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Thursday, January 22, 2009

iControlPad Closer to Reality

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

"OK, so it took MUCH longer that we thought to get the iPad to work with the touch, iPhone and 3G - blood, sweat and tears - but it does and it will also support iStore apps if the creator chooses to put in support. So, here is the video if you have not already seem it, Zod leaked it via his excellent website:"

Considering how miserable the controls are on most of the games in the app store, I relish the chance to get one of these in my hand one day. Honestly, I can't stand accelerometer controls, and touch screen buttons aren't usually twitchy enough for action games. This might be one of the best hardware accessories ever made for an Apple device if developers support it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Clippy Returns? Sort of...

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 02:00 PM

"Copy/Paste is without a doubt the most wanted feature on the iPhone and I still don't understand why Apple hasn't given it to us yet... Last month, I talked about PasteBud, which was kinda bringing copy/paste to the iPhone through a combination of javascript bookmarks and web services. PasteBud definitely had its share of restrictions and it wasn't as great as I thought it would be so I gave up on it. Now comes Clippy, a free application available in Cydia through the iSpazio repo. Let me tell you right away that, even though it's still a beta version, Clippy is the best app for copy/pasting on your iPhone so far!"

You need an iPhone that's jailbroken and running Cydia, but it does work anywhere you can use the keyboard. Not too shabby for an unofficial app. I'm way too scared to jailbreak my iPhone, but I'm sure some of you have. Any thoughts on this? Have you tried it?

And, as Tim notes, isn't clippy the most ironic name ever or what?

Cute, Cuddly, Cold & Fun

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: iPhone / iPod Touch Game
Manufacturer: Information Appliance Associates
Where to Buy: iTunes Store
Price: $2.99
System Requirements: 3.6MB of free space


  • Extremely fun;
  • Great "pick up and play" game;
  • More cuteness per second than any game in history.


  • Sound effects may freak out cat owners;
  • Hitting home key wipes your game out.

Summary: Nothing says cute like kittens, and this game has loads of cuteness. Read more...

iPhone Outsells Android G1 6 to 1

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"A slow start for Google's Android mobile operating system: Based on a survey, Morgan Stanley estimates that Google's (GOOG) partners HTC and T-Mobile (DT) sold 300,000 Google-powered G1 smartphones in the U.S. during Q4."

I doubt anyone is surprised by this news. T-Mobile is the 4th largest carrier next to AT&T's number one status in the cellular telephone market so that was no small factor, not to mention the G1 was available starting in the latter part of October 2008 so the iPhone had a bit of a jump. Even so, the iPhone infrastructure with the App Store is a hard one to beat, especially when you consider the sheer number of options for applications an iPhone user has when compared to the G1. I wouldn't count the G1 out just yet though; they do have the behemoth Google in their corner.

Tags: iphone, google, android, g1

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ustream App Arrives in Time For Inauguration

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"The Ustream iPhone Viewing Application was pending approval from Apple and was approved in time for the inauguration. Now any iPhone owner can watch the inauguration from their iPhone. Presently, the Ustream iPhone Viewing Application is WiFi only to ensure the highest quality broadcast on the iPhone, but stay tuned for developments. "Ustream is excited to join the app store and bring a great application to the iPhone. Now iPhone users can watch and chat with any Ustream show directly from their iPhone. So now, wherever you are, you can be part of the global community around shared live experiences." John Ham, Founder and CEO of Ustream."

This is awesome news for those of you who can't get in front of a television, radio, the internet, sms, Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, or any of the other 30,000 places you'll be able to catch every waking breath of the inauguration.

Okay, seriously, though, this is pretty cool if you're a fan of Ustream. Me? I'm not really interested in watching; I want to see who wins the "broadcast" race between Ustream and Qik and who gets their app approved first.

Monday, January 19, 2009

500 Million Apps Downloaded

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple announced Friday that over 500 million apps have been downloaded from its App Store. Amazingly, the company only reached 300 million downloads on December 5, meaning its App Store has enjoyed accelerating growth since the holiday season. The announcement, which was made in the form of an advertisement on Apple's home page, also claims that the App Store now features more than 15,000 apps."

No wonder everyone is scrambling to come up with their own version of the App Store. It works. Palm is doing it, RIM is doing it, and Microsoft is supposedly looking into it. I'd say that's a testimony to the App Store's success as much as the number of apps that made their way out of the store and onto people's devices.

Palm's Pre May Finally Be Legitimate Competition

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

I remember it very clearly. It was January 2007, and I was sitting in my office furiously refreshing the page on my work computer reading the liveblogging that was going on. It was finally here; Steve Jobs was announcing the iPhone. It was a device thousands upon thousands of loyal Apple customers were dying for. A phone designed to work with their platform, not hacked to "function" with it. Out of the box, it was designed to sync our contacts and calendar, give us e-mail that was better than anything else on the market, and a web experience that no one on the market could match. I'll never forget how my mind boggled that day, and I haven't felt that way about a product announcement since then. Today, however, I think another company has finally done something that I never thought I would see: developed a competitor to the iPhone that could take a bite out of the iPhone, and surprise of surprises, it's Palm. Read more...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Chess Pro for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: Games
Manufacturer: 99 Games
Where to Buy: iTunes
Price: $3.99 USD
System Requirements: iPhone / iPod Touch with Firmware 2.0 or later


  • Menus and Sub-Menus are very responsive once game loads;
  • On Screen hints help you learn the game of chess;
  • Option to play couple different types of chess games;
  • Two Player mode is nice touch if you want to compete with friends.


  • Easy is perhaps too easy;
  • Occasional delay in responding to touch or tap when in game.

Summary: Good overall game, especially if you're just learning how to play chess, with the built in "legal moves" option.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Apple Allowing Third Party Browsers on iPhone

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 01:00 PM

"Yesterday Apple began approving third party Web browsers for distribution via the iTunes App Store reports MacRumors. Previously to this sudden about-face iPhone Web browsers wanting to compete with Mobile Safari, Apple's bundled and pre-docked Web browser, were considered off limits because they "duplicated functionality" already on the iPhone."

Shown above is a new replacement browser called Incognito, which is designed to not keep history of any kind. Browse what you want, close the app, and adios history! Great for browsing "those site," if you know what I mean (wink wink). Pretty interesting that Apple's changed their stance on this one, seeing as browsers interpret code and duplicate functionality, both of which are reasons other apps have been rejected from the iTunes Store.

Analyst Claims Low Demand Might Induce iPhone Refresh

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"Although we haven't heard Apple's financial results for the fourth quarter of 2008 just yet, early analyst reports suggest that lower consumer spending levels have had at least somewhat of an effect on Apple. In a report covered by AppleInsider, Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner suggests that despite a relatively good fourth quarter for the rest of Apple's products, lower demand for the iPhone may cause Apple to refresh the iPhone in April or May."

While I don't doubt that the iPhone is due for a refresh of some kind (I honestly thought a storage bump was coming at Macworld), I have to wonder if these analysts really have any information of any kind at their hands. Think about it. Have you ever heard anything from the mouth of an analyst before you heard it from a rumor site? I certainly haven't. And frankly, they're equally accurate (read: barely at all).

Tags: iphone, refresh

Slacker for iPhone Now Available

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"The definition of "radio" is changing right before our eyes. And listeners know this. One review on iTunes calls the Slacker iPhone app the "first killer radio app... not only does the Slacker app set the bar, but it changes things completely." Another reviewer says that "words cannot express how awesome this app is," while yet another states that "SiriusXM is in trouble."

Surely you've heard of Slacker. It was destined to solve world peace, the conflict in the Middle East, the weak economy, and homelessness all while providing the greatest music experience in existence. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but the reality is the hopes for it have always been very high and now the software has made its way onto the iPhone to an extremely positive reception. Anyone try it out yet?

Tags: iphone, slacker

Friday, January 9, 2009

Buffalo Adds iPhone Access

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 02:00 PM

"16 gigs ain't enough space for all those episodes of The Hills on your iPhone? Well, if you've got a Buffalo NAS such as the LinkStation Mini or Pro, you can now access all your files remotely on your OS X mobile device through an optimized web page straight from your device."

It's funny how little things like this can make your life easier. The iPhone is really killer for remote administration tasks, and I've come to depend on it for maintaining this site, my networks, and so on. Being able to remotely access your files from your NAS is pretty awesome. Sure, it takes an App and isn't a web-based solution, but that, to me, just means it'll be tailored to the device you're trying to administer. Buffalo has always been a pretty solid company and it's nice to see this kind of thing from them.

Tags: iphone, nas, buffalo

Bluetooth Is So 2008. Stick Your Phone To Your Head!

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Never settle for sub-par reception. Never worry about charging your Bluetooth headset. Never risk your safety trying to sync your headset with your phone while driving. All you have to do is answer your cell phone and place the Cell-Mate on your head."

Note how happy she is to look like a complete zilch? This has to be the worst accessory ever, and after being in the wireless business for 11 years, I can truthfully say I've seen some real humdingers (these come immediately to mind), but the Cell-Mate might indeed be the worst accessory ever.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

WebEx for the iPhone Now Available

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

"A lot of companies make pitches to me using WebEx. Despite its patchy performance on the Mac, it is still an easy way to get through a PowerPoint. Well, WebEx just got better, thanks to the new WebEx for the iPhone app. It also works on the iPod Touch. In other words, you don't need to be in the office to get going - you can totally do meetings from anywhere - as long as AT&T's temperamental 3G network is working."

If the promise of working from home in your pajamas was a bit too much for you, have no fear; you can no work from your bed without even bothering with PJ's! Seriously, though, this is one of those things that could be a major convenience for people who fly a lot and travel a lot. If you do a lot of Webex presentations, this might be something you'll drool over.

Tags: apple, iphone, webex

Sling Media to Intro Sling Player for iPhone Soon

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Remember that proof-of-concept you saw way back in June of last year? You know, that one involving SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone? Here at Macworld, Sling Media is doing its darnedest to take the spotlight away from the looming Apple keynote by announcing that said app is almost ready for consumption. It'll be demonstrating a functional version in San Francisco, and it's planning to submit the software to Apple for certification sometime this quarter."

This is something I've been waiting for since I got my first gen iPhone in 2007. The Slingbox is an awesome device and Sling has done an amazing job of getting the software out for a really large swath of devices, so we shouldn't really be surprised that they're going to come through on the iPhone; with that many users, it would be a missed opportunity of epic proportions if they didn't! Anyone else a Slingbox owner and looking forward to this as much as I am?

Update: Video goodness of the client in action after the jump. Read more...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Animoto for iPhone Now Available

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"Yeah, I gush about Animoto (and so do others). And I'll keep on gushing because they are an example of a startup that just focuses like a laser on doing one thing well. In their case, it's creating slideshows for users from their photos. They just launched their iPhone application. Select 8-16 photos from your photo library, pick some music to play in the background, and it creates a slideshow for you on the fly. Watch it on your iPhone or email it to friends."

Animoto is one of those things; you either love it or you hate it. Me? I think it's stupid. Sure, it's great that you can make a slideshow that synchronizes with the music you choose, and it's definitely a lot of fun to watch all the wacky transitions they use that add that "over produced MTV feel" to everything, but as far as I'm concerned transitions should be minimal. If you've ever watched an Animoto video, it's like visual vomit. Tons of transitions slapped together so that you're spending more time watching how the photos transition from one to the other than you are looking at the photos doing the transitioning.

Tags: iphone, animoto

HP Read My Mind

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"HP iPrint Photo is a free downloadable software application that allows you to quickly and easily print 4" x 6" photos. Images stored on your iPhone or iPod touch can print on most HP networked ink jet printers connected to a local WiFi network. Wireless printing is a fun extension of the iPhone / iPod touch's easy photo capture and viewing experience."

This is the kind of thing I love; a company thinking about what its users might want and then making it happen. In this case, HP took out its mind-reading hats and created an app that lets you print photos directly from your iPhone to an HP wireless printer. The quality is excellent, there's no configuration involved, and it's smart enough to pull the paper from the 4x6 tray meaning you just pick, click, and print. I've been hoping someone would figure out photo printing from the iPhone and after trying this one out, I'm glad it was HP. It works flawlessly as advertised. The camera on my iPhone just got a whole lot more useful.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pen Developed For Capacitive Touch Screens

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

"InPlay Technologies has announced their new WriteSense digital pen technology which eliminates the need for a separate electromagnetic digitizer. InPlay's RF pen communicates directly with the capacitive touch sensors rather than requiring a digitizer. The immediate benefits result in much smaller form factor slate and convertible tablet pcs, as well as reduce costs for bringing tablet pcs to market. As more OEMs begin to integrate capacitive touch sensors in to their screens (think Windows 7), InPlay's solution could bust the gate wide open for Tablet PC technologies. Look for the WriteSense pen technology to come to market in mid 2009."

My immediate thought when I read this was how cool it would be to have a pen option for the iPhone for note taking and drawing apps. I'm perfectly happy not needing a stylus anymore, but there are occasions where it would be useful. This may work out to be a pretty cool idea.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Nifty Gadget O' The Day: The Powerstick

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"The Powerstick is the winner of the CES Award for Best of Innovation. It charges mobile devices such as BlackBerrys, cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, iPhones, iPods, digital cameras, GPS and MP3 Players. It is simply charged from any USB port including computers and laptops and then used to charge mobile devices; no disposable batteries or wall chargers are required."

I was sitting at my desk Monday morning and the owner of my company came in and plopped this down on my desk. "I thought you'd like this," he said. The company gave it to him as a promo so he passed it along to me. I have to say, it's one of the coolest gadgets I've played around with in awhile.

Essentially, you plug it into your USB port and it charges the internal battery. It takes about 3 hours or so to go from stone dead to fully charged. When you're done, cap it and put it in your bag along with one of the ten included tips and you're good to go. If your phone dies, just plug your tip into the charger and then other end into your phone and press the button. Within a few minutes, your phone should be fully charged. My iPhone was down to 25% of its battery and in one hour, the PowerStick had it fully charged.

I tried it out with my iPhone and it charges it perfectly. Right now, Powerstick's website has them available from Best Buy for $59.99 and while that sounds like a lot, it does come with a lot of interchangeable tips including a Mini USB so you should be able to charge more than one device when needed. That alone makes it worth the cost.

Wal-Mart Sets Prices & Release Date For iPhone 3G

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 07:33 AM

The memo from which the clips above were taken was originally posted on Engadget this morning. Most interesting tidbits? The launch of the pilot (to make sure everything's in working order) and the national release date and pricing. What I find most interesting is the release date itself. December 28th? I wonder if Apple told them they didn't want to be competing for iPhone sales this holiday season? You can read the whole memo at Engadget.

Tags: iphone, wal-mart

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