TouchMyApps » Utililties 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 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:09:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Create disposable phone numbers on your iPhone with Burner http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/08/09/create-disposable-phone-numbers-on-your-iphone-with-burner/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/08/09/create-disposable-phone-numbers-on-your-iphone-with-burner/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:25:19 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=69331 In what appears to be a first for the iPhone, Ad Hoc Labs has released Burner,  an app that lets its users create disposable phone numbers, which in turn can be used to place calls or send text messages. Ad Hoc feels that these temporary digits can be used for “ dating, Craigslist, short-term projects, side businesses, … Read more]]>

In what appears to be a first for the iPhone, Ad Hoc Labs has released Burner,  an app that lets its users create disposable phone numbers, which in turn can be used to place calls or send text messages. Ad Hoc feels that these temporary digits can be used for “ dating, Craigslist, short-term projects, side businesses, bands, and other times when you need to be in touch but want to maintain a little privacy”. How it works is you can create a new number (called a “Burner”) anytime within the app, where all active numbers can be managed. Each number includes voice minutes and a limit of messages that can be sent, along with a set of preferences (choose whether calls get redirected to your main mobile number or go straight to your voice mail). When outgoing calls are made, the recipient will only be able to see your Burner number on their caller ID – otherwise, what’s the point right?

All numbers get their own “Burn” button, which when used, will permanently destroy it. If someone tries to call that number after it’s been burned, they’ll get a generic out-of-service message.

The app itself costs $1.99 and comes loaded with one Burner that is good for 7 days, 20 minutes of talk or 60 texts – whichever comes first. Additional credits can be purchased via IAP (starting as low as $1.99 for a 3 credit pack) and they can be used to create new numbers or extend the usage of of existing ones. As an incentive, the more credits you buy, the more bang you get for your buck. Thanks to Burner, stalking your hot neighbour has just gotten a whole lot easier.

Below is a video demo of Burner.

Burner - Disposable Phone Numbers Ad Hoc Labs, Burner – Disposable Phone Numbers - $1.99

App Description

Burner is a privacy layer for your phone, providing alias phone numbers at the push of a button.

Fast, safe, and totally private – get Burner numbers as often as you need them, and get as many as you want.

Give out Burner numbers, and make and get voice calls and SMS texts, just like any other phone number. Keep them for a month, or longer. Burn them when you’re done.

Perfect for dating, job searches, short-term projects, craigslist transactions, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media, and for whenever else you want to be in touch and want to keep it on a private line, or don’t want to give out your real number.

** What will you use Burner for? **

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IMPORTANT: Not for iPad or iPod Touch. Phone calls use cell phone minutes. Burners are not free. May not work with SMS shortcode services. No MMS. Not for 911 emergency services.
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**** BURNER FEATURES ****

GET NUMBERS
• get a phone number, or multiple phone numbers, from preferred area codes
• name each one so you can keep track of its purpose (e.g. “Dating”)
• easily tweet, copy/paste, and share your burner numbers

STAY IN TOUCH
• get calls or SMS’s to your Burner number
• make outbound calls and texts, or reply to inbounds, with your Burner number
• view convenient threaded conversations with each caller
• turn the ringer and SMS on and off to let calls and texts ring through to your phone line, or go straight to a professional but anonymous voicemail
• add each one to your address book (or not), so you’ll get caller ID when the lines ring
• see a history of calls, texts, and voicemails, and take notes on callers (or delete them)
• reply via SMS or voice using your burner number

STAY PRIVATE
• never reveal your real number or let callers through to your real phone’s answering machine
• “burn” or trade in your virtual number at the click of a button, instantly taking it out of service and deleting it from your phone

**** HOW BURNER WORKS ****
• Burner comes with enough credits to create 1 mini-burner that will expire after 20 minutes of voice time and/or 60 text messages, or after 7 days, whichever comes first. (Or you can burn it at any time.)
• Inbound and outbound calls forward to and use your actual phone line (and cellular minutes) but keep the call identity private in both directions.
• Text messages do not use your SMS allowance.
• You can buy more credits, starting at 3 for $1.99, with discounts for buying more
• You can use credits to buy various types of burners and extensions to burners.
• When you burn a number, we take it out of service and delete it from your phone immediately.
• Burner numbers do not support MMS.
• Not for 911 or emergency calls.

** Save your real number for the real VIP’s in your life, and get Burner now! **

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Google Chrome for iPhone and iPad now available http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/06/28/google-chrome-for-iphone-and-ipad-now-available/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/06/28/google-chrome-for-iphone-and-ipad-now-available/#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:41:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=68843 Announced earlier today during Google I/O, the Chrome browser has arrived for the iPhone and iPad. Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go. Search fast • Search and navigate fast, directly … Read more]]>

Announced earlier today during Google I/O, the Chrome browser has arrived for the iPhone and iPad.

Browse fast with Chrome, now available on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer, and bring it with you anywhere you go.

Search fast
• Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type.

Simple, intuitive experience
• Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs. On your iPhone and iPod touch, flip through tabs the way you would fan a deck of cards. On iPad, swipe from edge to edge to switch tabs.

As noted before, Chrome for iOS supports multi-device sync, so once you sign in, you’ll have access to all your tabs, bookmarks, passwords and omnibox data from your PC/Mac. Incognito mode has even made its way over so users can browse the web without leaving any virtual trails. This is one (free) app current Chrome users need to have their iDevices. Video trailer after the break.

Chrome Google, Inc., Chrome - Free

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tyype HD brings swipe gesture editing to the iPad http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/06/05/tyype-hd-brings-swipe-gesture-editing-to-the-ipad/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/06/05/tyype-hd-brings-swipe-gesture-editing-to-the-ipad/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:13:26 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=68422 About a month ago, we’d posted a video of a prototype iPad keyboard that would allow the movement of the onscreen cursor left or right by simply dragging a finger in either direction. Such functionality would indeed make it much easier for the user when editing text on the iPad. Well for all you non-jailbreakers … Read more]]>

About a month ago, we’d posted a video of a prototype iPad keyboard that would allow the movement of the onscreen cursor left or right by simply dragging a finger in either direction. Such functionality would indeed make it much easier for the user when editing text on the iPad. Well for all you non-jailbreakers out there who want to try out gesture based editing on your iPads, developer iApp have recently released tyype HD, a simple enough app that let’s you do just that. Sliding your finger above the virtual keyboard, you can move the cursor left or right. To quickly select text, use two fingers, while three fingers move the cursor twice as fast. In addition, pinch gestures will scale the font size. tyype HD is available now on the App Store for the intro price of $0.99, and after several planned updates (multiple file support and Dropbox/iCloud sync), it’ll sell for $2.99. Check out the video demo of the app in action after the gap.

tyype HD iApp, tyype HD - $0.99

 

Description

Tyype HD is a revolutionary gesture based text editor for iPad.
Quick and natural gestures allow you to quickly move around the text and select bits of it without multiple taps required.

Some of the gestures tyype supports are:
* One finger pan – lets you move the cursor precisely between characters.
* Two finger pan – similar as above, but is used to highlight the text.
* Three finger pan – same as one finger, but moves the cursor twice as fast – comes in handy when you deal with large amount of text
* Pinch – scales the font size
* Two finger double tap – selects entire text

What’s New in Version 1.1

- word/character count
- gesture recognition improvement
- undo/redo keyboard extension

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Sparrow updated with new features, Push Notification to be implemented via yearly subscriptions http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/05/14/sparrow-updated-with-new-features-push-notification-to-be-implemented-via-yearly-subscriptions/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/05/14/sparrow-updated-with-new-features-push-notification-to-be-implemented-via-yearly-subscriptions/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 16:34:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=68114 Sparrow, the best 3rd party mail app on the iPhone, has been updated with 4 new features. First up is Message Navigation, where you can now swipe up and down between messages (previously only conversions were supported). When moving between messages, you’ll clearly see the email’s subject heading, whereas in conversions, the person’s name will … Read more]]>

Sparrow iPhone 1.2 Update

Sparrow, the best 3rd party mail app on the iPhone, has been updated with 4 new features. First up is Message Navigation, where you can now swipe up and down between messages (previously only conversions were supported). When moving between messages, you’ll clearly see the email’s subject heading, whereas in conversions, the person’s name will be displayed. Also new in the 1.2 update: compose emails in landscape mode, edit and create folder/labels from within the app and support for 9 total languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian and Chinese. As for the issue with Push Notifications, it appears that Apple will not grant the Sparrow team an exception to use the VoIP API for notifications. From the Sparrow blog:

You were more than 16 000 helping us on our Apple quest to get the VoIP privilege.  We can’t thank you enough for your support. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that they are not willing to do any exception to the rule and that Sparrow will NOT be granted with the privilege.

This means we’ll have to do Push on our side and that it will be integrated as a yearly subscription into Sparrow’s future update.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind paying for the ability to have push on Sparrow. No word on how much this yearly subscription will cost or when it will drop exactly, but if I had to guess, I’d say $12/year (0.99 per month basically) is pretty reasonable. Of course, if you’re already jailbroken, you can enable Push for free with the Cydia tweak Sparrow Push.

Sparrow Sparrow, Sparrow, – $2.99

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How to easily setup a VPN on the iPhone and iPad http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/05/08/how-to-easily-setup-vpn-on-the-iphone-and-ipad/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/05/08/how-to-easily-setup-vpn-on-the-iphone-and-ipad/#comments Tue, 08 May 2012 15:51:07 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67961 Note: To setup VPN primarily on a PC or Mac (and even on a smartphone), you can check out Hidemyass, one of the largest VPN providers around.  Setting up and configuring a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on the iPhone and iPad can be a daunting task for many. You can first search online and choose … Read more]]>

Note: To setup VPN primarily on a PC or Mac (and even on a smartphone), you can check out Hidemyass, one of the largest VPN providers around. 

Setting up and configuring a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on the iPhone and iPad can be a daunting task for many. You can first search online and choose from one of the many providers, pick a plan that suits you, and then manually enter the account details into the Network area under Settings. You can of course use the the recently released Onion Browser for more secure browsing, but relying on the Tor network can be frustratingly slow at times. For those not familiar with VPNs, they’re great for accessing websites or social networks that have been blocked by your company’s (or even country’s) firewall and allow you to surf the web without revealing your true IP address. But perhaps even more important for iOS users, using a VPN while logged onto a public WiFi network — something we’ve all done, be it in a hotel, coffee shop or airport — will ensure that your data (namely usernames and login passwords) is encrypted and protected from would-be snoopers. Let’s take a look at two iOS apps that will easily let you setup a VPN and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

VPN Express (VPNVIP)

Run by VPNVIP inc., the company only sells VPN services on the iOS platform, a big reason why their rates are some of the most competitive around (per gigabyte). Once you’ve downloaded the VPN Express app on your iPhone/iPad, you can register for a new account and you’ll be given 300MB free to test the VPN out (get anywhere from an extra 100mb to 1GB free if you use info@touchmyapps.com as a “Referee” when signing up).

To help new users get started, that there’s a handy “VPN Auto Setup” feature, meaning you don’t have to manually configure your VPN settings on your iDevice. Simply tap on auto setup, then the “Start Auto Setup!” button on the next screen. You’ll then be taken to a Install Profile page, where the configuration profile with all the required VNP info will be installed. To begin surfing with VPN enabled, head back into Settings–>General–>Network–>VPN. Here you’ll find two options for VPNVIP-FREE-L2TP and VPNVIP-FREE-PPTP; now turn VPN toggle to ON. L2TP and PPTP are both VPN protocols and either one can be used. PPTP is the more lightweight and stable of the two, though L2TP is more secure (VPN Express recommends using PPTP if both work with the ISP you’re currently using). You can always go back and forth between the two protocols to see which gives you the best speeds.

Note: If you rather not download any configuration files, you can also set up the VPN manually. The “User Manual” tab provides step-by-step instructions on what to fill out in the iOS VPN settings page.

VPN Express offers plans either by Monthly or Data, though neither provides users with unlimited bandwidth. Under Non-recurring subscription plans (Monthly), you can get 2GB of data for $0.99 or 6BG for $2.99 (both 30 days). A better deal would be $3.99 for 10GB , and this is good for 60 days. If you want a plan that’ll last you an entire year, there’s 300GB for $45.99 ($0.15/GB). For those who likely won’t be consuming lots of bandwidth while using VPN (i.e occasional browsing while using a public network) and/or would prefer a plan that never expires, you can grab 1GB for $1.99, 10GB for $5.99, or the max of 200GB for $69.99 (more plans are available).

The great thing about VPN Express is that your Free/Paid plan can also be used on a desktop or laptop, so you’re not restricted to only your iOS devices. VPNVIP has put up detailed instructions on how to configure both PPTP and L2TP Connections for Windows, Mac and iOS and Android on their website.

As for those either traveling to or are living in China, VPN Express does work and will let you access Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the like, though you will need to change the server name in the VPN settings to vpn.smartvpn.info. This is a result of the “Great Firewall of China” blocking the DNS of VPNVIP and the company claims to be working on a more permanent solution to this workaround. I was in Shanghai for a layover last week and using the server name change method, I was able to log into pretty much all the social networking sites, just as if I were in North America.

Pros:

  • Easy to setup
  • Offers various monthly/data plans
  • Ability to choose PPTP/L2TP protocols
  • Plans work on PC/Mac as well
  • Choose location of VPN servers for paid plans (US or UK)
  • Configure VPNVIP on as many computers/phones as you like (all can connect simultaneously)
Cons:
  • No unlimited plans
  • Must manually turn VPN on/off every time
  • Speeds not always fast

Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield is one of the most popular VPN services around and aside from their popular Windows/Mac client that gives users free Ad-supported VPN (ads appear in a single banner above every webpage within the browser), there’s also a dedicated iOS app that was first released in November 2011. Unlike VPN Express, Hotspot Shield offers unlimited browsing with their plans, and new users can try out it for free for the first 7 days. On iOS devices, you can choose to pay per month ($0.99) or year ($9.99). If you’re on a desktop/laptop environment and want to do away with the ads, Hotspot Shield Elite is available for $4.99/month or $29.95/year (Elite also offers additional malware protection).

Whether you’re planning on using Hotspot Shield on iOS for free (7 days) or the paid plan, you have the option of selecting your connection type. With “Always On”, the iDevice will connect through the VPN 100% of the time and no other actions have to be carried out on your part. Whereas “Manual” works just like VPN Express in that you’ll have to manually turn the VPN on/off in the settings area.

One great feature with Hotspot Shield is data compression, where users can save on bandwidth by having images compressed (High/Medium/Low/Off) before they’re downloaded onto the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. This can be found under Your Bandwidth savings –> Compression, and is especially useful if you use VPN while on your 3G or LTE networks. Basically for a buck a month, you can potentially save a nice chunk of bandwidth from your data plan by compressing high quality images when surfing the web (if you primarily only want data compression and not VPN, you can check out the free Onavo Extend app).

Unlike VPN Express, I wasn’t able to get Hotspot Shield working on my recent trip to China, though it didn’t come as a complete surprise as this VPN has been blocked in the country for quite some time now. And with no manual way to change the server name in the VPN settings, this likely won’t change in the near future. If you live in or are planning on travelling to a country where certain websites /social networks are blocked, I suggest that you search Google for “Hotspot Shield” + (name of country) + “blocked”, with a filter for last month (or last few months) and see what people are reporting.

Pros:

  • Easy to setup
  • Unlimited plans
  • Always On feature
  • Image compression to save on bandwidth
  • Paid (mobile) plan works across all your iDevices
Cons:
  • No manual settings (can’t change VPN server name)
  • Paid plan doesn’t work on Windows/Mac (though there’s a free ad supported version)
  • May not work in all countries

Which VPN is best for the iPhone/iPad?

As for which VPN is the best for the iPhone and iPad, I’d say that it primarily depends on your usage. For someone who either wants VPN enabled all the time (for that extra layer of security) or are consistently using a Free Public Wifi network, Hotspot Shield is the way to go as it offers unlimited data. For those who only occasionally log onto a public hotspot or don’t exactly care about being able to go online anonymously, VPN Express’ never expire plans may even be the more economical route. For example, a $3.99 5GB plan could last someone well over a year or more if it’s used for simple things like checking emails, online banking or logging into other more data sensitive websites. Another thing to take into account is speed. I’ve found varying speeds between the two services over the past several weeks, though of late, Hotspot Shield has been faster than VPN Express. You can always install both and test out their download/upload speeds with the free Speedtest.net app.

While a VPN isn’t required by all iOS users, having one while you’re connected to a public network will better protect the data you send and receive – you just never know when someone’s trying to sniff out your Facebook, or worse, online banking login details.

 

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Onion Browser lets you surf the web privately, without revealing IP address http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/27/onion-browser-lets-you-surf-the-web-privately-without-revealing-ip-address/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/27/onion-browser-lets-you-surf-the-web-privately-without-revealing-ip-address/#comments Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:45:12 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67954 As I was browsing the Top Paid apps section on my iPad last night, I was surprised to come across an app called Onion Browser. Not because it’s yet another 3rd party web browser app, but the fact that it’s one of the only iOS web browsers that tunnels web traffic over the TOR network … Read more]]>

As I was browsing the Top Paid apps section on my iPad last night, I was surprised to come across an app called Onion Browser. Not because it’s yet another 3rd party web browser app, but the fact that it’s one of the only iOS web browsers that tunnels web traffic over the TOR network (“The Onion Network” for short). What it essentially does is let you surf the web in complete anonymity by routing your connection through multiple servers before reaching its destination. Here’s how wikipedia describes it:

Tor is a system intended to enable online anonymity. Tor client software routes Internet traffic through a worldwide volunteer network of servers in order to conceal a user’s location or usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity, including “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages and other communication forms”, back to the user and is intended to protect users’ personal freedom, privacy, and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored.

“Onion routing” refers to the layered nature of the encryption service: The original data are encrypted and re-encrypted multiple times, then sent through successive Tor relays, each one of which decrypts a “layer” of encryption before passing the data on to the next relay and, ultimately, its destination. This reduces the possibility of the original data being unscrambled or understood in transit.

So instead of turning on the Private Browsing feature for Safari on your iPhone/iPad, Onion Browser takes it a few steps further and gives you multiple layers of encryption. So what would you want to use it for you ask? Well if you’re one of those individuals who are paranoid about your privacy (you feel your ISP or even the government is watching your every move), Tor will give you that piece of mind when going online. Or more likely, your boss has restricted certain websites in the office (TMZ?) and the only way to feed your daily addiction is via a tor-enabled browser. And if you live in countries that practice online censorship (no Facebook or Twitter), Tor will come through nicely. In fact, up until last year, whenever I made trips to China (Shanghai), I’d typically used Tor with Firefox on my Macbook, thus allowing me to check into social networking sites like Facebook, and even Youtube.

As for Onion Browser, it’s a no-frills web browsing app, so don’t expect bookmarking, tabs and all the stuff you’ve grown accustomed to. But it does support user-agent spoofing (hides fact your using iOS device when visiting sites), the ability to block third party or all cookies and you can the current change IP address with a tap of a button. One other thing to keep in mind is that when relying on Tor, your connection is significantly slower than usual (as it has to connect through various servers before loading desired site), so the same applies here. Finally, it appears that the app won’t work for those in China or Iran due to “online censorship techniques using deep-packet inspection (DPI)”.

Onion Browser is available now as a universal app for $0.99.

Onion Browser Mike Tigas, Onion Browser, – $0.99

Description

Onion Browser is a Tor-capable web browser that lets you access the internet privately and anonymously.

NOTE: glitch w/”New Identity” in landscape mode will be fixed in 1.1.1, submitted for release next week.

A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to the Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Onion Browser is open-source software. (See onionbrowser.com for more details on donation & source code.)

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Features/Benefits:

• Internet access tunneled over the Tor onion router network:
- Websites do not see your real IP address.
- Your connection is encrypted before it leaves your device, providing protection against snooping by ISPs or people who share a WiFi connection with you.
- Tunnel bypasses restrictive firewalls: you can access the entire Internet from behind ISPs or corporate connections, or when inside countries that practice online censorship.
- Access websites on the “dark net” of anonymous .onion web sites, only accessible in the Tor network.

• User-Agent spoofing: hides the fact that you are using an iPhone/iPad from websites you visit.

• Ability to block third party cookies or all cookies.

• Can change IP address and clear cookies/history/cache in one button.

NOTE: Web browsing through the anonymization network will be significantly slower than through a non-tunneled browser.

Due to online censorship techniques using deep-packet inspection (DPI), this app does not currently function in Iran or China.

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Onion Browser is not affiliated with nor endorsed by the Tor Project. Onion Browser carries no guarantee from The Tor Project about quality, suitability or anything else.

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Onavo Extend adds LTE/CDMA support, will help cut down on data usage http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/24/onavo-extend-adds-ltecdma-support-will-help-cut-down-on-data-usage/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/24/onavo-extend-adds-ltecdma-support-will-help-cut-down-on-data-usage/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:45:33 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67837 Onavo Extend, an existing iOS app that helps you save up to 80% on your data consumption, has just added support for 4G LTE iPads, and the iPhone 4S on CDMA networks. Using cloud-based technology and some and compression magic, Onavo helps make sure that you don’t go over your monthly data plan. Basically, here’s … Read more]]>

Onavo Extend, an existing iOS app that helps you save up to 80% on your data consumption, has just added support for 4G LTE iPads, and the iPhone 4S on CDMA networks. Using cloud-based technology and some and compression magic, Onavo helps make sure that you don’t go over your monthly data plan. Basically, here’s how it works:

Onavo Extend installs a configuration profile (which includes your operator’s APN settings) on your device so that data you receive from the Internet is compressed in our cloud-based compression service, located in datacenters operated by Amazon Web Services. The compressed data is then sent to your mobile device so that you get a leaner, faster and more efficient version of the web.

Especially now that LTE iPads are supported, it’ll mean that you can finally get way more bang for your buck and not have to constantly worry about paying for overage charges (like this guy who used all 2GB of his allotment in 2 hours). Onavo Extend also provides users with a breakdown of data consumed AND saved by each app, which really is a handy tool to have around. Best of all, it’s completely free to download and use, with support for over 240 providers around the globe. Check out the video demo and press release below for more info.

Onavo Extend - Data Usage, Get More Out of Your Mobile Data Plan Onavo Mobile, Onavo Extend - Free

Press Release

Wildly Popular and Free Onavo Extend App Now Available on 4G LTE iPads and iPhone 4S on CDMA Networks Consumers Can Now Get Up to Five Times More from Data Plans and Fight LTE Extreme Data Usage

San Francisco, Calif. – April 24, 2012 – Onavo Extend, the data compression application that enables mobile users to experience up to five times more from their wireless data plans, is now available on 4G LTE iPads and iPhone 4S on CDMA networks. For the first time, tens of millions of Sprint and Verizon customers and millions of iPad users can tap into the power of Onavo Extend data compression to extend their data plan and mobile experience without changing the way they use their Apple device.

“In just six months, Onavo Extend has become a must-have app for millions of people around the world by alleviating costly data overages and roaming charges. Onavo Extend compresses data by up to 80 percent – meaning people can do five times more web browsing, emailing, photo sharing, Tweeting or updating Facebook without changing anything,” said Onavo CEO Guy Rosen. “Today we are excited to make Onavo Extend available to tens of millions more people with the release for 4G LTE iPads on Verizon and AT&T, and iPhone 4S consumers on Verizon and Sprint who are more than ready for a better mobile experience.”

The rapid consumer adoption of 4G LTE iPads has been accompanied by growing irritation at how quickly the popular devices burn through data plans on basic activities like web browsing and usage of popular apps. Similarly, iPhone 4S users on Verizon and Sprint’s CDMA networks are searching for remedies to their explosive data consumption problems, which are compounded by new data caps and limits on usage that carriers continue to roll out, often equating to higher charges and a poor user experience.

“Onavo Extend is critical for every 4G LTE iPad owner; we have heard from many people who have burned through their monthly data plans in as little as a day but do not want to reduce usage of their favorite device,” said Rosen. “It also provides a free insurance policy against overages and degraded network performance for iPhone 4S users on CDMA networks like Verizon, where the network has done away with unlimited data plans. Our availability on the latest and greatest Apple technology, empowering users to get way more out of their data plan, will change people’s bills – and the amount left in their wallets.”

Onavo Extend is free for both iOS and Android, and uses Onavo’s cloud-based, compression technology and analytics to allow users to get more from their data plan without changing the way they use their phone. Easy to install and simple to use, it runs in the background, silently compressing data so users can do more with their mobile device on even the tightest data plan. It also reduces roaming charges by providing a leaner version of the web on the road. Abroad or at home, Onavo Extend also gives monthly data usage reports to allow consumers to easily understand, plan and manage data consumption.

About Onavo

Onavo free mobile applications make it easy for users to extend and improve their mobile data experience without changing the way they use their phones. Using cloud-based compression and analytics, Onavo’s award-winning mobile apps make it easy for millions of users around the world to get as much as five times more from their data plan, enhancing their mobile experience by protecting from higher data charges, roaming fees, data throttling and poor performance. With Onavo, consumers no longer have to worry about incurring huge overage fees, roaming charges and unexpected data charges. For more information, please visit www.onavo.com or follow on Twitter @onavo.

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Windows 8 on your iPad now possible thanks to Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed app http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/14/windows-8-on-your-ipad-now-possible-thanks-to-splashtops-win8-metro-testbed-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/14/windows-8-on-your-ipad-now-possible-thanks-to-splashtops-win8-metro-testbed-app/#comments Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:28:16 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67606 A little over a month ago, we saw a video comparing iOS on the iPad and the upcoming Windows 8 running on a tablet. Well, now you too can experience first hand Windows 8 Metro with touch gestures on your iPad, thanks to the release of Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed app. Following in the footsteps of their highly … Read more]]>

A little over a month ago, we saw a video comparing iOS on the iPad and the upcoming Windows 8 running on a tablet. Well, now you too can experience first hand Windows 8 Metro with touch gestures on your iPad, thanks to the release of Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed app. Following in the footsteps of their highly popular remote access app Splashtop Remote Desktop, Win8 Metro Testbed gives you full Metro UI gestures, including swipe from right for the Charms menu, pull down from the top to close apps, swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side and more. The one big caveat here is that you must be running Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your PC (or Bootcamp on a Mac), with the free Splashtop Streamer client installed. This is certainly a great tool for developers planning on building mobile apps on the Windows 8 platform, without the need to spend hundreds of dollars more on new hardware. The app is currently on sale for $24.99 (50% off) and now available on the App Store. Check out the demo video and more info after the break.

Win8 Metro Testbed - powered by Splashtop Splashtop, Win8 Metro Testbed - $24.99


Description

LAUNCH SPECIAL FOR A LIMITED TIME – 50% OFF OF REGULAR PRICE $49.99!
Splashtop, Apple’s “Top 25 best-selling iPad app of ALL-TIME”, is now optimized for Windows 8 PC!
No need to spend over $1,000 to buy a Win 7 tablet in order to try out the Win 8 Metro touch experience.
Please Note: A PC installed with Windows 8 Consumer Preview is required.

Are you still controlling the Metro UI with a mouse and keyboard? Stop! You deserve a better user experience. Splashtop is the ONLY app that allows you to experience the TRUE Windows 8 Metro UI on your iPad.

Now with Splashtop, you can enjoy native Win 8 Metro touch gestures:
- Swipe from the right for the Charms menu
- Swipe from the left to switch apps
- Pull down from the top to close the app
- Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side
- Pinch to do Semantic Zoom
- And many more gestures for you to explore!

If you are a new tech enthusiast, this app is the easiest way to try out the latest Windows platform. You can even make your own YouTube video to share your Win 8 Metro experience with the world.

If you are curious about how Win 8 Metro works, don’t just read the blogs. Try it! Be the first among your friends to showcase the Win 8 Metro UI.

If you are an app developer, this is a must-have app.

Over 6 million users are enjoying Splashtop apps today, and you should too!

See what media are saying about Splashtop:
★★★★★ “Both a breakthrough and a bargain.” — The New York Times
★★★★★ “Splashtop — Meet the most popular app on iTunes.” — USA Today
★★★★★ “Splashtop Remote Desktop App Flirts with Greatness” — Mac News World
★★★★★ “Splashtop Remote WINS hands down!” — Apps for iPads
★★★★★ “Splashtop Remote is… extremely easy to setup” — Pixelatedgeek.com
★★★★★ Best of CES 2011 Award — Laptop Magazine

CNET: “I also gained a new perspective on Windows 8 as a touch-screen OS. The same Metro UI features and gestures that don’t work well or at all on a conventional PC suddenly spring to life on a tablet. Windows 8 developers and other users who want to try out Microsoft’s new OS on their iPads should give this app a spin.”

Note: a computer with dual-core CPU is strongly recommended for best performance.

Visit www.splashtop.com/win8 for more detail.

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Sparrow receives first update, Push coming soon http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/04/sparrow-receives-first-update-push-coming-soon/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/04/sparrow-receives-first-update-push-coming-soon/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:01:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67460 Sparrow, hands down the best mail client for the iPhone, has just been updated to version 1.1. New are its Send & Archive feature, a built in browser, dock badge for accounts and ability to show/hide folders and labels. But what’s even more encouraging is that the Sparrow team have announced that “Push is coming. … Read more]]>

Sparrow, hands down the best mail client for the iPhone, has just been updated to version 1.1. New are its Send & Archive feature, a built in browser, dock badge for accounts and ability to show/hide folders and labels. But what’s even more encouraging is that the Sparrow team have announced that “Push is coming. With or without Apple.”:

Thanks to your amazing support, we feel confident that Apple might revise its position on the Push API. We’ll submit a first version of Sparrow 1.2 including it. This might delay Sparrow 1.2 validation but we’re already working with some partners to include Push in future versions of Sparrow without needing Apple clearance.

Even without Push, Sparrow has completely replaced the Mail.app on my iPhone. Its swipe gestures and well thought out interface makes checking emails actually fun for once. As for Sparrow 1.2, it’s already in the works and will include support for 9 languages, landscape mode (when composing emails) and ability to swipe up/down between messages (currently, this gesture only allows you to navigate between a “conversation”).

Sparrow 1.1 is now available on the App Store and the update is free for existing users.

Sparrow Sparrow, Sparrow, – $2.99

What’s New in Version 1.1

New features:
- Built-in web browser
- Send & archive
- Empty trash
- Empty spam
- Dock badge preferences by account
- Show/hide labels and folders
- Choice to include attachments when forwarding messages

Bug fix:
- Compatibility with mail servers
- Improved mail servers detection (gApps login error, self-signed certificates)
- Composer wrapping behavior
- Custom SMTP for alias
- Issue with SMTP without password
- Message view behavior with email that do not scroll
- Swipe gesture to add custom account
- Refresh starred / unread using pull to refresh
- Fixed account list scrolling with more than 10 accounts
- Video attachments are shown fullscreen

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Sparrow lands on the iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/15/sparrow-lands-on-the-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/15/sparrow-lands-on-the-iphone/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:52:25 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67126 Sparrow, my favorite mail client on Mac OS, has finally been released for the iPhone. Sparrow is an iPhone mail client designed with love to provide you with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience. With its pane navigation, its new threading system and many new features, you’ll never look back. Similar to the pane interface found on the … Read more]]>

Sparrow, my favorite mail client on Mac OS, has finally been released for the iPhone.

Sparrow is an iPhone mail client designed with love to provide you with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience. With its pane navigation, its new threading system and many new features, you’ll never look back.

Similar to the pane interface found on the Facebook app, you can use swipe gestures to reveal mailboxes, labels and folders. Swipe on a message and you can star, add a label, archive or delete a conversation. I’ve used Sparrow on my iPhone briefly and so far, am completely loving it (goodbye Mail app!). The one big downer is the lack of push notifications, which can be a deal breaker for some. Personally, I can live without it for the time being, seeing how this is the best 3rd party mail app I’ve used thus far.

And if you missed it earlier, Sparrow for Mac is still currently on sale at $6 (via StackSocial), though only until for another 12 hours or so. Check out the promo video and app description after the break.

Sparrow Sparrow, Sparrow, – $2.99

Description

Sparrow is an iPhone mail client designed with love to provide you with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience.
With its pane navigation, its new threading system and many
new features, you’ll never look back.

Warning: Sparrow does not support POP accounts and does not do Push notification yet

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Features:

- Full IMAP support:
Use your Gmail, Google Apps, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Mobile Me and custom IMAP accounts.

- Unified Inbox
All your mails in a unique mailbox.

- Attachments
Directly attach photos & images when composing a mail. No more cumbersome back and forth with your photo library.

- Up & down your conversations
Swipe up or down on a message to navigate a conversation.

- Everything is a swipe away
Swipe once to uncover your mailboxes, labels and folders.
Swipe again to get to your account list.

- Faces
Mail is much nicer with your friends’ profile pictures.

- Message swipe
Star, add a label, archive or delete a conversation right away simply by swiping a message.

- Smart contacts
Your most frequent contacts on top of the list.

- Quick mailbox switch
Navigate between your inbox, unread and favorites by tapping/swiping the top bar.

- Mark all as read
One click to rule them all. You can also press a message for a few seconds to mark it as read/unread.

- Thread view
Tap the top bar in the conversation to quickly navigate all messages in a thread.

- Pull to refresh
Finally, the simplest way to refresh comes to email.

- Priority Inbox support
Automatically identify your important email and separates it out from everything else.

- Alias
Have a pro and a private mail address? Use alias to keep things separated.

- Powerful search
Local and remote search allow you to find the mail you’re looking for.

And many more features crafted with love to discover:
- Quick sender switch in compose window
- Mark all as read
- Read/unread with a long press on a message cell
- Reply all quick switch…

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Coming in future versions
- Localization
- Landscape mode
- Built-in browser
- Send and Archive
- Only show specific label/folder

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Learn more about Sparrow for iPhone and Sparrow for Mac on:
www.sprw.me

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WinZip makes its way onto iOS Devices http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/02/15/winzip-makes-its-way-onto-ios-devices/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/02/15/winzip-makes-its-way-onto-ios-devices/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:06:56 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=66405 WinZip, one of the most popular file compression softwares for Windows (Mac support was added in 2010), has landed on the iOS platform. Countless have relied on the utility for compressing/decompressing files, data backup and even file encryption. And now, as per app description, the mobile zip file management app can: - Open Zip files and Zip attachments … Read more]]>

WinZip on the iPad

WinZip, one of the most popular file compression softwares for Windows (Mac support was added in 2010), has landed on the iOS platform. Countless have relied on the utility for compressing/decompressing files, data backup and even file encryption. And now, as per app description, the mobile zip file management app can:

- Open Zip files and Zip attachments from email
- Browse and view Zip files, including multi-file attachments
- Open encrypted Zip files
- Copy the contents of Zip files to the clipboard
- View Zip file attachments from webmail (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc)
Zipped file types that can be previewed:
- .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .pdf, .key, .numbers, .pages, .htm, .htm, .jsp, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .png, .gif

WinZip isn’t nearly as sophisticated in terms of its feature-set as ReaddleDocs, but for the price of free, there’s really not much to complain about. You can download the universal app now on the App Store for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

WinZip WinZip Computing LLC, WinZip, – Free

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Air Dictate for iPhone 4S uses Siri to type for you on a Mac http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/27/air-dictate-for-iphone-4s-uses-siri-to-type-for-you-on-a-mac/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/27/air-dictate-for-iphone-4s-uses-siri-to-type-for-you-on-a-mac/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:21:37 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=63342 Avatron, the company behind the excellent Air Display (TMA Review), has released Air Dictate, an app that lets you use your iPhone 4S’ speech recognition and turns it into text on your Mac computer. It’s quite to similar to the recently released Vocal app, though Air Dictate’s sole purpose is to act as a personal transcriber. You’ll need to … Read more]]>

Avatron, the company behind the excellent Air Display (TMA Review), has released Air Dictatean app that lets you use your iPhone 4S’ speech recognition and turns it into text on your Mac computer. It’s quite to similar to the recently released Vocal app, though Air Dictate’s sole purpose is to act as a personal transcriber. You’ll need to have Air Dictate installed on your iPhone 4S, the free Air Dictate Receiver app installed on your Mac and have on the same WiFi network. Then:

On Mac:
- Launch any app that allows text input. For example: TextEdit, Mail, Pages, Microsoft Word.

On iPhone 4S:
- Launch the Air Dictate app.
- Choose your Mac from a list of nearby computers.
- Press the microphone button, speak for a while, and press the button again to stop.

Air Dictate’s a pretty simple app, though for those who’d rather “type” with their voice rather than an actual keyboard, Avatron’s latest utility will get the job done. The app’s also only sale now for intro price of $0.99, so if you have an iPhone 4S and want to check it out, you may want to pick this up sooner rather than later.

Air Dictate Avatron Software, Air Dictate, – $0.99

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