The winners of the third annual competition honoring the best iPhone and iPad apps released in the iTunes App Store – ‘Best App Ever Awards’ – have been announced by 148Apps, whose goal was to highlight a number of noteworthy apps that Apple may have not featured on the front page of iTunes.

148Apps has created the Best App Ever awards in 2008 with the purpose of celebrating the efforts of application developers while raising user awareness about the best apps available, not just the top selling titles.

“The goal of the awards was to help publicize some applications that people may never have seen,” said Jeff Scott, founder of 148Apps and the Best App Ever Awards.

“Some of the best apps have never been featured on the iTunes front page or in an iPhone TV ad, yet they deserve recognition and publicity for the great work the developers have done,” added Scott. More »

Despite showing a clear disapproval of Apple’s App Store guidelines, the developers of VLC Media Player for iOS still have a binary available through iTunes, at the time of this writing. Following news that Apple had been sent a formal notification of copyright infringement for not allowing other means of distributing VLC Player except for its App Store, the application was expected to disappear from iTunes listings.

Basically, it says that since VLC Player is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), Apple cannot restrict the means of distributing the app.

Yet it does, Denis-Courmont stressed last week, by applying Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection, which prevents users from freely sharing iOS applications that are distributed through the iTunes App Store. More »

On April 8th, 2010, at its Cupertino campus in California, Apple previewed iPhone OS 4.0, the latest version of the software powering not only iPhones and iPod touches, but also the iPad. The fourth version of the iPhone software would be released to the iPhone userbase in summer, Apple said, while iPad owners would be able to apply the update, which enables multitasking and other new features, in Fall 2010.

Via an uber press release posted yesterday, Apple goes through all the major announcements made during the Town Hall keynote address delivered by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, alongside the company’s SVP of iPhone Software, Scot Forstall, and its SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller. The iPhone OS 4 software preview saw the release of a beta version of the software to registered iPhone developers. According to the Mac maker, “The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer.”

The report continues to enumerate key new features included in the new beta software, such as: More »