Alfred - By Running with Crayons Ltd
Alfred is a keyboard-driven productivity application, helping you launch apps and search your local computer as well as the web with great speed.
Any Mac owner should install this FREE app as it improves your experience in nearly every single way. Want to search the web? Hold ⎇ & Space to launch Alfred and simply start typing and hit ⏎ to search! Use Google’s Lucky Search to go straight to a website that you’re usure of the domain or even better, add your own custom URL searches! Alfred has loads of built-in searches too:
Facebook, Twitter, IMDb, Amazon, Wikipedia, eBay, YouTube and many more!
Click here to view the app
Tumblr launches completely redesigned, faster iPhone application
The Tumblr blogging service has launched a completely revamped version of its iPhone and iPod touch application. The new Tumblr application is re-built from the ground up and includes a redesigned dashboard interface for organizing blog posts, high-resolution image support, offline mode, and more. The new application is more intuitive and the process of writing and posting Tumblr posts is shorter. We’ve been testing the new app for a short amount of time and it is incredibly well built. Here are some of the other new features:
- Easier to tap stuff
- Spotify support
- Improved photosets
- New image viewer
- Tag search
- Notifications live in one place
- New and improved post forms
- Faster (no more waiting for the post to upload!)
- Camera shortcut (swipe the compose button up!)
- Text post shortcut (swipe the compose button left!)
- Offline support (post, like, reply, and reblog even when you’re not connected!)
Tumblr 3.0 is available for free via the App Store.
Viddy has ridden rides the Facebook gravy train to the top of the App Store charts. The Timeline-friendly video sharing app has already been dubbed the ‘Instagram of video’
Viddy, the iPhone app which allows users to edit, add effects and share short videos shot on their smartphones, has risen to the top of the free iPhone app charts.
The free app, which has been dubbed ‘Instagram for video’ has enjoyed huge success since it launched an update allowing for your activity to be posted on Facebook Timeline last month.
Like Instagram, Viddy allows you to add a host of retro-style filters to add a little personality to often bland life-less mobile videos. Among the filters are Vintage, BW (black and white) and Crystal, while more packs can be purchased from the marketplace.
Clips must be no more than 15 seconds in length, fitting in with the app’s desire to capture your ‘perfect little moments.’
Given Instagram’s massive popularity (it currently has over 40 million users), winning the race to become the video equivalent could be huge for Viddy, considering Facebook just paid $1 billion for Instagram.
Viddy’s current link-up with Facebook, which allows for the publishing of videos you share, watch, like or comment on to be published to your Timeline in much the same way that songs you listen to through Spotify and articles you read through The Guardian, is also telling.
ZDnet reports that seven of the top ten iPhone apps are currently integrated with Facebook. Instagram, which was acquired by the social network this month topped the App Store charts for the first time, immediately following the buyout.
Could Viddy be the next app start up to go under the hammer?
Developer of Fake Driver’s License App Responds to Apple
Yesterday, we reported on Apple’s removal of a free iOS app from DriversEd.com that allowed users to create fake driver’s licenses on their devices. While the app was positioned as a joke app that would allow users to add funny content to licenses and share them with friends, it attracted the concern of U.S. Senator Bob Casey, who sent a letter to Apple suggesting that the app could be used to support identity theft and underage alcohol and tobacco purchases, as well as compromise national security.
DriversEd.com got in touch with MacRumors about the situation, sharing that Apple did not contact the company until several hours after pulling the app from the App Store. In its communication, Apple simply cited without clarification Section 22.1 of the App Store Review Guidelines:
Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users. It is the developer’s obligation to understand and conform to all local laws.
DriversEd.com specifically and deliberately designed the app to prevent the creation of counterfeit identification. “By design, it would take more effort and expertise to modify the product of the DriversEd.com ‘Driver License’ app than to construct a counterfeit from scratch,” says Founder and Chief Operating Officer Gary Tsifrin.
Sky to add Series Link to Sky + app for iOS 5 and Android
Sky recently outed the Sky Movies app for iPad and iPhone now they’re beginning to roll out serious updates to the rest of their app line
The Sky portfolio of apps which includes the newly added Sky Movies app have already had 18 million downloads. However going back to 2006 was the launch of the Sky + app which allowed Sky customers to view both a TV guide and also then remote record programs, this functionality has now been extended to include the Series Link function which will let you remote record an entire series from the app.
In a blog post Sky’s director of product management Hilary Perchard talked not only about the current line of Sky apps but also suggested that there would be many more updates to come. “To a certain extent, all apps are a work in progress, and we’re constantly listening to our customers to see how we can improve the experience yet further.” The Series Link function will first appear on Sky.com with the app update then appearing sometime later this month, this is then all tied into an update which will be coming for Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 which will see the Sky + app be brought more in line with the design ethos for the iOS app. Do you use Sky + or Sky Go, what do you think of it? Let us know via the comments box below…
In a blog post Sky’s director of product management Hilary Perchard talked not only about the current line of Sky apps but also suggested that there would be many more updates to come.
“To a certain extent, all apps are a work in progress, and we’re constantly listening to our customers to see how we can improve the experience yet further.”
The Series Link function will first appear on Sky.com with the app update then appearing sometime later this month, this is then all tied into an update which will be coming for Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 which will see the Sky + app be brought more in line with the design ethos for the iOS app.
Do you use Sky + or Sky Go, what do you think of it? Let us know via the comments box below…