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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Get a Deal on Final Fantasy I and II, and ESPN ScoreCenter For Free

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:26 PM

"Square Enix has dropped the price on retro titles Final Fantasy I and II. The games were originally released at US$8.99, but to celebrate more widespread localization, the apps have dropped down to $3.99. Great games, nice price."

The deal is, on this normally $8.99 USD app, the price has been dropped to $3.99 USD for both Final Fantasy I [affiliate link] and Final Fantasy II [affiliate link]. On top of that you can also get the ESPN ScoreCenter app for free now. The ESPN app was $4.99 USD, too bad I didn't wait a month or two and I could have had quite a deal. Oh, and if you are a fan of racing games, Firemint has their Real Racing on sale as well for the price of $2.99 USD [affiliate link].

Monday, September 27, 2010

Game Center Icon in iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"Last night Apple updated iTunes to version 10.0.1 and perhaps the most important new feature is Ping Sidebar. Besides the new Ping features Apple fixes tons of bugs and added a neat little time saver to the App Store."

But this feature isn't just specific to the updated iTunes 10.0.1, as it is showing up on my version 10.0.0 of iTunes. Nonetheless, I love this feature, makes finding games that work on Game Center that much easier!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More on iOS 4.2 (Beta) for the iPad

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:30 PM

"It's a revelation. It's the way the iPad always should've been. With iOS 4.2 there's multitasking, a unified inbox, folders and... Helvetica in Notes ... We are talking about a beta that's two months from a final release, so not everything's done. But iOS 4.2 on iPad already feels so good, even if it is things we're just used to by now on the iPhone."

Well, it's finally started to appear, iOS 4.2 for the iPad. It is the first beta, still several months prior to scheduled GA release, but much of the functionality is at least partially there, and much of it can be put through its paces. Folders will allow 20 apps per folder, a nice touch! Good bye icon overload, and way too many pages of apps. The unified inbox works as hoped-for, and definitely benefits from the larger screen size. AirPrint is not yet complete, but works. GameCenter works as expected. Another added bonus, Helvetica is available for Notes (in settings), good bye Marker Felt! Consensus from the first few articles: We're not going back to the old iOS 3, no matter what. I can hardly wait.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

iOS Game Center, The Complete Guide

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

"With iOS 4.1, Apple released a completely new social gaming platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and in November, the iPad called Game Center. Game Center is the mobile equivalent of Nintendo's Wii Network Play, Xbox Live, or Playstation Network. When you download games that have been designed to support Game Center, you can interact with leaderboards, special per-game achievements, and even multiplayer support complete with VoIP."

A step-by-step walk through of the new Game Center that comes with iOS 4.1. I have signed up (you can find me as Oduibne), I haven't had much of a chance to play any of the so far limited games that are available. You can also find some cursory information at Apple, or check out the list of available games on iTunes.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Apple Stumbles on iPod Touch Documentation

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

"Despite earlier references on the Apple website to a "vibrating alert" for the fourth-generation iPod touch, the new device lacks a vibration motor. Apple originally promoted the vibrator feature on the accessibility page for the iPod touch, but has since removed the reference."

I understand that mistakes get made, but it is surprising coming from Apple that things such as this slip by their quality control.

Friday, September 10, 2010

iFixit Tears Down the Touch, Nano and Shuffle

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"There's a pretty immediate response these days--every time a shiny new gadget is announced, I wonder what the thing would look like unscrewed and pried apart. It makes me feel a bit like a gadget serial killer, to be perfectly honest--and I blame iFixIt."

iFixit had the trifecta, dismantling the iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. I always find these articles interesting, and especially this time with the Touch since they were able to make the device so thin. Amazing engineering.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

So, How Good Are the New iPods?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPods" @ 08:30 PM

"With the latest iPods shipping this week, you'll be wanting to know whether an upgrade is necessary-or whether to take the plunge into the wild world of iPoddery. So far, this is what the reviews are saying:"

Quick reviews of the new iPod Touch, the iPod Nano and the iPod Shuffle express a variety of opinions on the latest iPod generation, and they're mostly very positive, with a couple negatives thrown in. From the reviews:
  • The iPod Touch: not a replacement for a camera or videocam; the camera is not as good as the iPhone's camera; the speakers are lousy; the screen is less bright.
  • The iPod Nano: feels cheap, like an iPod clone; volume buttons are small and hard to operate; no more watching video, and no more camera.
  • The iPod Shuffle: using the clip, sometimes the controls (track back skip) are hit by mistake; audio a bit flat.
Overall, more positives than negatives, so it looks like Apple has another generation of winners. Also, the Nano displays a a digital representation of an analog watch, so there is already a clamor for a watchband for using the Nano as a watch replacement.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Can I Put That on my iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"One of the most surprising questions we get from new iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users is whether they can play songs, watch movies, or read books on their new iDevice if they aren't purchased and downloaded from iTunes Store."

And it couldn't be easier. Open up iTunes like above and find the books folder. Once there, all you have to do is drag and drop the files you want on your iDevice into this folder. Then click on your device to the left side of the screen, go to the Books tab and sync the ones you want on your device. Pretty easy actually.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

All You Need to Know About Yesterday's Apple Event

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 05:30 AM

"Too busy to read our liveblog coverage of Apple's September iPod Event? Everything you need to know about Apple's new products is below the fold, including details about the new iPod Shuffle, Nano, iPod Touch, AppleTV, iTunes and iOS update."

Pretty good summary of yesterday's Apple event, in case you weren't following along on any number of the live blogs or the live streaming by Apple. As you may have guessed, I was pretty excited about the Apple TV portion and I think they are on the right track with it. The price point is low enough, I think, that this will become more than just a "hobby" for Apple, and topping it off with the Netflix integration is icing on the cake. Definitely a big step in the right direction. The other high point for me was the update to iTunes with Ping. Seems like a logical way to keep track of your favorite artists and find out information on their next concert. The social aspect of it wasn't that big of a deal for me, but I can see how it might be for others. And of course the fixing of the proximity sensor was a big deal, especially since reports had it that it would not be fixed with this update. How about you? What were your highlights from yesterday's event?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sonic Solutions and Widevine Working Together On iOS Movie Streaming

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:30 AM

"On Thursday, Sonic Solutions and Widevine announced they're joining forces to help bring streaming movies to iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android smartphones."

This looks like it might be an interesting streaming option. If it works as expected, you'll be able to watch movies on your home media center devices like a Blu-ray player, and finish watching them on your iPad or iPhone after you walk out the door. Both Sonic Solutions and Widevine have a history of providing quality streaming services, so I'm sure this will be an app to watch.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Apple Smart Bike Patent Application

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 01:00 PM

"Patently Apple does a great job explaining Apple's latest interesting patents and today the "Smart Bike" and Mall app have come upon us. The Smart Bike seems like the most interesting bicycle ever, a techie-bicyclist's dream. It will use the various sensors in the bike and iPhone to measure things like altitude, speed, power, heart rate, path distances, and several more."

Apple has applied for a patent for a concept that they're calling Smart Bike (or Smart Bicycle). Using a variety of sensors, links, software, communication, and of course an iPod or iPhone, Smart Bike can display not only information on the bike itself, but information on the rider. In addition, groups of riders can share all the reported information, so imagine a Tour De France team all linked with this gear: "Steve, your heart rate is down, pick it up!" or "Team, there is a 20km per hour headwind, and your heart rate needs to increase to climb the next hills." The underlying story states that this technology is expensive, and probably not for the casual or even semi-serious cyclist, but could be applied to other modes of transportation. As we've seen, costs drop as technology is adopted, so we can probably expect to see this offered on all bicycles sometime in the near future.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Win a Copy of Slacker Radio Plus for iPhone/iPod Touch!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:00 AM

"iLounge and Slacker are giving away twelve (12) subscriptions to one year of free Slacker Radio Plus (retail value $47.88)."

Contest is open to Canadian and US residents, and ends August 31, 2010. Slacker Radio Plus allows you to choose from 120 pre-programmed stations, or you can create your own. This version also allows you to cache your favorite stations and listen to the music even when "disconnected."

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Apple's Location-Based Data Collection Explanation Satisfies Congress

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:30 AM

"When congress calls, Apple answers. According to CNet, Apple general counsel and senior vice president of legal and government affairs, Bruce Sewell, has sent two congressmen a 13-page letter detailing the whys and wherefores of Apple's policies and procedures for collecting location-based data."

iPhone users have expressed privacy concerns over Apple's practice of collecting location-based data for use in applications and advertising. Congress was listening, and asked Apple to explain their policies and procedures. Apple's 13-page response described in detail how everything works, including their privacy policies, and how latitide and longitude information is converted to a ZIP code for use by iAds and Apps. In iOS 3.2 and later, information is stored in Apple's own proprietary format using information that they've collected from cell towers and WiFi access points - they no longer use Google or Skyhook Wireless databases. They stressed that personally-identifyable data is -not- stored anywhere. Congress seemed to be satisfied with Apple's responses - for now. Brings Out Their App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"Good news for those of you who love to listen to an audiobook before bed: Audible, the Internet's number one digital audiobook provider, has just released a free iPhone application that works like a charm."

I never really got into audiobooks because, while I can see the appeal, listening to various podcasts was something I liked better. But if you do like the audiobook method for "reading," you can now get on your iPhone/iPod Touch. The app is free, but there is a monthly subscription for the service. Right now they are offering a discounted price of $7.95 USD per month for the first three months on their Gold Plan [link], and then $14.95 USD per month after that. I see they also offer podcasts and magazines so I may investigate further. Do you use Audible, and if so, how do you like it?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Streaming Video to PlayOn Your iDevice via Windows

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:30 AM

"PlayOn, a program that takes content from streaming video sites like Hulu and displays them on game consoles such as the Xbox 360 or PS3, is coming to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad."

A somewhat convoluted way of getting streaming videos onto your mobile iDevice, PlayOn runs on an iDevice, and its software talks to "host" software running on a Windows PC or Windows on a Mac with BootCamp or Parallels (no mention of VMWare Fusion or VirtualBox). PlayOn acts as a remote control device back to Windows, and the PC software manages content formatting for the mobile device. WiFi is necessary for the content transfer. Current limitations:
  • A Windows PC or virtual instance is required, with PlayOn software running. No plans for a native OS X (or Linux) version.
  • Devices must all be on the same WiFi network.
  • Cost. A free "lite" version can play back only local media on the Windows system and network, plus Pandora streaming radio content. PlayOn Premium costs $39.99 for the first year, and $19.99 for subsequent years. To contrast, HuluPlus costs $120 per year.

PlayOn has a growing list of third-party plugins ( link ), so if you're interested in viewing streaming video (today) on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, PlayOn may be worth trying.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

iTunes Connect App for Developers Available Now

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:26 PM

"The iTunes Connect Mobile (iTC Mobile) app for iPhone allows you to review your sales and related trends, and make informed business decisions while you're on the go."

And now you can get it from iTunes, free of charge [link].

Pick the Right Travel App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Travel much? Then you are no doubt familiar with the many flight tracker Apps available on iOS devices. However, despite their relatively simple function, there's a bunch of questions that need to be asked in order to find the right one for you."

A pretty good selection of apps that they go over in this article and it's sure to help you make up your mind on exactly which app you need to fill your needs.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Want a Level for Your iPhone? Here is a Free One

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:12 PM

"The iTunes App Store offers downloads of iHandy Level for iPhone / iPod touch for free."

Free is a very good price, and it just so happens that iHandy's Level [iTunes link] fits that bill. The app is one of 5 in the iHandy Carpenter app [affiliate link], and no word on how long this will last. Looking at the iHandySoft website [link], I can see how they get their name as the apps do look like they would come in "handy."

BMW Updates iPod/iPhone Integration for 2011

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

"If you are picking up a Bimmer in 2011, you'll notice a new level of iPhone and iPod integration."

I would have thought this would have been in place long before now. At least now I'll know how far to go back to if/when I start looking at used BMWs in a few years.

PowerEZ Plus, a Charging Solution for the iPod/iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"KONNET Technology announces the release of the PowerEZ Plus, a 1000mAh external charging solution for the iPhone and iPod family of devices, including the new iPhone 4. Affordably priced at $29.99 (US) or $34.99 (CDN), the PowerEZ Plus is the ultimate double-tasking battery pack: it also serves as a sturdy, retractable prop for iPod/iPhone movie watching in widescreen format."

This seems like a pretty handy charger to have since, besides being affordable, it works across the line of iPods and iPhones, even the iPhone 4. I also like the fact that you can tell how much life is left in it from the number of blue lights displayed and that it shuts down when it has charged your device. One thing I don't particularly like is having something sticking out of the end of my iPhone, but I can see using it to supply power while watching a video. They even have a contest going on their facebook page [link] in case you want to try your luck!

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