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.