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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Amazon Catching Hell For Controlling Its Own Data

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Delicious Library for iPhone isn't coming back as long as we're using Amazon's APIs, unless they decide to make an exception to section 4e."

Even by Shipley's own admission, it's Amazon's API and they have the right to control it any way they want. It's a shame they yanked an app that people like, but again, it's their right. I think in the end, the only thing it'll do is make developers less willing to use Amazon's APIs in the future for any projects, which won't really be helping Amazon.

Control comes at a price.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Flight Control Updated to 1.2

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"The 1.2 update for Firemint's brilliant pick up and play classic, Flight Control just landed at its destination. If for some strange reason you don't have Flight Control yet, it's a devilishly simple game where you have a single task: successfully land as many aircraft as possible. Different planes and helicopters fly in from the side of the screen, you tap them then draw a path to lead them to their runway or landing pad without colliding with anything else."

Flight Control is my absolute favorite game for the iPhone with Peggle a close second, and this update makes it totally killer. More plane types and more landing fields add some variety and the addition of a fast forward button to move things along quicker (there are times when I prayed for this in the older version) make it a near-perfect game. At $0.99 it's one of the best values in the App Store.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Attention Best Buy Shoppers...

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

"Accessing Best Buy's weekly deals via their website can be difficult on the iPhone and iPod touch. The pages are full of all kinds of unnecessary information when all you are searching for is a good deal. To assist their loyal customers in finding these great weekly deals, Best Buy created their first iPhone application to access this information while on-the-go."

This is an initial release, and it seems like it may have been a bit rushed since it is pretty limited. The price definitely a bargain (free), and they plan on having features added soon such as click-to-buy and product reviews. For now at least it gets you the weekly deals quickly, and when you are bargain hunting, isn't that all you really care about?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

How to Get Your App Noticed

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"Getting app reviews is part of a larger category of getting your app noticed. This article, expanding upon and broadening the earlier piece, provides six straightforward ways to get your app some attention."

Oddly enough, they missed one very obvious way: don't be afraid to give away "review copies" to sites that write about apps and such. It only makes the connection to the product stronger for people who read those sites. If you pass on it, you're passing on a very easy way to get some free publicity. They kind of hint at it in number 3, but it's more than just a press-release thing. Give away copies. Most sites, when presented with a free copy of software, will happily review it (unless of course you're a site like Engadget that gets thousands of things to review every day).

I think the best tip of all the ones given, however, is number 6. Nothing says "I'm listening" like a responsive developer who incorporates user suggestions into the final product. I've been lucky enough to meet a few of them as Executive Editor here, and it really proves to me that they care about their product enough to not be stubborn about it.

Any of you folks out there have an app you've developed, by the way?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

AT&T Drops myWireless for iPhone 3G

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

"Manage your myWireless account, right from your iPhone. Pay your bill, view usage, add or remove features, and more."

This is a welcome app for me because I tend to end up paying the bill on the full web site in Safari on my iPhone. Much better alternative, in my opinion, than trying to scroll, pinch, and zoom my way around. It works really well and has a nice overall look and feel. Yet another reason I'm pretty happy sticking with AT&T.

Monday, May 4, 2009

ProCamera for the iPhone: Keeping Your Shots Straight

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

The Claim: ProCamera will give you the functionality Apple never built into the Camera app on your iPhone including a horizon guide, a self timer, and an image stabilizer that won't take a shot until your creaky hands sit still.

The App: When you pick up the app and start using it, you don't need to "figure it out." Everything is pretty self-explanatory. In the middle of the app, you see a cross hair that rotates based on how straight your hand is. Across the bottom, three icons: Settings, stabilized shot, and timed shot. If you click the Stabilized Shot icon, your phone will not take the shot until your wobbly creaky bones stop shaking. The timed shot will snap the shot after the amount of time specified in the settings dialog. In the end, it couldn't be simpler. Read more...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

MLB About To Make $1 Million on iPhone App

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Major League Baseball's At Bat iPhone app is a hit -- and a money maker. The league tells us it's sold 130,000 copies of the $10 app so far this year. That translates to about $1.3 million in gross revenue. After Apple's 30% cut, MLB's take is about $910,000 so far -- with five months left in the season. (iPhone and iPod touch owners have also downloaded about 220,000 copies of the free At Bat Lite.)"

The first app I downloaded when I got my iPhone 3G was MLB @Bat. In fact, the whole reason I got the iPhone in the first place was the demo of the app they showed at MacWorld last year. MLB has put together a brilliant app that works well and whose functionality keeps improving, and it's one of my most-used apps. I'm honestly quite surprised the NBA, NHL, and NFL haven't followed suit.

It's $1 million, and it's the biggest money making league in professional sports, but that $1 million was earned because they put out a great product; case closed.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Baby Shaker Approved, Then Removed Just As Fast

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

Baby Shaker's description in the iTunes App Store challenged you to see how long you could go without shaking the baby. Doing so would put little red x's over the baby's eyes, meaning you had accomplished your task of silencing the baby.

I'm very big on free speech and the right to offend and so on. I think people are generally too sensitive and let too much crap get under their skin. I also think that political correctness and the like are bad for free speech and expression because the standards are so subjective. With that said, however, Apple has denied quite a few apps that were significantly more mild and didn't involve baby murder.

At least they took the app down, but for whatever reason it took a huge uproar to get that to happen. Regardless of what you think about the app, it's pretty hard to argue that Apple's approval process for apps isn't, at the very least, broken.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tic Tacs App Is Minty; Stupid

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Tilt the iPhone/iPod touch left and right and watch as your virtual pack of Tic Tacs realistically reacts to gravity and physics- just like real life!"

Oh brother. Our very own Darius Wey tweeted about this one this morning and I had to look and make sure it was real. Unfortunately, it is. Of course in a world with fake lighters, fake beer glasses, and fake guns, is it that hard to believe that someone would come up with fake breath mints?

Just a mere few days ago, the big boss of Thoughts Media, Jason Dunn wrote this...

"It seems like the iPhone has incredibly creative developers making apps for it, and on the Windows Mobile side...not so much. Sure there are some stand-out developers on the Windows Mobile side of things, but it's seems like the iPhone attracts creative developers that design great-looking applications."

...and while I'm certainly in no position to disagree with him, there's also a lot of crap (ie: tic tac apps), so it isn't all peaches and roses on this side of the street.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Help For Stutterers in an App

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Stuttering treatment usually require a feedback loop to retrain the brain. This application listens to your voice in the field and offers immediate feedback, a process that usually depended on a desktop PC and special software used in an office."

Say what you want about the iPhone and its shortcomings, but you can't argue with the innovation exhibited by some of the developers. Even my wife, who's a speech pathologist, thought this one was a good idea.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Want Valentine's Flowers? There's an App for That

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

"This free iPhone, iPod app from could come in handy, the idea of using a meeting deadzone to order a forgotten birthday gift (sorry mom!) appeals to me immensely. You can order stuff from the site, namely flowers, plants, balloons, plus cookies, cakes and wine and cheese, some for same-day delivery."

Not a bad idea for the desperate boyfriend / husband on the go! Gonna have to keep this one on the iPhone for next weekend just in case. Flowers are always a good gift and what could be bad about crossing flowers and iPhones?

Friday, January 2, 2009

Realmac Releases Button Builder

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"ButtonBuilder is the quick and easy way to create awesome buttons for the web, and best of all it's open source and free! ButtonBuilder ships with over 50 buttons ready to use. Change the size, length, caption and hue of each button at anytime, making it a breeze to create buttons that match your website."

Rapidweaver is one of those pieces of software that most Mac users have owned or tried at one point in time and it's really cool that they're giving away something as handy as a button builder; buttons are the one thing I'm always, er, borrowing, from other sites! Oh yeah, and it's free!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Santa Live Pulled From App Store

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

"Yesterday's episode of Santa Live featured the song "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." Apparently, children young enough to care about Santa are also young enough to have trouble understanding the jokey song about grand-matricide. Parents complained, and Majewski, already $12,000 in debt (that's a lot of bribed commenters!) was forced to pull the app. He remains the only one baffled by his lack of success with Santa Live."

Kind of funny how the fake bought-and-paid-for app reviews in iTunes weren't enough to get the app canned, but Grandma Got Runover By a Reindeer, one of the most popular Christmas songs ever, was too much for them to take. Sometimes I feel like I live in Bizarro World.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Night Camera: Be Gone Blurry Photos

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM Camera.html

"iPhone's camera is among the best for a cell phone. Despite being 2MP only, the color is fairly accurate. We had way more good photos with iPhone than with some of its competitors. However, even though it is a good cell phone camera, it is nowhere near the quality of a dedicated digital camera. The color is washed out, the contrast is low, and it is next to impossible to get good photos at night, due to blurs. Well, we can fix the color and contrast. All you need is our Photo Lab app. Apply the auto correction, then increase the color saturation and contrast. The result is actually quite good. However, no software can fix the blur, not even Photoshop. This is a real problem at night. Due to low light condition, the shutter time is longer, and even small shaking from the tapping of the camera button will make the photo un-usable. So, we created Night Camera, the app to prevent the blur at the first place. Using the built-in iPhone accelerometer, it automatically shoots the photo when it detects the iPhone being stable, so you have a real chance to get some good photos at night."

First impressions? It does what it says it does. It detects the steadiest time from the accelerometer and then takes the picture meaning you don't have to brace yourself in a harness to take a picture at night with the iPhone. The interesting part of this, to me, is how many creative uses for the accelerometer developers are coming up with in the first place! John Mahoney is correct; I'd certainly pay to have this feature on a DSLR. Canon? Nikon? Sony? Fuji? Are you guys listening?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Google's New App Neat and Terrifying

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 07:26 PM

"Have you ever been in a hurry and really needed to find an answer to something, but there was no one to ask? Like when you're grocery shopping and looking for the last item on your list, the kids are running around you in circles, you're holding a basket in one hand, and you have no idea what "fennel bulbs" look like. That's why we've added voice search to Google Mobile App for the iPhone - and made it super easy to use. Once the app is running, you don't have to tap any buttons. Just hold the iPhone to your ear, wait for the beep, and say what you're looking for."

Ever heard a claim and just went "Nope, there's no way that works." I felt the same way with this app until I tried it. It's actually pretty good, and considering you don't ever have to train it, it's that much more impressive. To search with your voice, simply hold the phone to your head. When the proximity detector shuts the screen off, the iPhone chirps and after the chirp you just say what you're looking for and voila. For the most part it's pretty accurate, too. I never would've expected to be wowed by an app like this, but I think I've been converted to a believer. Try it and report your findings. You'll probably be as surprised as I was!

App Find of the Weekend: Jelly Car

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

"This is a new version of JellyCar, redesigned and ported over to the iPhone / iPod touch. The game features all of the same physics as the original Xbox 360 / PC version. The game is now available for FREE from the App Store!"

This game is a lot of fun, very simple, and totally addictive. The graphics are also brilliant (what can I say? I'm a sucker for the hand-drawn look!) and the music is fun and sticks in your head. Overall this was a great find that I can't take credit for. My wife, who is the master of finding free games, is to thank for this one. You can download it directly from the App Store here.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Your Scores Everywhere: Sportacular for iPhone Reviewed

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Sports Scores Application
Where to Buy: iTunes App Store
Price: Free
System Requirements: iPhone or iPhone 3G with Firmware 2.0 or later
Version Reviewed: 1.2


  • Free;
  • Wide variety of sports to choose from;
  • Very detailed information.


  • Interface can feel sluggish at times;
  • No play-by-play function;
  • No Canadian sports;
  • Ads pop in from time to time.

If you're the type of person who needs to keep on top of their favorite teams and sports all the time, aside from seeking counselling, you may want to grab this app. Read more...

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