If you're following the buzz on the Oscars, which is coming up this Sunday, E! Online (free) is a great choice. The app was just updated with a new carousel navigation menu above the news section that highlights the Academy Award season coverage with special video content and a new "Live from the Red Carpet" section. The app offers extensive coverage from the event, as well as leading up to it and in the days that follow. Also new to this version is E! Talk Box, which gives you the ability to record your own video commentary (you'll need the iPhone 3GS) on hot topics and celebrity headlines and submit it directly to E!
Very cool indeed, is what I think of Amir Markish’s Radio Hungary ($1.99) which has a very user friendly interface allowing you to search Hungarian Radio stations being broadcast online. Save your favorites and play.
I'm not a gamer, but if I were I think this app would be quite useful. The Game Trail (free) is simply a handy new app that provides game trailers and video reviews. You can view featured games, top 250,or new games, as well as search.
"Apple has reversed their policy". If I've heard it once, I've heard it a million times. Actually, I google'd those words and found 994,000 results, so that's not an exaggeration! Apple has had enough of the 'bikini' apps and has begun removing such apps from the App Store.
I must admit, I am a bit conflicted here. As a father, it can be frustrating seeing 17+ apps when doing searches or browsing the App Store. Those apps obviously sell, but that pushes other apps down in the rankings, making it harder to sell. As a developer of family-friendly apps, this is also frustrating because it means less "exposure" (pun intended) for my apps!
The new Awards Hero: Oscars Edition app ($0.99) lets you pick the winners and share your picks on Twitter. The app also offers trailers and information about the 2010 nominees, as well as a database of information about all the nominees and winners dating back to the beginning in 1927.
The KaChing Button iPhone Application Gives Away up to $1000 each day in Sweepstakes
Folks, just received this from Social Media guru, fellow app developer and Digital Future CEO Joel Comm that Apple has now made it possible for developers to include in app contests and sweepstakes.
Comm remarked "Up until now, Apple has not allowed contests and sweepstakes in apps. However, they have made a change that the majority of devs don’t know about. And it is going to have an explosive affect on the app store. Contests and sweepstakes are now allowed. That means we will soon seen an entirely new genre of apps... And there will be MANY of them. Mark my words. However, no one has really broken this story yet. And we’ve got the app that ties in with it... It’s the first of it’s kind."
The Red Carpet ($2.99) is the app you need if you're interested in the upcoming Academy Awards. It offers up-to-the-minute awards news, film synopses, Netflix link, and film previews. PLUS, it offers you the opportunity to select your Oscar favorites, and if you correctly pick all 24 televised Oscar winners, you can win $1 million. According to the developer, this is the first ever contest of this type to be approved for Apple's App Store.
Jumping into the middle of the iPhone video camera fray is Qik Video Camera ($1.99) by Qik Inc.which is amazing, and has edged my other favorites iVideoCamera and ShowTime out of the lead.
There is little doubt that Twitter, Facebook, and other Web 2.0 technologies have changed the face of marketing and advertising as we know it. The power of the tweet has been realized by just about anyone with a cell phone, but most especially by those involved in the entertainment industry.