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Friday, January 14, 2011

As Far as Ad Impressions, Android Beats iOS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

"Android devices have surpassed iOS devices for the first time in ad impressions on at least one mobile ad network. In its December 2010 Mobile Mix Report, Millennial Media reported Thursday that Android accounted for 46% of impressions served by the network during December of 2010, compared to 32% for iOS devices, marking the first time Apple's platform has played second fiddle to Android on the network."

Even though the platform may be playing second fiddle, as a manufacturer Apple is still number one at 20.06% of the devices that received ads. How does the top three look? Well besides Apple at number one, Samsung had 17.23%, HTC had 15.3% and bring up 4th place was RIM with 12.13%. They also break it down into individual devices and Apple was still number one followed by Blackberry Curve, the iPod Touch and then HTC Nexus One. The iPad came in at 8th place on that list. It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out once the iPhone hits the Verizon market.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CES 2011: Cobra and the iRadar

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"We liked the idea of the iRadar when we first heard about it, and Cobra put the device front and center at its CES 2011 booth (well, right next to the girls in skimpy police uniforms). The iRadar is a radar detector that hooks right up to Cobra's official iPhone app, and it will not only alert you when you see speed radar units out on the road, but it will also tune in to two different services."

Slick interface that will alert you to speed traps that other iRadar owners have driven through, all without any intervention on your part. It also keeps a list of red light cameras and speed traps in it's database that will alert you should you venture into any of these territories. The retail price is set to be $129.00 USD for the radar detector and the software is free, since they figure you are helping them provide a service to the other owners I suppose. Just the distraction you need right? Who knows, it might just pay for itself in one use. You can find out more about it at the Cobra site.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Yes, iGrill is Here

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"Fresh-smoked New Year's Ham! Yum! I smoke a lot, have about every thermometer available, but for tonight's dinner, I'm trying something different: iGrill, the iOS-enabled meat thermometer. So far it's tons better than sitting in my yard staring at the smoker."

Never saw this one coming, but I really like the idea. The hard part about grilling or smoking is knowing exactly when the meat is done. This seems to help you out without you moving outside to the grill to check. Some problems initially and there have been some recalls of units sold in Apple Stores, but once the author got the kinks worked out it appears this product actually works pretty well for him. The app is universal and free [link], but you need to have some hardware from the iGrill website that will run you $99.99 USD ($119.99 USD if you want extra probe to take full advantage of the program).

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Skype, Version 3.0, Provides Video Conferencing for iPod Touch and iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"Skype unleashed version 3.0 of the Skype App for iOS this evening. The new version brings the long awaited video conferencing for iPhone and iPod Touch."

Skype is free in iTunes [link] and now even better with the addition of Skype to Skype video calls via WiFi and 3G. Two way video supported on the iPhone 4, 3GS and even iPod Touch 4th generation so that is a bonus. You can even use the video feature between desktop machines. I don't use Skype, but it's slick that you can now do video calling with a 3GS.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Angry Birds Seasons for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:52 PM

"You thought it was over, that the Halloween edition brought us to the precipice of Angry Birds gaming and that if we dared to so much as glance over the edge... Well, let's not drudge up what could have been, because Rovio Mobile had the courage to take that leap of faith for us. Abandon all hope, ye who download the new Angry Birds Seasons for iPhone or iPad."

Great news for you Angry Birds fans, since between this and the Halloween edition you have 69 levels of game play! It also has Apple Game Center integration as well as connections with Facebook and Twitter. The iPhone/iPod Touch version is $0.99 USD [affiliate link] while the iPad version is $1.99 USD [affiliate link].

Old Navy Testing Apple's EasyPay PoS System

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 12:30 AM

"Apple has made their first step in providing point-of-sale, or PoS, systems to other retailers. The systems are modified iPod Touches that allow employees to ring up purchases, accept credit signatures and wirelessly print receipts to stationed printers through the store; if that sounds familiar, it's because this is the same EasyPay system Apple uses in many of its own retail stores, albeit rebranded as "ZipCheck.""

Being an Apple Store regular, I've often wondered when Apple's PoS system would start showing-up at other retailers. It's fast, accurate, elegant, allows me to avoid standing in a queue to pay, and can print or email a receipt. I get my emailed receipt before I've even left the store. The system is currently running in test mode in a few Old Navy Stores (on iPod Touches as "ZipCheck"). BTW, Old Navy is owned by The Gap, where Steve Jobs was on the board of directors from 1999 to 2002. Coincidence? You be the judge. Is the traditional cash register going the way of the typewriter?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Readdle is Having a Black Friday Sale and iPad Giveaway

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:44 AM

"Up To 90% Off For Any App at Readdle's Black Friday Salestarting on November 24. Readdle produces great apps for the iPhone and iPad, however they're never been discounted like this before. Until November 30, (12:00pm PT) you could grab yourself some fabulous bargains, as we have reduced the price Up To 90% Off!"

Some pretty good deals (starting tomorrow) on the apps that Readdle produces, such as:

  • ReaddleDocs for iPad $ 1.99ReaddleDocs is a revolutionary document viewer, file manager and attachment saver for iPad;
  • ReaddleDocs for iPhone $ 0.99ReaddleDocs is all-in-one document reader for iPhone and iPod Touch;
  • PDF Expert $1.99PDF Expert is the ultimate solution for all your PDF needs;
  • Scanner Pro for iPhone $0.99Scanner Pro transforms iPhone into portable scanner in your pocket;
  • Calendars for iPad/iPhone $ 1.99Calendars is the most elegant and easy to use Google calendar client for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store;
  • Printer Pro $ 1.99Printer Pro is the application that lets you wirelessly print from the iPad. Print attachments, documents, web pages and more right from the iPad.

The deals last until November 30th, and don't forget to enter the iPad giveaway!

If You Have Back Up & Go, Now There's An App For That

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Small business owners can now conveniently access their backed up PC data from their iPhone with a new mobile application announced today by AT&T*. The company's AT&T Tech Support 360SM Backup and Go Mobile App gives small business customers the ability to access their computer files backed up with AT&T's Backup and Go service from virtually anywhere."

The app is free, however the service isn't, ranging in price from $7.00 USD to $10.00 USD per month. But it works with both PCs and Macs, and gives you the ability to access files, photos, etc from your computer to your iPhone. Find out more at AT&T.

Netflix Changes Their Pricing Structure

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 07:00 AM

"Netflix on Monday excitedly announced a new streaming-only, DVD-less plan, and then, while staring down at the floor, quietly murmured something about a price hike for all other plans."

This was bound to happen as more and more people stream content from Netflix, and find no need to even order the physical disks. According to the Netflix Blog, you can get a streaming only plan for $7.99 USD. The other plans will increase by $1.00 USD, so if you had the one disk plan before, it will go up to $9.99 USD. I prefer the option to have at least one disk sent to me as not all the content Netflix offers is available to stream. Once that happens, I'm streaming only.

Curious About iAds?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple has recently launched a new iAd site, which you can check out by heading over to The webpage comes following the announcement of Europe's iAd partners, which we heard about in an Apple statement that was released a couple of days ago. The webpage itself shows off the power of iAds, which Apple states is 'advertising reimagined.'"

If advertising interests you, and you want to find out all about what Apple is doing with iAds, head on over to the advertising page at Apple. You can learn about the partners, see examples of the ads in use and if you are a company interested in being a partner they have some information for you as well. Say what you will, but Apple really does a slick job with iAd, as you can see from the above video.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sling Adapter for Dish Network

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"Sling today Thursday rolled out the Sling Adapter as both one of its lowest cost TV streamers and its first dedicated to its partner Dish. Running solely through its USB connection, it shares the TV from any ViP 722 or 722k DVR over either a web browser or a mobile app. Viewers can steer the DVR alongside controlling channels."

Sweet, something for me to use that might actually work out ok. The icing on the cake would be for it to work with the NFL Channel's RedZone, and I don't see any reason why it won't. Sling is rolling out an updated iPad app soon, which will work with this device, but the current Dish App for the iPhone and iPod Touch [free on iTunes] is supposed to be compatible with this new device. I may have to keep Dish Network after all.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pulse for iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad, Free for All

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Alphonso Labs has announced that its news reader, Pulse News Mini, is now available for free across all platforms. The RSS reader displays items within panning story bars, allowing users to view a colorful mosaic rather than simple text lists. The app also provides options for keyboard search, Google Reader import, and sharing via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail."

I'm still trying to find the perfect news reader for my iPad, as well as my iPhone, and haven't settled on anything specifically. Since this one is free I may have to give it a try. It is available for the iPhone/iPod Touch, and the Pulse News Reader is available for free for the iPad. Typically I just go to Google when on my laptop (but it doesn't work very well on my iPad), but switch around to several on the iPad. What do you use for your RSS feeds?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Google Voice App Makes it to the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:12 PM,+iPad,+iPod)

"Google's official Google Voice app for iPhone has just hit the iTunes App Store."

Unfortunately for those of you outside of the United States, you are out of luck on this one. But for those of us who are in the United States we will be able to do many things with our Google Voice account with this app such as receive push notifications for text or voicemail, send free text messages, display your Google Voice number when calling and much more. Here is the iTunes link.

Monday, October 25, 2010

VLC Player Isn't Just for iPad, Now You Can Get it for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"We had a look at the VLC player for iPhone last week but now it is available for general consumption. While there are some issues, you can now play a much wider array of movie formats on the iPhone."

VLC for the iPad is already in the iTunes Store [link], and now you can also get one for the iPhone [link]. Both are free, and in version 1.1.0 you get a version that runs on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the latest version of iPod Touches. With this version it also recognizes more extensions and is optimized for faster decoding, while also allowing you to delete files from within the application so you don't have to go through iTunes.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Make Your iPod Touch Into a VoIP Phone Without Jailbreaking!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPods" @ 04:30 PM

"The latest iPhone and iPod touch are nearly identical devices, ignoring the pesky reality that the latter isn't a phone. We can fix that. Here's how to turn your iPod touch into a viable (and cheaper) iPhone alternative out of the box."

Looking for a way to reduce your mobile phone bills? Without jailbreaking, it is easy to turn your iPod Touch (and a headset) into a VoIP phone, assuming that you have a WiFi connection when needed. Skype (free if using skype-to-skype) and Line2 (formerly available mainly to jailbreakers, free app, $10/month cost) are good options, as is Fring. All provide good connections with a good WiFi signal. And, of course, SIP apps work as well.

Downsides? Skyping works well within Skype (skype-to-skype), but if you want (or need) a real phone number, it's not free. Line2 is a solid app, but needs to be running in the background, otherwise calls go to voice mail. A $10 monthly fee includes unlimited calling in the US and Canada, and is quite reasonably when compared to carrier post-paid costs.

No WiFi or in a car? You'll need a cellular data plan (and hardware) like Verizon's MiFi or Sprint's Overdrive: a small box that provides an instant hot-spot for about $60 per month for 5GB of data. Coverage is good, but this is a good alternative only if you make a lot of mobile calls (and of course use the cellular data).

Real World results? In a test while cruising the LA freeway system using a MiFi box, VoIP call quality was better than native iPhone calls, lag was more noticeable, dropped calls were about the same, but dropped much less gracefully than native iPhone calls. Overall, pretty equivalent. A downside here: yet another gadget to carry around, and the MiFi battery doesn't have a very long life. Don't forget the power cord.

The article also mentions Siphon SIP/VoIP for jailbroken iPod Touches. Similar to Fring, but better iOS integration.

I can see this technology being invaluable for international travel, to avoid those $120 phone calls.

iCarpus Stand, Works With Just About Anything

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

"Holds ALL handheld devices such as iPod®, iPhone® and AndroidTM, as well as mp3 devices WITH OR WITHOUT protective cases. Position horizontally and vertically without adjustment or assembly and easily operate with 3 fingers."

As simple as this clever device is, it makes you wonder why you didn't come up with it! Pretty slick implementation and is adaptable to fit just about any device you have, be it Android, iPhone or whatever. It's available now on for the low price of $12.99 USD [affiliate link].

Monday, October 18, 2010

An Update for the Apple Remote App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"Apple has just updated their Remote App Store application with a bunch of bug fixes. The update includes performance and stability enhancements and addresses some major issues that users have been reporting."

If you have had any of the following issues:

  • Includes stability and performance improvements;
  • Improves performance using Remote on an iPhone when Bluetooth is enabled;
  • Addresses a problem browsing artists with a large number of albums;
  • Addresses some issues waking up computers when using Home Sharing;
  • Addresses some issues with connecting to an iTunes library or Apple TV when using Home Sharing or a Passcode;
  • Addresses some issues with connecting to a Wi-Fi network;

then you might want to update your Remote app since all of those are supposed to be fixed!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Doctors and Nurses at Ottawa Hospital to get iPads

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

"The Ottawa Hospital will deploy 'several hundred' iPads to its doctors and nurses next month. By the end of the year the institution should have deployed 1,000 or more of the Apple tablets for mobile access to health records "and the number will go up from there," reports 'CIO Canada'"

We are seeing more and more stories like this, as institutions find that the iPad is a device that does indeed help them do their job better. Since the beginning of this year, the hospital has had all the records that the doctors and nurses need available digitally so it was an obvious step to allow them mobile access so they didn't actually have to leave the patient to go look at their records. The next step for Ottawa Hospital is to incorporate iPhones and iPod Touches into the mix so they won't have to carry the iPads everywhere. Sounds like a good mix to me! You can read the original story here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Netflix, Now With iPhone/iPod Touch Video Out

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:30 AM

"We all knew that the iPad version of Netflix's app supported TV out, allowing you to... you know... hook up your iPad to your TV, but it was a bit disappointing that the feature was missing on the iPhone 4/iPod Touch 4G."

Well now you can output your Netflix (free app link) video from your iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4th Generation. If you have the correct cable of course.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sound Effects for Halloween, And a Free Game Via iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"Halloween is upon us once again, affording men the opportunity to dress up like police officers, vampires and pirates, and affording the women the opportunity to dress up like sexy police officers, sexy vampires and sexy pirates. It also affords app developers the chance to release their new Halloween apps, or at least modify them with a Halloween theme."

It's never too early to get ready for Halloween is it? Also, from today until October 8th, you can get a copy of the game Evil Quiz v1.2 for free [link].

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