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Monday, March 16, 2009

Facebook Connect for the iPhone

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

http://mashable.com/2009/03/14/face...d-your-desktop/

"The biggest Facebook news is that Facebook Connect, with more than 6,000 websites already taping into user data, has come to the iPhone. Now all iPhone developers can use Facebook Connect to have their apps leverage the profile, friends, and feed data available for users via Facebook. The glorious advantage for all of us users is that now we can connect with our Facebook network while playing or using our favorite apps and games."

Facebook Connect was introduced in the Summer of 2008, and has finally come to the iPhone (and iPod Touch), which is the only smartphone with the capability. There are several iPhone apps that are live with Facebook Connect already, among them are Urbanspoon, Whrrl and Flixster.

I like the integration that Facebook uses for some of my other apps, so I am interested in how this is going to work on the iPhone. I don't think I will be playing too many, if any, games from the Facebook page, but will use some of the social networking apps. I also expect there will be many more apps that are adapted for use with Facebook Connect to try and tap into the user base of over 175 million users. You can check out more details on Facebook's blog.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Tiger Woods Coming Soon to iPhone and iPod Touch

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

http://toucharcade.com/2009/03/13/m...ng-tiger-woods/

"EA has released more screenshots and details about their upcoming Tiger Woods title. The describe a precise “touch-n-drag” swing meter as well as voice-over commentary and detailed camera angles."

As a long time fan of EA Sports' golf franchise (way back to before it had Tiger's name on it and was just PGA Tour) I'm very excited about this. In fact, for the last few days I've been playing Tiger Woods '09 on my XBox 360 and hoping for a good golf game for the iPhone. This may very well be the one!

Oh, and they included TPC Sawgrass, which is definitely my favorite course in the XBox version. They're making this game for me; I can feel it.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

App Store Renewal Source of Frustration

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

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...v-contracts.ars

"We are now just one month out from the time when the first iTunes Connect/App Store contracts are due to expire. To date, iTunes Connect has yet to offer any renewal option on its website to developers. This is despite the fact that the page itself says, "Within 90 days of your contract expiration, a renewal contract will be available to you in the 'Request New Contracts' section above."

One developer was told "As soon as a process is in place, you'll be notified via e-mail or the website," the represenative said. "It's a new program. This program was not yet in place last year, and Apple needs time." Apple did say they wouldn't pull already approved apps just because the contracts haven't been renewed. I guess that is some consolation, but it seems like this should have been in place already since the program is a year old.


App Developer Uses New Tool to Combat Pirates

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

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/03/09/ipho...o-foil-pirates/

"Like many iPhone developers, Ben Chatelain is frustrated to see cracked versions of his project, Full Screen Web Browser, showing up online. Following the usability suggestions of John Gruber, Ben has chosen to do something about it. The latest version of his app has detection capabilities for pirated instances, and reports the UUID of the device back to his server. After 10 days of running a cracked version, users are presented with a "trial over" dialog box and given the option to buy up to the legitimate version."

This takes a different approach than the one Ripdev takes, and certainly doesn't cost the software programmer as much either. The Full Screen Web Browser author gives people using the cracked aka pirated version 10 days to try the program before they get this screen requiring them to either quit or buy the program. And before any of you legitimate purchasers of the program start worrying, Ben says that he has programmed the new feature to only ping back from pirated versions of his software.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

App Store Version of MacUpdate

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

http://theappleblog.com/2009/03/09/...-the-app-store/

"For the first time in the App Store (at least as far as games are concerned) competing developers are joining forces to release their wares as one in the 5 Fingers Bundle ($5 in the App Store). Similar in concept to MacUpdate, these five developers are offering their great games as one, for almost a 60 percent savings."

So what do you get for your $5.00 USD? Chopper (previous #1 game), BurnBall, Up There (previously featured by Apple), Blackbeard's Assault (a Zuma-style game) and Sneezies (a bubble popping game). Doesn't seem like a bad deal for a wide variety of games. Makes you wonder how many other developers will band together and offer similar packages in another genre.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Comparing Apples to Oranges and Anything Else

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

http://www.iliumsoft.com/a2oiphone

Figure 1: Yes, we're loading!

It's happened to all of us. We go into the supermarket to buy a can of soup, and there in front of us is Progresso at $1.29 for 12 ounces and Campbell's at $1.79 for 14 ounces. How do you compare the two? Well, if you're like me, most of the time you don't even bother and you just buy the soup you like better. Apparently, someone at Illiumsoft got tired of whipping out the iPhone's calculator just to figure simple stuff like this, and designed an application to do the work for them.

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CalcPad for iPhone/iPod Touch is Simple but Effective

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

Figure 1: Calculating in landscape mode.

There are numerous calculator applications in the iTunes store, as well as the built in one for the iPhone/iPod Touch. However CalcPad for the iPhone/iPod Touch is a bit different, and the simplicity of it makes it one to consider. There isn't a lot of flash to it, and you can see that as soon as you open up the program. But what it does, it does very well. The calculator does the 4 main functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) as well as calculating percentages and powers. You can either view it in normal view, or tilt your iPhone/iPod Touch to view it in landscape mode.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Media Center Computer? Control It With Your iPhone or iPod Touch

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

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/macworld...amediacentermac

"I've been impatiently waiting for the arrival of the new Mac Mini, so I could run out and buy one to use as my living-room media center. So on Tuesday, I did just that. (Yes, I left work and walked down to the local Apple Store on day one, put down my credit card and left with a Mac in a bag. Told you I was impatient.) Then I went home and attached it to my high-definition TV. It looks great, and the Apple Remote works well with the built-in Front Row software to display media files on my hard drive and in my iTunes library."

But the reviewer found out his Apple Remote only goes so far, so he had been thinking of getting a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, until he found this program. My findings with the remotes limitations are similar although my situation is a little different. I use my MBP as my DVD player and Front Row interface for my TV in the bedroom, and when I'm done watching my programs, I've always had to get out of bed and turn the computer off. Yea, lazy I know, but when I relax I don't want to have to get out of bed to turn off my computer!

This program works pretty much as it says it will, turning your iPhone or iPod Touch into your keyboard/mouse. So now I don't have to get out of bed to shut down my computer! There is much more to it than that of course, and regardless of your opinion about my laziness, if you have a similar situation with a media computer, you might want to give this a look.


Watchmen Game Coming Soon

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

http://theappleblog.com/2009/03/04/...-to-the-iphone/

"First it was a critically-acclaimed comic by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that took a darker and more sinister look at superheroes than had ever been taken before, then it was a movie locked in a nasty dispute over distribution rights between Warner and Fox, and now it's going to be what one could argue will be the first full-featured MMO for the iPhone and iPod touch. According to G4tv.com, the game will use Amazon's web services to create a persistent universe for Watchmen players to occupy and interact with."

I'm a fan of the series, so this piqued my interest. The release date for the movie is March 6th, and while no release date for this game has been announced, it is expected to coincide with the movie release date. Coverage is also found at G4TV and the official game site. I'm more interested in console games, but I know some of you out there enjoy games on the iPhone/iPod Touch so here ya go!


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kindle App Now Available for the iPhone / iPod Touch

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

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/...=302584613&mt=8

"Kindle for iPhone allows Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners to read Kindle books using a simple, easy-to-use interface. You can shop for hundreds of thousands books at www.amazon.com/kindlestore, and wirelessly transfer the books to your iPhone or iPod Touch."

I'm impressed. I downloaded it last night to try it out and I like it. It'll never replace my Kindle, and the reading experience is "ok," not great, but I'm starting to understand the point about the device you have with you rather than the perfect device for the job. My Kindle doesn't get carried with me regularly, but I'm never without my iPhone unless I'm in bed and even then, it's right next to me on the night table.

On the iTunes store, the blurb says that book marks and positions are sync'ed across multiple devices. Maybe it's because I have a Kindle 1, but it doesn't do that. Kind of a bummer, but no big deal. I always finish off a chapter so it's easy enough for me to pick up where I left off. If they fix that, it would be killer.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

iWallFlower.com Makes Art Emotional

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

http://www.iwallflower.com

"iWallFlower.com is a web site which displays in real time, drawings being made by iPod touch and iPhone users from around the world. Everyone can view the art as it is being created by visiting www.iWallFlower.com, and any iPod touch or iPhone user can download the free iWallFlower App from the Apple iTunes store, and instantly and freely add artwork to the iWallFlower World Art Project."

The variety of drawings is pretty cool here. Lots of art from around the world in easily digestible bites right on your screen! I think little projects like this one are kind of fun, and of course the more people who download and use the app, the more interesting the scrolling art display gets. Best of all? It's free!


Spb Wallet for iPhone to Secure Your Information

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

Product Category: Productivity/Security
Manufacturer: Spb Software
Where to Buy: iTunes
Price: $9.99 USD
System Requirements: iPhone or iPod Touch, requires 2.0 Software Update

Pros:

  • Security for your sensitive information;
  • Abundant selection of customizable cards tailored to what is in your wallet;
  • Portrait or landscape viewing simple by turning your iPhone/iPod Touch;
  • Access websites and auto-fill secure fields with one touch.

Cons:

  • No OS X interface for desktop;
  • Sleep mode doesn't make it secure, have to exit to secure data;
  • Backup sync only functional with Windows not OS X.

Summary: There are several applications in the iTunes store for securing your credit cards and other sensitive information, but this one takes security and functionality to a new level.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Get Your Emoji While You Can!

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

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...-down-order.ars

"Apple has issued a store-wide take-down order to all App Store products that offer Emoji support, Ars has learned. Emoji icons are part of the device's Japanese language support and not meant for general use around the world. Emoji is disabled by default and hidden on all phones outside of Japan."

I still don't understand why they won't allow this "officially" on the iPhone. I have had since this article appeared here at Apple Thoughts and my family has had a great time sending various icons back and forth. From what I understand, Apple is having all the apps that allow the emoji removed, but if you already have it, it will continue to work. That is, I guess, until the next iPhone update removes it.


Friday, February 27, 2009

StarPlayr Rejected

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

http://nicemac.com/index.php?option...phone&Itemid=11

"Last year, we all had the fortune of crossing paths at which time we decided to band together and focus on helping deliver Sirius XM content to subscribers everywhere and anywhere. As of yesterday, the uSirius StarPlayr Application for iPhone still had a status of "In Review" with Apple. Late last night, we became aware that the application could not be approved at this time. As fans, we are committed to continuing to work with all parties involved as necessary in any capacity required to see this product to market. It is our goal, as it has always been, to release this application at as low of a price point as possible, if not free of charge."

Yet again, the App Store review process shows its inconsistency. Last.fm, Pandora, and even TV.com all have streaming apps which, unless I'm underestimating, use tons of bandwidth as well, so I have to wonder what the rejection reason was. Oddly enough, Nicemac isn't saying what the rejection reason was, only that the app was rejected. I do hope they get it through, though. StarPlayr is one of the apps I've been looking most forward to.


TV.com Beats Hulu to iPhone Punch

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

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/...des-to-iphones/

"CBS is taking the iPhone where no iPhone has gone before. Today, it released an iPhone application for its TV.com site that can play full episodes of TV series, ranging from “C.S.I.” to the original “Star Trek.” While Hulu, a rival video site owned by NBC and Fox, has kept its content only for computers connected to the Web, CBS has been far more open with its own content."

Above is a sample from my iPhone. Videos are more than watchable. I did notice that the Star Trek episodes are split into 7 or more clips. I'm assuming this allows the streams to be more easily processed by iPhones. Aside from that, no gripes, and it works as advertised. While it does look a bit grainy, on the smaller iPhone screen it's hardly noticeable. If Hulu does something similar, we'll have a very awesome selection of TV available freely on the iPhone.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Use Tumblr? Then There is a New Free App For You

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

http://smokingapples.com/iphone/app...ebuts-its-good/

"As a midpoint between a blog and micro-blog, Tumblr is a concept that's slowly catching on. I personally don't manage a "tumblog", but I know many who do. The concept of having a no hassles, no formatting, automatic blog is appealing."

There are several apps available for use with Tumblr, but this is the "official" one and available now in the iTunes App Store. I admit I haven't used Tumblr all that much, although I do have an account and it is tied to my Twitter account, but this new app might make me change my mind. The variety of types of posts you can make with it is handy and it is very simple to use. Best of all it is free.


Five Row Keyboard = New Jailbroken Hotness

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

http://cultofmac.com/would-you-jail...w-keyboard/8901

"Many others have complained at various times about the inexact science/art of using the iPhone’s touchscreen keyboard and I must admit, as much as I love my iPhone, I avoid using it for tasks that require a lot of typing. Now, however, there’s a simple little jailbreak app that takes a least some of the pain out of using the soft keyboard by adding a 5th row, giving users access to numbers without requiring navigation to a sub-menu. Access to symbols is easier, too — just hit the “shift” key and the numbers turn to symbols."

I would love to have one more row of keys for typing numbers without having to switch to the numeric keyboard, but I'm not about to jailbreak my phone just to get it. A lot of others, however, would disagree with me and this seems to be one of those things that really has elevated the experience of the iPhone for some people. The obvious problem with another row of keys being added in nearly the same amount of space is that you're cramming way more keys in vertically. That oughta really sit well with people who hated the typing experience to begin with!


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How App Sorting Should Work

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

http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/02...ing-done-right/

"We love the iPhone's ultra simple homescreen user interface - as long as we're not trying to change anything. Once we get tired of the old arrangement of icons, moving them all around to match our new mood is like eating rice with a tool big enough for only one grain at a time. After about 5 grains, you decide you weren't hungry in the first place. Want to organize 5 pages of apps alphabetically? Hah! See you next week."

I know Apple's not in the business of taking unsolicited advice (it's part of their charm) but this video demonstrates exactly how iPhone app management should work. For someone like me with 7 pages of Apps (stop making fun of me!) this would be a God-send. As it is, they're in no particular order just because it's too much work to sort that many apps across that many pages. Luckily, a lot of them have been there long enough that I just know where they are and what screen they're in.


Paid App Prices on Steady Decline

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

http://www.businessinsider.com/ipho...-tanking-2009-2

"Apple (AAPL) is famous for keeping its gadget pricing steady. But the iPhone app store is a much different market: App developers have cut prices significantly in the last few months. And the market for $10 premium apps seems to have evaporated."

Two months ago the average price for one of the top 100 paid apps was $3.15 USD, but over the last two months it has dropped to an average price of $2.55 USD. The average price of a top 50 paid app dropped even lower to $2.39 USD from $3.63 USD two months ago. The drops are 19% and 38% respectively. Per the article, its not clear on why developers are doing this as none have responded to the request for information, but it sounds like basic economics to me: supply and demand. That may be why the $10.00 USD prices have all but disappeared from the top 100 lists too.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

YouTube App Giving You Trouble? Try YouTube Mobile.

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

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/2427...mple-workaround

"Go to www.youtube.com and play your videos from the website. Not every video will work because the search results provides videos whether they are flv or h264. This is clearly a work around (hack) till they get this fixed, but at least you can get your youtube fix."

Recently, I made a similar discovery; namely that the mobile version of the YouTube site works fine on the iPhone (as long as the video has hit their H.264 converter). The advantage to using the YouTube mobile site is that you have access to any videos you've favorited on your computer and your subscription videos are available. The biggest downfall I find for the YouTube app on the iPhone is that it's in no way tied to your account, so if you find something you like on the desktop and want to share it with others, you have to "re-find" it on your iPhone. Not exactly efficient. Hopefully that's something that will be fixed soon because it does keep me from using the YouTube app more regularly.


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