints will be located ahead of time, and these notices have been exempted from the ban.
As we noted when the senators sent their letter, many of the apps in question also offer information on speed traps, red light and speed cameras, accidents, and other traffic conditions, several of which have also been considered controversial. However, the new guidelines currently only mention DUI checkpoints.