Essential iPhone apps for vegans

Whether you’ve always been a vegan, or are new to veganism, there are times when eating can be a challenge. Sure, you can plan your meals out and substitute this for that in a meal or recipe, but life happens, so here are the essential iPhone apps for vegans dealing with life happening.

When you don’t want to be “that person”

Rather than staring at the menu, and burning a hole through it in the process, or asking the waiter what things can be removed or substituted, you could come into a restaurant fully prepared knowing what is or isn’t vegan. This is what VeganXpress (USD $1.99) does.

The app has a list of popular restaurants and marries to it the vegan choices and substitutes available. For example, the app shows that the Fresco Bean Burrito (my personal fast food favorite) at Taco Bell, while the Seven Layer Burrito can be veganized sans cream and cheese.

In addition, the app provides an extensive listing of popular food items, beer and wine that fit the vegan bill. With it, I was able to comfortably buy a bag of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, Hot Tamales and a couple of bottles of Chimay.

Apple Releases iOS 4.2 GM 2 Build 8C134b for iPad

Apple has just released a second iOS 4.2 GM seed for iPad. This new Build 8C134b for iPad has been released in the wake of WiFi bug which we reported about yesterday.

iOS 4.2 GM 2

Only members enrolled in the iPhone Developer Standard or Enterprise Program can access these bits by signing into iOS Dev Center (aka Apple Developer Connection)

Steve Jobs Calls Developer Of Rejected iPad App

IpadIn an age when a simple one worded e-mail reply from Apple CEO Steve Jobs to various people who write to him with their Apple related issues or grievances makes news headlines, a phone call from the man at the helm of things at Apple is bound to create ripples.

Well, that is exactly what has happened with Ram Arumugam, an iOS developer who dashed of an e-mail to Steve Jobs after his iPad app was rejected from the App Store. He actually received a call from Steve Jobs!

Arumugam, a former Microsoft Employee quit his job back in 2008 and started his own iOS app developing company called Cascade Software. He was working on a new app for Apple’s iPad – known as Economy for iPad (iTunes link).

He was almost done developing the app when he hit an annoying keyboard bug, which made it impossible to dismiss the keyboard using approved/public methods/APIs.

Since this bug was caused due to an issue with Apple SDK, this was something Arumugam could not fix. He had one alternative though – using a private API  to fix it, which is not allowed according to the terms of the iOS Developer agreement. He used the private API and submitted his app for review and was soon greeted with a politely worded rejection letter. Unperturbed, he filed a review appeal and talked at length with folks from Apple to get his iPad app approved.

After submitting the review petition, he wasn’t sure

Download iTunes 10.1 for Windows and Mac

iTunes 10.1The final version of iTunes 10.1 for both Windows and Mac has just been released.

This version of iTunes will be required to install iOS 4.2 (when released) on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Full change log of iTunes 10.1 is as follows:

What’s new in iTunes 10.1

• Use AirPlay to instantly and wirelessly stream videos from iTunes to the all-new Apple TV.
• Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2.
• Provides a number of important stability and performance improvements.

iOS 4.2 Launch Delayed Due To Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues?

iOS 4.2 release delayedOver the past weekend, a German publication had claimed from sources that Apple could be launching iOS 4.2 on November 12. This was later confirmed by folks at MacStories who had also correctly predicted the launch date for Mac OS X 10.6.5.

However, if the latest reports from the same website are to be believed, Apple could be delaying the launch of iOS 4.2 by at least a week due to last minute issues with Wi-Fi connectivity.

According to the report, Apple is working on an issue that has been documented quite extensively on Apple discussion forums ever since the release of iOS 4.2 GM edition earlier this month. The bug apparently prevents iPad users from successfully connecting to a local Wi-Fi network. Users testing the GM edition of the new iOS have also claimed that the bug causes an established connection to break intermittently making it difficult to connect to the internet. 

Apple is expected to resolve this issue today. This would mean

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