Ever since I got the music bug with my Magic Fiddle (.99) I've been wondering; so now that I can play some music on a virtual fiddle is that it? Where can I go with that?
While my fiddling skills are still in development, the larger question for me was what can I do with music that I create; on my iMac, iPad or iPhone?
Yes, you too can create your own iPhone App...for $500,000. That's what the folks who created Instagram, a photography App for the iPhone are doing. Using $500,000 in seed money (according to their own FAQ) they have created Instagram. With Instagram, you can create some interesting effects and then put the image online. Not the best effects and not the best online interface, I may add. It looks like you can do wonders if you know the right investors.
Jon Stewart and his sidekick John Oliver give us their hilarious take on the Verizon iPhone in this video. It goes a bit over the top characterizing the dislike of AT&T, including a montage that juxtaposes the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue and the toppling of an AT&T sign. Also, the New York Times has a video recorded at the event that gives you a good overview of the new phone.
Reported in iPhoneinCanada.ca is a very cool app if it works as demonstrated which would allow everyone to carry with them a portable ECG/EKG device which just may save countless lives if this information is sent directly to hospitals as the Paramedics are on the way to the scene.
Version 3.0 of Skype (free) just came out yesterday and now offers video calling over both WiFi and 3G. Skype has long been the most widely used service for Internet telephony, and now you can use the iPhone 4 front-facing camera to conduct video calls. You can read a great hands-on review on the PCmag.com website. The quality is reportedly quite good, even over 3G. And you can call cross-platform, even to PC users.
Verizon...iPhone....iPhone....Verizon. It's what we have been hearing since the iPhone was released on AT&T.
....only thing is, it really does look like it's going to happen sometime soon.
The wifi only iPad has recently started selling in Verizon stores which seems odd because it's not a phone and Verizon only sells phones, then AT&T was voted the worst carrier by Consumer Reports.
I have been hearing rumors from people who seem to have direct lines to the Cupertino well, that point to a press release early January finally saying it's so.
The Wikipanion app is one that I use often, and I'm always on the lookout for good reference apps. Hyper Facts ($0.99) is a new offering that gives you access to Wikipedia in a new way, in that it highlights the categories and infoboxes associated with each article as well as giving links to related information. It also integrates locational information and maps. You can do a search by person, location, event, or work (e.g., a song title), or you can search All. The Nearby feature is pretty cool.
Kim Komando, the popular talk radio show host and newspaper columnist, has posted her list of top 10 apps for 2010. Her selections include two freebies that help you save money: Nextag Mobile, which searches retailers to find the lowest price, and pic2shop, which also lets you scan barcodes to find the lowest price. Kim's link above also includes links to her other top-10 lists: videos, cool sites, and more.
Lots of recent articles, blogs and episodes of investigative journalism have delved into the “will-it, won’t-it” subject of the ipad 2 launch, rumoured to be in March or April 2011.