TouchMyApps » News http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:47:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Jasmine is a great looking (and free) YouTube client for the iPhone and iPad http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/26/jasmine-is-a-great-looking-and-free-youtube-client-for-the-iphone-and-ipad/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/26/jasmine-is-a-great-looking-and-free-youtube-client-for-the-iphone-and-ipad/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:16:10 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70024 Watching YouTube videos on your iDevice has just gotten a whole lot prettier thanks to the recently released Jasmine app. Brought to you by Jason Morrissey, the developer of Alien Blue (a client for Reddit that looks equally clean and well designed), Jasmine is a YouTube client that not only looks great, but is fully featured. It has a day/night … Read more]]>

Jasmine youtube player on the iPad

Watching YouTube videos on your iDevice has just gotten a whole lot prettier thanks to the recently released Jasmine app. Brought to you by Jason Morrissey, the developer of Alien Blue (a client for Reddit that looks equally clean and well designed), Jasmine is a YouTube client that not only looks great, but is fully featured. It has a day/night theme, supports Playlists/Favourites/Subscriptions (login to your YouTube account), and you can also play audio from music videos in the background while you check your emails/iMessages.

Seeing how the standalone YouTube app doesn’t have native support yet for the iPad, Jasmine is even more attractive to YouTube-aholics as it is a universal app. On the iPad, its multi-column design makes navigating through all the videos more intuitive and frankly, it works really well. And for all you new iPhone 5 owners out there, Jasmine is already optimized for the taller 4″ screen. Best of all, it’s completely free, though you can upgrade to the “PRO” version to support the developer and gain access to Parental Controls for restricting what your kids can watch/look up. The only downside is that the app requires iOS 6, so those still using iOS 5 or lower will have to continue using Apple or Google’s own YouTube app for the time being.

Jasmine - YouTube Client Morrissey Exchange, Jasmine – YouTube Client - Free

Jasmine on the iPhone 5

App Description

★ Retina iPad ★ iPhone 5 Ready ★

Features:

- Smooth and responsive interface
- Night theme & dimming support for browsing in low light
- Full support for managing playlists
- Play audio/playlists in the background while you use other apps
- Remembers your position when returning to long videos
- Parental Controls to curate content and restrict video discovery (PRO)
- Browse and discover channels
- Post comments and replies
- Aggressive filtering for comment spam and channel promotions
- Supports AirPlay
- Share videos via Twitter & Facebook

 

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iOS Deals of the Day – July 20th http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/07/20/ios-deals-of-the-day-july-20th/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/07/20/ios-deals-of-the-day-july-20th/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:26:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=69080 Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup today for the most recent freebies and price drops that are worth checking out. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time. iPhone/iPod Touch  SushiGoRound! - Free (was $0.99)  ZENONIA® (Review) - Free (was $0.99)  ZENONIA® 2 - Free (was $0.99)  ILLUSIA (TMA … Read more]]>

The Treasures of Montezuma 2 ($4.99) now a freebie

Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup today for the most recent freebies and price drops that are worth checking out. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time.

iPhone/iPod Touch

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Instapaper adds iBooks-style page turns and more in 4.2 update http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/05/10/instapaper-adds-ibooks-style-page-turns-and-more-in-4-2-update/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/05/10/instapaper-adds-ibooks-style-page-turns-and-more-in-4-2-update/#comments Thu, 10 May 2012 13:14:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=68078 Instapaper, arguably the best read it later app on iOS (this despite the recent relaunch of the very capable Pocket), has been updated to v4.2 and adds even more substance to its already impressive list of features. The all-new “Fast Pagination Mode” improves upon the accuracy and page-turn speed thanks to the complete re-write of … Read more]]>

Instapaper, arguably the best read it later app on iOS (this despite the recent relaunch of the very capable Pocket), has been updated to v4.2 and adds even more substance to its already impressive list of features. The all-new “Fast Pagination Mode” improves upon the accuracy and page-turn speed thanks to the complete re-write of the old pagination code. And for those who love iBook’s page-turn animations, you’ll be happy to know that Instapaper now mimics the same effect when swiping from one page to the next (optional). Other new additions include a two finger swipe gesture to close an article, an “Auto” full screen mode and a draggable dot bar that replaces the old scoll bar in pagination mode. Instapaper is a universal app and free for existing users, otherwise, will cost $4.99. Full list of what’s new after the break.

Instapaper Marco Arment, Instapaper - $4.99

What’s New in Version 4.2

- All-new Fast Pagination mode, a complete rewrite from the old pagination code that greatly improves accuracy and page-turn speed
- Optional iBooks-style page-turning animations and gestures
- New draggable dot bar to replace the scroll bar in pagination mode
- New two-finger-swipe gesture to close an article
- Full-screen now has “Auto” mode to switch to full screen after a few seconds
- The subtle Twilight Sepia color tint can now be selected at any time
- Added sharing to Drafts and Quotebook apps
- Many bugfixes and performance improvements

On a personal note, my wife and I just had a baby. You, my awesome customers, let me work at home and spend as much time with my family as possible during this great time. Thank you so much.
—Marco

Description

Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch’s screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top blogs, newspapers, and magazines!

Great for long articles and blog posts that you find during the day and would like to read, but don’t have the time when you find them. Save with Instapaper, then read later when you’re commuting, in a meeting, or waiting in line.

Need something to read? You can browse articles that your friends posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Or browse the Editor’s Picks, curated by hand from the Instapaper community’s most-saved stories.

Sending to Instapaper is supported by over 150 other iPhone and iPad apps! You can even send long emails to Instapaper to read later.

CORE FEATURES:

- Saves most web pages as text only, stripping away the full-sized layout to optimize for the iPhone and iPad screens
- Distraction-free reading environment gets out of your way so you can focus on the content
- Everything you download is then available **OFFLINE**, so you can read whenever you want, even on airplanes, subways, or Wi-Fi-only devices away from internet connections

PLUS:

- Adjustable fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins
- Dark mode and brightness control for night reading
- Automatic sepia tint and Dark mode switching for sunset times in your location
- Folders for organization
- Dictionary and Wikipedia lookups
- Tilt scrolling, page-flipping
- Share via email, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Pinboard, Evernote, or other supported apps
- Rotation lock
- Preview links in the built-in browser without leaving the app
- Download up to 500 articles on your iPhone or iPad, and store unlimited articles on the Instapaper website
- Search your entire reading history (available via in-app purchase)

ACCOLADES:

- Featured by Apple many times in the App Store, including both the iPhone and iPad Hall of Fame
- Macworld Editor’s Choice Award
- Featured in Wired, TIME, Daring Fireball, TechCrunch, PCMag, TUAW, The Next Web, and many more magazines, newspapers, and websites

 

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Read It Later now becomes “Pocket”, free across all mobile devices http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/17/read-it-later-now-becomes-pocket-free-across-all-mobile-devices/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/17/read-it-later-now-becomes-pocket-free-across-all-mobile-devices/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:40:11 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67619 Read It Later, a popular read it later service with over 4.5 million users, has rebranded itself as “Pocket” and is now free across all major platforms (iOS, Android, Kindle, Web). Much like Instapaper and Readability, it lets you save web content for reading at a later time, with a user friendly format and offline … Read more]]>

Read It Later, a popular read it later service with over 4.5 million users, has rebranded itself as “Pocket” and is now free across all major platforms (iOS, Android, Kindle, Web). Much like Instapaper and Readability, it lets you save web content for reading at a later time, with a user friendly format and offline viewing as well. Unique to Pocket however, is a video/image filter that allows users to easily find Youtube or Vimeo links that have previously been saved (or any article with a video embedded). The universal app also supports bulk editing, favoriting and tagging and is integrated into over 300 apps, including Zite and Flipboard. From my brief use so far, I’ve been impressed with its UI, ability to tag, and more importantly, I love the fact that I can now save videos I come across and watch them whenever via a neatly compiled list. Definitely worth checking out if you like saving articles/webpages to read later on your iPhone/iPad. Check out the promo video and full press release after the break.

Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) Idea Shower, Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) - Free

Pocket

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, APRIL 17, 2012 - Four years ago, Read it Later was created to allow users to save their web content to view later on their own schedule. One year ago, Read It Later had 2.5 million users; now it has 4.5 million. This growth made it the number one paid news app for Android and Kindle Fire and a top app for iPhone and iPad. Today, the company announced a new version of their flagship app — now free across all devices — and a new name, Pocket.

Pocket is for when people discover an interesting article, video or web page, but don’t have time to view it. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch or during commutes or travel — even offline. Pocket is available today for free in the App Store at getpocket.com/ios, on Google Play (formerly the Android Marketplace) at getpocket.com/android, and for Kindle Fire at getpocket.com/kindlefire.

“Nearly five items every second are saved to Pocket from the web and popular news apps, including videos, articles, recipes and more,” said Nate Weiner, founder of Read it Later and creator of Pocket.  “Pocket is the perfect name for our latest version as it expresses how simple it is to take any content users discover with them, no matter where they go.”

Pocket is different than “bookmarking,” apps, which organize links for long term storage. Instead, Pocket lets users save the content they discover on the web or inside any of over 300 leading apps–including Flipboard, Twitter, Pulse, and Zite–with a single tap and view it on any device.

Since its launch in 2007, over 200 million items have been saved, giving the company deep insight into how and when consumers save and view their web content.  Key findings include:

  • 33 percent of saved items come from 3rd party apps including Twitter, Zite, Flipboard and Pulse.
  • 50 percent of items saved via Pocket are viewed on mobile screens (up from 34 percent in January).
  • Web consumption peaks in the early morning and declines through the day, as consumers dig through their inboxes and find what they want to view later. iPad use peaks at night, as users view saved content in the pre-bedtime hours. Mobile consumption maps to commuting times, as users increasingly view content in transit.
  • 40 percent of items saved are not articles; popular content include videos, images, things to buy, travel tips and recipes.
  • YouTube is the apps’ most popular source of content, as users increasingly are saving videos for later viewing.

The new Pocket update is focused on making the most important parts of the user experience as easy and simple as possible. It enhances all the features users already loved in Read it Later in a beautiful new interface.

A Cleaner, Simpler UI. The new user interface of Pocket displays all of a user’s content in a beautiful, easy-to-view layout adapted to take full advantage of high definition displays.

Video & Image Filters. Most people save sites with videos and images, in addition to articles and text. Pocket automatically filters all content so users can quickly switch between articles, videos and images with just a tap.

Enhanced Viewing Experience. Articles, videos and anything saved is displayed in a clean and simplified view with fewer toolbars and a redesigned full-screen mode.

Easier to Organize. New bulk editing, favoriting and tagging modes make organizing and browsing saved items easier. Users can find content by keywords, publications or create their own custom tags.

Favorites. Users can star favorite content so it is always available when they want to find it.

Pocket is Free on All Major Mobile Platforms. Pocket is now available, for free, on all major mobile platforms including Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Amazon Kindle Fire.

About Read it Later

Based in San Francisco, Read it Later was founded in 2007 by Nate Weiner to help users save what they find online and view it on any device at any time.  The service currently has over 4.5 million registered users and is integrated into over 300 apps including Flipboard, Twitter and Zite.  In April 2012 the Read it Later app became known as Pocket and focused on the most important parts of the content-shifting experience, making it easier and simpler than ever. Pocket is available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, all Android-based tablets and smartphones, Google Chrome, and Firefox.

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Readability for iPhone and iPad now available http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/01/readability-for-iphone-and-ipad-now-available/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/01/readability-for-iphone-and-ipad-now-available/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:12:00 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=66863 Readability, hands down the the best alternative to Instapaper’s read it later service, has finally made its way onto the iOS platform. First announced back in November of last year, Readability teamed up with the talented designers at Teehan+Lax to bring users a beautifully designed and easy to use iPhone and iPad app. For those not familiar, Readability is … Read more]]>

Readability, hands down the the best alternative to Instapaper’s read it later service, has finally made its way onto the iOS platform. First announced back in November of last year, Readability teamed up with the talented designers at Teehan+Lax to bring users a beautifully designed and easy to use iPhone and iPad app. For those not familiar, Readability is a great tool that lets you strip away all clutter from a webpage, leaving you with a center column of text – much like Safari’s Reader functionality. Of course, you can elect to save these pages for reading later – be it online or offline. And this is where the app comes into play; any webpage you send to Readability  via a web browser will sync with your iOS devices, so you can read those saved articled when you’re out and about. Even if you have already invested in Instapaper’s $4.99 app, Readability is definitely worth checking out. It’s now available to download for free on the App Store.

Readability™ Readability, Readability, – Free

Description

** Readability – the web’s best reading platform – finally arrives for your iPhone or iPad **

Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, iPhone or iPad. With the Readability app, you can catch up reading what you’ve saved with the free Readability add-on for your web browser.

To start saving articles from the web to Readability, visit www.readability.com using your favorite browser and install the free Readability add-on.

FEATURES:

TURNS ANY WEB PAGE INTO A CLEAN, COMFORTABLE READING VIEW
Readability automatically turns web pages into a clean, elegant, single-column reading view. With beautiful typography provided by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, the reading experience in Readability is second-to-none.

READ ON YOUR TERMS – ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.
Too busy to read while on your web browser? Save any web page to Readability and it will be automatically saved on your web browser, iPhone or iPad. Once synced, your articles will be there for you – whether you’re online or offline.

A READING EXPERIENCE SECOND TO NONE.
Readability is all about making it easy for you to enjoy reading. You can customize the reading view by adjusting type size, contrast and margins to your liking.

SHARE WHAT YOU’RE READING.
Readability provides built-in native sharing support. You can post a favorite article along with your own comments on Facebook, Twitter or by email to your friends.

MANAGE YOUR ARTICLES WITH UNLIMITED STORAGE.
Users of Readability enjoy an unlimited, searchable archive that syncs on the web. As soon as you’re done reading an article, simply tap it to archive.

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All-in YOGA HD now only $0.99 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/24/all-in-yoga-hd-now-only-0-99/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/24/all-in-yoga-hd-now-only-0-99/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:37:18 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=65549 All-in YOGA HD, a fantastic yoga app and also one of my favorite apps on the iPad, has just dropped from $4.99 to $0.99 for the next 2 days. The app lets users of all levels choose from over 40 ready-made yoga programs with different goals in mind, from health, stretching, breathing to strengthening various parts of … Read more]]>

All-in YOGA HD, a fantastic yoga app and also one of my favorite apps on the iPad, has just dropped from $4.99 to $0.99 for the next 2 days. The app lets users of all levels choose from over 40 ready-made yoga programs with different goals in mind, from health, stretching, breathing to strengthening various parts of the body. After being convinced of getting into yoga by my chiropractor, All-in YOGA basically saved me from the constant and nagging back pains, as I was able to follow along and stretch and strengthen my body without having to take classes. And being a complete yoga newbie, the videos (and voice prompts) that accompany the lessons were most useful and even neccessary. Simply put, if you’re looking for a quality Yoga app (or are thinking about getting into Yoga), All-in YOGA HD for the iPad is a steal at $0.99. iPhone users can pick up All-in YOGA: 300 Poses & Yoga Classes, which recently went on sale for a buck. Take a look at the video trailer below – it’ll will you a tour of what to expect from the app.

All-in YOGA HD: 300 Poses & Yoga Classes ARAWELLA, All-in YOGA HD: 300 Poses & Yoga Classes, – $0.99

Description

SPECIAL PRICE 2 DAYS ONLY! Was 4,99 now 0,99! Hurry up and get it!
FANTASTIC UPDATE: HD-quality content, new poses, videos and programs. New training mode options, multiple user profiles. Download the update now!

Rated one of the top 8 Fitness Apps by Health Magazine

“It is a fantastic app, and one that shows the potential of the iPad as a teaching/learning device,” – www.148apps.com

✭✭✭ Over 300 poses with photo, video & audio guides in HD-quality + 3D musсle models for EVERY pose
✭✭✭ Pranayama: over 30 breathing exercises with detailed how-to’s
✭✭✭ Over 40 ready yoga programs and ability to create your own
✭✭✭ Creation and selection of programs according to your parameters
✭✭✭ Live Support: FREE right in the app

HD-QUALITY CONTENT
- over 300 poses with photo, video & audio guides
- 3D muscle models for every pose

BREATHING EXERCISES
- Over 30 breathing exercises for each level
- 4 breathing programs for relaxation and meditation

DOZENS OF READY PROGRAMS
- for all levels: beginners, pros and gurus
- for all goals: health, body shape, stretching, breathing, destress etc

CREATE YOUR OWN PROGRAMS
- quick and simple creation of programs: set the order and duration of poses
- edit the ready-made programs of the app

CONVENIENT WORKOUT MODE
- detailed audio guide, photos, timer of pose duration

EXTRA PREMIUM-CONTENT
- 20 yoga programs for health
- our professional yoga teachers will create an individual program just for you
- 10 music tracks for working out and 10 relaxation tracks
- ability to add own poses to the database
- ability to send own poses and programs to your friends’ devices

HANDY FUNCTIONS
- multiple profiles: a user’s data and programs are stored in their personal profile
- download the yoga content separately and upload it to the app through iTunes on your Mac
- relaxation at the end of each program: choose one of 3 tracks and set the duration
- sound timer for transition from one pose to another
- 6 tracks for working out and the ability to add a track from your iPod list
- share your yoga successes with your friends on Twitter and Facebook
- workout history in a colorful calendar with yoga-related quotes

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Google Currents now available for iPhone and iPad http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/08/google-currents-now-available-for-iphone-and-ipad/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/08/google-currents-now-available-for-iphone-and-ipad/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:25:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=62070 Google has just released Google Currents for the iPhone and iPad, an app that delivers magazine like content right on your iDevice (can you say Flipboard?). Partnering with over 150 publishers, including CNET, Forbes, PBS, Huffington Post and more, users will have access to full-length articles that have especially been optimized for mobile (and even offline) viewing. Users … Read more]]>

Google has just released Google Currents for the iPhone and iPad, an app that delivers magazine like content right on your iDevice (can you say Flipboard?). Partnering with over 150 publishers, including CNET, Forbes, PBS, Huffington Post and more, users will have access to full-length articles that have especially been optimized for mobile (and even offline) viewing. Users will also be able to subscribe to specific publications of their liking, along with RSS, video/photo feeds and even Google Reader subscriptions they’re already following. By the sounds of it, Google Currents is quite promising, especially the fact that it supports Google Reader. The app is free to download and it’s available now on the App Store. Check out the demo video after the break.

Google Currents Google, Google Currents, – Free

App Description

Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed offline reading. Editions are all free and include:

* Publisher editions – Publishers such as Forbes, TechCrunch, Saveur, Popular Science, Good, 500px, Fast Company and more have produced hundreds of editions including in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, slideshows, live-maps, and social streams.

* Google trending editions – Google Currents uses Google search technology to hourly build a set of editions tracking the five most recent trending stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. Each story is presented through a fresh edition of articles, videos, and pictures,

* Your favorite blogs and feeds – Instantly, turn your Google Reader subscriptions, or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into a beautiful edition with a magazine feel.

Each edition is available for high speed offline reading, and provides quick-touch sharing. Google Propeller self-adapts to differently sized phones and tablets, with your subscriptions synchronized across devices. Google Currents – a reading experience not to be missed.

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Flipboard now available for iPhone and iPod Touch http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/07/flipboard-now-available-for-iphone-and-ipod-touch/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/07/flipboard-now-available-for-iphone-and-ipod-touch/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 15:58:24 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61942 Flipboard, a highly popular social magazine app for the iPad, has finally made it ways onto the iPhone. Named Apple’s iPad App of the year and one of TIME’s Top 50 Innovations, Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you, from Instagram photos and Facebook updates to Tumblr posts and articles … Read more]]>

Flipboard, a highly popular social magazine app for the iPad, has finally made it ways onto the iPhone.

Named Apple’s iPad App of the year and one of TIME’s Top 50 Innovations, Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you, from Instagram photos and Facebook updates to Tumblr posts and articles from your favorite publications. Fill Flipboard with the things you like to read, from the smallest blogs to publications like Rolling Stone or Vanity Fair, and use Instapaper or Read It Later to save articles to read later. Connect Flipboard to all your social networks, and you’ll have a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you.

The eagerly awaited iPhone app also includes a brand new feature only exclusive to the iPhone and iPod Touch – Cover Stories. With Cover Stories, you can quickly browse the most interesting articles and photos being shared with you right now. It’ll apparently get “smarter” every time you use and interact with it. Like the iPad version, Flipboard is completely free to download. Flipboard’s new iPhone ad and more can be found below.

Update: If you’re having troubles building your first Flipboard and receiving the “Couldn’t build your Flipboard. Please check your internet connection and try again.”, you’re not alone. A number of people are also having difficulties getting started. It’s possible that the Flipboard servers are hammered at the moment with the influx of new iPhone users. Hopefully this is won’t last too long and that you’ll be able to actually use the app shortly.

Flipboard Flipboard Inc., Flipboard, – Free

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Readability Now Free, Coming soon to iPhones and iPads http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/16/readability/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/16/readability/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:13:27 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=60782 Instapaper, arguably the most popular and well liked read it later service around, will soon be facing some serious competition on iOS. Readability announced via their blog today that not only are they finally offering their (basic) service for free, but that it’s also coming to iDevices: With this release, Readability is available at no … Read more]]>

Instapaper, arguably the most popular and well liked read it later service around, will soon be facing some serious competition on iOS. Readability announced via their blog today that not only are they finally offering their (basic) service for free, but that it’s also coming to iDevices:

With this release, Readability is available at no cost. Sign-up and you’ll have your own profile and reading list in no time. Both Readability accounts and our companion apps will always be completely free, but we also offer a premium experience for users who want additional features and an easy way to support their favorite writers and publishers.

Readability is on its way to the iTunes App Store. Our new apps for the iPhone and iPad are free and undeniably beautiful. We’ve partnered with the design wizards at Teehan+Lax to deliver a simple, elegant experience featuring exclusive typography from some of the best in type: Hoefler & Frere-Jones. There’s never been a better way to read the web on iOS. Readability for iOS is submitted and awaiting approval from Apple.

Readability strives to provide users with a seamless reading experience on the web. Like Instapaper, you can save articles for viewing at a later time, and similar to Safari’s Reader functionality, the Readability bookmarklet allows you to strip away all the excess found on a webpage and be left with only a column of text. The new free account allow you to view up to 30 of the most recent articles you’ve saved. Meanwhile, the Premium account will cost a minimum of $5 per month (works much like a donation system), where 70% of it will go towards the publishers you’ve chosen to consume on Readability.

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Mr. Reader in Review – New Guy on the Block http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/06/02/mr-reader-in-review-new-guy-on-the-block/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/06/02/mr-reader-in-review-new-guy-on-the-block/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 15:10:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=52424 The app store hosts many decent RSS news reader apps. None (to my knowledge) have dethroned Reeder (TMA review) as king of them all yet. Mr. Reader, however, showed up a couple months ago and it’s one of the first I’ve seen in a while to challenge the king. Mr. Reader is an iPad only app … Read more]]>

The app store hosts many decent RSS news reader apps. None (to my knowledge) have dethroned Reeder (TMA review) as king of them all yet. Mr. Reader, however, showed up a couple months ago and it’s one of the first I’ve seen in a while to challenge the king.

Mr. Reader is an iPad only app and it’s been designed to make good use of the iPad’s large screen. Like most modern RSS news readers, it connects to your (free) Google Reader account, so sign up if you don’t have one. It also has a simple to follow user interface but it’s packed – I mean PACKED with options!

Mr. Reader hosts one of the most complete Google Reader API implementations I’ve seen. It supports shared items, friends’ shared items and tagging. Want to to subscribe to a new feed or cancel an old one? Add/delete folders and manage their contents?  Do you need to rename stuff or cache text/images for offline viewing? No problem, Mr. Reader handles it all within the app. Reeder doesn’t.

You can post to most of the popular social networking sites plus open pages in the Safari, Atomic Web, iCab Mobile, or Mercury web browsers. Do you need E-mail, Instapaper and Read It Later support? Check! Plus there’s lots more.

A feature I really like is the ability to create a task directly in OmniFocus or Things (TMA Review) from Mr. Reader. This is a great way for us who are joined by the hip to our GTD (Getting Things Done) apps to add a new task to our Inboxes with a link to the item’s URL. So whenever we see something we want to spend a little time researching just tap to add it to the queue.

Tagging is another nice feature that allows you to mark feed items with your own predefined categories. This provides a convenient means to group selected articles together for later browsing. New tags can be added as needed to your Google Reader account right from Mr. Reader and tagged articles are easily selected from the left hand menu.

I’ve been using Mr. Reader almost exclusively for the last couple weeks and I must say I like it a lot. It did take a little time to wean myself off the familiar Reeder user interface, but Mr. Reader’s UI is also good.

When displaying a feed item, Mr. Reader shows its summary and provides options to view the details via a web browser, or the decluttered Instapaper Mobilizer or Readability views. After using it a bit, I’ve found these 3 options to be quite handy. Mobilizer and Readability strip off ads and extra cruft, which is much easier on the eyes and sometimes gives a quicker page load.

On the down side, all these options come with a price and that’s speed. If you have 50+ RSS feeds, prepare for a longer sync time than some of the other RSS readers. I’d say this is my biggest gripe, but once sync’d, the app works well and has proven to be very stable.

Mr. Reader a very new app, so I expect performance improvements to follow soon. I plan to continue using it and look forward to its next update.

Grab It Rating - 4/5

App Summary
Title: Mr. Reader Developer: Oliver Fürniß
Reviewed Ver: 1.1 Min OS Req: 4.2
Price: $2.99 App Size: 2.8 MB
  • Plethora of cool options
  • Tag and Folder management
  • Subscribe/unsubscribe to feeds
  • Instapaper Mobilizer and Readability
  • Sluggish, especially when syncing lots of RSS feeds
  • Limited documentation available

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Instapaper 3.0 Update gets Social http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/11/instapaper-3-0-update-gets-social/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/11/instapaper-3-0-update-gets-social/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:47:59 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=49569 Instapaper (TMA Review), the most popular “read it later” service on the web and for mobile devices (also an essential app on my iDevice), has received its biggest update ever. With Instapaper 3.0, you can now follow other Instapaper users and check out articles they’ve “liked”, or simply browse through Instapaper’s Editor’s Picks. Friends can … Read more]]>

Instapaper (TMA Review), the most popular “read it later” service on the web and for mobile devices (also an essential app on my iDevice), has received its biggest update ever. With Instapaper 3.0, you can now follow other Instapaper users and check out articles they’ve “liked”, or simply browse through Instapaper’s Editor’s Picks. Friends can be added via an email address, Facebook or Twitter. Other new features and improvements include:

  • “Star” is now called “Like” to clarify its purpose.
  • New storage engine with perfect image quality, faster downloads, faster page-opening, and less space usage.
  • Search all downloaded articles by title or content.
  • Native, offline sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinboard, and Evernote.
  • Smart rotation lock offers to disable rotation if a rotation seems accidental.

If you’re new to Instapaper, it really is a fantastic tool that lets you save articles you come across on the web for viewing later (and offline). Simply visit instapaper.com to get started and sign up for your free account. As with previous versions, Instapaper 3.0 is a universal app ($4.99) and the update is free for those who’ve already purchased it.

Instapaper Marco Arment, Instapaper (TMA Review), 7.4 MB – $4.99

Description

Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch’s screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top blogs, newspapers, and magazines!

Great for long articles and blog posts that you find during the day and would like to read, but don’t have the time when you find them. Save with Instapaper, then read later when you’re commuting, in a meeting, or waiting in line.

New in 3.0: You can now browse and save articles that your friends liked on Instapaper! Find friends on Facebook or Twitter, or via email.

Sending to Instapaper is supported by over 135 other iPhone and iPad apps! You can even send long emails to Instapaper.

And if you run out of articles to read, or haven’t had time to find any, you can browse the Editor’s Picks for more, curated by hand from the Instapaper community’s most-saved stories.

CORE FEATURES:

- Saves most web pages as text only, stripping away the full-sized layout to optimize for the iPhone and iPad screens
- Distraction-free reading environment gets out of your way so you can focus on the content
- Everything you download is then available **OFFLINE**, so you can read whenever you want, even on airplanes or on Wi-Fi-only devices away from internet connections

EXCLUSIVE TO THE PAID EDITION:

- Adjustable fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins
- Search
- Dark mode for night reading
- Folders
- Dictionary lookups
- Tilt scrolling, page-flipping
- Article sharing via email, Tumblr, or Twitter
- Rotation lock
- Download up to 500 articles on your iPhone or iPad, and store unlimited articles on the Instapaper website
- Preview links in the built-in browser without leaving the app

What’s New in Version 3.0

** ALL ARTICLES WILL BE RE-DOWNLOADED AFTER UPDATING! **

- New social recommendation system: you can “follow” other Instapaper users to browse the articles they Like. Find friends via Facebook, Twitter, or your Contacts.
- Browse for articles directly in the app from the web or Instapaper’s Editor’s Picks.
- “Star” is now called “Like” to clarify its purpose.
- New storage engine with perfect image quality, faster downloads, faster page-opening, and less space usage.
- Search all downloaded articles by title or content.
- Native, offline sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinboard, and Evernote.
- Smart rotation lock offers to disable rotation if a rotation seems accidental.
- Share panel now supports creating tasks in Things.
- New preferences: Reverse tilt-scrolling direction, disable helpful dialogs.
- MANY more big and small fixes and improvements.
- RSS-feed folders can no longer be added, in favor of the other content-finding features which work much better and result in dramatically faster updates.

 

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TechWire in Review – An App for your Tech Blog Addiction http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/23/review-techwire-for-your-tech-blog-addiction/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/23/review-techwire-for-your-tech-blog-addiction/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 03:20:37 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=48465 I watch a lot of technical blogs to get different perspectives on interesting news and for the occasional gems I find there. I don’t have time, however, to read or even scan them all every day and sometimes won’t browse through some of them for weeks. They’re just handy to have around. The downside is … Read more]]>

I watch a lot of technical blogs to get different perspectives on interesting news and for the occasional gems I find there. I don’t have time, however, to read or even scan them all every day and sometimes won’t browse through some of them for weeks. They’re just handy to have around.

The downside is that they clog up my newsreader and slow things down while waiting for refreshes. I don’t want to unsubscribe and lose them, so what do I do?

Enter TechWire, a free app that collects many of the most popular technical blogs in one place!

I’m a big fan of Reeder, the preeminent Google Reader client for iDevices (TMA Review). I use it several times a day to keep up with the latest breaking news on my favorite topics. Like many, I have a tendency to sign up for too many RSS feeds and then have to suffer waiting for them all to update whenever I refresh the feeds. The more feeds I have, the longer it takes to update, especially on a 3G (or worse, Edge) connection.

TechWire fits in well with to handle this and most of the tech blogs I follow are available through the app. Current blogs include:

  • Techcrunch
  • BGR
  • Gizmodo
  • Engadget
  • Mashable
  • Lifehacker
  • Wired Top News
  • ARS Technica
  • Pocket Lint
  • Boing Boing
  • Read Write Web
  • MobileCrunch

It’s easy to scan through the articles in each blog. It loads them when the blog is selected from the list (instead of articles from all blogs at once), so wait time is usually short. TechWire only grabs the last few days of articles, so it’s not the best for catching up on things over a long period of time - which is usually not a problem if you only want to see what’s been happening lately.

It is possible to send references to articles via e-mail, tweets and posts to your Facebook wall directly from the app. TechWire seems to support abilities like Comment (post to?) and Heart (like?) an article, but the functionality doesn’t appear to be working yet in this first release. An interface to Instapaper would also be nice to save articles for later reading, especially since they only remain in TechWire for a few days.

The user interface is identical between the iPhone and iPad other than screen space. One issue that could be a problem for some is that articles you’ve read are not marked in any way.

Reading full articles can be done via the built-in web browser with the expected zoom and hyperlink functionality; plus forward/back controls are available to navigate within the browser.

Summay

As a first release, this app really shows promise and will definitely find a spot on my iPhone and iPad. If you’re interested in having these technical blogs available to you on your iDevice, but don’t want to load down your newsreader with all their articles, then check out TechWire. If the list of supported blogs is missing one of your favorites, let the developer know and it might get added in the next release!

Grab It - 4/5

App Summary
Title: TechWire Developer: Connor Zwick
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: Free App Size: Size: 3.5 MB
  • Pleasing user interface without ads.
  • Summary and detail available in-app for all articles.
  • No requirement to sign up for RSS feeds.
  • E-mail, Twitter and Facebook integration.
  • No way to see posts already read.
  • Articles are only available for a few days.
  • Some (non-essential) functionality doesn’t seem to work yet.

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