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Monday, March 31, 2008

Most Popular Applications

You’re seeking more applications to browse; you’re obsessed and finally your phone is overdosed I mean it is full of applications those you do not use ever.

Apple is always ready to introduce you most popular applications and by the way you save some time and money. Most popular means they are usable. So do not waste your time choose one of them and get ready to probe your new application.

All you have to do follow the reference:
Sunday, March 30, 2008

Gartner’s Report On 10 Million 3G iPhones

Technology research firm Gartner tried to clear up reports that it had said Apple might be buying 10 million iPhones capable of connecting to much faster data networks.

Gartner said that they do not know whether Apple has actually placed an order for 3G iPhones and there is no way for them to get a confirmation that an order had been placed. However, they do believe it would be logical if Apple would have done so.

“If Apple was to place an order, then 10 million would be a reasonable number. And we absolutely believe that in the next-generation iPhone 3G will be there,” - Bob Hafner, Dulaney's boss.

The iPhone currently uses an EDGE radio, a digital mobile phone technology for increased data transmission rates over a cellular network. EDGE, however, is considered a 2.75-generation technology, versus a 3G technology, such as HSDPA, which is used in Europe.

Since iPhone sales were not as strong as expected in Europe (Apple has predicted it will sell 10 million of the current iPhone by the end of the year), due in part to a lack of 3G support, it is vital for Apple to release 3G iPhones as soon as possible. However, 3G might not be enough, since there are already 3.5G devices, reports Gartner.

Gartner announced that one improvement they expect from Apple is OLED display for the iPhone. Current LCD is the most energy consuming part of the device, and having OLED screen would allow for power balance for 3G.

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. It delivers the technology-related insight necessary for our clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner, Inc. is the indispensable partner to 60,000 clients in 10,000 distinct organizations.

Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, the firm works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role.

Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,000 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants in 75 countries.


Friday, March 28, 2008

No Mozilla Firefox For iPhone

Mozilla invited a handful of technology bloggers to come down to its office for a roundtable discussion. After long discussions about different things connected with Mozilla Firefox it became clear that no firefox would be available for iPhone.

Mozilla CEO John Lilly and VP of engineering Mike Schroepfer said that Apple’s software requirements for the device are too restrictive, and as such, they will not be making Firefox for iPhone, at least in the near future.

According to John Lilly - "Apple has not written a license which allows Firefox to run on the iPhone."

"Android and iPhone are closed platforms. There are carriers and device manufacturers who are more open with their platform, and we'll do well there - the Nokia N810 internet tablet, for example. People can just take the (Firefox) code and run with it, so there's a lot happening that we don't even see until it shows up... XUL (the language in which Firefox's user interface is written) makes it easy to experiment on mobile devices. That's our main advantage on mobile platforms." - added Mike Schroepfer.

P.S It should be noted that 10th anniversary of Mozilla will be celebrated on Monday.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Refurbished iPhone For $249

AT&T has already begun selling refurbished models of the 8GB iPhone for $249, a savings of $150 off a new iPhone.

The offer requires a 2-year plan that must be ordered during the activation process. Limit is one per customer. Standard AT&T rates and plans apply. A quick check of the Apple Store online also reveals the availability of the same 8GB iPhone for $249. Apple also offers AppleCare for $69 which extends repair coverage for 2 years.

Not a bad proposal for those who have to make some savings!

Monday, March 24, 2008

New Video Converter - RockPod 08 Lite For iPhone Consumers

iPhone consumers now can use a small, useful and free software tool RockPod 08 Lite to convert videos for their iPhone.

RockPod 08 Lite converts multiple video files (even HD m2ts, evo, vobs) to iPod, PSP and Windows Mobile PDA formats.

The program is supported by 15 different options ranging from AVI and MPG through to WMV, DVR-MS and high-definition television formats such as DVR-MS and M2TS. It works on Windows 2000, XP and Vista. While the new version is available for Windows 2000, XP and Vista, a Linux update is expected shortly.

You can even choose a file size to which videos should be re-encoded, amongst other options like quality and multiple file encoding.

The new build sees a small change to the interface but it still appears to be one of the simplest multi-file converters available.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

iPhone To Become A Great Tool For Doctors

Arrival of the SDK is already connected with a lot of new events about iPhone. Here is another novelty - iPhone may become a great tool even for doctors.

“If you could use the gesture-based way of manipulating images on the iPhone and actually manipulate a stack of X-rays or CT scans, that would be a huge selling point,” - says Adam Flanders, director of informatics at Thomas Jefferson University.

The reason why mobiles couldn’t handle high-res images before is they had lack of processing and memory power. But iPhone is different. With its powerful ARM processor and 8 GB/16 GB of memory it’s well suited for such tasks. And the iPhone's new business-friendly security features may ease privacy fears, physicians say, and could even turn the device into an indispensable medical tool if hospitals OK the device.

“The real beauty of the iPhone is that it offers a richer 3-D experience and more memory,” says Michelle Snyder, vice president of marketing and subscription services at Epocrates.

Tech-savvy doctors have been speculating about the iPhone's medical potential long before Apple shipped its first unit. But the lack of native application support has meant that, up to now, all iPhone applications had to work through the phone's Safari web browser. That's a nonstarter for most medical applications because it demands constant connectivity (either via WiFi or an AT&T cellular data network) and prevents application developers from using the device's full processing power.

The only problem of this novelty is its privacy. And here comes a question: Can hospitals guarantee patient privacy when data is being stored or accessed on iPhones? And can the popular handset stand up to the rigorous demands of a busy hospital environment?

P.S We will see it when the new version 2.0 of the iPhone's firmware becomes available, this June.


Friday, March 21, 2008

iPhone Consumers - Active Users Of The Web

A new study from measurement firm M:Metrics confirms, that iPhone users are tend to check the web more often than the users of other mobile devices.

After charting the habits of more than 10,000 adults for six months after the iPhone's U.S. launch, M:Metrics concludes that nearly 84.8% of iPhone purchasers regularly use their handheld device to access news and other content on the web.

The study found that 58.6% of iPhone users visited a search engine on their phone, compared to 37% of smartphone users and 6.1% of mobile phone users. 30.9% of iPhone owners watched mobile TV or video, versus a 4.6 market average, and more than double the rate for all smartphone users.

Finally, 74.1% of iPhone users listen to music on their iTunes-equipped devices. Only 27.9% of smartphone users listen to music on their phones and 6.7% of the overall mobile-phone-toting public listens to music on their mobile devices.

"Two featured widgets, YouTube and Google Maps are extremely popular among iPhone users: 30.4% accessed YouTube and 36% used Google Maps," - said senior analyst for M:Metrics, Mark Donovan.

Social networking is also popular among iPhone users: 49.7% accessed a social networking site in 2008 January, nearly twelve times the market average. 20% of iPhone owners accessed Facebook, one of the first Web properties to customize its content for the iPhone, versus 1.5 percent of the total mobile market.

"The iPhone has certainly delivered on its hype. Beyond a doubt, this device is compelling consumers to interact with the mobile Web, delivering off-the-charts usage from everything to text messaging to mobile video." - said Mark Donovan.

The study showed that iPhone owners, like other smartphone owners, tend to be male, aged 25-34, earn more than US$100K and have a college degree.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dress your iPhone

“Elega pouch”
for everyday life

“Magnet Flipper cases”
for business meetings

“Dockable cases”
during the work

“Leather Skin cases”
at your romantic appointment

Or maybe “Ultra Slim pouch”
to emphasize the figure

You can make a lot of present for your iPhone. Sena Store offers these and many different styles and colors of iPhone “clothes.” Make your choice and be sure you two will attract some ones attention.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Booxter Multiple Libraries For iPhone And iPod Touch

Deep Prose Software has launched Booxter 2.0.7 for Mac OS X. With Booxter users can create multiple libraries and smart lists to organize books, music, movies and comic books. The upgrade adds a new HTML export feature for iPod and iPhone touch users.

The way it works is by scanning (or taking a picture with iSight web-cam) a barcode, which is then compared to numerous online libraries and added to your collection. You can variously filter, tag and search your listed items. Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to add large numbers of items to a collection.

Version 2.0.7 adds a new HTML export feature for iPod and iPhone touch users so that they can view their libraries on the go with an internet connection. Booxter requires Mac OS 10.4 or Mac OS 10.5. The free version has a limit of 30 items for each library. The full version costs $49.99 USD.

All customers who purchased Booxter in 2007 will receive free updates, and all other Booxter customers will receive coupons to upgrade to the new version at a generous discount. Booxter is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPersonal Computer and Intel Macs.

The Deep Prose web store sells USB and Bluetooth barcode scanners which complement Booxter and provide a complete integrated solution for collectors.


Monday, March 17, 2008

iPhone Users Get Involved in Training and Diet Planner

Iphone users now can allow themselves to get involved in a special training and diet planner that is available via safari browser. If you’re one of them who need to manage personal menu, keep the diet or a dairy of everyday food activities you should simply login to your account on your iPhone and view your gym training for the day, diet and manage your weight goals all from the iPhone interface. It is easy to use, and free to create an account.

FitReach provides you with a way to measure and manage your fitness and diet program. Whether you want to achieve the body you have always dreamed of or improve your overall health FitReach can help keep you on track and motivated.

Other great features include the ability to see what diets and training programmes are working for other members, if something isn't working for you - see what is working for other people and amend your training or diet.

So if this program is appropriate you may act and check it out on

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Lotus Notes E-Mail for iPhone 2.0 By IBM

IBM is working on Lotus Notes e-mail application for iPhone 2.0, as IBM spokesman Mike Azzi announced. But there are some details that are not revealed yet.

There are 140 million Lotus Notes and Domino users worldwide, according to IBM, and it would be very wise for both Apple and IBM to release it faster. So far Microsoft Exchange is number one platform.

Lotus Notes developers would build a Notes e-mail application for the next-generation iPhone by using Apple's SDK announced last week and would distribute it over Apple's new AppStore. AppStore allows developers to wirelessly deliver their applications to iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Apple plans to allow developers to charge whatever they want and to allow the developers to keep 70% of the revenues, while Apple keeps the other 30% to cover the cost of running AppStore.

Apple Inc. officials would not comment on Notes for the iPhone either, but released a statement saying that 100,000 developers had downloaded the beta SDK (software development kit) for the iPhone in the first four days since its release. Several developers are named, but there is no mention of Lotus Notes.


Friday, March 14, 2008

Download YouTube Videos To Your iPhone Via MxTube

MxTube, a native program for the iPhone essentially allows you to download YouTube videos onto your iPhone. But for now MaXtube offers iPhone consumers to download desired YouTube videos to iPhone and watch it later, skipping the main computer.

The program works via a pseudo-Youtube-interface, so one can download a video via WiFi with a high quality setting or a lower quality setting via Edge.

In order to install MxTube and download YouTube videos onto your iPhone, you need to have a jailbreaked iPhone with on it. Make sure you have “Community Sources” added, then locate and install the program.

To install, find it from Installer’s “Multimedia” category and to download, run a search as you normally would and select the video you want to download. As YouTube has two versions of every video, high and low quality for downloading it you can select high, low or both. The videos will download in sequence and in the background. Once it's done downloading, the video is available from within the application.

The MxTube application searches and saves YouTube videos directly to your iPhone or iPod touch so you can play them back at any time, whether you've got an active internet connection or not.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Is iPhone a ‘Businessman’?

$100 million "iFund" was created by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to support new companies developing the next generation of applications. And “health care” was one of the major reason for Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr. So I think they will do everything to make iPhone a business device.

Many businesses demand the device to work better with their corporate e-mail systems. So, during the event at Apple's headquarters, Apple said it’s planning the iPhone to support Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange software and at this way it’ll solve all problems in the gadget and will put it in more direct competition with Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry and Palm Inc.'s Treo smart phones.
“The software update will give iPhones the security and integration of e-mail, calendars and contact lists that businesses have been demanding,” said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

Plus the company's decision to allow developers some access to the closed device to build iPhone applications will hasten its development, even though the access is only through the Web and not to the same software Apple developers use.

Yes, iPhone will become a businessman.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gameloft To Release 15 iPhone Games In 2008

Gameloft plans to release more than 15 games for the iPhone by the end of 2008. On the bases of the newly-released SDK, the company’s development teams have already begun working on the games.

Though the SDK was recently released, games will only be available to purchase once the App Store, featuring third party applications that can be downloaded to your device via WiFi or EDGE, launches in June 2008.

“The Apple iPhone has changed the way consumers perceive and interact with their mobile phones, and the release of the SDK is a tremendous opportunity for Gameloft to apply its creative and innovative approach to mobile gaming. Due to our investment in creating one of the most advanced and creative development studios to date, we are ideally positioned today to seamlessly integrate new opportunities and quickly produce games that are as evolutionary as they are enjoyable,” - said Michel Guillemot, President of Gameloft.

Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones. The company creates games for mobile handsets equipped with Java, Brew, or Symbian technology.

Gameloft has a direct marketing a sale presence in 16 countries. Its games are distributed in more than 75 countries through agreements with over 170 wireless carriers and 150 partners and its online shops.


Monday, March 10, 2008

Japanese VS. iPhone

Japanese analysts are doubtful whether the iPhone will catch on in markets like Japan, where consumers favor smaller and sleeker multifunctional handsets. They also question whether Japanese carriers will accept ceding to Apple's tight control over handset design and agree to its demand for a certain share of subscription fees.

“Most Japanese consumers are more likely to remain content with what they already have” - said Nahoko Mitsuyama, a telecom analyst at Gartner Japan who attended the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February.

However, Japanese analysts are doubtful. Current iPhones won't work in Japan, where the faster third-generation network has become the mainstream. Industry watchers believe 3G iPhones will be released in the latter half of this year.

Apple hopes to reach an agreement with a Japanese mobile phone operator to achieve its goal of selling 10 million iPhones worldwide by the end of 2008. It sold some 3.7 million iPhones throughout the world in 2007.

"Most of the world's Internet users via mobile phone are Japanese, so success in mobile services here can be applied to other markets."- said Noritaka Kobayashi, an information and communications consultant at Nomura Research Institute in Tokyo.

Japanese consumers are amazed by the iPod, which controls 54.5 percent of Japan's digital portable music player market - well above Sony's Walkman with 26.2 percent, according to market research firm BCN. The iPhone could benefit from an emotional attachment to Apple among Japanese.

"Japanese like anything new and trendy, so the thing is how many customers Apple can attract beyond Apple fans," - Gartner's Mitsuyama said, noting that Japanese on average change their handsets every two years.

Still, Japan is expected to be a difficult market. Here, mobile phone carriers control the release of new handsets and dictate specific features and functions of new cell phones to satisfy consumers who are picky about product usability, design and quality. Foreign makers account for only about 10 percent of the roughly 50 million handsets sold annually in Japan, although their market share is on the rise, according to Yano Research Institute.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Steve Jobs: Adobe Flash Will Not Be Supported By iPhone Anytime Soon

If you're enjoying watching the latest Flash videos on your iPhone, don't expect it anytime soon. On the shareholder meeting Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, that Adobe Flash will not be supported by iPhone anytime soon.

Steve Jobs claimed that the full-blown PC Flash version "performs too slow to be useful."

"There's this missing product in the middle. It just doesn't exist. Flash Lite is not capable of being used with the Web," declared Steve Jobs.

He said that the cause for that was Flash’s architectural limitation. This due to the fact that Flash was designed for PC, which has huge computing power. IPhone on the other hand has much less powerful CPU, memory, disk storage and battery.

Despite of Jobs announcement he insisted that Apple maintains a good relationship with Adobe all the same.

Flash on the iPhone:

Less technically inclined pundits have expected Apple to release a Flash plugin for the iPhone that works identically to the plugin used on desktop computers, similar to how the iPhone supports viewing PDF documents or Microsoft Word and Excel files. The problem is that the Flash runtime has never been designed to work on anything outside of a desktop computer, which has almost unlimited access to processing power and few constraints on battery use, available RAM, or heat dissipation.

The iPhone is a very different product. It's a fraction of the size of a laptop battery and uses a low power, embedded ARM processor that works unlike the Intel Core or PowerPC processors used in Macs and PCs that can run Flash. In order to develop a Flash plugin for the iPhone, Adobe's proprietary software would need to be recompiled and optimized for the ARM architecture, which isn't something Apple could easily do independent of Adobe.

Of course, some folks are likely to be more than disappointed with this announcement, some of them simply relieved that iPhones will remain clear of Flash's clutches, while others don’t even worry and think that there is no need of flashplayer on the iPhone as they will use computer if necessary.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

GetQuick Offers iPhone Customers Mobile Restaurant Orders

GetQuik makes it easy for Apple iPhone users to place restaurant food orders On-The-Go GetQuik for iPhone provides superior order processing and friction-free transactions for mobile customers.

GetQuik, a provider of restaurant order automation technology and services unveiled GetQuik for iPhone, a mobile ordering web application for Apple iPhone users that allows customers to skip long restaurant lines by ordering their favorite food from their iPhone.

Registered GetQuik users can access the iPhone application at after logging into the iPhone web application a customer can view, select and order their preset menu favorites or meals. GetQuik allows customers to place orders from the web or on-the-go with an easy user interface that requires no program to download or install.

“We think the iPhone is an ideal mobile food ordering platform. Customers benefit from the speed and convenience of mobile ordering while restaurants benefit from shorter queues, decreased money handling expenses, and increased order volume and profitability. Our approach for our iPhone release is to have customers preset data entry intensive information such as credit card information, as well as add food customizations online at our web-site. We designed the iPhone web application with the goal of minimizing clicks and key-strokes to provide a fast and convenient ordering experience," - said Ken Ryu, GetQuik founder and CEO.

The GetQuik for iPhone service, which launched today as a public beta, operates on the iPhone’s Safari browser. After Apple releases its iPhone SDK to developers, GetQuik plans to update GetQuik for iPhone to operate as a native application. GetQuik also plans to provide customers the ability to search, view and order from a restaurant’s complete menu directly from their iPhone.

GetQuik for iPhone currently offers ordering from 150 Northern California restaurants in its network including San Francisco Bay Area regional chains such as Pizza My Heart, High Tech Burrito, Erik's DeliCafe and Una Mas. GetQuik plans to expand to other U.S. cities in 2008.

GetQuik first entered the mobile market in May 2007 with its J2ME and WAP applications for smart phones and mobile devices. With these applications, customers can register their restaurant favorites online and order on-the-go with a few clicks of their cell phone. GetQuik has seen rapid revenue growth within the last six months and is on track to surpass $1 million in transactions in 2008.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Hello World From The iPhone SDK

Apple iPhone, a wonder device, has reached an milestone. Yesterday, Apple officially announced the iPhone SDK.

The iPhone SDK is available as a part of the iPhone Developer Program. The iPhone Developer Program provides a complete and integrated process for developing, debugging, and distributing your free, commercial, or in-house applications for iPhone and iPod touch.

According to Apple, developers now have everything they need to go from code to customer.

The Developer Program comes in two flavors: Standard and Enterprise. It costs $99 and $299 respectively to join the program.

Unfortunately, the Developer Program will initially be available to a limited number of developers in the United States. According to the company, the program will expand to other countries in the coming months.

The iPhone SDK itself, which includes the Xcode IDE, Instruments, iPhone simulator, frameworks and samples, compilers, Shark analysis tool, and more is available for download free of charge.

It must be stated again that this fact is probably one of the most important moments throughout iPhone's lifecycle. We shall expect that a lot application will start to appear, which will further strengthen iPhone's already strong market position and penetration.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Good Luck Developers!

I wish I would have been in Cupertino, California at Apple's headquarters for the company's announcement of its iPhone software development kit. Many people were gathered inside Apple's Town Hall auditorium to hear how Apple plans to handle third-party application development for the iPhone and to learn about new business-friendly features.

Steve Jobs (co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc), Phil Schiller (senior vice president of Apple Inc) and Scott Forstall (Vice President of iPhone Software at Apple Inc) were speaking and performing iPhones new abilities in the near future. The leading topics were iPhone software road map, the companies that have inquired about working with the iPhone, mentioning Genentech, Great e-mail integration, calendars, contacts, and the global address lists of corporations--having that technology instantly accessible and pushed to the device, security policies, like VPNs and remote wiping of a stolen iPhone, and configuration help.
"I'm really excited to be the one to tell you today that we're doing all these things in the next release of the iPhone software," said Schiller.
He also announces that Apple has licensed the Microsoft ActiveSync protocol, which will make it much easier to do push e-mail and contacts with Exchange servers. That means we'll soon get push e-mail, calendaring, contacts, and a global contacts list, as well as the remote wipe security feature. The iPhone's Mail application will have this functionality. We won't have to have a new user interface for e-mail and calendars. This will ship with every iPhone.

Have you heard about Cocoa Touch? Apple built unique multitouch controls, and also needed to program a way to access the accelerometer. Developers will have access to the accelerometer. That’s the best news for game developers. And it will be easy to work in it for everybody who knows how to work with Mac OS X. That works here too, giving developers tools to write and manage code developed for the iPhone. It seems that iPhone development will be very familiar to anyone who has developed applications for the Mac.

“You can record a test of the application on your Mac, allowing you to reproduce application behavior to make sure it works. This took Apple two weeks, and less than 10,000 lines of code,” Forstall says.

Some developers like, Epocrates-Glenn Keighley, Sega-Ethan Einhorn showed off what they've created, but also showed the will to cooperate with iPhone.
Developers want to get their applications in front of every iPhone user, Jobs says. The App Store is built into the iPhone, so you can search applications by popularity, title, or a genre of application, sort of like the Wi-Fi Music Store. The applications are wirelessly downloaded to the iPhone over either EDGE or Wi-Fi.

If you want to be a develop, go ahead! You’ll just need to Download the iPhone SDK for free. There's also going to be an iPhone developer program, which allows you to test your code, get tech support, and distribute your applications. You are paying $99 for that. But, then you can pick the price of your application. The developer gets 70 percent of the revenue off the top. Apple gets 30 percent. No credit card, hosting, or marketing fees. The revenues are paid monthly, and Jobs calls it "the best deal going." There is no charge to the developer if you want to make a free application.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

iPhone's Native P2P Torrent Is Still Raw But Functional

An iPhone Hacker, Core, has ported a P2P torrent application to iPhone. The software is based on Mac OS based client Transmission.

The application is still very raw, but functional. It has no GUI, though. It is a command-line too. EDGE is still a problem. So you are left with WiFi.

Another problem is that the application will quickly eat up your battery power.

Again, if this application is still very preliminary and must be used only experienced users. If you hardly find the power button on your iPhone, you'd better stay away until the developer polishes the application and it gets a proper GUI and installer support.

For those experienced users here is the link:
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Solar Technology Unveiled Solar Charger For iPhone and iPod Touch

UK-based Solar Technology unveiled amazing and portable Solar Charger product, the Freeloader 8.0 for iPhone, iPod Touch and other devices, such as mp3 Players, digital cameras, PSP’s, Nintendo DS Lite etc.

FreeLoader 8.0 Portable Solar Charger is a compact smart looking device that absorbs solar energy and converts it to power for your iPhones or any gadget that you might be using.

According to the makers:

“Freeloader takes power from its solar panels or via a supplied charge cable that plugs into a computers’ USB. Once charged, Freeloaders internal battery can power an iPod for 18hours, a mobile phone for 44 hours, PSP for 2.5 hours a PDA for 22 hours and much much more.”

It doesn’t matter if you are in a car or traveling, this new device can charge your iPhones, camera’s or any hand held device easily.

The Freeloader comes in silver and pink, and features two small sold-away solar panels that can charge the internal battery within 5 hours. Solar Technology is selling the Freeloader 8.0 for £29.99; as of now, it is available only in the UK.

In addition to charging the iPod, the Freeloader comes with several adapters for Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and LG phones. Nintendo DS Lite and PSP users will also be able to use the charger, and it includes several generic USB connections for other devices that can charge through USB.

Solar Technology also sells the enlarged Supercharger solar panels that reduce the Freeloader's charge time by 50-percent, which it sells for £20 (~$40).


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Free iPhone Applications Will Fly Under Radar

There is some good news for developers who plan to create free applications for iPhone. According to Apple, the company will not regulate free applications. On the other hand, all commercial applications for iPhone will be subject to an approval process. However, both free and commercial applications will be distributed through iTunes. In other words, Apple will act as a gatekeeper and will increase iTune's importance as a distribution service.

It is unticipated that Apple will be getting a cut from all commercial software revenues.

In my opinion this is an extremely adroit plan.

First, the company will be getting additional revenue. If we look at the abundance of commercial applications for example for Win Mobile or Symbian, we can safely assume that this can turn out to be an extremely profitable revenue source. At least, in my opinion it will cover the costs associated with the approval process.

Secondly, Apple will have control on all, both free and commercial software as long as the applications will be distributed through iTunes.

Third, this decision shall encourage free application developers, because they won't have to go through an approval process and thus we shall expect to see a lot free applications for the wonder device.

On Thursday more information will be released during Apple's press event regarding the iPhone SDK. So, stay tuned and don't forget to subscribe to our RSS feed.
Monday, March 03, 2008

Marware Sport Grip for iPhone

Marware’s $14.99 Sport Grip for iPhone is a silicone skin case for the iPhone that’s available in blue, pink, clear, and black. The Sport Grip provides simple protection for the iPhone while leaving all of its controls easily accessible.

The Sport Grip has a large opening at the front for accessing the iPhone’s touchscreen; you also use this opening to insert and remove the iPhone from the case. The front of the case also includes small holes for the iPhone’s earpiece and proximity sensor as well as an indentation over the Home button that makes it easy to locate by touch. The back of the case has a small opening for the iPhone’s camera lens, and holes in the edges of the case let you get at the iPhone’s headphone jack, Ring/Silent switch, microphone, speaker, and dock-connector port. Rather than leaving openings for the volume buttons and Sleep/Wake switch, Marware has chosen to instead provide small nubs of silicone over those buttons to let you operate them through the case. The company also includes a thin, adhesive screen protector along with the necessary tools for applying the film to the iPhone.

The ridged sides of the case make it easy to grip and the slightly tacky-feeling silicone means that the phone won’t slide off a table or other smooth surface, though that texture also means that it’s more troublesome getting the phone in and out of a pocket. The silicone on the back of the case is somewhat thicker, giving the Sport Grip a solid, comfortable feeling in your hand.

The silicone material gathers a decent amount of dust and lint, some of which can become trapped between the case and the phone, but this is a problem we’ve encountered with several cases.

Overall, the Marware Sport Grip is a respectable entry among silicone iPhone cases, and it’s a fair sight cheaper than many of the others we’ve tested.


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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Changewave Report On iPhone Satisfaction Level In Corporate World

Changewave did yet another survey on iPhones popularity. This time they were interested not in the regular consumers but in corporate users and once again the absolute winner is Research In Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry.

In fact 73% of responders used Blackberry.

However what’s interesting is customer satisfaction. While iPhone has around 5% of market share in corporate world, its satisfaction level is 59%. This means that so much people are `very satisfied~ with their device. RIM ranks second with 47% followed by Nokia with 40%.

Apples market share in corporate world won’t be an easy one, but there are good news. Firstly iPhone is already number two Smartphone in planned purchases. And secondly upcoming SDK might bring some apps which will make iPhone more usable in the corporate world.

Looking ahead to the 2nd Quarter, RIM (77%) is the dominant leader in planned corporate smart phone buying - having jumped 3-pts since the previous survey in November. Apple (11%) is second, down 3-pts from its previous high.

The other manufacturers are also down vs. market-leading RIM.

Palm (8%), Motorola (7%) and Samsung (4%) have each experienced a 2-pt decline in terms of planned purchases, with each company registering its lowest level of the past year.

P.S. Let’s see which manufacturer would be the winner for the second Changewave survey.