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➜ “Speak ‘N Spell for the iPad Generation” – The New York Times Word Wizard is a unique app that lets kids hear the sounds of letters and words using a talking movable alphabet. Featuring advanced text to speech capabilities, the app can pronounce and spell-check an unlimited number of original words. Word Wizard also provides spelling practice with a list of more than 1,400 questions and answers, and the best is that you can…
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The iTunes App Store is possibly one of the most-successful online ‘App Stores’ on the planet right now. Featuring Apple’s 70/30 revenue model and the ability for anyone to create an idea using the iOS Software Development Kit, what was originally just a concept has become a multi-billion dollar business.
In fact, (as of writing), the iTunes App Store Approval Team have approved 760,787 applications, 574,985 of which are now available for immediate download. Of those, 507,756 have been designed with Apple’s iPhone in mind, with 204,480 having been designed e
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xclusively to support Apple’s iPad.
Just recently Apple enjoyed its 25 Billionth app download from its App Store. That’s 25,000,000,000.

Now looking to build upon that success of Apple’s “app” business model and take things one step further, former Facebook engineer and co-founder of Ping.fm, Ryan Merket, has created AppStores.com. Giving developers the ability to run their own HTML5-compatible ‘App Store’ right on the web, AppStores is a new app distribution platform which aims to get you on board by touting its 60/40 business model.

Allowing you to keep 60% of the revenue made from these online stores, the platform is described as being able to provide “100% customizable” templates which will “easily match your [...] site’s current design”. Offering both pre-made mobile and desktop themes, these themes are also said to be “compatible on both the desktop and all major mobile devices (iPhone, Android and iPad)”
Your app store will be compatible on both the desktop and all major mobile devices (iPhone, Android and iPad). No matter how your store is accessed, it will be easy navigate and download apps from.
At its core, the distribution platform has three goals:
- Extend your current display advertising
- Help you earn affiliate on any iOS apps purchases
- Help you make money when your users install or click on sponsored apps
Perhaps the best incentive, though, is that – (according to the site) – there’s “No Setup Fee, No Monthly Fees. It’s all completely free.” AppStores split the revenue on the sponsored apps you sell, you keep 60% of the revenue made from those sponsored apps and you get to run your own App Store.
Sound neat? – If you’re interested, we recommend that you get yourself over to AppStores.com to find out more!
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There are LOTS of Twitter clients out there for iOS and I must admit that I switch up on a regular basis. It's not that I'm that picky, it's just that I usually can't find a single client that does everything I want the way I want it to. So I end up going back and forth between the official Twitter Client, the native iOS Twitter support and Echofon Pro on my iPad. Although I have Tweetbot on my iPhone, I never really saw enough of an advantage in it to make it my default Twitter client and therefore I rarely used it. Lately I've been using Twitter on my iPh
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one and Echofon Pro on my iPad. That changed yesterday when Tapbots released Tweetbot for iPad. They seemed to have nailed it! I went through it looking for all the features that I like:

Auto refresh
Retweet with comment
Bit.ly Pro support
Instapaper Support
Images in-line
Good "List" support
Translate Tweets
Easy Conversation Viewing
Multiple Twitter Account Support
Choose your favorite Video and Pic service
and most importantly a GREAT UI that makes it easy to access the features above without too many taps

It's that last bullet point that will probably keep me using Tweetbot on my iPad. Sure the other clients have the above features (with the exception of Twitter now only supporting their own URL shortening!), but it's the UI (user interface) that's going to ultimately decide my favorite Twitter client.  What I really like about Tweetbot is the gestures. For example a Triple tap gives you reply choices. Swipe to the left to see the conversation. A single tap reveals the most common options for a selected tweet. Tap and hold on an Avatar to see options for that Twitter user. Tap and hold on the tweet to Send the Tweet to Instapaper (or the service you choose), Copy it, email it and yes TRANSLATE IT!

They even got the startup experience right! The first time I launched the App it offered to bring in the Twitter accounts that I already had setup in iOS 5. Yeah! Also they show you some helpful tips to get you going on the App.

Granted I've only been using this App for a day, but I can't think of anything they missed. Well I do have to ding them on one thing. It would have been nice to see this as a Universal App instead of charging both iPhone and iPad users separately. Also even though these things aren't important to me, they may be to you: I don't see support for the newly designed Twitter interface that offers "Discover" and "Connect'. You can of course see your Mentions and New Followers, but not in the same window. I could care less about this, but it is something that the official Twitter client offers. Otherwise if you're looking for a new great Twitter client for iPad, this is it.
P.S. Hey Tapbots, will ConvertBot ever see some iPad love? Also I really wish you guys could do what you did for Twitter, for Google+ too!
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You can get Tweetbot for iPad for $2.99 here from the 
One more thing… Yes the iPhone/iPod touch version got updated to 2.0 with many of the features that kept me away from using it in the past and the ones that make me love the iPad version. It may be a win-win for me here using the same UI on both platforms!
You can get Tweetbot for iPhone/iPod touch for $2.99 here from the 
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In case you are not aware, the serial number provides some interesting information about your iPhone, including the week it was manufactured and the factory id. Folks at OS X Daily tell us that the serial number on the iPhone … Continue reading →
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The New Start Screen of upcoming Microsoft desktop OS Windows 8 is integrated with a tile preview to access desktop, installed programs, memory locations, etc, which is quite similar to Windows Phone 7 home screen. Now, Windows 7 users who want to experience Windows 8 home screen on their PC can do that by having [...]

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The photo canvas app is a very simple app which allows you to take pictures with your iPhone and send them to this company to be printed on high quality canvas and shipped to you.  With the newer iPhone 4 and 4s the camera is able to take high resolution pictures and since people have their phone with them all the time, this is how many people are taking most of their pictures.  Unfortunately that used to mean that it was difficult to move the pictures over to your computer, edit them and have them printed professionally. read more
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Rating: N/A / Artist: Quad/Graphics / Version: 5.0
vineyard vines is a lifestyle brand founded in 1998, when brothers Shep & Ian Murray, decided to quit their corporate jobs to start selling a collection of playful neckties on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard. The first collection of ties sold out and since then they’ve expanded beyond the Vineyard and are pleased to more than just ties, including clothing and accessories men, women and kids. Download the VV app and get an up close look at the catalog—browse the catalog, vis
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Oh dear.
The guys behind social networking app Path have found themselves in a little bother this week. Controversy surrounding the app first stemmed from a blog post published by Arun Thampi, in which Thampi discovered the alarming fact that Path had been uploading the entire address books of every user who had since registered with the service, to its own servers …
… and without user’s permission.

Thampi wrote:
Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a pl
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ist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers, so I created a completely new “Path” and repeated the experiment and I got the same result – my address book was in Path’s hands.
Sure enough, Thampi was right. Upon creating an account at Path a call was previously made to: api.path.com/1/users.plist, which Thampi noted contained data such as “your first name, last name, gender and [account] password.”
If that wasn’t alarming enough, Thampi went on to explain the third call made to Path’s own servers during the account creation process, a call to: api.path.com/3/contacts/add. This, Thampi says, “is the actual offending call which [uploaded] my entire address book to Path.”

Unsurprisingly, the world reacted to the finding, and Path CEO, Dave Morin, was quick to the mark tonight to apologize for the firm’s actions. Calling the collection of user data without permission a “mistake,” Morin noted that it is Path’s mission to build “the world’s first personal network,” one which is considered a “trusted place”.
“We made a mistake. Over the last couple of days users brought to light an issue concerning how we handle your personal information on Path, specifically the transmission and storage of your phone contacts,” Morin said
“As our mission is to build the world’s first personal network, a trusted place for you to journal and share life with close friends and family, we take the storage and transmission of your personal information very, very seriously.“
Following what many are now calling a PR nightmare, the CEO noted tonight that Path has since deleted the entire archive of information it had collected without users’ permission, also adding that an update to the app had been issued which intends to solve this privacy issue by offering users the ability to opt out of this data collection process.
Here’s the thing. If Path collects your data and you let them do it via not opting out, and you later decide you no longer want Path to hold this information – according to 9to5Mac – you’ll have to e-mail Path to request that the information be removed from the firm’s servers – suggesting there will be no automated way to request that this happen in-app, once you’ve given Path permission to take your data.
We believe you should have control when it comes to sharing your personal information. We also believe that actions speak louder than words. So, as a clear signal of our commitment to your privacy, we’ve deleted the entire collection of user uploaded contact information from our servers. Your trust matters to us and we want you to feel completely in control of your information on Path.

Changelog

In Path 2.0.6, released to the App Store today, you are prompted to opt in or out of sharing your phone’s contacts with our servers in order to find your friends and family on Path. If you accept and later decide you would like to revoke this access, please send an email to service@path.com and we will promptly see to it that your contact information is removed.

Those still looking to use Path can download the new “opt-out” update – (below).
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I’m pleased to announce that the version 1.3 update for Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing for Mac is now available.

Here’s what we improved in this release:
- New and improved icons.
- Multi-touch gestures are now supported.
- Full-screen drawing is now supported on OS X Lion.
- Support for the 2-finger pinching gesture for zooming.
Thanks for using Whiteboard.
Let us know what you think in the comments!