Distant Suns, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Amplitube Fender

updated 12:34 pm EDT, Mon July 22, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Distant Suns (Lite) 1.6.2 (free) - Distant Suns is a GPS-aware astronomy app that can help users identify various aspects of the night sky. Version 1.6.2 is now a Universal app that can fun on both the iPhone and iPad, and also includes support for orbiting around the Earth. Beacons will also now highlight Distant Suns users around the world, and a new alert system lets users know of any upcoming events. [Download - 95.8MB]

Adobe Photoshop Touch 1.5 ($10) - Photoshop Touch is an illustration and photo-editing tool designed specifically for tablets. Support is included for a number of popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, filters, and adjustments. A new Ripple effect is included in the v1.5 update, along with various bug fixes and an updated synchronization engine. [Download - 59.6MB]

Amplitube Fender 1.5 ($15) - Amplitube Fender is a guitar amp modelling app that can be used to play, practice, and record. The app feature six Fender-licensed stomp boxes, as well as five Fender apps with matching cabinets. Version 1.5 introduces Audiobus compatibility allowing that app to interact with other iOS audio apps. New auto freeze and preroll features are also included, along with an enhanced interface for the iPhone 5 and latest generation iPod touch. [Download - 135MB]

Day One - Journal 1.11.1 ($5) - Day One is a journaling app that allows users to store ideas and sync them across all of their devices via iCloud or Dropbox. The latest release fixes a crash that could occur when adding a photo from the library. [Download - 35MB]

Bad Piggies 1.4 ($1) - Bad Piggies is a puzzle game from Rovio where players must construct different devices to help the pigs steal eggs from the Angry Birds. Thirty brand new Rise and Swine levels have been added in this update, along with various new power ups including super glue, magnets, and turbo charges. In addition, a new grappling hook has also been added, allowing users to hook to any surface and swing a contraption in the right direction. [Download - 44.2MB]

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Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program

Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6

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AirMap iOS app for drone operators

Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD

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BlackBerry video calling available on iOS

BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC

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Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China

Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB

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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

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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

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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

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