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Mailshot Shortly Shooting Shots Again!

May 21st, 2011 by admin

Free Group Email App

Mailshot is a super easy to use App that allows us to send up to 50 emails at a shot to a group of friends or even clients. We have been planning on doing a post about this neat little app for some time.

Now the team here got interested in the App when we were asked by an up-and-coming personal trainer if we knew of any way to send out an email to a small group of people so that he could quickly and easily keep his clients updated. He did not want to learn how to use email clients or even Twitter. He is mobile savvy and anyway his clients tend to be in the older age group and not really Twits!

We were reviewing Mailshot at the time and got him to give it a go. And it was exactly what he needed.

Because we are impressed with this little utility, we were sympathetic when the developers wrote to us asking if we could help them to communicate with existing clients - as they have discovered a BIG problem with iTunes. It turns out that if an App has a temporarily problem, then it is removed from iTunes - with no place holders allowed. So then no-one knows what has happened to it! Here is an excerpt from their email:

“We released a new update (1.40) yesterday which added a lot of new features. Unfortunately within a few hours of the release we learned of a (small) problem … we felt it best to pull MailShot from App Stores worldwide …

Unfortunately there is no way to roll back an update on the App Store, or of even informing customers what has happened …

so we hope that you may be able to let some of them know through your news pages. A fixed version has already been resubmitted to Apple, and we expect to be back on the App Store as soon as it is approved- probably within 5 to 10 working days as Apple are quite quick at the moment.”

Clearly these are good guys. If you have not tried the App then keep an eye out for it and give it a go. It is super easy to use and just perfect for those small email send outs to your club, or for family parties etc. Can’t give you the link as - of course - there is not one at present. We will keep you updated and let you know when it is available again.

And as a further kick in the teeth for this developer, Apple is serving up a similar-sounding app in its place!! That is, when you type in Mailshot, amazingly, iTunes delivers a different-spelled but similar sounding app. It is never usually so “helpful”!!

If you want the real deal then MailShot is the way to go. For more information about the App go to the Mailshot website

What Are iPhone Downloads And How To Get Them - in 2011!

May 11th, 2011 by admin

Free iPhone Downloads

In a continuation of our theme to look back and see what has happened in iphone world since in two years, we look at the May 2009 posts and discover the post looking at an range of ways to get free and/or nearly free iphone downloads .It will be interesting to check and see whether any of these options are still available!

But first, a reminder  of what we means by iPhone downloads. As we said then:

Traditionally, when people were searching for “iPhone downloads”,  they were looking for free (or a better/wider range of) music, movies, videos, TV shows, iPhone games - and to a lesser extent, ring-tones, wallpaper, and software than was available from iTunes.

Fortunately, the “buy/rent every single media file” model that iTunes uses is just way of delivering music and movies - and the most expensive! 

So back in 2009 there were five alternative methods that we found for getting free or cheaper-than-iTunes music etc for our iPhones. These were: free trials with free downloads (still available!); subscription sites (new ones on ofer since then);  Free music /media sites (eg seeqpod); free podcast-style sites where we must watch an ad before we watched the video - eg Wizzard Media; and finally an array of quality sites that provide some free iPhone downloads that are located near to ads.

Since then the use of free MP3s as a way of promoting a new album, or collecting our email addresses for future promotional purposes, has really taken off (and we regularly list the current best of these on the iPhonegizmo site -  just type “free music” into the search tab to find the hundreds of free music links listed here or here)

BTW:The “iphone magic” download site image to the left belonged to a now-defunct membership site - as most are today!