Tweetbot for Twitter, Ampitube, Drafts

updated 01:33 pm EST, Wed February 6, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Tweetot for Twitter 2.7.1 ($3) - Tweetbot is a Twitter client that includes multiple timelines, smart gestures, and support for a number of other social services such as Instapaper and CloudApp. Following the recent v2.7 update that introduced a new browser setting for specifying an external app for opening links, the latest release addresses a crash that could occur during startup. [Download - 11.1MB]

Amplitube 2.9 ($20) - Amplitube is a guitar amp modelling app that can be used to play, practice, and record. The software includes a built-in four track recorder, as well as a variety of amp models and effects for capturing different tones. New to v2.9 is Loop Drummer, a new feature that lets users practice over single loops or entire drum sequences. Custom sequences, complete with intro, groove variations, fills, and an ending, can be created directly within the app by simply dragging the various loops into a timeline. [Download - 235MB]

Drafts 2.5.2 ($3) - Drafts for iPad is a text editor that allows users to quickly take notes and choose where to send them later. Version 2.5.2 improves the app's launch time and addresses several sync issues, including one that prevented drafts that were deleted offline from syncing when reconnecting to a network. A new Courier Prime font is also included along with various other bug fixes. [Download - 6.6MB]

Penultimate 4.0.1 (free) - Penultimate is a note taking app that lets users create handwritten notes on photorealistic paper templates. Full iOS 5 support is included in this release, along with a fix for a crash some users experienced when launching the app. Additionally, Evernote integration has been improved, including full sync support and the ability to use Evernote's handwriting search feature. [Download - 41.9MB]

Projectbook 1.3 ($2) - Projectbook is a notebook app that can store notes, to-do lists, Word docs, web clips, sketches, and more. Version 1.3 expands the apps feature set with enhancements to sketching, similar notes, and e-mailing. Sketching and handwriting within the app should now be faster and more responsive, while the app's natural language processing is said to be more accurate. Additionally, Word documents and PDFs can now be e-mailed directly from within Projectbook. [Download - 29.4MB]

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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  4h

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  11h

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  13h

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

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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  17h

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  17h

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  18h