Google launches Photovine social sharing app for iOS

In anticipation of a launch of the Photovine service which was announced Tuesday, Google has just released a free invite-only Photovine for iOS app on the App Store and posted the cutesy teaser (see below) on the official Photovine page. Beginning today, people can request an invite on the site, which is needed to take advantage of an iOS app. You’re advised to hurry up because invitations for Google’s recently launched products have been  in high demand (Google+, anyone?). By the way, don’t you find it weird they would feature an iPhone 4 app on both the website and in the video clip rather than a Nexus S?

For those uninitiated, Photovine is Google’s attempt at social photo sharing that takes clues from Flickr, Facebook photos, Picasa and other services. “Photovine is a fun way to learn more about your friends, meet new people and share your world like never before”, says the official blurb. You begin creating a vine by taking a photo and creating a new caption.  Other people will see your vine and join in by adding their own photo, showing their own take on the caption. Google explains:

A vine is like a constantly growing family of photos connected through a common caption created by you, your friends, and people all over the world. Some examples of vines could be: “What Weekends Are Made Of”, “Secret Stuffed Animal”, “Party People”, or, “Love of My Life”. As people add photos to vines, they tell their own stories about the moments, images, and ideas that define our lives in a way that’s social, creative, and fun.

Release notes from iTunes after the break

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Apple continues work on native panoramic camera functionality in iOS 5

Last month, we documented code within iOS 5 which contained references to some new panoramic camera functionality for iOS devices.

The latest build of iOS shows that Apple continues to do work on this functionality.  They’ve added a few more strings which weren’t in the earlier Beta:

Here’s what happens when you jailbreak and enable panoramic

More than a few third party apps already do panoramic camera capturing on Apple’s iOS. One example is below:

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Nuance announces free Siri-like Dragon Go iOS application

Nuance has announced a new iPhone application called Dragon Go, which is basically search software that works hand-in-hand with the company’s phenomenal voice recognition technology. The concept is quite similar to Siri, which Apple owns, and all voice-searches connect to services like OpenTable and Fandango. The concept is pretty neat, and hopefully this is a taste of what we’ll be seeing in the eventual fruition of Apple’s rumored partnership with Nuance and purchase of Siri. According to All Things D the application is free and is now available.

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Developers: Volume B2B purchasing coming to the App Store

Developers wishing to sell apps to business in volume for discounted rates now will be able to according to an email just sent to developers. Apple upgraded its Paid Applications Agreement today which allows for a new type of pricing.

For instance, a hospital could buy a medical app for its 2000 employees in one big swoop rather than hitting the buy button 2000 times.    Read more

Apple shifts international App Store (Mac + iOS) pricing to balance with the U.S. Dollar

Price change in the UK

Amid their goal to even out prices internationally with those in the United States, Apple has raised prices (and lowered!) for applications across the international App Store. Of note for the UK, a 99 cent application (U.S.) now costs £0.69 up from the £0.59 of yesterday. Additionally, apps which were £1.19 are now £1.49. These changes are also international with a slight price drop in Switzerland and in Japan. Apps in Japan now start at 85 Yen versus the 115 Yen of yesterday. Let us know the changes you spot in other countries. It looks like changes are in effect in the UK, Mexico, Japan, Switzerland, and Australia. Here are some examples:

From reader Pump in Switzerland:

Final Cut Pro 329.- Swiss Francs
NEW: 300.-

Compressor 55.- Swiss Francs
NEW: 48.-

iPhoto: 17.- Swiss Francs
NEW: 15.-

Reeder: 11.- Swiss Francs
NEW: 10.-

From Dean and David G. in Australia

Aperture - was $99 and is now $84.99

From a reader in Mexico:

Same thing in Mexico, from US store 99¢ apps went from $10 MXN to $12 MXN

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