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Apple’s annual Back to School promotion likely kicking off at end of June

Retro Apple Store Back to School display

Retro Apple Store Back to School display

Apple could be planning to launch its annual Back to School sales promotion within the next two weeks. Apple Stores, according to several employees, will be changing the front of store glass window displays overnight on June 30th. This is the usual timeframe in which Apple launches a promotion to boost Mac, iPad, and iPhone sales in anticipation of the new school year in the fall.

Last year, the Back to School promotion consisted of $100 App Store gift cards for Mac purchases and $50 cards for iPad and iPhone purchases by students with their Student IDs. Of course, this June 30th window change could be connected to another promotion or a new product, but based on the timing, the Back to School program being in the wings seems most likely.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Apple Store, Back to School, fall, Glass, iPad, iPhone, iPod, launch, Mac, promotion, sale, Windows

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New app Audibly lets you share your music wirelessly to nearby iOS devices

A brand new app created by three 2013 WWDC student scholarship winners— Nick Frey, Chris Galzerano, and Veeral Patel—launched on the App Store earlier this month. The app is called Audibly, and it allows users to stream music from one device to any others nearby. The music plays in sync across all devices, allowing everyone to listen in on the same playlist.

The app is fairly straightfoward. You simply pick a playlist to share, pair with a few nearby iOS devices, and hit play. The connection is made over Wi-Fi when there’s a network available, or through a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection if the devices aren’t connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

From the app’s interface, you can control the volume of each individual device that’s connected and adjust the pitch and other effects. Users can also mark specific songs as a favorite to go back to that song later.

Audibly is available completely free on the App Store.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, audibly, launch, Music, sharing, software

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Rovio launches Flappy Bird-style game ‘Retry’ in select countries

Angry Birds maker Rovio is today launching its latest title in the App Store with the release of ‘Retry,’ a game that appears to be inspired by the gameplay and retro 8-bit graphics of recent hit iOS game Flappy Birds. Although that might be selling it short, as it’s clear from the mechanics shown off in the trailer above that this is much more than just a Flappy Birds clone.

From the guys sitting in the room next to the guys who made Angry Birds, comes RETRY – a game so hard, so addictive, so old school that you’ll think you’ve stepped into an 8-bit time machine and gone back to 1986. Totally rad!

The game is the first release from Rovio’s latest publishing arm “Rovio LVL 11,” which, according to Gamasutra, will exist for Rovio’s new titles that don’t quite fit in with the Angry Birds world. That means you shouldn’t expect to see a ton of cross-promotions with Retry and Angry Birds or any of the other Rovio’s titles.

Retry is already available in the App Store for both iPhone and iPad, but it’s currently only available in Canada, Finland, and Poland. We’d expect to see the title arrive in the US and globally in the near future.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: 8-bit, Angry Birds, Flappy Birds, iOS, iPad, iPhone, launch, LVL 11, release, Retry, Rovio

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Rovio launches Flappy Bird-style game ‘Retry’ in select countries

Angry Birds maker Rovio is today launching its latest title in the App Store with the release of ‘Retry,’ a game that appears to be inspired by the gameplay and retro 8-bit graphics of recent hit iOS game Flappy Birds. Although that might be selling it short, as it’s clear from the mechanics shown off in the trailer above that this is much more than just a Flappy Birds clone.

From the guys sitting in the room next to the guys who made Angry Birds, comes RETRY – a game so hard, so addictive, so old school that you’ll think you’ve stepped into an 8-bit time machine and gone back to 1986. Totally rad!

The game is the first release from Rovio’s latest publishing arm “Rovio LVL 11,” which, according to Gamasutra, will exist for Rovio’s new titles that don’t quite fit in with the Angry Birds world. That means you shouldn’t expect to see a ton of cross-promotions with Retry and Angry Birds or any of the other Rovio’s titles.

Retry is already available in the App Store for both iPhone and iPad, but it’s currently only available in Canada, Finland, and Poland. We’d expect to see the title arrive in the US and globally in the near future.

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Doo moves beyond document syncing, releases Scanbot for iPhone

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Earlier this year, the developers of the document-syncing application Doo announced that the company was shutting down its backend and removing its app from sale. The company wasn’t going anywhere, however, and had plans for a brand new product that would be revealed soon.

Today, the company has taken the wraps off of its newest app, Scanbot, which allows users to scan documents into their iPhone and store them as PDFs or JPGs on a variety of cloud services. We had a chance to talk to Frank Thelen, CEO of Doo, about why the original service was shuttered, how the company decided on a new direction, and and what lies ahead for Scanbot.

According to Thelen, Doo was not shut down due to a lack of users, but the slow adoption of some key changes that the company was counting on. Thelen told 9to5Mac that the service had around 300,000 users when it closed down, but because users weren’t moving more toward digital receipts and other paperwork, the vision of the application was ultimately unrealized:

We underestimated how long it will take until users switch to digital invoice, receipts, contracts and so on. We know all of these document will be digital and people need something like when they change their habits, but we couldn’t just wait until this day.

But before closing down the service, Doo also entertained offers from several larger companies, including “two of the big players in San Francisco,” but Thelen had to turn down the offers because the company could not split its team between two locations.

The inspiration for Scanbot was actually not a new idea created to replace Doo. Instead, the technology was originally planned for inclusion in the Doo software. When Thelen realized that the software could actually stand on its own as a new entry into the scanning app market, Scanbot was born.

Scanbot sports an impressive feature set for a first launch, including automatic edge detection, even on documents with rounded and dog-eared corners. An automatic upload feature allows you to immediately sync your scans to Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and more. Scans can be imported from the Camera Roll or photographed using the camera. Multi-page documents can be scanned into a single PDF file.

Overall, Scanbot is quite impressive. The roadmap for future updates isn’t actually set in stone, and Thelen tells us that the plan is to wait until a few weeks after launch and survey customers to find out what features they want the most. This way Doo can ensure that the future of Scanbot matches customer expectations and requests.

Scanbot is available now on the iOS App Store for $.99.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, documents, doo, launch, scanbot, scanner, software

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Twitter announces photo tagging, multiple photo uploads per tweet rolling out to iPhone users

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Twitter has announced a few new features for its iPhone app today. Users with the latest update to the Twitter for iPhone app will soon see the ability to select up to four photos at a time to upload when composing a tweet. These photos will be displayed as a collage on the tweet’s detail screen.

Along with the multi-photo support, users are also now able to tag other people in their photos. A new “who’s in these photos?” button allows you to add the username of other people in the picture. Photo tags won’t take up any characters in the body of the tweet, so the full character count will be available for composing a message.

Both features are being rolled out to users slowly. As long as you have the new update, you should see one or both of these features appear in your client soon. Twitter has also said that at some point in the future, this capability will be made available to third-party apps like Tweetbot.

Twitter is also planning some additional changes to the service soon, reports the Wall Street Journal. After canning its #music app last week, the company plans to revamp its music offering to revolve more around conversation than streaming.

Twitter is also reportedly working on a way to offer “bite-sized music videos,” which could tie into the video service the company has been working on recently. When those changes will go public—let along hit mobile apps—is still unknown.

Twitter for iPhone is a free download on the iOS App Store.


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Bloomberg reiterates new Apple TV incoming, April introduction and Christmas launch

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Following our reports in recent months that Apple was looking to introduce a revamped Apple TV set-top box sometime around the month of March, Bloomberg is out with its own report today confirming much of what we’ve already reported. The report claims Apple is currently planning to launch the new Apple TV set-top box as early as April:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) is planning to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box as early as April and is negotiating with Time Warner Cable Inc. and other potential partners to add video content, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

In January we reported that Apple was working testing the new box that could include a revamped operating system and possibly app and game support for sometime in the first half of 2014. We also reported that Apple was testing upgraded hardware that included built-in AirPort Express 802.11ac router functionality and versions that include a built-in TV tuner to control existing cable boxes. Most recently we reported that code in recent builds of iOS 7 point to refreshed hardware, at least internally. Bloomberg today confirmed a couple of the same details including a new interface for navigating content. It also said the hardware will include a faster processor.

Bloomberg adds that a launch of the product is currently planned for Christmas but that might change if Apple isn’t able to nail down deals with content partners in time. Content from Time Warner has been rumored to be arriving soon for quite a while now, but negotiations are still ongoing according to Bloomberg’s report from today.


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