Microsoft OneNote app available for iPhone, free for a ‘limited time’

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Jan 192011
 

Well, here’s something of a surprise — Microsoft has just brought its OneNote app to the iPhone, and it’s made it available as a free download “for a limited time” to boot. As with the Windows Phone 7 app (previously the only mobile version), the iPhone app will let you manage notes and shopping lists (and even add pictures taken with the iPhone’s camera), and then sync those with Windows Live SkyDrive so you can access them in either the Windows desktop application or its web-based counterpart. As ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley notes, however, perhaps just as interesting as the app itself is the question of what else might follow — a native OneNote app for iPad, perhaps, or even iOS versions of other Office applications? Microsoft unsurprisingly isn’t commenting on those possibilities, but it did note that the OneNote app is the culmination of some 18 to 24 months of development from a team of Microsoft Mac Office and OneNote engineers, which is either a sign of some serious slacking or a fairly significant commitment on Microsoft’s part. No word on when the “limited” free period will run out (so you’ll probably want to grab it while you can), nor is there any world on a worldwide release — it’s currently only available to US users, unfortunately.

[via engadget]

VerbalVictor app gives a voice to disabled

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Dec 292010
 

With iTunes overrun with apps that do little more than find creative ways to promote products or otherwise suck time, it’s nice to see mobile technology doing something that’s, well, not so trivial. VerbalVictor, a $10 program, which should be available in the App Store next week, uses iPhone and iPad touch screens to allow people with disabilities to communicate with the outside world. Paul Pauca — whose son suffers from Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes delays in cognitive development, motor skills, and verbal communication — developed the app as an affordable alternative to non-verbal communication devices. It touts functionality similar to the device used by Steven Hawking, but is far more accessible than the professor’s $8,200 setup. VerbalVictor allows parents and caregivers to take pictures and record accompanying audio; the entries are then turned into buttons, which the user presses when they want to communicate — sort of like a very advanced and customizable See N’ Say. The device can be used for simple expressions, like an image of a dog that speaks “dog” when pressed, or for recording commonly used phrases and complete sentences. It may never reach the popularity of, say iFart, but it’s sure to win some dedicated users.

[via engadget]

NavFree releases free US iPhone navigation app with offline map data

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Dec 212010
 

There’s no shortage of iPhone navigation apps out there, but we can’t say we’ve seen too many that come with 1.6GB of offline map data — especially for free. That’s the hook for NavFree USA, which just went live in the App Store — sure, it also has some interesting social features like crowdsourced map updates and navigating to friends, and you can buy add-ons like traffic and speed camera info, but we think most people will use the free turn-by-turn and call it a day. That is, until Apple builds navigation directly into the OS.

[via engadget]

TomTom App for iPhone hits version 1.5, adds further iPhone 4 support and ‘navigate-to-photo’

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Oct 162010
 

TomTom was quick off the mark with multitasking in its iPhone app — and it’s hard to think of an app other than Pandora that benefits more from its inclusion — but TomTom isn’t stopping there. The new 1.5 version adds enhanced graphics to match the new iPhone 4 screen resolution, along with “faster, more-responsive navigation” on that handset. Not good enough for you? Try the new navigate-to-photo feature, a not-a-gimmick-at-all addition that allows you to select a geotagged photo as your destination instead of messing around with pesky addresses and facts. The update is free for existing users, newcomers will have to shell out $50 for the US version.

via [engadget]

Netflix app brings video out support to iPhone 4 and fourth gen iPod touch

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Oct 052010
 

Netflix already added video out support to its iPad app a few months ago, and it’s now finally brought the same functionality to iPhone and iPod touch users as well. Unfortunately, it’s quite not bringing all iPhone and iPod touch users up to speed, as the app will only support video out on the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch. If that doesn’t pose a problem for you, however, you can grab the updated app for free right now from your favorite source of iPhone apps.

[via engadget]

CineXPlayer adds iPhone and iPod touch to its Xvid party list

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Oct 052010
 

Remember how NXP Software surprised the world with its CineXPlayer iPad app just two months ago? Well, the gang is back to give our iPhone (3GS and 4) and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen) the same dose of Xvid goodness. Like its older sibling, this $1.99 CineXPlayer utilizes the same method for easily sideloading your AVI files via iTunes (under the iDevice’s Apps tab), and you’ll also find a familiar-looking interface topped with an extra rotation-lock button — much more useful than iOS’ native lock that only lets you watch in portrait mode. Alas, video files other than of Xvid and DivX nature aren’t currently supported, but hopefully it won’t be long before the VLC iPad app gets a smaller variant as well.

[via engadget]

Apple finally approves PlayOn iPhone app

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Sep 302010
 

We’re loving this new, slightly more liberal wave of App Store approvals (aren’t we easily pleased?), and it looks like PlayOn drew the lucky number today. After waiting in vain for an app approval, PlayOn actually developed a fairly sufficient HTML5 solution to its streaming-web-video-to-your-device problem, but there’s nothing quite like the sheen and polish of a bonafide app. Unfortunately, PlayOn’s desktop software, which is required to make this Netflix / Amazon / Hulu / ESPN / CBS / etc.-beaming possible, is still PC only.

[via engadget]

Apple Remote app 2.0 for iPhone and iPad, Adds support for new Apple TV

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Sep 282010
 

No surprises here, but Apple’s just released version 2.0 of the Remote app for iPhone and iPad, which adds in support for the new iOS-based Apple TV in addition to iTunes on OS X. The interface is mostly the same — a trackpad-like screen for ATV remote control and an iPod-like interface for more direct media playback — but it’s now optimized for the Retina display on the iPhone 4 and the larger screen size of the iPad. Since the new Apple TV is streaming-only, Remote also now has better support for controlling shared music libraries, making remote control of iTunes on your HTPC slightly easier as well. It’s available now and it’s free, so go grab it.

[via engadget]

TomTom iPhone app hits 1.3, gains real-time traffic and Google local search

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Mar 132010
 

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Here lately, Navigon has been crushing it on the iPhone GPS front. Every couple of weeks, it seems that MobileNavigator is getting yet another fantastic update, all while TomTom’s lackluster offering hangs back in the land of complacency. Thankfully for us all, the outfit has just pushed out the v1.3 update, which adds real-time traffic (an unfortunate $19.99 add-on), Google local search, updated roadways, automatic music fading between text-to-speech instructions and the ability to add locations from other apps and websites. We’d still recommend Navigon’s software if you’re looking to buy into iPhone GPS for the first time, but this is certainly a boon for those already locked into the TomTom alternative.

[via engadget ]

Sling says it didn’t change iPhone SlingPlayer for AT&T (Updated)

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Feb 062010
 

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AT&T certainly made a few of us happy yesterday when it announced that the iPhone SlingPlayer app would now be allowed to run over its 3G network, but the carrier apparently embellished the facts a little when it said Sling had optimized the app to be “more bandwidth sensitive” — Sling’s John Santoro told Ars Technica that it “didn’t change anything,” and that “AT&T never discussed specific requirements with us.” So much for that happy narrative — we thought AT&T’s line sounded odd, given that SlingPlayer has always run just fine on AT&T Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and S60 devices. It’s cool, though, Sling isn’t sweating it: “Whatever the reason, we’re just glad AT&T has approved it.” Now it’s just up to Apple to let it through the App Store — any day now, guys.

Update: Sling just called us to clarify the above statements — while it didn’t make any specific changes to iPhone SlingPlayer, its engineers did work with AT&T to make sure the app didn’t interfere with other customers and clog up the network. Sling says that once AT&T was involved in the testing process and “saw how the app worked,” things went smoothly, and that the app was “refined” to meet AT&T network requirements — refinements we were told would come to other platforms over time. Sounds good to us, although we’re still wondering why this wasn’t the party line in the first place.

[via engadget]