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Updated: Apple to make Logic Pro and MainStage download-only, Mac App Store apps

Update: Apple has now released Logic Pro 9 ($199) and MainStage 2 ($29) in the Mac App Store. Weighing in at 413 MB, Logic Pro 9 requires 3.6GB of disk space and still comes with all the built-in plug-ins and sounds. However, for commenters pointing out the many GBs of additional content bundled with the soon to be discontinued $499 Logic Studio, Apple is making 19GB of additional content available via in-app downloads. Otherwise the app, at first glance, appears to be largely unchanged.

To accompany the release the of the new Mac App Store versions, Logic Pro was also updated to version 9.1.6 today. Apple also updated Aperture in the Mac App Store to version 3.2.2., which mainly fixes an issue with “auto-imported Photo Stream images”.

Apple has officially informed retailers they’ll be moving distribution of their Logic Pro and Logic Express digital audio workstations to a download-only, Mac App Store model (via MacRumors):

Apple today issued a notice to resellers announcing that it has discontinued the boxed versions of its Logic Studio and Logic Express audio software packages effectively immediately, also announcing that the Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 components will be moving to the Mac App Store for distribution.

The report notes Apple said “new” versions of Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 (components of Logic Pro) would be coming to the Mac App Store, although it’s unclear what that means for Logic Express (essentially a light version of Logic Pro 9), and Soundtrack Pro. The packaged version of Logic Studio currently sells for $499.

In June Apple released a completely redesigned, and some would argue scaled back, version of their Final Cut Pro video editing suite called Final Cut Pro X. That update was also released as a download through the Mac App Store, but wasn’t well received, and some fear that the Logic apps are headed in the same direction. Apple just recently launched a universal iOS version of GarageBand, their consumer/amateur version of Logic Pro that ships with iLife. No word on a potential Logic Studio iOS app.

What’s The Best iOS Game Of 2011? [Poll]

2011 is quickly drawing to a close, and before we shut down our computers and get drunk for Christmas, we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate some of this year’s finest iOS games. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites and we’d like you to vote for the game the you think is this year’s greatest.

Now, Apple approves thousands of new iOS apps each and every day, so it’s impossible for us to keep track of every game released in 2011. However, we think we’ve put together a pretty great shortlist that includes 20 of the most popular titles this year.

And if you don’t agree with us, all you have to do is write-in your answer, or leave a comment with your suggestions down below.

On Thursday, December 15, we’ll announce the top 10 finalist, then the following week declare 2011′s best iOS game as chosen by you. So, what are you waiting for? Get voting!

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Apple Names Their Choices For Best Apps And Games Of 2011 With iTunes Rewind

Following their annual holiday tradition, Apple has just published iTunes Rewind 2011, their list of their own personal best apps and games across twenty-one categories. And as usual, there’s some surprising choices.

Perhaps most surprising is the choice of Tiny Tower as the iPhone Game of the Year, over other best sellers like Tiny Wings. Best iPad Game of the year is also a strange choice: Dead Space, which is a perfectly enjoyable game, but not quite as good (or as popular) as choices like Infinity Blade II. Sword and Sworcery was declared runner-up for best iPad game of the year.

For the apps category, no surprise, Instagram was voted Best iPhone app of the year, while Snapseed was declared the best iPad app of the year (djay and Jamie’s Recipes by Jamie Oliver came in second and third, respectively).

Finally, on the Mac App Store side of things, Pixelmator was declared the App of the Year, while Civilization V was voted game of the year.

Here is the complete list:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:
1. Angry Birds
2. Fruit Ninja
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. Cut the Rope
5. Tiny Wings
6. Angry Birds Rio
7. Words With Friends
8. Camera+
9. Doodle Jump
10. Plants vs. Zombies
Top Free iPhone Apps:
1. Facebook
2. Pandora Radio
3. Words with Friends Free
4. Angry Birds Free
5. Skype
6. Netflix
7. Angry Birds Rio Free
8. Groupon
9. Fruit Ninja Lite
10. Twitter
iPad Apps

Top Paid iPad Apps:
1. Angry Birds HD
2. Pages
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. GarageBand
5. Angry Birds Rio HD
6. Penultimate
7. Fruit Ninja HD
8. Cut the Rope HD
9. SCRABBLE for iPad
10. Keynote
Top Free iPad Apps
1. Angry Birds HD Free
2. The Weather Channel for iPad
3. Netflix
4. CNN App for iPad
5. Angry Birds Rio HD Free
6. Kindle
7. Skype for iPad
8. Calculator for iPad Free
9. Pandora Radio
10. Calculator Pro for iPad Free

These are actually some pretty good choices, but obviously, there’s a lot of room for debate. Do you think Apple dropped the ball by not recognizing a particular app? Let us know in the comments.

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Twitter’s all-new iPhone app: Revamped UI, new Connect menu, snappier

Today, Twitter announced an all new online version of Twitter, and to complement this new site, the popular micro blogging service launched a re-designed iPhone application. The new application features an all new user-interface and it looks awesome. The new app has four tabs across the bottom: Home, Connect, Discover, and Me, detailed below the fold.

Home: The Home section of the application includes your Twitter timeline. This timeline shows all the tweets of people you follow and also has a button on the top right to quickly send off a tweet. The interface for individual tweets is also redesigned, faster to load, and appears much lighter. You can reply to individual tweets from this new menu, retweet them (native), favorite them, or share them via copying the link to your clipboard or emailing a link. The swipe for quick actions option within the timeline view is no longer present. You can now also view who has retweeted a particular tweet.

Connect: Connect is an all new addition to Twitter for iPhone. This menu includes a Mentions tab and an Interactions tab. The Mentions tab just shows all of your @replies through Twitter – as the application has always allowed you to do, but the Interactions feature is all-new. Interactions, as described by Twitter, lets you track your impact across Twitter. Interactions shows all the actions other people take related to you and your Tweets. See who follows you, retweets or favorites one of your Tweets, or adds you to a list.

Discover: The discover tab lets Twitter be a great, light news reader type of service. The view shows you “stories” which are like trending topics and points you to websites covering the information. In addition, top trending topics and hashtags are shown in this Discover view. You can also find Twitter friends via your the address book and choose who to follow based on people you follow that are similar.

Me: The Me tab shows your profile: how many times you have tweeted, how many people you are following, and how many people are following you. You can also manage your Direct Messages from here, manage your tweet drafts, organize and view lists, switch accounts, access settings, get Twitter help, and view saved searches from here. (Tip from @tmdvs: “Swipe up on Me tab in twitter to open DMs and left or right to swap accounts.”)

Overall, this is a fantastic update for Twitter for iPhone. It’s faster, lighter, easier to use, and of course free. The new features released in this iPhone version are in-fact iPhone only. Twitter is yet to announce and release a new iPad version. It’s available here from the App Store. Full screenshot gallery of the new Twitter app is after the break

StyleTap iOS Wrapper SDK lets you submit Palm OS apps to Apple

Last year StyleTap launched their Palm OS emulator platform for iPhone, but for obvious reasons it wasn’t made available through the App Store and instead limited to jailbroken devices. To circumvent Apple’s App Store guidelines, over the past year StyleTap has developed and now launched the ‘StyleTap iOS Wrapper SDK‘, allowing Palm OS devs to wrap their apps in an iPhone app that’s ready to submit to Apple. Here’s how it works:

StyleTap Platform for iPhone® cannot currently be purchased through the Apple App Store because it provides capabilities (e.g.the ability to download other Palm applications) that are restricted by Apple. The StyleTap iOS Wrapper SDK allows you as a Palm application developer to create an iPhone (iOS) application that “wraps” a Palm application inside StyleTap Platform for iPhone in a way that removes all of the restricted capabilities. You can then submit the resulting iPhone application to be included in the Apple App Store.

StyleTap will provide devs with the StyleTap Platform designed for non-jailbroken iPhones through a template Xcode project that also includes instructions on configuring apps for submission to Apple. After devs throw their .prc and .pdb Palm application and license info into the StyleTap Platform setup, they will then have to build an iOS app. Of course devs will still have to be part of Apple’s Developer Program and StyleTap isn’t guaranteeing Apple will accept submitted apps. Also noteworthy is the fact that this enables organizations to deploy Palm apps to non-jailbroken iOS devices, and those apps don’t require submission to Apple.

No word on pricing for licenses, as the new iOS Wrapper SDK just launched and the company is taking it on a customer by customer basis. You can learn more and contact them here.

OnLive brings cloud gaming service to mobile with iPad and iPhone app

OnLive has just announced (via TechCrunch) a new iPad app capable of accessing their cloud game streaming service previously only available to PC, Mac, and OnLive console owners. Launching in the US and UK first, 25 console titles have been ported to the smaller screen with touchscreen controls, and almost all 200 of the service’s library of console quality titles will be playable via the $50 OnLive wireless controller.

The OnLive service allows streaming of console quality games like Assassins Creed, L.A. Noire, and other titles typically reserved for consoles like the PS3, directly from the company’s servers. The service has received mixed reviews, mostly due to inconsistencies in performance. The same appears to be true for the mobile version, with an early hands-on by TechCrunch highlighting the same performance issues common on PCs. These are “console-class” games, but not always a console quality experience. It’s playable, but really laggy.

The free app should be launching in the App Store any second now, and will still of course require that you purchase or rent the games. Fortunately, any purchased or rented content is instantly playable through any compatible device. You can check out a full list of titles that have been ported with touch controls here. IGN already got their hands on the app for iPad (video below), and they seem to have better first impressions than TechCrunch:

OnLive has also launched an Android version of the app with support for a long list of devices including the Kindle Fire. Get the full story on 9to5Google.com.

Microsoft Releases Official My Xbox LIVE App In The App Store

Microsoft has released its official iOS companion app for Xbox LIVE users. My Xbox LIVE is now available as a free download in the App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

The new app allows users to interact with their Xbox LIVE accounts and talk to friends.

Take your Xbox LIVE experience wherever you go with the My Xbox LIVE app. Track and compare your achievements, connect with your Xbox LIVE friends, and change up your 3D Avatar. Review all your recent great games you and your friends love to play and compare achievements with them. Jump into our games hub to learn about the latest LIVE games and apps. Access Xbox Spotlight feeds, get breaking news from Xbox LIVE, game tips and tricks, gamer spotlight and much more.

The app is divided into three categories: Home, Social, and Games. While there’s nothing absolutely earth-shattering in the app, it’s still a welcomed addition for Xbox LIVE users. My Xbox LIVE is available for free in the App Store.

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