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case

I don’t use a case for my iPhone, but this looks pretty nice.

Success, and Farming vs. Mining

Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster fame:

Steve Jobs works constantly on his products, every waking minute of every day. He lives and sleeps and breathes them. He’s obsessive and crazy and kind of scary — but he’s trying to build something. He didn’t just say, “Here’s my idea: smart phone! BAM! Go make it happen. Ima jump in the sauna.” That simply doesn’t work. God is in the details. In the implementation.

Please, do yourself a favor and read the entire piece. (via Nik Fletcher)

Album recorded entirely in GarageBand for iPad released

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop:

Pop punk band The Ultramods on Monday released its latest album that was done using GarageBand for iPad’s eight-track recording studio. All of the instruments used to record the album come bundled in GarageBand, according to the band. Even the vocals were recorded using the iPad’s built-in microphone.

Mr. Reader — iPad RSS Reader

Found this app via Justin Williams blog, carpeaqua. Looks very nice, but for now I don’t feel any need to switch from Reeder.

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Shawn Blanc Reviews Instacast

I am as nitpicky about user interface as I am about user experience. There are some apps which, even though they offer a great service, I just never use because I don’t like to look at them. And on the other side you have those apps which look cute but are not very useful.

Instacast, however, is of my favorite breed of apps: one with pitch-perfect design and that does one thing and does it very well.

Two bucks in the App Store. Consider it purchased.

Andy Lark, Dell’s global head of marketing, on the iPad

An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case [means] you’ll be at $1500 or $1600.

His math makes perfect sense if your case runs about $900.

No iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware coming at WWDC

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop:

Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS.

I don’t know about you, but for now I’m perfectly content with what I’ve got.

From the same guys who created the Glif.

Beautiful looking cover for the iPad 2 from Miniot. Anyone else starting to regret ordering a Smart Cover? (via TUAW)

Motorola Ramping Down Xoom Production

Peter Pachal of PC Magazine:

DigiTimes, which often breaks stories about supply-chain news of various manufacturers—typically attributed to unnamed sources—says shipments of the Xoom will ramp down to below 300,000 by May and dwindle to zero by the end of June.

Ouch.

instagoodies

Instagoodies, a project from Alex and Dan Rubin, allows you to make stickers of your Instagram photos.

Tiger Woods: My Swing

Yeah, he’s dropped to fifth in the world, but I’d still take his advice (when it comes to golf, that is). I haven’t used it, but it looks like a nice app for golfers looking to improve their swing.

Color Looks To Reinvent Social Interaction With Its Mobile Photo App

Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch:

Say you walk into a restaurant with twenty people in it. You sit down at a table with four friends, and start chatting. Then one of your friends pulls out their phone, fires up Color, and takes a snapshot of you and your buddies.

That photo is now public to anyone within around 100 feet of the place it was taken. So if anyone else in the restaurant fires up Color, they’ll see the photograph listed in a stream alongside other photos that have recently been taken in the vicinity.

A shame it wasn’t released in time for SXSW, since the main concept is to have multiple people around using it together. More info about the app and a link to download it for free on color.com.

Tim Van Damme’s iPad 2 First impressions

Up until this point, I’m still not sure buying the white model was a good idea. Yes, everyone around you immediately sees you’ve got one of the new iPads, not the previous clunky outdated version. And I gotta admit, it looks pretty damn nice. But it also creates a lot of visual noise when you’re using it. Black rounded corners, a thin black line between the screen and the frame, it all adds up. This isn’t an issue at night, but during the day a black iPad 2 makes more sense.

Always bet on black.

The Other Kind of iPad Magazines

Khoi Vinh:

Flipboard, in my opinion, is the first step on what will either be a long road or a steep climb towards a new way of interfacing with written content. Unfortunately TweetMag, as nice as it is, isn’t quite that second step. It’s an attractive refinement with merits of its own, but it’s still not the breakthrough that this genre of software is looking for.

I’ve got both Flipboard and TweetMag installed, but it’s been a while since I’ve launched either.

Ihnatko’s Review: iPad 2 is not revolutionary, but it is great

Andy Ihnatko of Chicago-Sun TImes:

The iPad 2 is the same iPad. It’s just better in every conceivable way.

He also mentioned, via Twitter, that the Smart Cover makes it the most comfortable-to-hold of all the ebooks.

How the iPhone Led to the Sale of T-Mobile USA

Kevin O’Brien of The New York Times:

But after the iPhone went on sale, sold exclusively at first by AT&T in the United States, T-Mobile USA began to lose its most lucrative customers, those on fixed monthly plans, who defected to its larger American rivals — AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which began selling the iPhone in February.

Just another example of how the iPhone is the most desired mobile device on the market.

Can the mobile wallet beat the hype?

Peter Horvath of Teehan+Lax:

The challenge is finding the incentive for consumers to switch from swiping to waving. As industry practices and consumer behaviour become adjusted to mobile devices as the primary mode for sharing information and digital identities, we’ll start to see an uptake in adoption. But the question remains as to just how quickly we’ll start to see heavy adoption of the mobile wallet in the near future.

An Unexpectedly Fantastic ‘Angry Birds’ Pseudo-Sequel

Eli Hodapp of Touch Arcade:

Instead of killing pigs, you’ve got to break fellow birds free from cages in the first world. Then in the second world you’re defeating monkeys. The 60th level has a boss fight of sorts where you’ve got to fling birds at Nigel, the bad guy of the movie. You even get to fling Blu and Jewel, the two main character birds of Rio. It’s all really well done, and any fans of Angry Birds will have a fantastic time playing through Angry Birds Rio.

Angry Birds is one of my two favorite games for iOS, the other being Words with Friends.

AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile

AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

39 BILLION? Wow!

IPad Case Makers: Smart Cover Won’t Kill Us

I saw a lot of people with the iPad 2 last week and I didn’t see a single one without a Smart Cover.

iPad 2 One Week Later: Still Worth the Upgrade?

Darrell Etherington of GigaOM:

The iPad 2 is a great buy, there’s no denying that. Buyers looking for a tablet won’t find a better option on the market today (or likely even a year from now, if the situation continues on as it has been in that space). But is the iPad 2 really a worthwhile update for owners of the original iPad? Despite my initial inclinations, after a week of use and given the limited stock of available software specifically tailored to the device, I’d have to say no.

I think it depends on what you’re doing with your original iPad. If you’re planning on selling it and only have to spend an additional $100 or so for an iPad 2, I’d say it’s worth it.

I’m afraid to use this app. Not sure I want to know how long will you have to exercise to burn all those calories.

10 Apps You Should Download for iPad 2

Wired’s list is below to save you time from having to navigate through all ten pages.

Dropbox
We rave about Dropbox all the time at Wired.com. That’s because it’s an indispensable addition to the iPad. It is an online storage service that works on an iPad, iPhone, Android phone, or any Windows or Mac PC. Your Dropbox folder is where you put all the files you want to access with any device, and the service automatically syncs so they’re available to you everywhere.

Air Video
Let’s say you’ve got a lot of video files on your PC that aren’t iTunes-compatible, or were acquired through (ahem) less than legal means. With AirVideo, you can quickly set up a server on your PC and choose a folder that you want to share with your iPad.

Friendly
There isn’t an official Facebook app made just for the iPad. Until Facebook comes up with something better, Friendly is basically the best option.

GarageBand
Made by Apple, the GarageBand app is simply stunning. The app packs a virtual piano, guitar, bass guitar and drum set to record songs.

Infinity Blade
Originally made for the iPhone, Infinity Blade has been rescaled and beefed up for the iPad. While it works on the first-generation iPad, it’s even better on the iPad 2.

Instapaper
We’ve featured Instapaper before, but we have to mention it again, because it’s just too crucial. Reading through a web browser can be a chore, with all those distracting ads, ugly sidebars, etc. Hit Instapaper’s “Read Later” button on your PC web browser to add a page to your reading list. Then on your iPad you can launch the Instapaper app to read everything you’ve saved with just the words and pictures, stripped of all the junk.

Flipboard
We can’t get enough of Flipboard, a beautiful social magazine. Fundamentally, it scrapes content from URLs shared on Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds.

PenUltimate
If you come up with a great idea, you can quickly jot it down in this note-taking app that acts a a virtual Field Notes notepad. Unlike other note apps, where you have to type, PenUltimate just lets you scribble on the screen with your finger (or a stylus).

TuneInRadio
Listen to all your favorite online radio stations with this app. Plus, you can use this app to set an alarm to play your favorite station in the morning.

World of Goo
This cutesy puzzle game involves stretching black blobs of goo at geometric angles to reach a goal point (a pipe that sucks up the goo). The sharp graphics and clever sound effects are a nice treat for a game that challenges your noggin.

10 years of the iPod

Johnny Davis of The Guardian:

The iPod is 10 this year. Developed during spring 2001 and brought to market in just eight months, the circumstances surrounding its launch were hardly auspicious. For a start, it debuted days after 9/11. The press launch promised “the unveiling of a breakthrough device”, the only other information on the invitations from Apple’s Silicon Valley HQ was some small print along the bottom: “Hint: It’s Not a Mac.” The assembled media probably figured that was just as well. Apple’s most recent computer, the G4 Cube, had failed to match the success of its iMac – the candy-coloured, egg-shaped machine that had transformed the desktop computer from functional grey workstation to translucent object of desire. And even its appeal was dwindling.

Great piece on the iPod. I still remember seeing this device for the first time at CompUSA and wanting one immediately. It didn’t actually get one until the fourth-generation model came out in 2004 and have had those white buds in my ears ever since.

Make sense of March Madness with these iPhone apps

I’m downloading the Turner Sports’ NCAA March Madness On Demand app now. It’s free and allows you to watch every single game of the tournament.

iPad 2 launch predictably draws crowds, sellouts

Josh Lowensohn of CNET:

Analysts like Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster are already setting estimates for first day sales somewhere between 400,000 to 500,000 units, some 200,000 better than the first iPad did during the same time period in its launch. Apple is expected to unveil preliminary unit sales on Monday, as it did on the Monday following the launch of the first iPad.

I think it’s safe to say that Apple knocked it out of the park yet again.

Austin

Here’s an example of the new tilt-shift feature, which allows you to focus on a certain part and then blur the rest,  that’s been built into Instagram.

Instapaper 3.0 is here!

Instapaper 3.0 for iPhone and iPad is now available in the App Store, and I’ve updated the Instapaper website to include many of its new features as well. This is the biggest update Instapaper has ever had in one version, and I’m proud to finally show it to you.

I second what Josh Clark said, ” My favorite iPhone/iPad app just got better. I mean, wow, a LOT better.”

iPad 2 Arrives Tomorrow

Apple® today announced that iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more, will be available tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time at all 236 Apple retail stores in the US and through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. PT.

Alarm clock set. (via Daring Fireball)

The current notification system in iOS is lacking to say the least. Only one notification is shown at a time so its not very useful—especially on the lock screen.

The unveiling of the iPad 2 sparked our interest in the current system. I had some fun over the weekend and came up with a new look for when the Smart Cover is in place.

Brilliant! (via Cameron Moll)

An Open Letter to the Industry and Consumers

Douglas Bergeron, CEO of VeriFone:

Consumer trust is what’s really at stake. If the industry allows Square and other similar attempts to short-circuit security best practices, it will seriously jeopardize the integrity and security of the payment infrastructure and financial systems developed over the last three decades.

Cabel Sasser, of Panic, sums it up nicely:

Ladies and gents: the pathetic, desperate groans of an outpaced, frightened dinosaur, in words.

Dodo Case

Don’t get me wrong, the new DODOcase for the iPad 2 looks very nice, but I don’t think it’ll sell as well as the original. Apple’s Smart Cover is just too tough to pass up. (via Cameron Moll)

Domo launching ‘pre-social’ mobile app ahead of SXSW

Rafe Needleman of CNET News:

Here’s what it does: It helps you find Facebook people who are near you and share your interests. The mobile app records your interests, musical tastes, work history, and so on, and then lets you find people nearby who match some or all of those categories. If you’re at SXSW and want to find someone who shares your interest in a particular musical group, Domo will help you find that person; you can message them through the app as well.

Plenty of location-based apps seem to be gearing up for this years SXSW. The two heavy hitters, Gowalla (who just launched an updated version of their Android app) and Foursquare (who just launched an updated version of their iPhone app), and a couple newcomers, EightBit and Domo.

SitByUs

Naz Hamid:

If you’re new to SitBy.Us, in a nutshell: SitBy.Us helps you discover panels and share where you’re sitting at SXSW Interactive using your Twitter friends list.

One of the best web apps I’ve ever used.

iOS 4.3 to be released at 10AM today

Jonathan Geller of BGR:

One of our sources has just let us know something pretty interesting. There has been a lot of talk surrounding Apple’s personal hotspot feature, specifically it’s capability of only supporting 3 wireless connections (as opposed to 5 like many other devices). Well, we have been told it’s all left to the carrier to decide. If a carrier requests it, five devices will be supported, but by default, it’s three.

The thing I’m most excited about is the improved Safari performance thanks to the Nitro JavaScript engine.

Which iPad 2 should I get?

Marco Arment of Instapaper:

If you’re happy with your iPad, there’s not a huge reason to upgrade. Casual gadget customers who already own iPads are probably better off waiting for the next version.

After reading this, I’m now questioning myself. Maybe I should hold off until the next version. Marco, however, is not:

Good luck. I’ll see you on line at the Apple Store, where I think I’ll be getting a 32 GB Verizon 3G model, in black, with a red, navy, or black leather Smart Cover.

Buying an iPad 2: What you need to know

Christina Warren of Mashable:

Instead, the iPad 2 will be available via Apple.com at some point early Friday, and in retail stores starting at 5:00pm. Online reports indicate that Apple.com sales will start at 12:01am PST on March 11, 2011. East coast buyers, set your clocks for 3am.

Not looking forward to that wake up call.

Instagrid

A gallery for all your Instagram photos. (via Keegan Jones)

Type Specimen

Type Specimen is the first font viewer for iPad, revolutionizing the way digital fonts are presented today. It’s an ideal tool for people who need to select fonts for projects - be it magazine design, corporate identity design, web applications, or book typesetting. Type Specimen is a quick and easy way to navigate the type foundry, containing over two hundred original font styles. Type Specimen allows you to categorize individual fonts, make comparisons, or see details of specific glyphs.

Looks great and it’s free! (via Tom Coates)

iPad Covers

With only a couple days left until the new iPads arrive it’s time to make some decisions. For me, the hardest part is not deciding which network (since I’m only getting the Wi-Fi model) or what size (16GB was plenty for me), but the color combo is where I’m finding it tough. With twenty different variations, Apple’s not making it easy. I’m pretty sure I’ll be going with red-on-black though… what about you all?

Use the tag #ipadcolorcombo on Twitter to share.

Recent numbers on Apple’s “post-PC” sales and market share

My favorite stat from Luke Wroblewski’s list:

Apple has sold 15 million iPads -that’s more than every tablet PC ever sold. The iPad has over 90% market share.

Stylus Cap

The MORE/REAL Stylus Cap turns a Sharpie, a Bic, or a Pilot Fineliner into a touchscreen stylus that works with any capacitive touch screen. You get all the benefits of a marker that can write on paper with a stylus that gives you superior control to sketch and take notes on touchscreens such as the iPad.

Their $15,000 goal on Kickstarter has been met (over $40,000 as of now) with nine days left. Looks like these caps will be a reality someday soon.

Some game developers unhappy with Apple

Trip Hawkins, founder of software giant Electronic Arts and most recently Digital Chocolate, a few days ago:

“They have over-encouraged supply,” Hawkins said on a panel at the conference. Using statistics that Apple has made public, Hawkins calculated that each app earns, on average, about $4,000.

“Four thousand per application: Do you see a problem with that?” he asked the audience. “That doesn’t even pay for a really good foosball table.”

But had this to say two years ago:

It’s by far our most effective platform. We make as much money with these games on one device as we do putting a game on 100 different cell phone platforms. Between the iPod Touch and the iPhone, I think the platform is freaking out Sony and Nintendo.

The App Wall

MG Siegler of TechCrunch:

Instead of building the me-too photo app, or the try-mine group messaging app, why not set out to do something completely different? Why not do something no one else has ever done before? Obviously, that’s much easier said than done — but I’m not sure it’s any harder than trying to compete in a totally over-saturated market.

I get what Siegler’s saying. There are so many apps now, and the majority of them are just basically copying what a previously successful app has done. Great apps come out every day, but it’s been a while since an iPhone app has completely blown me away. By that, I mean apps that are completely original and extremely useful. You know, apps like Shazam, Instapaper and Ego.

Apple iPad 2 is here and tablet rivals need to hit the drawing board

Andy Ihnatko of Chicago Sun-Times:

But you kind of have to hold the iPad 2 to really get the redesign. It’s thinner by a third, plus its edges taper to a thin line of metal. It’s almost inconceivable that this thing you’re holding is a multicore tablet computer. The Xoom tablet is trim, light, and very pretty ... but when you place it next to the iPad 2, it looks as though it was designed and built by angry Soviet prison labor instead of by Motorola.

I almost feel sad for Motorola, Samsung and the others. Not sure if they even stand a chance.

Apple iPad 2 Event Set for March 2

Kara Swisher of All Things Digital:

To those who intensely cares about this kind of stuff–which would be pretty much everyone in the tech ecosystem–Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad, according to multiple sources.

PadPivot

They exceeded their $10,000 goal on Kickstarter pretty easily.

Apple to Announce Next-Gen iPad in Early February?

Kevin Rose:

I have it on good authority that Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next “3-4 weeks”, possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back cameras. 

If you’re thinking of buying an iPad, hold off for now. 

I hope this rumor is true. My wife and bank account do not.

More Schools Embracing iPad as Learning Tool

Winnie Hu of The New York Times:

But school leaders say the iPad is not just a cool new toy but rather a powerful and versatile tool with a multitude of applications, including thousands with educational uses.

Is it safe to say that the iPad will dramatically change the way kids learn and teachers teach? I think so.

Fling, a tactile game controller, looks like a pretty good idea for those iPad gamers out there.

Garrett Murray’s Favorite iOS Apps of 2010

A great list of apps.

StarDunk, a game I’ve never heard of until now, might be as addictive as any iOS game I’ve ever played.

Design Then Code

Mike Rundle:

Near the end of last summer I had an idea of what I could do with these various unfinished projects: turn them into in-depth tutorials. So many friends of mine are designers who have never programmed before, or developers who never learned iPhone development, so the least I could do is re-package these forgotten projects (and new ones!) into something that might teach others what I’ve learned about iPhone UI design and development.

Design Then Code will be the site where these tutorials are published. If you go there now you can register to be notified when the first set of tutorials are available.

If you’re just getting into developing for iOS devices, do yourself a favor and sign up. The free e-book, Building iOS Apps From Scratch, is great from what I’ve read so far.

A collection of apps the 37signals team started using in the past year

Good list… Pastebot, Soulver and Opera Mini are just a few of the apps they recommend.

Wired’s 10 Most Significant Gadgets of 2010

Three Apple products in the top ten. Pretty sure you all know what takes the top spot.

Gorillaz give away their new album made on an iPad

Caspar Llewellyn Smith and Jamie Doward of The Guardian:

The band that headlined this year’s Glastonbury festival today released The Fall, an album that can be downloaded free and was largely produced using only an iPad. “I’ve never been someone who’s embraced technology particularly,” frontman Damon Albarn told a New Zealand TV station this month, shortly after announcing that Gorillaz would stop playing live in their current format. “I’ve always tried to keep true to my roots, which was just a four-track and a guitar, but I got given an iPad and I suddenly found myself in a position where I could make quite a sonically sophisticated record in my hotel room.”

Beluga

Beluga helps groups of friends stay in touch on the go. Use it to plan a night out or just share updates and photos. It’s instant, intimate and simple. Best of all, it’s completely free.

(via MG Siegler)

Free Navigation app for iPhone & iPad

iSource:

NavFree has just released a free turn-by-turn navigation app for the iPhone and iPad.  It’s a biggie at 1.76 GB.  It offers voice guidance, live Google search, and auto re-routing—something you normally don’t find in free GPS software.  One big caveat with this navigation app is the availability of offline map data.  There are no hidden costs or monthly fees to the consumer because it uses map data from OpenStreetMap.  There will be premium in-app purchases available at a later date.  Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to download it, though.  My download in iTunes just finished after nearly 30 minutes.

Update: After looking at the reviews, I’d think twice about trying this one out. Guess you get what you pay for (or in this case, what you don’t pay for).

Tablets, Compared

Hewlett-Packard’s Slate is priced at $800?

Seriously?

We celebrate somebody like a Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that’s a good thing. We want that incentive. That’s part of the free market.

Next iPad with Smaller Bezel, Flat Back, and Wide-Range Speaker?

Arnold Kim of Mac Rumors:

The changes would be welcome by some as it addresses a couple of criticisms of the original iPad design. The outer plastic bezel surrounding the LCD screen of the iPad was seen as excessively large by some. The new design would address this by slightly narrowing this bezel by 3x3mm. The final design is said to retain the same size LCD screen but the overall unit is claimed to measure 239 mm by 186 mm as compared to the current iPad’s size of 242.8 mm x 189.7 mm. Next, the back of the iPad is reported to be “flat like an iPod Touch” which would allow the new iPad to sit flat on a desk surface. The current iPad has a rounded back.

TweetMag, created by Teehan + Lax, uses your Twitter account to create simple magazines. It is now available at the App Store for $4.99.

Hands-On With Camera+ 2

Jay Hathaway of Download Squad:

So, what’s new in Camera+ 2.0? Plenty! Let’s start with the filters. You’ll notice that the “normal” button that used to be in the center of each filter selection screen has been replaced by an additional filter. Under Color, it’s a blue filter called Cyanotype. Retro gets a glowing filter called Tailfins, and Special gains the best new filter of all, Depth of Field. I can’t stress how awesome the Depth of Field filter is: it calculates what’s in the foreground of your photo, and intelligently blurs the rest. If you’re shooting a new Facebook profile photo, this is absolutely the filter you want to use.

locacha

Locacha is local chat. Pick your name. Pick your location. And start chatting with the closest people to that spot. No signup and completely anonymous.

Interesting idea.

Metacritic’s best-reviewed iPhone & iPad games of 2010

Super QuickHook, a game I’ve never played, gets the top spot for iPhone and World of Goo gets the nod for iPad.

Not sure how much I trust this list since a lot of great titles (The Incident, Astronut and Angry Birds just to name a few) seem to be missing.

State of Sync, Part 1

Jürgen Schweizer, of Cultured Code, discusses the cloud sync solution for Things:

The final release of cloud sync as part of Things is still off by a few months. But we plan to publish more details about what we are doing (and have been doing) every few weeks.

Let me end this post by expressing our sincere gratitude for your patience. Driven by ambitions that were almost too high, it has taken us much longer than we expected. On a path lined with unanticipated obstacles and letdowns, it felt at times as if we would never get there – but we kept believing that we would be able to create a fine solution; a foundation for many cool things to come.

It is now in reach.

I know plenty people who have jumped ship because of the lack of cloud syncing, and rightfully so if that’s a must-have feature for how you work. For me personally, I’m still on the Things bandwagon, mainly because I do not own this app for the Mac or iPad. I own it solely for the iPhone which means I have no need for the syncing feature.

My to-do list is something I do not need to have on multiple devices. As long as I can get to it with my iPhone, the one device that’s with me at all times (unlike my MacBook Pro and iPad) then I’m good. (via Shawn Blanc)

One Bundle to Rule Them All

Fusion, the best ad network ever, has an excellent deal for anyone that owns a computer. Thirteen awesome apps (ExpressionEngine, Versions, FontCase, Billings—just to name a few) for only $79. Only ten days left to take advantage of this sweet offer… GO!

Introducing iAd Producer

Apple:

iAd Producer makes it easy for you to design and assemble high-impact, interactive content for iAd. iAd Producer automatically manages the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript behind your iAd to make creating beautiful, motion-rich iAd content as easy as point and click.

For advanced developers, iAd Producer offers sophisticated JavaScript editing and debugging, along with a powerful extension mechanism that enables them to create and re-use their own page templates and components.

Apple picks Flipboard as App of the Year

MG Siegler of TechCrunch:

The social magazine app launched in July with some glowing reviews and since then, a few small updates have made it even better. But the update they’re releasing today makes it a lot better. So much so that if Flipboard was already the app of 2010, they’ve got to be the early frontrunners to be the iPad app of 2011 as well.

Big congrats to the folks at Flipboard! Can’t say I personally use it all that much, but it seems like everyone I know who has an iPad loves it.

7 best iOS games of the year

Wow! Perfect score (5-out-of-5 mice) for The Incident. Huge congrats to Matt Comi & Neven Mrgan!

Warning: You might shit your pants. (via @Brad)

Apple Readies Verizon iPhone

Yukari Iwatani Kane of The Wall Street Journal:

The new iPhone spells the end of the exclusive arrangement that AT&T has had since 2007, when Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone. Since then, the iPhone fueled much of the AT&T’s growth.

Briefly on OmniFocus

Shawn Blanc:

About a week ago I switched to OmniFocus. I don’t switch to, or tinker with, new software that much anymore. I’ve pretty much found and use all the tools that work for me so I can do my best work every day. But my iPhone and iPad are changing how I interact with my work, and so, alas, Things became a casualty of war. (Yes, work is war. Anyone who says differently is selling something.)

Great piece from Shawn that’s tempting me to make the switch, too.

Windows Tablets Can’t Match the iPad’s Magic

Dan Costa of PC Magazine:

In short, Apple is giving the rest of the industry a total drubbing. If this were little league, the umpire would invoke the mercy rule and prevent Apple from signing up yet more distributors for its iPad. (Too late, now you can buy it directly from Amazon!) And it gets worse. Not only is Apple making money on the iPad, it is also profiting from app sales. Vigorous app sales drive more app development, which enhances the value of the iPad platform and drives—you guessed it—more iPad sales.

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Official Moleskine covers are now available for pre-order on Amazon. They’re “conceived as analog-digital ultra-portable workstations for the contemporary nomads.” Both look nice, but I think the iPhone case would make it too thick for me and my pocket. However, it’ll be tough not ordering the iPad case.

The Flying iPad

Nice short story of how the DODOcase saved an iPad from a 70 mph crash landing.

Tweet Library

Manton Reece of Riverfold Software:

Tweet Library keeps a local searchable archive of your own tweets, favorites, and retweets so that you can find important tweets later. It adds collections so that you can curate your timeline by organizing related tweets together. And it includes custom filters to automatically group or hide tweets.

Hell of an idea! Hoping to try it out soon. (via Justin Williams)

PayPal for iPhone Deposits Checks via Camera

Kevin Purdy of lifehacker:

If you truly dislike having to deal with checks, you’re in luck—at least if you like PayPal. The payment platform’s iPhone app can now deposit checks after you sign and snap a picture.

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Glif is a super slick iPhone 4 tripod which also can act as a kickstand to prop up your iPhone. It’s currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign.

Writer for iPad

New ($4.99) iPad app from Information Architects:

The key to good writing is not that magical glass of Bordeaux, the right kind of tobacco or that groovy background music. The key is focus. What you need to write well is a spartan setting that allows you to fully concentrate on your text and nothing but your text. Many professional writers use SimpleText or Textedit because these are the only writing programs that are totally distraction free. But text editors are not perfect. That’s why we made Writer.

Facebook Is Not Working On A Phone Just Like Google Was Not Working On A Phone

MG Siegler of TechCrunch:

We may not know the specifics about what Facebook is up to with regard to their own phone, but we know they have a very talented team working on the project. And Facebook can deny it all they want right up to the day it’s released.

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First Look: iOS 4.2 beta 1

Dan Moren of Macworld:

We’ll be honest: after checking out iOS 4.2, the idea of going back to 3.2.1 is inconceivable. Multitasking, folders—blessed folders!—and Mail’s improvements feel natural on the tablet and we’re sure that AirPlay and AirPrint will make us even more at home when they finally arrive in full force this November.

Is someone trying to tell us something about upcoming iPads?

Pano, an app that allows your to take panoramic shots with the iPhone camera, gives a little hint in their update:

We’ve also optimized for any upcoming camera-bearing products (*wink*).

Weet for iPhone

A beautiful Twitter app produced by RaptorApps and Marcelo Marfil.

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Some nice and affordable case options.

Adobe resurrects Flash-to-iPhone app tool

Stephen Shankland of CNET:

Apple still has the final say, though. The 113 App Store rules it released Thursday made clear there are plenty of reasons it’ll reject applications it considers subpar—and Jobs made it clear he thinks the cross-platform nature of Flash means it’s harder to make applications that feel like native citizens of the iOS community. But the fact that Packager for iPhone apps are arriving in the App Store again means that Adobe’s tool is relevant again.

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Just playing around with the new HDR (high-dynamic range) photo feature in iOS 4.1. I think the original photo (on the left) looks better, and the HDR photo looks a little “touched up” (view the original sizes here). Looks like it’s really going to depend on the situation, well-lit shots seem to work best with this new feature.

Nike Releases New Nike+ GPS App for Runners

David Chartier of Macworld:

There are a few likely reasons for why Nike decided to release a separate Nike+ app when it already got Apple to build one into iOS. For one, this new app does not require the purchase of a Nike + iPod Sport Kit—it relies solely on device hardware like the GPS and accelerometer. As a result, iPhone and iPod touch users now only need to consider purchasing a $2 app versus a $30 kit (iPod nano owners, however, will still need the kit).

I used it last night and I love it.

iOS 4.1 Software Update

Scheduled to be released sometime today.

Twitter App for iPad Puts New Focus on Design

Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times:

With Twitter for iPad, people can tap on a link and see photos, stories or video in a new pane, and easily swipe their finger to move between the content and the Twitter stream.

Another frustrating aspect of Twitter is that it can be difficult to track conversations as people reply and refer to one another, and to find more information about a particular Twitter user without clicking on a bunch of links. The new iPad app addresses that as well. By pinching on a Twitter post on the iPad screen, users can read more about an author and reply to a post. By putting two fingers together and pulling down on a post, people can view the rest of the conversation around the post.