It took Apple a while, but finally, in-app purchases are allowed to be used in free apps. Why is this exciting? Well, previously, only apps that had a price were allowed to include an in-app purchase model. That means that games like Tap Tap Revenge 3 has to cost at least $.99 if the developer wanted to sell you add-on packs. This is also the reason that you see so many demo, or “Lite” versions of apps in the App Store. Now, you can download a demo version of an app, and upgrade to the full version while playing the free version. We’d love to see apps like Shoot It! get on board with this as well, as we think the freemium model is the sweet spot in the App Store.
We were just alerted to a new iPhone and iPod touch app called Ping!, which aims to provide free iPhone-to-iPhone (and iPod touch) messaging to users of those devices. We tried it, and thought it was worthy enough to give a shout out to.
Basically, once you download the free Ping! application, you set up a username, and you are set. You can invite others from within the app over email, letting them know your username, and also set up whether you want push notifications or not. Once you start a conversation, it’s very similar to SMS…except it’s free, and instant. You get the speed of an IM conversation with the persistence of SMS, all at no extra cost. Even better, it works internationally. So you can send and receive messages with people in other countries, and again, at no extra cost.
Go ahead and give Ping! a try, we think you’ll like it.
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Today, the fine folks at 12 seconds have announced the release of a new app for iPhone 3GS users—12cast. 12cast is their first native video app for the iPhone, allowing users to log into Twitter, record, title their posts and share them with friends. The goal with this app was to create an easy and seamless video sharing tool for Twitter. In hopes to get the word out, 12cast has created a contest so easy to enter, well, a caveman could do it. Simply send out a Twitter or 12seconds post with the hashtag #12cast, and you will be instantly entered to win iPhone data service for a year. For every 12seconds post you make with the hashtag #12cast, you will be entered 3 times. The contest ends Friday, August 7th—so get out there and start posting! 12cast is now available free at the iTunes app store.
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Love to use your iPhone to listen to music, pick a restaurant or even find out which golf club you should use at Augusta National’s 18th Hole? Of course you do, and so do I…Well, if by ‘Augusta National’ you mean ‘Greenlake Pitch and Putt’ then you and I are kindred spirits; making leisure activities that much easier is what the iPhone was made for. But keeping our kids and loved ones safe? C’mon, the iPhone can’t possibly do that, can it? Well now, thanks to ThinAir Wireless, it can. Enter the Offender Locator iPhone App.
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Foursquare has just released version 1.3 for their iPhone app, which now notifies you with a buzz when friends are nearby, via push notification. Foursquare allows you to check-in at different locations, and lets your friends know where you are (this also includes optional Twitter pinging.) What makes this app stand out is the badges system. This system awards you for your activity, whether is checking in to a new place or returning to it for the 100th time. Competitive souls can find subtle amusement by attempting to dethrone majors for locations – people that have been to a specific location many times. If you haven’t tried out Foursquare yet, I highly recommend it.
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We’ve told you a lot about MyGlobalTalk, the service that aims to replace your International calling plan. They’ve just released a new MyGlobalTalk app for the iPhone, and we were able to chat with the people behind the service, Andy Berman and Raffi Aghapekian, who were kind enough to give us the lowdown on why you should take a look at this game-changing application.
Give us a brief overview of what MyGlobalTalk is, for those readers who may not be familiar with the product.
Andy: MyGlobalTalk is a communications solution that provides high quality calls to International destinations at incredibly affordable rates. Instead of paying $1.00 or more to call a city like Hong Kong, you pay pennies per minute.
The great thing about our solution is that it works on any phone, and you don¹t need to be on your computer or at a Wi-Fi location.
When using MyGlobalTalk on a basic mobile phone or landline there is an extra step involved, so we’ve developed applications for almost all the major Smartphones that integrate seamlessly with your address book and remove that extra step, so you get one-touch dialing and make calls without changing the dialing habits you’re used to.
Alarm.com has released a free app for iPhone for those who already have one of their systems. You still have full control over your system from anywhere you are and can arm/disarm if necessary. With included tools, receive real time updates on your home, watch live and recorded feeds and check event histories of past occurrences. Kudos to Alarm.com for coming up with a clever way to possibly drum up some new business.
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For those of you who use the Apple Remote app to control your iTunes and Apple TV experiences, hit up iTunes to grab the latest update to the app. Remote version 1.3 states that it can “control your Apple TV with simple finger gestures,” which is good enough for us. If you have an Apple TV and have yet to try the Remote app, we highly recommend it. It’s free, and it’s much faster to navigate to content with than using the actual Apple remote control.
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Delicious Library is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch, as illustrated by the amazing video above. If you are unfamiliar with Delicious Library, it is primarily a program you run on OS X that lets you keep track of just about anything you own - books, video games, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, clothing…really anything that Amazon sells. You can then lend things out, and check them out from the library, knowing exactly where everything is that you own. There’s even a Bluetooth scanner you can use to input all your belongings, or you can scan using the iSight camera on your Mac. Delicious Library for iPhone and iPod touch allows you to access your database remotely, right on your device. It’s also free, which makes it totally worth it.
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Would you spend a few minutes a day to help others with your iPhone if you could? The Extraordinaries app does just that. Still in a rough version, the free app (at least for now) allows users to help with tasks such as sorting photos or subtitling human rights videos. Co-founder and CEO Jacob Colker feels that the “human mind is far superior to any super computer. It’s no match for five minutes of human intuition and knowledge.”
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