October 8

AAPL: 109.50

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A notable omission from the iBooks library has been Harry Potter, the most successful literary book series. JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, has kept eBook rights exclusive to her own website until today. This morning, Apple announced that all seven of the books are finally available to buy in the iBooks app to be read on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

The books include more than just the text of the story. The ‘enhanced editions’ feature brand new interactive elements, animations, ‘elaborate’ artwork, notes from the author and exclusive covers.

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October 6

AAPL: 111.31

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3DWeather is a Mac application, developed by Idea2Inspire, that shows basic weather stats with animated representation of the present weather condition into a small widget. Users can keep the widget open on the Desktop and it will update over time if any changes in the weather take place. These weather animations are based on different scenes and backgrounds that look stunning on every weather condition. Detailed weather report with Hourly and Daily forecast also can be accessed from the widget itself. 3DWeather has introduced a new approach to displaying weather report which is both informative and delightful to look at.

App demo video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_ProW09BLc

App Store link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3dweather/id1039245559?mt=12

Website: http://idea2inspire.com/apps/3dweather

Support: http://idea2inspire.com/apps/3dweather_help

Contact: info@idea2inspire.com

Press release: http://prmac.com/release-id-76767.htm

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Just a day after Jack Dorsey was named permanent CEO of Twitter, the social network is launching a big new feature in its app called Moments. What started as Project Lightning showcases for a lot of users the best part of Twitter: keeping caught up with in-the-moment news that you care about. The new Moments feature can be found behind the lightning bolt icon through Twitter’s mobile apps and on the web in the US. expand full story

October 5

AAPL: 110.78

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With Adobe Max Creative Conference kicking off later today, it’s time for the wraps to come off the latest advancements in Creative Cloud including new apps for iPhone and iPad.

New from Adobe this year is the Photoshop Fix image retouching iOS app (seen above), Capture CC for iOS and Android which turns images into color themes and brushes, enhanced versions of Photoshop Mix for image composition and Lightroom for iPhone and iPad with new features, a new Portfolio tool for sharing and promoting graphic design work, video content coming to Adobe Stock, plus annual updates to CC desktop apps and CreativeSync.

Many of these apps and updates are available today with others coming later this year, and we’re expecting to hear even more news out of Max which kicks off at 9:30 am PT/12:30 pm ET later today including new details on what Adobe is calling Project Comet (Update: details here), a UX design solution on desktop with a mobile companion. Read on for all the details on the latest from Adobe so far.

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October 3

AAPL: 110.38

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October 1

AAPL: 109.58

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Tweetbot for iOS has undergone another big upgrade today. The new release marks the first time the iPad version of the app has been redesigned to match the all-new UI introduced in iOS 7. iPhone users need not feel left out, however, as this update has a set of new features and design tweaks for you as well.

Let’s dive right in and take a look at what’s new.

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September 24

AAPL: 115.00

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September 17

AAPL: 113.92

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With the launch of YouTube Gaming earlier this year, Google’s Twitch competitor that lets users live stream and watch gameplay videos on YouTube, users can now live stream and browse gameplay videos on YouTube from dedicated apps. Google first enabled live streaming the desktop, and today announced plans for Android, but an update to the popular AirServer app is taking advantage of the lack of iOS streaming support by enabling users to live stream directly to YouTube from their iOS devices.

Google does have a YouTube Gaming app or iOS, but it currently only acts as a community-style app for letting users access live streams and recorded gameplay videos from their iPhone or iPad. AirServer, however, tells us it collaborated with YouTube to enable streaming from iOS apps using its mirroring technology: expand full story

Having previously challenged Apple’s iPads and Apple TVs with rivals called Fire and Fire TV, Amazon today debuted a series of new Fire tablets and Fire TV media streamers at remarkably aggressive price points. Led by the new $49.99 7″ Fire tablet, the Fire tablets aim to dramatically undercut iPads on price, while the $99.99 4K Fire TV and its siblings were designed to leapfrog new and old Apple TVs with specific features… expand full story

September 14

AAPL: 115.31

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Apple today debuted four new ads for Apple Music via its YouTube channel. The ads, like the three debuted last month, focus on the service’s capability to help listeners to discover new music. The new ads feature musician Leon Bridges, singer songwriter Shamir, and rapper Flying Lotus. Apple also today announced a new partnership with Burberry that will see the company developing an Apple Music channel exclusively featuring British artists.

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September 13

AAPL: 114.21

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I don’t plan on subscribing to Apple Music when my free trial of the service runs out. It’s not really something I care to pay $10 a month for. I’m not an avid music listener; I sometimes put some hip hop on in the car, but that’s about it. For me, paying $10 every month for access to a large library of music that I don’t plan to use to the fullest extent just isn’t worth it, and I prefer to own what music I do listen to.

I also hate the idea of subscription software, like Adobe’s current Creative Cloud offering. Like my music, I’d rather own my software outright than pay a monthly fee to have access to it. The same is true for just about every other subscription service that’s out there.

So it might surprise you to find out that I think Apple should get into the TV and movie subscription business. What’s more, I’d be willing to pay every single month for access to that service. Why the difference of opinion on this topic? Keep reading and find out.

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September 4

AAPL: 109.27

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Steve Jobs, the Universal Pictures biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, gets its debut screening tomorrow at the Telluride Film Festival. This is followed by a screening at the New York Film Festival on Oct 3rd, before its national release on 9th October.

We first saw a trailer for the movie back in May, with a longer one shown in July and a modified version shown on TV last month. A leaked screenplay draft confirmed that the movie is set around three product launchesthe original Macintosh, the NeXT Cube and the iMac …  expand full story

September 2

AAPL: 112.34

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Apple officially confirmed its Apple Music Festival two weeks ago, announcing that the event will take place from September 19th through September 28th in London. At the time, the company announced artists such as One Direction,  Disclosure, Pharrell, and Florence + The Machine would be performing at the event. This evening, however, Apple has announced a handful of new artists for its annual festival…

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Remember when the best toy was the actual box your toys came in? With a bit of DIY ingenuity, glue, paint and kid creativity, a box can become a rocketship, UFO or just about anything. It’s the kind of imaginative play that’s only possible when kids put stuff together – and that’s something that apps don’t do very well.

Moonbot’s latest app Moonbeeps: Gizmo is an imagination support device: a control panel for anything that kids create. It’s inspired by the cardboard box creations and pillow forts our own kids have built at home. Whether they want to pilot a spaceship or explore a lunar landscape in a rover, Gizmo can be the dashboard for their creation. It’s an app to spark fun and creative experiences for kids out in the “real world.”

– Tons of sliders, buttons and knobs that make fun noises and visual effects.
– Activate six switches to explore deep space. Then, move your device around for 360º gyroscopic-action!
– Spin the dial to check in your crew.
– Push the thrusters into overdrive!
– Swap control panels using the oscillating crystal switcher.
– Emergency! Red Alert! Sound the alarm with three “defcon” buttons: green, yellow or red.
– Use different combinations and discover new effects. Push the thrusters into overdrive, then go into deep space! Whoa!
– Best of all, use your imagination and creativity to make Gizmo your own fun experience!

Moonbeeps are apps for kids of all ages from Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Numberlys). Each app is designed to create fun, imaginative play in and out of your mobile device. We promise each app will feature beautiful artwork, open play and never include in-app purchases or third party advertising. Learn more at moonbeeps.com

Download Moonbeeps: Gizmo in the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moonbeeps-gizmo/id1004718700


August 27

AAPL: 112.92

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Email apps are dime-a-dozen these days, and every single one claims it brings some incredible new tool to the table that will change the way you do email forever. Usually this just means you can attach images from Dropbox or some other otherwise unremarkable feature.

Geronimo is the latest in a long line of email clients for the iPhone, but unlike many others, it actually does manage to introduce a new management paradigm to the decades-old communication platform. Keep reading for details on its creative new inbox view and gesture-based management message management system.

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August 19

AAPL: 115.01

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I’m a daily Apple TV user, and that fact apparently puts me in the minority: even when the Apple TV’s price dropped to nearly iPod shuffle levels, it didn’t take off like Apple’s iPads or iPhones. From what I’ve gathered, many people think the little black box can’t do much. And it’s amazing to me that most people can’t describe what the Apple TV can do, even though it’s been available for years.

Adding an App Store to the Apple TV — a place to download games, new channels, and apps — has seemed for years like a no-brainer for everyone… except Apple. Blame the hardware, the software, or protracted negotiations with potential partners, but after years of waiting, it just hasn’t happened. Calling this a missed opportunity would be an understatement: video games alone generate tens of billions of dollars of revenue annually, and well over half of them are now sold digitally. Thankfully, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports, Apple will finally bring both iOS 9 and an App Store to the Apple TV this year.

The big question on my mind is how Apple plans to monetize the new Apple TV, particularly given its potential as a gaming console. Prior-generation Apple TVs failed to thrive at $99 (or even $69) price points, which is the same range where Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Ouya and others have struggled to match the market share of PlayStations, Wiis, and Xboxes. Moreover, Apple’s customers have shown little interest in paying ridiculous prices for iOS game controllers, so the hardware upside appears to be somewhat limited for Apple. There is, of course, a logical solution: Apple should accept the lessons it has learned about Apple TV and game accessory pricing, compensating for relatively low hardware profits by selling massive quantities of affordable software…

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Square Enix announced earlier this year at E3 that it would bring back its beloved Final Fantasy VII title as a remake for consoles, PC, and iOS. Today, the iPhone and iPad version of the game officially arrives on the App Store.

While we learned previously that Square Enix wouldn’t be using its Luminous Engine for the remake, the game’s iTunes page does confirm that the iOS title is a direct “port based on Final Fantasy VII for PC” and arrives without any changes to the original game’s storyline. It’s also made some enhancements specially for the iPhone and iPad version… expand full story

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