If you haven't heard, movie cinemas have begun increasing their prices to view 3D movies! Some theaters have begun raising their prices on all movies viewed in their cinema. What happened to the good old days of living vicariously through Hollywood actors without spending a whole week's check? Well, due to the state of our economy, affordable living has become a spark that most households are eagerly looking for. Welcome the redbox iPhone app! Great for affordable date nights, family time, and just wanting to see the latest release without spending $5 to watch it once.
The Internet is buzzing with the news this morning that Apple may be coming out with a Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone in September. As a result, Verizon's stock has surged, Apple's stock is up, and AT&T's stock dropped. All of the buzz is courtesy of a Wall Street Journal report yesterday that quoted unnamed sources. The most interesting aspect of the rumor was that both the GSM and CDMA bands would be in the same phone.
Who needs more battery time?
Um, everyone, right? Do you want to a Mophie Juice Pack Air? It will give you extra hours on your iPhone (4.5 - 270 extra hours, depending on your useage).
For a number of years Google and Apple were the best of buddies, with Google CEO Eric Schmidt even being on Apple's board of directors. That was so yesterday. Schmidt has resigned, and in early March Apple sued Google partner HTC because it says the devices it makes that run Google's Android software are a violation of its patents.
It's amazing how far things have come. Raise your hand if you remember when encyclopedia salesmen used to go door to door, selling you a shelf of books for hundreds of dollars. Now you can have the Encyclopedia Britannica in the palm or your hand for $25. The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 has over 25,000 entries covering art, history, geography, politics, technology, science, sports, pop culture, and other subjects. It also has over 800 images and maps. And if you shake your iPhone, it brings up a random article.
According to a story on MacRumors, the video provider Brightcove is making HTML5 video playback an option for their customers, including Time magazine and the New York Times. This is big news for those of us who build Web sites with lots of videos -- like this one -- and would like them to work on the iPhone, iPad, and other Flash-free platforms.
This past week Opera announced that it had submitted Opera Mini to the App Store for approval, which is good news. This is a very popular browser on other mobile platforms, and early tests show that it's way way faster than Safari in the iPhone. The video gives a short demo of this browser running on an iPhone. Of course, we don't yet know whether Apple will approve it, but hopefully they will.
It's not advised, and possibly also not legal, but some people "jailbreak" their iPhones so they can use them on a network other than AT&T and install apps without going through the App Store. Now, according to Wired, the first hacker to jailbreak the iPhone says that his latest hack will likely also work to jailbreak the iPad.
Everyone knows Shaun White, thanks to the recent Winter Olympics and his trademark red hair! But would you believe that his favorite iPhone magazine is iPhone Life? It helps that iPhone Life is the ONLY magazine dedicated to the iPhone, but nonetheless, Shaun was gracious enough to pose for a picture and sign an issue of the magazine!
Shaun was on hand at the Marvell Semiconductor booth, at CTIA in Las Vegas, this past week, to help promote Marvell's commitment to making the Always-On lifestyle possible. Mr. White knows his stuff, having a number of games that bear his name. Shaun White Origins is available in both FREE and paid versions on the iTunes app store.
For more details on Marvell, check out http://www.Marvell.com.
I go to so many tradeshows and see so many gadgets that it's hard to impress me. This is particularly true for cases. But once in a while I see something that just seems smart. Such is the case with the "smrt" case from Smrtphone Solutions (www.smrtcase.com). No, that's not a typo... there's no "a" in "smrt". Just like they took out the "a" in "smart", they took out a piece of the case to make room for your business card, ID, credit card or hotel key. A quick flick of the thumb and the card is released! You could even use it to perform a magic trick... "Was this your card?!"
At CTIA, I carried my iPhone with me everywhere, naturally, but also my hotel room keycard. It would have been nice to slide that hotel keycard into my iPhone case and know that it was always there.
Cases are available in a rainbow of colors, for a variety of cellphones. They even offer custom logos for corporate use.
Shakespeare wrote "The play's the thing", in Hamlet, but with CrowdZone (FREE, http://www.crowdzone.com), that could easily become "The CROWD's the thing". CrowdZone is a social networking tool focused on sporting events. In fact, CrowdZone is probably the ultimate tailgating app! You create a profile and see what events are happening today. You join an event, whether you are at the game or watching at home or at a sports bar. You can leverage the location-aware capabilities of the iPhone and find like-minded users nearby! Root for your team, chat with others, and earn "trophies" for your own comments. You can even earn real world rewards, like tickets!
I've been traveling the last few days doing seminars, visiting local attractions, and going to a writer's conference. My iPhone has come in handy MANY TIMES!
First, I used MileBug to keep track of my mileage and expenses for tax purposes.
Digg is probably the most popular social media site — certainly my favorite.
Ben briefly reviewed this device last year, but the PR company was nice enough to send me a trial unit of a newer version, and since I'm on an extended trip, I gave it a go. It's small, light, carries an 1800mAh battery charge, and it has a laser on one end. What more could you want from a add-on travel battery?
One of the things that really entertains me is zombie movies. I am not really sure why they do because to be honest they scare the heck out of me. I think I have watched the palm of my hands more on a couple of them than the actual film. But for whatever reason, I like zombie movies. I also like zombie games. I like the kind of zombie games where I can just shoot them. I do not have any need for any kind of story plot. I just want a bunch of ammo and weapons galore to take care of business.
Here's a common scenario: You wake up in the night, wonder if the alarm clock will go off soon, fumble for your glasses, and then look at your clock. Of course, all of this makes it less likely you'll go back to sleep. Which is what makes this alarm clock special. Wake Up Now? ($0.99) lets you simply like there with your eyes closed and ask your iPhone if it's time to get up. Your iPhone will tell you what time it is. You actually don't even need to ask anything in particular. You can just grunt, and it will announce the time. You can set how loud of sound it will take for it to say the time.
One of the main things I use my iPhone for is to access the news. I'm addicted to keeping up with the latest news in the same way I'm addicted to e-mail. The makers of iGovernment ($1.99), which is one of the leading apps for keeping up with news from the U.S. Federal Government. The free iGovernment Lite offers a selection of content from iGovernment. It includes news, blogs, photos, and video from the House, Senate, White House, Department of Defense, State Department, NASA, and more.
This video demo of the free PayPal app is great fun, using a couple of guys sort of in the same vein as the "I'm a Mac" commercials. A version just released lets you Bump to exchange money. You hold your iPhones, bump fists to exchange contact information, and then send money with a tap.
Did you know that you can GIFT an app? That's right and you can do it directly from the iTunes store.
Simply locate the app, click and hold the arrow next to the "Buy App" button, and then select "Gift This App." Fill in the details and in seconds your gift is on the way! An easy way to shop for birthdays, Christmas and other celebrations for your favorite iPhone users.