I was lulled into sweet gameplay just the other day as soon as I opened up Warner Bros highly anticipated game which was ported from many consoles: Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. If you’re familiar with the Harry Potter series (I mean, who isn’t?), you know his life is full
Yesterday Meebo Inc released their first native application for the iPhone and iPod touch, Meebo [App Store, Free]. The app allows you to sign in with your Meebo account, which can then be connected to any number of services including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, and many others.
During our limited testing of Meebo, we found that it's much snappier than other IM clients available on the iPhone. The UI is also very simple, making it a pleasure to use. Unfortunately it lacks many features that for-pay chat clients have, but for the wonderful price of free, Meebo is definitely one you have to check out!
Now that Apple has lifted restrictions on 3G VoIP calls, Fringland has just released a 3G-enabled version of Fring for iPhone [App Store, Free]. The new application works just as it did before, only now you can perform voice and video calls over cellular data networks in addition to Wi-Fi. And yes, Skype calls go through using Fring over 3G as well.
Fing isn't the only one jumping onto the 3G VoIP bandwagon. iCall has also announced that iCall Free VoIP [App Store, Free] now works over 3G as well. For those who don't know, iCall allows you to transfer any incoming call to VoIP for free for pay, allowing you to save your minutes. Check out their website for more info.
As many of you may know, Facebook released a much-anticipated update [App Store, Free] for its iPhone app yesterday which included two major new features; push notifications and the ability to sync your iPhone contacts with Facebook. Now because many of my contacts don't have photos, I turned on sync and toggled the "replace photos" option to off. Then disaster struck — well, kind of.
Long story short, the app replaced all of my contacts' photos without regard for that toggle switch. So to address the issue, Facebook released an update early this morning and everything works great now. But since when could developers release app updates in under 24 hours?
Facebook today released Facebook for iPhone [App Store, Free] v3.1 which adds two significant new features. The first is the ability to now sync your Facebook contacts with your iPhone contacts. The second is the ability to optionally receive push notifications when you have new messages, wall posts, friend requests, friend confirmations, photo tags, events, and comments.
TapFactory today announced that its dedicated video tweeting app, TweetVid [App Store, $0.99], is available for sale on the App Store. The app allows iPhone 3GS owners to record and upload videos to Twitter using a simple, easy to use interface. TweetVid exclusively uses TwitVid to host your videos, so it may not be right for folks who like other services. Otherwise it's really shiny, costs $0.99, and comes from an awesome developer, so we totally recommend it to people who want this type of app.
The only thing I don't understand is why, if you already have a Twitter app, you'd need a separate app just for recording video. Anyone wanna explain that? Thanks.
Favstar.fm today launched Favit [App Store, $2.99], their official tweet discovery app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app's purpose is simple–to show you the most entertaining tweets on Twitter. Tweets are shown one at a time to let you focus on them individually. To load another, you simply swipe right to left. If you like a tweet, you're encouraged to "fave" it by tapping the giant star. People who show up on Favstar like stars, so you should give them often.
Tweets come in via Favstar and are selected using lots of really smart algorithm thingies. Or robots. Robots with a good sense of humor. The Favstar robits are also smart enough to only show you tweets that you haven't starred yet so you don't run into repeats.
Fringland yesterday released an updated version of their VoIP application, Fring [App Store, Free], which now includes support for video calls. The new addition requires you to be connected via WiFi and only works one-way, due to the iPhone's back-facing camera. The company will supposedly support two-way video calls once the iPhone supports a front-facing camera, as they do on several Nokia phones. Oddly enough, the update does not show that audio calls can be made over 3G, in spite of the fact that Apple and AT&T have lifted the limitation of WiFi only for VoIP calls.
Fringland has also released a video to promote the new feature:
It took a bit, but Trillian [App Store, $4.99] is finally available in the App Store.Cerulean Studios, the company that created Trillian, said that Trillian for iPhone sports several features users will already find on the company's desktop software. The app displays contacts, grouped and sorted by their respective categories. Users can also view multiple chat windows in a tabbed display.
Squarespace today released an iPhone application [App Store, Free] which allows Squarespace blog users to manage blog content on the go. The new application allows users to post text and photos, view and edit previous posts, and view site statistics. The app requires that users already have a Squarespace account set up.
Squarespace is a hosted blogging service which prides itself on the ability to easily create high quality, personalized blogs. It's got loads of features and is definitely worth checking out. A 14-day free trial is available and does not require a credit card.