IMDb, Daedalus Touch, Tweetbot for Twitter

updated 10:02 am EST, Wed February 20, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

IMDb 3.1 (free) - The IMDb mobile app allows users to access the company's database of movie, TV, and celebrity information, including trailers, photos, reviews, and more. Version 3.1 adds new award data for celebrities and titles, along with a new Special Oscars section that lists all of the nominees and will provide live photos and rests during the ceremony. TV episode navigation has also been improved on the iPad and various bugs have been fixed. [Download - 9.2MB]

Daedalus Touch 1.5.1 ($5) - Daedalus Touch is a mobile text editor that is based upon a paper stack metaphor. All documents within the app are written on sheets of paper, which can then be sorted into organized stacks. The latest release introduces Universal support allowing the app to run natively on both the iPhone and iPad, as well as iCloud integration for saving documents. A crash that occurred when updating on iPad with the Mono theme set has also been fixed. [Download - 9.8MB]

Tweetbot for Twitter 2.7.2 ($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. Timeline position, direct message read statuses and mute filters are also synced automatically between the iPhone and iPad via iCloud. The v2.7.2 update now uses Twitter's 1.1 API and includes several changes to meet Twitter's new UI requirements. [Download - 11.6MB]

InstaWeather Pro 2.1 (free) - InstaWeather Pro allows users to add weather information overlays to images, and then share the resulting file on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Version 2.1 has been updated to run faster on the iPhone 3GS and 4, and now includes more geolocation data to choose from. In addition, an all new location menu is included. [Download - 17.5MB]

Dcovery 1.1 ($4) - Dcovery is a tool for organizing travel research, including hotels, restaurants, and attractions. The app includes a built-in database of more than 10 million locations around the world, along with a special taxi mode that can display a destination address in more than 15 different languages. A redesigned Add New Place process is included in the v1.1 update, as well as a full screen map view. A number of bugs have also been fixed, and temperature is now display in Fahrenheit or Celsius depending on the user's selected Region Format. [Download - 24.6MB]

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Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July

For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE

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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily

WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX

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Adele's '25' album now streaming

Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu

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SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage

A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu

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Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30

The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT

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Apple Music bug bites very short songs

There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l

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Walmart Pay expands to 15 states

Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu

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