By Jek Suen Lee
Update: Apple has cancelled the Airprint feature from iOS4.2...:(
The web is now abuzz with the impending release of this long overdue update to the Ipad. Having been long accustomed to features such as multitasking and folders on my iPhone 4, the limitations of iOS 3.2 has become painfully obvious and unbearable. As I reflect upon the past few weeks, the following 4.2 random thoughts must be constantly nagging every geek and will no doubt dominate thousands of pantry room discussions in the next few days (what else???):
By Cindy Downes
With the Group Email with Attachments app, I can finally send emails to my groups AND include photos, videos, documents, current location information with map and address, audio clips, pasteboard content and contacts information.
I can send my email to a handpicked set of contacts, to a custom distribution list, or create a template for repeat messages (no more typing it over and over again!)
By Nate Adcock
If you want to make your fancy new iPod or iPhone do something attractive and relaxing while docked (maybe to keep the screen from locking), you might check out iQuarium. The free version includes new updates for Retina graphics, AI improvements, and stability tweaks. The app is currently at 3 stars, and has taken some heat for not loading the fish for previous free users. Check it out here...
By Steve Overton
I use my iPod Touch for all my media listening. I listen to podcasts all the time....more than I listen to music. I listen when I am driving, exercising, working outside, waiting for my wife while she is shopping.....like I said, all the time. My biggest frustration with every set of earbuds I tried, was that every time I took them out to talk with someone, all I could do was hold them in my hand or stuff them in my pocket. I would also have to pull out my iPod and pause it.
By Eric Pankoke
There are certain genres that seem to remain fun even though each new game in the genre isn’t necessarily that different from the last. Time management games are one such anomaly, and so to, it seems, are “marble poppers”. Granted there have been some that weren’t quite as engaging as others, but there’s something about the whole concept of trying to whittle away a string of objects before it reaches its destination that’s simple yet challenging, and ultimately enjoyable. Aqua Pearls is no exception to this rule, and what sets it apart from many of the others I’ve played are some new game modes as well as the general atmosphere of the game.
By Werner Ruotsalainen
As some of you may know, I, among other things, also lecture on iOS programming. Due to the request of my students, I've spent some days on discovering the secrets of Game Center, which has been added to iOS in version 4.1 and is, consequently, pretty new and, apart from Apple's own documentation, very scarcely documented, let alone stand-alone, full demo application sources, of which I only know of GCPing, which is, for some reason, pretty much buried in the Apple developer forums. (I don't provide a link to GCPing because I don't know whether the developer wants to keep it pretty much private. Now that there's no NDA over Game Center any more, he may want to publish it to the public.)
By Jim Karpen
All the blogs yesterday were buzzing with the news that the App Store had launched the App Store Essentials Hall of Fame — 50 apps that Apple considers the "best of the best." You can sort by featured, release date, or name. I wish one could search by genre. And also for iPad-specific titles.
By Nate Adcock
One of my favorite apps (and amongst my first reviews here at iphonelife) is getting a major update and is 2 years old now. Rumor has it we will be doing a Star Walk code giveaway (once V5 is approved), and for 24 hours, you can grab some great astronomy/educational apps for a reduced price. Go grab Geo Walk here (free), and Solar Walk here (99 cents)... Stay tuned for the giveaway, and read on for a list of new features coming to SW.
By Nate Adcock
I have played some offbeat games in my day, but Blork has to take the prize as one of the oddest, but also amongst the coolest (at least in terms of concept)! Not over the top on steroids cool, maybe, but understated cool at least! It's currently free in the App Store, so won't cost you a thing to experiment a bit if you want to try something a little different.
By Jim Karpen
In a recent post I mentioned how barcode reader apps are the perfect assistant this holiday season, helping you find the lowest prices on things you want to buy. And another such assistant are the coupon apps, most recently GeoQpons (free), which offers you location-based coupons. You just show the image on your phone to the clerk.
By Bryan Schmiedeler
by Bryan Schmiedeler
When the iPhone was introduced in June 2007, AT&T’s 2-year contract required a data plan—there was no cell-only option. But the pricing of $30 a month for unlimited data was groundbreaking. The carrier killed the unlimited option exactly three years later. Existing agreements are honored as long as you don’t let them lapse, but all new users have to choose between a 200MB/month ($15/month) or 2GB/month data plan ($25/month). Going over your data limit is not cheap: $15 for an additional 200MB or $10 for 1GB, depending on your plan.
By Jim Karpen
I subscribe to MobileMe at a cost of $100 per year. It gives me a secure feeling knowing that all of my contacts are backed up online, should something happen to my phone and computer. But now you also have a free option. Wirefly is offering a free mobile backup service that lets you back up 2GB of data — contacts, music, photos, calendar, and video — for free.
By Louis Senecal
I was looking for an app for my iPad so I could manage gifts, such as for Christmas. I used to have one for my iPod Touch which was free, but was only basic and only did a few things. I found an app called "mGifts List Manager" that I purchased last week that I wanted to share with you. There are probably others out there that may have more features but I thought this was perfect for me. There is a full feature listing in the itunes page that you can check out at your convenience. There was an update yesterday that made this a universal app.