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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More Speculation on a White iPod Touch

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:30 AM

"We’ve been rambling on about white iPod touches for awhile now. Back in June we postulated that Apple would create a white iPod touch after successive launches of white iPhone and iPad and launched a survey (over 80% of you wanted that guy above)."

As we've seen with demand for a white iPhone, potential buyers are clamoring for a white iPod Touch. Several sources have written that it's on its way, and opine that the only changes will be color, an oleophobic coating on the display, and a better ambient light sensor. Apparently users hoping for a better camera are going to be disappointed. Wouldn't it make sense to build only one device (okay, with two colors) that is an iPod and an iPhone, with the ability to "turn on/off" phone features? Is there a significant cost bump adding 3G / 4G phone features? Just wondering.

Friday, July 8, 2011

15 Billion Apps Downloaded for iOS, But How is the Mac App Store Doing?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:46 PM

"Apple® today announced that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App StoreTM by the more than 200 million iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users worldwide. The App Store offers more than 425,000 apps and developers have created an incredible array of over 100,000 native iPad apps."

No small feat, in just three years. Now I'm sure the Mac App Store developers are wishing their store would generate the same kind of numbers, if this article is any indication. Granted, they haven't been around as long and Apple is just now getting ready to release Lion, which seems to be tailor made for the Mac App Store process, so perhaps it is just the lull before the storm. Or people just aren't interested yet since they have the versions they need at this point and won't really take advantage until significant updates are released. I have to admit I like using it and like the notifications for updates that are available, just like on iOS. And I would use it if I needed software, but the cost factor is much bigger with the Mac App Store than with iOS. I believe that is the main reason, but what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Think It's Easy to Sell Your iOS Game? Think Again...

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

"For a few months late last year I spent all of my free time working on an iPhone game by the name of Bullseye Factory. Making iPhone games is just a hobby, but this time I really liked the concept I'd come up with and I was very passionate about seeing it through."

But he didn't think it would mean so much work for so little reward. Interesting read as the developer goes through the steps he took to make his game a success, or at least tried to make it a success. I'll let you find out for yourself what actually happened but it is interesting that sometimes, what it boils down to is just being lucky in order to succeed.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

IK Multimedia's Amazing Music Tools for Your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 11:30 AM

For some of you, none of this will be new - but if you're like me and hadn't heard of these impressive products before now, check out these videos...

There are three products that are particularly exciting for musicians/vocalists who own an iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch: the iRig Mic, the iRig, and the iKlip. They also have some impressive software that goes along with these products. Any Laptop Thoughts or Apple Thoughts readers using this hardware or software? What do you think of it? I play bass guitar and sing, but no longer have an amp in my the idea of being able to plug into my iPad and play is really appealing, not to mention being able to lay down a vocal track if inspiration hits!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

iOS Video to Your HD TV

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:30 AM

"With a single attachment, you can turn your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch into a video player that mimics an Apple TV, Roku player, and other video players. And it even rivals those dedicated devices for quality."

Good primer on how to view video on your HD TV from your iOS device, and the cables you will need. One tip, make sure you use widescreen mode versus full screen to get the best picture. I have the Apple Digital AV Adapter and it works fantastic with my iPad [affiliate link].

Monday, May 2, 2011

Why Are Some iOS Apps so Crash-Prone?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

I've been using my iPad 2 now for just over two weeks, and while I've been quite happy with it for the most part, I'm utterly dismayed at how often certain applications will crash. It's not uncommon for me to load up TweetDeck and have it crash three times in a row before it will finally load - and then it will spontaneously crash a few minutes later. I bought my most expensive app yet - FilterStorm Pro for $14.99 - and it crashed immediately the first two times I tried to load an image. The third time, doing exactly the same thing, it worked fine. I've seen similar problems on my iPod Touch - apps crashing, seemingly at random.

Based on my experience, iOS is the most "crashy" experience I've had in years on any operating system. The worst part is that when it happens now, I don't even blink - I just re-start the app. Because that's such a fast process, it's ultimately not a significant problem - yet I know that if the same thing were to happen on one of my Windows 7 computers, I'd be furious about it.

What is it about iOS apps that make some of them so crash prone? Shoddy development? Something about iOS resource allocation that causes problems?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crackle for iOS

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

"Crackle (Free) by Crackle, Inc. is an entertainment app that allows you to stream HD full-length movies, TV shows, trailers and minisodes on your iPhone or iPad."

This used to be available only for Sony TV, Blu-ray, Playstation and Roku boxes but now you can get it on your iOS device. This will also work on either Wi-FI or 3G networks, but be mindful if on 3G as you know how easy it is to rack up the data charges with movies. One thing you can't avoid with this is commercials, which show up about every 10 to 20 minutes according to the reviewer, but other than that he liked the app. You need to set up an account at Crackle but after that all you do is pick a movie and eat popcorn.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Need a US National Park Guide? Here are Five Free Ones!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:36 PM

"Planning a visit to a U.S. national park this summer? Now is the perfect time to download five of the best iPhone/iPod touch guides in the App Store for absolutely free."

Each one of the five Chimani Park guides [link] is now available free, in celebration of National Park Week which runs through the 24th of April. So best hurry if you want these, and even if you don't plan on going to them right away, you can always save them for later in iTunes. They are large files at over 300MB each, and you can get guides for Acadia National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Yosemite National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Need some iOS Help With Your Taxes?

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

"With roughly a week to go before taxes are due -- the federal deadline is on April 18 and many states have followed suit -- plenty of Americans are scrambling to file before the clock ticks away. We've gone and found five apps that will help you make Tax Day, and waiting for that refund, a bit easier."

All good apps, but not all for the same purpose. The free IRS app called IRS2GO is for checking on the status of your return (or refund depending on your situation) and iDonatedIt is for keeping track of your donations throughout the year for your tax return. The other three actually help you file, and if you are filing EZ then it seems like they would work pretty well. I'm thinking the IRS app is going to be helpful, and for keeping track throughout this year instead of going through my donation slips at year end, iDonatedIt [affiliate link] might be worth a look.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

An Update to the Facebook App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Facebook for iPhone (iTunes, free) just got a nice little update with the following new features:added Map View for Places, added the ability to Check in to Events that you're attending, added the ability to unfriend from the phone, improved News Feed and improved notifications UI"

With all of these updates, I decided to download it and try it again, having given it up a little while ago for the mobile version due to the buggy-ness. However, this thing is still buggy for me so it's back to the mobile version for me! How about you, any problems with this app or is it working for you?

Friday, April 1, 2011

An Update for MLB At Bat

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:30 PM

" At Bat, the top-selling, award-winning suite of mobile applications developed by MLB Advanced Media, has issued its Opening Day application updates which include a host of new features, offers and functionalities."

The best part of this update is a month free of access to MLB.TV during April, courtesy of Volvo. Of course there are numerous updates for the iPad as well as the iPhone/iPod Touch versions including subscription access to watch out-of-market games live and in-progress video highlights. It's available now for $14.99 one time fee in iTunes for iPad [affiliate link] and iPhone/iPod Touch [affiliate link]. After all, it is baseball season now.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

iOS 4.3 Update Now Available - No Need to Wait

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:30 PM

"Apple has set loose iOS 4.3, the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. The update includes support for mobile hotspot tethering with the iPhone 4, support for iTunes Home Sharing as well as improvements to Apple’s wireless AirPlay technology, and support new multitouch gestures. Web surfers will also be happy to note the update includes significant performance improvements to Apple’s own Safari browser: according to Apple, Safari in iOS 4.3 runs JavasScript up to twice as fast as previous versions."

And away we go. I'm downloading iOS 4.3 as I write this. I'm looking forward to increased speed in Safari. I guess that Apple wanted to get this started before the onslaught of iPad 2 activations/registrations expected starting late Friday. One gotcha is that the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and first and second generation iPod Touches will not get iOS 4.3.

Tekkeon’s New Dual Port Power Pack, Certified by Apple for iPod, iPhone and iPad, Charges Two Devices at Once

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

"TekChargeTM MP1860A, a dual port power pack with two USB outputs, simultaneously charges and powers your iPadTM, iPhone®, iPod® nano or iPod® touch, and a second small portable device. With mobile power at your fingertips, this high-capacity, lightweight battery lets you enjoy hours of extended play time on many of your small portable electronic products. Most portable devices are often in need of recharging after a few hours of use. By taking advantage of the TekCharge MP1860A rechargeable lithium ion battery, you can enjoy hours of extended play time on your iPad, iPhone, iPod, mobile phones, smartphones, Zune® and MP3 players, portable routers, e-readers, and other small portable electronic products. As an added bonus, TekCharge MP1860A includes a flashlight so you have emergency light at your fingertips."

Got an iPad or another tablet that needs a hefty bump of juice to charge? The Tekkeon MP1860A might have a uninspired product name, but it offers plenty of power - up to 2.1 amps, enough to charge an iPad or iPad 2. It's also been officially certified by Apple, so you know it will work. The battery holds 4400 mAH of power, which should be enough to recharge several smaller devices and partially recharge the iPad or another tablet device. I'm working on a review of another Tekkeon battery pack and it's quite impressive. Tekkeon really knows their batteries!

Friday, March 4, 2011

NCAA Offers Streaming March Madness

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:07 AM

"If you're looking for an excuse to buy the new iPad 2 next Friday, how about this: The NCAA will offer free online video streaming for its men's basketball national championship tournament on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch via Wi-Fi and 3G."

Several options for the app that is due to come out on March 10th, which will allow you to stream games or give you info on the different channels that are carrying the games. This year they will be broadcast on CBS, TruTV, TNT and TBS so you will have plenty of options for watching what I consider the best sporting event on TV. You can also find more info about the streaming and availability at the NCAA March Madness On Demand site, as well as sign up for email notifications regarding availability.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Apple Modifies Policy on Water Damage

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"As reported by, Apple has amended its stance on water damage to iPods. As you can see below, Apple will allow some leeway in water damage, even if the red indicator has been triggered, so long as no corrosion is present."

While Apple Geniuses usually have leeway in policy enforcement, it's nice to see this in writing. There have been reports that the LCI can be activated without there being any water damage at all (for example, during high humidity). I'm glad Apple has listened to users (and probably their Geniuses) and changed their policy.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Starbucks Makes Gifting Easy

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

"Starbucks is rolling out Starbucks Card eGift, a new way to digitally purchase and send Starbucks Cards to friends. With eGifts, available Wednesday, anyone can send a customized digital Starbucks Gift Card via e-mail or Facebook."

And not only that, but you can add this to your balance on your Starbucks Mobile Card so you can use your iPhone to pay for your coffee. Nice integration and they certainly make it easy to gift this, and who doesn't find these kinds of gifts useful? More info available at the Starbucks card page.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

File Your Taxes With Your iPhone

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

"Tax returns are due in three months, but it's never too early to get a headstart. Especially when it's this easy."

Since we are on the topic of taxes today, this is a handy app if you have a simple form to fill out. And to file with it, all it costs is $14.99 USD, all charged to your iTunes account. The app itself is free [link]. It appears to work pretty well as far as capturing the information although you might need to input some of the numbers yourself.

IRS is Trying to Help, No Really!

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

"People using the Internal Revenue Service's new mobile phone app cannot avoid taxes, but they can at least track their refund."

I'm not really a conspiracy nut or anything, but I hope this doesn't have some secret tracking bug that reports back everything you do to the IRS! Simple app but it does give you the important info, namely where your refund status. You can also get tax tips via the app and who doesn't need that right? More info on the IRS site or download for free on iTunes [link].

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The First Microsoft App, OneNote

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

"Yesterday, Microsoft launched its first Office app for iOS, a mobile version of the digital notebook application OneNote. If you've never heard of it, it may be because you're using the Mac version of Office, which lacks OneNote, greatly reducing the usability of the iOS app."

It is free for now, so if you want to give it a try there is no risk. I've messed around with it a little bit, and while I like it for the most part, I still resort to using the Notes app that comes with iOS and Simplenote. One thing that this program requires is a Windows Live account so if you don't have that, you need to get one or just skip this program. The reason is they use the account for syncing, but only for Windows machines, so it is rather annoying to be honest. Still, there are some nice things like being able to add a photo to a note. I'm not sold on it so I'm taking it off my phone but like I said, it is free so you have nothing to lose if you don't like it and erase it from your iPhone.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Enjoy Madden NFL 11 For Free, But Only Up to a Point

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 PM

"Ahead of this weekend's NFL league championship games, EA Sports is offering us an interesting gift. For a limited time, you can download and play Madden NFL 11 for the iPhone/iPod touch for free."

This free version [link] lets you play for a quarter, Saints against the Colts, but that is it. If you want the full featured game [affiliate link] you will still have to fork out $4.99 USD. The value in this is that it gets the game to someone testing the waters to see if they like the game well enough to buy it. I know some would argue it's a waste but it doesn't appear that EA Sports thinks so, and they have been pretty successful.

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