iBooks updated to v1.2, now with Collections feature

iBooks, one of the apps I use most of on my iPhone and iPad (it used to be Stanza for my reading needs, but I couldn’t live without iBooks’ ability to sync bookmarks and current page between devices), has just been updated and it now supports a new feature called Collections. Basically, this allows users to create shelves (think folders) and organize their eBooks however they like, be it by author, genre or favorites. This can also be applied for any PDFs you have have uploaded. Here’s what else is new in 1.2:

  • Experience fully illustrated books, from children’s picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
  • Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
  • Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint.
  • iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.

For those with a sizable number of eBooks on their iDevice, being able to finally organize them into categories is a much welcomed addition. The app is of course free, so if you do use iBooks, be sure to grab the latest update via the iTunes link below.

Related Reading: iPad Tutorial: How to read your old (non-ePub) ebooks using iBooks

iBooks Apple Inc., iBooks, 15.2 MB – Free

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Flight Control for iPhone gets Online Multiplayer Update

Firemint’s wildly popular Flight Control (TMA Review) for the iPhone has just received an update that allows for Online Multiplayer via Game Center, Apple’s own social gaming Network. Now gamers can both play the role of air traffic controller cooperatively by sending planes back and forth between each other’s iDevice screen. What’s more, Voice Chat can also be turned on during multiplayer, so both parties can discuss in-game strategies in real time.

The update is free for those who already purchased the app. If not, Flight Control for the iPhone is only $0.99 and still remains one of the most addictive games on the platform.

Flight Control Firemint, Flight Control (TMA Review), 14.2 MB – $0.99
Flight Control HD Firemint, Flight Control HD, 17.8 MB – $4.99

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Get into the Christmas Spirit with Angry Birds Seasons

Having enjoyed enormous success with Angry Birds Halloween, Rovio has now updated (and renamed) the game to Angry Birds Seasons, adding Christmas themed levels under the “Season’s Greetings” episode.

From now on, every season is an Angry Birds season. After the special treats of Halloween, Angry Birds Seasons returns with another gift that keeps on giving: Season’s Greetings for the Holidays!

Count down the 25 days of Christmas with Angry Birds!
Frolic in the fun new levels in a snow-filled winter wonderland!
A very merry Golden Egg full of holiday spirit!

If you’ve already purchased Angry Birds Halloween, Angry Birds Seasons will be a free update for you, so go grab ’em now! Otherwise, the iPhone version can be picked up for $0.99, while Seasons for the iPad is priced at $1.99.

Angry Birds Seasons Rovio, Angry Birds Seasons, 11.18MB – $0.99
Angry Birds Seasons HD Rovio, Angry Birds Seasons HD, 12.33MB – $1.99

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Cut the Rope Updated with Retina Graphics and more Levels

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Cut the Rope (TMA Review), one of the most adorable and addictive (not to mention challenging) puzzle games on the App Store, has just received its very first update. In addition to the much welcomed support for Retina Display, the puzzler has also been given a brand new “Cosmic Box” stage, which now includes 25 extra levels and the nifty gravity button (why, it inverts gravity!). Other new features include an optimized scoring system, 11 new Game Center achievements and a new leaderboard for bragging rights.

If you already own this delightful game, be sure to download the update now. If not, you can always check out the free lite versions of Cut the Rope for the iPhone and iPad before making the purchase.

Cut the Rope Chillingo, Cut the Rope (TMA Review), 20.41MB – $0.99
Cut the Rope HD Chillingo, Cut the Rope HD, 30.21MB – $1.99

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Apple’s Pages, Keynote and Numbers Apps Updated for iOS 4.2

Now that iOS 4.2 is officially available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users, Apple has also updated their iWork Suite of Apps for the iPad —  Pages, Keynote and Numbers. All these productivity apps now support Multitasking and wireless printing via AirPrint, along with other improvements. If you already rely on these solid apps on your iPad for work (and pleasure), be sure to grab these free updates. Full list of changes after the cut.

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PDF Expert for iPad now Supports Signatures

Readdle, makers of the trusty ReaddleDocs app, has just updated their PDF Expert for iPad (see our iPhone review) with 2 useful new features. Already able to annotate text and allow for handwritten notes, the app now gives you the ability to include signatures into any PDF file. Rather than have the user scribble them out every single time it’s needed, PDF Expert provides a template area where you can carve out your signature beforehand. Once it’s created, simply tap and hold on the area of screen you’d like for it to appear and choose the option “Signature”. Rinse and repeat. With the template, it eliminates any potential inconsistencies and makes the process much quicker.

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Omnifocus iPhone and iPad apps Updated

Omnifocus, long considered as THE premier Task Management tool that is based on David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, has now been updated on both the iPhone and iPad to fully support the upcoming iOS 4.2 update. The biggest addition is background sync completion, which means that users can now finally close the app even though it hasn’t completed the sync process. Like many faithful Omnifocus addicts on the iPhone, I found it counter productive that I had to wait until sync was 100% done before I could exit and do other things on the iPhone. With this new feature, it’ll be much easier to quickly add something into the inbox, hit the sync icon and leave without further delay.

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App Updates: Evernote, Instapaper and Dropbox

Three of the apps I rely on most on my iPhone and iPad have all been recently updated with new features and improvements. The biggest update goes to Instapaper (now v2.3), which is an indispensable app for those who wish to save articles on the web for later offline reading (see our review). On the iPhone, users will now see the first few lines of text from articles in each row (previously only available to the iPad). New to both iPhone and iPad, the list now shows the approximate article length and progress read with rows of dots, much like on the Kindle’s home screen. The other new feature is the ability to enable “dark mode” automatically based on where you are (the app is now location-aware). So depending on what time it is on your iDevice, the app will invert the color scheme of the background (black) and text (white).

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Fruit Ninja Update: Level up your Ninja Skills with New Arcade Mode

Halfbrick Studios, the developers of Age of Zombies, have released a smashing new update for Fruit Ninja on the iPhone and iPad. Arcade Mode is the most intense and exciting addition to Fruit Ninja yet, with 60 seconds on the clock to achieve the highest score possible.

According to Halfbrick, “Arcade Mode adds so much more to the value and satisfaction of Fruit Ninja, while still keeping the simplicity and ease of play as top priority!” That’s not all – slice one of the bonus colored bananas which fly up on screen and get ready for action!

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SOS Penguin! gets updated with Halloween Edition + 10 promo code giveaway

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Planning on dressing up as an evil penguin this Halloween? Then this update is really for you mate. SOS Penguin!, a charming and fun lil’ puzzle game from developer Stefan Mensen, has just been updated with a Halloween theme and all 48 of the cute penguins have turned into (gulp!) bloody zombies. Much like the well received physics puzzler Saving Private Sheep (TMA Review), you must properly eliminate the blocks on which the penguin stands and bring them safely back onto the constantly titling ice platform.

If you’ve already purchased the game, can you enjoy this update for free. Otherwise, here’s your chance to win 1 of 10 promo codes! Simply leave a comment below to enter for the random draw. Giveaway will close Oct 28th @ 5pm and codes to be sent out to winners shortly after. Good luck!

SOS Penguin! Stefan Mensen, SOS Penguin!, 19.8 MB – $0.99

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