While rumors of leaked iPhone parts circulate this week, in my mind the biggest news is the Senate bill John McCain has been working on. It would require cable companies let consumers select just those cable channels they want to watch, rather than being forced to pay for a bundle of channels that includes many they aren't interested in. This is just what Apple has been wanting to do, according to many rumors, and just the sort of deal they've been trying to negotiate with content providers. Should this bill pass, I think Apple would inevitably offer both an HDTV and TV subscriber service.
A lack of downloads is the quickest way for your app to turn into a flop. But someone like you wouldn’t let that happen right? While I’m sure you already have a marketing plan for your app written up and ready to go, I've prepared a list of some additional things you should be doing to make your app market-ready before its launch.
While I don't really consider it one of the best players out there, the generic multimedia player CineXPlayer is still pretty popular with folks. This is why I'm constantly asked by my readers to review the updated versions whenever they come out. While I do not recommend this player over nPlayer or AVPlayerHD, only check it out if you can/want to make use of its Dolby Digital features, built-in Web browser, or TV station directory. As a standalone video player, it's considerably weaker than nPlayer or AVPlayerHD.
Note that there are two versions of the app, both called HD. There is only a one-character difference between their names: the iPad-only version (AppStore link; $3.99) is called “CineXPlayer HD – The best way to enjoy your movies” (with a hyphen), while the iPhone/iPod touch version (AppStore link; $1.99) is named “CineXPlayer HD = The best way to enjoy your movies” (with an equation mark instead of the hyphen).
This is the official announcement of the iPhone life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iphoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce May 20th! We are raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE.
Here's how it works: Every other Friday we will announce the prizes we're giving away through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iphoneLife.com/giveaways. On the following Monday morning, we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, send us your address we will mail it to you.
As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day, we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App Report, AppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.
Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!
1. Snoop Dogg's Snoopify Sticker Camera! (FREE)
There's no shortage of interesting and cool accessories available for our iDevices. In fact, with so many great gadgets continually coming out, it's challenging to stay on top of all the new releases to decide what's best for you. With that in mind, the Gear Up! series aims to present you with the best of the best new iDevice products on the market.
These days, the environment is on everyone’s mind. From climate change to dwindling natural resources, many companies have begun creating products in a more environmentally conscious way. One such company stepping to the forefront is ReFleece.
ReFleece is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller. They created the company with an eye for creating products with highly sustainable practices and terrific design. Among their most popular products are their sleeves and cases for the iPad and iPad Mini. These covers feature interiors made of reclaimed fleece from recycled Patagonia jackets and sweaters. The rugged, water-resistant exterior is made of recycled PET plastic.
Your iPhone is a fairly powerful computer, and increasingly, accessory makers are inventing add-ons that let you use your iPhone for functions you might not have imagined.
1. Luxi ($24.95)
A good example of this is Luxi, an add-on that lets you use your iPhone as a light meter, a device that typically costs several hundred dollars.
1. Pulse (Free)
My favorite news aggregate app just received a welcomed update this week. The new version of Pulse makes sharing articles even easier and simpler.
In the previous versions of the Pulse app, you could share with Facebook and Twitter as well as via email, one at a time. Now, however, after LinkedIn's recent purchase of Pulse, you have the added ability to share articles via LinkedIn, or with all three social networks with just a couple of taps. In addition to adding the sharing feature, the new update also allows for sharing via SMS. Now sharing via Pulse couldn't be easier or more comprehensive.
Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to build it? In this blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Join me on this adventure and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be!