March 2012


An app that might be worth its $28.99 price tag: Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary for Android & iOS

The most I’ve paid for an app is $9.99. I’m hard pressed to name an app I might consider buying that costs more than that. However, if you do, here’s an Android app that might be worth its relatively high $28.99 price:

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Google Play)

A version is also available for the iPhone and is being developed for Windows Phone.

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iPhoto for iPad requires 742.9MB iOS 5.1 update

It turns out that the new $4.99 iPhoto for iPad app requires the also just released iOS 5.1. So, I’m downloading the 742.9MB file right now for my iPad 2. Next stop? The 106MB download for iPhoto for iPad. Stay tuned.

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MobileViews Podcast 58: A discussion with Aditya Bansod about Sencha Touch 2

In MobileViews podcast 58 Todd Ogasawara speaks with Senior Director of Product Management at Sencha, Aditya Bansod, about Sencha Touch 2 which launched this week. Sencha is a JavaScript framework optimized for developing mobile HTML5 web apps with rich user interfaces. It supports the native web browsers for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Chromebook, and more. Bansod said that Windows Phone will be supported in a future release.

The big news about Sencha Touch 2 is that it lets web developers create native apps for Android and iOS that can be distributed through their respective app markets. This also means that developers who use Windows as their development platform can now create iOS apps for iPhone and iPad without buying a Mac, learning Objective C, and using Xcode.

And, what does Sencha Touch 2 cost? It is free with dual licenses available: GPL or Commercial License. Listen to the podcast to learn more details.
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Apple’s March 7 announcement: The iWatch HD

Apple is not beyond a bit of misdirection. And, based on this photo, it looks like Apple’s March 7 announcement will not be the iPad 3 or iPad HD. It looks like an iWatch HD to me.

What is it really? It is the $19.95 The Wallee Hand Strap.

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Smartr for iPhone service shutting down. Can’t say I’m surprised

I received email from Smartr that the server powering their iPhone app will shut down on the Ides of March.

Unfortunately, the Smartr team is moving on to new things and is unable to support its continued development. With a heavy heart, we will be pulling the plug on the service on the 15th of March @ 1pm EST.

If you’d like to retrieve your data, such as stacked articles, simply drop me an email at temo(AT)smartr.mobi with your request.

Honestly, I can’t say I’m surprised. Here’s what I wrote about the app on May 23, 2011.

Split Vote on Smartr for iPhone Social News Reader

…I found the app confusing. After giving it access to my Twitter account feed, you can see the display it gave me when I tried to look at the “Smartr feed”. I could see links tweeted by people I follow in the Twitter tab of the app. So, what is this Smartr feed? It appears to be a feed created by following people I’ve never heard of and have no reason to trust their curation of links. Commentary about the current 2.0 release in the iTunes App Store notes that the app sends out tweets from users’ accounts. However, you can opt-out of this behavior during the initial setup process. I revoked the app’s access to my Twitter account and deleted the app off of my device.

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MIT App Inventor for Android (formerly by Google) is back

Good news for people who never got a chance to play with Google’s App Inventor for Android. It is back as an MIT maintained project.

Announcing: MIT App Inventor Open Beta Preview

You can find the project itself at: appinventor.mit.edu

App Inventor is a visual programming language to create Android apps.

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