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.
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.
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.
During the Google I/O event yesterday, a new Google Maps for iOS was discussed and shown that will bring dramatic improvements to the application. While not expected until this summer, the new Google Maps will offer key new features as well as a simplified user interface for both iPhone and iPad.
From a feature perspective, the new Google Maps will bring real-time traffic, dynamic re-routing based on that traffic and integrated reviews from Zagat. Google made it clear that the new version will be for both iPhone and iPad meaning that the UI for the iPad should be optimised for the platform.
In addition, the new Google Maps will introduce a new service call Offers. It will pop up offers near your location. Starbucks was specifically mentioned in the keynote although other companies will undoubtedly be onboard before the release.
The new Google Maps UI will also be brought to the desktop version of the service which will bring up search locations embedded as overlays to the maps, not a separate search area.
The currently Google Maps app for iPhone is free and is available in the App Store.
Square has introduced a completely re-imagined Point-of-Sale register and it looks beautiful. The new Square Stand integrates with the Square Register app and provides a stand and card-swipe solution for retailers. The stand, priced at $299, gives retailers the ability to quickly and easily process credit card transactions or tie it into the Square cash register for a complete and low cost PoS solution.
The Square Stand was announced yesterday and will be available in the United States on July 8th. There is no mention in the Press Release of when it will be available in other parts of the world.
Here is the full Press Release
Square, the company making commerce easy for everyone, today announced Square Stand, beautiful new hardware for
brick and mortar businesses that turns an iPad into a complete point of sale. With local businesses increasingly tearing out their old point of sale systems to run Square Register, Square Stand gives merchants a remarkable new way to manage and grow their business, all for the price of a cash register.
“Local business owners take as a given that they need an ugly, slow, expensive, and complicated point of sale system cluttering their counter,” said Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square. “Square Stand is elegant, fast, affordable, and easy to use. Whether you’re selling cupcakes, cardigans, or cappuccinos, running your business with Square has never been easier.”
Ready to use in minutes, Square Stand works with Square Register, the free point of sale application, and gives merchants access to real-time analytics, robust reporting, and a delightful experience for their customers. Square Stand features an integrated card reader that keeps information secure from swipe to payment, and easily connects to the hardware accessories businesses need, including a receipt printer, kitchen printer, cash drawer, and barcode scanner. Merchants can lock their iPad in place and secure the stand to their countertop, making it easy to tilt and rotate the stand and complete orders quickly. Square Stand works with an iPad 2 or 3, with a version for iPads with Lightning connectors available later this year.
Square Stand costs $299 and is available for pre-order today at squareup.com/stand. Customers will also be able to purchase Square Stand in Best Buy stores and other select retailers starting the week of July 8.
Starting May 15, local merchants across the US will be running their business using Square Stand:
- Bang Bang Pie Shop: one location in Chicago
- Blue Bottle Coffee: 8 locations in the Bay Area and New York City
- Cafe Grumpy: 4 locations in New York City
- Cartel Coffee Labs: 5 locations in the greater Phoenix area
- Crema Coffee House: one location in Denver
- Federal Donuts: 2 locations in Philadelphia
- Morelli’s Ice Cream: 3 locations in Atlanta
- Olive & Vine: one location in Houston
- Pitango Gelato: 5 locations in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
- Red Chair Salon: one location in San Francisco
- Salt & Straw: 2 locations in Portland
- Schodorf’s Luncheonette: one location in Los Angeles
- 7 Seas Brewery: one location in Seattle
Square is now processing over $15 billion in payments on an annualized basis, excluding Starbucks. The company’s recent growth has been fueled by increased adoption by brick and mortar merchants, who are using Square as a full point of sale system. While Square usage continues to grow on smartphones, it is growing at a faster rate on iPads: iPad customers now represent nearly 50% of total payments processed by Square. The average payment volume processed by these customers is more than double the average volume processed by Square customers using smartphones.
About Square, Inc.
Square is making commerce easy for everyone. Starting with a free credit card reader for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, Square Reader allows anyone to accept credit cards anywhere, anytime, for a low transaction rate of 2.75 percent per swipe, with no hidden fees. Square Register serves as a full point of sale system for businesses to accept payments, manage items, and share menu and location information. Square Wallet, available in the US, is the most seamless way to pay, enabling individuals to pay at their favorite local businesses, discover new ones nearby, explore menu listings, and store receipts. Founded in 2009, and headquartered in San Francisco, Square is currently available in the U.S. and Canada. More information is available at squareup.com.
Duello Games, the creators of worldwide hit iSlash with 20 million downloads and counting, is proud to announce another highly engaging mobile game, Bellyfish 1.0.1, available now on the App Store and featured by Apple in more than 100 countries. Bellyfish, a brand new approach to the endless games genre, is an underwater adventure where users guide our fearless hero to avoid obstacles, fight enemies, and swim as high possible so he can reach new objectives and quests in the beautiful underwater scenery.
Playing as Bellyfish, gamers guide our hero with simple and intuitive controls freely in all directions while avoiding
enemies and collecting coins that can be used for power-up upgrades and to purchase extra items. Amusing surprises add to the challenge while social integration lets users compete with their friends and create an extremely engaging gameplay experience.
Joyful and upbeat wii-like mobile game play, endless adventure full of surprises, various power-ups, and high quality graphics and animations set the game apart from the crowd.
* An original endless swimmer with beautiful graphics and animations
* Sensitive and intuitive controls to swim freely in all directions
* Unique power-ups to fight your enemies
* Funny surprises to add to the challenge
* Score markers to compete with your friends
* Lots of quests to complete
* Game Center Leaderboards & Achievements
Bellyfish 1.0.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Northrup Consulting Inc., an innovative new mobile web portal developer, is excited today to announce the launch of LifeSaver Web Browser 1.0 onto the App Store. Compatible across all iPad devices, this unique new web browsing solution provides seniors and the special needs community alike with access to a mobile web browser that’s designed to work around their limitations, offering a practical mobile web browsing experience created with their unique needs at the forefront. While the mobile browsing market is saturated with over a thousand different titles, there are only a few browsers dedicated to the senior/special needs community – and none on par with LifeSaver Web Browser.
LifeSaver Web Browser strives for simplicity and an eloquently straightforward web browsing experience in a world of
cluttered, feature frenzied browsers options. The app brings an intuitive browsing platform to the fingertips of users who may need a little extra help to navigate the web without losing the flexibility or functionality needed to make a great experience. LifeSaver Web Browser features vibrant, clearly labeled, and oversized navigation controls and icons to help the visually challenged and larger buttons with increased touch-sensitivity geared to enable those with dexterity issues to utilize the browser effectively. Special features geared to help those with memory impairments are included as well such as ‘how to’ reminders, a ‘LifeSaver’ icon that instantly reminds users what every function in the app is, and an innovative ‘return to home’ setting which reverts users’ browser windows to their home page every time they re-enter the browser.
As focused on the greater good as it is on providing the best mobile web browsing solutions for seniors, LifeSaver Web Browser has elected to donate a percentage of the apps profits to the Alzheimer’s Society in order to bring heightened awareness of the issues and hardships facing seniors today. Luckily, LifeSaver Web Browser is geared to alleviate some of these obstacles – at least on the digital front. Far from a niche platform though, the app is forecasted to become the leading choice for any mobile consumer eager for a simplified browsing platform accessible to those facing memory, dexterity and visual challenges regardless of age as well. The LiveSaver Browser revolution is just beginning too as Window 8 and Android compatible versions of this groundbreaking browsing platform are due to launch in the near future as well.
LifeSaver Web Browser for iPad is .99 Cents in the App Store
Elecont LLC today announces Weather Map HD 1.2 for iOS, an update to their universal app for travelers, weather enthusiasts, fishers and virtually everyone. New version provides useful information for planning beach activities such as swimming or fishing.
Planning a day at the beach or a boating trip? Are you curious about what the water temperature is at your favorite place to
swim? Weather Map HD is the fastest, easiest-to-use, weather application that displays current weather conditions and sea surface temperature directly on the map. Additional information, presented in pop-up window, includes “feels like temperature”, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, local time, sunset/sunrise time and ten-day weather forecast.
* Provides current weather conditions and a weather forecast up to 10 days ahead for cities all over the world
* Provides sea surface temperature based on buoys and satellite maps
* Provides zoom and pan functionality
* Supports Fahrenheit and Celsius
Weather Map HD provides useful information for Fisherman, Divers, Surfers, Sailors, Lifeguards, boaters, and anyone that needs to know the weather and water temperatures near them.
For a limited time, Weather Map HD 1.2 is offered at an introductory one-time fee of $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category. There are no subscription fees or hidden costs.
Jeremy Ware, an independent new developer, is excited to announce CoinBook Pro 3.4.7, the price guide for your pocket. CoinBook Pro is a price guide for your U.S. coins. The app is easy to navigate and even provides a guide for grading each coin. No WiFi or internet connection is required to view any prices.
Have a 1982 dime without a mint mark? How about a copper 1943 penny? Check out CoinBook Pro to see if any of the
coins you own are rare! Not only is the app a price guide, it provides melt calculators for all of your silver and gold coins and allows you to save your silver and gold inventory. Have you recently acquired some coins that you cannot identify or grade? No problem – a new feature has been added to allow you to submit pictures of your coins to have them identified and appraised for free.
User feedback has shaped the app into its current design. The precious metal calculator and appraisal features were modeled after user requests. Automatic pricing updates are coming next!
CoinBook Pro currently 50% off for a short time, but hurry – sale is one week only. For a limited time, CoinBook Pro 2.1 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. CoinBook Pro is a Universal App.
Independent iOS developer, Andrew Tetlaw is proud to announce the release of Clever Clues 1.2 for iOS, his addictive fun-to-play quiz game is now a universal app, available on both iPhone and iPad. It’s like the saucy love child of a crossword and a word search and challenges knowledge and vocabulary
Great exercise for keeping bored minds active, Clever Clues serves as the perfect antidote for boredom while on the train, plane, bus, car, tram, boat, sidecar or covered wagon. Easy to pick up for a quick fix during lunch breaks, having a coffee
or tea, or cuddling in bed on a wintery morning. Fans of like crosswords, quizzes, word searches or proving how clever they are, will be hooked on Clever Clues.
The player is presented with 5 or 6 clues and a grid of letter tiles containing all the letters needed to find the answers. The player taps on the tiles to spell out an answer. If correct, those tiles are removed from the grid. Thus each answer becomes easier. Once all tiles have been used the round is complete.
The player can tap on a clue to reveal a hint: the first letter of the answer will wiggle in the letter grid. If the player solves enough clues a hint upgrade is earned allowing the player to see the second letter then eventually the third letter.
* Enough clues for hours of brain teasing torment
* Plenty of extra clues available
* Stunning design with Retina quality graphics
* Optimised for all iOS devices
* Need a Hint? Tap a clue to wiggle the first letter of the answer
* Tap & hold on a clue to ask your Twitter followers for help
* US and UK english supported
* Integrated voice over accessibility features
Clever Clues comes free with clues for 3,4,5 & 6 letter words. More clue packs are available through in-app purchase including clues for 7,8,9 & 10 letter words. Themed clue packs are also available like Critter Clues (animals) or Character Clues (film & TV characters).
Clever Clues has an attractive flat UI design and features engaging animation and sound effects. The app has been developed so that visually impaired players that rely on voice over have a positive gaming experience.
Clever Clues is a free game in the App Store. In-App Purchases are available ranging from .99 cents to $2.99