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Zombie Virus Survival – Free New Game for iPhone and iPad

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Rating: 5
Price: free  App Store


HipSoft LLC today is proud to announce the release of Zombie Virus Survival 1.0, its new fast-paced action game title developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The zombie plague is upon you. You’re running for your life, but adrenaline isn’t the only thing pumping through your veins: the zombie virus has been detected!

You must eliminate the virus before you become infected. Keep your blood healthy – it’s your only hope for survival. Players must crush the oncoming green zombie virus cells before they reach the bottom of the screen and cause zombie infection. Players have unlimited rounds to try and top their highest score.

Zombie Virus Survival is rated 9+ for the following: Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes. HipSoft’s recent releases for iOS include Trivia Machine for iPhone, and Trivia Machine HD for iPad. HipSoft plans to release many more titles for the mobile market in 2014, including its best-selling word game, Flip Words for iPhone and Flip Words HD for iPad.

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Print, share, and convert files to PDF w/ Printer for iPhone and iPad

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Rating: 4
Price: $0.99  App Store


iApp technologies, a leading mobile application and web development studio, is excited today to announce the release of Printer for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, this versatile document conversion and wireless printing solution gives users the power to turn nearly any file type into PDF, share, and print them instantly right from their mobile device. The app also features Zip, UnZip, and Unrar functionality, as well as direct email, SMS, and cloud storage integration, all wrapped together via an intuitive user interface.

Created with practicality in mind, Printer for iPhone and iPad is at once an all-in-one file converter, sharing hub, and printing portal. Users can convert anything from MS Office and iWorks files, to web pages, emails, contact lists, photos, text messages and more into PDF format with the click of a button. Afterwards PDFs can be shared seamlessly via email, Dropbox, iTunes, or directly through WiFi connection among dozens of other options.

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iBank for iPad 2.1 update now half price through April 10 only

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Rating: 3.5
Price: $19.99  App Store


GG Software, Inc. today announced the release of iBank for iPad 2.1, a significant update to its powerful personal finance app for iOS 7. Free for users of earlier versions, the update delivers an all-new search function, auto-complete for data entry, and improvements to account handling, category management and investments, as well as over 20 fixes. Available from the App Store immediately, iBank for iPad 2.1 will be half-price – $10 off – through April 10 only.

“This is iBank for iPad’s most significant release since version 1.0,” says IGG’s president, Ian Gillespie. “With fast search and faster data entry, it’s better than ever for seeing your complete financial picture: to know where your accounts stands, to plan ahead for expenses, to budget for more savings and to invest for a more comfortable future.”

iBank for iPad 2.1 now allows users to:
* Search all transactions globally or by account
* Adds type-ahead functionality to auto-fill transactions with payees, as well as categories and amounts
* Introduces new sections to manage Categories, Securities and Payees

iBank for iPad also distinguishes itself from other finance apps in several significant ways:

* iBank’s clean interface presents accounts in one or more custom books, organized as needed.

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12 million people are already using Office for iPad

Microsoft’s version of Office for iPad has apparently been a rousing success. So much so, that the company’s taken to Twitter to boast that the productivity suite has topped 12 million downloads. In a week. As the Seattle Times points out, though, Redmond hasn’t said how many Office 365 subscriptions (which are required to create and edit documents) have been sold alongside the free, document-view-only downloads. We reached out to Microsoft for clarification, and, well, weren’t given much. A spokesperson told us that the company is extremely pleased with the interest that Office has gotten so far, but that it has no additional details to share. So, there’s that.

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Mix Faces For Funny Results With Face Replace! for iPhone and iPad

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Rating: 5
Price: free  App Store


Code Hero today is proud to announce the release of Face Replace! 1.0.1, an innovative new recreational photo editing utility developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Face Replace! has everything users need to match and swap various portrait photos together for whatever reason they can come up with. The app itself is incredibly easy and intuitive to use. Users simply drag pictures they want to blend from the list and Face Replace! automatically matches and mixes the dropped faces. To mash further two selected photos users simply swipe the screen with their finger to blend the facial parts they’d like to transform.

Face Replace! comes with a free Beauty photo pack and three inspirational photo packs Animal, Ripped and Robot available for purchase. Choosing user’s own custom photos for face replace is as easy as importing the photos from their mobile device’s saved photo library. To expand face replacement possibilities the app is also integrated with user’s Facebook and his friends albums.

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Engadget giveaway: win an iPad mini Retina courtesy of ClickMeeting!

The modern workforce is a global one, but you still need to get in some face time with co-workers and associates far and wide. ClickMeeting want’s to help one lucky Engadget reader keep that personal connection and spread their message by offering an iPad mini and six months of its ClickWebinar service. This will help you make presentations to your team or dole out advice to interested clientele, and with mobile apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry, the software lets you do it from any location. So whether it’s slurping down civet lattes at the corner cafe or direct from your kitchen table, you can get your message to the masses — and they don’t have to know you’re still wearing pajama bottoms. Simply head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this iPad mini and ClickWebinar combo.

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Announcing Art Scrambles – The New Art Puzzles Game for iPad

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Rating: 5
Price: free  App Store


Digitalglen today is proud to announce the release of Art Scrambles for iPad. Art Scrambles is a free puzzle game in which the player reassembles jumbled-up art masterpieces by dragging pieces to their correct spot in the painting. The carefully crafted experience includes lovely animation and orchestral sound commissioned from a classically-trained composer.

Players can use Hints to help with hard-to-place pieces. Each puzzle starts with a few hints and players earn more as they complete the puzzle. Players can also use Peek for sneak-peeks beneath the pieces to see the puzzle image unobstructed.

Each puzzle can be played with different piece shapes and sizes for long replay value, and progress is stored for each puzzle separately, so players can pause one puzzle and start another. The included collection includes 11 paintings from early Renaissance to the 20th Century by master painters da Vinci, Van Gogh, Holbein, Hiroshige, Degas, Klimt, Hals, Repin, Bosch, Brueghel, Corot, and Whistler.

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iPad Air wins Best Tablet at Mobile World Congress, and it wasn’t even there

Interesting fact: the iPad Air won the GMA’s Best Tablet award at MWC 2014 despite not being in attendance. Silly, right? It’s not that the iPad Air isn’t deserving of praise. It’s actually a pretty fine device in its own right.

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But the announcement that it won best tablet screams “automatic win,” “default victory,” and “handed to Apple on a silver platter.” With Apple’s reputation for being awarded brownie points based on sheer reputation, we wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking those things.

Some of you might be of the opinion that there are many more devices deserving that recognition and we wouldn’t be quick to disagree. Here are 5 tablets we feel are more deserving of GMA’s Best Mobile Tablet award handed out at Mobile World Congress given their performance and, you know,  the fact that most of them were actually at MWC.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro

This might be the safest bet there is, but the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro definitely deserves to be talked about among the greats of yesteryear. The device comes in three different sizes — 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2 inches — yet all of them come with an astounding screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 (compare that to the iPad Air’s 2048 x 1536).

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Samsung’s decision to go with the 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 or, depending on the model, Exynos 6 chipset definitely stands out, and you aren’t going to find many other devices packing 3GB of RAM right now. Add to that the fact that it has a slimmer profile than that of the iPad Air’s and includes the Wacom-enabled S Pen technology the Note series has become famous for, and it’s stunning that Samsung didn’t get any recognition here.

We’re hoping the oversight is because GMA decided to go with what launched in the 2013 calendar year more than anything, because then at least this decision would make a lot more sense. Need more convincing? Maybe Samsung’s barrage of jabs at Apple in their latest advertising campaign would do the trick.

Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 always seems to get a few brownie points due to its status as a Nexus device and its ridiculously low price tag, but we can’t feel guilty for considering those things. You’d be hard-pressed to find another tablet worth getting for the money, and we’d venture to guess it’d attract a lot of attention even with a couple hundred more dollars tacked onto the cost of admission.

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Always on our minds when it comes to talking about the Nexus 7 is its 7-inch 1920 x 1200 display, though the rest of the tape reads just as nice. Under the hood is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5 megapixel camera and more. You put this one on the ballet next to the iPad Air and you’d have our vote.

LG G Pad 8.3

LG’s G Pad 8.3 wasn’t the most powerful device among its Android-donning peers, though it can still go toe-to-toe with any tablet in terms of sheer performance. The combo of a Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM ensure that, no doubt.

But LG’s main focus with the G Pad 8.3 was to provide a tablet that felt “just right” in your hands. The 8.3-inch form factor was received rather well from those who’ve used it, and LG certainly did do a fine job of striking a nice balance between ergonomics, looks and screen real estate.

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It’s a tablet that feels “just right” in your hands, which is important for anyone looking to tote these around day-to-day.And you just won’t find multi-tasking features like Slide Aside, QSlide, and QRemote on an iPad Air.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

This was a tablet announced just this week at Mobile World Congress, so we doubt its name was near any mega-tablet-voting-booth setup the GMA may or may not have used. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is admittedly the first one that really got our attention from the electronics giant from Japan, and we’d definitely hold out for its arrival up against dropping $500 for an iPad Air today.

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Reading off this thing’s specs would be like defining the American Dream for us tech geeks:

  • 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Triluminos display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core CPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage with microSD slot
  • 8.1 megapixel rear camera
  • 2.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • 6,000mAh battery
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL 3.0, and WiFi
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Of course, specs alone don’t make or break a device. It’s the culmination of all of Sony’s various unique services and features, such as Music and Video Unlimited and all of the great camera features they take pride in, that make up what’s so special about the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

You can tell Sony has learned a lot from their early stumbles in the smartphone space, and this tablet is the first one we’d seriously put toe-to-toe with anything Apple has to offer. Peep our hands-on video from Mobile World Congress to see exactly what we’re talking about.

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

ASUS might not be the only OEM making major noise in the tablet world anymore, but they’re still putting devices out that are worthy of recognition. The Transformer Book Duet is one-such device. I mean, what more could you ask for from a device that allows you to switch between Windows and Android nearly instantly at the touch of a button? Mind you, it can do that in either tablet or laptop mode, whereas other hybrids typically force you to use Windows in laptop mode and Android in tablet mode.

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This concoction is made up of a 13.3-inch 1080p display, a 128GB solid-state hard drive, a core i7 processor and 4GB of RAM. It might cost a lot more than a base iPad Air model would, but the iPad Air doesn’t have a fully functional desktop operating system available to you at the quick click of a button, does it?

What’s your pick?

All of these are fantastic devices, and there are many more out there that we haven’t even covered. Would you take any of the devices above over the iPad Air? Would it be something else? Would it be anything at all? We want to pick your brains, so be sure to drop a vote and see if we can’t give some of these other great devices recognition for being outright beasts.

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Archipad 1.2 released for iPad – Sketch and Doodle to Scale

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Rating: 2
Price: free  App Store


Urban Design Limited today announces the release and the immediate availability of Archipad 1.2 for iPad. Archipad is a scale aware sketching program that is an ideal tool for Architects, interior and product designers.

Use Archipad as you would use a tracing pad. Sketch, overlay it, and sketch further to develop your ideas. Archipad mimics how architects and designers have been designing using traditional tools but now the same creativity can be achieved on your iPad. Being on an iPad, it can now go much further. As well as everything being to scale, you can zoom in and out to develop specific areas, rotate layers or the whole drawing to tryout different options or share your design with others or export them to a CAD application to prepare working drawing.

Archipad is more akin to a painting app than a drawing program. this means that shapes and freehand lines, can be added, partially erased and more shapes and lines added, building up the drawing, similar to a traditional sketching methods.

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New Samsung ads skewer iPhone and iPad

After its creeptastic holiday ad for the Galaxy Gear, Samsung is back on form with its latest TV spots for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Poking fun at arch-rival Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Samsung actually does a decent job of showcasing both devices’ strengths over the iOS-based competition — “two things on screen at once, versus up to one thing on screen at once.”

Check out the Tab Pro spot above — a riff on this iPad “pencil” ad, by the way — and head past the break for the Note 3 ad, featuring LeBron James.

    



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New iPad Games App Space Dudes Attack HD Free Lands in Apple App Store

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Rating: 4.5
Price: free  App Store


What many have already declared to be an absolutely out of this world new iPad games app, Space Dudes Attack HD Free, hits the digital shelves of the Apple App Store. With a combo neo Angry Birds / retro Donkey Kong look & feel, this first person screen scroller set in a high tech world is already gaining popularity.

This latest new iPad games app from the emerging app creating digerati group, Miemode, has already begun receiving great reviews, even prior to the games official release today. Pre-release app testers have given their overwhelming approval rating for the look, feel and overall game play of Space Dudes Attack HD Free.

When Ginger Kong of Miemode sought feedback on the company’s new iPad games app, she had no idea it would bring such a tidal wave of approval the first time around on this, the company’s first new iPad games app creation journey. Feedback in the iTunes Game Center (where this new iPad games app can be found) such as, “Nice retro game to kill time with”, “game has great graphics and a cool theme.

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Simply Contacts 1.2 – With iPad Support, Contacts Backup and New Styles

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Price: $1.99  App Store


Think Code Release Ltd today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of a major update to their app Simply Contacts 1.2, now with iPad support, contacts backup, eye-catching new styles and more. Simply Contacts is a whole new experience for everyone who needs to get the most out of their contacts. Its simple and clean user interface makes it the fastest, user-friendly contacts manager.

Quickly search, sort and backup your contacts, as well as phone, chat, FaceTime, email, message, share, and so much more.

Key App Features:
* Powerful and smart contacts manager
* Quick access to all supported actions
* Easily recognize contacts by their photos
* Advanced search and sorting capabilities
* View, edit and add new contacts
* Favorite contacts for easy access
* Quickly backup all contacts
* Shake to switch styles
* Short name and nicknames support
* Sharing using vCard or AirDrop
* Simple and clean user interface
* Optimized for iOS 7

Simply Contacts 1.2 is priced at $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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Stopwatch for tablets – Logwatch iPad releases

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Price: $0.99  App Store


Time spent exercising. Walking. Meeting. Commutes. Perfect for training, sports, athletes, professionals and being mindful of time in general. Measure anything! We believe measurement is the first step to control and our time deserves it more than ever.

Blackwater Park Studios is proudly releasing the iPad version of its cloud stopwatch app, Logwatch. With a huge new UI on the iPad, Logwatch is now a universal binary. Existing Logwatch users can start using the iPad version by downloading it for free.

Simple But Powerful:
Change activity names. Sort laps. Remove, add individual laps. Import your data from other apps like Drafts, Tumblr, Chrome browser. We support URL schemes.

Copy individual laps or your entire run to clipboard. Save them to Dropbox/Evernote with a single tap. Logwatch makes it easy to record your progress. Or choose to log in CSV format. CSV files work great with spreadsheets applications like Excel, Numbers. Logwatch supports Markdown too.

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Math Stars 3.1 released for iPad – Popular Educational Game

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Rating: 5
Price: $0.99  App Store


Have fun learning or improving your math skills. Play this game and become a Math Star! This highly addictive game is fun and helps players of all ages improve their math skills. The Math Stars for iPad app has been updated and is available in the iTunes App Store. This app is one of the most popular and most downloaded apps developed by the Laura J. White Mobile Development team.

Players may choose one or more types of problems for each game:
* Addition
* Subtraction
* Multiplication
* Division

Players may choose one of three difficulty modes which permit varying amounts of time to compete each level:
* Beginner
* Intermediate
* Advanced

Players get points and additional time by solving problems displayed on the top of the screen and tapping on the star that contains the correct answer. Players get bonuses for correctly answering problems at higher levels, and for correctly answering three problems in succession.

The game contains 10 levels of increasingly difficult problems – the first level contains problems that only use numbers 1 through 4, the last level contains problems that use numbers 1 through 100.

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Skype update for iOS brings two-way HD video chat to newer Apple devices

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Did you get a new iPad or iPhone this holiday? If so, Skype has a treat in store for you — it just updated its iPad and iPhone apps to support two-way HD video chat on all A7-equipped devices. Not that Skype is leaving older hardware without an upgrade, mind you. The same update lets the software receive chat messages in the background, and those messages will sync faster across every gadget you own. Whether or not you live on the cutting edge, you’ll definitely want to visit the App Store for the update.

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Math Stars 3.1 released for iPad – Popular Educational Game

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Rating: 5
Price: $0.99  App Store


Have fun learning or improving your math skills. Play this game and become a Math Star! This highly addictive game is fun and helps players of all ages improve their math skills. The Math Stars for iPad app has recently been updated and is now available in the iTunes App Store. This app is one of the most popular and most downloaded apps developed by the Laura J. White Mobile Development team.

Players may choose one or more types of problems for each game:
* Addition
* Subtraction
* Multiplication
* Division

Players may choose one of three difficulty modes which permit varying amounts of time to compete each level:
* Beginner
* Intermediate
* Advanced

Players get points and additional time by solving problems displayed on the top of the screen and tapping on the star that contains the correct answer. Players get bonuses for correctly answering problems at higher levels, and for correctly answering three problems in succession.

The game contains 10 levels of increasingly difficult problems – the first level contains problems that only use numbers 1 through 4, the last level contains problems that use numbers 1 through 100.

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Introducing Lets be Social! – Social Skills for Autism on your iPad

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Price: $14.99  App Store


Everyday Speech today is proud to introduce Let’s be Social! 1.0 for iPad – a new app focused on helping model and teach social skills to children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays. Developed for Speech Language Pathologists, Teachers, and Parents alike, Let’s be Social! comes standard with 25 premium lessons and also gives users the power to create their own lessons, write their own questions, and use their own pictures to meet each child’s specific learning needs.

The 25 premium lessons included in Let’s be Social! were created by ASHA-certified SLPs and are based on real world experiences working with children who have a variety of needs. Lessons cover a wide range of daily interactions, from Navigating the Community to School Behavior and Social Relationships. Each lesson comes with custom illustrations designed to clearly show emotions felt and actions taken during each step of the interaction. Lessons also include a question and answer portion designed to measure retention and drive key concepts home.

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Opera’s iPad browser loses navigation buttons, gains lockscreen music controls

Since its launch in September, Opera’s iPad-centric browser Coast has struggled to remain as visible as some of its more popular mobile apps. In an attempt to breathe some life into the app, the company today dropped a new update that introduces a number of new customization, navigation and media features that set it apart from Apple and Google’s browser offerings. In version 2.0, Opera has ditched the familiar forward and back buttons in favor of the gestures it supported at launch, so expect your swiping finger to get more of a workout. The app now lets you set wallpapers using images from your Photo Roll and gives you the option to select which apps to open PDF files in, whether it be iBooks, Dropbox or another PDF-compatible app. Coast now also features its own media player, which is capable of handling music playback from the iPad lockscreen. The new update is said to make browsing speedier and more secure than before — very helpful if you need to make a quick escape from some of the nastier corners of the internet.

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SwingSong – Musical Pendulums App Released for iPad

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Price: free  App Store


TamerZone LLC today is proud to announce the release of SwingSong, a new iPad app that lets users explore the physics of related frequencies with animated musical pendulums. Colorful simulated pendulums play sounds at the ends of each swing. Users “compose” music by arranging pendulums, choosing sounds, and letting their creations swing.

The inspiration for SwingSong is a popular science exhibit known as the “Pendulum Snake” or “Pendulum Waves”. In these exhibits, a dozen or so freely swinging pendulums have carefully chosen lengths so that each pendulum completes a different number of swings in one minute. A single pendulum is admittedly pretty boring, but multiple pendulums with related frequencies can generate surprisingly complex – even beautiful – patterns. SwingSong adds a musical dimension, so users can experience these patterns both visually and aurally.

SwingSong does not require a background in science or music to enjoy. The user adds and positions pendulums by simply tapping and dragging.

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Remotix VNC & RDP 4.0 for iOS – A Free Major Update

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Price: $19.99  App Store


Nulana today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Remotix VNC & RDP 4.0, a major update of their fast and secure remote access tool with completely new layout on both iPad and iPhone adapted for iOS 7. The application provides remote access to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and doesn’t require any additional software installed on remote machines.

Version 4.0 has an improved UI & layout for both iPhone and iPad. Server categories allow users a convenient way to save and organize all of their connections. Master password protects the app from unattended access. iPad users can switch between the Grid and List modes based on which is more convenient at the moment.

Here’s the full list of new features:
* Completely new UI on both iPad and iPhone, adapted for iOS 7
* Grid & list modes on iPad
* Master password to protect from unattended access
* Server categories
* Complete hardware and bluetooth keyboard support, including F1..F10 keys, modifiers and Caps Lock on iOS7
* Middle mouse click support
* Server search on iPhone
* New viewer background

Here is the list of bug fixes:
* International keyboard fixes
* RDP crash fixed
* OS X Mavericks Screen Sharing encrypted connection fixes
* OS X Mavericks dock pull issue fixed

Remotix VNC & RDP 4.0 is $19.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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DeskConnect Adds iPad and Mavericks Support

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Rating: 5
Price: free  App Store


DeskConnect, the missing link between your devices, now supports your workflow better than ever. Today, DeskConnect LLC is rolling out major updates to DeskConnect for Mac and DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. DeskConnect dissolves the barriers between devices by enabling users to instantly transfer text, images, audio, video, web pages, documents, driving directions and more.

Included in the update to DeskConnect for Mac is improved support for OS X Mavericks and OS X Snow Leopard, compatibility with Apple iWork ’13, improved support for users dialing international phone numbers, and dozens of bug fixes. DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now contains full iPad support. The full-screen, native iPad experience provides complete integration with the iPad, including improved multimedia playback. Additionally, DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now includes stronger support for iOS 7, and the ability to choose a specific destination device when sending content.

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Travel through time with Islanders on iPad

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Price: free  App Store


Realore Studios announces today the release of Island Tribe 4 for iPad. Since the release date of the PC version this game got rave reviews among TMG lovers worldwide. Among the features brought out by the gaming community are good humor, lively and entertaining animations, various locales and high adaptability to different gaming skills. This installment is built on the proven formula of its predecessors and engages users from the first minutes of the game.

Island Tribe 4 is based on new adventures of the islanders. They decide to help a bewitched shaman take his curse off. The players will travel through time with the brave islanders, help the residents of Ancient Egypt, Scandinavia and China, and find the altar that can help the shaman get rid of the curse and become who he really is.

All the features that made Island Tribe 4 one of the most favorite games in the genre are perfectly incorporated in the iPad version. From now on, players can enjoy four colorful episodes and 44 captivating levels of the game on their iPad everywhere.

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Engadget Giveaway: win an iPad Air courtesy of hopTo!

Engadget Giveaway: win an iPad Air courtesy of hopTo!

HopTo has been hard at work solving what it feels are the three basic productivity problems while working on an iPad: file storage, interoperability and multitasking. Of course, not everyone has a tablet to begin with, so hopTo has risen to the occasion in order to solve a fourth by hooking up one lucky Engadget reader with a brand new iPad Air. The free app just landed in the App store this month and it’s worth a look, offering convenient access to cloud storage providers, Microsoft Office file editing and even remote access to your computer, all straight from your slate. Having an iPad Air with all that on board could definitely help take some weight off your shoulders in more ways than one. So it seems the only problem left to solve is whether to enter one time or maybe four (down at the Rafflecopter widget below). Do ya feel lucky? Well do ya?

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Stunning new photo effects app LoryStripes 1.1 now available for iPad

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Price: $1.99  App Store


Fresh off the massive success of their most recent photo app Tangent, the photo app development team at Pixite LLC, in partnership with renowned Italian architect and designer Laurent Rosset, is excited to announce the release of LoryStripes Version 1.1. LoryStripes is a one-of-a-kind photo enhancement effects app that allows users to completely reinvent their photos through a dynamic technique using graphically mesmerizing three-dimensional stripes.

With a highly successful launch that includes being featured in the App Store’s Best New Apps section in over 39 countries, LoryStripes has quickly become one of this year’s “must have” apps. This latest 1.1 update also features support for both the iPhone and the iPad, a welcome addition for iPad aficionados.

In the realm of photo enhancement apps, LoryStripes approach is as breathtaking as it is unique. LoryStripes lets users alter, enhance and embellish their images by selecting from an assortment of intriguing 3D graphic ribbons and stripes.

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Massive update to the free Guide for iPad Lite app – available today

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iOS Guides has massively updated its free iPad Guide Lite app with new content and a brand new interface. Available today, version 1.6 introduces brand new tutorials for iOS 7, a news feed and a brand new interface built from the ground-up for iOS 7. Combined, these improvements and additions make Guide for iPad Lite the perfect way to learn new techniques and top tips about the world’s best tablet.

By focusing on the user experience and stripping out unnecessary features, users will find it easier to focus on what’s important: discovering new ways to use their iPad. This free version of the app reveals a handful of secrets, tips and tricks for using iOS and iPad. Users will discover how to use Airdrop to share, files, talk to Siri, listen to iTunes Radio, tweak photos, split the keyboard in two, use Assistive Touch and more. At the end of the app, users can test their new knowledge with an interactive quiz. It’s also possible to upgrade to the full version with just one tap of a finger.

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Curator – visual notes for iPad, re-imagining the notebook for tablets

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Curator & Co today released Curator for iPad described as a ‘moodboard for ideas’ and ‘Pinterest for productivity’. Curator is a tablet-first tool that enables a visual workflow for creatives. Add and organise images, text and live websites with Curator’s completely visual interface tailor made for the iPad. Get your images from cloud sources like Dropbox, Google Drive, Flickr and Instagram instantly, addressing increasing content fragmentation for users.

“When the iPad became my primary device I quickly grew frustrated with fragmentation of content across different apps and cloud services, despite it being the perfect digital notebook device. I wanted to see and organise the fragments of emerging ideas, regardless of them being images, websites or text and where these were saved. This simple but obvious need proved hard to satisfy. There wasn’t an ‘app for that’, so I decided to build it myself” – says Daniel Nordh, Architect and Founder of Curator.

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Event managers tired of ms excel finally got the new pitching iPad tool

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Productify Technologies today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Event Sales Quote Producer for iPad 1.2.2. ESQP is the ultimate tool for all event marketing professionals eager to win the next pitch by being considerably faster thanks to manage their bids and quotes on the go. Bidding and pitching event marketing projects became finally easier with this app created by the team of event marketing professionals to help event planners and event managers to be more successful in their everyday agenda.

Every event is worth remembering if it is organized the right way. However, this requires managing its budgets without overspending on anything that is not essential. Event Sales Quote Producer for iPad, an events budgeting app provider understands this well. In order to facilitate its customers to manage their events successfully, it launched a unique event quoting app for them known as Event Sales Quote Producer for iPad.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 vs Apple iPad Air vs Nokia Lumia 2520 – Specs Comparison

Okay, Apple, so you got me to confess to liking your iPad mini 2 more than Google’s new Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 7. Big deal, since at the end of the day, the spanking new 7.9-incher is still pretty expensive. Maybe not unwarrantedly so, but darn pricey nevertheless.

iPad Air Note 10.1 2014

Besides, you won a battle, yet the war is wide open. In other words, if you can’t double down on your victory with another in the 10-inch niche, it means nothing. And to make sure your iPad Air will be brought to its knees, I have backup in the ultimate 10-inch spec smackdown.

Windows RT-based backup, in the form of Nokia’s first ever tablet effort, the Lumia 2520. Plus the biggest, baddest, proudest slate Android is able to deliver… today, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Now this is one tough clash and it’s only bound to get tougher, as Google’s second-generation Nexus 10 is looming on the horizon.

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For now, let’s keep our eyes on the ball and do what we do best: pit maybe the best contenders to a particular mobile throne (in this case, the 10-inch tablet throne), and see which one comes out on top strictly as far as cold numbers, specs and features are concerned. Game on:

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 vs. iPad Air vs. Lumia 2520 – design comparison

Craftsmanship at its finest. It’s the best description of all three of these jewels, albeit Nokia’s Lumia 2520 does come short of greatness in the weight department, tipping the scales at 615 grams. And it measures 8.9 mm in thickness, so it’s definitely out of contention.

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And then there were two. Almost equally as slim (7.9 mm profile the GNote 10.1 and 7.5 mm the Air), but not so close in terms of weight as it may look from the outside. Samsung’s 10-incher, while not bulky, weighs 540 grams, a whopping 70 grams more than the iPad Air.

So yeah, I have to reluctantly give this one battle to Apple, especially since the iPad Air is the smoothest and more robust fellow of the two, rocking that iconic Cupertino all-metal chassis.

Display face-off

Mind-blowing, mind-blowing and… okay-ish. That’s Note 10.1, iPad Air and Lumia 2520’s screens in one word for you, with Nokia’s big guy losing right off the bat for the second time in a row, courtesy of a decent but not impressive 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution.

Note 10.1 2014

And again, there were two. The iPad Air, with a Retina 2,048 x 1,536 pix res panel (264 ppi pixel density), and the Note 10.1, rocking a 2,560 x 1,600 display (299 ppi). Oh, noes, is Apple throwing in the towel? It certainly looks that way, so point Samsung.

Processing speed, RAM and camera smackdown

This is where things get truly interesting, with both the Note 10.1 and Lumia 2520 packing Snapdragon 800 heat and Apple responding with a much hailed 64-bit A7 CPU. I’m afraid Nokia can’t finish round three on its feet either, abandoning due to low memory: 2 GB RAM, compared with 3 for Samsung.

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As far as the S800 vs. A7 duel goes, I’m fully aware of what reviewers say, but if you’ll allow me, I think I’m going to call this a draw. Possibly because I’m biased, but most likely because I can’t se the iPad Air being zippier and more responsive in real life than the 10-inch Note with a measly 1 gig of RAM. I simply cannot.

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Cameras? I don’t care that much and neither should you (taking photos with 10-inchers is stupid), but for the record, Nokia probably has the edge there, courtesy of a top-notch 6.7 MP rear snapper with Carl Zeiss optics.

 Software and battery life

Contrasting iPad Air’s pre-loaded iOS 7 with Note 10.1’s Android 4.3 with Lumia 2520’s Windows RT 8.1 is like comparing fresh apples with fresh oranges with rotten tomatoes. The rotten tomatoes being Win RT, which is clearly on the rise, but still kind of lame.

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So it’s bye-bye Nokia again (I lost count), with the Android vs. iOS debate taking far too long to be worth tackling right now. For the sake of keeping a clear record, let’s call it a draw.

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And let’s call another draw in the battery division, but a three-way draw, as all of these beauties’ manufacturers claim their slates can go for up to ten hours on a single charge. Bollocks, yet we’ll need to run our own tests to prove them wrong.

Pricing, connectivity and accessories

No fingerprint recognition anywhere (no one needs it anyway), basically nothing else to make the iPad Air stand out, but plenty to skyrocket the Note 10.1 and Lumia 2520’s overall value. Like S Pen support and microSD on the former, HDMI, NFC, microSD and sleek optional keyboard dock for the latter.

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It thus all comes down to the wire, with pricing being the last key piece of the puzzle and probably the most important of all. $500 for the 2520 (with 32 GB storage), $500 the iPad Air (16 GB variation) and $550 the 2014 10-inch Note (also with 16 GB memory).

So could Nokia win the war in the eleventh hour? No way Jose, as they’ve lost too many battles by very wide margins. As for the GNote 10.1 vs. iPad Air duel, in my book it goes down as an overall tie. Surprisingly, the Air is the cheaper of the two and unsurprisingly, it’s the better looking tab.

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Meanwhile, the Note has the unique S Pen, the crisper display, three times Air’s RAM, an equally as impressive battery (on paper), silky smooth software and a fast and furious, albeit not as buzzed about processor. Did I or did I not tell you, Apple, that the war was not decided?      

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Google Nexus 7 2013 vs Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Apple iPad Mini Retina – Specs Comparison

Like it or not, ready or not, Apple has rolled out the follow-up to the (mildly) successful first-generation iPad mini, causing a stir in the entire tech landscape and forcing a recalculation of how things stand in the smaller than 10-inch tablet arena.

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Though in good old Cupertino fashion the Mini 2 (aka Mini Retina) takes more than a few design cues from its predecessor and looks to be an incremental update in many ways rather than a full-blown page-turner, the bumps that the fresh 7.9-incher does pack are undoubtedly major and bound to bring about trouble to the Android side.

Also, if I’m to be completely honest the screen resolution ante upping took me a little by surprise, signaling for once that Apple feared the Android threat and thus had to bring something new (well, kind of) to the table.

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Adding a souped-up battery and the all-hailed 64-bit A7 processor in the equation only makes Google aficionados sweat some more, as their, nay our 7-inch heroes, the 2013 Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, will need to fend off a much mightier rival than last year’s iPad mini to conquer the throne.

Are they able to keep it at bay? What are the two’s advantages and flaws in a face-to-face smackdown with the latest and possibly proudest member of the iPad family? Let’s see, shall we?

Design comparison

You know what the ultimate tell is in regards to Apple’s changed attitude to Android slates and their anxiety of Google and Amazon catching up? That, unlike the full-sized iPad, the Mini leaves aesthetics out of the “upgrade”, being heavier and ever so slightly thicker than its forefather.

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Android players should be flattered, albeit I’m sad to admit that, purely from a visual standpoint, the iPad mini Retina is clearly the most striking fellow of the three. Despite rocking significantly extra screen real estate compared with the 2013 N7, it’s just as tall (200 mm) and over an inch thinner (7.5 vs. 8.7 mm).

As for the Fire HDX, that bad boy manages to shrink the bezels and keep the overall package a little shorter than the iPad mini 2. Too bad it’s all in all chunky, tipping the scales at 311 grams (vs. 290 for the N7) and measuring 9 mm in thickness.

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Oh, and let’s not get started with build materials and quality. The two Android competitors are clearly at a disadvantage there and there’s no point in denying it.

Display face-off

“Retina” is a sneaky, deceptive and void-of-all-meaning marketing term coined by Apple to fool fools, but the reality is staring us in the face and we can’t refute it without losing credibility. iPad mini 2’s display, unlike the one on the first-gen, is spectacular. Period.

iPad mini Retina

Is it better than Kindle Fire HDX’s? On paper, not exactly, since the pixel density is nearly identical: 324 vs. 323. But in reality, it most likely is, as plenty of reviewers have complained of lack of crispness on Amazon’s new tablet, as well as shady viewing angles.

Meanwhile, pitting the other two panels against one another is virtually impossible until the Mini 2 reviews start trickling in, so for the time being let’s call it a draw between Nexus 7’s 7-incher with 1,920 x 1,200 pix res and Apple’s 7.9-inch 2,048 x 1,536 unit.

Processing speed, RAM and cameras

As it seems to be universally accepted nowadays that the 64-bit Apple A7 SoC inside the iPhone 5s makes the petite 4-incher much zippier than its Android rivals (I’m not convinced, but what do I know?), it’s to be expected that it will also push iPad mini 2’s raw speed clearly ahead of the N7 2013 (packing a quad-core S4 Pro CPU) and Fire HDX 7 (with Snapdragon 800 inside).

Apple A7

Moving on, Apple’s 7.9-incher is reported to come with an apparently modest 1 gig of RAM in tow, so half of the other two’s memory, but even the most biased Android fans have to admit multitasking has never and will probably never be a problem in the iOS decor.

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Finally, I’m afraid we can’t put one in the win column as far as cameras go either, with iPad mini 2’s 5 MP/1.2 MP snappers defeating N7’s equally as pixel-filled but more modest feature-wise cams by a whisker. Amazon’s Fire HDX? It doesn’t even play in the same league, lacking a rear-facing shooter.

Software and battery life

Could Apple have done everything right for maybe the first time in half a decade? It certainly appears so, as the iPad mini 2 runs iOS 7 out the box and features an outstanding 23.8 Wh battery supposedly capable of running for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

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That’s at least 60 minutes better than N7 and Fire HDX’s autonomy, though we’ll of course have to put the 7.9-incher to a test or two before taking the 10-hour number for granted.

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Turning our attention back to the software for one last second, let’s reiterate what we’ve covered so many times before. Android is better than iOS in many, many ways, but the tablet-specific ecosystem is just more functional and richer in Apple’s backyard. Trust me, that’s not an easy fight to concede.

Pricing and availability

Finally, one duel where I’m ecstatic to say Android wins by a mile: pricing. Phew, it was this close for it all to end with a humiliation. So hands down, the $230 N7 is the slate with the best bang for buck factor, as Apple’s iPad mini 2 is set to start at $400, right?

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Not so fast. No, I haven’t gone crazy and I’d never, ever, ever splash that kind of cash on a 7.9-incher. But if the first-gen iPad mini sold like hotcakes… for a while at $350, do you honestly think the much better Mini 2 won’t become a blockbuster in no time just because it’s 50 bucks pricier? Exactly.

And this leads me to the conclusion. The iPad mini 2 is better than the Nexus 7 2013 and Kindle Fire HDX 7. End of story. Granted, it’s expensive and so if you can’t afford it, the N7 becomes your best choice, but otherwise I say go for it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to drown my sorrow in a bottle of scotch and burn the keyboard I wrote these lines on.

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The iPad Air and mini, and what they don’t mean for Android.

Curious what all this iPad news means for Android fans? We do, too. With the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display upping the ante on mobile technology in their own way, let’s take a look at what this means for Android tablets.

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When we take the iPad Air into consideration, there’s a lot to like: thin, light, powerful. At only 7.5mm thin, it’s the slimmest full-sized tablet available. Apple is also touting their debated A7, 64-bit processor on-board, and saying it has dual WiFi antennae for “twice the WiFi performance”, as well as an LTE option.

The iPad mini stepped up to a Retina display, which was a safe assumption made by many. It keeps the 7.9-inch screen, but also packs the A7 processor and dual WiFi antennae inside. The mini will also have an LTE version, and both Apple tablets will be available in November: the Air on the first, and the mini later in the month sometime.

The iPad Air will start at $499 for the 16GB WiFi version, and run all the way up to a massive $929 for the 128GB LTE version. The iPad mini will run $100 less across the lineup, so starting at $399 and topping out at $829. That’s a jaw dropper.

Impressive, sure, but they’re probably not enough to get us away from our Nexus 7 2013 — or even Nexus 10. The hardware is gorgeous, but the guts are suspect as Apple doesn’t reveal much about what’s going on inside their devices. The ecosystem is still iOS, and Android fans clearly aren’t into that. Starting at nearly half the price of the iPad mini, the Nexus 7 2013 is still our champion.

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