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Daily iPad App: TouchCast creates an interactive presentation that mixes video with web content

There are a lot of video editors in the iOS App Store, but few are like TouchCast. TouchCast lets you record a video and overlay widget-like elements that can hold web pages, maps, Twitter streams and more. Users watching the video can click on these multimedia elements and interact with them while the video continues to play. TouchCast is an interesting concept that mixes video with the best that the web has to offer.

TouchCast is an iPad app and it lets you both preview TouchCast videos created by the company other TouchCast users. These galleries give you a feel of what type of videos the platform can be used to create. There’s also a composition side that lets you record, edit and share your TouchCast videos.

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo sees users jump ship without iPhone

In June we reported that NTT DoCoMo, one of Japan’s largest cellular providers, was ambivalent about carrying the iPhone. In an interview with the WallStreetJournalSenior VP Kazuto Tsubouchi told the paper his company was “not necessarily against the idea of selling the iPhone. It just depends on the conditions. What’s the procurement cost? What kinds of obligations do we have if we sell the iPhone?”

The stance has left DoCoMo as one of the few carriers in the the country that doesn’t offer the iPhone. Today Reuters is reporting the company has seen 3.2 million users leaving the company over the last 4 1/2 years. DoCoMo built it’s massive user base by offering a number of services like the country’s first mobile web service and tv streaming via cellphones.

As these features have become available on a wider range of phones thanks to the rapid evolution of apps the company has lost customers to other providers who offer the iPhone. According to analysts their proprietary services are having a hard time competing with services like Instagram. With the iPhone’s wild popularity in Japan, reaching a 42 percent share at the end of 2012, the company’s refusal to sell the phone is a limitation on their business.

Facetune is a powerful portrait editor for iOS

It’s amazing how many editing tools that used to require Photoshop are migrating to inexpensive iOS apps.

Facetune, a US$2.99 app for the iPhone can take any portrait and retouch complexion, eyes (even changing eye color), remove stray hair, add hair where it is missing, change hair color and whiten teeth. Blemishes can be removed, and complexion can be smoothed.

How to replace your iPhone 5’s Home button [Video]

Ever since Apple introduced the multitasking feature in iOS 4, which allows users to access the app switcher for the recently used apps by double clicking on the Home button, the wear and tear of the button has increased significantly.iphone5-home-button-repair

So if you ever have to replace your iPhone 5′s Home button, then teardown experts at iFixit have you covered. They have published a video that gives an overview on how to replace iPhone 5′s Home button.

Photoful for iPhone is an ambitious photo app

Photoful for iPhone is an ambitious photo appTaking a photo used to be a big deal. You had a roll of film with a handful of exposers. Each one was treated like a precious gem, and you often only got one chance to capture a great shot.

Today, the polar opposite is true. I shoot almost everything, from my kids’ school events to my parking space. The result is a rich photographic history of my life, as well as a seemingly bottomless pool of photo after photo. Finding the one I’m after is a hassle. Fortunately, Photoful for iPhone (free) is here to help. It offers a compelling layout that makes finding what you’re after a lot easier than Apple’s Photos app (under iOS 6 at least). Plus it looks at home on iOS 7 and has some thoughtful features.


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