“Fingerboarding” - A New App For The iPhone

“Fingerboarding,” or skateboarding on a miniature skateboard with your fingers remains a mystery to many adults, so they remain torn about the release of Touchgrind, which has now made its way into the App Store and is available for $4.99 right now. It’s one of those kind of apps that you’re either really into, or isn’t even on your radar.

Playing with a tiny skateboard in real-life seems unusual, but playing with a virtual skateboard that responds realistically to your fingers flipping and tapping on a multi touch screen could be really awesome — like a skating game with the most concise and pinpoint controls ever. Graphics are sharp and modern in nature.

Unfortunately, there are no free demos - either you jump in for $5 or you don’t. But if you do, there’s actually a lot that it offers - 3 game modes, 12 different boards each with their own abilities, and a set of tutorials to get you started. Experimenting with the physics alone might be worth the $5 admission price.

Reference:
http://www.touchgrind.com/

Google Voice Search for iPhone

Google added new Google Mobile App for iPhone which brings voice search to Apple's smartphone. The application is now available on the iPhone App Store.

v2.0 of the app should allow people to simply speak what they want to find into an iPhone's microphone, and receive a list of results, with suggested interpretations of what a person said. Searches can include both web and contact results, but there are no voice commands in the software for dialing or e-mailing a person. Instead, users must tap on a contact.

The voice search function of the tool needs to be activated in the settings option and the instructions say that it only works in English and is geared towards a North American accent.

References:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/now-you-can-speak-to-google-mobile-app.html

Mobiles.co.uk Gets The iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G is now available through a new retailer Mobiles.co.uk in the UK. The retailer is offering up the 8GB black model and the 16GB black and white models of the iPhone 3G.

However, with the higher-end monthly plans, you can get the iPhone for free! In order to get the free phone, you will have to either purchase a £45 a month plan for a free 8GB, or the £75 a month plan, which gets you 3000 mins, 500 texts and either a free 8GB or 16GB iPhone.

The company is a subsidiary of the Carphone Warehouse, which explains the connection, but might be thought surprising considering the site's dubious history with the device.

Customers ordering the iPhone 3G on the site can use the promo code MOB1108email to receive a free Bluetooth headset, car charger and in-car phone holder.

References:
http://www.mobiles.co.uk/iphone-3g.html

Broadcast Via Your iPhone

TiVo is hopping on the iPhone bandwagon by launching the public beta for a new web app that will let you “browse, search and discover” TV shows on any platform and in any browser. Users can set their TiVo DVR remotely from anywhere with the app for the iPhone, and search by actor, title, director, and keyword, as well as browse Daily Recommendations and Most Popular shows. It also has an “If you like this…” tool for finding new shows that you may enjoy.

The new app also combines features from Amazon Video on Demand and YouTube. They hope to have on-demand streaming movies and TV shows from NetFlix by December as well. This could be huge if it grows to its potential, and TiVo is taking a bold step to being a big iPhone player in the apps arena. The app should be fully operational by mid-December, according to several internal reports.

Reference:
https://m.tivo.com/

RoadTrip certified for iPhone use

Griffin Technologies has announced that its RoadTrip with SmartScan is now certified by Apple for use with the iPhone. The RoadTrip with SmartScan costs $99.99.

The RoadTrip with SmartScan plugs into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter or 12 volt accessory jack. A built-in FM transmitter enables you to stream audio from your iPod or iPhone to your vehicle’s FM stereo. SmartScan is a feature in the FM transmitter that enables the RoadTrip to identify and lock on to the best open FM frequencies. The RoadTrip with SmartScan features a flexible steel neck that lets you position the iPod or iPhone at the right angle; the device also includes model-specific cradles for a custom fit.

Reference:
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/roadtrip

“iPhone your life’ site”


A new section on Apple’s website - “iPhone Your Life,” as it’s called, allows you to see applications as they relate to different parts of your life, and what app they would recommend to make the phase of your life easier in some way.

Apple has sections for: Around Town (related to local food and events), World Travel (events and other stuff from around the world), At Home (on therange with family and home related apps), Getting Things Done (productivity apps for business), and Fun and Games (self-explanatory; games for the iPhone are an exploding market right now).

They have staff picks, top downloaded apps, and descriptions of featured applications. It’s an interesting philosophical approach to the everyday use of the smartphone, and the apps recommended are generally the best of the lot.
To the end and for the top of “iPhone your life’ site” – Once you own an iphone, you discover that it’s more than a phone. It’s a way of life. Take a look at some ideas to help you get the most out of your iphone, wherever you go. But first of all don’t forget about us - http://iphone.blogvasion.com/

Reference:
http://www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-your-life/

Power Slider Case Doubles iPhone Battery Life

Incase has revealed a new version of their Slider Case for the 3G iPhone, the Incase Power Slider Case. It features a built in battery pack that will double the battery life of your 3G iPhone.

The Power Slider's 1330mAh lithium-ion polymer battery more than doubles the phone's power capacity. Using a USB pass-through connection, you can leave the Power Slider connected to the phone at all times while still having access to the iPhone's ports. The pack features a five-LED charge indicator, for quick assessment of remaining power.

This new case will give you an additional 26 hours of audio playback, 5 hours of talk time on 3G, 10 on 2G and up to 7 extra hours of video playback.

Features:

* Integrated rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery more than doubles the battery life of iPhone 3G

* Optimized power management system provides continuous charge to iPhone 3G internal battery

* 5 light LED battery status indicator

* Charge and sync without removing iPhone 3G from case using the custom USB cable provided

* Advanced lithium-ion polymer battery cell technology prevents overcharging and short circuiting and provides protection from extreme temperature

* Durable, lightweight hardshell construction with soft-touch coating

* Compatible with USB charging ports that provide 5V at 1A output

* “Works with iPhone” certified by Apple

The Incase Power Slider case will go on sale on the 28th of November for $99.95.

References:
http://goincase.com/products/detail/EC20003

Pocket Jockey for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Warren Stringer has created a new multiplayer horse racing game Pocket Jockey for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Playing multiplayer Pocket Jockey is easy: all you need is a Wifi connection and a friend who has Pocket Jockey.

The closer you gallop to the beat of the song, the faster your horse runs! An occasional whipping makes your horse go even faster.

There are 3 fun ways to race:

• Jumping up and down while holding the device in front of your face (whip by flicking)

• Bouncing your legs after putting the device in your back pocket (whip by spanking yourself!)

• Tapping the screen (whip by flicking)

The game is available at the App Store for $.99.

References:
http://www.tuaw.com/2008/11/14/whip-it-whip-it-good-pocket-jockey-for-
iphone-is-spanktastic/

World’s first iPhone case with glass screen and built-in battery

Iyskin have announced the World’s first iPhone case with glass screen and built-in battery called the QuattroPower™ and will be available for purchase on 22nd December for $99.99. It brings a premium power and protection experience to iPhone’s owners. It offers ivyskin’s newest Glass touch Thru case called Quattro T4 bundled with the new QuattroPac™ battery. Although there are a few companies that offer an extended battery for the 3G, none offers one as part of a case that is also fully removable.

QuattroPower™ SmartCase™ Features - The QuattroPower™ sends a signal to the iPhone to drain its power first before using the iPhone’s battery. This advanced power distribution system, enables the iPhone to receive an additional 200%

Battery life - 6 light LED battery status indicator; The QuattroPower™ case can be charged without removing the case, it includes a USB cable and a power charger; QuattroPower™ has a full rechargeable lithium polymer battery embedded into the Quattro case that provides a non-slip, soft grip case; Polycarbonate hard shell case with Polysilicon coating provides a protection that is secound to none in the market today

Features:
* Standby Time – Up to 350 hours
* Talk Time – Up to 6 hours on 3G | Up to 12 hours on 2G
* Internet Use – Up to 6 hours on 3G | Up to 7 hours on Wi-Fi
* Audio Playback – Up to 28 hours
* Video Playback – Up to 8 hours

Reference:
http://ivyskin.com/xpnews/view/index/id/21

New Game - Cosmic One For iPhone and iPod Touch

oeFun released a new Cosmic One puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. At the beginning the game was free but now you can download it from the App Store and it costs $1.99.

To play Cosmic One you just need to use your catcher at the bottom of the screen to capture the falling tiles. Simply move the catcher by turning it with your thumb to match the symbol of the falling tile. If you want to drop the tile faster for more points, tap the top of the screen.

Cosmic One features an integrated online leader-board for high scoring and a scoring system that rewards quick and accurate play.

Features:

* Easy to pick up and play.

* Addictive, casual gameplay.

* Intuitive touch interface and controls.

* Supports left or right handed play.

* Pause / resume function for interrupted games.

* Integrated online high-score table shows your position and the top 10 players in the world.

* Compete with people from around the globe.

* Unique space themed ambient score enhances gameplay

* Work up a musical beat as you try to keep up to the game’s ever quickening pace.

* OpenGL ES / OpenAL for smooth graphics and sound.

References:
http://www.oefun.com/

The DLO Hybridshell iPhone case


The DLO HybridShell is a hard case that keeps your iPhone safe from the perils of riding in your backpack or briefcase without hiding the sleek beauty of your phone. The design itself is not very amazing but just slides the silicone-coated back off, set your iPhone in place, and lock the back securely in place. Grip dots on the case back let you keep a firm hold on your iPhone, and prevent it from sliding around when you set it down in the car.

The clear polycarbonate case front protects your display without reducing your view. The included SurfaceShield protects your touchscreen without slowing down its response. You’ll have full access to the touchscreen, connectors, and controls while your iPhone stays safe from dust, scratches, and drop-damage. The trim HybridShell gives you crystal-clear protection without adding bulk. The retail price should be around $24.95 or so.

Reference:
http://www.dlo.com/

Citrix developing XenApps and XenDesktop for the iPhone

By the first half of 2009, Citrix will make its XenDesktop and XenApp client and server software for remote access to Windows applications available for the iPhone. “We expect to have it sooner rather than later,” said Chris Fleck, vice president of Solutions Development at Citrix .

The company is addressing an “unbelievable market demand” for such a product. Requests have become the number-one topic of discussion on its blog site. Citrix XenApp virtualizes an individual application, be it Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel, or SAP, allowing users to run those applications on a client directly from a XenApp server hosted with a Windows application like SAP. XenDesktop provides access to a centrally hosted desktop, in particular a user’s desktop on a remote server.

Similar Citrix technology is available for Windows Mobile devices and devices running the Symbian operating system. However, in the case of the iPhone, Citrix has tweaked the XenApp and XenDesktop technology so that it can leverage the unique features and capabilities of iPhone, such as touch gestures, pinch and pull, zoom, and pan. It will make available the entire world of a half-million Windows applications. Citrix developers worked with Apple to design the iPhone version of the Xen App and Desktop in order to preserve as much of iPhone’s unique capabilities as possible. For example, although an enterprise application remains unchanged, users accessing that application on the iPhone will be able to use iPhone’s Accelerometer technology to change screen view from portrait to landscape to help provide visibility, usability, and navigability.

Reference:
http://www.citrix.com/

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary For iPhone And iPod Touch

Paragon Software Group has launched Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition for iPhone and iPod touch. The dictionary is now available on the App Store.

The best-selling Collegiate Dictionary was tailor-made for the special characteristics and unique features of the iPhone. Merriam-Webster's database contains 225,000 entries, including more than 10,000 new words and definitions, which can be accessed anywhere, anytime, without Internet connection or additional charges.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary features an easy-to-use, single-click application to access definitions instantly. The SlovoEd engine compresses the dictionary content to a minimum of memory space while allowing the user to perform multiple learning, word reference and translation functions as quickly as possible. The "History" feature shows the last 15 translated words, and the "Cross-Lookup" feature is an easy check of language comprehension.

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary sells for US$24.99 (19, 99 EUR) in the App Store. The program is supported by iPhones with firmware 2.0, iPhone 3G and iPod touch with firmware 2.0.

References:
http://www.tuaw.com/2008/10/22/noah-websters-ghost-happily-haunting-your-iphone/

Vibe II earphones launch for the iPhone

V-Moda has introduced the Vibe II line of earphones with a built in microphone, designed to work with the iPhone 3G and other smartphones equipped with a 3.5-mm jack, such as BlackBerry’s new Bold and Storm handsets. They sell for $128 and are available for pre-order from the V-Moda Web site right now (no firm release date posted yet).

Made from a stainless steel alloy, the Vibe II features a jewelry-like design with a unique woven fabric cable. The earphones are designed for in-ear use. A music control feature lets you talk then switch to listen to your music.

The Vibe II features V-Moda’s trademark Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone (BLISS) noise-isolating technology, and includes a dynamic driver which helps to produce a 3D soundstage, according to the manufacturer. The plug has a 45-degree design and is plated with 24-carat gold. The Vibe II includes four pairs of black and clear silicone fittings and comes with earhooks if you prefer an over-the-ear fit, and a carrying pouch is also included. The Vibe II comes in two colors — black with metal accents, and a more trendy, slick chrome with red accents.

Reference:
http://www.v-moda.com/

Calliflower Brings Easy Interactive Conference Clling to the Phone

iotum™ announced that its Calliflower conference-calling service is now available on iPhone. Calliflower conference-calling service which makes it easy to plan and participate in highly interactive conference calls that bridge business and social networks.

Calliflower on iPhone makes organizing and participating in multi-party calls simple and engaging by allowing participants to see the status of other callers, along with features such as interactive chat, intuitive conference controls, call archives, invitations and reminders, integration with calendars, and more.

Calliflower on iPhone will be free until Jan. 1, 2009, after which it will be a one-time download charge of $9.99. The application will be available shortly in Apple’s iPhone App Store.

iotum also announced Calliflower Premium, which introduces document sharing and other new features for business users.

Calliflower Premium is designed to help business users of Web conference-calling facilitate active participation in calls, share agendas and documents, coordinate participants’ schedules, capture and share information discussed during conferences, and manage agreements, action items and follow-ups to keep projects moving.

Calliflower Premium is priced at the special introductory price of $50 per month, for two organizers, with a no-risk 30-day free trial period, until Jan. 1, 2009. Additional organizers cost $25 per month each.

References:
http://www.iotum.com/

FourTrack: Multitrack iPhone Audio Recorder

Macintosh software released a new audio application called FourTrack for the iPhone and iPod touch. It can record audio, and it targets musicians who wish to experiment with songs on the iPhone.

FourTrack works with the iPhone’s built-in microphone, a headset mic, or an iPod touch with a third-party mic and headphones.

As the name suggests, the app has four tracks that are recorded at 16bit, 44.1kHz and can be unlimited in length, or until your iPhone is full. The interface shows meters for recording and playback levels, recording clip lights, faders for each channel, and pan controls.

FourTrack also features a Compressor and Limiter, latency compensation and Wi-Fi sync so you can get your recordings off your iPhone or iPod to store elsewhere.

FourTrack cost $9.99 and uoy can get it at the AppStore.

References:
http://www.macworld.com/article/136618/2008/11/fourtrack.html

iPhone Tops Business Rankings, Steals Nokia Market Share

Often labeled the outsider in the corporate world, Apple's iPhone has already reached the top of J.D. Power's satisfaction ranks for business smartphones -- and is simultaneously the second-largest smartphone maker in the world.Owners contributing to the product ratings company's yearly study gave Apple top marks among all the smartphone manufacturers operating in the US for its 2008 satisfaction report, awarding it a score of 778 out of 800, rising well above second-place Research in Motion's 703 for its BlackBerry phones and further still past the industry average of 681.

Expectedly, the iPhone performs best with ease of use, feature set and design, all elements J.D. Power says are essential to a good smartphone. Of the top five reasons for picking a phone, 45 percent of those involved in the study cited Apple's strength, Internet access, as their primary reason. Email (41 percent), design (39 percent), Bluetooth support (37 percent) and keyboard layouts (also 37 percent) played similar roles. And while Samsung has nearly tied RIM in satisfaction with its own lineup, the major makers sitting below the average were those who use Windows Mobile heavily or exclusively for their smartphones, such as HTC and Motorola. Palm, which uses both its own Palm OS and Windows Mobile, has trailed well behind the pack with a score of just 644. The result was telling for Apple, which failed to rank at all in the 2007 report but is now the best-rated in its home country.



Not all was positive for Apple: while the average asking price for a smartphone was $216, the Cupertino, Calif.-based newcomer's average purchase price was highest at $337. This stems in part from purchases before the launch of the iPhone 3G, when most customers would have paid $400 or more. Motorola's phones were the least expensive at $169. The award for the top spot among workers comes as researchers at Canalys confirmed that Apple is now the second-largest smartphone producer in terms of volume. Its nearly 6.9 million iPhones shipped during the summer gave it 17.3 percent of the market during the period and validated Apple's eagerness to tout that it had outsold the BlackBerry for the first time. RIM's phone represented 15.2 percent of world smartphone market share.

Apple's sharp, sudden push into the highest ranks has had a ripple effect on incumbents as a result. Of al those hurt, the worst affected is Nokia, which saw its lead erode from a commanding 51.4 percent in summer of last year to 38.9 percent in the wake of iPhone 3G's launch. Symbian, which powers all of Nokia's phones, also took a tumble from its presence on 68.1 percent of all shipping phones to 46.6 percent. And as with J.D. Power's study, Microsoft has also taken a bruising. Represented by the collective number of Windows Mobile smartphones, the software developer now sits in a modest fourth place with 13.6 percent of the market to itself.

Reference:
http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/news/releases/pressrelease.aspx?ID=2008240

EOps i24R3: Wireless Speaker For iPhone 3G and iPod Touch

EOps’ designer Michael Young introduced wireless speaker i24R3 for iPhone 3G and ipod touch at Tokyo Designer’s Week.

3R is a docking station for the iPhone 3G, featuring a subwoofer and from 2 to 8 speakers, depending on configuration. Also it has wireless dongle that allows you to stream music from a Mac or PC. The satellite speakers are gesture-controlled as well.

You can also control music from any corner of your household by the help of wireless speakers. When your iPhone 3G or iPod is charging in the Universal Dock, The i243R has a wireless RF MHZ remote control that lets you control music playback.

The new wireless speaker system for iPhone and iPod touch is due on the shelves in early 2009, but with all that 2.4GHz wirelessness and sleek design, don’t expect the price to be cheap.

References:
http://www.eopstech.com/eops/R3E.jsp

Noise.io brings synthesizing to the iPhone and iPod Touch

Amidio has released their full-featured synthesizer for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Noise.io. Noise.io is capable of creating all kinds of melodic sequences, basses, leads, keys, bells, percussive sounds and sound effects on the go. Also Noise.io is one of the most anticipated music applications to be offered in the App Store. This application was designed by an experienced electronic musician, so it is right on track offering the ability to 303-like acid basslines or any other melodies use the built-in sequencer. Noise.io has very extensive sound control utilizing finger sliding, multitouch, accelerometer, velocity-sensitive dual keyboard and a modulation matrix to create music.

Included are 9 factory presets including, Azure Leads, Warping Basslines, Infinite Keys, Distant Bells, Touch the Bass, Strange Places, Klang Percussive, FX Pack 1. Noise.io uses ESFM and an array of features including 3 generators, 2 filters, 3 LFO, 3 sequencers, 6 effects and unlimited presets. Users can also instantly share their banks with others in an online community. Noise.io is now available in the App Store for an introductory price of $9.99.

Reference:
http://noise.io/

iV Extended Battery & Charger for Apple iPhone

FastMac has announced that it is shipping the iV, a three-in one charging kit for the iPhone. It costs $79.95. The iV provides extended battery life — up to three times as much, according to FastMac. It also incorporates a built-in LED for illuminating pictures taken with the iPhone’s built in camera (it doubles as a flashlight in low-light settings), along with a charger for boosting the battery life of your Bluetooth headset.

FastMac claims the iV paired to an iPhone provides up to 24 hours of talk time, 31 days of standby, more than 20 hours of video playback and 72 hours of audio playback time.

The iV connects to the iPhone’s dock connector and cradles the iPhone (separate versions are available for the iPhone and iPhone 3G). A full-sized USB port is built in, so it can power up a Bluetooth headset, digital camera or other device that recharges using USB power. The case is molded out of a soft-touch non-slip material. The bottom is contoured so the iPhone can still be docked and charged inside Apple’s own iPhone Dock and Universal dock; it incorporates speaker chambers that reflect the iPhone’s sound up and out towards the listener.

FastMac's iV is compatible with all models of the iPhone, including the iPhone 3G. Its dock connector port can also connect to and charge all models of the iPod nano & iPod touch. Thanks to its secondary charging port, the iV is also compatible with any electronic device that can be charged via a standard USB cable & matching power connector (such as a Bluetooth headset, digital camera, another iPod and even another phone). According to the USB-IF, a non-profit association of USB developers & manufacturers, more than 1000 devices can be powered using the iV’s secondary charging port

Reference:
http://fastmac.com/press/pr_58.php

Speck SwitchWay Case For iPhone 3G

Speck has unveiled its latest iPhone case, the SwitchWay, for the iPhone 3G. The wallet-style case allows the phone to be held vertically or horizontally, without any conversion or component swap.

The phone slides into a padded interior, while the outside is protected by a tougher material claimed to be scuff and scratch resistant. Its two built-in belt clips allow for a quick switch to or from a horizontal or vertical position without needing to adjust or change anything on the case. The clips also enable SwitchWay to attach to a bag strap and the folio styling is ideal for tucking away in a bag or purse.

The case leaves the dock and headphone connections open. The Speck SwitchWay case for iPhone 3G is available now in black with yellow stitching and normally sells for $35; it is currently on sale for $18.

Refences:
http://www.speckproducts.com/products/switchway/iphone-3g/152

Bottle Rocket Launches Wings and Proxy Pal for the iphone

Here is two new App Store releases from Bottle Rocket, Proxy Pal ($1.99) and Wings ($0.99). One lets you glide over virtual scene-scapes, the other might just help people outside the US actually access Hulu!

Wings bring the fun, excitement and relaxation of flying to everyone, not just pilots. Wings’ flight visualizer and virtual worlds have the most beautiful terrains and environments available on the iPhone. Tailor your flying to have fun or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Play your own music from your iPhone or choose one of the built-in tracks. Go searching for distant valleys or the endless river. Do barrel rolls and spins or keep it simple and just float along. Make Wings your own personal flying escape. This is a fun and entertaining time-passer for anyone and is 100% safe for kids. Both relaxing and fun, Wings is the best way to get away.

Proxy Pal provides working proxy server sites so that you can always access your go-to pages. New proxies are added weekly and automatically updated when you launch Proxy Pal. Works worldwide in any country so stop surfing on your Edge/3G network when you’re right in front of a computer that blocks your favorite site. Use Proxy Pal and get back on that high-speed connection. Mark your favorite proxies as “best pals” to use on Facebook, MySpace, eBay, Google, Craigslist, YouTube, ESPN, CNN, LinkedIn, Hotmail or any other web site. Never be caught again on a computer at work, the library or school without a proxy that works.

Reference:
http://www.bottlerocketapps.com/#/wings/
http://www.bottlerocketapps.com/#/proxypal/

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