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Pixies Official App Released

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on July 26th, 2011

The Pixies, the seminal indie-rock and grunge alternative-rock band from Seattle, formed in 1986, disbanded in 1993, and reunited in 2004. In 2011, they released Pixies Official, an app chock full of streaming Pixies music, available for free on the App Store.

Developed by Topspin Media, Inc., the Pixies Official app features free streaming of their Purple Tape, free download of the 2004 Coachella show, artwork from Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier, who are the creators of the original artwork for all five of the Pixies' studio albums, and on-demand streaming of a ton of archive performances. These include a show from Manchester in 1988, the first 2004 reunion show at the Fine Line Cafe, and the acoustic 2006 Newport Folk Festival show.

The app also contains fan profiles, fan badges and leaderboards, integration with Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, and (duh) an in-app store where users can buy the complete catalog of studio albums and a ton of Pixies merchandise.

[Source: Music :) Ally]

Hey Look! .. Even the U.S Army Is Making iPhone Apps.

Posted by Arron Hirst on January 21st, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Released just a few weeks ago, US Army News and Information is the first official iPhone app from the U.S. Department of Defense. The app serves as a digital news and information source for those that like to keep up to date on the army's movements in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, with the app also focusing its attention inside the army covering aspects such as Human Interests, Community relations, Health and Science and Technology. Taking information from their official site, the app also offers a tile-based strategy game to keep those brain cells ticking, the ability to view the latest news videos, provides detailed weapon and vehicle fact files and offers the ability to directly download and listen to US military podcasts.

As well as offering all of this functionality though, the app also serves as an e-reader for the "Soldier Magazine," a medium to view a selection of high-res photos of the Army's recent missions and of course the ability to find your nearest US Army recruiter. Found something you want to share with another? The app also has the usual sharing options, including the ability to post a new story or video to Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the US Army's movements on both Twitter and Facebook, right within the app.

In general, the apps UI is nothing new, with the app offering five tabs along the bottom and providing various list veiws to navigate the app effectively. However, one part did catch my eye. When viewing an article in-app you'll see that they've implemented this 'slider' type view. Basically, this means you can view the image relating to the story, and then slide this panel up to reveal the entire story in a scrollable view. It's kind of nice .. I've never seen that before.

Anyways, with the app being FREE, it's definitely worth checking out, especially if you have a keen interest in, or serve for the US Army. Now you can keep up-to-date with the goings on around you, right from your iPhone or iPod touch.