Apple Announces iPhone OS 4.0

At its special event today, Apple has just announced their new iPhone OS 4.0 which will be shipping this summer for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G as well as the iPod Touch 2nd and 3rd generations (older models, not supported). Apple are saying that there are over 100 new features in the update, as well as about 1500 new API tools for developers. Let’s have a look at what is in there, starting with the big ones:


Finally, Apple caved in for the pressure and have added multitasking to the new OS. You can finally run multiple 3rd party apps at once. Just by double-clicking your home icon, a row pops up with your open icons, which you can also close from within there.

Not to drain your battery life too fast, Apple has made rules on only certain API types, when it comes to the multitasking, but you should be pleased to know that VoiP and background audio streaming is available, plus more!

You should note that only the iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch 3rd generation (late 2009) in sizes 32gb and 64gb (alas, not the 8gb) can handle multitasking and thus, the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd generation, will not have it.



Bento for iPad

When I reviewed the original Bento App for iPhone I was actually pretty psyched about it back then because I thought the technology was neat to be able to carry around custom personal databases on my iPhone and even do some data entry if necessary.  However, I found that I really wasn't using it as much as I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, the App definitely works. It's just that I didn't really have a need for it. Yes I need to manage data every day, but the light never came on for me as to what the Killer App would be in my life

Bento for iPad changes the rules

I don't know what it is, but I'm guessing it's the large display. When I first saw Bento running on my iPad my jaw hit the floor. Why? Because it looked like Bento running on my MacBook Pro! It was gorgeous and while the iPhone App was functional, it just didn't come across as well as the iPad version does. The iPad version is so good that it made me look for a reason to use it and I found one. The one thing that I'm struggling with managing these days are the details behind all my travel. The more I thought about it the more I realized how much I could benefit from using Bento on the iPad as my event planner. I love the fact that it's just what I need and not too much and yet not too little either. I could start with one of the NEW built-in Libraries and then add in the fields that I need. Although I'm just getting started with this new database I'm seeing the potential and pay off right off the bat. I need to keep track of things like the event name, location, dates, times, coordinator and expected attendance. I also need to keep track of my travel to these events and since they are international events in many cases I need to know things like the status of my Visa application and whether or not I've booked all my travel. Right now all of that information exists in different places like my calendar, email, contacts and notes App. However, I bring it all into one ELEGANT place with Bento for iPad!

Bento for iPad goes for the low price of $4.99 here on the App Store.



iPhone OS 4.0 Event Tomorrow, Thursday 8th April

Apple has invited some select members of the press to a special event tomorrow, April 8th to preview some upcoming things in the iPhone OS 4.0. My guess is that we might see a beta version of OS 4.0 released to developers tomorrow, as Apple has been known to do previously. In any case, it is going to be interesting to see what they are highlighting.

Tune back in here tomorrow to find out what Apple is announcing on their special event, which starts at 10 a.m Pacific Time.


TweetDeck for iPad

Yes I Tweet! I'm on Twitter and you can Folllow me here. I mostly tweet when I'm on the road and my iPhone is my main Twitter tool. On the iPhone my Twitter client of choice is Tweetie 2. However, although Tweetie 2 works just fine on the iPad, I prefer to have a full-sized Twitter client. One that really takes advantage of all that extra screen real estate. I'm sure that Tweetie 2 will be upgraded for the iPad at some point, but I wanted something NOW! So I decided to try out the FREE alternative in the interim.

TweetDec for iPad shows it all in one view

The nice thing about the iPad is that you do have that nice big display at 1024×768 resolution. So I'm totally addicted to Apps that take advantage of it. I had tried TweetDeck on my MacBook Pro and while the client worked perfectly it was actually too distracting. I would see new messages pop up during the day and immediately want to see what they were. I wasn't getting any work done. However, on the iPad that's less of an issue and I must admit I do like TweetDeck's ability to show the 3 main columns that I care about all in one view. I can see the tweets of the people I follow, I can see the Mentions of me or my tweets and I can see the Direct Messages too if I turn the iPad landscape. You can customize which columns you see and with a flick of your finger you can get to the next page of columns. I have two Twitter accounts so this is a nice way to flip between them. TweetDeck also takes advantage of the the latest Twitter technologies including Geotagging and Lists. So you can even have a column of say a list of your buddies or colleague's tweets. You can rearrange the columns by simply holding down your finger on a column header to get into the mode of rearranging. 

You can get it here from the App Store


Easy Release - Model Release App

Easy Release Does Custom Model/Property Releases on your iPhone

This is the 3rd App of this type that I have reviewed (see my review of mRelease and Photographer’s Contract Maker). Each of these Apps promises to eliminate the need for carrying around paper based Model and Property releases. The first App I tried, mRelease was really slick but lacked the ability to create a “custom” release using your own text. Then BestAppSite readers turned me on to Photographer’s Contract Maker, which does allow for custom text but lacks the ability to put in a photo of the model/building on the release and doesn’t let you put in your own logo. Although I knew about Easy Release, I immediately dismissed it back then because it also lacked the ability to do custom releases. However, that’s all changed now with their latest update.

Easy Release 1.5 Almost Does it All!

A BestAppSite reader turned me on to the 1.5 update and while I am satisfied with Photographer’s Contract Maker for the most part (I used it at Photoshop World for both model releases and custom corporate interview releases and it rocked!), I wanted to give this App a spin. Being the most expensive of the bunch at $9.99 I was a little hesitant, However, I was lured in by the fact that it had the missing features I wanted. Not only did the update bring custom releases, but it also has the ability to have a photo (from either your iPhone camera or your Camera Roll/Albums) on the release AND allows you to put in your own custom logo/branding! Cool!

Get it here: .

There is one problem though…


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