Readdle’s ‘Scanner Pro’ Named App of the Week, Available for Free [iOS Blog]

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Readdle’s popular document scanning app Scanner Pro has been named Apple’s app of the Week, and as a result, it is available for free for the first time since its initial 2011 release.

Scanner Pro is one of the most highly rated scanning apps in the App Store and is designed to turn the iPhone or the iPad into a portable scanner for documents, receipts, notes, photos, and more. The app removes shadows, sharpens scans, and corrects perspective in order to make scans as “readable as possible.”

It also utilizes edge detection in order to create fast, accurate scans, and it stores scans as PDF files that can be uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, or emailed/printed.

Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan receipts, whiteboards, paper notes, or any multipage document.

Scanned documents can be emailed and printed, uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote, or simply saved on the iPhone/iPad.

While Scanner Pro has been priced as low as $1.99 during sales, it typically costs $6.99 to download. For the next week, it will be available from the App Store at no cost. [Direct Link]

Skype Updates iOS App With New Calling Experience and Bug Fixes [iOS Blog]

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Skype has updated its iPhone and iPad apps with a “new, beautiful calling experience” and a number of bug fixes and improvements.

What’s new

Beautiful new calling experience
Mark all your recent chats as read with just a few taps.
General fixes and improvements
– One-to-one chats now appear in the correct order.

Skype is available for iPhone or iPad on the App Store. [Direct Links: iPhone, iPad]

Thermodo from Robocat Measures Ambient Air Temperature Using the iPhone’s Headphone Jack [iOS Blog]

Robocat, the Danish software studio behind apps like Haze and Thermo, has launched a new Kickstarter project for a small thermometer that can be plugged into the headphone jack of a smartphone or tablet to measure indoor and outdoor temperatures.

You can measure the temperature indoors as well as outdoors. Track the temperature and see how it rises after you turned on the radiator or check how the temperature drops during a summer night. No network connection required. Thermodo comes with a neat little keyring so you’ll always have it with you.

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Thermodo, which comes with a cap and a keyring, functions with a custom companion app in addition to Robocat’s already existing weather apps. The studio will also release an SDK, allowing other developers to create apps that work with the device.

The miniature thermometer comes in black, white, and a premium anodized aluminum version available through Kickstarter. It measures temperatures in the range of -20 C to +50 C (-5 F to 120 F).

Backers can get a Thermodo device for a $25 pledge, or the premium version for $39. The company has already met its Kickstarter goal of $35,000 and plans to begin full production in July, with an estimated shipping date of August.

Popular Calendar App Fantastical Makes the Jump to iPhone [iOS Blog]

Fantastical, the excellent calendar app for the Mac, has finally been ported to the iPhone. The app has been totally redesigned for the smaller screen, rolling out a new feature called the ‘DayTicker’

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The Verge and The Next Web both have extensive reviews of the new app. TNW’s Matt Panzarino had this to say:

I’m not what you’d call a productivity guru. I don’t use any interesting methods or cool combinations of software to do what I do. My philosophy is more along the lines of ‘start doing and stop when you’re dead’.

That’s one of the reasons that I love Fantastical for the Mac so much. It’s a small icon that sits in my menu bar and allows me to quickly dash off appointments and reminders in plain english. It’s blazing fast and it helps me avoid all of the nit picky fields and tick boxes that infest calendar apps, including Apple’s poor built-in option. No fussing, no scripts, no precariously balanced suite of productivity apps that eat up half my day just maintaining.

Today, Fantastical comes to the iPhone bearing that same spirit of no-nonsense calendar management, but with an additional intuitive layer of greatness.

The app features the same natural language parsing engine as it does on the Mac, with the addition of a feature called the DayTicker. The DayTicker is at the heart of the reason Fantastical for iPhone has replaced Calendar for me. It’s a ribbon-shaped display of your current day and the surrounding days that makes it incredibly fast to see what you’ve got coming up at a glance.

Fantastical for Mac is available as a free trial download from the developer’s site, or directly from the Mac App Store for the temporary sale price of $9.99. [Direct Link]

Fantastical for iPhone is available through the App Store for $1.99. [Direct Link]

Flexibits is also the company that we’ve hired to develop the MacRumors iOS app, currently in the works.

Classic Racing Game Carmageddon Comes to iPad and iPhone [iOS Blog]

The classic ultraviolent racing game Carmageddon [App Store] has been resurrected on the iPhone and iPad following a tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign.

Stainless Games, the original developer of Carmageddon, is still in business and recently bought back all the rights to the game — with the help of a Kickstarter campaign that raised $625,000, the game is back. The firm plans to bring it to Windows, Mac and Linux in the coming months, as well.

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Carmageddon features real-world environments that have been turned into killing fields, where the locals stay out on the streets at their peril. As well as using your car as a weapon, every level is sprinkled generously with power-ups that have a vast variety of mad effects, adding a whole extra level of craziness to the proceedings. In every event you have the option to “play it your way”… Waste all your opponents, kill every pedestrian, or (perish the thought) complete all the laps. Oh and watch out – the cops in their super-tough armoured patrol vehicles are lurking, and if they catch you being bad they’ll be down on you like several tons of cold pork!

The game is absurdly violent, but in an animated, slightly ridiculous way. For today only, Carmageddon is offered free as a thank you to the game’s Kickstarter backers.

Carmageddon is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

Infinity Blade Dungeons Delayed Until Next Year [iOS Blog]

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Epic Games demonstrated Infinity Blade Dungeons — the next release in the best-selling series — at the launch of the new iPad this past March. The company called it “an amazing new project” and said the game was designed for the iPad’s new Retina display.

However, it now appears that the game won’t be released until 2013 according to AllThingsD. At this rate, the game may well be optimized for the fourth generation iPad.

“Ever since the talented team at Impossible Studios got their hands on “Infinity Blade: Dungeons,” they’ve been busy adding their great ideas to the game,” spokesman Wes Phillips told AllThingsD. “There was also the matter of getting the Impossible Studios team up and running with desks, chairs, staplers and computers. The logistics of a new studio and implementing all these great ideas required a little extra time, so Infinity Blade: Dungeons will hit iOS in 2013.”