I haven't yet tried this app, but Video Zoom Plus ($0.99) would have come in handy a couple days ago when I came across a deer on campus. The deer was fairly close, maybe 20 yards, but it got a bit lost in the video that I took. I wish I had been able to zoom in. And that's what this new app promises -- 5x digital zoom. But if you have a 3GS you'll need to upgrade it to iOS4.
In an article in the upcoming issue of iPhone Life magazine, the author discusses the decision developers have to make as to whether their app should be native to the iPhone or Web-based. It seems there are definite advantages to having a Web app since it becomes global rather than specific to a platform. Well, it seems YouTube has made the decision to go global.
The Chinese word for Challenge also means Opportunity. I kept this in mind when my cable modem Internet connection stopped working today. Fortunately, I have a review unit of the Novatel MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. It's basically a wireless 3G modem. I was planning to seek out a remote location to test it. But suddenly not having any Internet here in the suburbs proved to be an opportunity to test out this device in the comfort of my own home, and get some work done!
The Novatel MiFi 2200
Back in April, I reviewed the ThinkFlood RedEye remote control system.
Before there was an app store, one of the first apps created for jailbroken iPhones was a Flashlight app by the excellent Erica Sadun. It basically used the screen display as a light emitting device. We have finally come full circle with the iPhone 4 which has an actual LED for use as a flash. An enterprising developer, Michael D'Ulisse of More Blu Sky saw this as an opportunity to create a real flashlight app that projected light.
In the year 2000, German board-game enthusiast Klaus-Jurgen Wrede unleashed his own creation, Carcassonne, upon the world. Not long after, the game became a world-wide phenomenon, winning several awards and generating much praise from critics. The year is now 2010, and a version of Carcassonne has been developed for the iPhone and iPod Touch (with an iPad version forthcoming).
Okay, it's official. iPhone 4 has reception problems. Now that I've been using the phone for a number of days I can tell you that at home, where I have very weak reception, the signal drops every single time I touch the lower left corner of the phone. You learn quickly the best way to hold it. Ivyskin has just released their new iPhone 4 Reception Case made of polycarbonate that they say is the world's thinnest iPhone 4 case.
In recent days the iPhone blogs have been buzzing after noticing suspicious activity in the App Store. Over the weekend apps by developer Thuat Nguyen quickly rose to occupy 42 of 50 slots in the list of top apps in the Book category. Either he's a heck of a marketer or -- as bloggers suspected -- some shenanigans were at work. Then some people began reporting app purchases that they hadn't made, and the blog buzz grew. Now Apple has announced that indeed 400 iTunes accounts have been affected. But it's important to note that they said their servers had not been compromised. You can read more on Macworld and the New York Times.
A great article in TidBITs gives all the details on the new HuluPlus service that will soon be available on the iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. It's currently by invitation only, but will be rolled out in the near future. The service will cost $9.95 per month for a subscription. The service will still be free via desktop computer. The subscription version will have more offerings. The TidBITs article explains why, despite the $9.95 cost, this is a good option compared to buying TV programs via iTunes or subscribing to cable TV.
Sure, it's great because you carry it in your pocket. But...come on...how good is an iPhone as a camera? Well, the folks at fstoppers.com have put together a video showing how they used it in a fashion shoot. My guess is that you would never think that an iPhone was used to shoot the pictures...or would you. The video is here. If you use an iPhone as a camera this video is worth the ten minutes it will take you to view it.