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Apple Adds “Great Apps for the New iPad” Section to App Store

Great apps for the new iPadWhile a number of apps have been updated this week to take advantage of the new iPad’s Retina Display, more are still pouring into the App Store even as the tablet finally lands in customers’ hands. To help find them, Apple has added a new section to the App Store, highlighting many of them.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple has added a new section to iTunes and the App Store called “Great Apps for the New iPad.” The section currently highlights 27 apps which have received an update in the last few days to take advantage of the higher resolution display of the new iPad.

While we’ve already reported on some of the apps that got an early jump on an upgrade such as Tweetbot for iPad, Evernote and iStopMotion for iPad, other favorites include popular games such as Real Racing 2 HD (which seems to get a substantial upgrade with every new iOS hardware revision) and Infinity Blade II, RSS reader Reeder for iPad, Readability and even the ABC Player app, which also just became universal to add iPhone and iPod touch support.

There are also plenty of apps getting updated which aren’t being featured by Apple, including Cupertino’s best pal Vimeo and Evernote’s own Skitch for iPad. TechCrunch is also reporting that a number of others are expected to be approved by Apple soon, including Facebook, Flipboard and Wired — so keep refreshing that iTunes Store link to see what’s new!

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The Week’s Best Deals for Your Mac and iOS Device, 10 Apps for Free & Cheap Cases

We’ve got cases and apps and a whole lot more on sale for you this week. If you’re looking for some great headphones for just a fraction of the cost, you’ve come to the right place.

 

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Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.3GHz dual-core Intel i5

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Straight from Apple, this sweet little refurb is going for just 9. It’s a nice machine and a nice price.

Apple Mac Mini 2.3GHz Intel Core i5

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If you go for new and are interested in switching from your PC, the Mac Mini is the best way to do that. 4 is all you need to get started, especially if you already have your monitor and stuff.

Replacement Battery for 15″ MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro dying on you all the time? Get a replacement battery for a mere .50. Usual price? 9, so get hopping, people.

VMware Fusion 4 and 10 Other Apps

Whoa. An amazing deal. For the price of just VMware Fusion (.99), you get it and ten more apps. This is an 87% discount. Bought separately, we’re talking 8. 

iOS Accessories

iShieldz New Apple iPad Screen

You sprung a load of dough on this New iPad dealio, you want to protect it, so grab an iShieldz optically clear skin to keep it baby soft. 40% off, this normally item is just .

Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Keyboard Case

Typing on a virtual keyboard is slow and buggy, so this case can rocket your power, and it’s only .99 for a 42% savings.

Griffin PowerDuo for Car & Wall

Our iOS devices are power-hungry devils. Never see that 20% warning again with this duo pack of chargers for just .97.

Samsung WEP490 Bluetooth Headset

And as long as you’re in the car, do your talking hands-free and for only .99. Twenty dollars off and free shipping to boot. The life you save could be your own, and a cut rate.

Bone Collection Amplifier for iPhone

Put this adorably awesome horn on your iPhone for some boost to your sound. Just .57 nabs you this green number.

Windshield Mount and Screen Protector and Headset for iPhone

3 bucks for the goods and 3 bucks for shipping and handling nabs you this accessory pack

Armor Shell Case with Holster Combo and Screen Protector 

Protect your phone, wear it slung on your belt like a cowboy, and prop it up to watch teeny tiny movies all for one buck more than a fiver. .95 instead of .95 puts this sharp devil in your hands.

Retro Cassette Cover Case

Be the envy of your friends from the 80s with this old school cool cassette tape case for your iPhone and only spend 4 beans to do it. Cheaper than a two pack of Memorex 90 minute tapes.

Premium Noise Isolation Stereo Headphones

If you’re like me, you go through headphones like nobody’s business and it’s pricey if you don’t want garbage. So, if you’re like me, you’ll be ordering five of these for .95 a crack. It’s better than spending 0 for five.

Really Darn Cheap

SanDisk Cruzer Switch 32GB

Even with a host of cloud services, sometimes you need the speed and quick access of a flash drive, and for 32GB is a great deal no matter how you cut it.

 

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Thursday Recap: Kodak Bankruptcy, Siri Patent, Facebook Apps, iTunes Update

Kodak logoThe dust has settled, everyone has cleared out of the Guggenheim in New York City, and we all know Apple’s education plans, which include an update to iBooks and new iBooks Author and iTunes U apps. Before we switch back to gossip about the next iPad or even the iPhone 5, let’s address the rest of today’s news, which includes the unfortunate (and unsurprising) bankruptcy of photo legend Kodak. Here’s the rest of the news for this Thursday, January 19, 2012.

Facebook Timeline Gets All “Appy” On Us

If you need further proof that the world has gone app crazy, look no further than Wednesday night’s Facebook pow-wow, which introduces the concept to Timeline. According to The Facebook Blog, users can now “enhance your timeline with apps that help you tell your story, whether you love to cook, eat, travel, run, or review movies.” Sure, Facebook has always had bolt-on apps, but the new initiative promises to integrate them into a user’s Timeline in a more organic way, with 60 companies providing apps at launch, including Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot and TripAdvisor. Facebook promises “there will be apps for all types of interests, as more apps will launch over time.” You have been warned…

An Unfortunate Moment for Kodak: Bankruptcy

The rumor mill has unfortunately churned up another true tale, as AllThingsD is reporting that photography legend Kodak has filed for bankruptcy protection. The news isn’t much of a surprise and “follows years of struggle by the film giant to transition to a digital imaging company.” Kodak will continue operations using 0 million in financing from Citigroup and hopes to come out of restructuring next year. “Kodak is taking a significant step toward enabling our enterprise to complete its transformation,” said Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in a company press release. “At the same time as we have created our digital business, we have also already effectively exited certain traditional operations, closing 13 manufacturing plants and 130 processing labs, and reducing our workforce by 47,000 since 2003. Now we must complete the transformation by further addressing our cost structure and effectively monetizing non-core IP assets. We look forward to working with our stakeholders to emerge a lean, world-class, digital imaging and materials science company.”

Apple Releases iTunes 10.5.3 for Textbook Syncing

The Big Apple was home to a (little) Apple media event this morning at the Guggenheim, which introduced iBooks 2, iBooks Author and iTunes U to the educational community. Along with those releases, Apple also pushed out a minor update to iTunes which is now available for download. “iTunes 10.5.3 allows you to sync interactive iBooks textbooks to your iPad,” the release notes explain. “These Multi-Touch textbooks are available for purchase from the iTunes Store on your Mac or from the iBookstore included with iBooks 2 on your iPad.” Hit the link to download the update directly or check Software Update if you prefer a smaller download.

Patently Apple Details Siri, “The Killer Patent”

Siri may be old news to those of us who bought iPhone 4S handsets back in October, but for patent junkies, things have just started to get interested. Patently Apple is reporting today that “the first killer patent application behind Siri was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.” Not surprisingly, Apple doesn’t plan to limit the technology to iOS devices but instead “envisions the technology playing a role in vehicles and in-vehicle entertainment systems where an Intelligent Assistant will be considered the king of user interfaces.” The website has a lengthy and detailed examination of the Siri patent filing, dating back to 1987’s “Knowledge Navigator Concept” which proves that Apple has envisioned this kind of technology well before the iPhone was even introduced. The report closes with some prospective uses for Siri which includes “the iPod touch (a personal digital assistant), iMac (desktop computer), MacBook (laptop computer), iPad (tablet computer), consumer electronic devices, consumer entertainment devices; iPod (music player); camera; television; Apple TV (set-top box); electronic gaming unit; kiosk or the like.”

How Can Apple Sell a Textbook for ?

Riddle us this: How can textbook publishers manage to sell a textbook for only through Apple? According to AllThingsD, it’s a matter of simple volume — or at least that’s how McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw is looking at it. But there’s more than meets the eye, because such publishers traditionally sell their printed textbooks direct to schools, which continue to use them for “an average of five years.” The new iBookstore method is only .99 (or less), but the burden of the purchase is on the student (or their parents), although many schools will provide students with codes to download their textbooks. Since the digital textbook can’t be resold or passed on to another student, McGraw views it as a win for his company because in theory, each year another student will be purchasing a copy — and in five years’ time, they’ll have netted the same amount, even after Apple takes their slice of the pie. Apple’s Eddy Cue also confirmed that .99 isn’t part of any kind of “pilot pricing,” explaining “all of our books will be .99.”

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Hackers Enable iOS Full Screen Apps on Apple TV

iOS Safari on Apple TVWhile we all wait to see if Apple’s HDTV will become a reality later this year, enterprising hackers have been hard at work over the holidays cooking up their latest magical feat: Running iOS apps full screen on the existing (jailbroken) second-generation Apple TV.

MacRumors is reporting
on the progress of two iOS developers who have taken it upon themselves to hack a jailbroken second-generation Apple TV and bring full-screen, full resolution iOS apps to the television. “TheMudKip” created “a custom Springboard (Home Screen),” while Steven Troughton-Smith has used his experience running iPhone and iPad apps at full resolution.

“Many existing apps seem to run well on the Apple TV, which is known to be an iOS device using an A4 processor,” MacRumors reports. “When this generation of the Apple TV was released, we noted that Apple may have had plans to incorporate native applications all along. In fact, Jobs said that an Apple TV App Store could launch when the time is right.”

For now, the hack is more of a proof of concept than anything else, but as shown in the embedded YouTube video below, if Apple doesn’t want to provide full-screen iOS apps for the Apple TV, the hackers might just step in and fill the void.

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Tuesday Recap: Strawberry Shortcake Comics, AirStash Redux, YouSendIt Apps

Strawberry Shortcake Comics ReaderStop us if you’ve heard this one before: A former smartphone giant gets in a few well-placed digs at the two companies currently dominating their turf, claiming potential customers of those devices are unhappy with the choices. It might sound like something you’d hear from Research in Motion or Palm back in the day, but now it’s Nokia’s turn to blast iOS and Android for being the popular kids. This and tons of new app news make up our recap for Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

Nokia: Youths “Fed Up” with iPhone, “Not Happy” with Android

We don’t know what the executives at Nokia are smoking, but we want some! Pocket-lint is reporting that Niels Munksgaard (awesome name!), Nokia’s director of Portfolio, Product Marketing and Sales for the company’s Entertainment Global division claims “youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has an iPhone.” If that’s not enough, The Munksgaarder also smacks down Android for its lack of security: “Many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security. So we do increasingly see that the youth that wants to be on the cutting edge and try something new are turning to the Windows Phone platform.” Hey, we’ll be the first to admit that new Nokia Lumia 800 looks pretty sweet, but we’re not about to lay down our iPhone 4S and walk away, know what I mean? Then again, we’re not exactly spring chickens anymore. How about our young readers? Anyone ditching their iPhone out of complete and total boredom?

YouSendIt Introduces New iOS, Mac Apps

Dropbox is the go-to app for many when it comes to sharing files, but the folks at YouSendIt are working hard to change that. Today, the company announced a new version 1.52.0 of their iOS app, adding iPad support, an updated user interface and passcode lock. But that’s not all: YouSendIt has just introduced new Mac, PC and Android software clients that allow users to securely send, share, sync and sign files across all major desktop and mobile platforms as easily as they stream a movie. The company claims that competitors like Dropbox do not encrypt your data at the device level (Box.net does on iOS, but not Android), while YouSendIt keeps everything locked down everywhere you store it. To download any of the new apps, simply visit the company’s website and grab the clients you so desire.

AirStash Goes Second Generation, Expands Retail Availability

Since the initial debut of AirStash, a number of hard drive manufacturers have stepped in with their own wireless drive options. But that isn’t stopping the pioneer of this market — AirStash has announced the availability of their second generation wireless flash drive, still targeted at mobile devices but more powerful than ever. The pocket-friendly dongle now comes with 802.11n wireless, 3x faster USB data transfer and enhanced battery life of up to seven hours (continuous streaming) — all in a package that’s 30 percent smaller than the original. AirStash is also finally available at more retailers including Amazon, B&H and J&R, with international retailers to be added soon.

NPD Report Reveals Android, iOS Own 80 Percent of U.S. Smartphone Sales

The smartphone market in the United States is heating up again, with a new report from The NPD Group pegging Google’s Android with a 53 percent share of the market while Apple’s iOS has grown to 29 percent. Collectively, the two titans own more than 80 percent of the U.S. market through October, which has come at the expense of former innovators like Research in Motion, whose BlackBerry now makes up a mere 11 percent of the smartphone market here. “Few companies have felt the impact of the shift to touch user interfaces and larger screen sizes as negatively as RIM, but the company is beginning anew with a strong technical foundation and many paths to the platform,” explains NPD’s executive director, Ross Rubin. Back in the second quarter of 2006, RIM made up half of all smartphone sales, so that’s gotta be painful for them. Windows Phone has yet to break more than two percent of the U.S. market since its introduction a year ago, with all eyes now on the partnership of Microsoft and Nokia as their sleek new devices wash ashore here in early 2012.

New IOS Apps: Microsoft SkyDrive, Strawberry Shortcake Comics

Microsoft is on a roll lately, pushing more and more of their software to the iOS platform. Today, the company released an iPhone app for SkyDrive, Redmond’s cloud storage service that now allows uploading photos or videos from your device. The 4.4MB download is absolutely free, but you’ll need a Hotmail, Messenger or Xbox LIVE account to access SkyDrive.

Meanwhile, Ape Entertainment is hoping that little boys aren’t the only ones using their parents’ iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with today’s introduction of Strawberry Shortcake Comics Reader. The free universal app brings the popular fantasy adventures the iconic character to life with a preview of the first issue and the ability to buy the first three issues for only .99 via in-app purchase. Each issue contains three stories, including one 16-page story and two four-page stories. The 4.7MB app can be downloaded now from the App Store and is compatible with all devices running iOS 4.0 or later.

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Evernote Introduces iPhone Apps for Remembering Food, People

Evernote FoodMany of us already swear by Evernote, the popular app that gives us space in the cloud for remembering all those little scraps of information that might otherwise be lost. Now, the company is expanding its iPhone presence with two new apps aimed at helping you remember food you like and people you’ve just met.

Evernote has expanded its horizons in recent months, first with the acquisition of Skitch and now with the availability of two new iPhone apps: Evernote Food and Evernote Hello. The new arrivals extend the original Evernote goal of helping you remember things in your life, but are aimed specifically at meals you love and people you meet.

Evernote Food is a free iPhone app which “is all about preserving the experiences, thoughts and memories that accompany food.” Your favorites are sorted by Meal and can include photos, captions, venue, notes and tags so you can quickly document the food you love — or even remind you of those occasional meals you don’t. Love a particular meal so much you want to share it with friends? Evernote Food abides, with Facebook, Twitter and email sharing built right in.

Evernote Hello aims to tackle an even bigger issue: Remembering people we meet in everyday life. Some of us are good with names but forget the faces or vice versa, but Hello promises to help you remember what a person looks like, when you met them and why — and even who else was there when the fateful event took place.

Both apps are synchronized with Evernote, which means you can easily find them from any device or computer. Search for a particular person you snapped with Evernote Hello and you’ll find other notes created at the same time. And as always, the apps are  absolutely free.

Evernote Food is compatible with any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, while Evernote Hello is compatible with the iPhone, fourth-generation iPod touch or any Wi-Fi (or Wi-Fi + 3G) equipped iPad 2. Both apps require iOS 5 or later and can be downloaded now from the App Store.

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Wednesday Recap: Amazon Santa, Path 2.0, Spotify Apps, Steve Jobs T-Shirt

Steve Jobs GeeksRiot.com T-shirtHoly moley, can November really be over already? Tomorrow, December will be upon us and the deafening rumble of Santa’s sleigh won’t be far behind. Most of us are already getting in the holiday spirit, which gives us little time to catch up on what’s happening in the tech world. So without further ado, here’s a taste of what’s new for this Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Path 2 Introduces Smart Journal

Instagram may get all the hype, but Path has been quietly making inroads over the last year as well. The company today introduced version 2.0 of the Path app for both iOS and Android, featuring a new, cleaner design, the ability to decorate your Path with wallpaper-like photos and a new “Smart Journal” mode that recognizes when you spend time in a new place, recording it for you automatically. The free app also offers more ways to share (via Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare), including check-in and music as well as improved push notifications.

Rumor: Apple Killed 64-Bit Final Cut Pro 8 Dead

Still fuming over Apple’s decision to abandon Final Cut Pro 7 in favor of Final Cut Pro X? Your mood isn’t likely to improve when you read this: According to 9to5Mac, not only was there a 64-bit version of Final Cut Pro 8 which retained the same user interface professionals know and love, but Apple supposedly killed it in favor of the more forward-thinking FCPX. This rumor comes courtesy of RHED Pixel founder Richard Harrington, who recently discussed the decision during a talk at American University’s Filmmaker in Residence program. “[Apple] looked at it and said, ‘This is not what we want to do… this is evolutionary, not revolutionary, and they killed it,” Harrington explained. That news is likely to stir up the hornet’s nest all over again, but at least FCPX is improving with each new update in the meantime…

GeeksRiot Offers Steve Jobs T-Shirt

Another day, another Steve Jobs tribute. This time it’s in the form of a new T-shirt available exclusively from GeeksRiot.com, with all proceeds benefitting Movember. “This is our tribute to a man who changed the world,” the geeks explain on their website. “We were deeply moved by the passing of Steve Jobs, and wanted to create a piece of art in his memory. A piece that would strike someone in the same way that he always struck us: bold, uncompromising, and true to the heart. This is our tribute to a true visionary. Please help us build a future where no man is taken before his time by cancer.” The slick-looking T-shirt (shown above) is available in small, medium, large and XL for only .99 from the group’s website, and be sure to Like their Facebook page as well while you’re at it.

Spotify Introduces Apps (Now Where’s the iPad App?)

Remember that Spotify announcement we told you about last week? Turns out it wasn’t as exciting as the company’s invite might have let on. The streaming music company’s “brave new world” is Spotify Apps, billed as “a bunch of cool, exciting and integrated apps inside Spotify, created by some of the best and brightest in the world.” That includes Last.fm, TuneWiki, Rolling Stone and others, who are bringing HTML5-based apps to the Spotify application, which can now be downloaded in a preview version. Gee, we would have been much happy to have a native iPad app or even an entirely browser-based client like some of the rumors were speculating… but we still love you anyway, guys.

Amazon Wants to Play Santa For Your Kids with New App

Already receive way too many packages from Amazon each week? Prepare to receive even more for the next few weeks, as the e-tailer has rolled out a new iPad-only app entitled Amazon Santa. As you can imagine, the free app encourages the little ones to seek out and wish list all the stuff they want from Santa Claus this year, making it way too easy for parents to buy it all. “Get more smiles and shouts of joy this Christmas when you use the free Amazon Santa App — a fun and easy way for kids and parents to create personalized, holiday Wish Lists to share with Santa, friends and family,” the app description reads. The 13.4MB download is available now and requires iOS 4.2 or later.

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(Black) Friday Recap: No Subscription Apps, Apple Loyalty Research, Foxconn in Brazil

Apple 2011 Black FridayHappy Black Friday! Here’s hoping none of our readers got pepper sprayed or even shot at today while out scrounging for the best deals they could find on their favorite electronics and other merchandise. We’ve been safely ensconced here at MacLife.com World Headquarters gearing up for “Phase Two” next week with Cyber Monday, the unofficial shopping day sequel to the festivities that are going down today, Friday, November 25, 2011. Let’s be careful out there!

About That Big Fish Subscription App? Never Mind…

If you were among the folks looking for that Play Instantly subscription game app we reported about on Wednesday, you’re not alone. As it turns out, Apple pulled the app from the App Store, leaving developer Big Fish Games in the dark as well, according to a follow-up report from Bloomberg. “We were notified that the app was removed,” explains Big Fish founder Paul Thelen. “We’re trying to follow up with Apple to try to figure out what happened.” As it turns out, the app had actually been available since November 18, and Thelen claims his company was “surprised by the move” after working closely “with Apple for several weeks to ensure that it met the requirements for recurring monthly charges made through the App Store.” Needless to say, it’s not the first time that Apple has approved an app and then yanked the rug out from under a developer — here’s hoping Big Fish can get it worked out.

Rumor: Grand Central Apple Store “On Track” for December 9?

Despite rumors and numerous reports to the contrary, the latest (and largest) Apple Store in the world did not open in time for Black Friday. According to The New York Post, the new location at Grand Central Station in New York City is now scheduled to open its doors on December 9, “just in time for the final two weeks of the Christmas shopping crunch.” Needless to say, we’ll believe it when we hear it from Apple, but The Post seems pretty confident in its sources and we’re inclined to think it’s probably accurate information, judging from recently leaked photos of the store being in the final stages of preparation.

Yeah, Duh: Research Shows Apple Rules in Mobile Loyalty

Reuters is reporting what many of us already know: The folks who use Cupertino’s mobile products are mighty loyal. But in case you don’t believe it or feel the need to have a study done about it, research firm GfK is happy to oblige, claiming that 84 percent of iPhone users plan to go iPhone again when they replace their device, compared to only 60 percent of those using devices running Google’s Android. The number keeps dropping when you get to those using Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, with only 48 percent of users planning to remain loyal. “Apple is clearly ahead of the game, but developments next year will challenge that,” claims GfK analyst Ryan Garner, without really explaining the logic behind the comment. GfK conducted their research with 4,500 people in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, China, the United States and Japan.

Made In Brazil: An 8GB iPhone 4 Gets Its Spy Shots

AppleInsider is reporting that photos of an 8GB iPhone 4 manufactured in Brazil have leaked out, courtesy of the website MacMagazine.br, who received them from one of their readers. The photos apparently show the words “Brazilian Industry” on the back of the handset in Portuguese, along with the required “stamp of approval” from ANATEL, Brazil’s equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S. The photos allegedly come from Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn’s facilities in Brazil, where the company has been considering “an investment as large as billion on production facilities.” Will Brazil become the next China? Only time will tell…

PSA: Big List of Apple Product Discounts for Black Friday

The folks at MacRumors have compiled a comprehensive list of discounts on Apple products for the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday shopping extravaganza today, so if you were too chicken to brave the crowds and are still looking for online deals not featured in our guide posted on Thursday, this is a good place to start. The report covers sales tax considerations, deals on iPad 2 and other key Apple products and a few software and accessory bargains that are worth a look before the clock strikes midnight and we do it all over again on Cyber Monday.

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Wednesday Recap: It’s The Super-Special Mid-Week “All Apps” Edition!

Readability for iOSStruggling to get through this mid-week “hump day” and coast into the weekend? Well, how about a gaggle of app-related news to get you all excited — that’s exactly what we have for you today! Distraction-free web browsing dukes it out with Readability going free while Evernote Clearly adds the capability to Chrome, aTV Flash (black) hits version 1.0 and there are new iOS app updates for AIM, Camera+ and Gmail ready to be downloaded. Without further ado, here’s all the app news for Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

Readability Goes Free, iOS Apps On The Way

Today is a great day for everyone who enjoys undistracted reading on their web browser or iOS device: Readability has just announced an all-new HTML5 web application as well as a new iOS app that is waiting for approval in the App Store. Of course, those cool features pale in comparison to the really big story, which is that Readability’s service is now available absolutely free, which includes the companion apps. However, if you’d still like to support your favorite writers and publishers, Readability continues to offer their premium subscription service as well. The service works great with Reeder for Mac or iOS and also allows for sending articles to the Kindle as well.

AOL Refreshes AIM App, Wants You To Stick Around

The service formerly known as America Online is giving their classic AIM instant messaging service a kick in the pants today with a preview of the new AIM. “Available in five delicious flavors” — AIM.com, Windows, Mac, iPhone or Android, that is — the service now lets you view photos, videos and tweets without ever leaving your conversation. AIM also introduces group chats as well as storing and syncing your message history across platforms so you’ll never miss a thing. Head over to the AIM preview site to read all about it and get your downloads on.

FireCore Releases aTV Flash (black) Version 1.0

It’s been a long road, but aTV Flash for the second-generation Apple TV has finally hit version 1.0. The .95 solution makes that little black box infinitely more useful, adding an all-new Media Player offering playback of traditionally unsupported formats like AVI, MKV, WMV and many more with automatic metadata and cover art. A native web browser is also on hand as well as streaming radio with Last.fm, weather and RSS feeds and so much more, you’ll just need to buy it to find out. If you already purchased the beta version, simply head to the Downloads tab in your FireCore account and you’ll find it ready and waiting for you.

Mac App Store: Final Cut Pro X 10.0.2, 1Password 3.9.2 Updates

Apple is joining the Wednesday app update fray with a minor update to Final Cut Pro X. Version 10.0.2 addresses three bugs in the video editing app which includes an issue where a title may revert to the default font after restarting, resolving an issue that could cause files recorded with certain third-party mobile devices to play back incorrectly and addresses a stability issue caused by changing the start time on a Compound Clip. Agile Web Solutions is also offering version 3.9.2 of 1Password for MAS customers, with improved performance when deleting a folder, a new “Quit” item added to the 1Password helper and a handful of lovely bug fixes. Make your way to the Mac App Store’s Updates tab to grab ‘em while they’re hot!

Evernote Clearly Provides Chrome Browsing, Sans Distractions

The folks at Evernote aren’t simply a bunch of note-collection junkies — they have other interests as well. That’s why today they have introduced Evernote Clearly, a new extension for Google Chrome which aims to hide all distractions from blogs and articles with just one click, allowing you to read in peace. Of course, Apple has built this type of functionality into Safari 5 with the Reader mode, but Evernote Clearly offers a bit more creamy goodness with their solution. It’s a free download from the Chrome Web Store, so definitely worth a look.

Camera+ Brings Back “VolumeSnap,” Gmail App Returns

Last but not least, two iOS app updates have hit the App Store today which are worth a quick note. Google’s native Gmail app makes its triumphant return after it was saddled with a push notification bug that caused its best feature to not work when the app first debuted. Unfortunately, push notifications are limited to badges and sounds which still makes the app kind of lame, but it’s free, so you be the judge. The more exciting news is that Camera+ has been updated to version 2.4VS, which brings back the popular VolumeSnap feature — you remember, the one that secretly utilized the volume up button as a camera shutter way before Apple wised up and did it themselves in iOS 5. If you don’t own Camera+, it’s on sale for a limited time price of 99 cents, “because you deserve something nice today.” Updates from earlier versions are absolutely free as usual.

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Apple Releases Free Cards, iTunes Movie Trailers iOS Apps

iTunes Movie Trailers appHaven’t had enough free apps from Apple for one day? Well saddle up and hit the App Store, partner — there’s more gold to be found in them thar hills, with the promised Cards app arriving for the iPhone as well as a new universal iTunes Movie Trailers app for enjoying previews of Hollywood’s finest.

Apple has pushed out two more new apps on Wednesday after releasing Find My Friends and AirPort Utility prior to the release of iOS 5 today. One of them is Cards, which was announced at last week’s “Let’s talk iPhone” event, but the other was something of a pleasant surprise: An app dedicated to watching movie trailers posted on iTunes.

Cards arrives right on cue, promising to help you create and mail beautifully crafted cards personalized with your own text and photos, right from your iPhone or iPod touch. The app includes 21 designs which can be customized with your personal message and photo, and U.S.-bound creations will get a push notification when they’ve been delivered — only .99 anywhere in the United States or .99 anywhere else in the world, and those prices include postage.

The free Cards app is a 19MB download from the App Store compatible with all devices running iOS 5 or later — but for some strange reason, it’s not a universal app so using it on the iPad won’t be an ideal situation.

The same cannot be said of the free iTunes Movie Trailers app that Apple also released today, which is indeed a universal build for checking out the latest Hollywood has to offer from your iOS device. Now that it’s here, we’re left wondering what took them so long to make something like this available in the first place!

iTunes Movie Trailers
is a 2.8MB download now available from the App Store and requires iOS 5 or later.

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