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.
Scanner Pro 2.0 is out and it REALLY is better than ever. The new automatic edge detection feature is very helpful. I tried it on a document and was fascinated to see how easier it figured out where the edges were! I did discover that when the page had a colored border, the app had a bit more trouble finding the edge. It's still quicker than having to adjust all the edges manually like it did before.
I just had to write again about how much fun I'm having with Social Fun Box. One of the things I didn't like about Facebook before is the limit on graphics I can use. I LOVE graphics!
Now, with Social Fun Box I can express myself with these cute images. I can put them on my own page, give gifts (for free!), and put some on my friends pages.
Here's my current FB page:
Love this app! You can read my complete review of Social Fun Box HERE.
I'd never thought about this before, but this New Yorker article makes it real clear that the iPad, which Steve Jobs described as "far better," is yet another iteration in Apple's approach to marketing: build in and they will pay. This contrasts, the article says, to companies like Flip that offer products that are low priced and good enough. And the article says, that both of these approaches ignore the amorphous middle of the market — and that companies that are going for these high-end and low-end segments are capturing and increasing share of the market overall. The iPhone, the article says, makes almost as much money as all Nokia's phones combined.
This interesting article in TidBITs talks about Amazon's plans for its Kindle app for the iPad and links to this page on Amazon which gives some info. And best of all, the article points out that the Kindle Store has quite a few books available at no cost so that you can test the software. And it gives this link that shows all Kindle books costing $0.
Is this practical, or simply cool? This guy uses RedEye mini to control every aspect of his 1969 GTO convertible: putting the top down, opening the windows, opening the doors, starting it up, revving the engine, and more.
Your holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier. The App Store has started to let you gift apps to other people. Right next to the "Buy App" button, there is a downward pointing triangle. If you click on it, a pop-up appears and "Gift This App" is one of the choices. Clinking on it will bring up a screen where you can fill out who's sending the gift, who's getting the gift and their email address. You can even include a personal message. Developers now have another way to sell their apps.
Among the greatest criticisms of the upcoming iPad, forgetting for a moment the 800-pound gorilla issue of Flash, are a) no multitasking and b) the lameness of pixel-doubled iPhone apps. Pixel-doubling, of course, refers to Apple's plan on allowing iPad users to run iPad apps, which are designed for the iPad's 320 x 480 pixel screen, on the iPad's much larger 768 x 1024 pixel display by doubling every iPhone app pixel in both directions so that the resulting app now measures 640 x 960. That's a clever idea, but an app that looks crisp and sharp on the iPhone may look lost and clumsy in pixel-doubled mode on the iPad.
Here's are some interesting blog postings about the iPad and education: