Google VS Apple – Verizon VS AT&T – iDon’t VS iPhone

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It isn’t clear what started the war, but in the chaos of bombs and gunfire, all that matters is staying alive. Apple and Google have each been dancing in awkward, fan-sullying steps since the two decided to get phoney. The first awkward step may have been Apple’s insistence that Android phones forgo multitouch in order to protect the then-precious iPhone hegemony, but then again, no one knows who started the war which has hit both director’s boards. The second – forget the second; suffice it to say that both parties have been stepping on the other’s toes time and time again since the middle of this year. The party is over; Apple and Google’s romance, spurned by a mutual disrespect for Microsoft has decayed into uneasy competition. To make matters worse, Apple’s exclusivity with AT&T may finally be biting them in the apps: Verizon, a potential customer, have begun taking staking stabs at Apple’s iPhone. The carrier, in a vendetta against rival AT&T have the iPhone in their sites, shooting with nothing less than the powerful ammunition, Google Android.

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Google Audio – iLike and Lala to nono iTunes

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While iTunes has done a lot to help stimulate legal music downloads in a market which has wavered between open piracy and privacy rights, it is only one of many similar services. The store now boasts a full library of decent quality AAC music encoded at 256 kilobits per second — a number which should please most cardinal-craving audiophiles –, a decent feature list, and an expanding market. But, opportunities exist across the globe for competitors to capitalise on Apple’s omissions; namely, encoding quality, features, price, and last but not least: community music services. Google are working on a service of their own which may take advantage of Apple’s ignorance of community music scenes such as LastFM, and now, the MySpace acquisition: iLike.

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Google: Browser to best the App Store

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Believe it or not, Google are pushing their own agenda; an agenda that speaks of the strength of the web as the best content distribution system. A strength that will usurp the current juggernaut, Apple’s App Store. It would be a misstep if Google, the undisputed leader on the internet, did not support what is largely, its playground.

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iPhone and Android Play Nice – Appcelerator’s Titanium fuses the combatant’s in a bond of love

g1-and-iphone-love-you-manGoogle’s Android platform, open source and relatively new, is a force to be reckoned with. So is the iPhone and its App Store juggernaut. Both are based on *NIX operating systems that have desktop niches and conceivably could be ported to just about any hardware with a CPU (and conceivably, even the iPhone). Philosophically of course, they are very different. MacOS X’ roots are open source with the project called Darwin, but Apple are often about as community friendly as the RIAA. Google, ever the stealth operator, expand even into our streets without so much as a hissyfit (unless you live in the UK).

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Juicy Development partners with Emergency Services Community

Orem, Utah – Juicy Development partners with Emergency Service Community to provide 500 additional streams for users of the popular smartphone app, Police Scanner 2. All audio feeds currently supported by emergencyservicescommunity.com will now be available for both Android and iPhone users.

Police Scanner 2 is an application that lets users listen to police, fire, and EMS activities around the world. “We are thrilled to add these new feeds and provide additional services in a new area. Since many of our users are police and firefighters, we understand just how crucial the connection is to the audio streams can be.” said Tod Hadley, CEO of Juicy Development.

With thousands of national and international EMS streams, Police Scanner offers the largest selection of police, fire, and emergency services streams available for the iPhone or Android platform in one application.

“It’s crucial that we provide as much coverage as we possibly can,” said Hadley, “because our customers depend upon our application for up-to-date emergency information. With over 25,000 daily users and streams in eleven countries, Police Scanner streams more emergency broadcasts than any other application in the iTunes store.

As additional stations, counties, and cities are added, the database is automatically updated and the stream instantly becomes available to all Police Scanner users. Police Scanner uses the location-aware technology built into the phones to help users locate streams near them, or allows them to search through a list of all available streams from around the world.

Police scanner 2 is a must have for on-call volunteer fire fighters, news crews, emergency responders and hobbyists. Fans of Police Scanner can now purchase Police Scanner gear in the Juicy online store.

Not all areas broadcast an iPhone compatible stream. This is still a new technology for many police, fire, and dispatch centers. A stream from your local city may not yet be available.

In celebration of the partnership, Juicy development has announced a temporary price reduction. The iPhone version of Police Scanner II will be sold for the price of $1.99, which is 50% off.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 1.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Police Scanner 2.2.2 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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Based in Orem, Utah, Juicy Development LLC creates fun, functional. and mouth-watering applications for the Apple iPhone, Google Android, and other mobile devices. In addition to the release of several mobile applications for the public market, Juicy does contract and private development. Copyright 2011 Juicy Development LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and Android are registered trademarks of their respective companies in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Juicy Development partners with Emergency Services Community

Orem, Utah – Juicy Development partners with Emergency Service Community to provide 500 additional streams for users of the popular smartphone app, Police Scanner 2. All audio feeds currently supported by emergencyservicescommunity.com will now be available for both Android and iPhone users.

Police Scanner 2 is an application that lets users listen to police, fire, and EMS activities around the world. “We are thrilled to add these new feeds and provide additional services in a new area. Since many of our users are police and firefighters, we understand just how crucial the connection is to the audio streams can be.” said Tod Hadley, CEO of Juicy Development.

With thousands of national and international EMS streams, Police Scanner offers the largest selection of police, fire, and emergency services streams available for the iPhone or Android platform in one application.

“It’s crucial that we provide as much coverage as we possibly can,” said Hadley, “because our customers depend upon our application for up-to-date emergency information. With over 25,000 daily users and streams in eleven countries, Police Scanner streams more emergency broadcasts than any other application in the iTunes store.

As additional stations, counties, and cities are added, the database is automatically updated and the stream instantly becomes available to all Police Scanner users. Police Scanner uses the location-aware technology built into the phones to help users locate streams near them, or allows them to search through a list of all available streams from around the world.

Police scanner 2 is a must have for on-call volunteer fire fighters, news crews, emergency responders and hobbyists. Fans of Police Scanner can now purchase Police Scanner gear in the Juicy online store.

Not all areas broadcast an iPhone compatible stream. This is still a new technology for many police, fire, and dispatch centers. A stream from your local city may not yet be available.

In celebration of the partnership, Juicy development has announced a temporary price reduction. The iPhone version of Police Scanner II will be sold for the price of $1.99, which is 50% off.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 1.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Police Scanner 2.2.2 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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YouTube Video (Police Scanner at MacWorld)
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Based in Orem, Utah, Juicy Development LLC creates fun, functional. and mouth-watering applications for the Apple iPhone, Google Android, and other mobile devices. In addition to the release of several mobile applications for the public market, Juicy does contract and private development. Copyright 2011 Juicy Development LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and Android are registered trademarks of their respective companies in the U.S. and/or other countries.

MEA Mobile Launches Engineering Apps Suite for iPad

New Haven, Connecticut – MEA Mobile, a mobile technologies developer, today is pleased to announce its suite of engineering simulators designed for the iPad are now available.

“Our Ray Tools series were designed by Ray Seymour a former General Electric ED&C engineer.” said Vin Framularo of MEA Mobile, “with over 37 years of experience and over 60 granted U.S. patents, Ray Seymour brings a wealth of engineering knowledge into the mobile space. Our initial feedback from university programs and commercial engineering labs has been very positive.”

The apps were designed with a retro look and feel harkening back to the 1970’s with vintage plastic keys, worn leather and glowing green numeric displays. In addition, the apps feature practical examples, term glossaries and data export functions. The initial suite of electrical engineer simulators for the iPad includes:

* AC Impedance Simulator
* Output Driver Devices Simulator
* Inverting Operational Amplifier Simulator
* Non Inverting Operational Amplifier Simulator
* Sensor Input Devices Simulator
* 555 Timer Simulator
* AC Input Operational Amplifier Simulator

Additional Ray Tools engineering simulator apps are in the works. MEA Mobile, in addition to its own growing portfolio of apps, provides white labeling, third party app development and creative digital support on a contract basis. For more information visit MEA Mobile online.

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MEA Mobile innovates on the Apple iOS, Google Android and Windows mobile platforms. MEA Mobile is actively expanding with offices in Auckland and Hamilton, New Zealand and New Haven, Connecticut. Copyright (C) 2012 MEA Mobile. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

TappyTaps Released Baby Monitor & Alarm 2.5: Check Your Baby with iPhone

Prague, Czech Republic – TappyTaps today is proud to announce a major update for their popular product – ‘Baby Monitor & Alarm 2.5′. This application is a tool for helping parents with babysitting. In basic mode it can monitor noise in the room and and call to another phone whenever the noise rises above a specified level. But this is just the basic functionality – the TappyTaps’ application goes much further.

“I am also parent, so I know that leaving your child asleep can be challenging”, said Jindrich Sarson, CEO of TappyTaps. Therefore, TappyTaps implemented functions that helps your child to stay asleep. To put a child to sleep is best with a fairytale or their favorite song – this is where the ‘Sweet Dreams’ function helps as it can play any media from an iPod or even a recorded voice. Similarly, when your child wakes up in the middle of night, the Baby Monitor & Alarm can replay ‘Mum’s Voice’, or any voice, to settle your child back into sleep.

“My favorite function is the Activity Log”, said Sarson. Every event that happens in your child’s room – and every noise – is recorded in the Activity Log, so that it can be reviewed by the parents later in the morning, and it can also be forwarded to any email.

In this new version was also implemented long requested feature – Night Mode. Some children don’t want to sleep in the dark – for them we prepared adjustable “nigh light”, that sure works, when monitor is working and listening in the background. Other types of night mode (for example Baby Friend, that shows nice peaceful animal to child) are available as well.

Feature highlights:
* Phone Alert function – calls any other phone number when there is noise in room for longer than a specified time
* Sweet Dreams – plays your child’s favorite song to send it to sleep
* Mum’s Voice – plays a familiar voice when your child wakes up – to send it back to sleep again
* Activity Log – detailed information on what happened in your child’s room
* Night Mode – to help sleep your child peacefully
* Angle application settings – unique to your child

Supported Languages:
* US English, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Russian, Spanish and new in this version – Dutch

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 3.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Baby Monitor & Alarm 2.5 for iOS is only $2.99 (USD), and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Review copies are available upon request. Android version of Baby Monitor & Alarm is available as well.

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Located in Prague, Czech Republic, TappyTaps is a software development company specializing in applications for mobile operating systems, including Apple iPhone, Google Android and Windows Mobile. The company was founded in 2009 by Jindrich and Jan Sarson, and markets 12 innovative products, so far. Copyright (C) 2011 TappyTaps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPhoto are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. Android and Picasa are trademarks of Google, Inc. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft, Inc. Flickr is a trademark of Yahoo, Inc.

TappyTaps Released Baby Monitor & Alarm 2.5: Check Your Baby with iPhone

Prague, Czech Republic – TappyTaps today is proud to announce a major update for their popular product – ‘Baby Monitor & Alarm 2.5′. This application is a tool for helping parents with babysitting. In basic mode it can monitor noise in the room and and call to another phone whenever the noise rises above a specified level. But this is just the basic functionality – the TappyTaps’ application goes much further.

“I am also parent, so I know that leaving your child asleep can be challenging”, said Jindrich Sarson, CEO of TappyTaps. Therefore, TappyTaps implemented functions that helps your child to stay asleep. To put a child to sleep is best with a fairytale or their favorite song – this is where the ‘Sweet Dreams’ function helps as it can play any media from an iPod or even a recorded voice. Similarly, when your child wakes up in the middle of night, the Baby Monitor & Alarm can replay ‘Mum’s Voice’, or any voice, to settle your child back into sleep.

“My favorite function is the Activity Log”, said Sarson. Every event that happens in your child’s room – and every noise – is recorded in the Activity Log, so that it can be reviewed by the parents later in the morning, and it can also be forwarded to any email.

In this new version was also implemented long requested feature – Night Mode. Some children don’t want to sleep in the dark – for them we prepared adjustable “nigh light”, that sure works, when monitor is working and listening in the background. Other types of night mode (for example Baby Friend, that shows nice peaceful animal to child) are available as well.

Feature highlights:
* Phone Alert function – calls any other phone number when there is noise in room for longer than a specified time
* Sweet Dreams – plays your child’s favorite song to send it to sleep
* Mum’s Voice – plays a familiar voice when your child wakes up – to send it back to sleep again
* Activity Log – detailed information on what happened in your child’s room
* Night Mode – to help sleep your child peacefully
* Angle application settings – unique to your child

Supported Languages:
* US English, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Russian, Spanish and new in this version – Dutch

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 3.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Baby Monitor & Alarm 2.5 for iOS is only $2.99 (USD), and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Review copies are available upon request. Android version of Baby Monitor & Alarm is available as well.

Baby Monitor & Alarm 2.5.1
Purchase and Download (iPhone)
Purchase and Download (Android)
YouTube Video
Screenshot
Press Kit (zip)

Located in Prague, Czech Republic, TappyTaps is a software development company specializing in applications for mobile operating systems, including Apple iPhone, Google Android and Windows Mobile. The company was founded in 2009 by Jindrich and Jan Sarson, and markets 12 innovative products, so far. Copyright (C) 2011 TappyTaps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPhoto are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. Android and Picasa are trademarks of Google, Inc. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft, Inc. Flickr is a trademark of Yahoo, Inc.

Award-winning art app for kids, Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure, updated

San Francisco, California – Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure, an app developed by user-experience designer Michelangelo Capraro to encourage his own son to make art on touchscreen tablets, receives a free updated with new pages, characters, and animation.

“As graphic designers, my wife and I spend much of our time using computers to create things,” said Kidoodle Apps founder Michelangelo Capraro. “We were really conscious about our child getting sucked into addictive smartphone and tablet games or endless video watching on the iPad. We wanted a more creative digital experience for him and other kids, something that would encourage their imaginations and get them to create things rather than blow things up.”

A Newsweek article about the creativity crisis amongst children in the US spurred Michelangelo to start Kidoodle Apps, an app development company to develop iPad and Android apps centered on creativity-building in children. Michelangelo’s goal was to design something that encourages children to exercise their problem solving and imaginative skills by thinking and drawing rather than coloring in a pre-drawn, already-perfected character.

The husband and wife team landed on the idea of a doodle book, where children complete a drawing that’s already been started for them, in any way they choose. Two young animated hosts of the app, Oscar and Josephine, encourage children to draw burly pirates, pirate ships, sea monsters, and other pirate-themed elements. Once the child is ready to move to the next page, their drawing comes to life and is incorporated into a bigger animated scene.

In the new update, children’s drawings become animated along with drawings the children made on previous pages. Parents and children are often surprised to see characters they created several pages earlier, return in new and delightful ways. There are now 16 animated pages that are included with the app.

The app has received tremendous responses from reviewers and families alike, including an Editor’s Choice Award from bestappsforkids.com, a recommendation from Wired Magazine’s GeekMom site, a feature as Parenting Magazine’s Screen Play App of the Week, and the Best Entertainment App Award in the Adobe AIR App Challenge Sponsored by Sony. The app has also found use in encouraging children with learning difficulties or diagnosed with autism to draw, communicate, and exercise not only their imaginations but their motor skills as well.

Device Requirements:
Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure is compatible with iPad, Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet, Sony Tablet S, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ and 10″, and other large-screen Android tablets. It requires iOS 4.0 or later, or Android 2.2 and higher.

Pricing and Availability:
Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available now worldwide in the Educational Game section of the iTunes App Store, the Google Android Market, Amazon App Store for Android, and the Barnes & Noble NOOK store.

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Kidoodle Apps makes art activity apps for kids that are especially designed for the new generation of touchable gadgets like the iPad, Galaxy Tab, Xoom, Nook and others. These apps engage your child’s imagination and help to exercise those creative skills in fun and magical ways. Copyright (C) 2011 Kidoodle Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.