iPhone apps

∞ Stealing vs borrowing

App Cubby founder, David Barnard: When you steal an idea and have the time and good taste to make it your own, it grows into something different, hopefully something greater. But as you borrow more and more from other products, … Continued

∞ RIM: Mac users not wanted

BlackBerry App World: This web page uses ActiveX controls that work only in Microsoft Internet Explorer. To ensure that BlackBerry App World is correctly downloaded to your BlackBerry, this site is not designed to work with any other Internet browsers. … Continued

∞ Glassboard: Location vs. privacy

As a result, we’ve put a location switch on the compose screen for each message or comment, so the user will have full control in its use, message by message. And when you add your location, its not only private … Continued

∞ Sprinkler Times app hits the App Store

The Sprinkler Times App makes saving money, water, and plants easy. Outdoor watering accounts for more than 60% of most homeowner’s water use, yet many people are unknowingly overwatering their lawns by more than 50%. Not knowing how to properly … Continued

∞ Meeting Spot app aims to make WWDC easier for meetings

There was a new app released yesterday by Selligy called Meeting Spot that is going to help out a lot of people at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference being held next week.

Meeting Spot lets you check out all of the cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and sandwich around Moscone to find the perfect place to have a meeting, lunch or both. I’ve been in this position many times, so the app definitely appeals to me.

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∞ Apple releases official WWDC app

Apple on Thursday released an app for developers of next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

Aptly named “WWDC,” the app lets you search the conference schedule, make a reservation at the User Interface, App Review, iTunes Connect, Program Support, or Developer Publications lab, view floor diagrams of Moscone West, and create a custom schedule of the sessions, labs, and events you plan on attending.

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∞ Elements update adds Markdown footnotes support

Justin Williams on Wednesday released a new version of Elements, his text editor for iOS, adding many new features and fixing some bugs.

Built for iPhone and iPad, Elements 1.6 adds support for rendering Markdown footnotes in the Markdown preview as well as dictionary lookups via the Terminology app for iOS from Agile Tortoise.

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∞ Senator Franken asks Apple, Google to require privacy policies for apps

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked both Apple and Google to require “clear and understandable privacy policies for all of their apps.”

The Senator made the statements in a letter sent to both companies.

“If the companies agree to this request, consumers who purchase apps from Apple or Google’s app stores would have a clearer understanding of what information is being collected about them and with whom it’s being shared,” wrote Franken.

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∞ The Heist topples Angry Birds as App Store's top selling app

A new game from the folks who brought Mac users the MacHeist software bundle has done the unthinkable — it toppled Angry Birds as the top selling app on the App Store.

The developers told The Loop on Wednesday that The Heist sold 25,233 copies in about half a day. That was enough to give them top spot on the App Store, at least for single day sales — they still have a ways to go to beat Angry Birds for cumulative sales, but they are well on their way.

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∞ iDygest brings tech news to iPhone users

I’ve been using the free iDygest app on my iPhone for some time, and have enjoyed the way it culls the news for me.

iDygest is not like a typical RSS reader. With an RSS reader, you enter in the sites you want to see stories from and it updates regularly. The problem is that many sites cover the same stories, which means you have duplicate content.

iDygest culls through hundreds of Web sites looking for the most popular stories and then brings them together in the app. You still have the option to read the story from your favorite site, but you don’t have to endlessly click through links of the same story.

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∞ Zapd lets you create Web sites on your iPhone

It’s not very often that you hear good customer service stories, so a friend told me how good he was treated by PressPlane, I decided to give them a shout out. The company makes an app called Zapd that allows you to make Web sites or “Zaps” directly from your iPhone. It’s a free app and they say that you can create as many sites as you like.

Zapd has over a dozen “themes” to choose from that change the website’s colors, fonts, layout and overall look and feel. New themes are released all the time. The results are gorgeous and are optimized for use on a phone, tablet, and of course, a computer.

Zapd on the App Store

∞ Pandora says federal grand jury probing Apple, Android apps

Music service Pandora disclosed that it has been served with a subpoena to produce documents for a federal grand jury looking into Apple and Android apps.

“In early 2011, we were served with a subpoena to produce documents in connection with a federal grand jury, which we believe was convened to investigate the information sharing processes of certain popular applications that run on the Apple and Android mobile platforms,” said Pandora.

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