Speedtest.net, VLC Remote, Cut the Rope 2

updated 09:35 am EDT, Tue July 15, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Speedtest.net 3.3.1 (free) - Speedtest.net is a tool for testing network conditions on a mobile device. This release includes a few engine improvements that should provide more accurate test results. A number of reported bugs have also been addressed. [Download - 13.6MB]

VLC Remote 7.67 ($5) - VLC Remote can be used to wirelessly control the VLC Media Player running on any Mac or PC. The latest release sees the return of the stop button on the iPhone, which can be enabled in the settings. Users can also now rearrange all of the advanced controls, and both the position and volume controls have received some minor updates. [Download - 14MB]

Cut the Rope 2 1.1.1 ($3) - Cut the Rope 2 expands upon the original physics puzzle game with new characters, gameplay elements, and missions. The game features 120 brand new levels to complete, as well as five additional characters that can help players in various ways. Version 1.1.1 resolves a bug that could prevent new levels from unlocking. [Download - 92.7MB]

Launch Center Pro 2.3.1 ($5) - Launch Center Pro can be used to create shortcuts that can launch apps or perform certain actions. Some examples include a shortcut for calling a contact, creating a new item in Omnifocus, or searching Yelp for a nearby coffee shop. Version 2.3.1 brings some major changes to the way URLs are parsed, adds support for bookmarking GIFs, and fixes a number of known bugs. [Download - 29.7MB]

Angry Birds Rio 2.2 (free) - In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to Rio de Janeiro where they escape their captors and set out to save their friends. The latest release features an all new Timber Tumble episode complete with 20 new levels and 6 bonus levels. Players can also now call in a flock of Macaw friends to help aid in the demolition of levels, as well as use a power potion to amp up a bird’s destructive powers. [Download - 50.6MB]

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Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation

High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj

Industry  2h

Micromat MacCheck released for free

Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV

Troubleshooting  9h

Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f

Industry  11h

TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch

Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T

 11h

WaterField cycling ride pouches

WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e

Accessories  15h

Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services

Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW

Troubleshooting  15h

India rejects Apple's refurb request

Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I

IPhone  16h