If you are like me you prefer to play games for free, well now is your chance to take advantage of the promo Rovio is having on their Angry Birds Rio game. You can download Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Rio HD from the App Store for free right now.
Even though it doesn’t have all the crazy new action of Angry Birds Star Wars, or Angry Birds In Space, there’s still a lot of fun to be had in Angry Birds Rio. The app has been made the “Free App of the Week,” so you have a few days to take advantage of the special before it goes back to costing $0.99 and $2.99.
Apple today announced the launch of GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch, making the previous iPad-only version a universal app.“GarageBand on iPad has been a big hit and we think customers will love using it on their iPhone or iPod touch,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
“The innovative Multi-Touch interface combined with Smart Instruments makes it easy to create great sounding music, even if you’ve never studied music or played an instrument before.”
GarageBand [App Store] is available in the App Store for $4.99, with the new version 1.1 bringing iPhone and iPod touch support and several other enhancements.
What’s New in Version 1.1
– Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
– Create custom chords for Smart Instruments
– Support for 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures
– Reset song key without transposing original recordings
– Transpose songs in semitones or full octaves
– Additional quantization options for recordings including, straight, triplet and swing
– New audio export quality settings for AAC and AIFF (Uncompressed)
– Arpeggiator available in Smart Keyboard
– Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
– Numerous enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options
The update is just going live now and should be rolling out to all markets at this time.
Pricing & Availability
GarageBand 1.1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the App Store™ for $4.99 (US) to new users, or as a free update for existing GarageBand for iPad customers. GarageBand is a universal app that runs on iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation).
Today was not only the unveiling of the new iPhone, Apple also took their time to introduce an update version of the iPod Nano. Although the same form factor, Apple’s changed the interface to be easier to navigate, mostly by making each icon take up the entire screen: you swipe between them.
The fitness experience has been improved. Out of the box, you can now track your walks and runs without adding any extra sensors or devices. Just go for a run, come back, plug it in, and your data will automatically be tracked on Nike+’s website.
Also? New clock faces have been added for people who want to use the Nano as a watch. “Why not do it right?” There’s a Mickey Mouse watch, an LED watch, and more.
The iPod nano will come in seven colors. Prices start at $129 for 8GB and $149 for 16GB.
Wow it seems as if all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users do is download apps, earlier today Apple announced that 15 billion apps have been downloaded in the three years the App store has been open.
Some 200 million iOS users have downloaded an average of 75 apps to get that total, according to the Cupertino, Calif. company. The App Store now contains a total of 425,000 apps – 100,000 native iPad entries. Whats really interesting however is that 1 billion apps were downloaded in just the last month, by comparison, it took nine months for the first 1 billion apps to be downloaded.
Personally my iPhone currently holds more than 100 Apps how about yours? Do you have more or less than 75 apps on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know.
In the past we have reported about Chinese developer Digiarty and their Give Aways well now they are doing it again, currently the company is giving away a two-title combo pack, which includes a video converter and a DVD ripper, for free till May 25.
Even if you’re a fan of Handbrake — you might still want to check out the kit’s different feature set, which includes the ability to rip even encrypted DVDs.
According to the company website the offer ends May 25th so you might wanna hurry.
Apple is offering free service and repair to those Mac users who were affected by the Japan tsunami and earthquake in March. As stated in a Support & Information Services note [Japanese version/ Google-translated English version] on Apple’s Japanese website, the company is offering free repairs of any Macs, Cinema Displays, iPhones, iPads or iPod touches damaged in the disaster. Apple’s offer applies to those directly affected by the earthquake who primarily live in municipalities covered by the Disaster Relief Act of 2011.
This isn’t the first time Apple has offered to help those who suffered in the Japan disaster earlier this year. Local Apple Retail managers opened up Apple Stores as sorts of communication centersthat allowed people to use the Internet on the store’s machines to email, FaceTime and Skype their loved ones. Additionally, several Mac developers came to the aid of the disaster victims offering donations from the proceeds of their apps. Apple and all member of the Mac community who have helped and continue to help those in need deserve props and recognition for their support and humanity.
As it said it would do, Apple has made some changes to how it stores and manages the “iOS crowd-sourced location database cache.” In particular, it reduces the size of the cache, doesn’t back it up to iTunes and deletes the cache when you disable Location Services. Apple came under fire for storing all of your location data and this addresses the bug.
This update is for iPhone 4 (GSM model), 3GS, the iPad 2 and 1st-gen iPad, iPod touch (4th and 3rd generation).Also, iOS 4.2.8 is available for Verizon iPhone 4’s, with the same changes to the location database. Go get it by connecting your iOS device to iTunes and checking for updates.
In March Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon ,alleging the Internet giant had violated Apple’s trademark by using the term “App Store” in its Android-based Amazon Appstore. “Amazon has unlawfully used the App Store mark to solicit software developers throughout the United States,” Apple said in a statement, and noted that they tried contacting Amazon several times about the infringement but Amazon repeatedly failed to “provide a substantive response.”
Now GeekWire reports that Amazon has filed an official response to the matter. Following inMicrosoft’s footsteps, Amazon is asserting that the term “app store” is generic and is therefore not a valid trademark. Amazon even cites Steve Jobs in their defense, quoting him from an earlier financial conference call where he used “app stores” in a generic sense. For those of you who like these kinds of lawsuits, you can read Amazon’s filling here [PDF].
If the courts agree with these statements right away, the case could be dismissed quickly. But Apple likely has defenses already lined up for this opening salvo, so this is likely only the beginning of the arguments over the term.