AccuWeather.com has just announced a new application (free!) that automatically determines your location and offers an array of weather forecast information, as well as weather alarms and health indices.
Astraware has updated and released several titles, and are offering My Little Tank, and their Board Games collection for less than 5 dollars, so go check it out. Also for the rabid hockey fan, Polar Mobile has released an app called "The Hockey News", so go check that out as well.
Now that the dust has settled and it's clear that thousands of Apple fans will be deprived of attending a Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld. I thought I'd reflect on the first time I attended one of his talks.
It was in the mid-1980's, after Jobs had been unceremoniously ousted from the very company he started, and around the time he launched his next venture, appropriately named NeXT. He came to my university, Carnegie Mellon, to research some technology (MachOS) the school had developed which would become the core of his NeXT computer.
David Pogue's popular help book — iPhone: The Missing Manual — is now available as an iPhone application. The book costs $24.99, but the app is available at a special introductory price of just 4.99. (Regular price is 9.99.) This second edition has new material related to the iPhone 3G and MobileMe. Plus, there are new chapters on the app store and Microsoft Exchange.
The coolest invention of 2008? Pocket projectors, according to a review by David Pogue in the New York Times. I'm hoping Santa will bring me one of these. Here's how he describes the Optoma Pico Projector: "a video projector so small, you can carry it in your pocket.
When I first heard of Ocarina, I thought it was novel — using the iPhone as a wind instrument — but I didn't imagine it would catch on. It is, after all, a time-consuming affair to learn to play a new musical instrument. But it's become a top-selling application.
MagicPad is a commercial app that is being given away for free for the holidays. It offers rich-text editing — and copy/paste. But note that the copy//paste function only works within a note or from one note to another. You can't copy/paste between applications. The rich-text editing lets you adjust font style, size, color, and effects. You can e-mail notes to others.
Our 2009 publishing schedule has been announced. We appreciate your patience! The four issues will be mailed to subscribers and newsstands on the following dates:
Spring '09: March 20;
Summer '09: June 9;
Fall '09: Sept 1;
Winter '10: Nov 24
Due to the Apple SDK constraints on developers of iPhone software, data exchanges with your phone is limited to email and local area network connectivity.
Some iPhone applications such as “Files” allow you to import and read your Word, Excel, and PDF files from your desktop computer to your phone, and move that data to the iPhone by establishing a wireless connection between the phone and desktop over a LAN.
I'm posting partly just to apologize for the rough handling of this Web site for the past few days. I did an upgrade to the Drupal software that powers our site, and a number of things did not go as smoothly as I would have liked.
I am also posting to try out some of the features that other bloggers have reported problems with, to see if they work in my own blogging account. One complaint is that blog entries get truncated after just a line or so of text. If you can read this, then I was unable to duplicate the problem.
In the news today is Microsoft's release of its first application for the iPhone: Seadragon Mobile, an image-browsing app. And it has raised eyebrows because the same app hasn't been released for Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform.
Before I, finally, publish the iPhone Gaming bible Part I, some news for you all.
ngmoco:) is one of the best games developer for the iPhone / iPod Touch. They're celebrating the upcoming (on 12/18) release of their new, really promising puzzle-platformer title, Rolando.
3M recently sent me a sample of their new 3M Mobile Privacy Film, a twelve dollar adhesive screen protector with "microlouver technology" (essentially what looks like a polarization filter). When applied, this layer makes the screen appear dark and fuzzy when not looking directly at the screen. The margin of angle is fairly tight and the filter does what it advertises. Of course, this also means that watching videos on the iPhone can become a challenge due to the exact nature of the viewing angle necessary to watch without blurring the image.
There are some things I like about lugging around a real dictionary: it requires no power source, and you can quickly flip to a section and scan page after page. In fact, I would argue that technology has yet to match the human hand/eye coordination and acuity for quickly scanning through written documents, but that’s another post.
Groucho Marx once said he wouldn't belong to a club that would have him as a member. The iPhone club, while already setting records in the smartphone industry, is about to get bigger.
Not everybody has the luxury of an Apple store nearby, and not every AT&T store sells the iPhone. Plus, when the iPhone 3G was introduced, online ordering went away. With all of these obstacles, Apple knows there is always room for improvement.
One of the common complaints about the iPhone has been the lack of copy & paste. A hot news item on blogs the past couple days is the imminent arrival of Pastebud. According to Gizmodo, it's pretty limited: you can copy and paste from Safari to Mail, and from one web page to another. It's a jury-rigged solution that uses functionality already available on the iPhone -- no need to install an app.
A week back I wrote a commentary on iphone's going on sale in wal-mart's (still officially rumor) and wrote the following:
What if Apple supplied a specialist per store? Well, that could work, but is it worth it? Do you really think there are enough people who are looking to buy an iPhone to go to Wal-mart to make it worth staffing those stores?
Mac Life has posted an article titled 101 Most Essential iPhone Apps of 2008. The authors identify these apps as being high quality -- and indispensable. The selected apps include not a few games and some really handy utilities, like Remote, which lets you control your music from any room in the house.
The iPhone 3G is a wonderful device to behold. That is, if you have some kind of charging adapter to keep its thirst for power quenched. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, high-speed data, and don't forget that it makes phone calls too. Let's face it, the iPhone can't get too far from a real power source... until now.
Solar Arcadia, a company devoted to solar power alternatives, has developed a curious and seemingly very useful solar charging accessory for the iPhone.