Posted by Rob Rich on February 21st, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Screens VNC‘s latest update has added a few new things amidst the various (and probably expected) improvements. The app now features support for Dvorak keyboards and the iCloud Keychain, the ability to manage Screens Connect records from inside the app, and a trackpad mode for those times when you just don’t feel like using the typical touch-based gestures.
If you’re already using the VNC client, you can go ahead and update it whenever you feel like it. If you don’t use it, you still have the option of downloading it off the App Store for $19.99.
Square has been around for a fair bit now; making digital transactions on-the-go and generally allowing small business owners a convenient way to charge customers using nothing but their iPhone and a tiny add-on. The new Merchant Case they’ve created in conjunction with Griffin Technology looks to improve upon that convenience.
Aside from simply securing your phone in a sturdy non-slip case, it will also make toting the reader and using cards even easier. There’s a spot in the corner of the case allows the Square Reader to slip right in without having to take the case off, and a groove along the bottom that allows credit cards to slide through easily and consistently. And once you’re done processing transactions for the day you can simply tuck the Square Reader into a compartment on the back of the case and forget about it until it’s time to use it once more.
The Merchant Case + Square Reader set won’t be shipping for another couple of weeks, but you can preorder it now for $19.99 on Griffin’s website.
Posted by Rob Rich on December 19th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
iA Writer is considered by many to be one of the (if not the) best iOS text editors on the market. Or at least it was, until iA Labs went and released the next best thing: Writer Pro.
Writer Pro is an all-new iOS writing suite. “Syntax Control” will scan your text (currently limited to English on iOS) and automatically highlight nouns, prepositions, verbs, and more for easy editing. It also offers an interesting and organic workflow system that lets users begin by typing out notes, move on to editing in order to flesh everything out, then share work instantly across all of their devices (iPhone, iPad, and Mac). Sound cool? Well you can grab Writer Pro off the App Store right now for $19.99.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 2nd, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sygic North America: GPS Navigation gets a new HUD in its latest update, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road by displaying the new heads-up display on their windshields. The HUD is available as an in-app purchase for $4.99 and features live traffic and turn-by-turn voice guidance.
“As we head into the heavy travel season, we hope our HUD will help drivers stay safe on the roads so they can spend more time with their family and friends and less time driving down heavily-trafficked and dangerous winter road conditions.” said Sygic CEO, Michal Štencl, in a press release.
•Offline maps that don’t require a cellular data connection
•3D cities and landscapes
•Multi-stop routes and Drag & Drop route editing
•Speed limit display and audio warning
•SOS/Help to find assistance nearby
•Interactive map – tap on any street, POI, or photo to choose action
•New speed cameras feature with a constantly-updated database of stationary and mobile speed traps
Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 25th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
iBank for iPad gets a brand-new redesign for iOS 7 in the latest 2.0 update. Those who purchased earlier versions of the app are able to download the update for free, while new users need to purchase the app for $19.99. The new update makes it easier to browse through custom account books, accessing details on accounts, budgets, transactions, and investments. Users will also find it easier to review trades, positions, history, performance, and more when it comes to investments.
“With this version of iBank for iPad we re-imagined the app for iOS 7 while making it more capable than ever for tracking accounts, budgets and investments on the go. There’s nothing that comes close for mobile money management, on any platform.” said IGG’s president, Ian Gillespie, in a press release.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 25th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Screens – Control Your Computer Remotely is the app that lets users connect to their PC from anywhere in the world. It’s been updated with a cleaner user interface that is influenced by the iOS7 design. This update creates more room for content and makes it easier to connect to computers that are nearby.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 24th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
AmpliTube, the app that provides you with your own guitar recording studio, gets a new update that adds iOS 7 compatibility and inter-app audio support. Inter-app audio lets audio apps communicate and stream audio from one app to another. The feature is similar to AudioBus, and it allows musicians to use stompbox and amplifier effects during real-time or recorded music sets. Inter-app audio is available on iOS 7 only.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 17th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
JamUp Pro XT – Amp Effects Processor is becoming more popular among guitar players as it offers a professional-quality collection of amp and effect models on an iOS platform. It has 46 amp channels, 40 effects, and features multiple packs; including Metal Pack, Metal Signature Pack, Classic Pack, Effect Pack, Bass Pack I, Bass Pack II, and Boutique Pack.
Check out the video below featuring three guitar players from the progressive metal scene, Keith Merrow, Ola Englund, and Jeff Loomis.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on July 18th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
AppCooker – Mockup and Prototype Apps like a Chef! adds iPhone 5 support, notes, and much more in the latest update. Users can now more easily keep track of things while working in AppCooker by taking notes with the app’s notepad. Also, there are new supporting notes that can be added to any screen, adding more context when sharing things with clients and co-workers. There’s much more, so be sure to check out all the latest changes!
XCOM: Enemy Unknown has been out on iOS for less than a week, but that didn’t stop it from making a bit of a splash on the App Store. So far it’s taken the number 3 spot for paid iPad apps and number 4 for top-grossing iPad apps, as well as being named Editor’s Choice by Apple on the App Store for the week. It’s a designation that we here at 148Apps wholeheartedly agree with.
During these past few days, the Council has been keeping tabs on all of XCOM’s operations. And in that time they’ve recorded the loss of 143,900 soldiers. Almost 150 thousand lives lost so far, and that’s not counting civilian casualties. However, they’ve also discovered that there have been 1,775,322 x-rays taken down in the process. That roughly averages out to one operative lost for every twelve aliens. While it’s unfortunate that so many have had to sacrifice themselves for the sake of humanity there’s some consolation in knowing that we’re still coming out ahead. There’s definitely a light at the end of the tunnel, but we could all stand to do a little better.
It’s true that only time will tell who will come out on top, but my money is on us. It kind of has to be. But we must all remember not to get too carried away, either. The battle for mankind’s survival is important but there can also be consequences to spending too much time worrying about Sectoids and Mutons, and not enough about work and stuff. It’s all being documented in a new video series – “XCOM: Enemy Unknown Consequences,” the first of which can be seen below.
Just remember, we can and will win this war, but only if all of our operatives play it safe.
2K and Firaxis Games have announced that XCOM: Enemy Unknown will launch on iOS this Thursday, June 20th, for the price of $19.99.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is set to bring the full console and PC game experience to iOS devices, optimizing it for touchscreen gameplay. It will support GameCenter and iCloud functionality for easy save game transfer between devices. However, it will not include head-to-head multiplayer at launch, although, it will be added at a later date, free of charge.
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on February 22nd, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Oddly-named Vizzywig, previously Video Camera, just updated to version 3.0 today in the App Store. One of the killer features here is using the app on an iPad 1, which doesn’t come with a camera, and connecting up to eight separate iPhones to it for multiple camera live editing.
What’s new in Vizzywig 3.0:
• Universal support for iPad
• Native iPhone 5 User Interface
• Load Multiple Clips and Photos In Chosen Order
• Significant Stability Improvements
• Privacy-Lock for Video Sessions
• New Music Backgrounds
• Multi-Camera Live Switching
Posted by Andrew Stevens on February 18th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
IK Multimedia released iLectric Piano, sequel to the iGrand Piano app, with a ton of obsessively sampled electric piano sounds from the history of the instrument. The app also comes with an editor that allows you to edit a number of options including tempo, reverb, overdrive, and 5 modulation effects.
iLectric Piano features:
- 20 world-class, multi-velocity electric piano, electric grand and clavinet instruments (including one by registering)
- Expandable library of 20 additional studio-grade instruments instantly available via in-app purchase
- Intuitive instrument and effect edit controls including 3-band EQ with sweepable mid, overdrive, reverb and choice of 5 modulation effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo and autopan) along with tuning and transpose
- Export performances as audio via E-mail, File Sharing and Audio Copy
- Large visual metronome with variable click volume and adjustable tempo
- Virtual MIDI and MIDI Controller and MIDI Program Change support
- Low-latency for real-time playing
- Up to 48-voice polyphony on the latest devices
- Designed to use with with iRig KEYS portable keyboard and iRig MIDI interface
Recently released to the App Store comes MarketShark, a stock market app that doesn’t just provide all the latest price movements but also fundamental analysis of a company’s performance.
It’s a powerful tool, offering information such as value,growth and income investors and dozens of different metrics, along with historical data.
A comprehensive portfolio tracking feature gives users the opportunity to monitor and visualize their portfolio in real-time, helping to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness.
Throughout, all this information is provided in a detailed yet easy to manage way. It’s possible to customize page templates such as liquidity and valuation, sort lists of companies according to any metric requested and a plethora of graphs make it simple to visualize how certain stock is performing. A compare function rounds off the powerful toolset.
MarketShark is an Universal app priced at $19.99.
Check out the video below to see the app in action.
SampleTank, a professional quality sound and groove workstation, recently announced a new update, which now makes it a universal app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. More importantly, it now features a built-in 4-track MIDI recorder, which is an essential tool for any music enthusiast or professional as it enables the mobile musician to record beats, grooves or complete songs anytime and everywhere. The new recorder features quantize and loop functions, export to audio and integration with the built-in pattern player making it a full-featured mobile sound and groove workstation.
Additionally, its drum pads interface was enhanced for easier use and now includes a total of 136 instruments as well as an another few hundred available as in-app purchases. The update also added more than 1,000 patterns as well as made the app compatible with any audio dock. The SampleTank music app is available for $19.99 on the App Store.
Navigation apps in the app store are a plenty. But one developer that continues to push the bar is NAVIGON, who’s first app was published two years ago and has received almost 10,000 four star reviews. Their newest app, an overhaul of their first app published two years ago that has seen eight major updates packed with new features, is available as of today as a free update to current NAVIGON users. For those new to the service, NAVIGON 2.0 for iPhone North America, USA, Canada, East, Central or West costs between $19.99 and $49.99 depending on the location.
NAVIGON 2.0 received a complete overhaul to its user interface with pull down menus and an easier to use POI menu. It is the first onboard iPhone navigation app that solves the issue of having to save large amounts of map data on the phone to be independent of a data connection because it allows the user to download maps by state, leaving more room for media files and other apps. Also included in NAVIGON 2.0 is an in app purchase option for quarterly map updates, which is key as every road around seems to be under construction.
There’s a new competitor for the navigation app throne and its name is Don’t Panic. Admittedly this is a new competitor for the UK crowd as it only currently works in the UK but it could be well worth a look for those from these fair shores.
Don’t Panic promises to be precise in its turn by turn instructions as well as speedy with some impressive promises of being up to 100 times faster than its competitors. An intuitive search feature is easily and instantly accessible from any point within the app and the ability to find destinations via partial addresses and points of interests is possible along with other typical navigational features.
A constant internet connection isn’t even needed as the maps are available offline presumably aiding the speed issue hugely with promises of no stuttering or image lag.
For the asking price, Don’t Panic offers unlimited free updates for the app with iPhone users exclusively getting unlimited free updates on the maps that come with the app itself.
Don’t Panic is available now for UK users and priced at £19.99.
Remember how just over a month ago I wrote about AmpliTube, the guitar amplification application for your iPhone and iPad? Well, Peavey Electronics have now joined the scene with their AmpKit software to create a bit more competition and rivalry in the music amplification section of the App Store.
AmpKit turns your iPhone into a highly customizable guitar amp, boasting a myriad of effects and the ability to record your latest music creations. Such effects include the pedals Noise Gate and Elevenizer, and the mics Workhorse 57 dynamic and Germann 87 condenser. As is to be expected, AmpKit contains a number of in-app purchases, including: 12 more amps, 16 effects padls, 13 cabinets and 8 unique mics. Most of these extra purchases are in the range of $2.99-$5.99.
“We’re delighted to be working with Peavey to provide AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK to musicians around the world. Peavey’s world-class hardware design and manufacturing capabilities complement Agile Partners’ unmatched expertise in creating guitar-focused apps for the iOS platform,” said Jack Ivers, a principal at Agile Partners. “Peavey’s music industry experience and global dealer network will provide musicians around the world with easy access to the AmpKit LiNK guitar adapter.”
The aforementioned AmpKit LiNK adapter, required to hook up your guitar, costs $39.99 and is available worldwide. Interestingly, this is exactly the same price as Amplitube’s IK Multimedia iRig, AmpKit LiNK’s main rival.
The iPhone application comes in two flavours: free and plus. The plus version costs $20, and with that you’ll get access to: a Peavey 3120 amp and a matching 4×12 cabinet, a Colonel Vintage amp, a Vintage Brit amp and a number of additional pedals including distortion, fuzz, compressor, chorus, phaser, flanger, reverb and 10-band EQ.
The application is not natively iPad supported, meaning you’re stuck to the iPhone if you choose the Peavey solution. Agile Partners, developers of the application, are also the authors of the much-renowned GuitarToolkit and TapToolkit applications.
Every day the iPad can be something different – a fun way to play games one day and an easier way to read books the next. Now, it’s music’s turn with AmpliTube for iPad. Amplitude is a virtual amp and effects processor for your guitar or bass, allowing you to plug in your instrument via the iPad’s 3.5mm jack connection with some specially designed kit made by IK Multimedia. The application is available now for $19.99. There is a free version available, with a limited number of effects, but you can buy and download effects on-the-go.
AmpliTube provides the same twenty-three effects as the iPhone edition, which was released last month also at $19.99. Such effects include five amp models, eleven stompbox effects, five cabinets and two mics. For a full break down, see the bottom of this post. The iPad’s extra power means that it can handle four simultaneous stompbox effects, rather than three on the iPhone. In addition, a built-in tuner and metronome are provided, as well as the ability to import songs and backing tracks.
The specially designed kit that I mentioned earlier, namely IK Multimedia’s iRig, costs $39.99 (€29.99) but doesn’t include the premium version of AmpliTube. You plug your guitar into iRig, which then connects to your iPad. It offers a 3.5mm line-out for headphones and speakers. You can buy it here.
Real Racing 3, known as that racing game from EA with breathtaking graphics, has received an update featuring a massive number of new car customization features. After you’ve used these new features to tweak your ride’s height, its rims, and you’ve given your car one of a multitude of new vinyls, the update also lets […]