9to5Mac has once again scoured the App Store for all the latest app launches, price drops, noteworthy news, and updates, and we have compiled everything in a roundup below. Check it out, but keep coming back as we continually refresh the list throughout the day.
1. Static | 99 cents Static just landed on the App Store today and tracks how well users are doing in their favorite social channels (i.e., Twitter, Instagram, Analytics, Dribbble, and GitHub). The app’s description gives the following summary: “Just added an Instagram photo? Just published a blog post? How much traffic did you get as a result? How many new followers did you gain on Twitter? Instead of hopping back and forth between apps you can see your most important social stats from one screen.” Check out the promo video above for more details.
2. Scanner Mini | Free Scanner Mini by Readdle launched today, and it basically converts an image into a scan, detects borders, removes shadows, corrects perspective, and spits out a PDF file in 5 seconds. To sum up its new scanning app, Readdle said: “We put the core functionality of Scanner Pro into Scanner Mini, and giving it away absolutely for free as a Christmas present to all iOS users!”
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- New report suggests iPad Mini to be available with Wi-Fi only; 10-inch iPad to be updated for UK 4G network (9to5mac.com)
- Logitech’s Solar Keyboard for Mac, iPad and iPhone: $60 (9to5mac.com)
- 4490 mAh iPad Mini battery is almost exactly 3X size of iPhone and 1/3 of the iPad (9to5mac.com)
1. Everpix | Free Everpix is essentially a smarter way to gather, browse, and showcase—or “highlight”— photos, according to the app’s cofounder, Kevin Quennesson, who worked at Apple as a “tech lead and senior software engineer” from 2007 to 2009. He developed the Everpix photo service in 2011, launched the iOS app earlier this year, and is now rolling out the full experience to Windows and making Everpix.com fully compatible with iOS and Android web browsers for mobile devices.
9to5Mac sat down recently with Quennesson and Wayne Fan, Everpix’s second cofounder and lead designer, to get a demo of the app’s refined “Highlights” algorithm, which now boasts semantic tagging and improved photo selection, and a briefing of location-based syncing of the camera roll and other features in version 1.4 of the iOS app.
Quennesson and Fan said they began Everpix to tackle one issue: “Photos are being snapped and shared at an exponential rate. The problem is… the more you have, the harder it is to organize them, or sort through that endless grid.” So, to solve the issue, they developed Everpix’s image analysis technology that “understands” photos, selects the best of multiple, similar shots from a device, and weeds out any bad pics. The algorithm works “much like the human brain,” they said, and it even smart crops.
The app further allows in-app mailing between users, viewing of photos by “Moments,” “Highlights”, or an expanded view to see all the saved images in between, and the service, which is accessible via a mobile device and web browser, can sync photos from just about anywhere, automatically import, and it gathers everything together in the cloud.
Those who are interested in trying Everpix can sign up for a free 30-day trial at www.everpix.com, and then, if desired, they can subscribe for $5 a month or $40 a year.
1. Angry Birds Rio | 99 cents Version 1.5.0 went live today and includes 24 new levels and new power-ups; Angry Birds Rio has Sling Scope laser targeting, Super Seeds to supersize birds, and Samba Burst and TNT Drop power-ups. The app’s full change log also features:
- Collect stars to unlock 18 special Star Levels!
- Earn feathers to unlock 6 Mighty Eagle levels!
- Get 20 free power-ups!
- Check back daily for your free power-up!
- Dance your way to destruction with Samba Burst!
- Send a “special delivery” with the TNT drop!
2. Blogger | Free Version 18.104.22.168 launched this morning with iPhone 5 support. The latest version also updated save post options to “Save as draft”, “Publish” or “Cancel”, and it added Google Analytics for application usage statistics. It also included various bug fixes, such as: photo upload 1021 error, Japanese/Chinese keyboard black screen error, etc.
3. Groupon | Free Version 2.3 came out yesterday and boasts a few new features, including: a new Nearby tab, Personal Deal Collections, and Grouponicus Deals Collection. Users can also now buy Groupons in Puerto Rico.
4. Kobo Books | Free Version 5.9 launched last night with the ability for users to rate and review books in their library. The full change log also includes:
- Improved performance for illustrated books
- Re-designed book overview, table of contents, annotations, and per-book stats pages (iPad)
- Brought back the ability to lock the screen in landscape orientation (iPhone/iPod Touch)
- Stability improvements and bug fixes
5. Garmin U.S.A. | $39.99 Version 2.3 is now live, and it supports iCloud to help sync favorites, Foursquare to provide access to millions of venues worldwide with personalized suggestions and check-in capabilities, Glympse to allow sharing of real-time locations and time of arrival estimations, and Last Mile for pedestrian navigation when parking near a destination. The latest version also includes updated NAVTEQ maps.
6. Navigon USA | $39.99 Garmin pushed out the above updates to its Navigon USA app today, as well.
7. CoPilot Live Premium HD USA | $14.99 Version 22.214.171.124 landed today and sports a bevy of new features and tweaks. The full change log includes:
- Yelp user ratings and reviews for local businesses
- Traffic incident details on your route
- Screen rotation lock in Portrait or Landscape
- Updated quarterly maps of USA
- Privacy settings menu
- Enter GPS coordinates in degrees, minutes and seconds
- Further improvements to the in-app map download experience
- Multi-stop route optimizer improvements
8. CoPilot GPS | Free This is the free version of the above app, and it received all the same updates today too.
9. Viber | Free Version 2.3.0 just landed, and it features the ability to share stickers with friends, send emoticons in text messages, and send locations as messages. It also includes an enhanced messaging experience and an option to connect with friends in group conversations. The app also now features optimization for iPhone 5 and iOS 6.
10. Doodle Jump Christmas Special | 99 cents Version 2.0 rolled out last night, and the app’s description contained the following update notice:
Collect Christmas gifts as you keep jumping up to the North Pole. Some will contain coins and some will contain other surprises. The bigger the box, the more coins inside! The higher you get to, the bigger the box! We’ve also added a store where you can exchange those coins that you collect for five all new outfits, each with its own special abilities. Additionally, you can get a magical resurrect tea pot that saves you should you fall, as well as a head-start rocket that will blast you up to 15,000 in a blink of an eye. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Doodle Jump!
11. Doodle Jump | 99 cents Version 3.3 added “strong winds in the Ice Blizzard theme that push” users sideways. There also two new achievements: Storm Rider and Storm Survivor.
12. Fandango Movies | Free Version 5.3 includes the following updates, according to the full changelog:
- Check out the Fandango Five in the “Spotlight” section to view the week’s hottest tickets on Fandango (iPhone only)
- General bug fixes & usability enhancements
13. AutoCad WS | Free Version 1.6 introduces new features that improve the drawing and editing experience when using AutoCAD WS from mobile devices, such as:
- New gesture-based editing features allow grips and handles to be used to move, scale, and rotate objects
- Modifications to drawing tools provide a faster, more accurate design experience on mobile devices
- Support for Apple iPhone 5 and improved performance
14. NFL Mobile | Free Version 126.96.36.199 features postseason schedule support, live video and coverage of selected 2012 postseason games, the 2013 Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl XLVII, and live audio coverage of every postseason game, the 2013 Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl XLVII, and various bug fixes.
15. Verizon Fios | Free Version 1.6 boasts live channel audio playback even when device is muted, improved remote control pairing, and updated messaging.
16. Food Network on TV | Free Version 3.0 brings an all-new dedicated experience for iPad, bug fixes, and optimization for the iPhone.
17. Fedex Mobile | Free Version 4.0 features a FedEx locator feature that allows users to easily find their closest location complete with “the FedEx services each supports, operating hours and driving directions.” Users also got support for iPhone 5 and the following tweaks:
- Easily remove items from your list by either swiping or selecting remove from the details page.
- Track as many items as you like even without logging in and send tracking details to an email address.
- Send tracking results to an email recipient
- Find a FedEx location near you (Currently, this feature is only available on iPhone in the U.S. for iOS 5.x and above).
18. ESPN Radio | Free Version 4.5.1 launched today with bug fixes on iOS 6 that prevented LIVE DVR from functioning. The app’s full change log also included:
- Vastly improves LIVE streaming experience with fewer disconnects and more stable streams
- Fixes crash that would sometimes occur when bringing app from background to foreground
- Fixes some bugs surrounding Podcast/OnDemand audio downloads
- iPhone 5 resolution support
19. Sky News for iPad | Free Version 1.1 added HD images for Retina screens.
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- Iron Man 2 for iPad | 99 cents (was $4.99)
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- Wallace & Gromit The Last Resort for iPad | 99 cents (was $6.99)
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- Kingdom Rush | Free (was 99 cents)
- Walking Dead: The Game | Free (was $4.99)
- Ticket to Ride | $1.99 (was $6.99)
- AgingBooth | Free (was 99 cents)
- Coin Dozer Pro | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- EPOCH. | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- The Settlers | 99 cents (was $4.99)
- Jurassic Park: The Game 1 HD | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- Jurassic Park: The Game 2 HD | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- Jurassic Park: The Game 3 HD | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- Jurassic Park: The Game 4 HD | 99 cents (was $2.99)
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- Back to the Future Ep 2 HD | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- Back to the Future Ep 3 HD | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- Back to the Future Ep 4 HD | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- Back to the Future Ep 5 HD | 99 cents (was $2.99)
- Asphalt 6: Adrenaline for Mac | 99 cents (was $6.99)
- Garmin U.S.A | $39.99 (was $49.99)
- Garmin N. America | $44.99 (was $59.99)
- NAVIGON USA | $39.99 (was $49.99)
- NAVIGON North America | $44.99 (was $59.99)
- NAVIGON U.S. East | $22.99 (was $29.99)