Nokia starts Music+ subscription service in US for Lumia phones
Nokia has started up its Music+ subscription service in the United States, after launching in other territories in January. The subscription, costing $4 per month, expands on the existing free Mix Radio service on Lumia devices by offering an unlimited number of track skips for mixes, and allowing for downloads of multiple mixes. The audio quality is said to be eight times that of the free tier, and provides the option of allowing higher-quality streams to be played over a Wi-Fi connection compared to a lower quality over a mobile network.
TED iOS app adds subtitle support
TED has launched an update for its iOS app that provides access to the entire library of TEDTalks. With the v2.0 update users can now view subtitles in more than 90 languages directly on their device, or on external displays via AirPlay. New language specific catelogs are also included, allowing users to browse through a curated list of talks in any of the supported languages. In addition, the update claims to offer faster download speeds, improved buffering, and more profiles for different connections.
WordPress.org members also have plug-in available
With WordPress seeing 750,000 page hits per day by iPad visitors, optimization for the iOS tablet was only a matter of time. It arrived today, as Automattic and Onswipe have jointly launched iPad optimization for all 18 million WordPress hosted blogs and a plug-in for self-hosted WordPress.org sites. The design includes a loading screen, cover image and homescreen icon capability for saving a blogger's location as an app icon on the user's homescreen.
Now uses Apple's Core Data to preserve posts
Popular blogging system Wordpress has updated its free iOS version to 2.6, bringing a host of new features including a much-requested "local drafts" feature to help prevent lost entries, as well as versioning autosave option. Also included in the update is support for videos uploaded directly from the iPhone, and an expanded Media Library to accompany it.
Devs confront iPhone SDK
Developers are finding ways to cope with the harsh restrictions of Apple's iPhone SDK, writes the LA Times. The terms of the SDK include a strict non-disclosure agreement, which has generally been interpreted to mean that developers cannot discuss the SDK tools with people outside of an app's creative team, whether through e-mail, blogs, discussion boards or conferences. "We can't talk about our problems," says Jeffrey Long, a developer working on a satellite radio app. "At the same time, we can't talk about the problems we've fixed."
WordPress 1.0 for iPhone
Blogging has always been a personal thing, and it's just become even easier to post thoughts on the Web, from just about anywhere. Automattic, Inc.'s WordPress for iPhone 1.0 lets users update their blogs on the go, without having to find a laptop or a WiFi hot spot. The open source app is the first to allow iPhone and iPod Touch users to write posts, update photos and edit their WordPress blogs.