Blockbuster, Dropbox, YouTube Capture

updated 10:45 am EDT, Fri May 3, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Blockbuster On Demand 1.0 (Free) - After creating the program for desktops, smart TVs and Android devices, Dish Network debuts an iOS version of its app for browsing, renting and viewing selections from its library of 5,500 movies. Rentals will cost between $3 and $7, and the app adds ratings from movie-review website Rotten Tomatoes. [Download - 6.9MB]

Dropbox 2.2 (Free) - The latest update to cloud-storage app Dropbox adds two significant features: first, users can now view photos directly in-app on their iOS devices, as well as manage and share them elsewhere. In addition, the app now supports the single-sign-on protocol for Dropbox for Business users. [Download - 14.1MB]

YouTube Capture 1.3 (Free) - The strangely-iOS-only YouTube Capture mobile app has been updated to version 1.3, which adds a faster launch time, HD previews of enhancements, a "time remaining" upload gauge and most importantly, an option to only upload files when the device is on Wi-Fi. The update also corrects some "misbehaving" issues when storage space is low, or while uploading in some situations. [Download - 28.3MB]

StubHub 4.3 (free) - StubHub is a tool for finding tickets for various events across the country. Version 4.3 introduces the ability to set price alerts for events, allowing users to receive a notification when tickets of a desired price become available. The update also offers the ability to create a StubHub account without leaving the app, as well as an improved search and more interactive venue maps. [Download - 36.3MB]

PCalc 2.8 ($10) - PCalc is an advanced calculator that includes additional features not found in the iPhone's default calculator. The v2.8 release introduces the ability to create custom functions and unit conversions with a new built-in editor. All of the use created data is automatically synced across all devices with iCloud and can be exported to the desktop version of the software via e-mail. [Download - 5.8MB]

Penultimate 4.1 (free) - Penultimate is a note taking app that lets users create handwritten notes on photorealistic paper templates. All notes can be organized into customized notebooks, separated by topic, project, or category, each which can be synced to and Evernote account for sharing across devices. In v4.1 connecting an account to Evernote will allow users to receive suggested notebook titles based on their location and calendar events, as well as see where they were the last time they edited a notebook. [Download - 41.8MB]

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On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.

IPhone apps  7h

Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC

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Gadgets  8h

Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight

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Apple  9h

Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch

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WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?

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Software  1d

Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive

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Audio  1d

TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015

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