Charge your gadget on the bike

For those who frequently use their bicycles as the main mean of transport this will be really good news.  Dahon has recently announced the BioLogic FreeCharge that is attached to your bicycle and uses the energy generated by the bike’s dynamo to charge an internal high-capacity battery while you’re riding and pedaling.  It can be used to charge any USB powered devices such as iPhone, iPods, BlackBerries, mobile phone and other portable gadgets.  You just have to connect your device to the USB hub by a cable. For such devices as iPhone it takes about three hours to charge.

So when you plan long bike rides this gadget is really what you need in order not to stay off line.

Dahon is planning to release BioLogic FreeCharge in March 2010 at the price of around 100 USD.

Instant Background Checks Now on Your iPhone

Instant background checks are now accessible and really advantageous for anyone who downloads the new app released by BeenVerified. The Background Check application already takes the 11th place on the iTunes list and continues to climb.

You don’t need to be a representative of some collaborate company or an agent. Just find all the relevant information about your target such as name, age, address, relatives, property values and even nationwide criminal history in your iPhone with three comprehensive reports a week for free in comparison with paying at least $19.95 for a single report.

That’s quite an advantage for different kinds of people with different purposes. For example for business people looking around in their cooperative environment it finds sufficient information about vendors and customers, contractors and stock brokers. This app is also useful to get acquainted in advance with your online date before meeting him/her or for mothers to find out who’s in fact the nanny who stays with their children.

The application is free to download on the iPhone Store but for users who wish to run more than three checks per week, the company requires a paid subscription. Just for $8 a month, users get unlimited comprehensive background checks both on their iPhone and online at BeenVerified.com and no additional charges or up sells into other offers.





Make up Santa’s Rollercoaster Rush at home

Do you want to feel real extreme without even making any extra movements but just sitting on your favorite sofa before a fire place? A wonderful game for the Christmas and New Year holidays offers you such sensations.  It’s so exciting and breath taking that involves you completely into the Santa’s Rollercoaster 24 realistic tracks located in the North Pole. You can get a 5 star rating for each Christmas filled track and thus multiply your score. The great deal is that you can tap or touch the screen to accelerate and brake or use the accelerometer feature by tilting the device to make the carts go faster and slower. So awake your adrenaline and feel real extreme with just a little device in your hands.

Santa’s Rollercoaster Rush is a Digital Chocolate’s Christmas gift for all owners of iPhone and iPod touch for FREE at the iTunes App Store.

Audioro – multiformat audio converter

As we have already discussed the XViD4PSP multiformat video converter in the previous post, now we can say the same good news for frequent users of audio files on the iPhone and iPod touch. As we know these devices don't possess the feature of automatic converting of different formats. On this purpose the developers have created the Audioro - audio converter for iPhone /iPod Touch Free to download and easy to use.  

The audio converter is capable to convert MRA, .MP2, .WAV, .AIFF and other files into the format compatible for your iPhone devices.  Besides, it can convert audio from most video files such as .DIVX, .AVI, .FLV, .VOB, .MPEG etc again consistent with your iPhone and iPod Touch.  Thus you will be able to re-embody your music videos into music files.

This audio converting program is available for both Windows as well as for Mac computers.


XViD4PSP multiformat video converter

A new version of XViD4PSP multiformat video converter has recently become available for converting almost all kinds of video files into different types of formats easily and without installing any additional programs. This app is available as for PSP as well as for the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPod Touch. 

Although the app is a little bit complicated and requires some time for orientation but it’s quite useful especially for those who like to watch movies on the move and consequently need to change video format quite often.

XviD4PSP applies to the formats like AVI DIVX ASF MPG MPE MPEG VOB TS M2P D2V MOV QT 3GP HDMOV RM RAM RMVB RPX SMI SMIL MKV OGM WMV DVR-MS PMP FLV for import and PMP AVC, MP4 PSP 2.80, MP4 PSP 480, MP4 iPod, MP4 iPod 640, MP4 PS3, MP4, AVI, AVI DV PAL, AVI DV NTSC, MPG, MPEG-2 PAL, MPEG-2 for export.

The operational systems like Windows XP, Vista or 7 are required.

The free download of the App is available here.

Discover and share the world around you with Flook

Flook is a new app represented by Ambient Industries, a mobile application software company. It lets you see events, people and places while traveling as well as being at home.  Without going outdoors you can discover local events and places like art shows, music venues, and bars even a few miles away from your home in your own town.

Firstly Flook will display the cards of the events from the closest territory, but as more often you use this app more exactly it will classify all the events and places according to your interest.

Moreover, this app is free and gives you extra opportunity to create your own cards and display them. Just take photos, add a few words of description and upload them for other Flook users, who from their part will be able to leave comments. Thus you simultaneously participate in competitive edge. You can get the highest rated card by having people collect your cards.

iApplicate.tv Episode: The Finger

Does this finger manipulating app do everything you need it to? Find out in this episode of iApplicate!



“Your mood your station” with TUN3R App

Radio is a broad and magnetic area for music listeners, especially when the choice is great and diverse. The TUN3R iPhone app gives a great opportunity to navigate in this great ocean of music according to the mood and interests of listeners. The app possesses various features such as:

·         Real-Time audio/visual browsing of over 2,000 stations representing the crème-de-la-crème of Internet and AM/FM radio.  Stations are organized as a continuum of genres and cities for intuitive browsing

·         Recommendation (Might Likes TM) feature suggesting radio stations based on what iPod artists were listened to last.  Recommendations are being constantly updated.

·         Find stations according to the artists or songs played on it or according to the content of the station’s web page.

·         Visual bookmarks for fast and simple switching between stations' live streams

·         Live streaming playback options including: Built-in player; Safari (for background listening); and RadioBox integration

·         Top 10 lists showing: Most Popular Stations; Recently Added Stations; Recently View Stations; and Random Spotlights

If you still hesitate with your decision which station to listen to among such broad choice, the TUN3R app will do that for you. All you have to do just press the "Might Likes TM" button on the search screen. The application will automatically look for the last ten artists played from the iPod library, and then will search for stations that play those artists. 

"TUN3R is a tactile application to begin with, so browsing on the iPhone's touchscreen feels very natural. Seeing is believing." said Neil Hepburn, TUN3R’s co-founder and general manager of marketing. "With the iPhone's recent iPod API integration, we saw an opportunity to create an entirely new kind of recommendation feature which we expect newcomers to Internet Radio will find very useful.  As we like to say 'Your mood. Your station'"

 TUN3R plans to expand its business through its proposed Profit Sharing for Webcasters business model, which will provide users with high quality streams, and in turn compensate stations based on usage.

The application is available on the Apple iTunes App Store (http://appsto.re/TUN3R).

Dragon Dictation for iPhones – no more typing

Creation of new apps for iPhones responds to more and more human requirements and needs in different circumstances. Surely any of you had such a problem when sending a message or a mail was not possible because of inability to type on the road for example or in some other inconvenient situations.  For this case a company called Nuance, known for its speech recognition software, has released an iPhone app which is able to transcribe one’s speech into editable text.

This app must be very handy as according to the company this is a considerable time saving when you need not typing. By using your voice you can send an SMS, Email, take notes or make posts. The app possesses a voice driven correction interface and besides, you can stop dictating anywhere using the iPhone clipboard feature.

The application is free and is available now through the US store.

Microsoft Bing enables voice search on iPhone

A new app has just recently released  by Microsoft Bing featuring new enhancements in voice search and location-based services. According to an official Bing blog posting, voice search capabilities of the app have already found their way onto Windows mobiles and BlackBerry devices.

With this app it’s rather convenient to find out in a very short time what the weather is in San-Francisco for example or a more complex command like concrete address location.  All you have to do just hold the phone to your ear and speak, or press the mic button.

The Bing app is also very useful as it can locate restaurants, banks, theatres and other places of interest by category being in the area and give you right directions.

Besides, the home page of the app includes the Bing search bar and six “clickable hotspots" to take the user to images, movies, maps, businesses, news and directions.

The great news is that the Bing App is free and can be downloaded either from the App Store or from iTunes.

iApplicate.tv Episode: Alarm Tunes

Need a little help getting up in the morning? Maybe you need to get Alarm Tunes, released by McLean Mobile Solutions! Check out the review in this episode of iApplicate.


How to set up parental control on iPod and iPhone touch

Permanent development of diverse mobile gadgets makes access to the internet for kids more and more available, especially if the parental control is minimal.  Thus adult content sites and apps are quite reachable even for those who are already able to cope with the iPhone and iPod touch. But fortunately for the concerned parents of such “nosy” children iPhone and IPod Touch devices possess settings for parental control. To set it up you should first:
  • ·         From the home screen, select Settings > General.
  • ·         Select Restrictions.
  • ·         Enter a 4-digit passcode. Make sure you remember this passcode, as in case you forget it you will have to reset your device losing all your app data.
  • ·         On the restriction screen set Safari, YouTube, and Installing Apps to OFF.
  • ·         Scroll down the screen to the Allowed Content area.
  • ·         Set In-App Purchases to OFF.
  • ·         Select Music & Podcasts. Set Explicit to OFF.
  • ·         Select Movies. Select the rating you would like to allow.
  • ·         Select Apps. Select age-based filtering for apps you would like to allow.

  • ·          Select TV Shows. Select the rating you would like to allow.
  • ·         Select Ratings For to change your location if necessary.
  • ·         Hit the Home button to return the home screen.

But as soon as you disable Safari browser on your iPhone it will be no more possible to search even useful sites. In this case you can install a mobicip browser which is free or iWonder Surf Web Browser available for $14.99 and Safe Eyes Mobile available for $19.99.

 Sources

IMDb – a new app for movie lovers

For IPhone and iPod touch owners – time has come to update your movie information. If you are true cineastes or simply love to be aware of a new coming movie to watch for the weekend - then a newly released IMDb (Internet Movie Database) app is exactly what you need.

The IMDb app consists of three parts: Movies, TV and People.  As for movies, they include Showtime, Coming Soon, US Box Office Results, MOVIEmeter (i.e. top 250 movies rated lists). TV sections include US TV Tonight and US TV Recaps (this section is especially convenient for those who’ve missed their favorite show or would like to see what happened in the previous show series). People section consists of Starmeter and Born Today. Starmeter is remarkable for ranking the 25 most-searched stars on IMDb. Each star page is filled with photos, detailed bio, fun trivia and quotes, and so on.

Besides, this app will take up very small room in the drive space of your device (only 1/2 MB).

The only bad news is that you won’t be able to leave comments, rate movies or see and update your personal lists.

But on the other hand by using your GPS location you can find the top movie showing in your city with all relevant details.

And finally, this app is available for free for all iPhone and iPod touch in the App store.

 

Next Generation iPhone is about to be knocking at the door

Everything started with a short message left on the Twitter claiming: “Foxconn received order for next generation iPhone”.  This is a Taiwanese hardware company which is expected to provide consumers with a new gadget not until summer 2010. That would not have deserved much attention if not posted by Mobile Review's editor in chief - Eldar Murtazin who is believed to be in close ties with the representatives of mobile industry.

More over that declaration might be true bearing in mind the fact that the dates of contracts signed by many owners of iPhone 3G through AT&T are now about to expire, thus giving them new possibilities with new agreements. Apple might have just waited for that before releasing a new product.

Anyway all that we can do just guess and predict a new exciting device from Apple which hopefully will be much better than the previous ones.

Ustream – New possibilities to broadcast important events in live

Recently Ustream released a new app - Ustream Live Broadcaster, available for iPhone and iPod Touch. As compared with its previous video-recording and viewing iPhone apps, it’s much more advanced as it allows true live broadcasting to multiple viewers right from the place of an event.

Imagine that you can be the first to broadcast your favorite rock Star’s live gig, or a president’s speech or some extraordinary incident. Besides the viewers can use chat and leave comments. The application requires the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS with iPhone OS 3.1 or later. Recordings can be shared on Ustream, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. You can include your GPS location with the broadcast as well. Videos saved to Ustream (or the social networking sites) are as well available for watching later and video quality is quite normal for the phone. And the greatest news is that this app is FREE and available at app stores.

Fring with one-way video calls to the iPhone

Fring is a  comfortable app for video calls over internet for iPhone and iPod Touch. As with the company's app for Nokia devices, it’s also possible to make video calls to Skype users. But the main inconvenience is that on the iPhone and iPod Touch video chatting is a one-way call. It’s caused by the location of iPhone camera on the back side of the device. That means that only others can send you a video but not you. Nevertheless further technology development will presumably soon grant a new device with a front-facing camera to the iPhone users before two-way video calling will be possible. 

Video quality is highly smooth unless you make fast motions. So you better not to run or jump when using this app.  But anyway the new app possesses the fallowing features: Free fring voice and video calls over Wi-Fi (one way);IM; SIP Integration; Push Notification for fring,Skype,MSN, GTalk, ICQ, Twitter, SIP Yahoo and IM; Dynamic Friends list.


You can download the new video-enabled iPhone app on the iTunes Link.

iJiggle – pretty entertaining app for boys

Boys, still don't know what to get engaged with in your spare time? Well, for those who are not informed yet, you have an opportunity to get agreeably involved in an activity of jiggling and smearing any object on the photos of ladies (and not only ladies) getting quite funny results. Just select a photo from your album or take a new picture. Then you can smear it the way you want with your finger and then make it jiggle. The effect is quite amazing. Besides you can play with the jiggles while it's jiggling with the accelerometer or directly with your finger and you can change the size and springiness with the settings button and sliders. All you need is to get an iJiggle iPhone app and enjoy it.

The app possesses the fallowing features:

  • Photos can be taken right in the App
  • Works on ANY object due to a more flexible interpolation mode.
  • Full Multitouch
  • The new “Inflate” setting for adding size when it is needed
  • Fully interactive when jiggling. Poke and prod it on the fly.

As for the new for version 1.1.2 – it now can save and load your jiggled images with the new film strip, it has much smoother and faster interpolation scheme and it can delete photos now too.

Thus, this funny app will not let you yawn and get bored while amusing with it.



This app is available at the App Stores.

iApplicate.tv Episode: Pano

If you want to take a wider photo by making a panorama, a brand new iApplicate.tv episode of Pano is exactly what you need.

“Phone-o-scope” on your mobile phone – no to heavy cameras?

Engineer Bhautik Joshi is actually that very person who decided to attach an SLR lens to his Smartphone. Although he used his iPhone for the project but any Smartphone with built-in camera may be used. All that was needed just little more than a cardboard tube, some sticky putty, duct and a couple of PVC pipe couplers. A Phone-O-Scope – as Joshi called it – was ready. 

The Phone-O-Scope isn't quite as sharp, but makes "fuzzy, Holga-like images" that would be rather attractive for some photographers.  Although the invention still lacks some great quality but the engineer hopes to develop it up to better level.

Right on Joshi’s web site you can find how to create your own Phone-o-scope.

http://cut.io/sGQV

 

Square payment system for iPhones - with no cash

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey launched a new startup which has just recently released officially. This new system has a card reader that plugs into the headphone socket. Due to Square payment by credit card becomes much easier with no need to enter manually your credit card data. It’s automatically read from the magnetic stripe and is not stored on the iPhone, but is converted to audio and input through the headphone jack, where it is encrypted and transmitted to Square for processing.

When purchasing something it’s just enough to sign on you iPhone touch screen by your finger.  All you have to do afterwards is to enter the amount, the security code and your signature directly on the touch screen. It’s also possible to associate your photo of yourself with your credit card account through Square’s website. Thus a merchant will make sure that it’s actually you are the owner of the card.

 You can also request a receipt which will be received by you e-mail as well as by sms. Square will also send a link in order to view a receipt’s transaction on the Square’s website.  A big advantage is that the credit card data is never actually seen or retained by the merchant or the Square-enabled device, and even the    e-mail or SMS address is not shared with the merchant.

Square may be a real solution for those exercising small and medium businesses especially in places where no permanent source of power or network connectivity is available. But it’s also very useful for general public allowing them get rid of cash and change and without a risk to lose their money irrevocably.

Apple is going to take the iPhone’s map app to the "next level”

According to MacRumors , Apple is going to enhance the current mapping service. The company is seeking an iPhone Software Engineer that will join Apple’s team developing the Maps application for the iPhone OS. As the company claims the team has just started to bend every effort to taking the iPhone's built-in Maps App to "the next level". Apple is planning to implement high-level user interfaces, new and innovative features, fixing problems, and enhancing the performance of Maps as well as the new Compass application and other location-based services on the iPhone and iPod touch.  

As Apple and Google have intensively become competitors in the mobile space and Google's mapping data remains an integral part of the iPhone's Maps application it would be a great step forward for Apple to create its own mapping technology. It has been possible since Apple has acquired a mapping company Placebase which is now part of the "Geo Team" at Apple. It also enables the company to get rid of dependence on Google maps.

More

Blog Archive