By Tari Akpodiete on Tue, 12/22/2009
Until recently, it hasn't been possible to shoot video with an iPhone (iPhone Life coverage here and here). And while there are any number of clever holders and mini tripods to help people take steadier photographs with their iPhones, until now, there hasn't been anything like the OWLE (Optical Widget for Life Enhancement) Bubo.
Created specifically for the iPhone, the Bubo is an aluminum and silicone case combo which is designed to improve the iPHone's audio and video capabilities. The stabilizing rig - which can be mounted onto a tripod - includes a high-quality Vericorder microphone and 37 mm wide-angle/macro lens and retails for U$129.99.
Each corner of the Bubo has a drilled hole so you can screw in anything you can find or make to enhance it (like this guy from Handheld Hollywood who made a neck strap after visiting the hardware store for some 1/4" x 2.5" eye bolts). Additionally, since the mount for the lens is a standard 37mm, you can mount any number of lenses there, and not just the one which comes with it.
Don't worry about the no-flash-synching thing. There's a shoe to mount a light. As well, the microphone can be replaced with one of your choosing. Probably, you can even plug in a wireless receiver and have the microphone itself elsewhere (hidden camera fun, anyone?).
It would be great to have an option where the Bubo ships just with the aluminum case and silicon holder for a reduced price. Oh, and other colours, too, please. I can't wait to try one of these out!
* Anodized aluminum case improves iPhone camera with upgraded lens and boom mic
* Improves video or still shots
* Works with iPhone 3G or 3GS (However 3G requires additional app to shoot video and the quality is poor)
* iPhone fits inside included silicone case, then mounts inside the aluminum housing for full protection
* Constructed from a solid block of milled aluminum
* Shoe mount on top allows you to add camera accessories (flash will not work, since there is no way to sync it to the iPhone camera shutter)
* Four screw mounts on the corners of the case enable you to mount to a tripod
* Comes standard with 37mm lens threading, as well as a 0.45x Wide angle/macro combination lens
* Add any other lenses with a 37mm mount
View some stills shot with the OWLE and here are some videos (view more here on their YouTube channel):
By Tari Akpodiete on Tue, 12/22/2009
The impassioned pleas of one developer, e-mailed to Steve Jobs, resulted in a quick reversal of an app's rejection. The launch of the app today is the first known approved app that can stream live video directly from one iPhone to another, and the first approval for an app with known use of private APIs. Apple's change of heart came "directly from the top," and is a sign that real change in the App Store approval process is in the works.
By Tari Akpodiete on Tue, 12/22/2009
A post on the Ustream.tv blog proudly reports that the company has made history with the first live broadcaster app for the iPhone:
Today we are thrilled to announce the availability of the Ustream Live Broadcaster for the iPhone, now available from the official iTunes App Store. This is the first live broadcaster ever available in the App Store, bringing the ability to broadcast live to anyone. From birthday parties, kids’ sports games and baby’s first steps to your latest vacation, this app enables anyone with an iPhone to share important moments with family, friends and more.
By Tari Akpodiete on Mon, 12/21/2009
Security researchers have analyzed the code and design of recently discovered malware that targeted jailbroken iPhones. The code exists as a proof of concept that smartphones could easily be turned into a mobile botnet capable of stealing sensitive personal data.
Read the full article.
By Nate Adcock on Mon, 12/21/2009
i.TV is one of my favorite apps... The reason is that I hardly ever watch TV. You see, because I'm a cable remote dummy, it takes me forever to find shows/channels. It's great to be able to quickly pull up an easy to navigate listing, even tune in previews and rent movies right from my iPod touch. The app had some recent challenges with stability evidently, and it's top rating suffered as a result (was even pulled from the store at one point). It then took a double-wammy due to a problem with Apple's download services (erroneously sending an old version).
By Jim Karpen on Mon, 12/21/2009
Waze is a neat app that not only offers GPS navigation but also uses "crowdsourcing" to help make available real-time traffic updates. Users can send alerts as they drive so that others can avoid problems. The recently released holiday version of Waze offers a holiday theme with a treasure hunt that gives you the opportunity to win real prizes. According to their press release, they added what they call "road goodies" – small icons worth bonus points – to the map in areas where the waze system has identified map problems.
By Werner Ruotsalainen on Sun, 12/20/2009
Note that this is an update to the all-in-one Multiplayer bible published a month ago; see http://www.iphonelife.com/node/1370/ .
There is a LOT to report on - with Christmas approaching, a lot of decent titles have been released or updated to support wireless multiplayer.
1.) The following major titles have received true wireless support: Worms by Team17 and COMMAND & CONQUER™ RED ALERT™ by Electronic Arts; both excellent titles.
2.) Need for Speed Shift by Electronic Arts has been released; a very nice racing game with local multiplayer.
By Tracy Sebastian on Sat, 12/19/2009
What I would really love to find is a card reader for the iPhone. I want to upload pictures from Sony DSLR camera via the iPhone. I don't want to lug a laptop around when I can do everything else with my uber powerful iPhone.
If anyone knows of one, tell me. If not, tell someone to make it for me!!!
Maybe it will be announced at CES? A girl can dream.
By Eric Pankoke on Sat, 12/19/2009
Angry Birds is one of those genre benders that combines the physics fun of a game like Topple with the concept of the castle siege. I’m pretty sure this is the only one you’ll run across that focuses on the war between birds and pigs, however. I’m never quite sure going into a game like this what to expect, but I’m happy to report that Angry Birds is amusing, challenging and above all quite fun.
By Nate Adcock on Sat, 12/19/2009
Pocket Tunes Radio 5.4.4 is now available here on the App Store (just grabbed it myself). This new release includes many improvements, with support for skins, including a fun Christmas skin. There are now several skins available for purchase, and examples can be seen here. You can browse all the skins by tapping on the Pocket Tunes logo from the Now Playing tab in Pocket Tunes Radio.
By Jim Karpen on Sat, 12/19/2009
chicBuds has some pretty cool accessories, recently adding chicBoom to their lineup. chicBoom is a speaker for your iPhone that doubles as a keychain. It's designed with the ladies in mind, and a version for men is coming soon. These tiny speakers come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts four about four hours of listening before it needs to be recharged. The chicBoom speakers are available online and will soon be available in Office Max stores.
By Conrad Blickens... on Sat, 12/19/2009
By Cindy Downes on Sat, 12/19/2009
KidCalc is an effective math-teaching and review tool for young children. Version 1.8 has five playing activities: Counting Puzzle, Flash Cards, Calculator, Math Puzzle, and Count Snowflakes.
The Calculator is just what it says – a calculator for kids.
In the Counting Puzzle, your child counts by 1s, 2s up to hundreds; also prime and binary numbers. After choosing the numbers in the correct sequence, the child is rewarded with a secret picture.