Hey there folks! Just a quick note that as promised in my limera1n tutorial yesterday, I’ve updated the very first JBnator Article on how to properly upgrade your iDevice to the latest and greatest iOS version without carrying over any bugs from the older ones. Like what bugs you might ask? Well for example, an update from iOS 3.x to 4.0 and restoring from a backup, it’s possible that users will experience vastly reduced battery life on the iPhones 3G/3GS/4, which is only fixed by setting it up as a new phone in iTunes. Enjoy!
TellTale Games has finally updated Puzzle Agent with the much needed graphical fix, with version 1.1 now being optimized for the Retina Display. As mentioned in our review, the game originally contained issues with encoding during cutscenes, which meant that the visuals were extremely blurry for a good part of the adventure. Now that this has been fixed, the game should be much more playable for most casual players.
If you haven’t picked up Puzzle Agent yet, it’s currently on sale at $0.99 and also included in Apple’s Big Games, Great Prices roundup. One word of caution though. The update will, unfortunately, render your previous saved data useless. So for those of you who’re nearly finished the game (or don’t wish to start over), you may want to hold off on v1.1 until a later time.
Just yesterday, the Google Mobile app was updated with Google Goggles, a new and exciting tool that lets you search objects and things around you simply by snapping a photo with your iDevice. And now, we see even more uses for your mobile camera – this time, in the form of depositing checks into your PayPal account. With the latest PayPal app update, users can capture an image of the front and back of the check and the funds will be deposited after a 6 day waiting period. If you’re not in a hurry for the money to clear (and assuming you actually have a PayPal account), this can certainly come in handy.
For those for you who use the Chase Mobile banking app, this form of digital deposit has actually been implemented for several months now. And with so many banks that have their own iPhone apps, it would be great for all users if this became a standard feature one day.
PayPal, an eBay Company, PayPal, 10.8 MB – Free
Google has just updated their Google Mobile App with Google Goggles, a visual search tool that allows users to search the web by simply taking pictures of the world around them. Say you’re on holidays and spot a landmark that’s familiar to you, but you can’t recall what it’s called. Just take out your iPhone (and iPod 4G) and snap a picture of the structure and let Google dish out more details. Or you’re at the bookstore and want to know more about the author George Pelecanos. Yep, you guessed it – take a picture of the cover and let Google do the rest.
If you haven’t downloaded the Google Mobile app yet, be sure to grab it and see for yourself how cool and potentially useful this new feature can be. Demo video of the app in action after the gap.
Update: Apparently, Google Goggles does not currently work on an iPod 4G, as it requires the auto-focus function found on the iPhone 4′s camera (the one on iPod Touch 4G uses fixed focus). Thanks for the tip Paul.
Google Mobile, Google Mobile App, 8.6 MB – Free
Appigo’s Todo, a highly capable and fully featured task management app for the iPhone/iPod Touch has just received a significant update that finally takes full advantage of iOS 4.0. Todo now supports Hi-Res graphics for the Retina Display, multitasking, ability to create multiple alerts per task and even local notification. For those who rely on Todo to keep track of their busy work schedules, these new additions will undoubtedly make the app even more handy.
Coinciding with this 4.0 update, Appigo has also launched their new Todo Online service, which allows for over-the-air Cloud sync for all your iDevices that run Todo. The asking price for this new feature will cost $19.99, and a 14 day trial subscription is also available. Make sure you grab this update if you’ve already purchased the app.
Apple has just updated their massively popular Remote app to version 2.0. Among the changes, the app now supports the Retina display of the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4, as well as the larger screen of the iPad. Shared libraries on iTunes and support for the new Apple TV is also part of the update. For those not familiar with Remote, the app basically allows you to control iTunes and Apple TV from anywhere in your home via Wifi. Here are some of its features:
- Pause, rewind, fast forward, shuffle, and adjust the volume from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
- View album, movie, and TV show artwork
- Create and update Genius playlists
- Create and edit playlists in iTunes
- Search your entire iTunes library
- Control iTunes to send music to AirPlay speakers
- Control the volume on each speaker independently
- Control Apple TV with simple finger gestures
I’ve installed the update on my iPad and it looks fab; the interface has a very iTunes feel to it and all the essential controls are at your fingertips. Listening to music in my living room with the iPad in hand has just become that much more fun. If you rely on Remote for your music/videos, be sure to grab the update now.
Apple Inc., Remote, 14.8 MB – Free
The entire iWork Suite has been updated for better online support via iDisk or WebDAV and better Microsoft document handling in the latest 1.2 update. I spend hours and hours with Pages every day and notably less time with either Keynote and Numbers, but I’m confident in saying that Apple’s software options are leagues ahead of competing productivity and business apps, yet still behind their desktop analogues. For serious typers, Pages is a better option than Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite (TMA Review). It’s faster, handles tables and images better, and now, has iDisk support along with word counting! The same goes for Keynote and Numbers, Apple’s presentation and spreadsheet apps.
The updates are free for customers who already own each app. Grab ‘em below:
Full list of updates and more screenies after the gap:
Dropbox for the iPhone and iPad (universal app) has just received an update that brings about several notable enhancements. For those not familiar with the service, it’s arguably the best and easiest way to sync and share files across multiple computers and online. With the latest 1.3 update, iPhone 4 users can now enjoy Retina support, as well as file caching on all devices. Here’s what’s new:
- UI re-design with numerous visual enhancements including retina display support
- File caching (no need to re-download files you’ve already viewed!)
- Fullscreen landscape file viewing on iPad
- Finish uploads and downloads while in the background
- Create folders
- Bug fix for viewing CSV and some broken HTML files
I’ve been using Dropbox now for the past year and absolutely love how easy it is to sync data and files across all my computers and iDevices. And with the app, you can simply upload an image/video from your photo library (or take a new one) and instantly have it uploaded to any computer that has installed the Dropbox software. Best of all, it’s a free service (free up to 2GB, with paid subscription available for 50 and 100GB). If you still haven’t made the jump, you can sign up here to get started.
Dropbox, Inc., Dropbox, 5.9 MB – Free
Available today is a huge update for both FileMaker Go for the iPhone and iPad. I reviewed the apps back in August and really enjoyed using them. That said, there were a few features I found missing – the biggest being the lack of camera/photo library support. I am glad to say that FileMaker has remedied this and now added support for images. With the latest version, users can now add photos to their database entries either using the camera or pulling from existing albums. Here’s what’s new in v1.1.1:
- Take photos, add them to the database, and email as an attachment
- Convert records to PDF and email file from the database
- Save a copy of a database and email it as an attachment
- Import records from FileMaker Pro databases to FileMaker Go via scripts
- Be able to require users to re-log onto FileMaker Go after iPhone hibernates
- Solves compatibility issues running on iPhone
Users of FileMaker (Mac) who require access to their databases remotely should definitely consider picking up the apps for their iDevices. They’re well designed and work as advertised. For all the updates and enhancements check out the press release after the jump.
PayPal has just released a great update to their iPhone app, one with plenty of new features and a completely new interface. If you thought the old version looked a bit too drab, this 2.0 update should make sending money a whole lot easier on the eyes. Aside from the aesthetics, PayPal has also introduced the “bump” feature to initiate money transfer (mimicking the popular Bump app). Here’s whats new:
- Brand new look and feel!
- Bump: Easily start by bumping iPhones.
- Withdraw funds from your PayPal balance.
- Request Money: Get paid faster, it’s the easy way to ask for the money you are owed.
- Split the Check: Instantly split the bill, calculate tip, and request everyone’s share.
- Collect Money: Ask for contributions from a group for an event, gift, or cause.
- Set Reminders: Never miss rent or a bill.
- Refer the app to a friend
For those who use PayPal regularly (or once in a blue moon), the new update makes the app even more useful. Be sure to check out the excellent video trailer highlighting some of the new additions after the break.
PayPal, an eBay Company, PayPal – Free