iPhone 3G for $99

Sounds too good to be true? Well, in some respects this is is really too good to be true but the offer is real. However, there is one caveat. We are talking about refurbished iPhones. As you may expect, AT&T is the company offering iPhones for 99 bucks. A $99 iPhone can be acquired from the AT&T online store. It is an 8GB model and comes with a two year contract. You can enjoy a 90-day warranty as well.

So, if you are not against buying a pre-owened iPhone, than you'd better hurry up. The deal won't last long. According to AT&T, this offer will last till the 31st of December, 2008 or until the supplies run out. It must be noted that these devices are either lightly used or practically new (returned within 30 days).

Solar Charger Case Available For The iPhone

Solar Arcadia has released its Solar Charger Case for both first generation and 3G iPhones. By the help of the new case one can charge the iPhone while out in the sun.

The Solar Charger features include LED indicators for the charging and discharging state, and a reverse-current protection-circuit, integrated to prevent iPhone batteries from being discharged. Using a lithium ion polymer battery; the case offers a max output of 5V, and a charge of 6V. Material for the casing is made from sheepskin.

Solar chargers can also work with the iPod touch, but block the headphone jack on the bottom.

Available from the company’s website, solar cases are priced at $45.

Budget Management in Your iPhone

Free money management app Mint rolls out an iPhone app that puts most of its basic data-mining, alerts, and money-watching tools in a few simple screens. From the Mint app’s home screen, you can see your total balances and click through to check out transactions on balances on everything you’ve registered over at Mint’s web site.

Mint.com is good working on an iphone application. The Cash Flow indicator gives you a glance at the current month’s spending and earning, and then breaks it down by category or merchant on clicking through. If you’ve set up budgets or accounts for investment, they’ll show up as well.

Perhaps the most helpful, is the alerts window, which updates live and tells you about spending abnormalities and low balances in your budget. One thing you’ll definitely want to do if you install this app, and it’s recommended on a pop-up screen after installation, is pass code your iPhone or iPod. The app doesn’t ask for a password on each login (it should do this, however), so anyone who grabbed your device without your knowledge would get way more financial information than they should have, obviously.

Moment of Truth with the Agile Lie Detector

If you’re in need in a quick way to test your spouse’s honesty, then the $8 Agile Lie Detector for the iPhone might work. Very little good can really come of this sort of app. But some will try it anyway.

The Agile Lie Detector uses voice stress analysis to judge a speaker’s words in real time. And while you admire the 3D spectrograph with no real clue what it means, a simple “lie meter” will indicate just how much your kids really like your chili.

It’s an interesting app. Those who are honest and could hardly trust anyone could bring it to their own iPhone only for $8 directly from the Apple’s iTunes store.

EA Released SimCity For iPhone

Electronic Arts has, finally, released one of the most anticipated iPhone games SimCity. The game now joins other EA-released games such as Spore, Scrabble, Monopoly and Tetris.

The game features including:

* Touch, tap, drag and flick to create a thriving metropolis!

* Zoom in and out of your vibrant cityscapes by pinching.

* Eight tool categories give you the ability to plan, zone, build, bulldoze, and manage your city.

* Tutorial, starter cities and 3 difficulty modes for fun and challenging gameplay.

* Take charge of the city budget and decide where best to spend taxpayers’

hard-earned Simoleons.

* Public works management including Water, capability, rubbish and Recycling.

* Public and private transportation with roads and rail.

* Test your city infrastructure with disasters - UFOs, Fires, Tornados, Earthquakes and Toxic Clouds.

Sim City is now available at the App Store via iTunes for $9.99

Via: TUAW.com

iPhone could be the SpyPhone

Mobile Spy—a hybrid software/service that spies on smart phones—has finally infiltrated the iPhone. Mobile Spy allows the account administrator to implant an undetectable rat inside the iPhone. It then squeals to a server, which is accessible via the Web.

Mobile Spy records SMS messages and inbound and outbound call info, including call duration. That means if you want to see what your employees are texting in real-time, or how long your teenage daughter gabs with that kid from down the street, you can now do so for $100 per year.

Mobile Spy, created by Retina-X Studios, has been kicking around smart phones running Windows Mobile or the Symbian OS for a while.

Microsoft Releases Its First-ever iPhone Application

Microsoft has released its first-ever iPhone application - a high-resolution photo viewer called Seadragon. The Seadragon mobile application is available for free to iPhone and iPod Touch users through Apple’s app store via iTunes.

The Seadragon is a product of Microsoft's Live Labs division, which focuses on developing Web-based technology and applications. The app also comes with the Deep Zoom feature, which allows a user to quickly magnify a particular area of a photo, regardless of its size.

Microsoft said the aim of the mobile application is to let users view even wall-sized displays on a mobile device, regardless of the amount of bandwidth on the network.

Microsoft didn't say when Seadragon would be available on other mobile devices or operating systems, including its own Windows Mobile.

Speck Announced QwickDraw holster for iPhone, iPhone 3G

Speck expanded the number of its cases for iPhone 3G and iPhone with the announcement of QwickDraw.

The new holster-style case, features super secure Speck “Qwick Latch” technology that keeps your phone locked in place so it wont fall out. The versatile rotating belt clip allows for a full range of horizontal or vertical positions on a waistband or belt and offers fast, easy access and removal of the phone via the Qwick Latch feature.

The case comes in black and has a textured surface with stitching details. The QwickDraw fits both iPhone 3G and the original iPhone and is available now for $29.99.

Portable Lava Lamp

Gotham Wave Games, a small technology company based in New York City, recently released an application for the iPhone that turns the device into a realistic approximation of the groovy ’60s tabletop icon. Going one step beyond the original item, the “iLava” program lets users interact with the virtual blobs of hot wax. “You can push lava around the screen with your fingers, and since the iPhone supports multi-touch, it’s possible to push blobs together and merge them, or pull them apart”, - explains Ilya Rosenberg, the chief architect of the technology that made the electronic lava lamp possible.
When creating the application, the designers wanted to make the end product as much like a physical object as possible. Julien Beguin, who designed the interaction features, elaborated: “The iPhone combines so many different interface options; it really opens doors for developers and let’s them create experiences that just aren’t possible on other platforms.” Ticking off the features of the virtual lava lamp, Beguin continued, “You can swipe the screen and the lava moves. You can tilt the phone to change the direction of gravity. You can shake it and the lava wobbles. You can hold down with up to five fingers and see the lava glow with heat in five different places. It’s very cool!”

The virtual lava does not respond to music, but that could definitely be a part of future versions. Since the iPhone is also a music player, though, you can listen to your favorite music while running iLava.” And that is, after all, the best way to enjoy a lava lamp - real or virtual. The iLava application can be downloaded from the App Store on iTunes for 99 cents. It runs on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

Wal-Mart To Begin Selling 8GB iPhone 3G for $197

According to MacRumors Wal-Mart 8GB iPhone 3G model will be selling for $197 at Wal-Mart, two dollars less than other retailers.

Wal-Mart has already been selling G1s for $148.88, or about $31 less than wireless carrier T-Mobile is charging for the same phones.

8GB iPhone 3G will go on sale at Wal-Mart at the end of December.




Via MacRumors.com

Google Adds New AdWords Options For iPhone, G1

The Google mobile ads team launched a program for Google AdWords advertisers to place their text and image ads on the iPhone, T-Mobile G1 and other mobile devices equipped with fully functional Web browsers.

The ads will have many of the same benefits as Google’s standard mobile ads, such as the delivery of mobile-specific calls-to-action and reaching mobile users that are searching with their phones more than ever - especially during the holiday season.

Google ads are already running on the iPhone and G1. To target ads for G1 and iPhone, brands can go to the campaign settings tab in their AdWords account. Then for the “Device Platform” option under “Networks and Bidding,” select “iPhones and other mobile devices with full internet browsers.”

As additional devices that use full browsers enter the market, your ads will show on those phones, too. You can visit the AdWords Help Center for more detailed instructions and watch my video below for a quick demo. If you currently have an AdWords campaign running, by default your campaign will show ads on desktop and laptop computers, as well as iPhone and G1.

Multiplayer Poker Now in the Palm of Your Hand

Multiplayer Championship Poker for the iPhone and iPod Touch features an online mode with ring games, sit-and-go tournaments and multi-table events. Apart from the product fee of $9.99, thousands of players can play free poker against each other in real time.

The Multiplayer Championship Poker program also has an offline mode, where you can practice your poker skills in a tutorial mode.

The poker program is also compatible with other next-generation mobile devises such as Blackberry and Palm. This means that you can play against your friend on her blackberry while you are raising the pots on your iPhone.

If you are interested in other multiplayer games for your iPhone, check out this article.

Top 10 Most Useless iPhone Applications

1. Virtual Zippo Lighter - free virtual lighter.
2. Koi Pond - Lake full of chinese carps.
3. Ocarina - flute simulator.
4. PhotoFrame - as you may guess it turns iphone into a photo frame.
5. iBeer - virtual beer.
6. BubbleWrap - pop virtual baloons for time.
7. Sonic Lighter - another more interactive virtual lighter.
8. Nixie TubeClock - old lamp clock.
9. Newton’s Cradle - virtual alternative of knocking balls.
10. Spectrograph Wallpaper - shout on your phone and you get a spectral voice analyzer.

iPhone Market Share is Tripled in 3rd Quarter of 2008

Apple saw the iPhone’s market share triple over the past year, capturing 12.9 percent of the worldwide smartphone market, according to a new Gartner analysis. This is a huge number in this market. For the quarter ending September 30 2007, iPhones accounted for 3.4 percent of the market. That figure was more than 3x higher on the same day in 2008.

The leader worldwide in smartphone sales is Nokia, with 42.4 percent of the market. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion comes in third with 15.9 percent. In North America, Apple is in second place behind RIM, with iPhones accounting for over a quarter of all smartphones sold across the US.

Gartner analysts also noted that this quarter marked the first time iPhone sales exceeded those of Windows Mobile devices; that’s pretty astonishing when you consider how many flavors of WM handsets are out there, and how much of a head start they had in the marketplace.

Reference: Gartner

Silicon Touch iPhone Case for Visually Impaired

Bruno Fosi has designed new Silicone Touch iPhone case for visually impaired people.
The Silicone Touch covers the phone's screen and features a selection of bas-relief buttons that correspond to menu items in a custom app, allowing those with diminished sight access to all the phone's functions, including multi-touch and finger flick scrolling.

The case would work with an accompanying iPhone app, allowing users to feel what they type and what icons they’re pressing. Multi-touch functions are not sacrificed, either, so all of your gestures and swipes will still be recognized.

Looks like a great idea if it can get off the ground and would bring the Apple iPhone to so many more people.

Via Yankodesign.com

Scosche - ReviveLITE

This revieLITE iPhone and iPod charger night light is one of the more interesting and cool iPhone chargers to come out recently. It was released by Scosche, who is a maker of accessories for various phones, including Bluetooth.

It’s an iPhone charger AND a night light, combined together. That makes it so cool. The reviveLITE cradles your iPhone on its left while plugged in and illuminating your hallways and bathrooms. It’s $39.99, which is expensive for a night light and expensive for an iPhone charger, but not that bad for an iPhone charger that’s also a night light.

This item is available for shipment immediately, and should encourage more companies to combine more utility into their iPhone/iPod chargers.

Reference:
http://www.scosche.com/

Linux Running On iPhone and iPod Touch

The iPhone Dev Team announced that Linux 2.6 Kernel is available for the first and second generation iPhones and the first generation iPod Touch. The second generation iPod Touch reportedly has a different and faster processor.

So far the development team has managed to get a serial driver, frame buffer driver, serial over USB driver and Interrupts and MMU Clock. They also have read-only support for the NAND, but it has not been ported over yet. In the future we will see support for sound, accelerometer, baseband support, touchscreen, write support for the NAND and wireless networking.

As with all first advancements this is still just a rough draft of the port. Even though the alternate operating system is running on the iPhone, many drivers are missing.

References:
http://blog.iphone-dev.org/
http://linuxoniphone.blogspot.com/2008/11/linux-on-iphone.html


Skyworks Interactive Released Arcade Hoops Basketball for iPhone/iPod Touch

Skyworks Interactive management team pioneer members David Crane and Garry Kitchen co-founders of Activision and Absolute Entertainment released their new handiwork game Arcade Hoops Basketball for iPhone/iPod touch.

This is a simple arcade basketball game. In this current version there are only two options available: classic and progressive. In classic game, players have 45 seconds to score as many baskets as possible. In progressive game, players will have 99 seconds to score. However, the backboard will move back and forth making the shots a lot more challenging. After players complete their game and if they made it to the top 10, players will be taken to a score board to input their name.

To play the game you have to put fingers on the touch screen to grab a ball and then flick/move their finger upwards toward to goal. The basketball will go in depending on the amount of force and angle they can flick the ball.
rcade Hoops Basketball can be purchased on the iTunes App store for $1.99.

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