Yesterday, Facebook released an update to their iPhone App that added their new "Places" feature. Places is similar to other social networking sites like Gowalla and Foursquare in that the App can use your current location to alert your friends that you're currently visiting a particular nearby location/business via a "check in". I tested out the Places feature last night once it went live and it seems to work as you would expect. There are some Privacy concerns, so you should probably update your Privacy settings immediately to dictate who can see your check ins. See more about my Facebook Privacy Setting Recommendations here. Places is currently only available in the US.
Facebook also gains a feature I've been wanting in that you can now on a per status update basis decide who can see that particular update. I use the List feature quite a bit to decide who can see my photos and status updates. It's great to be able to do this via the iPhone App now. This has been available via the web interface for some time and I'm glad to see it make its way into the App. Lastly the Facebook App can upload photos and videos in the background when running under iOS 4.
You can get Facebook here from the
I've always been impressed with Knocking Live Video (reviewed here earlier) for allowing users to quickly show other iPhone/iPod touch users what they are seeing by broadcasting their camera's live feed even over 3G. This new 2.0 version takes things up a notch by adding sound AND it takes advantage of the iPhone 4 by allowing you to use either the rear camera or the front facing camera. You can also use the LED flash as a video light if needed. Now you can also control the video quality with a user selectable setting low, medium or high. Over 3G, the video is not as good as over WiFi (not surprising), but at least it does allow you to use video over 3G, which FaceTime currently does not (natively). Also keep in mind that this App is still for oneway broadcasting. So it's you showing another iOS device user your video and sound (two way speaker phone option too). It's great for those "OMG you won't believe what I'm seeing right now!" moments.
Knocking Live Video works with any iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4 or higher. Although this update works, I did run into a few warnings (even on WiFi) stating that my connection may not be good enough. Not sure if that's a bug or just overloaded servers. Once it connects, it works great.
You can get Knocking Live Video here for FREE from the
There is also an Android version so that you can Stream video between platforms.
Blackberry is coming soon according to the developer.
Adobe just released an update Photoshop Express (formally called Photoshop.com Mobile) App for all iOS devices!
What's New In Version 1.3
• Initial support for iPad
• New name: Adobe® Photoshop® Express
• Updated UI
• Bug fixes and performance improvements
Features specific to iPad:
• Support for portrait and landscape orientations
• Redesigned Online, Edit, and Upload workflows
• Ability to work on multiple photos in sequence from within a single workflow
• Redesigned Organizer view with simplified album sharing
• Updated icons and visuals that make it easier to navigate and use the Editor
• Ability to upload to Photoshop.com and Facebook simultaneously
one small bug: Although everything seems to be working great on the iPad, I did run into one bug while launching the app in landscape mode with the Adobe tab chosen on the iPad. So if you have a crash just launch it in portrait mode first. If you switch to any other tab, say the Edit tab for example, you should then be able to launch the App in Landscape mode just fine. I've already reported the bug and it appears to be related to other Apps (in my case ePrint) trying to hi-jack the sample images.
UPDATE: The 1.3.1 update is now available that fixes the iPad landscape launch crash and other bugs.
You can get Photoshop Express for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as a FREE download here from the
I recorded this video to walk you though some of the features AND I've got a tip for using the iPad Camera Connection Kit:
One day after I list my Top 10 Favorite iPad and iPhone Universal Apps, one of my favorite iPad Apps goes Universal. That's right! Desktop Connect is no longer just for iPads. This VNC/Remote Desktop App now brings its power and great UI (user interface) to the iPhone and iPod touch as well for the same price. That's the great thing about a Universal App is that you buy it once and install it on all your iOS devices. As soon as I got the update I was able to sync it to my iPhone 4 and start remote controlling my Mac from the palm of my hand and I can do this wirelessly from local network or anywhere in the world over the internet.
You can see my original Desktop Connect review here.
You can get Desktop Connect here from the