Popular Australian real estate website realestate.com.au yesterday launched a new universal application which’ll work on both Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices. Continue reading
Apple has today extended the time of music previews in its iTunes Store to 90 seconds, allowing Australian listeners to hear more of the song than before. Continue reading
Apple has taken a new stance on pricing of applications in their iTunes and Mac app stores, with prices for apps in Australia now closer to their US counterparts. Continue reading
We knew it was coming, but until now we didn’t know when. Over the Christmas break, Channel Ten finally released their iPhone app to the general public.
The app, which went live on January 3 but was promised late last year, boasts features including an in-app television guide and the ability to receive push notifications for upcoming programs.
From the iTunes app description:
The new TEN iPhone app offers you a full free-to-air and subscription TV Guide where you can set reminders for your favourite TV shows. The app features Twitter and Facebook integration and you can also watch full episodes of TEN TV shows!
View pics, download wallpapers and find out all about your favourite cast members as well as watching exclusive behind the scenes video.
The application currently has a five star rating by users who’ve downloaded the app. Of note is the ability to watch “full episodes” feature of the app – we could only get 5 to play, and they’re specially edited for the iPhone.
If you’re keen to get your hands on the Channel Ten iPhone app, it’s free in the App Store right now.
LoL Software, a Melbourne-based software development firm, has overnight released an officially endorsed Polaroid application.
The app, which costs $2.49 and is available for download now, is the second official Polaroid application for iOS and was developed after LoL Software approached Polaroid about a potential partnership to bring a new Polaroid experience into the modern age on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
“We approached them,” Creative and Technical Director at LoL Software Phil Bosua told iTech Report this morning. Bosua was unable to disclose the terms of the deal, and whether or not they are taking a cut of every sale or were simply paid a flat development fee.
Features of the the first iteration of the second official Polaroid application on the iTunes App Store include the ability to take in-application photographs and apply up to 30 different filters to photos, automatic photo upload to Facebook and the ability to print images via AirPrint.
Unfortunately the app has already been struck by a number of negative reviews on the store after many found the app continually crashed and was very “buggy”. Bosua confirmed the problems with the application, saying it was the result of an incorrect deployment setting.
“It was only ever made for iOS 4.2 but deployed to 3.0 and above incorrectly. Which now makes it look unstable,” he said.
“We put so much effort into make it rock solid for 4.2. In other words in runs very smoothly in 4.2 but should not be downloaded for previous OS versions.”
Bosua says an update has been submitted which solves the problem, and that it will be made available as soon as Apple gives it approval.
Telstra this week released a native iPhone application for their Whereis navigation tool, providing Australian iPhone owners yet another GPS application alternative.
Powered by Garmin and only available in the Australia, the app is available now as a free download with features of the application including the ability to view integrated Yellow Pages data, view your current location on a map and discover ATMs, banks and petrol stations.
The application also supports a number of new features found in Apple’s iOS 4 operating system which was released earlier this year, including the ability to multi-task and leave the app running in the background while you undertake other activities such as choosing a song to play or viewing your emails.
However to realise the full potential of the application you’ll need to purchase an in-app subscription, something which is only available to Telstra subscribers as you’ll be billed on a Telstra bill for Post-Paid customers or funds deducted from Pre-Paid accounts.
Pricing for the app starts at $9.95 per month, or for one or six months $26.95 and $49.95 respectively.
Met by criticism from a number of users, who’ve written comments including “Makes more sense to get tomtom app, costs far less in the long term” and “free stuff in App not much diff[erent] to the web page”, the application has reached a star rating of only 2 stars.
That aside, if you’re a Telstra customer and willing to pay for the subscription, you’ll get access to a range of more useful features including live traffic events, turn-by-turn voice guidance, 3D junction views, flight information, red-light camera and speed alerts and pedestrian and car modes. Subscribers will also be able to view petrol prices for nearby petrol stations which makes finding the cheapest petrol available a whole lot easier.
Apple has overnight confirmed its upcoming application store for the Mac will launch globally on Friday, January 7 next year.
The Mac app store, which was unveiled as part of the company’s ‘Back to the Mac’ event held at their Cupertino campus in October this year, will allow developers for the Mac to sell their apps to millions of customers with as much ease as iPhone developers, with the store boasting many of the features found in Apple’s iOS app store including one-click purchases.
“The App Store revolutionised mobile apps,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement today.
“We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on 7 January.”
Categories for the Mac store will almost certainly mirror those found in the iOS edition, although as some Mac developers have found there’s a number of differences between the two stores’ approval processes. While Apple approves trial and demo versions of iOS apps, the company has revealed it won’t approve similar Mac apps. There’s also no support for the company’s Game Center or their advertisement platform iAds, both of which launched with iOS 4.
It’s understood that Apple’s own first applications to appear in the store will include individual iWork apps, which if early screenshots are anything to go by will sell for under $20. Apple will also be taking a 30% cut of every sale just like on the iOS App Store.
While the January launch will require Mac owners to download the app from Apple’s website, the next major iteration of the Macintosh operating system, dubbed ‘Lion’, will include baked-in support for the store the company said.
Website Aussie app sale has returned for the 2010 Christmas period, offering locally developed iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps on special.
What better way to kick start the Christmas season than by grabbing some bargain iOS applications and supporting local Austalian developers?
The aussieappsale.com site — which launched earlier this week — only displays apps from Australian developers and will be updated throughout December with quality new iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad applications. And for the first time this year, the site will also feature news and sales figures from app developers making the site even more useful than before.
Popular applications already available through the site include Fruit Ninja, Early Edition, Pocket Weather, Barista and Cellar, with more to be added over the coming days and weeks.
“I’m impressed with the quality local developers are pushing out to this global market,” co- founder Anthony Sweet said of the site last year.
“It deserves to be recognised, and I hope we attract more attention to our Aussie developers.”
Apps will be promoted from now until the second of January, with Australian developers interested in joining the promotion encouraged to contact the site owners here.
Disclosure: My app, iFirelert, is a part of the sale for 2010.
Apple Australia has revealed they’ll be streaming live to iOS devices including the iPad and iPhone an upcoming set of special pre-ARIA awards concerts.
Through a specially-created application, now available for free on the iTunes store, Apple customers will be able to live stream five iTunes Live events to be held in Sydney, with artists including Guy Sebastian and John Butler performing over the course of five days starting next Monday.
The concerts will be held in the Sydney Botanical Gardens from Monday at 7.30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Watching the live stream is as simple as downloading the free app, and pressing the “Live” button on the tab bar at the bottom of the app. Other features of the app include the ability to buy performing artists songs, and there’s a nice calendar view showing the dates of the performances.
The live stream will only be available for Australian residents running an iOS device, and – as far as we can tell – it signifies one of the first times Apple has live streamed such an event (they only just started to live stream their keynote events in the United States). Good to see Apple catching up to the times!
Last week Apple launched a site counting upwards the amount of songs sold on the iTunes Store as they neared the 10 billion mark. Yesterday they reached that milestone, and today they have announced the winner, from the US, who wins a $10,000 iTunes Store voucher.
Anyone who purchased a song through the store was eligible for the competition, which would give a $10,000 iTunes card to whoever downloaded the 10 billionth song. Louie Sulcer from Woodstock, Georgia in the US happened to be that one lucky person, ironically purchasing “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash.
“We’re grateful to all of our customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services.
“We’re proud that iTunes has become the number one music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering.”
In a pre-prepared statement, Apple also released some iTunes Store cataloge figures, saying they now have over 12 million songs, over 55,000 TV episodes and over 8,500 movies of which 2,500 are in high definition.
Interestingly Apple don’t mention any figures about its App Store and the amount of applications available for sale. Late last year that part of the iTunes Store passed its own landmark, confirming there are now more than 100,000 apps available for purchase.