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Popular iOS IM app, ‘imo’, getting gorgeous redesign on Tuesday (Gallery)

Popular cross-platform messaging service, home to 700,000 daily users, has been updating its iOS app over the last few months with some big new features. In August, it rolled out voice calls over Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G, but next week it will introduce an all-new app that includes a new UI. We got an early look at the new app (screenshots below) and might have just found our new go-to messaging app for iOS. And it’s free.

Other features in the update will include new group photo sharing features, allowing users to “take multiple photos quickly with the native camera and upload and share with groups of friends in real-time.” You’ll also now be able to download those photos from within group chats to your iPhone’s gallery over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi.

The all-new imo instant messenger app for iOS will be available Nov. 13 for free in the App Store. In case you’re unfamiliar, imo is currently sending about 50 million messages daily through the following supported services: Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, Hyves, VKontakte, Myspace, and Steam.

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AT&T adds Locker app to growing market of cloud storage services

AT&T just announced its version of Dropbox, Google Drive, Cloud Drive, etc., with the introduction of AT&T Locker for iOS.

The cloud storage app, as one might assume, essentially allows folks to automatically sync and save photos, videos, and other data to the cloud, and it offers 5 GB of free storage to new users. The content is accessible via the mobile app or on a computer through Locker’s website.

AT&T is just getting around to lifting the cloak off its new service, but the app has already been available on the App Store for six days. A list of key features, according to the app’s description:

  • Photos and videos can be automatically uploaded to your AT&T Locker from your phone
  • Easily access your photos, videos and documents from your phone and computer
  • Easy to share to email, Facebook and Twitter
  • Your content is secure and backed up in the cloud
  • Store your favorite memories in a safe and convenient place
  • Store music from your computer to your AT&T Locker

AT&T offers storage space upgrades to 30GB for $3.99 per month or 100GB for $9.99 per month. The free iOS app is available for the iPhone 3GS or higher. It is worth noting the Android version of Locker launched in September.

Check it out: AT&T Locker by AT&T Services

The full press release is below.


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Apps & updates: OmniPlan for iPad, IM+, SoundHound, NFL ’12, more

As always—we keep you updated on notable apps and updates that are released throughout the day. A few to already land in most App Stores today include the new OmniPlan for iPad app from Omni Group, Retina support for the popular IM+ messaging apps, a SoundHound update, and more.

OmniPlan for iPad: Omni Group released its OmniPlan for iPad app to fulfill “the company’s two year commitment to bring its core, premium apps to the iPad.” The organization and project planning tool packs many of the Mac version’s features including enhanced collaboration, visual timelines, and change tracking, and is available now for $50 from the App Store.

IM+ Pro Version 6.5: One of the most popular third-party, cross-platform messaging apps updated today with “complete optimization” for the iPad’s Retina display, as well as the addition of support for Mamba.Ru and Fetion. The service dropped support for the MySpace IM service going forward, but existing users can continue to access their accounts. The free version received the same update.

SoundHound Version 5.0: Another notable update today goes to music discovery and recognition app SoundHound. The update includes even faster music recognition, “big, beautiful album art and hi-res artist photos,” and a redesigned home screen and SoundHound Player. There are also improvements to LiveLyrics, and a “cleaner, easier to use interface.” The free SoundCloud app also received the update.

NFL 12′: The official NFL ’12 for iPad app was just updated with bug fixes, and it now has the entire 2012 schedule.