Awesome Note, IM+, Over

updated 12:34 pm EDT, Fri April 5, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Awesome Note 6.42 ($4) - Awesome Note is a note-taking app that includes support for text, photos, maps, and drawings. Notes can be shared with others via e-mail or SMS with photos, drawings, and maps included as attachments. The update addresses an error that occurred when sorting the note list, along with various other minor bugs. [Download - 56.9MB]

IM+ 7.7 ($4) - IM+ is an all-in-one mobile messenger that has support for various networks including AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk and MySpaceIM. This allows users to communicate with all of their IM clients from one mobile app. In v7.7 the Beep mobile-to-mobile messaging service has been made available as an in-app purchase. Users can also now preview transferred images directly in a chat and the option to capture both pictures and video with an iPad's camera has been added. [Download - 27.1MB]

Over 1.7 ($2) - Over allows users to add customized text to their images. The app includes 25 unique fonts, with the option to expand this to over 200 fonts with a $1 in-app purchase. Support is also included for resizing, aligning, and positioning the text. Version 1.7 introduces a new opacity option that can be used to blend text into an image. The Edit Menu has also been tweaked and can now be moved out of the way when working on an image. [Download - 32.9MB]

Taskbox - Mail 2.4.5 ($3) - Taskbox is a tool that can help users clean up and prioritize their e-mail accounts. The latest release adds full Yahoo! Mail support, as well as Facebook integration for retrieving profile pictures for contacts. Users can also now attach photos to e-mails within the app, and performance improvements have been made for Gmail and Google Apps accounts. [Download - 8.4MB]

musicMath Touch 2.0 ($3) - musicMath touch offers users various musical tools that can be used to perform numerical music calculations. This includes adding and subtracting timecodes or frames, converting time codes when changing frame formats, and converting tempos to milliseconds. Features new to v2.0 includes a new sample length converter, tempo change converter and frequency to note converter. [Download - 9MB]

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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free

On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby

Upgrades/storage  1d

Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications

After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd

Industry  1d

Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14

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Apple  2d

Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations

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Software  2d

Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum

Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv

Industry  2d

CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman

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IPhone  2d

Macphun offers free Photos filters

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Software  2d