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Michael Parker, M.D., an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, is pleased to announce the release of HeartPhys 1.0, a new app for iPad that enables users to learn about the heart and blood vessels through interactive diagrams and videos.
HeartPhys tackles some of the key cardiovascular concepts and lets users interact with visuals and gain insight into what’s going on. The app also provides narrated Show Me videos, describing each concept in detail and going over how to get the most out of each diagram, as well as extensive text explanations.
HeartPhys includes interactive diagrams and videos on the following topics: left and right heart, integrated cardiac cycle, pressure-volume (PV) loops, ventricular axis, cardiac murmur, fetal circulation, Frank-Starling relationship, preload, afterload, afterload – acute progression, contractility, cardiac conduction and the ECG, Starling forces, vascular autoregulation, right coronary artery flow, effect of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) on heart rate, positional changes in blood pressure, pulmonary vs. systemic circulation, and right heart catheterization.
HeartPhys has immersive interactivity; for example, in the Right Heart Catheterization diagram, users can thread a virtual
catheter through a person’s blood vessels and into the heart, carefully controlling the progress of the catheter and viewing key blood pressures in the vessels and heart along the way. In the Left and Right Heart diagram, users can interactively expose the anatomy of each side of the heart as it beats, including slowing the process down to listen to the heart sounds and watch their relationship to the movement of the heart valves. This degree of interactivity extends throughout the app and is a key aspect.
The app’s audience includes students (undergraduate physiology, nursing, medical, etc.), as well as doctors and their patients. The interactive diagrams are intended to be multi-layered, in that a doctor could use a diagram to explain something to patients in a visual way, and a patient using the diagram and Show Me videos may get insight as well.
* Play with interactive diagrams to understand some of the hardest concepts in cardiovascular physiology
* Watch the Show Me videos to solidify understanding of the concepts and get the most out of each diagram
* Read detailed explanations that describe the key points of each diagram
* Zoom the diagrams to full screen for an uninterrupted interactive experience. Even in that mode, the explanation text is only a finger tap or swipe away
* Bring up interaction help for any diagram – You never have to wonder how you can interact with any diagram…just tap on the information icon in the toolbar to get visual instructions unique to each diagram
HeartPhys 1.0 is $1.99 USD, 60% off of its regular price for a limited period of time. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Medical category. Discount is available for academic institutions through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program.
The once dead now resurrected Twitter for Mac has just received a significant update and is available in the Mac App Store. The new update brings support for Notification Center. According to the Release Notes:
Notification Center integration: receive notifications when someone mentions you or when you receive a
Direct Message. You can configure this from the app’s Preferences window.
This is the second significant update it Twitter for Mac has received in the last few weeks after being literally left for dead. I’m glad to see the updates although the app still has a ways to go in many ways.
Other updates included in this release:
* Fix for Growl notifications not working in Lion and Mountain Lion
* Fix for bug that prevented un-favoriting tweets
* Fix for missing account switcher in composer
* Fix for error message when posting a tweet with a pasted image
* Fix for enlarged avatar when dragging a tweet into an email
* Fixes for crashes and various other bugs
Twitter for Mac is a free update and a free app and is available in the Mac App Store
Web Information Solutions introduces an update to the award-winning iOS application, Pocket Informant Pro 3.0, which offers complete integration of Calendar, Tasks, Notes and Contacts. The concept is simple: bring together everything about your day into one location, allow users to customize virtually every part of the app, and make it beautiful and easy to use. The new version, Version 3.0, brings tons of new features as well as existing features made even better.
So what exactly is is that has been added? What makes this so “ground-breaking”?
* Better Looking: It’s simpler, easier to use and just clear. In fact, that’s what it’s called: Clear. In Pocket Informant 3, you are given more control over what elements you would like to enable or hide, so that you can focus on the data that matters to you the most. All of this power is now wrapped up in the best looking interface yet.
* More Natural: Just create a new task or event and type (or use iOS voice dictation to say) phrases like “Coffee with Mom
every Tuesday at 6am” or “Lunch with Bob next Friday”. Pocket Informant will understand and set your event accordingly. Currently, only available for English.
* Richer Notes: Now enjoy a full featured rich text editor when taking notes in Pocket Informant. Change fonts, styles, sizes, colors or make bulleted or ordered lists – it’s all there.
* There For You, Rain or Shine: Now as you look out over your upcoming events, check the forecast at the same time. Add the weather forecast to any calendar view and show the current conditions in the Today tab (weather is provided by Weather Underground and is available as an in-app purchase)
* Today – Fully Customized: The Today view is a favorite for so many people. All the events & tasks you care about Today in one simple place. If you liked it before, you’ll love it now. Pocket Informant 3 lets you reorder your Today View sections, turn any section you want on or off, and perhaps the most exciting addition: Add any of your custom Smart Filters to the Today Tab.
* Checklists: Sure, Pocket Informant has always been there for you to take meeting notes, schedule events, organize your tasks…but what about your lists of stuff? When you go grocery shopping or maybe you’re packing for a trip – what’s the best way to track the list of stuff for that task? Checklists, of course.
* Smarter Projects: Now you can set due dates on your projects, set your projects to automatically complete, set a project template, and you can change how each project automatically does (or does not) handle your “next actions”. Smarter indeed.
* Evernote: So, there’s this cool little app out there called Evernote. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Yeah, so have we. And now, you can sync your Evernote notebooks, tags, notes, and attachments with Pocket Informant. The fun isn’t stopping there because we’ve got support for “stacks” coming right around the corner as well. (Note: Evernote to dos and tables aren’t supported just yet)
There are many more features and improvements that have been added as well; there are just too many to list. We encourage you to take a look for yourself, and see how Pocket Informant Pro can benefit you!
“I was blown away with how easily I could glance at the Month View and seriously evaluate everything that I’ve got going on this month,” says Perry Brauner of GearDiary online. “This is something that you’re not able to do with iOS’s built-in calendar app.”
“This is the biggest release we have ever had. I can’t wait to see the reaction of people when they download version 3 and use the incredible new interface,” says Alex Kac, Founder and CEO of Web Information Solutions. “We have seen more excitement from our testing groups than I have ever seen before. I am sure our customers will love it!”
Pocket Informant Pro 3.0 a Universal App and is $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.
iCarMode announces a 50% price reduction on iCarMode 2.7, for a limited time, starting May 1, 2013. The app enables users to use their iPhone safely while driving. iCarMode contains the major features needed to ease and improve the iPhone-Car experience.
* Big buttoned music player – iCarMode includes Big buttoned music player to safely and comfortably access your music
* Quick dialup to your contacts – iCarMode also includes quick dialup to your favorite contacts, so you don’t have to browse them again & again in the address book
* Easy access to your favorite GPS app – Easy access to your favorite GPS app, including: TomTom, Navigon, Waze, iGo and many more
* Well designed phone keypad – Well designed phone keypad with access to your iPhone’s full addresbook
* Parked car finder – Forgot where you left your car? iCarMode will help you find your parked car
* Parking meter reminder – iCarMode will also remind you when your parking meter timer is about to finish
* Places nearby helper – Your car is parked. what did you have in mind? coffee? the nearest ATM? this feature, powered by Google places, will help you out
* Shortcut to your favorite app – iCarMode has also room for your favorite app shortcut, now supports: Pandora, Shazam, TuneIn Radio and more
iCarMode 2.7, normally $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies), will be available at 50% off for a limited time starting May 18th, 2013, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.
The Phone app in iOS 6 is pretty darn smart. Sure it can dial numbers and it makes taking or placing a phone call quick and easy. But it also handles your contacts who have extension numbers equally as easily. If you use your iPhone in your business, chances are you have a contact or two that has an extension off of the company’s main number. In this How To I will show you how to setup the contact so that the Phone app dials the contact and the extension number.
First, go to the contact on your iPhone that you need to add an extension to for calling them. For their work number, tap
it to modify it so you can enter the number. After the main number is entered for them, tap the +*# button in the lower left of the dial pad. This brings you a sub-menu where you can add a pause, wait, add an star (asterisk) or pound (hash). Press the Pause button then enter the extension of your contact. You can also press Wait and enter the extension.
What’s the difference? A pause is represented by a , (comma) in the phone number string while a wait is represented by a ; (semicolon) in the number string. A pause waits two seconds after the call is connected and then starts automatically dialing the extension. A wait literally waits for you to press the Dial button once the call is connected. Which one you need will really depend on the person you are calling and the PBX you are calling into. Most contemporary solutions allow for both a pause and wait when dailing into them.
Using the Pause or Wait function is handing for contacts with extensions but it is also great for calling into standing conferences you may have each week. For example, you could create a contact with the conference information of your weekly calls then use the pause or wait feature to dial the conference bridge number after the main number has been called. What it won’t do in this scenario is enter a PIN or other security feature. It will get you to the proper conference, just not necessarily in it straight away.
For more How To’s, visit the How To’s page here at AlliOSNews
Hullabu Inc, a newcomer in the tablet publishing market, today announced James Patterson: Twice in a Blue Moon is now available for iPad on the Apple App Store. Marking the second game in the franchise, Twice in a Blue Moon is an original story based on James Patterson’s wildly successful Women’s Murder Club series. Arriving in the midst of success from its predecessor, this title brings fans another thrilling mystery game in a series that has already excited its fan base.
In James Patterson: Twice in a Blue Moon, players assume the roles of Lindsay Boxer, Claire Washburn and Cindy Thomas
as they combine their expertise and talents to catch a serial killer before he strikes again. In the most authentic James Patterson experience to date, players will be left trembling as they look for clues and unravel mysteries in more than 50 levels, including 25 chilling locations, 27 challenging puzzles and nine unsettling investigations.
“We’re so very excited to bring this second installment of the Women’s Murder Club franchise to the iPad, a first for James Patterson and tablet entertainment” says Robert Adams, Hullabu Founder and Executive Producer. “During the development of Twice in a Blue Moon we really wanted to connect the player to the storyline and make them feel like they’re part of a Patterson novel”.
The company indicates that this isn’t the last Patterson game we’ll see coming to the iPad. “We hope to continue to bring this gritty style detective Hidden Object and Adventure Puzzle games to the ever growing tablet market.” continues Mr. Adams. “It’s such an exciting time in the tablet marketplace and we’re excited to bring quality gaming content.”
The game is a Freemium app with the full version being $4.99 through an in-app purchase.
Independent developer, Antons Zaicevs, introduces History Of Painting 1.0 for iOS. Users will explore the evolution of painting, meet the greatest painters, touch their most famous pictures, and learn the history and highlights of each painting style. With the awesome user interface, app users will feel like they are in the real art gallery.
Painting is the most beautiful form of art. The history of painting reaches back in time to artifacts from pre-historic humans, and spans all cultures. It represents a continuous, though periodically disrupted tradition from Antiquity. Across cultures, and spanning continents and millennia, the history of painting is an ongoing river of creativity, that continues
into the 21st century. Until the early 20th century it relied primarily on representational, religious and classical motifs, after which time more purely abstract and conceptual approaches gained favor.
* Learn all main painting styles like: Renaissance, Mannerism, Rococo, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism and Modern
* 39 most famous painters are waiting you: Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Rafael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Boucher, Watteau, Delacroix, Turner, Aivazovsky, Brullov, Goya, Chardin, Daumier, Repin, Shiskin, Dali, Monet, Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and others
* More than 150 paintings with fullscreen mode for exploring every detail
* Detailed description and history of each style with highlights of its main features
* Travel thru centuries of history to learn to determine the style of the pictures by yourself
History Of Painting 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
eBay has done some serious updates to their iPhone and iPad apps to give you a better user experience both using the app as well as purchasing through the app. The updates come to the two separate eBay apps in the App Store, one for iPhone and iPod Touch while the other is for the iPad and iPad Mini.
The new 3.0.0 version of eBay for iPhone brings a new look and feel to the UI including the ability to tap on a photo to see a larger view of the item you are bidding on through the service. Users can now also make multiple item purchases at once – if you are in the United States or the United Kingdom. Selling support has also come to Spain for the first time.
Here is a run down of all the changes:
- New and improved look and feel
- Checkout multiple items at a time with the new eBay Shopping Cart (US and UK only)
- Tap the grid icon at the top of search results to see larger photos (iOS 6 required)*
- Scan your drivers license for fast and easy eBay registration (available in select US states)
- Improved last minute bidding
- Selling support for Spain
- Many bug fixes and enhancements
It is important to note that this update does require you to be running iOS 5 or greater on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
For iPad users, the eBay for iPad app was bumped up to version 2.3.0 and it includes many of the same features but also brings some significant updates for sellers on the service. Effectively, with the changes made in this update, a seller on eBay could almost exclusively use their iPad to create and start an auction. It’s pretty impressive and most definitely Post-PC!
- Buy multiple items with Shopping Cart
- Improved photo picker in selling flow
- Faster checkout remembers your PayPal ID
- Photos in search results look even better
New for Sellers:
- Attach multiple photos at once from your photo library
- Easily crop and adjust photos
- Buyer’s name now shown in grid view for quick reference
- Easier to select shipping options in SYI
- “Sell One Like This” button easier to find
- Access your listing drafts right from your homescreen
- View your feedback received on View Item
Improvements for Buyers:
- Easily filter seller feedback by positive, neutral, and negative
- New “Search By Best Offer” items option
- Your Max Bid now included on View Item
- Always want New items with Free shipping? Set your default “Search Preferences” options in settings
Both eBay for iPhone and eBay for iPad are free apps and are available in the App Store.
Yesterday I posted on the new 11.0.3 update Apple released for iTunes and all of the different enhancements and updates they made to the media app. You can read that post here. I however discovered this morning there was an additional item with this new release that you need to be aware of if you haven’t discovered it already. Apple has moved the Update Apps button.
I discovered this earlier this morning when I was going to do my normal morning routine of checking for new updates to apps in my iTunes library. Until 11.0.3, iTunes had the Update App button in the lower-right corner when you viewed
your apps in your library. In the update it has been replaced with a “Get More Apps” button which takes you directly to the App Store.
To update your apps, look to the menu at the top of the pane where your apps are shown. At the very end is an Updates menu which when clicked will check to see what updates you have available and will give you the option to update them.
In the grand scheme, this kinda makes sense as it is an option function of iTunes to update your apps. But seriously Apple, you have to tell us these things in the release notes! I had 30 seconds of panic thinking something with the update had gone wrong!
So, don’t panic AlliOSNews Peeps – it’s there, it just got moved on you.
Also, don’t judge me based on my apps.
My personal favourite version of Angry Birds is Angry Birds Seasons and it has been updated for the Spring. The new update brings 36 all new levels along with all new power ups and portals. The release notes cover all of the changes and updates you get with the release:
Abra-Ca-Bacon! It’s a beautiful spring night, and the bad piggies have learned some magic tricks — and the first one is making the eggs disappear! Not to worry, the Angry Birds have something up their sleeve… like the all new MAGIC
- 36 all new magical levels!
- PORTALS: introducing new gameplay that lets you magically transport within the level!
- New power-up: AllakaBAM – the exploding magic box!
- Brand new topsy-turvy carnival theme filled with clown pigs, magic hats, and plenty of surprises!
Angry Birds Seasons is not a universal app so you if you haven’t purchased it yet, it is .99 Cents for the iPhone version and $1.99 for the iPad HD version. If you have downloaded it, the update is now in the App Store. There are a lot of in-app purchases but fortunately they are not required to solve all the levels.