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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, – $2.99
EA Mobile has released what could very well be the coolest Simpsons video game ever made — ok, at least on a mobile platform. The Simpsons: Tapped Out for the iPhone and iPad is a freemium game that plays like SimCity and Farmville, where fans of the long-running animated series will get to (for the first time ever) build Springfield from the ground up and interact with all their favorite characters.
Soul Calibre, the iconic weapon-based fighter that first released for the arcades and Sega Dreamcast in the late 90′s, will be making its way to iOS on Jan 19th. The port will feature all 19 of the original fighters, and will include arcade battle, time attack, survival, practice and museum modes. While the launch price is currently unknown, Soul Calibre will be a universal app and require an iPhone 4/4S, iPad 2 and iPod Touch 4G to run the visually impressive game. And coinciding with Namco Bandai’s iOS release, Soul Calibre 5 is set to make its Xbox 360 and PS3 debut next month, on Feb 3rd. Check out the official trailer and more screenshots after the break.
Snapseed, a former iTunes app of the week (last month) and one of the best photo editors on iOS, is now free for the next several days. Not only does the app make photo manipulation easy and intuitive, it also provides plenty of features to help transform your photographs just the way you want it.
• Easily browse and adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
• Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
• Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
• Experiment with fun and innovative features like Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Center Focus
• Add Borders for incredible finishing touches
• Email your creations or share them on Facebook and Flickr
Previously priced at $4.99, this is one excellent price drop you don’t want to miss out on. And the fact that it’s a universal app (it’ll work natively on both the iPhone and iPad) is just icing on the cake. Now go forth and have fun editing your images till your heart’s content (though not before checking out some of Snapseed’s demo videos after the gap).
Nik Software, Snapseed, 15.0 MB – Free
For Turn based strategy fans, the long wait on the iOS is over. Square Enix has finally released what is arguably the best TBS RPG of all time - FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS. Originally released in 1997 on the Playstation, it went on to sell close to 2.5 million copies worldwide and was eventually released as War of the Lions on the PSP in 2007, with extra content like all new jobs and scenarios. The iPhone version is essentially a port of the PSP, though Square Enix has managed to speed up loading times and optimized the visuals. The only downside to the game is it’s premium price tag – $15.99 – which could scare away more casual gamers. But I’m sure hard core fans of the classic TBS will have no qualms picking it up to relive the epic adventure. And for those of you who’d rather play this on the iPad, you may want to hold off for a bit as that version will be released in the fall. Launch trailer after the break…
FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS, 457 MB – $15.99
The iWork Suite on the iOS has now finally found a home on the iPhone and iPod Touch, thanks to the recent universal update. Already considered to be among the most polished productivity apps on the platform, iWork users will no longer have to rely on their iPads when creating or editing documents while on-the-go. Aside from the universal support, the apps also include improved document management, allowing users to easily sort and organize docs into folders. Pages, Numbers and Keynote are sold separately for $9.99, but as always, if you already own these apps, the update can be downloaded for free. Full press release after the break.
Every once in a while, I’ll come across an app in my TMA inbox that stands out from the crowd – either by way of features or uniqueness. One example was GestureMatic, an app that allows you to perform various functions via user-created gestures. And most recently, I came across a 3rd party Web Browser app that’s unlike anything we’ve experienced before on the iDevice — Portal. Using a unique “Portal” button at the bottom of the screen, you tap on it to bring up a 1st gen like iPod click wheel interface, where you can then perform all the actions you’re used to on Mobile Safari…and a whole lot more.
One of the worst kept secrets is now official – the iPhone 4 will finally be making its way to Verizon. Earlier today, Verizon held its own iPhone Event to announce that its CDMA network is now ready for Apple’s most successful iPhone to date. The phone will be available for pre-orders online (for existing customers) starting February 3rd and will go on sale in Verizon and Apple Stores on the 10th. Here’s a quick run down of the Verizon iPhone 4:
- 16GB -$199, 32GB – $299 on 2 yr agreement
- Unlimited data plans for $30
- Runs on 3G network (no support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network)
- Personal Hotspot feature – turns iPhone 4 into wifi hotspot and connects up to 5 devices
- As with other CDMA phones, no voice calls and data usage at the same time
- Phone now has 4 antenna break lines instead of 3
- Mute and volume buttons moved down a notch for new antenna design
While it’s undoubtedly good news that US users will soon no longer have to stick with AT&T’s just to use the iPhone (without unlocking), the fact that voice and data can’t be used together on the CDMA network could be a deal breaker for many. Personally, being able to do both (iOS does support multitasking after all) simultaneously is a pretty big requirement. Still, you can bet that the iPhone 4 will bring loads of business for Verizon. Full press release after the gap.
Verizon’s iPhone FAQ can be found here.
A week after Skype posted a help guide for making video calls on the iPhone, the Skype app was updated earlier today and users can now finally do just that on their iDevices. With the 3.0 update, you can make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G, and two-way video calls are supported on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen. On the iPad and iPod Touch 3rd gen where there’s no camera, you can only receive the video feed. Here’s the complete run down of what’s new:
- Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
- Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
- Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
- Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
- Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
- Additional Data charges may apply
While the quality of the video calls isn’t quite as good as on Facetime, it’s certainly good enough and it does have the added bonus of being able to run on both WiFi and 3G. If you’re a Skype user and have one of the newer iPhones or iPod Touches, be sure to grab this update asap. You can also check out the wacky Skype iPhone video calling promo below.
Skype Software, Skype, 11.9 MB – Free
It appears that Skype is finally going to allow users to make video calls on their iDevice. In a help page found on Skype’s website earlier this morning (which has since been pulled), a section titled How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone? gave a quick glimpse of what we can expect when the service goes live:
To make video calls with your contacts, you will need an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3rd generation iPod touch, 4th generation iPod touch or an iPad. Your contacts will only be able to see you if your device has a camera. Make sure your device is running iOS 4.0 or above and that you are using Skype for iPhone 3.0 or above.
The contacts you are calling must be using one of the following Skype clients:
- Skype for Windows version 4.2 and above
- Skype for Mac OS X version 2.8 and above
- Skype for iPhone 3.0 and above
You can make Skype video calls by using a WiFi or 3G connection*. The quality of the video will depend upon the available network conditions.
*Additional data charges may apply. Check with your operator for details.
Aside from Apple’s Facetime, there are plenty of apps that already support video calls, like Yahoo! Messenger, fring: Video Calls + IM and Tango. But seeing how a vast number of people actually rely on Skype to keep in touch with family and friends, video calls via the Skype app won’t come a moment too soon. Take a look at the full help page after the gap.